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    Quote Originally Posted by lmoya View Post
    I’m everywhere, don’t hate.... Adams is my bro. Lol
    Its Adame* and I hope you wished him a happy birthday this past Thursday...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RGVTrouble View Post
    Its Adame* and I hope you wished him a happy birthday this past Thursday...

    My bad, spell check....

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    Offensive line play will be key to Sharyland High seasonMay 15, 2018 10:48 PM
    BY NATE KOTISSO | STAFF WRITER

    MISSION — Sharyland High’s offense ran like a well-oiled machine in 2017.

    The team averaged 36.8 points and piled on 5,055 yards of total offense over the course of 12 games. Playmakers were sprinkled in at various positions up and down the depth chart. Defenses had trouble clamping down on speedy running back/wide receiver Blake Klein, while quarterback Edgar Longoria (18 touchdown passes, three interceptions; 614 rushing yards, 14 rushing touchdowns) was a true dual threat in his first full varsity year under center. As talented as the Rattlers’ pieces were, they would not have reached those numbers without the guiding force of their offensive line.

    The Rattlers did not simply cut and paste a random group of five guys together. They assembled one of the most decorated front fives in all of Valley football. Six linemen were named to the district’s first, second or honorable mention teams.

    “Being on an O-line, you aren’t going to be in the spotlight a lot,” junior tackle Josh Williams said. “But we care enough to do our best to help out our friends and teammates on the field.”

    Williams and guard Xavier Luna were both first-team all-district linemen last season, with Williams also being named to The Monitor’s All-Area First Team, as well. Center Armando Padrón was the Rattlers’ lone second-team all-district performer.

    Padrón and Luna, however, are set to graduate this spring, leaving two important holes in the Rattlers front line.

    Oscar Garcia, the 6-foot-4, 300-pound senior-to-be, will be counted on to shoulder the load.

    “Spring practice has gone fine for us,” Garcia said. “We’ve been getting along together since our center (Padrón) and guard (Luna) graduated. We’re progressing well.”

    “An important thing for us is that we’ve got our two tackles (Williams and Gabriel Martinez) back,” Sharyland High coach Ron Adame said. “When you talk about offensive linemen, you’re talking about chemistry. Josh and Gabriel are going into their third year after playing 23 games together. The chemistry is there. And then you add in someone like Oscar, who is like a prototypical offensive lineman. He’s smart academically, he thinks outside the box, and he’s able to anticipate things before they happen. Oscar is great at picking up tendencies of the defensive ends he’s going up against.”

    A healthy offensive line could lead to another successful offensive season for the Rattlers, who appear to be the prohibitive favorite in the brand-new District 16-5A Division II.

    “What Armando and Xavier taught us was to take advantage of the opportunity we have in front of us,” Williams said. “We have to push with one mind, go hard every time and never give up. We were down two touchdowns against Pioneer in the fourth quarter (last season), but we came back and finished it. That’s how we have to play every time we go out there.”



    NEED FOR DEFENSIVE IMPROVEMENT

    The Rattlers offense may have finished second in the district with 442 points, but their defense finished dead last in the nine-team district, allowing 382. For context, the Rio Grande City Rattlers gave up the fewest points in the district with 179, albeit playing two fewer games than Sharyland High.

    “I think this defense has grown a lot compared to last year,” linebacker Javo Lopez said. “Guys have learned how to tackle a lot more efficiently, making plays and coming down on the ball harder. We know we gave up a lot of points last year, but I’m sure it’s not going to happen again this year.”

    With Noe Guzman and Jimmy Esquivel departing, two Sharyland secondary players who are likely to get more looks are sophomores Sebastian Hinojosa and Mauricio Sanchez.

    Hinojosa appeared in six varsity games last season and finished the year tied for the team lead in interceptions with three.

    “I’m trying to fill in wherever my team needs me to help out,” Hinojosa said. “I’m in there to do my job. Part of our job going into next year is focusing on winning third downs and getting opponents off the field. Last year, we could force teams to third down, but then they’d scramble away and move the chains.”

    Sanchez was equally opportunistic defensively, recovering two fumbles in 2017. He plans on training with former Rattler Sean Landez, who is currently a safety at Texas A&M-Kingsville, during the offseason.

    “I got to work out with Sean when he came down during winter break,” Sanchez said. “When I worked out with him, I was almost in tears. He put me to work. I know working with him will make me a better player.”



    REPLACING THE SNAKE

    Klein, who was affectionately known as “The Snake” for his ability to slither away from the opposition, will graduate this spring. He was the team’s leading rusher (782 yards) and slot receiver (861 yards) in 2017. The search for his replacement, or replacements, is already underway.

    Three viable options might be Adrian Solis, Hector Zavala and Mauricio Sanchez, who will split time between offense and defense in 2018.

    Solis showed some big-play ability in 2017, averaging 10.5 yards per rush and 16.3 yards per catch. The first of Solis’ three touchdown receptions was a game-winning score to knock off Edinburg North in the closing seconds of Week 2. Zavala caught 21 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown in 2017.

