San Marcos wins fourth-straight game in 36-10 victory over Austin Akins

Photo by Gerald Castillo

San Marcos Football

AUSTIN — A normally explosive San Marcos offense had been struggling to find its rhythm Friday night when senior receiver Elijah Akiens heard his number called in the offensive huddle. 

San Marcos had, at this point, built a 17-3 lead with five minutes remaining in the third quarter. Despite the 14-point lead, Akins was as close to making it a one possession game as San Marcos was to putting it out of reach.

The Rattlers were facing their second-straight fourth-down attempt inside Eagle territory when excitement found both the San Marcos crowd and sideline. Senior quarterback Prudy Calderon handed the ball off to junior running back Jamon Johnson who took two steps forward before pitching the ball back to Calderon. 

Calderon located his receiver and connected with Akiens in the end zone to complete the flea flicker. San Marcos put the game out of reach and went on to beat Akins 36-10.

“When I heard that play (flea flicker) get called it’s like god is calling to me,” Akiens said. “That’s the one play that I want and I finally got it.”

Akiens admitted the offense knew they were struggling at the half but they made a decision to stay together and fight through it as a brotherhood. A game that displayed a full cast of skill players for the Rattlers finished the night with 311 yards and four touchdowns.

A defense that is starting to establish a relentless identity continued to display a pursuit to the ball. Senior linebacker Joshua Banda has consistently been in the right place at the right time as he recorded a fumble recovery for the second straight game. 

A secondary led by senior cornerback Demarcus hall with the company of junior safeties Scooter Brown and Therrance Soto contained any big plays in the air. An essential, often overlooked aspect comes from the secondary's downhill attack in the run-game.

“(The defense) is starting to be real physical,” head coach Mark Soto said. “And that’s what I like. We tell them all the time, when you run to the ball good things happen. But when they get to the ball they’re starting to tackle really violently.”

An important part of the game at all levels of play is how a team performs in all three phases - offense, defense and special teams. Hall and Brown have become a factor future opponents will have to game plan for if they don’t want to give Calderon and this San Marcos offense a short field to play with.

Due to the slow start, junior kicker Francisco Menchaca found himself in a position to build some confidence. The reliable kicker had a couple of chances to put three points on the board. Menchaca hit all of his extra point attempts along with a 34-yard kick after a San Marcos drive stalled in the first half.

This wasn’t the most exciting win of the Rattler season. But they went on the road and picked up the win. San Marcos left Austin's Burger Stadium with a 6-1 overall, 2-0 14-6A district record Friday night. The Rattlers will now head into their bye week with a chance to rest up for the remaining three district games.

San Marcos will be back on the field on Oct. 27, when it visits the Manor Mustangs.

“We’re ready for our open week,” Soto said. “We’re a little beat up. We’ll be able to heal up a little bit. Work on some things we need to work on for the last three games and go after it.”

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