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Sharyland is the lone school in the Mission-La Joya area to make the football playoffs this year. Though any of the other local schools would be thrilled with a 9-1 record, the Rattlers are still nursing their ego after suffering a 28-14 loss to undefeated McAllen Memorial three weeks ago. The game ended a three-year win streak for the Rattlers.
Sharyland came back with another victory last week as they took down the McHi Bulldogs, 38-21, in the team’s final game of the regular season. Big Red finished their regular season the same way they began it, with a win. Although there was very little at stake in the Rattler’s matchup against the McHi Bulldogs, both teams having secured their playoff spots, both still played hard in what was a tune-up for two programs undoubtedly peeking past each other.
Sharyland stalwart quarterback Tres Barrera, did most of the damage with three touchdown runs and throwing 18 completions on 22 attempts for 227 yards and two touchdown passes. Barrera has been the picture of consistency for the Rattlers this year and much of the team’s post-season plans and hopes rest on his shoulders.
The Rattler defense, while not altogether intimidating, has been just as steady as the quarterback. Only twice this season did teams score more than 20 points on Sharyland. Against the Bulldogs, that defense came up big as McHi threatened late in the game. Sharyland’s Jon Barraza lead the way defensively with a fumble recovery and a timely interception late in the fourth quarter.
Now, all eyes are on the playoffs.
The Rattlers (9-1) are scheduled to play Laredo United (8-2) in the Division I Class 5A Bi-district playoffs at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the SAC in Laredo.
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