Both offenses put up a lot of points during Sharyland’s non-district 55-35 loss to visiting Laredo United. Though this is the first time since 2007 that the Rattlers have lost two in a row, that didn’t seem to faze head coach Ron Adame.
“It’s facing a team like Laredo United that gets you ready for district,” Adame said. “This is a team of young men with some solid character.”
And that character showed. Laredo United scored four of its five touchdowns in the first half by the powerful arm of quarterback Ignazio Tellez. Adame said he didn’t really do any adjustment during half time — he just challenged his team to plug the leaks on the long post plays.
Though down 42-21 at the half, Adame’s challenge payed off in the third quarter when Brian Garcia and Omar Mendiola blocked a long pass with the Longhorn receiver in the end zone. The Rattler defense began to swarm and held Laredo United scoreless in the third quarter.
The Rattler offense put on its own show. Though the Longhorns opened the scoring in the first quarter, quarterback Seth Carter took a nice kickoff return by Edgar Alanis, and turned it into a touchdown with his own run and the score by Sergio Tornero. Carter had an especially good night running the ball, including a touchdown scamper from his own 22 yard line for the Rattler’s second touchdown.
Two long sacks by the Rattler defense looked like it might give Sharyland the chance to get back into the game in the third quarter. Gambling on a fourth down and five situation, Carter connected with Alanis to bring them within two touchdowns at the end of the third quarter. After an exchange of downs, Carter threw an interception that resulted in a long run back and another touchdown. Two Rattler turnovers resulted in Longhorn scores. The night ended when the clock ran out on a field goal attempt.
“We’re going to take this as a learning experience,” Adame said.
The Rattlers host Brownsville Rivera next Friday night.