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EDINBURG – If anyone saw The University of Texas Longhorns come-from-behind to pull off a last minute 41-36 victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday, then they have a good idea of what went on at Cats Stadium two nights earlier between Sharyland and Edinburg Economedes.
The Rattlers had their character put to the test and overcame a 28-point second quarter by the Jaguars and a 14-point halftime deficit to pull off a dramatic 55-48 victory over Economedes on an 11-yard touchdown run by Sharyland quarterback Tres Barrera with 17 seconds left in the game.
“I know we didn’t play our best football, I know I didn’t play my best football in the first half, personally, but football is four quarters” said Barrera, who passed for 313 yards and four TDs. “You have to regroup, dust yourself off and come back strong. We did it as a team. Each and every one of us contributed tonight. We came out fighting. We weren’t going to go down. We told ourselves it wasn’t going to happen tonight.”
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Sharyland remained undefeated with the thrilling Week 4 away victory on Sept. 27 and improved to 4-0 overall, 2-0 in District 30-5A. With the loss, Economedes dropped to 3-2, 1-2 in district.
“We’re going to take this as a learning experience, but my hats off to my boys,” said Sharyland head coach Ron Adame. “They battled their butts off and showed the character that’s needed to win those close ball games. They never folded their tent or stopped believing we could win. It’s a positive that came out of tonight’s game.”
Early on, it looked as though the Rattlers were going to roll to victory after jumping out to a 21-7 lead in the opening quarter. Then things got interesting.
While Sharyland’s offense sputtered in the second quarter, Economedes woke up and scored 28 unanswered points to take a 35-21 halftime lead.
After a heart-to-heart talk between coaches and players in the locker room during the intermission, the Rattlers rebooted and hit the field refocused and reloaded.
Senior halfback Estefan Castillo hauled in TD passes of 15 and 42 yards in the third quarter to knot up the game at 35-all. Castillo scored four TD’s against the Jags.
“I’m speechless, I don’t know what to say,” said Castillo, who had eight catches for 151 yards. “The team came back and we did what we had to do to win the game. The chemistry between this team is just amazing. Everyone loves each other, we would do anything for each other.”
The defense also did their part. Sharylands “D” stopped the Economedes offense and put up a goose egg in the third quarter, and for much of the fourth.
Barrera gave the lead back to the Rattlers 42-35 on a 12-yard TD run with 7:08 remaining in the fourth quarter, and senior fullback César Valdéz maintained the touchdown advantage 48-41 on a 14-yard TD run with 2:24 left to play. However, normally accurate Sharyland kicker Jason Hull missed the extra point.
That gave Economedes the break they needed. The Jags marched 75 yards in 1:30 and Rey Ramos capped of the scoring drive with a 43-yard TD run to tie the game at 48-all.
With 48 seconds left to play in the game, Sharyland took over at its own 38-yard line. Barrera drove the Rattlers 51 yards in 27 seconds to set up an 11-yard QB sneak and the game-winning TD with 17 seconds to spare. The score was Barrera’s second of the game.
“I would compare this game to a 5A heavy weight title fight,” said Adame. “It was a great game for the fans, maybe not so much for the coaches, but I think both teams end up winning with this close battle. We feel fortunate that we ended up with more points than they did.”
Sharyland will look to remain undefeated when they host La Joya Juárez-Lincoln at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Rattler Stadium.
The Huskies defeated Edinburg Vela 50-7 in Week 4 to improve to 3-2 (2-1).
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