The San Marcos Rattlers were looking for their first district win for a fourth straight game but fell to the Alamo Heights Mules 42-6. The Rattlers now fall to 2-5 while the Heights Mules improve to 5-2. The game started out strong for the Rattlers who went 75 yards in 16 plays for an impressive start to the game. It was nine minutes and eight seconds of classic Rattlers football capped off by a three yard touchdown run by Joekavva Yzaguirre. The extra point was blocked to leave the score at 6-0.
The Mules came back to score on a 13 play drive of their own. The three yard run by Justin Rosenthal made the game 7-6 after a made extra point. The next possession started off with a 20 yard run by Scooter Walker but a holding penalty later caused the drive to stall. This was one of the very few mistakes the Rattlers made in the first half.
The next drive was a long 87 yards for the Mules ending with Drew Allen’s first touchdown pass of the night. The three yard touchdown pass to Sergio Acosta was the final score of the half leaving the Rattlers down 14-6. Allen, a University of Oklahoma commit, showed why he was is such a hyped quarterback finishing the game with 230 yards and three touchdowns while completing 14 of this 20 pass attempts.
Down eight at halftime felt like a decent place to be for the Rattlers. Alamo Heights started out the season as one of the best in the state. They lost their first two games to 5A teams but had won four games in a row coming into tonight. The first half seemed like a moral victory for the Rattlers but, as it has been in many games this season, the second half was a different story.
Three plays and 49 seconds into the second half the Mules scored again. This was set up by a long pass to the left side where Allen hit a well covered Tyler Marshall for 27 yards.
The Rattlers started a drive of their own charging nearly 50 yards down the field over five minutes only to throw an interception at the 30 yard line. This was the first interception thrown by Aaron Canady this year. The Heights Mules scored early and often from here on out with six touchdowns over all.
The worst part of this game for the Rattlers was that they never once stopped the Mules offense. They scored their six touchdowns on six possessions. One of the surprise highlights for the Rattlers over the last two games has been the emergence of the passing game. For the first time this season, and possibly in Coach Van Nest career, the quarterback dropped back in a shotgun formation – and it worked. Canady had six completions on nine attempts for 76 yards and while there was two interceptions the open formations moved the ball well for the Rattlers. Michael Wilburn led the way on the ground for the Rattlers with 64 yards. Scooter Walker had 49 yards rushing and also caught two passes for 43 yards.
The Rattlers play on the road next week facing Schertz Clemens (4-2) and continue the chase their first district win of the season.
By Dalton Sweat
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