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September 27th, 2008
Special teams fumbles doom Rattlers early in 49-17 loss at Steele


The San Marcos Rattlers made a change in their offensive coaching staff during the week. As it turned out, the special teams needed the adjustment.

The Rattlers fumbled the first two kickoffs made to them Friday night to set up homestanding Cibolo Steele with two easy touchdowns. By the time San Marcos took a snap, the Knights already held a 14-0 lead. Armed with the home field, a stiff defense and a productive sophomore running back in Malcom Brown, they didn’t need a lot of help.

Steele romped, 49-17, in the District 27-4A opener for both teams. San Marcos fell to 2-2 overall, while Steele raised its record to 4-0.

During the week, San Marcos head coach Steve Van Nest elevated Jason Pape from running backs coach to offensive coordinator, while Paul Kilby moved from offensive coordinator to running backs coach. The Rattlers moved the ball reasonably well, but costly turnovers ruined their chances.

Late in the first quarter, the Rattlers messed up a lateral pass and Michael Brown recovered for Steele, returning the ball 56 yards for a touchdown to give the Knights a 28-0 lead.

Malcom Brown, who rushed for 176 yards in only 12 carries, went 76 yards for a touchdown early in the second period, increasing the Steele lead to 35-0.

The Rattlers rushed for 258 yards, compared with 251 for Steele. However, the home team worked often enough with short fields to score without accumulating yardage.

Joekkava Yzaguirre led San Marcos with 56 rushing yards in seven attempts.

The Rattlers will try to notch their first win in the district next Friday night, when they play New Braunfels Canyon at Bobcat Stadium for homecoming.

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