Rangers triumph over Rattlers, face SA Clark Saturday

Rangers prepare for second round of playoffs

Smithson Valley Rangers defeated the San Marcos Rattlers (7-4) in their first round of Division II Class 5A playoffs Friday, November 12 with a final score of 38-21. They now set their sites on San Antonio Clark.

The Rangers started their scoring streak in the middle of the first quarter with a 12-yard run by David Gutierrez backed by two previous Bailey passes to Beyer. At their next possession of the ball, Rangers fall short when David Sweet attempted but missed a 36-yard field goal. Rattlers' Senior Alvin Canady took the ball from there for an 80-yard drive to tie the game at seven with 24 seconds in the first quarter.

The impressive drive did not stunt the Rangers, as Blake Schrock returned the San Marcos kick off 72 yards putting Gutierrez in line for Smithson Valley's second touchdown to end the quarter with a Ranger advantage, 14-7.

In the second quarter, the Rattlers failed to take advantage of an intercepted Bailey ball forcing them to punt. At four minutes left in the half the score became 17-7 with a Sweet 22-yard field goal.

With San Marcos failing to answer with a score at two minutes until half time, the Rangers take possession again. This time they gain a total of 74 yards with three passes by Bailey to Beyer, the last resulting in the Ranger's third touchdown leaving the half with a 24-7 score.

The Rangers came back from the break ready for more action and drove 64 yards ending the rush with an impressive drive by Bailey. With 9:13 left in the third quarter, Smithson Valley dominated the board, 31-7.

But the Rattlers did not concede. Their next drive, with the help of Tate Smith and Canady and an extra point by Nick Torres, bumped the Rattlers up to 31-14 with seven minutes left in the third quarter.

Later in the quarter, the Rangers intercepted a San Marcos pass and took it home with the help of Bailey at 6:19 left to play to make the score 38-14.

The Rattler season ended with a triumphant run ending with a 15-yard touchdown by Canady helping him break his school's all time rushing and touchdown records and bringing the final score to 38-21.

This week Smithson Valley prepares for a second round Division II Class 5A showdown with San Antonio Clark. The two will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, at San Antonio Northside Farris Stadium. Tickets are on sale at Smithson Valley High School until 2 p.m. Friday.

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