By Adam Byerly
San Marcos and Del Valle were exchanging touchdowns early, but they weren’t exchanging extra points, as the first four extra points were missed as the score was 12-12 early into the second quarter. Jamon Johnson started the game, running it well as the Rattlers scored the first touchdown with about nine minutes to go in the first quarter. Del Valle answered back with a rushing touchdown of their own to make it 6-6 after the bad snap on the extra point. Johnson fumbled for his first time on the year, but the Rattlers defense held up. Tyler Moreno did a reverse run across the field for a touchdown to make it 12-6 at the end of the first quarter.
Del Valle started the second quarter with a rushing touchdown to make it 12-12. Then both defenses started making stops until late in the second quarter with only about a minute before the half, when Del Valle quarterback Chamez Hall had a passing touchdown on fourth down from the San Marcos 30-yard line to La’thaniel Washington. Immediately after the Rattlers got the ball, Moreno fumbled the snap on the San Marcos 12-yard line. Del Valle took advantage with another touchdown throw to Washington to go up 26-12 with only about 12 seconds before the half. But set up by a Purdy Calderon return to midfield, Elijah Atkins caught a Hail Mary by Moreno to end the half only down 26-19.
After the Rattlers stopped the Cardinals to start the second half, Johnson had a stiff arm and took over with his speed for a touchdown as the score went tied to 26-26. It was tied as both teams went to enter the fourth quarter.
Del Valle had a missed field goal with just over nine minutes to go in the fourth. Del Valle got the ball after forcing a Rattler three-and-out, but missed another field goal as it hangs left with just over four minutes left. San Marcos had a chance with a minute left in regulation to win, but couldn’t end the game.
In overtime, San Marcos got the ball first and was able to score the touchdown on a Johnson run. Del Valle couldn’t answer as the Rattlers defense comes out with the stop, winning the game 33-26.
Featured image by Valerie Figueroa.