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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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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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