San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

October 23rd, 2010
Rattlers lose big, Rebels clinch playoffs


The San Marcos Rattlers face the dire prospect of an 0-10 season after being buried in Seguin Friday night, 35-7.

Unlike most other opponents, Seguin didn’t put up 40 on the Rattlers, but Seguin had a chokehold on this game by halftime, staking a 28-7 lead.

The Matadors outgained San Marcos by about 100 yards without blowing up any record books. The Matadors gained 342 yards, compared with 245 for San Marcos. Most of the difference was in the air, with Seguin passing for 109 yards against 24 passing yards for the Rattlers.

Seguin quarterback Brig Gerlich had a big game, completing 10 of 17 passes for 109 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions while also rushing seven times for 72 yards and two touchdowns. Gerlich figured in four touchdowns in the first half — rushes of one yard and 55 yards, along with a 17-yard scoring pass to Ty Miles and a 12-yard touchdown throw to Khari Miller.

The Rattlers ran about evenly with Seguin, rushing for 221 yards compared with 233 for the Matadors. Terrence Wilburn (20 carries for 78 yards), Anthony Ramirez (10 for 63) and Jerome Harris (seven for 50) were solid on the ground for San Marcos.

But the Rattlers made four turnovers — two fumbles and two interceptions — as they lost by four touchdowns.

In fact, the San Marcos defense scored the team’s only touchdown when Jeremy Alvarez recovered a fumble in the end zone on the opening kickoff, giving the Rattlers a 7-0 lead. A night that started out great quickly degenerated for San Marcos as Gerlich tore its defense to shreds for the next 24 minutes.

The Rattlers now are 0-8 overall and 0-3 in District 25-5A, and it’s not getting any easier. Their final two games are against Steele and Judson, which entered their confrontation Friday night as the only two teams unbeaten in the district. Steele beat Judson, 25-24, in a two-overtime defensive struggle.

Judson (5-3, 2-1) visits Bobcat Stadium next Friday night. Then, the Rattlers finish their season at Steele on Nov. 5.

Marble Falls 47, Dripping Springs 10

Playing with a chance to clinch a playoff berth, Dripping Springs couldn’t stay with Marble Falls and now holds onto a chance for the postseason by a very narrow thread.

The loss put Dripping Springs in fifth place in District 25-4A at 4-5 overall and 2-3 in the league. Marble Falls is in fourth place at 4-4 and 2-2.

Dripping Springs could help its flagging playoff hopes when it ends its regular season next Friday at Cedar Park. However, Cedar Park is 8-0 and 4-0, tied for first place with Lake Travis (7-1, 4-0). Cedar Park had this weekend off.

Even if the Tigers beat Cedar Park, though, they still need Marble Falls to lose both of its remaining games against Vandegrift and Lake Travis, which is an unlikely scenario.

Dripping Springs actually outgained Marble Falls, 382 yards to 362 yards, but the Tigers also made four turnovers, compared with one for Marble Falls.

Two of the Dripping Springs turnovers resulted in Marble Falls touchdowns as the Mustangs piled onto their 20-10 halftime lead. Robert Vidal returned a fumble 93 yards for a touchdown just when it had appeared that Dripping Springs could make it a 27-17 game in the third quarter. Instead, Marble Falls increased its lead to 34-10. In the fourth quarter, Logan Clark returned an interception 80 yards for a Marble Falls touchdown for the last score of the game.

Marble Falls quarterback Zed Woerner completed 11 of 16 passes for 247 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Woerner also rushed for 57 yards in 16 carries.

The Mustangs also shut down the top two Dripping Springs offensive weapons. Tigers quarterback Jeff Tuck completed 15 of 32 passes for 195 yards and an interception, also rushing for 20 yards in ten carries. Dripping Springs running back Omar Pereyra rushed for 40 yards in nine carries after rushing for 123 yards in a 42-14 win against Rouse last week.

Wimberley 42, Fredericksburg 7

Wimberley still gives Hays County football fans a glimmer of hope, raising its record to 8-0 with a 42-7 win Friday night at Fredericksburg.

The Texans, ranked No. 3 in this week’s Associated Press poll for Class 3A, began Friday’s game in a struggle, going to halftime tied, 7-7, with a 1-6 team. But Wimberley found its fire in the second half with five touchdowns.

Wimberley quarterback Brady Lambert was 12 of 19 for 225 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 41 yards and four touchdowns in 12 carries. All of the touchdown runs were for eight yards or fewer. Trinity Wilson rushed for 61 yards in 13 carries for Wimberley.

Wimberley held Fredericksburg to 216 total yards, including 152 on the ground. The Texans made no turnovers and picked up three Fredericksburg fumbles.

The District 26-3A season comes to a decision point next Friday, when Geronimo Navarro visits Wimberley. Both teams are 3-0 in the district. Navarro is 7-1 overall after an unexpectedly tough 48-32 win Friday night against Bandera, which fell to 0-8.

Alamo Heights 63, Lehman 14

Alamo Heights made short work of Lehman in a 63-14 victory at Bob Shelton Stadium.

The Mules dominated the first half, going ahead, 28-0, before Lehman scored a touchdown 16 seconds in front of halftime. The Mules were even more dominant in the second half, scoring five touchdowns.

Alamo Heights outgained Lehman, 404 yards to 225 yards. The Mules rushed for 252 yards.

William Thompson led the Mules with 105 rushing yards and two touchdowns in 17 carries. Quarterback Steven Elder completed 12 of 20 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns. Elder also rushed for 36 yards in seven tries.

Harvest Trammell led the Lehman offense with 163 total yards. Trammell completed four of eight passes for 45 yards and a touchdown, rushed for 41 yards in seven carries and caught six passes for 77 yards and a touchdown.

Lehman fell to 3-5 overall and 0-4 in District 27-4A. The Lobos could still finish as high as fifth in the seven-team district, but they would have to win their last two games, which are both against second-division opponents.

Next week, the Lobos go to Schertz Clemens, which is 3-5 and 1-3 after a 39-0 loss at Smithson Valley Friday night. The Lobos finish the season on Nov. 5 against Lockhart at home. Lockhart is 0-8 and 0-4 after a 33-3 loss at New Braunfels Canyon Friday.

The top of the district is shaping up with the possibility of a three-way tie for the championship. Smithson Valley is on top of the district at 4-0 (7-1 overall), followed by 4-1 Alamo Heights and 3-1 Hays. The season ends with Hays going to Smithson Valley on Nov. 5. If Hays wins that game (and the three leaders win all their other games), the league would finish in that three-way tie.

Hays, which had Friday night off, clinched a playoff spot because Clemens and Lehman both lost. But the Rebels could land in fourth place. The Rebels play at Bob Shelton Stadium next Friday night against fourth-place New Braunfels Canyon, which is 4-5 and 3-2. A Canyon win would assure the Cougars of no worse than a third-place tie with Hays, but they would own the tiebreaker.

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