Wednesday, September 18, 2019
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Diamondbacks dominate Eagles

20190913 DiamondbacksvsEaglesSTThe Sharyland Pioneer Diamondbacks put on an impressive all-around performance tonight in front of their home fans at Richard Thompson Stadium, defeating the previously undefeated Mission Eagles 56-28.

Junior quarterback Eddie Lee Marburger had another impressive game, throwing for six touchdowns and rushing for another as the Diamondbacks improved to 2-1 with their second straight 50 plus point game. Pioneer’s first score came via a Marburger to Luke Padilla score from 13 yards out that tied the game at seven apiece midway through the first quarter.

The Pioneer defense did their job too. After giving up the game’s first score on an Andrew Maldonado touchdown run, the Diamondbacks “D” proceeded to force a Mission punt, recover a fumble on a kickoff return and then stop the Eagles on a three and out. Those three stops led to three touchdowns and a 28-7 lead that put Pioneer in control for the rest of the night.

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Football returns with two Big 7 clashes tonight

20190906 SHSRattlersvsMcAllenMustangsSTJust two weeks into the Valley high school football season, only two of the seven Mission, Sharyland and La Joya ISD football teams, the Big 7, remain undefeated.

The La Joya Coyotes and the Mission Eagles are those two teams and with the Coyotes and the Eagles going up against the Sharyland Rattlers and the Sharyland Pioneer Diamondbacks respectively tonight, they will both have to earn the right to go 3-0.

With two of the Big 7 teams having played their Week 3 games last night, the Mission Veterans Patriots and Brownsville Veterans and the Juarez-Lincoln Huskies at the Edinburg Bobcats, and with four of the remaining Big 7 teams going head to head against each other, there are only three games featuring one or more Big 7 teams on tonight’s schedule. And with the Mission Eagles at the Sharyland Pioneer Diamondbacks game being our Game of the Week, which is being previewed separately, we will be taking a look at the other two Big 7 games being played under the Friday night lights here.

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Eagles set to descend on Diamondbacks

20190905 SPHSvsJLHSSTFor the third week in a row Sharyland ISD’s Richard Thompson Stadium will be the site of a highly anticipated matchup between two of the Valley’s top football teams.

Harlingen High defeated Sharyland Pioneer in a 42-41 thriller there to open the season on August 30 before McAllen Memorial showed up and beat the Sharyland Rattlers 51-10 last week.

The Mission Eagles (2-0) take the short trip across town tonight in hopes of recording another visiting team victory at the stadium and remain undefeated in the early stages of the 2019 campaign.

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Rattlers struggle; fall to Mustangs

20190906 SHSRattlersvsMcAllenMustangsSTThe Sharyland Rattlers had a tough night keeping the Mustangs of McAllen Memorial corralled in their 51-10 loss at Richard Thompson Stadium Friday night.

The Mustangs scored on the game’s opening drive and then forced a Rattler turnover on Sharyland’s second play from scrimmage to get the ball back. Memorial scored nine plays later to put the Rattlers in an early 14-0 hole.

Sharyland responded with a 65 yard drive that included a 38 yard pass from Benjamin Valdivia to Kevin Chavez and ended with a 28 yard field goal from Kali Nguma to make it 14-3.

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GOTW: McAllen Memorial running game to test Rattlers tonight

20180907 SHHSvsMMHSSTThis article originally appeared in the Friday Sept. 6, 2019 issue of the Progress Times.

The game of football has changed. Just a glimpse of what you see of most games now, the pros, college or high school will probably prove my point. Offenses these days have fallen in love with the forward pass. Having a talented athlete at the quarterback position who can throw is now seen as the easiest way to ensure success on game day.

Don’t tell that to McAllen Memorial’s Bill Littleton. The long-time coach of the Mustangs has done a lot of damage and won a lot of games over the years with a different approach. The Mustangs are going to run. Opponents have to stop them to come out on top. Not many have in Littleton’s previous 16 years at Memorial.

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