Excitement was the name of the game Friday night, but in the end, the Rattlers high scoring effort was just not enough. They fell to the Boerne Champion Chargers in a 53-35 high scoring thriller. With unofficially 997 yards of total offense for both teams combined the score 53-35 doesn’t even tell the full story.
Starting off the ball game for the Chargers was their star running back Josh Wray who came into the game with over 1000 yards on the season. He ran the ball right up the middle for a two yard touchdown for the first points of the game. Next up Quarterback Chuck Thornally tossed the ball to James Hurd for the second score of the game making it 14-0.
San Marcos wasn’t about to sit back and let the Chargers run away with this ball game. The very first play of the next possession Michael Wilburn out ran everyone for a 72 yard touchdown. Still 6:18 seconds remaining the first quarter.
Then, 47 seconds later Thornally threw his second touchdown pass of the ball game to Hurd who hauled it in from 13 yards out, but the first quarter action was not over yet. Andre Ray ran the next one in to make to score 21-14 the Rattlers were down a touchdown and the first quarter finally came to an end.
The scoring didn’t stop there with only six seconds ticked off the 2nd quarter clock James Hurd caught his third touchdown catch of the ball game this time from 26 yards out. The scoring stalled for a little while and we saw the first punt of the ball game for Boerne. Ryan Schweers got himself a 3 yard touchdown run and it was back to seven point ball game. Then an interception by Jeremy Gonzalez was returned for a touchdown but was called back for a clipping penalty and the Rattlers failed to score on that possession. That left the halftime score at 28-21 in favor of the Chargers.
The scoring may have slowed down at the end of the second half but it didn’t take long to start back up again. The first play from scrimmage in the second half was Andre Ray juking and jiving down the field for one exciting 75 yard touchdown. Ray finished the game with 145 yards rushing and two touchdowns, an exciting return from injury. The Rattlers had finally tied it up. But then the very next play Josh Wray took the ball 59 yards for his second touchdown of the ball game.
The Rattlers didn’t move the ball very well for quite sometime but held the Chargers to two field goals over the next 11 minutes. One of those had the Chargers starting the drive at the Rattler 27 yard line.
The Rattlers made one final push with Ryan Schweers taking the ball 59 yards for a touchdown to get them within five points but that was the final time the Rattlers scored. Schweers finished the game with 85 yards rushing and 56 yards passing. After two more touchdowns by the very impressive Josh Wray, who finished with 250 yards rushing and four touchdowns, the final score stood at 53-35.
On a side note sophomore Emanuel Saldana was bumped up from JV this week and ran for 113 yards.
Next up for the Rattlers is the Seguin Matadors (1-8) in the final game of the year. Both of these teams are looking for their first district win of the season and one of them is bound to get it. Kick off is in Seguin at 7:30 next Friday.
by DALTON SWEAT
Sports Correspondent & the host of the Rattlercast
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