Well, that’s over.
The San Marcos High School football team scheduled a real power Thursday night, and the Rattlers ended up feeling that power in places where they never expected to feel it. Now, they have a week to shake it off.
Rated No. 4 in Class 5A by Texas Football, Steele came up the road from Cibolo and hung a 51-7 loss on the homestanding Rattlers at Bobcat Stadium.
The Rattlers went with a sensible strategy against Steele, which entered the game averaging 400 rushing yards even. Steele entered the game having thrown only 42 passes, 10.5 per game, and completing 27, just less than seven per game. That is, Steele had never proven that it could throw, because it never had to.
So, the Rattlers loaded up the box and sold out against the run, making Steele prove it could throw.
And Steele proved it. Quarterback L.G. Williams threw touchdown passes of 47, 25 and 86 yards before the second quarter was even 90 seconds old. At that point, the Knights held a 28-0 lead.
“We just said, ‘Heck, we’re going to open up and throw the ball,’” Steele coach Scott Lehnhoff told the San Antonio Express-News. “(Williams) is a special player, and those guys outside deserve to make some plays because they can do it.”
By halftime, Williams completed eight of nine passes for 235 yards. He sat for the entire second half.
Steele, 4-1, held a 38-7 lead at halftime.
The Knights finished the night with 555 yards of total offense, compared with 254 yards for the Rattlers.
Steele running back Justin Stockton carried eight times for 79 yards and touchdown carries of 41 and eight yards. Stockton now has rushed for 838 yards this season.
Steele wide receiver Matthew Moen caught three passes for 140 yards, including an 86-yard touchdown from Williams.
San Marcos quarterback Tucker Smith completed 12 of 18 passes for 127 yards, and rushed 13 times for 98 yards. His five-yard touchdown pass to Zach Sterling in the second quarter was the Rattlers’ only score.
The Rattlers, 3-2, will fine tune their game during the next week. Then they travel to No. 11 Smithson Valley on Nov. 11 to begin the District 25-5A season.
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