With Week 10 of Valley high school football upon us, three of the Big 6 football teams are in the playoffs and a fourth is on the verge of making it in for the first time in its school history. With perfect 9-0 records the Mission Eagles and the Sharyland Rattlers are both seeking outright district titles this week as Mission played the 8-1 Mercedes Tigers last night and Sharyland plays at winless Edinburg Vela tonight. Regardless of the outcomes of those two games, the Eagles and the Rattlers will be moving on to the bi-district round of the state playoffs next week.
Going into Mission’s game against Mercedes last night, the Eagles had outscored their 2012 opponents 277-106. In five of their nine wins, Mission’s aggressive and dominating defense held the opposition’s offense to less than 10 points, including shutting out Valley View 41-0 and Veterans Memorial 42-0.
While the Eagles were guaranteed a share of the 32-4A district title no matter what happened against Mercedes last night, a Mission win would earn Coach Mario Pena’s team the outright district championship and would give the Eagles momentum as they enter the playoffs against either Laredo Nixon (5-4) or Corpus Christi Ray (7-2) next week. If Mission does play Nixon, which is the more likely scenario, the game will be held at Shirley Field in Laredo on Nov. 16 at 7:30. If Ray is the Eagles’ opponent however, the game will be played at Tom Landry Stadium also on Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Having outscored their opponents 531-140 this season, Coach Ron Adame’s Rattlers have been one of the most dominant teams in the Valley ever since Week 0. Sharyland’s dominance over their District 30-5A competition has been especially evident over the past two weeks with a 55-3 thrashing of Palmview and 48-7 rout of Edinburg North. Doing the math, the Rattlers outscored their two most recent opponents by a mind-boggling total of 103-10. Such decisive victories could be an indication of Sharyland peaking just in time to make a run deep into the playoffs.
The Rattlers will be waiting for the outcome of tonight's game between Laredo Alexander and Laredo United to see who they’ll be playing in the bi-district round of the playoffs. The winning team will play Donna while the loser will play Sharyland. If the Rattlers play Laredo United, the game will be played at Sharyland Rattler Stadium. If Sharyland plays Laredo Alexander however, it will be at Laredo SAC Complex. The date and time of whichever game it turns out to be will be determined later.
Veterans Memorial Patriots
The third Big 6 football team to have their reservation at the state playoffs confirmed is Veterans Memorial. Having won one week and lost the next, the entire season, Coach David Gilpin’s Patriots have been on a virtual roller coaster ride since Week 0. Regardless of the outcome of Veterans Memorial’s game against PSJA Southwest tonight, the Patriots will most likely be playing 7-2 Corpus Christi Ray at Tom Landry Stadium Friday Nov. 16 in the bi-district round of the Region IV playoffs. Should C.C. Miller upset Ray tonight however, Veterans Memorial will be facing 9-0 Flour Bluff next week. In that case, the time and location of the game will be determined later.
The only other Big 6 football team that could be playing beyond Week 10 is Juarez-Lincoln. The good news for the Huskies is that they control their own destiny. If they win tonight, they’re in the playoffs. The bad news is that not only will they have to beat the 8-1 Donna Redskins to secure the first ever playoff appearance in school history, but they will have to do so on the road. So far this season, the Huskies are winless away from La Joya I.S.D. Stadium.
The additional good news for Coach Tomas Garcia’s Huskies team is that they do have a Plan B, if needed. A Palmview win over Economedes tonight will assure Juarez-Lincoln of a playoff appearance regardless of the outcome of their game against Donna.
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