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La Joya locks down Sharyland High

20180914 STLJHSvSHS 1471If you’re still sleeping on the La Joya Coyotes, you must’ve missed the wake up call Friday night.

The Coyotes rolled through the Sharyland Rattlers 31-7 on a rainy night at Richard Thompson Stadium to improve to 3-0 on the season, something La Joya hasn’t done in years.

“We haven’t been 3-0 for a long time, so it feels absolutely amazing and we’re going to keep going from here,” said senior safety Irvin Zamora.

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La Joya, Sharyland set to reignite age-old rivalry Coyotes and Rattlers clash in meeting of storied programs

game of the week -STWhat’s meant to be will always find a way and finally after years apart, the La Joya Coyotes and Sharyland Rattlers, two of the Valley’s most storied programs, are set to clash on the football field for the first time in over 10 years.

“We’re talking about the original school (La Joya), just like we’re the original here,” said Sharyland High Head Coach Ron Adame. “In the past when we were both one schools, we had some close, tough ball games. Those kids at La Joya High, if they’re like our kids, their fathers and mothers graduated from La Joya just like our parents. We’re expecting a good classic shootout with two storied programs that have a lot of pride.”

For La Joya High Head Coach Reuben Farias, the matchup takes him back to the days of the 70s when his father and former Coyote head coach Ruben Eluterio Farias was leading La Joya into games against Sharyland.

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Mission Eagles dominate Pioneer Diamondbacks

20180913 STFootball SPHS vs MHSThe Mission Eagles improved to 3-0 on the season as they defeated the Pioneer Diamondbacks Thursday evening at Tom Landry Hall of Fame Stadium by a score of 21-17.

After trailing most of the game, the now 1-2 Diamondbacks took a 17-14 lead with just under seven minutes left in the game, when sophomore quarterback Eddie Marburger scored a touchdown on a keeper and then connected with junior wide receiver Lavar Lindo for the two-point conversion.

However, the Eagles moved the ball down the field on the ensuing possession and scored the eventual game winning touchdown with 4:42 remaining on the clock on a nice run by Eagles' running back Horacio Moronta.

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Pioneer outlasts Juarez-Lincoln for first win under Lee

20180907 Football JLHS vs SPHS MM--1000Before the Diamondbacks and Juarez-Lincoln Huskies met Friday night at Richard Thompson Stadium, first year Pioneer Head Coach Tom Lee knew it was going to be a dogfight.

After 48 minutes of play between the two teams, Lee was proved right as the Diamondbacks and Huskies fought to the last seconds of their Week 2 non-district matchup with Pioneer prevailing 31-29.

To get there, the Diamondbacks had to overcome a 10-point halftime deficit and seven total turnovers, including five in the first half, to pick up their first win of 2018 and Lee’s first as a head coach in 10 years.

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Mustangs stampede the Rattlers in overtime

20180907 Football SHHS vs MMHS LG Web-92For the second week in a row, the Sharyland Rattlers found themselves tied at the end of regulation and needing a single overtime period to decide the outcome of their game. Last week they emerged victorious as they defeated Brownsville Pace by a score of 20-17.

Friday night the Rattlers and the McAllen Memorial Mustangs entered overtime tied at 21. The Mustangs had the first possession and they promptly put six points on the board to take a 27-21 lead. Knowing that they needed to score six points to force a second overtime period or seven to win the game, the Rattlers took possession of the ball. However, they could not find the end zone and as a result, the Mustangs defeated the Rattlers by a final score of 27-21.

With the loss, the Rattlers dropped to 1-1 on the season and will be looking to get back on the winning track next week when they host the 2-0 La Joya Coyotes.

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Eagles, Coyotes and Rattlers open with wins

20170908 Football ENHS vs SHS Game LG-29 1Week One of Valley High School football is in the books and of the seven teams from the Mission, Sharyland and La Joya school districts, the Big 7, only three emerged victorious; the Mission Eagles, the Sharyland Rattlers and the La Joya Coyotes. That of course means that the remaining four teams now find themselves with 0-1 records heading into their Week Two games.

Fortunately for the coaches, the players and the fans of those four teams, all Week One games were non-district. As a result, having one game in the loss column at this point of the season will in no way affect their chances of winning a district championship, or of qualifying for the playoffs.

That however is about to change for two of those teams. That’s because as members of the 10 team District 16-5A-1, the Patriots and the Lobos are opening their district schedules this week.

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