The struggles continued Friday night for the San Marcos Rattlers, who again collapsed in the second half as they fell to 0-6 in District 27-4A.
The Rattlers went to Boerne Champion and gave every indication of being competitive when Andre Ray, back from injury, ran 75 yards for a touchdown to tie the game, 28-28, less than a minute into the third quarter. But Champion scored three of the game’s next four touchdowns, and even mixed in a couple field goals, to win going away, 54-35.
Champion moved the ball just about however it wanted, totaling 527 yards with a decent balance of 307 on the ground and 220 through the air. Running back Josh Wray accounted for 305 yards, including 265 yards in 20 carries.
In the first half, Champion shredded San Marcos through the air as quarterback Chuck Thornally met wide receiver James Hurd for touchdown passes of 38, 14 and 26 yards. In the second half, Champion turned to Wray, who ran for touchdowns of 59, 22 and 28 yards. Wray added a two-yard touchdown run in the first half.
The Rattlers still trailed only 40-35 with ten minutes left in the game, but Wray broke his touchdown runs of 22 and 28 yards to seal the deal.
Despite playing with a limited cast that didn’t include running backs Scooter Walker, Joekkava Yzaguirre, Kristian Cogdill or Isaiah Banks, the Rattlers still averaged 10.5 yards per rush, going for 441 yards in 42 carries. But the Rattlers defense allowed Boerne 9.3 yards per rush.
San Marcos (2-7 overall, 0-6 District 27-4A) will finish its season next Friday night at Bobcat Stadium against Seguin, which also is winless in the district. Boerne improved to 2-4 in the district with the victory.