    “Hector was our starting Y receiver last year. He wasn’t in our athletic block this spring, but we think he’ll be good to go,” Adame said. “Adrian was our swing man at both slots, so once we have them in place, guys like Mauricio and even Sebastian (Hinojosa) can provide a great deal of depth for us at those positions.”

    nkotisso@themonitor.com



    SHARYLAND HIGH RATTLERS

    Returning starters (O/D): 8/4

    Returning lettermen: 37

    Key players: QB Edgar Longoria, OL Josh Williams, LB Javo Lopez, DE Brandon Mireles, WR Ruben Davila, OL Gabriel Martinez

    Coach: Ron Adame, 7th year at school

    2017 record: 9-3

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    Shary may hang 50 plus on a Memorial defense that returns 2 starters. Is that 6'4'' 300 lbs O lineman being recruited ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by redwave View Post
    Shary may hang 50 plus on a Memorial defense that returns 2 starters. Is that 6'4'' 300 lbs O lineman being recruited ?
    Don't know... I know UIW was at Shary today though, they're looking at our LB Javo Lopez, I'm sure Oscar Garcia caught their eye too though..

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    Javo reminds me of Lucas Rios who sighned with Trinity I believe. Good luck to him.
    Quote Originally Posted by RGVTrouble View Post
    Don't know... I know UIW was at Shary today though, they're looking at our LB Javo Lopez, I'm sure Oscar Garcia caught their eye too though..

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    Quote Originally Posted by redwave View Post
    Javo reminds me of Lucas Rios who sighned with Trinity I believe. Good luck to him.
    Lucas was bigger, Javo has a real nose for the ball... He plays a lot faster than he is too... I know Harvard really wants him, but he really wants to be an engineer and go to Texas A&M... As much as I'd love to see him play for A&M, I think he'd probably have a good shot at playing football at Harvard... The kid is a brain!

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    It appears Soph DB Daniel Pena has enrolled at Sharyland by way of the La Joya Palmview Lobos... Kid looks to be a solid athlete

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    For athletic purposes perhaps like everyone else
    Quote Originally Posted by RGVTrouble View Post
    It appears Soph DB Daniel Pena has enrolled at Sharyland by way of the La Joya Palmview Lobos... Kid looks to be a solid athlete

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    Quote Originally Posted by RGVTrouble View Post
    It appears Soph DB Daniel Pena has enrolled at Sharyland by way of the La Joya Palmview Lobos... Kid looks to be a solid athlete
    Nice.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by RGVTrouble View Post
    It appears Soph DB Daniel Pena has enrolled at Sharyland by way of the La Joya Palmview Lobos... Kid looks to be a solid athlete
    Hooray! Aaarrrrggghh, sssooo jealous!

    If only Lord Gomez could get kids to transfer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LupitoLPNL View Post
    Nice.....
    He started over at Palmview at FS and did very well in the 300H this track season, I'm happy to get a 6' DB that cam run any day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by redwave View Post
    For athletic purposes perhaps like everyone else
    You mean the same way kids always magically end up at Memorial when they're zoned to McHi??? Speaking of transfers, I see that Zyan Gregory is back at Memorial... Now y'all got him and Ethan Bazan run blocking for Sean and Campbell??? We all know they won't be catching many passes in that offense..

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    McAllen ISD open enrollment allows you to go to the school of your choice. I'm not one to find out where players live. I'm not that close to team but to my knowledge the ones I recognized are Cathey and Brown zoned. Ethan had plenty action last year returning kicks, punts and had some TD receptions. If he wasnts to block 95 percent of plays then props to him for being a Team Player. Loyalty is hard to find these days.
    Quote Originally Posted by RGVTrouble View Post
    You mean the same way kids always magically end up at Memorial when they're zoned to McHi??? Speaking of transfers, I see that Zyan Gregory is back at Memorial... Now y'all got him and Ethan Bazan run blocking for Sean and Campbell??? We all know they won't be catching many passes in that offense..

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    Trevor Speights went 1-1 in his career against the Rattlers. Campbell is 2-0 against the diamondbacks , we’ll see how he does against the Rattlers , Mustangs and Rattlers have had a good rivalry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesus12399 View Post
    Trevor Speights went 1-1 in his career against the Rattlers. Campbell is 2-0 against the diamondbacks , we’ll see how he does against the Rattlers , Mustangs and Rattlers have had a good rivalry
    I believe Sharyland will win this one. This team should probably be the most seasoned team Shary has fielded since 2014.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rattlerbacker View Post
    I believe Sharyland will win this one. This team should probably be the most seasoned team Shary has fielded since 2014.
    It'll be a tough game... Memorial is very talented as usual..

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    It’ll be a game of offensive pounding , Campbell and Skuegen Vs Longoria and Escalera , does Shary or Memorial have the advantage in O? Shary Returns 3/5 lineman and all except 1 receiver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesus12399 View Post
    It’ll be a game of offensive pounding , Campbell and Skuegen Vs Longoria and Escalera , does Shary or Memorial have the advantage in O? Shary Returns 3/5 lineman and all except 1 receiver.
    Two very different teams... Skaugan is FAST, he he gets wide on us he's GONE... Edgar is fast too, but not Skaugan fast.. Same can be said for Escalera, Speights is a different player all together, he's more explosive than anyone we've got... Where Shary gets them is in the passing game... I think Memorial's WRs are VERY talented, Ethan and Zyan are both faster than anyone Sharyland has got, but our scheme is abundantly better and they don't have anyone who can take Gabriel and Ruben out of the game... That is where I think we have the biggest mismatch

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    Since '04 Sharyland is "5-4" Vs. McMemorial, can anyone tell me if they played before this and what is the all time record ? But since '04 '5-4' , can Memorial tie the series back or can Shary get their rematch from 2015 and extend it 6-4. Sharyland and Hanna are also familiar, had a small two year break, but are back, since '04 Sharyland has won every game leading the series "6-0", can anyone tell me if they've played before '04. Can Hanna finally get their shot at putting a win on the series, or will the Rattlers keep the series on a shootout and make it '7-0'?!? Summer is flying by!

 

 

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