The San Marcos Rattlers began their football opener auspiciously Friday night, but left it at that.
After rumbling through the Waco defense with a nine-play, 80-yard touchdown drive for a 6-0 lead off the opening kickoff, the Rattlers sputtered to a 35-6 loss against the always-powerful Lions.
Michael Wilburn capped the San Marcos scoring drive with a 33-yard touchdown run. But the Rattlers’ lead would not last long. On their next possession, quarterback Ryan Schweers fumbled and Waco linebacker Lamarquet Jones recovered, going 45 yards for a touchdown. The extra point gave Waco a 7-6 lead, which held until halftime.
On the first play of the second half, Waco’s Toylon Clark ran 60 yards for a touchdown and the Lions went on to pile up a decisive victory.
In other games involving District 27-4A teams:
Seguin suffered an even more inglorious fate than San Marcos as sophomore quarterback Brig Gerlich threw nine interceptions in a 51-6 home-field loss to New Braunfels. The Unicorns held a 37-6 lead at halftime.
New Braunfels linebacker Tom Wort, one of the area’s most highly regarded players, returned two interceptions for touchdowns. New Braunfels has won 16 consecutive regular season games, going back to a controversial 27-21 loss at Hays in October 2006.
Schertz Clemens revealed a two-headed running attack as Rice-bound Charles Ross carried for 116 yards and junior Stanley Harris rushed for 115 yards in a 27-0 win at Eagle Pass. Harris carried only three times, including touchdown runs of 71 and 42 yards.
New Braunfels Canyon running back Robert Clay rushed for 289 yards and three touchdowns, including the 49-yard game winner with 2:53 left, as the Cougars hung a 20-14 defeat on Pflugerville Hendrickson.
Kerrville Tivy dismantled San Antonio Roosevelt, 49-28, as quarterback Colton Palmer completed 29 of 32 passes for 324 yards and four touchdowns. The game wasn’t even that close. Tivy held a 49-14 led halfway into the fourth quarter.
Cibolo Steele held San Antonio East Central to 121 total yards in a 26-9 win. Steele running back Malcom Brown carried 19 times for 195 yards and two touchdowns.
Barely more than a season removed from winning a Class 4A state championship, Alamo Heights took a 58-16 beating at Round Rock Stony Point. The Mules gave up a whopping 589 yards of Stony Point offense.
Boerne Champion will open its season today in Waco against Midlothian. It will be the first varsity game ever for Champion, which, in essence, is the former Boerne Greyhounds football team. As Champion opens this year, Boerne High School is closed for reconstruction.Email | Print