It’s been a tough road for the Rattlers this season and their last game didn’t get any easier. San Marcos lost Friday night to the Seguin Matadors 27-21. The Rattlers fought to the wire and they should be commended for their effort to finish off the season strong.
Starting off the game San Marcos put together a drive inside the red zone. Then they turned the ball over on downs at the 11 yard line after coming up short on 4th and one. The Rattlers held, and after punts by both teams, the Matadors took over at their own 35 yard line. They drove 65 yards for a touchdown after quarterback Brig Gerlich took it in on a 39 yard scamper up the middle. After a blocked extra point, which ended up rolling out of the back of the end zone, the Matadors led 6-0.
The Rattlers got the ball back at their own 35 and put together a 65 yard scoring drive of their own. Andre Ray beat everybody to the corner of the end zone for an 11 yard touchdown run and the Rattlers took the lead 7-6.
After a quick 4 and out turn over on downs, the Rattlers got the ball back and drove 57 yards down to the 5 yard line. From there quarterback Ryan Schweers tossed the ball to Aaron Canady in the back of the end zone for second touchdown of the game. That score stood till half time and the Rattlers walked in to the locker room up 14-6.
Things turned South starting out the second half as the Matadors put together two touchdowns in the 3rd quarter. The first was a 45 yard touchdown run by running back Wayne Clemons. They attempted the two point conversion and failed. Then he scored again, this time on a one yard run, and Clemons had his second touchdown of the game. This time Clemons got the two point conversion and the score was 20-14.
Once again the Matadors put another touchdown on the board to score 21 unanswered points. This time they scored on a controversial 30 yard touchdown run by Gerlich. He fumbled the ball while diving toward the end zone and there were no refs in position to make a solid call. After ruling it a touchdown, Head Coach Steve Van Nest came out on the field visibly upset about the call. The ball had rolled out of the back of the end zone and if it had been called the other way it would have been a touchback for the Rattlers. The score was now 27-14.
The Rattlers did make a final push with a 51 yard touchdown run by Andre Ray for his second of the game. Ray finished with 149 yards on top of his two touchdowns. With the Rattlers only six points down, they made one final push but turned the ball over on downs at the 43 yard line with 1:19. With the Rattlers down to one timeout the Matadors were able to run the clock out.
The San Marcos Rattlers finish the season at 2-8 and without a district win.
by Colby Sweat