by Jonathan Rodriguez
Playoff football: where records are thrown aside and it’s time to buckle up and prepare for a fight. This past Friday night in San Antonio Harlandale Memorial Stadium, High School Football was under the lights to give the fans in attendance a showcase of two teams duking it out for four quarters. The end result was a 21-18 victory for San Marcos and a date with the Vandegrift Vipers.
The San Marcos Rattlers riding the stigma of a seven year playoff drought came out punching. In response to the Harlandale Indians striking first, the Rattlers immediately began the counter-attack. The offense kept jabbing, and jabbing until running back Cavion Garner was able to hit a few haymakers with his two scores in the first half. Garner ended his night with 126 yards on the ground and two touchdowns.
Bringing the latter of a one-two combination that eventually wore out the Harlandale Indians was quarterback Karl Ahrens. Ahrens was able to decipher the defense & connect to several receivers on the night. Tight end Victor Martinez showcased some sticky hands with his 4 receptions of the night that gave the Rattlers crucial first downs in the game. Ahrens also showed the value he has as a decision maker by scrambling and keeping the defense honest. Ahrens extended the lead after a quarterback keeper which saw the Rattlers jump to a 21-10 lead before the half.
The second half saw a defensive battle with neither team able to connect a knock-out punch.
Both defenses straddled up and pitched shutouts in the third. The goose egg for both teams led the game to a battle of defenses in the fourth. Both Zedric Horton and Joseph Wilburn nabbed some interceptions as the Indians were threatening, and it helped seal the ticket for next week’s playoff match.
San Marcos will now face Vandegrift this coming Friday in Rattler stadium. The game will be broadcast live on KTSW 89.9 and online at KTSW.net.