In our game preview, we talked about the San Marcos run game being a big factor in tonight’s matchup between the San Marcos Rattlers and the New Braunfels Canyon Cougars.
Just as Canyon had their hands full with a rushing attack last week, Prudy Calderon and Jamon Johnson gave the Cougars all they could handle, while the Rattlers won their first road game of the season 39-20.
While the Rattlers offense started slow, the San Marcos defense was able to stop early Canyon drives, paving the way for consecutive Rattlers touchdowns.
A Jamon Johnson two-yard run into the end zone got the Rattlers on the visiting scoreboard first, and minutes later, Johnson, who was limited by SA East Central’s defense a week ago, broke free for 53 yards to give the Rattlers an early 13-0 lead.
“It definitely was a breeze being able to contribute to the team and come out and make plays, also bouncing back from last weeks game where I didn’t do too well,” Johnson said.
Next, it would be Prudy Calderon’s turn, as the versatile quarterback broke off a huge run on a keeper for an 80-yard touchdown.
The Rattlers offense continued to pile on, this time through the air, as Calderon found sophomore wide receiver Cameron Vidrine for a deep 58-yard touchdown pass as Vidrine began to separate from his defender.
After Francisco Menchaca’s PAT sailed through the uprights, the Rattlers had built up a 27-0 first half shutout.
Canyon was able to get on the scoreboard in the second half as quarterback Zavier Perez found Fabian Facundo for a 46-yard grab.
The Rattlers offense would score once more on a Calderon keeper for a 34-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter.
Canyon was able to find some offensive success on two-fourth quarter drives, but it was too little too late for the Cougars.
San Marcos safety Therrance Soto put the exclamation point on the Rattlers win with a pick six, running his second interception of the season back 30 yards.
While the Rattler offense proved to be a difference-maker, the defense made an impact yet again, shutting down key red zone drives, coming away with a fourth down sack, intercepting Perez twice and recovering a fumble.
Calderon led all rushers with 175 yards and three total touchdowns. He is now averaging 168 yards per game and has five total touchdowns on the ground in two games.
Johnson bounced back with 138 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Johnson and Calderon proved that the Rattlers offense can be a dangerous one when both are making big plays as they did tonight.
“Both of us rushing for over 100 is just the beginning of this season,” Johnson said. “There is more to come and I definitely owe all the credit to the O-line.”
Vidrine led all receivers with 77 receiving yards.
The Cougars were led by Perez who passed for 195 yards and added another 47 on the ground. Seth Haney finished with 119 rushing yards and Facundo had 73 all-purpose yards.
The Rattlers will be back on the road next week against the New Braunfels Unicorns. Both teams will enter Friday night’s matchup 2-0.
Canyon will look for their first win of the season on the road against San Antonio Madison.
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