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The Sharyland Rattlers improved their district record to 4-0 (6-0 overall) with a 49-3 rout of the Edinburg Bobcats last Friday evening. With the win the Rattlers keep pace with the 5-0 (7-0 overall) Edinburg North Cougars atop the District 30-5A standings as the two teams remain on course for what is shaping up to be a head-to head battle for the district championship Halloween night.
Sharyland wasted no time putting points up on the board against Edinburg as Brandon Garza caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Diego Chrysler 1:37 into the game. Exactly three minutes later the Rattlers had stretched their lead to 21-0 on a Michael Gonzalez one yard run and a 59-yard touchdown pass from Chrysler to Christian Garza. Sean Landez capped off Sharyland’s scoring in the opening quarter with a 90-yard punt return for a touchdown.
The Rattlers extended their lead to 49-0 by scoring one touchdown in each of the subsequent quarters – a 50-yard run by Chrysler in the second, a 65-yard punt return by Justin Harris in the third and a 32-yard pass from Chrysler to Garza in the fourth. Chrysler finished the night with 14 completions in 23 attempts for a total of 294 passing yards.
Juarez-Lincoln 10, La Joya 0
The Juarez-Lincoln Huskies claimed the La Joya City Championship for the second year in a row by defeating the La Joya Coyotes 10-0 last Friday evening after having defeated the Palmview Lobos 13-7 in Week 2. More importantly the Huskies ended a three game losing streak and kept their playoff hopes alive as they improved to 2-3 in District 30-5A play with the win.
After a scoreless first half Juarez-Lincoln put the only points they would need to win the game on the scoreboard when Jose Escareno kicked a field goal with 3:18 left in the third quarter. The score remained at 3-0 until Huskies’ running back Martin Diaz scored on a five yard run with 6:36 to go in the game to make the score 10-0.
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Palmview 7, Edinburg North 47
The Palmview Lobos remained winless this season with a 47-7 loss at the hands of the undefeated Edinburg North Cougars last Thursday evening. With the loss the Lobos dropped to 0-6 overall and 0-4 in District 30-5A play.
In what was Coach Mage Requenez’s second game as Palmview’s interim head coach, the Lobos avoided a shutout when quarterback Ezequiel Huaracha and wide receiver Anthony Mora connected on a 27-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter. Palmview did manage 170 yards of total offense against a very stingy Edinburg North defense, but four costly turnovers led to 17 of the Cougars’ 47 points scored and helped put the game out of reach early for the Lobos.
In a game that was much closer than the final score indicates, the Edcouch Elsa Yellow Jackets handed the Veterans Memorial Patriots their second loss of the season 22-3.
It was Edcouch Elsa that scored first with just under a minute left in the first quarter to pull ahead to stay by a score of 8-0. Veterans Memorial scored their only points of the game with 5:01 to go in the first half when kicker Jorge Cavazos split the uprights with a field goal. It was not until five minutes were left in the game that Edcouch scored again to take a 15-3 lead before they tacked on a meaningless touchdown with only 33 seconds remaining on the clock to close out the scoring at 22-3.
Patriots’ all-district quarterback Santos Villarreal completed 11 of 24 passes for 111 yards and two interceptions against the Jackets. Villarreal tacked on 95 yards of rushing on 13 carries. In total Veterans Memorial compiled 258 yards of offense while Edcouch Elsa finished the night with 369 yards of total offense.
Roma 31, Mission High 22
After a scoreless first quarter it was the Roma Gladiators that put points on the scoreboard first with a 36-yard field goal early in the second quarter. It was their final two scores of the game however that made the difference and gave Roma a 31-22 win over the Mission Eagles.
Mission’s Jerry Barrera scored the Eagles’ first of three touchdowns on the night when he ran the ball in from one yard out with 4:19 left in the second quarter. That gave Mission a 7-3 lead which they were only able to keep for 16 seconds as the Gladiators’ Orly Solis scored on a 66 yard run to give Roma a 9-7 lead with 4:03 to go in the second quarter.
Both teams scored two touchdowns each in the third quarter with the Eagles tacking on an extra point and a 2-point conversion to tie the score at 22 going into the fourth. A 23-yard touchdown pass and 34 yard field goal gave the Gladiators a nine point lead that they never relinquished as Roma handed the Eagles their second loss in a row and dropped their record to 2-3 overall and 1-2 in district play.
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