By Josephfer Williams
SAN MARCOS, TX – In a night filled with mums and celebration, it was the Smithson Valley Rangers of Comal County who walked away with the 42-7 victory.
The Rattlers were able to put points up on the board early in the first quarter, as quarterback Alex Garcia connected with wide-receiver Nathan Henry on a 51-yard touchdown strike. These were the only points the Rattlers were able to get, as the Smithson Valley defense stepped up and halted the Rattlers offense. The Rangers defense came up with four interceptions during the night, stopping any momentum the San Marcos offense had.
As the game progressed, the Rattlers offense was led by playmaker Takai Madgett who would lead the way in helping the offense move the ball. Madgett finished the game with 16 catches for 123 yards, and only dropped one pass the entire game. Garcia, who was throwing the ball to Madgett, threw a beautiful 34-yard pass in the third quarter to give the Rattlers a little momentum before the half.
On the other side of the ball, the Rattlers defense stepped up after half-time. After giving up 35 points in the first half to the Rangers offense, San Marcos’ defense would force multiple three and outs. It took Smithson Valley 20 minutes before they could put up another score in the fourth quarter.
Rattlers’ corner-back Quddus Ogunbase was a defensive leader. He was able to isolate the Rangers running-back, Greg Eggleston, from putting more points on the board. Eggleston, who had three touchdowns in the first half, was noneffective in the second half as Ogunbase had multiple pass deflections, stopping the Rangers from getting the ball to Eggleston.
Even though the Rattlers were unable to walk away with a win for their last home game this season, the San Marcos team played their hearts out until the final whistle blew. The Rattlers will have one more opportunity to get their first win of the season next week, as they will play the Canyon Cougars of New Braunfels.
You can catch pregame action live from Cougar Stadium Nov. 8 at 7:15 p.m. on KTSW 89.9.
Featured image by Josephfer Williams.