San Marcos routs Anderson on Homecoming

Photo by Gerald Castillo

San Marcos Football

It didn’t take long for San Marcos to settle into its game plan against Anderson Friday night. 

The opening drive consisted of two plays. Taking what the defense gave him, senior quarterback Prudy Calderon took advantage of the soft coverage to find senior receiver Elijah Akiens for an early Rattler lead.

Following a defensive stand, San Marcos took possession on its own 29-yard line. One play later, Calderon broke loose up the middle for 71 yards and his second of two touchdowns on the night.

The first pair of drives were indicative of the whole game as San Marcos rout the Trojans, 65-10, to improve to 8-1 overall, 4-0 in district.

“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.”

The athleticism of San Marcos’ weapons were too much for a Trojan defense that was playing on its heels throughout the game. The Rattler offensive front controlled the line, enabling Calderon and junior running back to finding running lanes. Johnson finished the game with 108 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries.

Naturally, the ground game opened up opportunities for Calderon to connect with his receiving corp. Akiens, Mhyson Williams and Julian Perez all recorded one receiving touchdown before the final horn went off. 

“The confidence is really high,” Johnson said. “I mean, we’ve been working all week, practicing on the plays we ran today and we executed. I’m just glad we came out with another win.”

While the offense put up the most points since Sept. 25, 2015 when the Rattlers defeated San Antonio Memorial, 67-9, the defense continued to display its tenacity. San Marcos’ identity, flying to the ball, kept Anderson out of the end zone until the fourth quarter. A four-game takeaway streak stretched to five when senior safety Demarcus Hall recorded his fourth interception of the season.

With a 48-3 halftime lead, San Marcos felt comfortable handing the offense over to some young talent on the depth chart. Senior running back Colin Ramos took advantage of the opportunity with 58 yards on 12 carries. More importantly, the Rattlers were able to leave the game healthy with one game remaining in the regular season.

Friday night’s game was the last chance for San Marcos to polish a few details as they approach the postseason and a district title game. The Rattlers controlled all three phases of the game and are in a good position to take District 14-6A.

“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.”


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