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Lady Rattlers running for more: Big 7 schools post impressive District XC meet performances

STBig7Ask any cross country coach and each will mention the importance of running together. It is stressed in practice and when done in a race can result in a good team finish.

Cross country scoring is based on adding together the finishing place of a team’s top five runners; the better the finish, the lower the score. The lowest scoring team wins the meet.

Many teams struggle to find a group of runners capable of staying packed together over the course of a three mile race. If they can’t, all is not lost. A team with a couple of strong runners can often win even with other members of the team spread out behind them.

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Pioneer claims Snakeskin Classic

20191018 SnakeskinClassicSTThe Sharyland Pioneer Diamondbacks broke open a tight game with three quick touchdowns in the middle of the first half over rival Sharyland in an eventual 63-28 win in the sixth edition of the Snakeskin Classic. The win keeps the Diamondbacks on top of the District 16-5A Div. II standings at 3-0 with three games left to play. Pioneer is 6-1 overall.

It was the Rattlers, however, who opened the scoring, going up 7-0 on a short Benji Valdivia run that followed a Pioneer turnover. It was 7-7 just seconds later thanks to 95 yard kickoff return for a score from the Diamondbacks Evan Maldonado.

Another Diamondback touchdown, courtesy of an eight yard run from Pioneer quarterback Eddie Lee Marburger put the Diamondbacks up 14-7. Valdivia followed that score with a 15 yard touchdown pass to Daniel Pena to tie the game at 14 all.

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GOTW: Snakeskin Classic

20191018 STGOWMore than bragging rights are at stake when the Sharyland Rattlers host the Sharyland Pioneer Diamondbacks tonight at Richard Thompson Stadium in the sixth edition of the Snakeskin Classic.

Some sports rivalries have implications beyond the right to say your team won and, in some cases, the right to keep saying it for a year until the two meet again.

Depending on the sport, rival schools often play each other twice a year. If the two are from different UIL districts the outcome of the game has no impact on the post season fortunes of either team.

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Top five Big 7 teams continue to dominate

20191001 SPHSvsMHS2stIt was another very good week for four of the seven football teams from the Mission, Sharyland and La Joya school districts, the Big 7. Not only did these four teams win, but three of them, the Pioneer Diamondbacks, the Palmview Lobos and the Sharyland Rattlers, won by point margins of 2:1 or greater. The other winning team, the Mission Eagles, may not have won as impressively, but they won, and when all is said and done, that’s all that matters.

Through Week 6, the top five Big 7 teams have combined for a 20-6 overall record and an extremely impressive 13-1 district record. That is a testament to the high quality of football being played by these teams.

Going into Week 7, all but one of the Big 7 teams are in action. That’s because the 4-1 (4-2 overall) Palmview Lobos have a bye this week. Two of the remaining six, the Juarez-Lincoln Huskies and the Mission Eagles, went head-to-head against each other at Tom Landry Hall of Fame Stadium last night. That leaves four of seven teams playing tonight. And with the Donna Redskins at the Mission Veterans Patriots game being previewed separately as the Progress Times game of the week, we will take a look at the other three games involving Big 7 teams here.

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Rattlers rout Roma

20191004 SHSRattlersvRHSGladiatorsSTThe Sharyland Rattlers scored on five of their six first half possessions to jump out to a 36-3 halftime lead in an eventual 43-3 victory over Roma tonight to improve to 4-2 on the year and, more importantly, 2-0 in District 16-5A Div. II play.

Quarterback Benji Valdivia led the Rattlers on scoring drives of 31, 71, 67, 43 and 47 yards utilizing a variety of receivers and runners to build the big lead at the break.

The Rattlers got three touchdown throws from Valdivia in the first half, two to Daniel Pena and another to Robert Mancha. Valdivia scored himself on a short touchdown run as did Kevin Chavez. Valdivia completed a 2 pt. conversion to Lupe Trevino after his run.

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GOTW: Rattlers, Gladiators clash tonight

20191004 STGOWTexas high school football can sometimes be a bit confusing. Not every game in the season is equal in the eyes of the UIL, the governing body of high school sports in the state. Post season qualification is based solely on your district record and the place in the standings that record puts you. Early non-district losses, in the bigger scheme of things may not matter.

District alignments can be confusing as well. Some, like District 16-5A Div. I, have ten schools competing for the four spots that qualify for the playoffs. That means only one non-district game and nine that count. More district games, however, may afford the opportunity to recover from a loss or two.

That is not the case in smaller districts like District 16-5A Div. II. While the seven schools in this district get the benefit of four non-district games to prepare for the games that count, the short six game district schedule offers less opportunity for error. Every outcome is significant.

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