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20120914-Sharyland-v-Laredo-Alexander-Football-052After some early game lapses, the Rattler defense got stingy in the second half. Noel Coronado (#23) and Bradley Klein (#30) pull down a Laredo Alexander running back during Sharyland’s 59-21 win last Friday night. Progress Times photo by Doug YoungMISSION—Sharyland’s non-district season is over. Now, it gets real.

After the Rattlers’ Week Two dismantling of the Laredo Alexander Bulldogs 59-21 on Sept. 14 that improved their overall record to 2-0, Sharyland is set to host La Joya on Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in their District 30-5A home opener at Rattlers Stadium.

“We’re looking forward to district. It’s like I told the kids, we’re 0-0 in district and it’s important to get that first district win,” Sharyland head coach Ron Adame said. “George Espinoza is going to have that team ready to go. They’ve got some momentum and they’ve won their last two games. Anytime you win, that attitude, that atmosphere becomes contagious because it breeds confidence.”

La Joya (2-1) started off the season with a 20-14 loss to Brownsville Porter, but have since won two games in a row, including last week’s district home opener against Edinburg Vela 34-12.

20120914-Sharyland-v-Laredo-Alexander-Football-043Running back Estefan Castillo found the handle on the ball after fumbling it, and then ran it in for a Rattler touchdown during Sharyland’s 59-21 win over Laredo Alexander last Friday night. Progress Times photo by Doug YoungSharyland (2-0) has played one game less than the Coyotes, but proved that they didn’t lose much ground due to some early season injuries and a Week One bye. On the contrary, after shaking off the rust in the first half against Alexander, the Rattlers took off and never looked back en route to a five touchdown victory.

In Week Two, the Rattlers went tit-for-tat with the Bulldogs in a tug-of-war first half. However, Sharyland was a different squad after the halftime pep talk. The Rattlers tightened the screws on defense and the offense cut loose.

“The performance and the team you saw in the first half defensively is not what we’re about or what we’re fully capable of, and they met the challenge,” Adame said. “The proof is in our performance. It’s always good to end on a positive. I would’ve rather that happen than us have a great first half and end up like how we played in the first.”

The Rattlers struck four times in the third quarter for TDs, and added a fourth quarter field goal by kicker Jason Hull, who also notched eight extra points.

Defensively, Sharyland muzzled the Bulldogs and held Alexander scoreless in the second half.

“I like what I saw in the second half overall,” Adame said. “Anytime we don’t perform up to our standard, they take it personal and the want to redeem themselves. And I think we did in the second half.”

Sharyland senior quarterback Tres Barrera completed 21 of 27 passes for 289 yards and four TDs. Barrera also had 10 rushes for 74 yards and one TD.

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Among the various weapons the Rattlers used against the Bulldogs was senior fullback Cesar Valdez. He caught six passes for 72 yards and one TD, and he rushed eight times for 23 yards and one TD.

“The offense executed well,” Valdez said. “The defense stepped it up, had a couple of turnovers, they made some stops, and we kept scoring. We came out like a ball of fire. That was our motto in the second half.”

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