San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

September 18th, 2010
Rattler rally falls short, SMA, Lehman and Wimberley keep streaking


The San Marcos Rattlers made a good showing Friday night in their high school football contest with Bastrop, but couldn’t overcome their own turnovers or big plays by the opposing offense in a 43-36 loss at Bobcat Stadium.

The Rattlers outgained Bastrop, 432 yards to 392, and were the stronger team in the end, rallying to tie the score late in the game after trailing, 36-21, through three quarters.

The Rattlers also did a reasonably good job, statistically, against Bastrop quarterback Josiah Monroe. The Bastrop quarterback entered the game averaging 339.3 yards per game in total offense, but came in at 291 total yards.

However, the Rattlers lost three fumbles and Bastrop averaged more than ten yards in its 38 offensive snaps.

The first San Marcos fumble came all the way back for the first score of the game as Anthony Perez went 70 yards with the recovery to give the Bears a 7-0 lead. The Rattlers came back to take the lead on a one-yard run by quarterback Adrian Narvaiz and Terrence Wilburn’s conversion run to make it 8-7. But Monroe found Brady Nunn for a 19-yard touchdown with 52 seconds left in the first quarter, giving the Bears a 14-8 lead.

San Marcos gave itself a chance by staying even in the second quarter, matching Bastrop’s two touchdowns with scoring runs of 37 yards by Wilburn and four yards by Dorian Perez. Bastrop scored on Monroe’s 59-yard pass to Nunn and his five-yard pass to D.J. Gaines. The Bears held a 29-21 lead at half and extended it to 36-21 through three quarters on Monroe’s 31-yard touchdown pass to Josh Taylor.

The Rattlers rallied in the fourth quarter, with Anthony Ramirez catching an eight-yard touchdown pass from Narvaiz, then rushing nine yards for another touchdown. The second of those tied the game, 36-36, with 4:58 left.

But Bastrop responded quickly, as Monroe ran 37 yards for a touchdown with 3:59 left to give the Bears a 43-36 lead. The Rattlers made to midfield on their next possession, but couldn’t convert fourth down and Bastrop ran out the clock.

Wilburn led the San Marcos offense with 188 rushing yards and 66 receiving yards, a total of 254 yards. Narvaiz completed four of nine passes for 98 yards and added 44 yards rushing.

Despite his slight dropoff against the Rattlers, Monroe still posts strong numbers for this season. With his three touchdown passes, Monroe is up to 14 this year, while the rushing touchdown was his third this season. Monroe’s 206 passing yards bring him up to 996 in four games, while his 85 rushing yards brought him up to 314 for the year.

San Marcos fell to 0-3, while Bastrop is 3-1. The Rattlers go to Corpus Christi Carroll next Friday. Bastrop takes the week off before playing Bryan Rudder at home on Oct. 1.

Lehman 28, San Antonio Jefferson 7

Still waiting to turn the annual game with school district counterpart Hays into a rivalry by beating the Rebels at some point, Lehman won its third straight Friday night with Hays back on the schedule next week.

The Lobos posted a 28-7 win against San Antonio Jefferson at Bob Shelton Stadium Friday.

Lehman running back Levi Medley rushed for 200 yards, which almost matched Jefferson’s total of 205 offensive yards. The Lobos did what they had to do against Jefferson’s weak offense, which now has 224 rushing yards in three games. Lehman held Jefferson to 64 rushing yards in 21 attempts.

Medley, who has 354 rushing yards in two games, ran for a four-yard touchdown in the first quarter to give Lehman a 7-0 lead, then broke an 80-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, making it 21-0. In between, Ryan Wagner ran one yard for a Lehman touchdown. A 51-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter by Charles Williams made it 28-0. The Lobos later gave up an 80-yard punt return for a touchdown by Jefferson’s Prentiss Johnson.

Lehman quarterback Matt Anguiano completed eight of 12 passes for 107 yards.

The Lobos have allowed a total of 168 rushing yards in their last two games against Jefferson and Austin Crockett, which are, between them, 0-7.

