The San Marcos Rattlers over the last two years have earned the identity of a team that never stops fighting, regardless of what the scoreboard says. But what the scoreboard said on Friday night in Schertz against Clemens would be too much to overcome despite a late rally.
“That’s what we do, we fight ’till the end,” head coach Mark Soto said. “We just need to clean up the mistakes so we can stay in the game. It seems like the last four minutes of the second quarter have been where we’re getting snake bit.”
That was certainly the case last night. After a Jamon Johnson 61-yard pass reception for a touchdown narrowed the gap to one score, Clemens scored two unanswered touchdowns to end the first half on a Jaray Patterson 16-yard run and a Kailub Thigpen 24-yard touchdown grab.
With a commanding 28-7 lead after halftime, the Buffaloes scored two rushing touchdowns to begin the third to further widen the lead.
San Marcos’ defense began answering back with third-down stops and turnovers leading to two consecutive touchdown runs by Johnson, one of which came after a deep pass from sophomore quarterback Noah Stubblefield to Mhyson Williams.
Clemens ended the San Marcos rally with a rushing touchdown, but with the ball late in the game, San Marcos kept driving down the field looking for the end zone.
They found it via a touchdown pass from Stubblefield to Diego Cruz.
With the loss, the Rattlers drop to 1-6 on the season and 0-4 in district.
With junior quarterback Alex Garcia suffering an injury, Soto and the coaching staff turned to Stubblefield. He is one of several Rattlers underclassmen, including Kannon Webb who has played a big role lately, something Soto says the Rattlers will not shy away from.
“We’re not afraid to play with younger guys. They’ve been doing a good job all year long,” Soto told Texas Redzone Report. “Noah’s been working his way up the ranks and Kannon’s been out there since play one so we have a lot of confidence in both of them.”
Stubblefield completed 10 of 15 passes for 166 yards and one touchdown.
Johnson finished the game with 204 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns. The Rattlers were led in receiving by Williams, who had three catches for 88 yards.
Clemens was led by quarterback Max Didomenico, who threw one touchdown pass and had two more on the ground, where he rushed for 127 yards.
Patterson added 137 rushing yards and two touchdowns for the Buffaloes, who are now 5-2 and 3-1 in district.
San Marcos will be back home next week against the 2-5 New Braunfels Unicorns. Clemens will have a big district matchup next week against the 5-2 East Central Hornets.