Building Momentum: San Marcos enters Anderson matchup with high confidence

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San Marcos Football

Two weeks remain in what has been an exciting season for San Marcos. The Rattlers continue to overcome every challenge put in front of them, but they still have two more opponents between them and their final goal.

Coming off a comeback road win, San Marcos returns home to host the Anderson Trojans. While Anderson hasn’t had the best season with a 1-2 district record, defensive coordinator Gilbert Rodriguez said they can’t take this Trojan team lightly.

“The first thing is that they are still alive in the playoff hunt,” Rodriguez said. “So as it is, they’re going to come out pretty tough. So that in itself presents a challenge. The second thing is, they are well coached. We know those coaches over there and they know what they want to do. If we don’t get lined up we could get in some trouble.”

Anderson senior Davis Adams and junior running back Coy Fullmer have been the driving force of the Anderson spread offense. Adams has thrown for 1,313 yards with 11 touchdowns, while Fullmer leads the backfield with six 100-yard games and five touchdowns.

One area the Rattler defense can take advantage of is forcing turnovers. The Trojans offense is susceptible to giving away the ball with 14 turnovers on the season so far. Turnovers have become a pivotal part of San Marcos’ success as it has come away with at least one takeaway in the last four games.

If the turnovers continue, Anderson could find themselves in trouble with a San Marcos team that may be playing with a chip on its shoulder. An explosive offense led by senior quarterback Prudy Calderon was shutout in the first half of last week’s match against Manor. Calderon, junior running back Jamon Johnson and the offense will challenge themselves to produce a positive four-quarter performance.

“What (last week) does for us is it opened our eyes a little bit,” Rodriguez said. “That game shows what happens when you don’t fit a play right or if you don’t execute correctly. Sometimes you put yourself in a hole that you just can’t get out of. For us fortunately, we were able to make some stops defensively and capitalize on offense and come together as a team.”

As the final two games approach, preparations have begun to shift moreso to a mental preparedness opposed to the physical practices earlier in the year. Wins like last week for example, will play a significant role in the success not only in upcoming games but the upcoming seasons.

“I think getting through that game that we got through last week gives us a lot of confidence,” head coach Mark Soto said. “Now (the team) knows they can do the special things. They know they play hard. But now, to come back on a team like that with athletes all over the field. I think it’s important for the kids to understand this is a special group.”

With confidence high, San Marcos will look to continue building momentum as it moves closer to the playoffs. Tonight’s matchup will mark this season’s homecoming game and last regular season match inside San Marcos Toyota Rattler Stadium.

Kickoff against the Trojans tonight is set to kickoff at 7:30 p.m.

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