Heading into Week 3 of Valley High School football, two Big 7 teams are undefeated and two are winless. The fact that one of the two Sharyland teams is undefeated and the other is winless teams may not surprise anyone. However, its the Pioneer Diamondbacks that are undefeated and the Rattlers that are winless.
Sharyland Pioneer (2-0) at Corpus Christi Ray (1-1)
Coming off Saturday’s 32-6 win over Brownsville Pace, the Pioneer Diamondbacks are off to a 2-0 start for the second time in their two-year history. Tonight the Diamondbacks will be traveling to Corpus Christi to face off against the same Ray Texans that handed the Diamondbacks their first loss last season.
The Texans, who are coming off a 6-4 season (1-4 in district), opened their non-district schedule this season with a 22-7 loss to Laredo Martin but bounced back last week with a 24-6 win over Corpus Christi Miller. The Diamondbacks, who opened this season with a 24-6 win over the Hidalgo Pirates, will be looking to improve on their 3-7 inaugural season record that included a 1-5 District 31-5A record.
Juarez-Lincoln (1 – 1) at Veterans Memorial (1 – 1)
It’s deja vu all over again for the Veterans Memorial Patriots. For the second year in a row the Patriots opened their season with a win over the Mission Eagles (23-2) in the Battle of Conway and a lopsided loss to the Odessa Permian Panthers (63-7). Next up for the Patriots are the Juarez-Lincoln Huskies who they defeated 48-6 in Week 3 last season.
The Huskies have already bettered their win total of last season by pulling off what many would consider to be an upset when they defeated Rio Hondo 27-17 last week. While the Bobcats are a 4A team and the Huskies are 6A, Rio Hondo did post an 8-3 overall record last season and went 4-1 in District 16-4A play to claim the second seed.
Rio Grande City (1-1) at Palmview (2-0)
With a total of 103 points scored in their first two games the Palmview Lobos have been utilizing their dominant running attack to light up the scoreboard. Palmview opened its season with a 53-7 win over Brownsville Lopez in Week 1 and followed that up with a 50-26 win over PSJA SW last Thursday.
Next up for the Lobos are the Rio Grande City Rattlers who handed Palmview their first defeat of the season last year, a 14-9 Week 3 loss. The Rattlers opened their season with a 13-0 win over Ingleside but fell to the Port Isabel Tarpons last week by a score of 13-7.
The Lobos will be relying on the running of Joel Pina, who has scored eight touchdowns already this season, to help them avenge last year’s loss to the Rattlers and open their season at 3-0. Despite having opened their seasons with 2-0 records four times in school history, Palmview failed to go 3-0 all four times.
Mission High (0-2) at Donna North (0-2)
For the second year in a row the Mission Eagles have opened their season with back-to-back losses to Veterans Memorial and Brownsville Hanna. Tonight the Eagles will be hoping to have history repeat itself one more time by pulling off a win over the Donna North Chiefs and improving their Week 3 record to 1-2 for the second year in a row.
The Chiefs opened their non-district schedule with a 34-23 loss to La Feria and followed that up with a 13-6 loss to the La Joya Coyotes last week. Donna North is coming off a 0-10 season. The Eagles are coming off slightly better but still disappointing 2-8 season with their only other win not coming until Week 9 when they defeated the winless Juarez-Lincoln Huskies 27-14.