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20111230_VMHS_Somerset_FB_021. Sonny Detmer meant a lot to the Mission community both on the field and off it. On Aug. 27 the legend, along with his son, former star Eagle quarterback Koy Detmer, returned to their old stomping grounds to face David Gilpin’s Veterans Memorial Patriots. The Detmers and their new school, Somerset, were warmly welcomed and then went on to win in a classic shootout, 41-34.

2. Gilpin’s Patriots were fresh coming off their best season in school history in 2010, but had lost nearly all their top players to graduation. The one key piece was Adrian Morales, the deadly dual-threat quarterback. However, in an unfortunate turn of events, Morales went down in the teams’ rivalry game with Mission and, along with it, the Patriots’ season.



20111230_Sharyland_McAllenMem_FB3. Sharyland had so dominated District 30-5A the past two years that they were again picked to win the district championship despite losing their quarterback, their top running back and linebacker. However, despite starting the season 7-0 with relative ease, the Rattlers eventually fell to McAllen Memorial, ending their district domination and seventeen-game district winning streak.

4. Juarez-Lincoln and La Joya suffer their third-straight losing seasons. Their coaches, Aaron Garcia and Ray Trdla, were reassigned at the season’s end. Garcia was the first and only coach in the Huskies’ short history. Trdla was a replacement for Leonel Casas and had only coached at the school for two years before the decision was made.

20111230_VMHS_J-L_FB5. Despite losing Garcia at the end of the season, the coach brought the school perhaps its biggest victory in history, beating the Veterans Memorial Patriots, 31-21. No, the Patriots were not particularly a great team, but for Juarez-Lincoln they represented the typical district powerhouse that had previously always beaten up on the little guys. Not this time.

20111230_Sharyland_Donna_FB6. Before Memorial’s dethroning of Sharyland, it was Donna who was bent on taking the Rattlers down and claiming themselves as the district favorites. In their Sept. 30 game, until the final seconds it appeared they would just do that. However, the Rattlers pulled some magic at the end, got themselves into field goal range and allowed kicker Joey Martinez to hit a game-winning 49-yard field goal as time expired.

7. The reassigning of coaches Aaron Garcia and Ray Trdla meant some new hiring’s were in store. Juarez-Lincoln chose to promote defensive coordinator Tommy Garcia while La Joya went defensive as well, nabbing Mission assistant George Espinoza, previously the Eagles’ defensive coordinator.

8. The biggest question for Palmview was how to replace departing quarterback Javier Femat. The solution? Use two quarterbacks, depending on the solution. Though the team was not as productive offensively as it was under Femat, Abel Martinez and Erasmo Gonzalez, for the most part, did well, keeping the Lobos in the playoff hunt.

20111230_Sharyland_McHi_FB9. Sharyland also had its own quarterback controversy as Tres Barrera and Estefan Castillo battled in August to replace Bobby Moran. Barrera emerged as the signal caller and was productive both with his arm and legs.

10. A surprisingly low number of local players made it on the All-Valley team. Last year’s team was filled with players from Veterans Memorial, Palmview and Sharyland. Not so this year. Only Sharyland made an appearance, placing just two, Danny Mora and David Gonzalez.

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