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Rattlers drop first district game to Nixon Mustangs

20171027 SharyvNixon 1364All good things come to an end as did the Sharyland Rattlers’ six-game winning streak last night in a 49-14 loss to the Laredo Nixon Mustangs at Richard Thompson Stadium.


The Rattlers entered the game between playoff contenders unbeaten in district play at 5-0, while the co-defending 31-5A champion Mustangs boasted a 4-1 league record. When the game was over, the Rattlers took their first “L” of the season.


It was the Mustangs who jumped out early as running back Emil Oliva scored on a five-yard run at the end of the first quarter and again at the start of the second quarter on a six-yarder.

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Rattlers rolling into matchup with Nixon unbeaten in 31-5A

20171027 CMYK Sharyland-Rattlers-front-page-teaser-artFifty-six days. That’s the last time the Sharyland Rattlers suffered defeat.


Since then, the Rattlers have ripped off a streak of six straight victories to find themselves in a tie for the top spot in District 31-5A at 5-0 with the Veterans Memorial Patriots.


Sharyland junior wide receiver and return man Adrian Solis, who has five total touchdowns this season, said the team has learned from the early defeat and is now turning that into wins.

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Rattlers defeat Diamondbacks in fourth annual Snakeskin Classic

20171020 Football SHS vs SPHS Game Web LG-94With both teams scoring a touchdown in the first minute and a half of the game and with the winning touchdown being scored with only nine seconds left in the game, Friday night's District 31-5A match-up between the Sharyland Rattlers and the Pioneer Diamondbacks was exciting from beginning to end.

It was the Rattlers that struck first on their very first play from scrimmage as senior halfback Blake Klein took a pitch from junior quarterback Edgar Longoria and ran it 75-yards down the field for a touchdown only 36 seconds into the game.

Not to be outdone, the Diamondbacks struck back almost as quickly as junior quarterback Jacob Rosales and junior wide receiver Roel Cajero connected on a 78-yard touchdown pass  that tied the score at 7-7 only 58 seconds later.

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Rattlers, Diamondbacks set for Snakeskin Classic

20170922 Sharyland-vs-ValleyviewIMG 2544. GUFor the fourth time in as many years, the Sharyland Rattlers and Pioneer Diamondbacks, separated by just a few miles down Shary Road, will meet in the Snakeskin Classic for a 48-minute battle with bragging rights and playoff implications on the line.


“They’re going to be ready, we’re going to be ready, it’s going to be a hell of a game,” said Sharyland senior linebacker Noe Cortez, one of the team’s defensive captains. “It’s going to be a fun atmosphere, the whole community is going to be here. So we’re going to prepare hard, they’re going to prepare hard too, so we’re going to give it all we got because we know it’s not going to be easy.”


Both Sharyland and Pioneer enter the rivalry game coming off wins but have had different paths up to this point.

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Rattlers wrangle Toros as Sharyland wins fifth straight

20171013 Football SHS vs CLH Game IMG 8925The Sharyland Rattlers (5-1, 4-0) remained one of the hottest team’s in the Valley as they picked up a 42-3 win over the Cigarroa Toros to stay unbeaten in district play last night at Richard Thompson Stadium.


With Pioneer up next on Sharyland’s schedule, it would have been easy for the group to look ahead. Instead, the Rattlers won their fifth game in a row and a fourth straight double-digit win in district play.


“I was worried this week that these young men were going to be looking beyond Cigarroa and on to next week’s opponent, but they didn't,” said Head Coach Ron Adame. “They showed a maturity for teenagers, that I feel as a coaching staff, we’re blessed with.”

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It’s crowded at the top of District 31-5A

20170929 Football SHS vs Laredo-MartinIMG 5610. GUIt’s week seven of Valley high school football and the cream has definitely risen to the top in District 31-5A. That’s because with four weeks still to go in the regular season, there are four teams that have yet to lose a district game. The Veterans Memorial Patriots (4-0), the Rio Grande City Rattlers (4-0), the Sharyland Rattlers (3-0) and the Laredo Nixon Mustangs (3-0) are sitting atop the district standings with the Pioneer Diamondbacks (1-2), the Laredo Martin Tigers (1-3), the Valley View Tigers (0-3), the Roma Gladiators (0-4) and the Laredo Cigarroa Toros (0-4) bringing up the rear.


With such a distinct dividing line between the top four teams and the bottom five, one could almost say that the district’s four playoff teams have already been decided and that all that remains is to see which one of the four emerges as the district champion. However, it may still be a bit premature to make that assumption. Especially if the top four teams knock each other off and one or more of the bottom five teams wins out.


As for District 30-6A’s teams, even though they have had two weeks less of district play, there are only three teams in that district that have yet to lose a district game. The McAllen Memorial Mustangs (2-0), the McAllen High Bulldogs (1-0) and the Nikki Rowe Warriors (1-0) are the trio of undefeateds, while the Juarez-Lincoln Huskies (1-1) and the Mission Eagles (1-1) are the only other 30-6A teams to have emerged victorious against a district opponent thus far this season.


Let’s take a look at tonight’s slate of games involving Big 7 teams to see who and where they’re each playing.

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