By Jude McClaren
Assistant Sports Director
The San Marcos Rattler football team has another challenge ahead of them this Friday as they are matched up against the 24th ranked team in Texas according to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, the Clemens Buffaloes. The Buffs are 5-1 on the season and undefeated in district play. The Rattlers will have an opportunity to get their first district win of the season in a night game at Toyota Rattler Stadium starting at 7:30 p.m. this Friday.
If you had to pick one quality that head coach Mark Soto and his team live by, it’s positivity. Despite a tough loss to the Steele Knights last week, cornerback Quddus Ogunbase says the Rattlers have continued to stay optimistic this week in practice.
“It’s been great this week at practice, even though we had a big game last week, everybody’s keeping their heads up and feeling good,” Ogunbase said. “We have a lot of fun and while we have criticisms, it’s always constructive and never negative.”
Ogunbase found another positive from last week’s game despite what ended up on the scoreboard, as he’s now able to get back to doing what he loves after he was cleared for full contact last week. Ogunbase was sidelined for a few weeks prior to last week’s matchup, and was even wearing a boot during a portion of his recovery.
“It felt so good to get back out on the field and play, it was rough being on the sidelines for a couple of weeks.” Ogunbase said.
The Rattlers only gave up 85 passing yards last week, but Ogunbase emphasized that the Rattler secondary still has room to improve with a crucial matchup against the Clemens offense and their dynamic quarterback, Max Didomenico.
“We need to get to the ball and keep following it [throughout the play], and [we need to be] making sure we’re on top of our coverages” Ogunbase said.
The Rattlers gave up over 400 yards of rushing last Friday, so that is sure to be a focus in practice this week as they’ll face another tough rushing attack this week.
Didomenico had 323 total yards of offense against Canyon, which included four touchdowns on the ground. Didomenico wasn’t the only impressive runner for Clemens though, as running back Amari Williams ran for 98 yards and a touchdown while averaging almost six yards per carry.
The Rattlers will have to be fully focused against Clemens, but regardless of what the final score is after Friday’s game, the Rattlers will have a fun time in Rattler stadium. Ogunbase shared his thoughts about playing in San Marcos on Friday nights.
“My favorite thing about playing in Rattler Stadium is just the constant support from the community and the fans,” Ogunbase said. “[They’re] supporting us no matter what the score is, and they’re in the stands the whole game no matter what.”
The San Marcos High School Rattler football team will look to strike against the Buffs during Texas Friday night lights, and if you can’t make it out Toyota Rattler Stadium, tune into KTSW 89.9 at 7:15 p.m. on Friday for pregame coverage.
Featured image courtesy of KTSW Multimedia.