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Diamondbacks dominate Toros, win 31-5A opener

20170915 PioneervsLaredoIf one player goes down, others must rise to the occasion, and the Pioneer Diamondbacks did just that to win their District 31-5A opener 34-12 against the Cigarroa Toros Friday night at Richard Thompson Stadium.

 

Third-year starter Jacob Rosales, the reigning 31-5A First Team All-District quarterback, came out of the gate hot, scoring the team’s two first touchdowns on runs of two and four yards. Up 14-0 with 2:14 remaining in the first quarter, Rosales exited the game with a hamstring injury.

 

Senior quarterback Michael Morales stepped up to fill in for the injured Rosales, and the Pioneer offense didn’t miss a beat. After touchdowns on the Diamondbacks opening two drives of the game, Morales kept the streak going with first half touchdowns to the receiving pair of senior William Proctor and junior Diego Benavides to go into the locker room up 28-6.

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Diamondbacks ready to defend title

20170901 Football Pioneer-vs-Mustangs GU IMG 6237At the start of every football season, each team sets out with the goal of winning a district championship. The Pioneer Diamondbacks (1-1) accomplished the feat for the first time in program history a season ago by winning a share of the 31-5A title, the first time since they opened their doors four years ago.

 

This year, Head Coach Jason Wheeler and the Diamondbacks have a target on their backs as they begin district play tonight and prepare for the other eight district teams coming after Pioneer’s 31-5A crown.

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Sharyland Rattlers win in last second thriller

20170908 ENHS vs SHS Game Web LG-74The Sharyland Rattlers football team evened up their record at 1-1 Friday evening by defeating the Edinburg North Cougars by a score of 24-20. In what was a back-and-forth game throughout, the Cougars seemed to have sealed the win when they took a 20-17 lead by kicking a field goal with only 28 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

But the Rattlers, led by senior quarterback Diego Vela, moved the ball down to the Cougars' 8-yard line with 12 seconds remaining on the clock. That was when Vela found junior halfback Adrian Solis open in the end zone and they connected for the game winning touchdown with only five seconds to spare on the clock.

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Big 7 teams make good showing in Week 1

20170901 Football Pioneer-vs-Mustangs GU IMG 6237High school football is back and Big 7 teams got off to an impressive start, making noise in Week 1 non-district action by going 5-2 as a whole.

 

Headlining the Week 2 Big 7 matchups is The Battle of Conway as the Mission Veterans Memorial Patriots and Mission Eagles are set for a showdown 7:30 p.m. Friday night in Donna at Bennie LaPrade Stadium. For more on The Battle of Conway, see our game preview.

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Defending co-district champions Diamondbacks welcome all-comers

sharyland-pionerThe grind of summer football practice can be difficult and draining, but spend a few minutes at Pioneer High School and they’re having fun.

 

That’s the culture Pioneer Head Coach Jason Wheeler is creating for his team, who made program history last season by winning a share of the District 31-5A championship and qualifying for the playoffs for the first time.

 

With a new football season officially underway, Wheeler, 2016’s 31-5A Co-Coach of the Year, says he isn’t worried about a district championship or winning a playoff game just yet, he just wants to see the his new group with new chemistry improve weekly.

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Rattlers ready to roll in 2017

20170811 SHS-Football 6 BRTo reach a team’s fullest potential in football, depending on the man next to you is pivotal.

 

The Sharyland Rattlers and Head Coach Ron Adame enter the 2017 football season focused on building a team whose strength and success comes from relying on each other.

 

“We’ve never been a program or a team that’s centered around one young man or one individual, but rather a team of individuals that all rally together; that forms power in unity,” Adame said.

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