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Four Big 7 teams opening playoffs tonight

20171013 Sharyland-vs-Laredo-Cigarro.GU IMG 8245Entering each and every high school football season, it’s every team’s goal to make the playoffs. Almost without fail, that’s how every head coach and almost every player responds when asked what goal or goals they have set for their team. While that is the standard response, it is, of course, not possible for every team to extend their seasons beyond the regular season by qualifying for the playoffs. Therefore, the teams that do achieve what 64 teams in each of their respective divisions and classifications set out to achieve, should be celebrated for distinguishing themselves as among the best-of-the-best across the Lone Star State.  


While four of the seven varsity football teams in the Mission, Sharyland and La Joya school districts have earned this distinction, two of them, the Veterans Memorial Patriots and the Sharyland Rattlers, are part of an even more exclusive group - district champions.


Now that these four Big 7 teams have earned the right to participate in the playoffs, they’ll have to turn up their play a notch or two in order to win each game and qualify for each successive round. With all four Big 7 teams playing their respective bi-district round games tonight, let’s look at who each team is matched up against and where they’re playing.

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Sharyland clinches share of district crown

20171110 SHSvRGCThe Sharyland Rattlers locked up a share of the District 31-5A Championship with a 32-24 win over the Rio Grande City Rattlers last night at Richard Thompson Stadium.


Without several starters, the rest of the Rattlers stepped up to earn a win in the team’s homecoming game and send its seniors off with the sweet taste of victory.


Sharyland middle linebacker and team co-captain Noe Cortez said he knew without a few starters, the entire team would have to step up to play their hearts up if they wanted to bring back a gold ball to Sharyland.

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Rattlers’ district championship race comes down to final week

20171103 Football SHS vs VMHS Game LG-49The Sharyland Rattlers have lost twice this season, and each time, bounced back in a big way.


A week after suffering their first district defeat to Laredo Nixon, the Rattlers (7-2, 6-1) flipped the script and knocked off the previously unbeaten Mission Veterans Memorial Patriots to put themselves in a three-way tie for the district lead.

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Rattlers end Patriots’ perfect season

20171103 ST Football SHS vs VMHS Game Web LG-49A week after suffering their first district loss, the Sharyland Rattlers flipped the script and played the role of spoiler, ending Mission Veterans’ perfect season with a 48-42 win in a shootout at Valley View ISD Stadium.


The 48-minute battle came down to the final play of the game as each team rose to the occasion time and time again, but the unit who locked up the victory for the Rattlers was the Sharyland defense.


The lethal Patriot offense had seven chances inside the 10-yard line in the final minute of the game trailing by six, and with the help of a pass interference penalty in the end zone, moved the ball to inside the one-yard line. With 4.7 and one final crack at a score, a mishandled snap forced quarterback Landry Gilpin to improvise and try for six, but the Rattler defense swarmed him on the game’s deciding play to stop him short.

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Lady Ratters, Lady Diamondbacks and Lady Patriots advance

20170818 Volleyball SHS vs DNHS LG-14It’s playoff time for high school volleyball teams across the state of Texas and three Big 7 teams have taken the first step in what they hope will be a deep run into the University Interscholastic League’s (UIL’s) state playoffs. The 11-5 Sharyland Lady Rattlers, the 12-4 Pioneer Lady Diamondbacks and the 16-0 Veterans Memorial Lady Patriots all took care of business in the bi-district round by defeating the three District 32-5A teams they were matched up against.


Unfortunately, not every Big 7 team that qualified for the playoffs fared as well as those three 31-5A teams fared. After winning their District 30-6A fourth-place tie-breaker against the La Joya Lady Coyotes, to earn the right to advance into the bi-district round, the 5-7 Mission Lady Eagles fell to the 14-1 Laredo United Lady Longhorns in straight sets (25-11, 25-8, 25-11) Tuesday night to bring their otherwise successful season to an end.


But with three of four Big 7 teams advancing into the Area round of the state playoffs, let’s take a look at each of their first round games, their upcoming second round games and how the Lady Rattlers and the Lady Patriots could go up against each other in the third round.

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Rattlers, Patriots fight for district supremacy

20171027 Shary-VS-Nixon GU.GU IMG 0779The Veterans Memorial Patriots and Sharyland Rattlers have been on a collision course all season. As two of the Valley’s most proven programs, both teams have put themselves in position to claim the 31-5A crown in 2017.


Now, the two powerhouses are set to meet at 7:30 tonight at Valley View ISD Stadium in Pharr where the winner will move one step closer to a district championship.


Mission Veterans (8-0, 6-0) enters the game unbeaten on the year while leading District 31-5A, as they have outscored opponents 329-167 thus far. The accomplishment is even more impressive when you take into account the Patriots will finish the year without playing a single home game due to the delayed renovations of Tom Landry Hall of Fame Stadium.

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