Saturday, July 21, 2018
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20170929 SHSvLaredoMartinThe Sharyland Rattlers continued their hot start in District 31-5A by picking up a 45-28 win over the Laredo Martin Tigers at Richard Thompson Stadium last night.


The Rattlers jumped out early on the Tigers, led by a 29-yard touchdown run by Blake Klein and two touchdown passes from Edgar Longoria to receivers Ruben Davila and Adrian Solis to give Sharyland a commanding 24-0 lead just before the half.However, the Tigers would not go down without a fight.


With three seconds left in the first half, the Tigers scored on a 22-yard pass, and followed that up with a 58-yard touchdown run to open the second half to close the gap to 24-14. After a Sharyland turnover on downs at midfield, Martin capitalized and brought down a jump ball to bring the score to 24-21.


As Martin was looking to complete the comeback in the fourth quarter, Longoria and the Rattlers locked in and responded with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Gabriel Tamez and a 2-yard score on the ground.


“We started off pretty good but we had a couple turnovers after halftime,” Klein said. “In the fourth quarter, we clicked together, we knew what to do. Once we started getting to crunch time, then everybody started forming together and we were rolling.”


Longoria finished with three touchdown passes and one score on the ground in just his second game this season after returning from injury in Week Four. The junior quarterback said it’s good to have weapons all across the offense who can contribute and make plays.


“It makes the job a lot easier because you don’t have to depend on just one person,” he said. “We’re all-around good players and I believe in every single one of my teammates, that they can do the job.”


Head Coach Ron Adame liked what he saw out of his quarterback in the team’s second district game.


“I thought for his second game, he seemed a lot more comfortable,” Adame said. “He had command of our offense and we kind of anticipated that was going to happen with game reps. These last two games have been good for him and he’s playing the game with confidence.”


The Sharyland defense created four turnovers on the night, including a fumble recovery on a kickoff and a fourth quarter interception to seal the deal. The pick by cornerback Travis Sorce set up the the Rattlers final end zone visit as fullback Freddy Garcia punched in a 3-yard score to seal the deal.


Middle linebacker Javo Lopez said the defense thrives off creating turnovers as Sharyland has racked up nine over the last two weeks.


“It was just determination, being able to give the ball back to the offense and put an exclamation point on it.”


With the win over Martin, Sharyland improves to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in District 31-5A. Next up for the Rattlers is a Friday road game against the Roma Gladiators. Sharyland has now won three straight games.


“I think we were tested tonight, we were certainly challenged,” Adame said. “Martin showed up to play. I’m proud of our boys, we showed a lot of promise. We showed a lot of good things tonight. But we’re not playing the football that we’re fully capable of, and we’re going to keep working until we do play the football that we’re capable of.”