By Reed Graff
The San Marcos Rattlers traveled to New Braunfels this past Friday to take on the Unicorns in a much-anticipated rivalry game. Parker Rhea and Brendan Snow were there to call it for KTSW, and boy did they get to call a great game.
The two teams quickly began trading blows, almost like a boxing match. The Unicorns scored first, and then the Rattlers fired right back, and this went on for most of the first quarter. The biggest play of the first quarter was a trick play double pass by the Rattlers that ended up as a 78 yard touchdown pass to Jamon Johnson. The Rattlers would go into the second quarter with a 21-14 lead.
After a Unicorn field goal, Rattlers QB Prudy Calderon finished a Rattler drive with an eight yard rushing touchdown that put San Marcos ahead 28-17. The unicorns would quickly answer back with a touchdown of their own, and the tug of war continued. Calderon then took a QB sneak 58 yards for a touchdown that seemed to be the big play that would set the Rattlers apart. Going into half time, the two teams were matched at 35-24.
The second half was mostly dominated by New Braunfels. Three Rattler turnovers, and a kickoff returned for a touchdown would be all the Unicorns would need to win this game. The final score of this classic shootout was 54-42 New Braunfels. The game was exactly what you would hope to see from a rivalry game, with two talented teams exchanging blows from start to finish.
Next weekend, the San Marcos Rattlers will travel to San Antonio to take on Taft High School. That game will be next Saturday, September 23rd at 7:30 pm. We will not have that game broadcasted on KTSW because we will be airing the Texas State Football game, so if you are interested in that game, make sure to attend!
Featured image by Shalnora Worlds.