The San Marcos Rattlers fell victim to the Kerrville Tivy Antlers, the #10 ranked team in 4A state 42-28. The Rattlers put up a good fight against such a talented team but didn’t have enough to finish off the game.The opening kick off was taken back to the 20 yard line, which may not sound significant. That is until Scooter Walker took it the rest of the way for an 80 yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. With 19 seconds ticked off the clock the Rattlers led the Antlers 7-0.
It only took seven plays for Johnny Manziel to lead the Antlers down the field for a touchdown. The touchdown was an 18 yard pass to Matt Ayala in the corner of the end zone. Running full speed toward the sideline, Ayala did an amazing job tapping his feet while catching the ball to stay in bounds for the touchdown.
The next drive is one of the most impressive drives one could ever see in football. The Rattlers started on their own seven yard line after having trouble fielding the kickoff and started their march. Twenty two plays later the Rattlers Christian Cogdill took the ball in from one yard out. A 22 play drive lasted 12 minutes and 40 seconds in classic Rattlers fashion. In doing so San Marcos held the ball for over a full quarters worth of time. They also converted on all four fourth down attempts in the drive. The score was now 14-7 in favor of the Rattlers.
Once again it didn’t take long for the Antlers to return the favor. A five play 66 yard drive capped off by a one yard run by Manziel for the touchdown. So far there had been 4 possessions in the game, two by each team and both teams had scored two touchdowns. The score was 14-14 with a little under eight minutes remaining in the half.
After a 19 yard loss by Alvin Canady on fourth down in the Rattlers own territory the Antlers got the ball with only 20 yards between them and the goal line. The first down pass got them ten yards but they were still inches away from a first down at the ten yard line. Three straight quarterback draws and the Antlers had lost a yard. The red zone stand by the Rattlers left the score tied at fourteen where it stayed until the half.
The Rattlers came out of the half as fired up as they have been all season. They were standing toe to toe with a district foe and a top ten team in the state. But the second half wasn’t as kind to the Rattlers as the first. The opening kickoff was returned 75 yards for a touchdown by Quincy Kibbett and he took over the game from there. The very next play the Rattlers Canady did take the ball 70 yards for a very impressive touchdown but that was the last time the teams would trade touchdowns. Kibbett finished the game unofficially with 158 yards rushing on seven carries, 84 yards on two receptions, and a 75 yard kickoff for a touchdown amounting to four touchdowns for the game.
Canady did all he could for the Rattlers, opening up the passing game and throwing 11 times, the most of his career. He was 5-11 for 99 yards and one touchdown along with 93 yards rushing.
The Rattlers now fall to 0-3 in district and to 2-4 overall on the season. If they want to make the playoffs they are going to have to attempt to win out the district from here. That task starts next Friday against the Alamo Heights Mules at 7:30 here at Bobcat Stadium.
by Dalton Sweat