SAN MARCOS – Shortly before kickoff of tonight’s game between the San Marcos Rattlers and McCollum Cowboys, the lights went out at San Marcos Toyota Rattler Stadium causing a delay to the start of the game.
The Rattlers and Cowboys fans left in the dark in the stands used their cell phones to try to light up the stadium in hopes of avoiding a delay, but little did they know that the outage would provide some foreshadowing of the game that would begin approximately 15 minutes later. The Rattlers played lights out on offense and defense on the way to their fourth win of the season, shutting out McCollum 51-0.
The Rattlers scored on their first drive of the game. Junior running back Jamon Johnson got things started with a 34-yard run around the right side to get the offensive momentum going. Seven plays later, senior quarterback Prudy Calderon finished off the drive with 3-yard keeper for the score.
Rattlers defensive lineman Gabe Urrutia came up with a sack on third down to force a punt. The Rattlers used several pass completions to get into the red zone, but settled on a Francisco Menchaca field goal to extend the lead 10-0 with 6:03 remaining in the first.
San Marcos then rattled off four unanswered touchdowns to close out the first half on runs by Collin Ramos, Johson and Calderon, and a touchdown pass from Calderon to Mhyson Williams.
The offense was in sync, and the Rattler defense followed suit, allowing McCollum only six offensive yards in the first half.
It didn’t get much better for the Cowboys in the second half. A punt return by Tashumbrae “Scooter” Brown set up the Rattlers’ offense at the McCollum 5-yard line, where Johnson finished a two-play drive with a touchdown run.
Urrutia got to the quarterback for his second sack of the game on McCollum’s next offensive series, forcing them into a three and out.
Vidrine took over as quarterback on the next drive, and after two rushes for short yardage, a Vidrine keeper went for 50-yards, which would be the final touchdown of the game for either team.
“It felt amazing, it felt unreal to run it in like that,” said Vidrine, who starts at wide receiver, but has seen plenty of time lately as Calderon’s backup at quarterback. “I felt good. I feel like I’m getting better as the weeks go on. I’m learning (quarterback) from all angles.”
Aside from the two sacks, the San Marcos defense pressured McCollum’s quarterbacks all night, and Nicholas Ridings-Cook and Terry Stennett finished the game with one interception each.
“That was our focus coming into the game, to just finish and run to the ball like we did last week,” San Marcos defensive back Demarcus Hall said.
Calderon and Johnson, San Marcos’ primary offensive weapons, did most of their work in the first half. Johnson finished with 78 rushing yards and Calderon had 75, which takes him past the 800 rushing yards mark on the season. Even with games remaining to be played this weekend, Calderon should end week five at first or second in rushing yards for a quarterback and top 15 in the state regardless of position.
Tonight’s game was likely the best showing of the San Marcos passing game. Calderon was on the same page with his receiving group and found success with multiple receivers throughout the game.
San Marcos is now 4-1 on the season, and enters district play next week against the 4-1 Del Valle Cardinals.
“We just have to take it game by game, learn from this one and we’ll be ready for district next week,” Hall said.
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