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Gameday Q&A: San Marcos vs. Harlandale with Warpath1.com


To preview tonight’s 5A bi-district matchup between the San Marcos Rattlers and the SA Harlandale Indians, I went straight to the source for Indians football, Robert Villafranca, who has been running the go-to website and Facebook group for Harlandale fans, Warpath1.com, since 1997.

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I talked to Robert to get a better idea of what to expect from the Indians tonight. For more on this matchup, make sure to read our 5A schedule and breakdowns.

1. While San Marcos was known mostly as a dominant rush team, the loss of David Hamilton meant the team had to change direction with Carl Ahrens under center. With San Marcos possessing an air attack, and with QB Jacob Delgado and Rene Palomino known to dominate in the passing game, do you expect a high-scoring offensive display from both teams?

Highlands, Houston, and McCollum scored 42, 48, and 54 respectively in the week prior to playing Harlandale and the Indians held those three pretty potent offenses to 14, 29, and  7 points. This will likely be a game in which the winning team will score in the neighborhood of 30 points.

2. Tell San Marcos fans traveling to San Antonio what to expect in terms of atmosphere on Friday night at Harlandale Memorial Stadium.

The Harlandale community has a long standing tradition of supporting the Indians football. Even when the Indians travel, the Harlandale side often out-numbers the opponents’ side. There will probably be a some tailgaters in the parking lot beforehand and the crowd will be fully engaged come game time. Indian fans love their football team, and they’ll show it.

3. What is Harlandale’s biggest strength/weakness heading into this matchup?

Harlandale is led by Coach Isaac Martinez who will be guiding his 10th team in 22 years (as head coach) into the playoffs. Offensively, the Indians run a diversified attack that will exploit weaknesses wherever they can be found. Two 90+ yard drives in the last two ball games are examples of their ability to control the ball, but they also have one of the best two minute offenses we have ever seen. Defensively, the Indians are solid and opportunistic. It’s difficult to pinpoint any part of the defense as “the strength” as the DL, LB’s, and DB’s play very well together as a unit.

4. Aside from the usual names of Delgado and Palomino on offense and Orozco and Aguirre on defense, who is a player whose name San Marcos fans should expect to hear a lot on Friday?

RBs Christian Villarreal and Vincent Hernandez have had some nice games running behind the OL led by junior Danny Garza. WRs Noah Avina and Shawn Tober have punished defenses that over-focus on Palomino. TE Jesse Sandoval is also a big target for Delgado.

Defensively, they all get their names called out plenty. Christopher Laque and Robert Palomino, along with Hunter Orozco form the best LB unit in 28-5A. FS Ramzey Martinez is among the city leaders in INT’s. DBs Isaac Barrera and Brandon Rodriguez are adept at run support and pass coverage and Vincent Byishimo is an outstanding cover corner.

5. Harlandale seems extremely confident in this game. Could Harlandale be looking beyond a very hungry San Marcos team looking to extend their season?

Confidence is a trademark of this program, but I can’t imagine that looking beyond San Marcos is an issue.

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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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