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Patriots remain perfect after pounding Pioneer

20171006 Football VMHSvPHS3A team playing with one heartbeat is more powerful than any individual player, and the Veterans Memorial Patriots (6-0, 4-0) proved that last night in the team’s 61-38 statement win over last year’s co-district champion Pioneer Diamondbacks (2-3, 2-2).


The Patriots were tested early in the game, facing a 10-7 deficit after Pioneer’s Jacob Rosales connected with receiver Andrew Moss for a six-yard touchdown. That’s when Landry Gilpin and the Mission Veterans offense turned it on and never looked back.


Mission Veterans proceeded to score two consecutive touchdowns before the halftime buzzer, a 4-yard Gilpin run and a 31-yard connection to receiver Mikey Garcia with just :17 seconds left in the second quarter. The close to the first half gave the Patriots the confidence they needed to come out and continue rolling in the second half.

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Patriots, Diamondbacks set for showdown

20170901 Football Pioneer-vs-Mustangs GU IMG 6237With Week Five in the rearview, the regular season is officially at the midway point and two 31-5A favorites are ready to battle under the Friday night lights for bragging rights in their pursuit of a district title.


A season ago, the Pioneer Diamondbacks earned a share of the 31-5A championship and the program’s first playoff berth. Meanwhile, the Veterans Memorial Patriots proved to be one of the Valley’s most dangerous teams, advancing to the third round of the playoffs, the furthest in school history.


In last year’s meeting, Pioneer prevailed over Veterans Memorial with a 30-14 win. Now, the Patriots (5-0, 3-0) and the Diamondbacks (2-2, 1-1) are prepared for their clash between teams with high aspirations in 2017.

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It’s Week Six and something’s gotta give

20170915 Pioneers-Vs-Laredo Football GUPIONEERS-VS-LERADO-ALL-ACTION-PICS-3 1With the 0-1 Juarez-Lincoln Huskies going up against the 0-1 Palmview Lobos tonight, and with the 1-0 Mission Eagles facing off against the 1-0 McAllen Memorial Mustangs tonight as well, something’s gotta give.


Will it be the Lobos or the Huskies who earn their first district win? Will it be the Eagles or the Mustangs who remain undefeated in District 30-6A play? Both of these questions will be answered tonight; the former at La Joya ISD Stadium and the latter at McAllen’s Veterans Memorial Stadium.


With the La Joya Coyotes (3-2, 0-1) having played the McAllen High Bulldogs (1-3, 0-0) at home last night, the six remaining football teams from the Mission, Sharyland and La Joya school districts will all be taking to gridirons across the Upper Valley tonight. So, let’s take a look at those four games to see who they’re each playing and where.

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Rattlers stay hot, run Tigers out of town

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.

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It’s week five and they all count

20170922 Sharyland-vs-ValleyviewIMG 2649. GUIt’s week five of Valley high school football and for the seven Mission, Sharyland and La Joya ISD teams, the games all count from here on out. For the Veterans Memorial Patriots, the Sharyland Rattlers and the Pioneer Diamondbacks, the three Big 7 teams in District 31-5A, this is the third week of district play. However, for the Mission Eagles, the La Joya Coyotes, the Palmview Lobos and the Juarez-Lincoln Huskies, the four Big 7 teams in District 30-6A, district play starts this week.


With the renovations at Tom Landry Stadium not yet completed, three of the Big 7 teams are having their games this week relocated and rescheduled. The La Joya Coyotes were originally scheduled to play the Mission Eagles at Tom Landry Stadium tonight, but instead they played last night at Valley View Tiger Stadium. While the Veterans Memorial Patriots, who were originally supposed to host Laredo Cigarroa at Tom Landry Stadium last night, have moved their game to tonight, also at Valley View Tiger Stadium.


Let’s take a look at the five Big 7 teams that will be in action tonight to see who, when and where they’re playing.

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Rattlers dominate in district opener

20170922 SHSvVV FootballFresh off a bye week, the Rattlers proved they were busy putting in work as they took down the Valley View Tigers 48-6 Friday night in Sharyland’s District 31-5A opener.


The entire team received a boost of energy and excitement as junior quarterback Edgar Longoria made his return to the field for the first time since suffering a rib injury during spring ball.


“First of all, coming into the game everybody was asking me if I was nervous,” Longoria said. “If anything they were nervous for me, I was kind of excited. I think I need to work on some things but I had a lot of fun.”

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