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October 25th, 2008
Rattlers eliminated in loss at Clemens


The San Marcos Rattlers couldn’t summon enough offense to stay in their game Friday night at Schertz Clemens and ended the evening mathematically eliminated from the District 27-4A playoff race.

Clemens’ 26-10 victory on its home field dropped the Rattlers to 2-6 overall and 0-5 in the district. Clemens moved into fourth place, playoff position, with the win and Alamo Heights’ 30-10 victory over New Braunfels Canyon.

Though the Rattlers held Clemens to 244 yards of total offense, they also suffered two breakdowns within 4:30 of each other in the third quarter, when Clemens running back Stanley Harris carried for touchdowns of 50 and 53 yards to give the Buffaloes a 26-3 lead.

Offensively, the Rattlers finished with only 248 yards against a tough Clemens defense. San Marcos also made three turnovers – two interceptions and a fumble – killing drives and giving the Buffaloes short fields for offense.

Clemens star running back Charles Ross ran for an 11-yard touchdown to begin the scoring in the first quarter and the Rattlers never pulled even. Ross also caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from Mark Leal in the second quarter.

Ross carried for only 20 yards in seven carries, but Harris totaled 115 yards on six carries and Leal completed seven of 10 passes for 81 yards as the Buffaloes dominated despite running only 35 offensive plays.

Andrew Cortez led San Marcos with 74 rushing yards in 18 carries and scored the only Rattlers touchdown in the fourth quarter, when the game was out of reach.

The Rattlers now share the district basement at 0-5 with Seguin, which lost, 54-35, to Boerne Friday night. Alamo Heights and Kerrville Tivy are tied for first at 5-0 after the Antlers beat Steele, 34-27, dropping Steele to third place at 4-1. Clemens holds fourth place at 3-2, followed by Canyon (2-3) and Boerne (1-4).

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