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September 6th, 2008
Rattlers Bite Bears For First Win

The San Marcos Rattlers nearly met their match in their long time foe the Bastrop Bears but the Rattlers prevailed winning the game 27-26.

The first home game of the season marked parent’s night for the Rattlers with players honoring their parents on the field before the game. Once the game got started these two former district rivals duked it out to the tune of almost 600 total yards yet San Marcos had zero completed passes during the game and Bastrop had negative rushing yardage at halftime.

Bastrop opened up the game with a touchdown drive lasting only two and a half minutes moving the ball with ease. Down two starters, Joekavva Yzaguiri and Tomas Velasquez, the Rattlers needed someone to step up in the back field to make up for Yizaguiri, who had 85 yards last game. In the first half that person was Andrew Cortez. Cortez scored the Rattlers first touchdown on a two yard run after a 12 play 80 yard to tie up the game at seven.

Both teams’ defenses finally showed up to the game and only one more score was allowed in the first half. After a missed extra point the score stood at 13-7 in favor of the Rattlers at the half.

Things spiced up after the Rattlers drove down the field and scored to open up the second half. At this point a 12 point lead felt like a large cushion but before the 3rd quarter was over Bastrop had scored twice. Thankfully for the Rattlers a missed extra point left the game tied up once again. Now the score was 20-20.

At the end of yet another one of the Rattlers staple long and time consuming drives, Aaron Canady carried the ball in form the four yards out to put the Rattlers up again. Yet it didn’t take more than a minute or two for Bastrop to storm right back. After Dominic Brown took a run that looked to be stopped behind the line, he brushed off Rattler would be tacklers and ran right into the end zone for a 42 yard touchdown tying up the score again . . . or rather it would have been had the Bears not missed the game tying extra point. This was the Bears second missed extra point and the third for the game.

With just under six minutes left the Rattlers just needed to run out the clock for the win but that was easier said than down. Fourth down and three yards to go with less than two minutes left Coach Van Nest decided to go for it. Bastrop’s defense stepped up stopping the Rattlers just inches short of the first down. Bastrop’s final chance was short lived after Scooter Walker came up with the game sealing interception.

Next up the Rattlers travel to Lampasas to face the Badgers who fell to 0-2 after losses to Rockdale and Manor.

Dalton Sweat

Photos by Beth Rasmussen

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