Once again, the second half of a game was not kind to the San Marcos Rattlers as they lost to the Shertz Clemens Buffaloes 26-10 on Friday night. The Rattlers have done a very good job of starting out games strong this season but have had trouble matching their first half success after the break.Trouble did come early for the Rattlers as Ty Thomas and Michael Wilburn ran into each other trying to receive the opening kickoff. The Rattlers first possession started at the three yard line. The Rattlers tried to take it out of end zone but back to back third down penalties forced the team to punt from inside the five yard line. After a nice return by Charlie Ross, Clemens started their first drive at the Rattler 15 yard line. Two plays later Ross had his first touchdown of the ball game.
The next kickoff wasn’t any easier. Wilburn brought the kickoff out of the end zone but slipped at the three yard line causing the Rattlers to once again begin their drive with terrible field position. This time the result was a little different.
The Rattlers started chewing up yardage and 16 plays later, Aaron Nunez kicked a 36 yard field, his longest of the year.
With 4:52 left in the second quarter, Shertz’s Ross got his second touchdown of the game, this time on a 38 yard reception from Mark Leal. The score was 14-3 in favor of the Buffaloes as the squads headed into halftime.
The strangest part of the first half was the 12 penalties called, six on each team. The Rattlers out-gained the Buffaloes 129 to 71 in total yardage but special teams play left them with poor field position throughout. The Rattlers average start was inside the 20 yard line while the Buffaloes average starting field position was at the Rattlers 48 yard line.
Shertz Clemens started out the second half with a quick three-play drive, including a 50 yard touchdown run by Stanley Harris. Harris continued the second half curse on the Rattlers rushing for 115 yards and two touchdowns in just that half. His second touchdown came on the next drive when he ran one in from 54 yards.
The score was 26-3 with 6:24 remaining in the third quarter after two missed extra points. The Rattlers put together another strong drive (16 plays) that finally ended with a touchdown. It was run in from two yards out by Andrew Cortez. The touchdown was much deserved as Cortez led the Rattlers with 70 yards on 19 carries. Both other fullbacks were injured coming into the game so Cortez took almost every snap on offense and still many on the defensive side of the ball. That made the score 26-10 which held for the rest of the game.
Michael Wilburn carried the ball 14 times for 62 yards and Scooter Walker had eight carries for 43 yards before he went out with an injury early in the second half. He did not return for the rest of the game.
Next up the Rattlers take on the Boerne Greyhounds at home for the final home game of the season at 7:30 pm.
By Dalton Sweat
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