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20170908 Football ENHS vs SHS Game LG-29 1How you respond when faced with adversity says everything about your character, and the Sharyland Rattlers have shown their resilience early in 2017.


After the Rattlers’ dropped their season opener on the road to Weslaco East 62-0, Sharyland knew they had to bounce back in a big way in Week 2. Senior middle linebacker Noe Cortez said the Rattlers had no choice but to come out and respond under the pressure of the Friday night lights.


“The loss Week 1 was something that we weren’t used to, something that Sharyland wasn’t used to,” Cortez said. “We knew we just had to bounce back and when push came to shove, we knew that Week 2 we had to make a name for ourselves and prove everyone wrong. We believe we did that Week 2.”


In Week 2, the Rattlers used a comeback effort to knock off the Edinburg North Cougars 24-20 behind the play of senior quarterback Diego Vela. He finished the game with 270 yards passing and two touchdowns through the air.


Fresh off a bye-week, Sharyland and head coach Ron Adame are set for their District 31-5A opener Friday night when they take on the Valley View Tigers.


Valley View started the season off hot with two big wins over Donna High 21-20 and the Hidalgo Pirates 34-10, putting the Tigers at 2-0 for the first time since 2012.


“Our last game was a pretty emotional comeback win, I think we’re ready to continue that,” Adame said. “They know the fact that Valley View started out the year 2-0 and had some momentum. We’re expecting that Valley View team to come in with a lot of confidence because that certainly does breed confidence when you’re able to taste victory and success.”


The Tigers momentum came to a screeching halt in Week 3 when they dropped their District 31-5A opener on the road 63-0 to the Rio Grande City Rattlers.  Now, Valley View will be looking to rebound against the Rattlers from Sharyland.


Senior right guard Xavier Luna said Valley View’s big loss doesn’t matter, because any team can bounce back just like the Rattlers did themselves.


“We’re going to prepare for Valley View like any other week, it doesn’t matter that they lost last week,” Luna said. “It’s about keeping that mentality that every week is going to be a hard week. We lost our first week then we bounced back, who says they can’t do it too.”


Making his return for the Rattlers is junior quarterback Edgar Longoria, who ended 2016 as Sharyland’s starter. After battling a rib injury, the signal caller was cleared to return to practice Sept. 9. Adame’s plan is to have Longoria and current starter Vela both see the field Friday night.


Adame said he has confidence in Vela after his performance in Week 2 and is eager to see Edgar back under center.


“I think we’re in a win-win situation with both young men and they’re supporting each other and they know that they got each other’s back,” he said. “We got two young men that understand our offense and they’re going to be pulling for one another. I think their mentality is as long as the Rattlers win our game; it doesn’t matter individually who’s behind center. That’s the mentality we like to set here.”


No matter who is under center, Luna and the rest of the Rattlers have confidence and trust that they can get the job done.


“I feel like we’re really ready, I have a lot of trust and a lot of faith in them,” Luna said. “I feel very relaxed knowing that there’s two very athletic guys in our backfield and knowing that we have the guys up front who can block.


As the Rattlers ready for tonight’s 31-5A opener, Cortez feels they are prepared for the district grind.


“This eight week district is not easy, so our first two weeks prepared us for that and this bye week puts us one step ahead,” Cortez said. “We’re ready, we’re excited to strap up again and come out and show that Sharyland football is here.”


Kickoff between the Rattlers and the Tigers is set for 7:30 p.m. tonight at Valley View High School.