Rattler Recap: San Marcos routs Anderson on homecoming

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San Marcos Football

Final: San Marcos 65, Anderson 10

Takeaway

Simply put, San Marcos dominated all three phases of Friday’s game against Anderson. The Rattlers got on the board two plays into the game and didn’t look back. Senior quarterback Prudy Calderon and junior running back Jamon Johnson moved the ball on the ground behind an offensive front that won at the point of attack. The defense can’t go unmentioned as it didn’t allow a touchdown until the fourth quarter. Senior safety Demarcus Hall recorded an interception and extended the turnover streak to five games for the Rattlers. Confidence is high for this San Marcos group with one more game remaining in the season.

Key Points

Great teams battle through tough challenges but also win the games they are expected to. San Marcos returned home and had a positive homecoming performance. The Rattlers executed the gameplan and earned their fourth district game.

The first half 48-3 lead played a significant role in many ways. San Marcos felt comfortable going down the depth chart and giving some playing time to the back-ups. This not only was a great opportunity for underclassmen to see the field but will have its effect on next week. San Marcos will arguably be facing its biggest challenge next week. The early exit from the starters allowed the Rattlers to get out of the game healthy and confident.

Defense. San Marcos has one of the most explosive offenses in District 14-6A. But the defense, and special teams, has played a huge part in the offense success. This defense fueled by speed always manages to be in the right place at the right time. The defense’s success will become crucial once San Marcos begins its playoff run.

Quotes

“The kids stayed focused and listened to the coaches and what we were telling them,” head coach Mark Soto said. “You know, this is possibly a trap game. Those guys are coached really well and (Anderson) has enough talent on their team to win. So just for us to take the game serious and come out and win for our community on homecoming was important for us.”

“I think we all came together,” Johnson said. “We all understood what we had to do. To definitely win this game because it’s a homecoming game but also to get us a good spot in the playoffs. So I think we played good as a team.”

What’s Next

San Marcos goes on the road to visit Austin Bowie for the final game of the season on Thursday. The Rattlers and  Bulldogs will be playing inside Burger Stadium with a district title on the line. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

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