By Benjamin Draper
On a cold Friday night in New Braunfels, Texas, the San Marcos Rattlers fell to the New Braunfels Unicorns 48-7 at Unicorn Stadium.
The Rattlers began the game with the ball and were able to convert on a few first downs until they were forced to punt after failing to convert on a 3rd down pass. On the punt attempt, San Marcos punter Daniel Marquez lost the handle on the ball and the New Braunfels defense was able to recover and begin their first possession in rattler territory.
The Unicorns didn’t take long as Brycen Dyer was able to find a hole and run it down the right side for 31 yards to give the Unicorns an early 7-0 lead. The Rattlers were not able to establish any offense on their next possession and had to punt the ball back to the Unicorns. The unicorns had big plays on their next drive and on a first down on the rattler 13-yard line, Ryker Purdy ran down the middle breaking multiple tackles as he found the endzone and gave New Braunfels a 14-0 lead.
Things didn’t go the Rattlers way through the rest of the first quarter as the Unicorn defense forced more turnovers and were able to capitalize on the turnovers as they held a commanding 20-0 lead going into the second quarter.
The Rattlers found the endzone in the second as the rattlers pulled a trick play on the unicorn defense with a flea flicker pass from Noah Stubblefield to Takai Madgette for 30 yards to cut into the deficit 20-7. The Unicorns were able to bounce back and put up 14 more points in the final minutes of the half to give New Braunfels a 34-7 lead going into halftime.
Nothing really changed in the second half as the Unicorns were able to score towards the end of the third with a 33-yard rushing touchdown down the middle untouched from Joshua Rice to extend the lead to 34 points. The Rattlers continued to shoot themselves in the foot as Saiveon Johnson fumbled the ball on a second down late in the third quarter. Again, the Unicorns were able to capitalize on the Rattlers mistakes as Ryker Purdy found the endzone for the second time of the night with a 29-yard rushing touchdown to make the game 48-7.
The game would stay the same throughout the fourth quarter as New Braunfels would go on to winning the contest over San Marcos 48-7. The Rattlers fall to 0-8 on the season and 0-5 in district play as the Unicorns improve their record to 5-3 on the season with a 2-3 district record.
The Rattlers return to action next Friday night on Nov.1 to face off with the Smithson Valley Rangers. Kickoff will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Rattler Stadium in San Marcos, Texas.
Featured image by Benjamin Draper.