The San Marcos High School football team kept its season alive Friday night at Bobcat Stadium, pulling away late in a 33-22 win against winless San Antonio Wagner.
As expected, Converse Judson also defeated New Braunfels Canyon, which dropped to 2-2 in the conference (6-3 overall) and now is in range of the Rattlers (1-3, 4-5). The Rattlers and Canyon meet in the final regular season game next Friday night in New Braunfels. The winner will be the district’s fourth and final playoff team, claiming the tiebreaker between them.
Smithson Valley (4-0, 9-0) continues to lead the district, clinching the championship (by tiebreaker) with a 52-14 win against New Braunfels Friday night. Judson (3-1, 7-2) is in second place, followed by New Braunfels (2-2, 5-4) and Canyon.
Wagner (0-4, 0-9) answered every San Marcos score until late in the third quarter, when the Rattlers built a cushion of 27-15. The Rattlers could only kick two field goals in the fourth quarter, but that hill was too steep for Wagner to climb.
The Rattlers scored first, midway into the first quarter, on Tucker Smith’s 30-yard touchdown pass to Zach Sterling. But Wagner scored in the last minute of the quarter and tacked on the two-pointer for an 8-7 lead.
San Marcos responded in the middle of the second quarter on a nine-yard touchdown run by David Mendoza for a 14-13 lead. Then Wagner held the line until the middle of the third quarter before scoring a touchdown for a 15-14 lead.
But the Rattlers took control at this point, scoring two rapid touchdowns. They failed on the two-pointer after the first touchdown, but they kicked one after the second, a three-yard run by Jonoah Fabian, to take a 27-15 lead.
Wagner came back with a touchdown before the end of the third period, but that only brought the Thunderbirds within 27-22, and the San Marcos defense pitched a shutout in the fourth quarter. Two late field goals by Christian Munoz extended the San Marcos lead.