Everything considered, the San Marcos Rattlers have to be pretty happy this morning after they survived a rash of injuries to win their home opener, 27-26 against Bastrop Friday night.
The Rattlers improved to 1-1 this season, escaping when Bastrop missed a point-after kick with 5:42 left in the game. A 40-yard run by Dominic Brown brought the Bears within 27-26 before the kick failed.
San Marcos went without Michael Wilburn or Joekkava Yzaguirre taking any carries and with quarterback Aaron Canady seeing limited action. As Canady, Wilburn and injured Thomas Velasquez play in the defensive secondary, the Rattlers faced a tall order against Bastrop’s no-huddle spread offense of tall, fast athletes.
But the Rattlers came up huge against the run, holding Bastrop to 36 yards in 17 carries. Thus, any Bastrop mistakes in the passing game were bound to be drive killers and, indeed, Bastrop totaled 12 first downs.
Meanwhile, the Rattlers controlled the ball on the ground, rushing for 337 yards. The Rattlers spread the ball around, with Scooter Walker, Isaiah Banks, Andrew Cortez and Canady all taking between 10 and 15 carries. Banks led the way with 111 yards in 12 rushes, including a 52-yard run in the third quarter to give the Rattlers a 20-7 lead.
Bastrop came back to tie the game, 20-20, before the end of the third quarter on a 15-yard touchdown run by Brown and a four-yard touchdown pass to Daryl McFarlin from Matt Homesly.
Canady put the Rattlers back ahead, 27-20, on a four-yard touchdown run with 9:33 left in the game. The successful point-after kick by Aaron Nunez proved to be crucial.
Cortez ran two yards for a San Marcos touchdown in the first quarter, and Ryan Schweers ran 12 yards for a Rattlers touchdown in the second.
The Rattlers will play Lampasas next Friday in their final tune-up before the District 27-4A schedule. Bastrop, 1-1, will play Killeen Shoemaker in its last tune-up before taking on the District 25-5A schedule.Email | Print