The San Marcos High School football team debuted inauspiciously Friday night, falling, 42-0, to Marble Falls at Bobcat Stadium.
A sharp and experienced Marble Falls passing game combined with five San Marcos turnovers to spell doom for the Rattlers, who are 0-1.
When it ended, San Marcos head coach Steve Van Nest emphasized that it’s still early in the season, though he granted that his team has a lot to learn.
“You learn something every time you play,” Van Nest said. “Obviously, this is not the start we wanted. It hurts.”
Repeating a familiar pattern from last season, when the Rattlers finished 3-6, the game came unraveled for them in the second quarter, when Marble Falls scored four touchdowns to take a 35-0 halftime lead.
Pregame concerns that the outsized Rattler secondary couldn’t cover Marble Falls wide receiver David Morgan were ratified by Morgan’s 137 receiving yards, which ended with three touchdowns out of his four catches.
Marble Falls senior quarterback Zed Woerner carved up the Rattlers, completing nine of ten passes for 239 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions.
The Rattlers managed only 130 offensive yards, 104 of them on the ground. The Rattlers also lost two fumbles and three interceptions. Marble Falls made only one turnover, a lost fumble.
“You lose the battle of turnovers that bad, you’re going to have problems,” Van Nest said.
Trying to stay positive, Van Nest pointed to previous San Marcos seasons in which the Rattlers “laid a couple eggs early” and wound up going deep into the playoffs.
“I still think we have not seen the football team we can be,” Van Nest said.
San Marcos will have a bye next week before playing Hays on Sept. 3 at Bob Shelton Stadium. The Rebels opened Friday night with a 41-20 win at Akins. The Rattlers and Hays, once deep local rivals, haven’t played each other since 2003.Email | Print