By Tyler Williamson
Once again, the San Marcos Rattlers have proven that they can bring heart attacks to their fans and heart ache to their opponents.
For the second game in a row, the Rattlers made key plays at the end of the game to come away with a 61-55 win in double overtime over the Victoria East Titans.
Victoria East only needed a touchdown and the extra point in double overtime to get the victory after San Marcos took the lead with a 20 yard touchdown pass from David Hamilton to Cross Cuevas. The Rattlers were stopped trying to go for the two-point conversion after the touchdown.
However, Rattler safety Austin Castillo came up with a diving interception near the end zone to seal the win, his third interception of the season.
Now before overtime even came into the picture, Victoria East had another chance to put the game to rest with a game-winning 25 yard field goal with seven seconds left in the game. With the game tied, Victoria East missed the kick to put the game into overtime.
The San Marcos formula for winning games has been pretty simple; run the ball.
That is exactly what they did on Friday night, running for 551 total rushing yards with Quarterback David Hamilton getting 252 of those yards and six rushing touchdowns. The second leading rusher was running back Cavion Garner, who rushed for 198 yards and one touchdown. Special teams also did its job by making two field goals from Elijiah Urbizu and blocking a Titan field goal early in the game to give the Rattlers momentum.
The Rattler defense did struggle most of the game by giving up 686 yards of total offense. Victoria East quarterback Bailey Zappe went 16 for 31, passing for 363 yards and 5 touchdowns. That included an 80-yard touchdown pass to Bryce Martinez. Martinez scored three times and had 248 yards receiving.
At the end of the day though, the Rattlers forced enough turnovers and made the plays it needed to in the end to win.
This is the second time in 10 years that the Rattlers have started the season 2-0, and they hope to carry that momentum into the next two weeks as they have a bye this week and rest up for their first district game on September 18 against the Seguin Matadors in Seguin.
You can listen to that game and every Rattler game this season on KTSW San Marcos.