By Reily Chestnut
Assistant Sports Director
“If it was a snake it would’ve bit him.”
Last night, the Cougars were bit pretty harshly by the Rattlers as they slithered into New Braunfels hoping to dominate following a 28-0 win over East Central just earlier this season.
I know what you are thinking, a 27-7 lead for Coach Soto and the Rattlers at the half and then a rushing TD one minute into the third quarter to make it 33-7, makes this game seem like one to check off as a boring win for Rattlers, but wait there is more for the Cougars to fight for and they do battle back. First, the missed PAT by the Rattlers finally stops the avalanche a little bit. Fast forward to the fourth quarter and it is looking like a lost cause for the Cougars to try and push back. That is exactly when things got testy as a fight ensued that left one Rattler ejected for throwing down fisticuffs style.
Cue a fumble recovery by the Coogs in the red zone and that sets up a 12 yard TD pass from Zavier Perez to Trevor Pape to cut into the lead and make it a 19 point lead for San Marcos. Flash forward to only four minutes left in the game and the Cougars strike again off an 18 yard TD run to make it just a two touchdown game.
However, that is when the air of hope for Canyon finally evaporated as a failed 2PT conversion play helped the Rattlers to keep the score at 33-20 San Marcos. Taking a step ahead in the action the Rattlers would seal the deal with a 97 yard interception TD return off Perez with just over a minute to go. Final score 39-20 San Marcos.
The road-win in week 2 moves the Rattlers up to a nice 2-0 start to 2017 off back-to-back blowout wins. It still remains a weary road ahead for the Rattlers as they play two more road games before returning home. The second road trip will not be much farther next week as the Rattlers take on the New Braunfels Unicorns, hoping to make the Unicorns’ chances at winning the week 3 matchup one week from now as realistic as the New Braunfels mascot.
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Featured image by Parker Rhea.