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Five things to watch: San Marcos vs. RR Stony Point

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The San Marcos Rattlers enter the playoffs for the second consecutive year, and they hope to advance to the area round as they did in 2015. Here are five things to know before tonight’s matchup against Round Rock Stony Point.

Rattlers back at full strength
Running back Jamon Johnson was limited to just four downs in the loss to Bowie. Receiver Cross Cuevas and cornerback Demarcus Hall were also held out due to injury concerns. Tonight, those key Rattlers players will be back in action. Johnson and Cuevas are key pieces to the Rattler offense, and Hall just weeks ago had one of the best games of his season. They’ll all likely play a key role in tonight’s game.

Records can be deceiving
Trying to predict the outcome of tonight’s game based on records is probably not the best idea. Stony Point went 3-7 on the season, but faced a stiff schedule and district. Aside from their loss to Cedar Ridge, they were competitive and were able to put points up on the scoreboard.


At the same time, some have picked the Tigers to upset San Marcos based heavily on last week’s blowout loss to Bowie. While Bowie was as good as expected, the Rattlers defense limited their offense in the first quarter, and the Rattlers were without several players, as noted above.

Unfamiliar, but similar foe
While the Rattlers and Tigers may not be familiar with each other due to UIL realignment, the Tigers are similar to several teams they have played this season. Stony Point’s offense centers around the run game, where they pick up a majority of their yardage. Losing their starting quarterback to graduation, the Tigers have played some quarterback by committee this season, but junior Jack Driskel has emerged as the starter.

Sophomore RB Matchup
Both the Tigers and Rattlers heavily feature sophomore stud running backs. Stony Point’s Tyler Cleveland picked up 118 rushing yards in last week’s win over McNeil, and he was especially key with 179 yards in a win over Westwood.

Johnson has been the surprise of the Rattlers season after starting senior Cavion Garner was injured early in the season. Johnson stepped right in and has been hard to stop for opposing defenses. Johnson’s last full game was against Austin Anderson, where he had 143 yards rushing, and scored four touchdowns in a come-from-behind win.

Key Players
Here are a few other key players for both teams whose names you’ll likely hear throughout the night.

Stony Point: WR Dashun Horne, LB Dante Smith, DE/LB Timothy Douglas
San Marcos: DB Prudy Calderon, QB Tyler Moreno, LB Colby Vidrine

We’ll be covering tonight’s game live at San Marcos Toyota Rattler Stadium. Look for updates on Twitter, and a recap tomorrow morning.

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Michael is the founder and editor of ProjectSpurs.com. He has a long history in journalism, sports and online media. Michael has been interviewed by the BBC, SportTalk, the Sports Reporters Radio Show, MemphisSportLive, OKC Sports Wrap and ESPN radio among others.

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