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September 10th, 2010
Rattlers, Rebels renew football rivalry


The San Marcos defense registers a sack in the Rattlers’ 42-0 loss to Marble Falls. San Marcos High School Student Publications photo.


Back in the day, which wasn’t so long ago, the annual high school football game between San Marcos and Hays was, easily, the biggest sporting event of the year in Hays County.

The game is back Friday night, finally, when San Marcos goes to Bob Shelton Stadium so the two teams can play for the first time since 2003.

The game is back, but the fever is down. Back in 2003, times were flush, both for the Hays and San Marcos teams, and for the economy. Hays CISD was adding about 1,000 students per year during heavy growth. Hays and San Marcos both were constant winners on the field.

Since 2003, also, the rivalry has gone away. The two teams, which met all but twice from 1990 through 2003, have consistently been packed in different directions by the University Interscholastic League (UIL). Both teams are coming off losing records in 2009, and neither is a leading pick in its district this year.

Each team lost its last game. The Rebels are 1-1, while San Marcos is 0-1. Does this long dormant rivalry have enough life to be a catalyst for one of these teams?

The Rebels are running the ball effectively. In two games, Torrance Smith has 201 rushing yards, while Anthony Garza and Michael Romero have combined for 203 rushing yards. Quarterback Caleb Kimbro is nine-for-13 for 112 yards.

After beating Akins, 41-20 in their opener, the Rebels lost last week to Anderson, 41-28, after taking a 28-14 lead in the third quarter.

San Marcos has had two weeks to recover from a 42-0 loss at home to Marble Falls to start the season. The Rattlers managed only 150 total yards against Marble Falls and trailed, 35-0, at halftime.

In another Hays County game, Wimberley will line up its 2-0 start at home against Smithville, a District 23-3A team that is 0-2. Smithville has lost 60-0 to Lexington and 42-41 to Wharton.

Running back Dennis Smith has paced the Wimberley ground attack with 253 rushing yards, while quarterback Brady Lambert has passed for 334 yards.

Dripping Springs, 1-1, will try to rebound from last week’s 33-14 home loss to Wimberley when Manor comes to town Friday night.

After 546 offensive yards in a 49-0 opening win against Crockett, Dripping Springs was limited to 263 yards against Wimberley. Quarterback Jeff Tuck has passed for 155 and 162 yards in the two games. The running attack has been less consistent, dropping from 391 yards against Crockett to 101 yards against Wimberley.

Manor is 1-1, hanging with the Class 4A competition in the Austin area. The Mustangs lost, 27-26, to Lampasas before beating LBJ, 10-7.

Rainy weather this week gifted San Marcos Academy (SMA) with an additional home game, for this week’s contest had to be moved to San Marcos from St. Dominic Savio.

The Bears are 1-1 after an opening loss of 27-20 to Medina, followed by a 21-0 win last Friday night against Brooks Academy.

Lehman 32, Crockett 16

Lehman is 2-1 with two straight wins on the road after beating Crockett, 32-16, Friday night at Burger Stadium.

The Lobos rushed for 250 yards. Levi Medley led the way, covering 194 yards in 24 attempts. Lehman quarterback Matt Anguiano completed nine of 13 passes for 149 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Lehman won despite 125 penalties and eight fumbles, three of which they lost. The defense provided cover, allowing just 240 total yards,

After Crockett took an 8-0 lead on a 29-yard pass from Paul Wagner to Cbioma Ugoala, the Lobos responded with the next 25 points. Anguiano’s 29-yard touchdown pass to Julio Besa gave Lehman a 14-7 lead through the first quarter.

Jaylon Hardaway caught a 39-yard pass from Anguiano for a touchdown in the second period, and Matt Bergstrom kicked a 37-yard field goal to give the Lobos a 25-8 lead through three quarters.

Crockett dropped to 0-3, having been outscored 144-16 this season.

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