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As Sharyland head football coach Ron Adame sat at his desk Tuesday afternoon, a clock just outside his office showed three days, five hours, 21 minutes and 58.2 seconds as it counted down to tonight’s 7:30 kickoff of the Rattlers’ game against the Donna Redskins. The clock, which this week has “Beat Donna” written in bold letters across it, is just one of the ways Adame and his coaching staff keep themselves and their players focused on the task at hand – beating their next opponent.
While this week it’s the start of the Donna game, last week the clock was counting down to the start of the Edinburg High game, which Sharyland won handily by a score of 49-3. In that game the Rattlers put 21 points on the board in less time than it usually takes the nacho cheese in the concession stand to melt.
“Against Edinburg last week they kicked off to us and we scored our first touchdown on what I believe was our fifth play,” explained Adame. “We then stopped them on a three and out and thanks to great field position that our special teams once again gave us, we scored on our first play. We stopped them again and then we scored again on a punt return. All of that was within the first four and one-half minutes of play.”
In total, the Rattlers put 28 points on the board in the first quarter en-route to their fourth district win and sixth win overall this season against no losses. With an offense that is averaging 48 points a game in district play, it would be easy to overlook the outstanding play of the Sharyland defense.
Against their four District 30-5A opponents thus far this season the Rattlers D has given up only three field goals and one touchdown for a total of 16 points. Coach Adame is not only quick to acknowledge this but is extremely proud as well.
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“Our defensive coaches take a lot of pride in their work and you can see the results in our kids’ performance,” said Adame. “When Coach Gonzalez retired and we went from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense, there were a lot of questions to be answered. Some people may have been skeptical about the change, but our kids have bought into our system and they believe in what we’re doing. Also our coaches have done a great job of getting the most out of our defensive players.”
“This past week we had a great opportunity to get that shutout, but their three points came late in the fourth quarter,” added Adame. “Even that touchdown that we gave up against Juarez-Lincoln, it was late in the game so it was against our back-ups. But credit should go to the Huskies because they did run the ball effectively against us that second half.”
As for tonight’s game against Donna, it could mark the return of Lance Madden who had been platooning with Diego Chrysler at quarterback until he suffered a leg injury three weeks ago against Edinburg Economedes.
“It’s looking pretty positive that Lance will play this week,” said Adame. “He’s rehabbed hard because he wants to get back on the field. We didn’t feel as if he was quite ready last week so we held him out. We’re going to side with safety first in regards to his return, but he is looking better day by day. He’s getting reps at quarterback and at inside just like he was before. So we’ll see where we’re at come game time.”
“We’ll follow the advice of our trainer, who is a professional in this area, and we’ll also have to see how Lance feels,” Adame added.
Prior to his injury, Madden completed 31 of 47 pass attempts for 548 yards and six touchdowns. In addition, he rushed the ball 30 times for 300 yards and two touchdowns.
Against Edinburg last week, Chrysler completed 15 of 21 passes for 294 yards and three touchdowns. He also scored one touchdown on a 50-yard run in the second quarter. In total this season, Chrysler has completed 67 of 101 pass attempts for 1,068 yards and 11 touchdowns. He has rushed 29 times for 295 yards and four touchdowns.
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