The San Marcos Rattlers knew they would have their hands full against the Waco Lions. The Rattlers scored first but the Lions roared in the second half for a 35-6 win.
The Lions coached by Johnny Tusa had nine winning seasons out of last ten and had 21 returning letterman from a 9-2 squad last season.
Our team made the 150 plus mile trip to Waco to play in the 5th Annual Heart O’Texas Classic at Waco ISD Stadium. The Rattlers had power also with 15 returning letterman and an always tough to defend Slot-T offense. The Rattlers had big time players in Center Derek Dixon and two way player Aaron Canady.
The Rattlers wasted no time getting on the board as Micheal Wilburn raced 33 yards off the right side for a 6-0 lead at the 6:43 mark of the first quarter before the cheerleaders and the Diamond Line arrived at the game. The PAT by Aaron Nunez sailed right and no good.
The Rattlers were driving again on their next possession when Quarterback Ryan Schweers would fumble and the Lion’s Lamarquet would ramble 44 yards for a score and the PAT would be good for a 7-6 lead.
The offense from San Marcos pushed the Lions around like kittens in the first half outgaining the home team 168 to 18 yards but the Rattlers were down 7-6 at the half.
After a great performance from the Rattler Band, the game was all Lions. The Lions outgained the Rattlers 210 to 105 in total yardage in the second half. The third quarter scoring began with a Toylon Clark 60-yard dash followed by a Charles Silmon 64-yard run for a 21-6 lead.
The Rattlers tried to fight back but two more scores from the Lions put the game away and spelled defeat in a 35-6 loss.
The Rattlers must now turn their focus to the 5A Bastrop Bears which beat the Hays Rebels 34-27 in overtime. The next game will be the home opener for the Rattlers on Friday night at Bobcat Stadium.
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from Staff Reports
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Photos by Beth Rasmussen