5 things to watch: San Marcos vs. New Braunfels Canyon

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The San Marcos Rattlers will be on the road tonight looking for their second win of the season against the New Braunfels Canyon Cougars on Canyon’s new turf field.

San Marcos shutout SA East Central last week 28-0 with senior quarterback Prudy Calderon scoring three rushing touchdowns and the San Marcos defense causing several turnovers.

Canyon lost their season opener against Round Rock Cedar Ridge 46-14 and is looking for a win in their home debut.

Here are five things to watch in tonight’s game:

Rattlers ground game
The Cougars defense struggled against a high-powered Cedar Ridge ground attack, and it doesn’t get easier against the Calderon-led Rattlers. With Jamon Johnson limited last week, the Rattlers relied on Calderon to make plays on the run. If Johnson and Calderon both find early success, it could make for a long night for the Canyon defense.

Canyon QB Zavier Perez
Perez will test San Marcos’ pass defense. He showed true dual threat abilities last week, completing 15-of-22 passes for 159 yards and a touchdown, and was also able to finish with 73 rushing yards and a touchdown. Whereas East Central was a more rush-dominant offense, Perez can mix it up and keep defenses guessing.

San Marcos receiving corps.
The Rattlers’ young receivers faced some early jitters last week and had several dropped passes. If they can shake off week one and get on the same page with Calderon, they have the personnel capable of giving Calderon on the coaching staff more options on offense.

Canyon senior Fabian Facundo
Facundo is a versatile player capable of playing all over the field and on both sides of the ball. He’s a threat in the secondary and will look to limit the aforementioned Rattlers’ passing game, but don’t be surprised to see him at receiver, in the backfield or on special teams.

Road tested
Tonight’s game will mark the start of a three-game road trip for San Marcos. Playing away from the comfy confines of the San Marcos Toyota Rattler Stadium will be a test, especially for the younger players as they get accustomed to playing in a different atmosphere.

The game kicks off at Cougar Stadium at 7:30 p.m. tonight. Look for a game recap tomorrow.

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