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It was friend versus friend and teammate versus teammate as the Sharyland Rattlers football team took the field against the Sharyland Rattlers last Thursday evening in the annual Red/White spring football game. As half of Coach Ron Adame’s players donned red jerseys and half donned white, the game capped off four weeks of spring practice meant to give Adame and his staff a preview of what’s to come in what will be the Rattlers’ final season before the split which will take place when Pioneer High School opens its doors in the fall of 2014.
“We’ve had four weeks of spring ball,” explained Adame. “The fourth week we divided the kids up as evenly as we could. Our position coaches split their boys up as evenly as possible and we continued practicing in the morning, but we’d game plan for this game in the afternoons.”
“It was more of a controlled situation today and even though this was as close to a game as possible without the special teams we wanted to see how the kids would respond. Some of the boys went on both sides of the ball so this game allowed that opportunity to take place,” Adame said.
After having gone undefeated in District 30-5A play and easily winning their bi-district and area round playoff games, the 2012 Rattlers’ football season came to an abrupt end at Buccaneer Stadium in Corpus Christi with a 40-13 loss to the San Antonio Madison Mavericks. Even so the Tres Barrera led Rattlers were a force to be reckoned with all season long and as such set a standard of excellence which next year’s squad will be striving to continue…a squad which has several key positions to fill.
“We’ve got a lot of boys that are fighting for positions,” said Adame. “What this game gave us was an opportunity for them to maximize their reps and to show us what they have. Ultimately this game was an opportunity for many of our players to solidify their positions on the depth charts.”
With enough players to field two teams on the sidelines last Thursday night, Adame and his staff will have plenty to choose from when the time comes to fill their varsity roster.
“We had 90 or so players out here tonight so they can’t all make the varsity squad,” shared the first year head coach. “We certainly wanted to give them every possible opportunity in the spring to head into two-a-days with an opportunity to make varsity. Now that doesn’t mean that if a kid doesn’t make varsity at the beginning of the season that he can’t come up and end up playing on Friday nights. But we just wanted to maximize their opportunities to show what they have.”
On the scoreboard, the red team defeated the white team 28-27 Thursday night. However the outcome of the game was not nearly as important to Adame as was the fact that both sides emerged from the game relatively injury free.
“We got out of spring ball what we expected,” said Adame. “The biggest thing, and we thank the Lord for this, is that we came out of it with as few injuries as possible. We did have one boy break his arm, another one that broke his clavicle and another that had some meniscus damage but for the most part we were looking to come out of this as healthy as possible and we did. Especially in tonight’s game.”
With spring ball now behind them, many of the Rattlers’ players will be fine tuning their skills this summer by participating in seven-on-seven leagues.
“We’re hoping to get three or possibly four teams into McAllen’s seven-on-seven league,” explained Adame. “It just depends on how many boys bring their registration forms in. But that’s a big part of our summer and we’re planning on playing in two state qualifying tournaments. One in Calallen and we’ll be hosting the other one here.”
“It’s strictly voluntary, but we’ve been doing this for 16 or 17 years here in Sharyland,” added Adame. “It’s gotten to the point that teams that don’t participate in this summer program fall behind, especially teams like us that throw the ball. Besides maintaining condition during the summer, the biggest benefit derived from seven-on-seven is that the players develop a chemistry that can only be developed by playing together.”
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