Lehman will play Hays for the fifth time next Friday night at Bob Shelton Stadium. The Rebels have won each of the last four meetings.

Hutto 40, Hays 34

Hutto dominated with its running attack, which amounted to 388 yards on 53 carries during its 40-34 home field win against Hays.

The Hippos improved to 3-0, responding to a 23-yard field goal by JT Sivils of Hays with three straight touchdowns for a 19-3 lead in the second quarter. From there, Hutto and Hays traded touchdowns for the rest of the night.

Hays quarterback Caleb Kimbro ran for touchdowns of two and 11 yards, while Michael Romero returned a punt 75 yards for a Hays touchdown. The other Hays touchdown came on an eight-yard run by Torrance Smith, who finished the night with 76 rushing yards in 10 attempts. Anthony Garza led the Rebels with 109 rushing yards in 10 attempts.

Xavier Wynn led Hutto with 146 rushing yards in 21 tries. The Hippos registered 481 total yards, compared with 273 for Hays. Of the Hays yards, 215 came on the ground.

The Rebels, 2-2, play at Bob Shelton Stadium against Lehman next Friday night. Hutto goes to Bryan Rudder next Friday night.

Wimberley 35, La Vernia 21

Wimberley continued its surge through the football season, improving to 4-0 with a 35-21 win at La Vernia.

Dennis Smith tore it up early and often for the Texans, breaking out four touchdown runs in the first half to give his team a 28-0 lead. Smith ended the night with 194 rushing yards in 25 tries, improving his rushing total for the season to 617 yards in four games.

In the first half, Smith rushed for touchdowns of two yards twice, and added scoring runs of 53 and 14 yards. Smith added a three-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

The Texans notched only 305 total yards, but also held La Vernia to 330, including just 86 on the ground.

Wimberley, which has scored 83 points in its last two games, plays at home next Friday night against Sealy.

San Marcos Academy 21, Texas School for the Deaf 7

Wearing pink in support of Central Texas Medical Center’s (CTMC) effort against breast cancer, San Marcos Academy (SMA) slugged out a 21-7 win against Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) at rain-soaked Ingram/A+FCU Stadium.

Quarterback Jonathan Powell led SMA with 122 rushing yards and 90 passing yards.

TSD scored first on a 35-yard touchdown run by Jonathan Ford in the second quarter for a 7-0 lead. But that was all TSD would get.

The Bears responded before halftime as Ty Merriweather ran three yards for a touchdown and Powell threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Brett Mackell. The Bears led, 15-7, at intermission. Merriweather added a seven-yard touchdown run for SMA in the fourth period.

SMA outgained TSD, 263 yards to 246.

“I am really proud of how our kids played as a team,” SMA coach Les Davis said. “I believe they did a great job of representing SMA on a very special night.”

SMA, now 3-1 with three straight wins, plays at home next Friday night against Louise.

Dripping Springs 35, Lockhart 18

Dripping Springs improved to 2-2, taking the lead early and holding it against Lockhart, which fell to 0-4.

The Tigers took a 14-0 lead through the first quarter on a six-yard touchdown run by Omar Pereyra and Jeff Tuck’s 46-yard touchdown pass to Joey Hendrick. A five-yard touchdown run by Tyler Blakey put the Tigers into a 21-6 halftime lead.

Pereyra added touchdown runs of four yards and one yard in the second half. Pereyra ran 21 times for 100 yards, leading all rushers. Tuck completed 12 of 19 passes for 227 yards and rushed for another eight yards.

Lockhart managed only 154 yards in the game, including 115 on the ground. The Tigers finished with 378 total yards, 227 of them through the air.

Dripping Springs has a tough one next Friday, opening the District 25-4A season at home against Lake Travis, the three-time defending state champion that recently had its 47-game winning streak snapped in a 14-10 loss to Aledo.

Lockhart opens the District 27-4A season next Friday night at home against Alamo Heights.

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