Imagining a worse start to a football game is hard to do. The first few minutes of the Rattlers loss to the Cibolo Steele Knights set the stage for a long night of frustration. The opening kickoff of the game was fumbled by the Rattlers and recovered by the Knights at the Rattler 24 yard line. After a quick four plays Malcolm Brown rushed for his first of four touchdowns. The ensuing kickoff was fumbled once again by the Rattlers and recovered by the Knights at the Rattler 20. It didn’t take long before the Knights had put the Rattlers two touchdowns behind.
San Marcos decided to fair catch the next kickoff but couldn’t get anything started. A quick 3 and out and less than a minute later Cibolo Steele was on the board again. The next Rattlers drive ended in an interception returned 65 yards for a touchdown, this time by Michael Brown. Before the Rattlers realized the game had started, the score was 28-0 and the first quarter hadn’t ended yet.
With eight minutes left in the half, the Rattlers picked up a fumble and started marching down the field. Picking up their first momentum of the game, a ten play drive ended with a field goal and the Rattlers first points of the game. But whatever momentum had been gained, quickly disappeared when the Knights drove 65 yards in just over a minute to make the score 35-3 at halftime.
The Rattlers were looking for a much needed stop to start out the second half but a 76 yard touchdown run by Malcolm Brown ended those hopes in a hurry on the second play of the drive. Malcolm Brown ended with 180 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 14 plays and with the other Brown, Michael, the two combined for 5 of the 7 total touchdowns for the Knights. This is the second time that Malcolm has rushed for four touchdowns in a game this season.
The second half was a bit more kind to the Rattlers with both teams scoring two touchdowns. At the end of the night Scooter Walker lead the team with 61 yards rushing and one touchdown and that one touchdown was an impressive one. From the 12 yard line Walker went in motion toward the left side took the hand off and broke for the sideline. He was met by two Knight defenders at about the two yard line and fought for the end zone. Still yards away, with his forward motion nearly stopped Walker extended his hands out over the goal line; by far one of the most impressive plays by the Rattlers for the game.
Coach Van Nest decided to flip around the defense a little bit starting Blake Bagley at defensive tackle, Jacob Gendusa at linebacker and Andrew Cortez at linebacker. It was a different look for the Rattlers, but the changes didn’t pay off. The final score was 49-17 with the Rattlers falling in their first district game of the season.
Next up for the Rattlers is homecoming week against the New Braunfels Canyon Cougars at Bobcat Stadium at 7:30pm.
Photos by Beth Rasmussen
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