The San Marcos Rattlers (2-3) started off district play at home against Schertz-Clemens (3-2) Friday evening. After a disappointing homecoming loss, the Rattlers were looking to bounce back and start things off on the right foot winning the game 28-24.
The Rattlers were able to put all the pieces together and claw their way back after a great defensive performance in the second half moving the Rattlers to a 1-0 in District-27-6A.
The Rattlers were all about establishing the run game early, getting their first touchdown on a rushing attempt to even up the score 7-7. The strong run game was able to open up the pass game for the Rattlers which ended up helping them big deeper in the game.
“We have to run the football and when we run the football it allows one on one matchups to open up with Tony (Diaz),” Head Coach John Walsh said. “They kept over the top of Tony all night long which was smart, but with that, it left their pass rush vulnerable and we were able to hit those screen plays the way we wanted to.”
The Buffaloes got out to a quick start when quarterback Nathan Alvarez threw a beautiful pass to Joshua Jackson who ran 65 yards for the touchdown. The next drive the Buffaloes drove back down the field to punch it in with a Paul Mencke touchdown run, putting them back on top 14- 6 nearing the end of the first.
The Buffaloes gained momentum by getting an interception late in the second quarter, unfortunately leading to a fumble that rolled out the back of their own end zone causing a safety. Making the score 14-8 giving all the momentum to the Rattlers nearing halftime.
The Rattlers took advantage of the Buffaloes’ mistake with a quick touchdown to Jaidyn Brown making the score 14-14 going into half.
Coming into the second half, both offenses were looking to have the same success as they had in the first half both running and passing the ball, but that was not the story in the second half.
The only thing that went the Buffaloes’ way in the second half was a 50-yard Jameer Dudley punt return, putting Clemens up 21-14.
The Rattlers came into this game having a couple players banged up and out for the game. Therefore, they needed a player to step up, and that player was Jaidyn Brown. Brown finished with three touchdowns on the night, one on the ground and two in the air. Brown took a 24- yard screen play for a touchdown with 58 seconds left in the fourth that sealed the deal for the Rattlers.
“We had to lean on him, not having Scholz out there was huge for us; he’s a big part of our game,” Walsh said. “I told JB we were going to have to ride him tonight and I think he stepped up and did his job.”
Next week the Rattlers are back at home in Toyota Rattler Stadium where they hope they can have the momentum continue as they take on a red-hot undefeated (5-0) Steele Knights Friday Oct. 14 at 7:30p.m. where your Rattlers look to move to (4-3) overall and (2-0) in district play.
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