Leading up to the Texas United Football Association season, it looked like the Sharyland Sting offense would be loaded and extremely potent. In Saturday’s season opening 64-0 win over the San Antonio Gators, they certainly did not disappoint.
“It started early and often,” Sting owner and head coach Bob Olvera told Developmental Football USA. “The Sting’s defense set up the Sting’s offense with great field position. The average start for Sting offense was mid-field.”
Sharyland’s defense posted a quick three and out to put the ball in the hands of their high-powered offense where fullback Treveon Hawkins was the first to sting the Gators on a 12-yard touchdown run with 12:36 left in the first quarter. Quarterback Luis Castaneda added a two-point conversion and just like that, the Sting were out to an 8-0 lead.
Pretty soon, the Gators would quickly get acquainted with Sharyland slot receiver Eddie Rangel. Less than three minutes after the Sting’s first score, Rangel scored his first touchdown, then added his second moments later on a 25-yard jet sweep, as well as the ensuing two-point conversion, to put the Sting up 22-0 at the end of the first quarter.
“Our offensive line was dominating, and our defense was shutting down the opponent, keeping them at zero,” Olvera said.
In the second quarter, Sharyland put in 6-foot-5, back-up quarterback Steven Remenga, who followed his blockers in for a touchdown run and a two-point conversion to extend the lead to 30-0. A 40-yard run by Brian Takovick set Remenga up to put on the exclamation point.
After the defense gave the Gators more grief, the Sting got the ball again and Remenga found wide receiver Jacob Cura on a 30-yard touchdown. A missed extra point kept the score 36-0, but the Gators learned that when it rains, it pours.
With 4:30 left in the first half, Rangel took a bubble screen 20 yards for this third touchdown of the half. The Sting failed to convert the two-point attempt, but proudly took a 44-0 lead into halftime.
“Defense wins championships and I must commend defensive coordinator Ryan Vannest for doing such a great job with those guys,” Olvera said.
To continue the thrashing in the third quarter, 2016 leading rusher, running back Jose Bocanegra scored his first touchdown of the year on the opening drive, then rookie newcomer Angel Barron scored his first in his Sharyland career to extend the Sting lead to 56-0. Rangel added two points on the conversion to put the Sting up 58-0.
In the fourth quarter, Castaneda posted Sharyland’s final touchdown on a three yard scamper to help the Sting put away the Gators 64-0.
“I was real impressed with the way Castaneda showed more composure as the game went,” Olvera said. “Treveon Hawkins ran tougher than ever before and I was impressed with Rangel’s ability to make little plays into bigger plays.”
Sharyland is on the road this weekend against the Coastal Bend Bears, which should be a strong Week 2 test.
“As head coach, all I can say is we must improve,” Olvera said. “Where do we go from here? Well, our defense better get another shut out. I feel that if we are going to win the next game, then our defense better work towards getting that shutout, bottom line.”