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The San Marcos High School football team averaged 7.2 yards per rushing attempt in its first two games of the season. But the Rattlers went on the road for the first time Friday, they were going against a Georgetown team that has made a point of stopping the run, and the Eagles were rated No. 8 in Class 4A by Texas Football.
It lined up as an eye-opening night for the Rattlers, and it was. In a shocking and awesome middle two quarters, Georgetown scored 34 unanswered points and turned the whole fourth quarter into garbage time. Georgetown 34, San Marcos 19.
It would have been quite something for the Rattlers, who won two games from 2010 through 2012, to go on the road and handle Georgetown. After winning their first two games this year, the Rattlers are better, but the distance to winning a game like this remains. And it’s not too far from the distance to winning on the road this year in District 25-5A, which will include stops at Smithson Valley, Converse Judson and New Braunfels Canyon for the Rattlers.
The Rattlers will take one more turn next week before starting their district trek. Next Friday, they go to Waco University, which is 0-2 after losses of 40-0 to No. 20 Manor and 28-22 to Gatesville.
Friday’s loss dropped the Rattlers to 2-1, and it really came with a thud. The Rattlers and Georgetown kept each other out of the end zone for most of the first quarter, but the Rattlers broke the ice in the final minute, when Tucker Smith completed an 11-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Chapman, giving them a 6-0 lead.
Then, the game went completely Georgetown’s way. The Eagles took it right back down field and scored on Camden Leply’s five-yard carry, kicking the point for a 7-6 lead. Next, they went most of the way down field, stopping at the San Marcos 20 and scoring on Zach Patterson’s 38-yard field goal. They went down field again, scoring on quarterback Ben Bottlinger’s 10-yard keeper to make it 17-6 at halftime.
The deluge continued in the second half. Patterson kicked a 25-yard field goal and Bottlinger threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Hayden Whitaker, giving Georgetown a 27-6 lead through the third quarter. Right off that, early in the fourth quarter, the Eagles scored on a 38-yard interception return to make it 34-6.
The game won’t go into the books like that, because the Rattlers scored twice in the fourth quarter and made the final score more respectable. Smith ran three yards for one touchdown and passed 17 yards to Michael Hernandez for the other.
The Rattlers entered the game averaging 299 yards on the ground, but Georgetown bottled them up and they managed only 114 yards in 40 attempts, an average of 2.85 yards per attempt. The Rattlers had an efficient night throwing the ball, as Smith completed 24 of 36 attempts for 196 yards. Georgetown rushed for 214 yards in 40 attempts, while Bottlinger completed 19 of 31 passes for 176 yards.
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