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Diamondbacks pick up 43-14 win, move to 2-2 entering district

20180922 STFootball Rivera vs Pioneer MM-0179-2The Pioneer Diamondbacks overcame a slow start to put together a strong finish in a 43-14 win over the Brownsville Rivera Raiders at Richard Thompson Stadium on Friday night, improving to 2-2 on the year.

The Pioneer offense opened with a bang as Jacob Rosales connected with Luke Padilla on a 55-yard first quarter touchdown, but things stalled after that. The Diamondbacks entered Rivera territory five times in the first half but walked away with two missed field goals, two turnovers and the score. A fumble recovery in the Rivera end zone by Pioneer linebacker Marcos Salazar gave the Diamondbacks their only other first half points, taking a 15-0 lead into the break.

When the Diamondbacks emerged from the locker room after halftime, they turned things up a notch.

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Rattlers taking on Brownsville Hanna

20180914 STLJHSvSHS 1471Week Three of Valley high school football has come and gone and the seven teams from the Mission, Sharyland and La Joya school districts, the Big 7, have posted a combined record of 12-9 on the season. Of those twelve wins, six of them have been posted by two teams that have yet to taste the agony of defeat; the Mission Eagles and the La Joya Coyotes.

Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Especially when you take into account the fact that last year the Coyotes swept their final three District 30-6A games to punch their ticket into the UIL State playoffs, and giving them what is now a six game winning streak against Valley teams. As for the Eagles, who are coming off a 4-6 2017 record, they are in their third season under the coaching of former NFL quarterback Koy Detmer, making this the first season in which every player on the varsity roster has been part of the Detmer system exclusively. And from the looks of it, that system is paying dividends.

While the Coyotes and the Eagles are off to the best starts of any of the Big 7 teams, there are two others with winning records, the 2-1 Palmview Lobos and the 2-1 Mission Veterans Patriots. While both these teams have lost a game, those losses were against non-district opponents making them both undefeated in District 16-5A-1 play with identical 2-0 records.

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Diamondbacks looking for big win before district games begin

ST-GOW ART 092118Through three weeks, the Pioneer Diamondbacks have experienced their share of ups and downs.

First year Pioneer Head Coach Tom Lee scheduled four 6A opponents for non-district play, and the results have varied. After a Week 1 blowout loss to Harlingen, the Diamondbacks responded with a comeback win over Juarez-Lincoln to pick up their first of the season and first under Lee’s tenure.

Last week, Pioneer went down to the wire with the unbeaten Mission Eagles before falling 21-17 in a game where the Diamondbacks had an opportunity to pull out the win late. While Pioneer fell to 1-2 on the year, senior quarterback Jacob Rosales believes the Diamondbacks are coming into their own.

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La Joya locks down Sharyland High

20180914 STLJHSvSHS 1471If you’re still sleeping on the La Joya Coyotes, you must’ve missed the wake up call Friday night.

The Coyotes rolled through the Sharyland Rattlers 31-7 on a rainy night at Richard Thompson Stadium to improve to 3-0 on the season, something La Joya hasn’t done in years.

“We haven’t been 3-0 for a long time, so it feels absolutely amazing and we’re going to keep going from here,” said senior safety Irvin Zamora.

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La Joya, Sharyland set to reignite age-old rivalry Coyotes and Rattlers clash in meeting of storied programs

game of the week -STWhat’s meant to be will always find a way and finally after years apart, the La Joya Coyotes and Sharyland Rattlers, two of the Valley’s most storied programs, are set to clash on the football field for the first time in over 10 years.

“We’re talking about the original school (La Joya), just like we’re the original here,” said Sharyland High Head Coach Ron Adame. “In the past when we were both one schools, we had some close, tough ball games. Those kids at La Joya High, if they’re like our kids, their fathers and mothers graduated from La Joya just like our parents. We’re expecting a good classic shootout with two storied programs that have a lot of pride.”

For La Joya High Head Coach Reuben Farias, the matchup takes him back to the days of the 70s when his father and former Coyote head coach Ruben Eluterio Farias was leading La Joya into games against Sharyland.

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Mission Eagles dominate Pioneer Diamondbacks

20180913 STFootball SPHS vs MHSThe Mission Eagles improved to 3-0 on the season as they defeated the Pioneer Diamondbacks Thursday evening at Tom Landry Hall of Fame Stadium by a score of 21-17.

After trailing most of the game, the now 1-2 Diamondbacks took a 17-14 lead with just under seven minutes left in the game, when sophomore quarterback Eddie Marburger scored a touchdown on a keeper and then connected with junior wide receiver Lavar Lindo for the two-point conversion.

However, the Eagles moved the ball down the field on the ensuing possession and scored the eventual game winning touchdown with 4:42 remaining on the clock on a nice run by Eagles' running back Horacio Moronta.

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