KINGSVILLE – The Sharyland Rattlers advanced into the third round of the state playoffs for the third year in a row as a result of their 28-0 win over the Corpus Christi Calallen Wildcats Friday night. The win was the third shutout in a row for the Rattlers after their 38-0 district finale win over Rio Grande City and their 29-0 Bi-district round win over Edcouch Elsa.
Even as the Valley’s top team, many wondered if the Rattlers would be able to hold their own against the Wildcats, a team that has routinely quashed the hopes of any Valley team they faced in the playoffs.
Sharyland proved they can play ball at the next level as they scored early and often. The Rattlers kept Calallen off the scoreboard and never allowed the Wildcats to put up much of a scoring threat all night long.
Senior quarterback Lance Madden led off the scoring for the Rattlers as he called his own number with 7:06 remaining in the first quarter and ran a keeper into the end zone to make the score 7-0. Then with 1:23 remaining in the second quarter
Sharyland doubled up the score when a Madden pass was deflected into the hands of junior receiver Seth Carter in the end zone who held on to give Sharyland a 14-0 lead.
After the Sharyland defense forced the Calallen offense to punt with less than a minute left in the first half, senior Sean Landez took the ball and returned it 60 yards to the Wildcats’ 20-yard line. With only 29 seconds left on the clock before the intermission, Madden connected with senior halfback Loredo Guerra for the Rattlers’ third touchdown of the game to make the score 21-0.
After a scoreless third quarter Madden scored his second rushing touchdown of the game when he scampered 41 yards into the end zone with 7:29 remaining in the fourth quarter to seal the victory and extend the Rattlers’ season by at least one more game.
With the win Sharyland improved its record to 11-1 and extended its win streak to eight games.
Next up for the Rattlers will be the 9-3 Cedar Park Timberwolves in the regional round of the state playoffs. Cedar Park defeated Boerne-Champion by a score of 49-27 Friday night to earn the right to play Sharyland.