By Jude McClaren
After hiring legendary Texas High School football coach and two-time state champion John Walsh in May, Rattler fans knew Friday night lights in San Marcos would look different.
They were not disappointed as the Rattlers took former district rival New Braunfels to the wire in a narrow 35-31 loss. The Rattlers were one two-minute drill touchdown drives away from winning the game in its final moments and four points away from going to overtime.
The star of the game for either team had to be junior running back Kanui Guidry. Guidry accounted for over 300 all-purpose yards, which included 99, 59 and 58-yard touchdown runs.
To say he was a problem for the Unicorn defense is an understatement.
Senior defensive back and wide receiver Kannon Webb also joined in on the touchdown party, scoring the first points of the game on a 66-yard jet sweep and a four-yard score on another.
Webb also had an interception, and a game-saving deflection on fourth down, late to give the Rattlers a chance to have a game-winning drive.
New Braunfels senior quarterback Peyton Driggers threw for three touchdown passes, and junior running back Ryker Purdy ran for two scores. The Unicorn defense was able to stop the Rattlers on fourth down on three separate occasions.
Going into this game, Webb told KTSW that the Rattlers “would put on a show” for Rattler nation and he wasn’t lying. While San Marcos may have struggled to find a rhythm on offense throughout the first half, they got their groove going into the second and there was no shortage of big plays.
From turnovers to touchdown runs spanning the entire field, you could feel the energy was different in John Walsh’s debut at Toyota Rattler stadium.
While this game may have not ended in the Rattler’s favor, it’s certainly a new era of Rattler football. The Rattlers will look to get their first win of the season as they travel to Lockhart next Friday.
You can tune into KTSW 89.9 next Friday to catch all the action and follow @KTSWSports on twitter to keep up with the Rattlers all season long.
Featured image by KTSW Sports.