Saturday, July 21, 2018
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20170922 SHSvVV FootballFresh off a bye week, the Rattlers proved they were busy putting in work as they took down the Valley View Tigers 48-6 Friday night in Sharyland’s District 31-5A opener.


The entire team received a boost of energy and excitement as junior quarterback Edgar Longoria made his return to the field for the first time since suffering a rib injury during spring ball.


“First of all, coming into the game everybody was asking me if I was nervous,” Longoria said. “If anything they were nervous for me, I was kind of excited. I think I need to work on some things but I had a lot of fun.”


Longoria and senior quarterback Diego Vela, who was under center for the Rattlers first two games, spent the night rotating in, but neither had any difficulty leading the Sharyland offense to points.


The fun started five minutes into the game as Longoria connected with junior receiver Ruben Davila on a 13-yard touchdown strike, and the quarterback followed that up with a 7-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. With a minute left in the first half, Vela kept a play alive with his feet and found Davila running wide open behind the Valley View secondary for a 36-yard score to give the Rattlers a 20-0 lead heading into the locker room.


In the second half, Sharyland showcased their running ability and defensive playmakers. As a team, the Rattlers finished with 311 yards on the ground and 161 through the air.


A pair of Sharyland defensive backs took turnovers to the house for six in the third quarter as Travis Sorce and Jimmy Esquivel returned an interception and fumble for scores. The Rattlers forced five turnovers in the game, recovering three fumbles and intercepting two Valley View passes.


The defenses play had the entire Sharyland sideline fired up, celebrating big hits, quarterback sacks and turnovers. Head Coach Ron Adame was proud of the team effort it took to shut down the Tiger offense.


“The defense was phenomenal,” Adame said. “They kept the offense off the field and those kids work hard on scooping and scoring and taking picks to the house, so we were really happy to see those young men that got to cause a turnover or got the turnover in their hands, but it’s all teamwork.”


Fullback Freddy Garcia and receiver Hector Zavala also found the end zone on runs of 10 and five yards to seal the 48-6 victory over Valley View to improve the Rattlers to 1-0 in 31-5A and 2-1 overall.


“We had areas where we looked good and they executed our game plan and performed, but as coaches, there are always areas we’re looking to improve,” Adame said. “The way we played tonight, I feel we’re a better team than we were the last time we stepped on the field.”


Sharyland is back in action 7:30 p.m. Friday night for a Week 5 home matchup against Laredo Martin at Richard Thompson Stadium.