CANYON (3-6, 1-5) AT SAN MARCOS (1-8, 0-6)

Kickoff: Today, 7:30 p.m. / Toyota Rattler Stadium, 2601 Rattler Rd., San Marcos

Last season

— San Marcos won 39-20.

Player spotlight

— Canyon TE Adam Alcorta has had a solid season as a blocker after making the move from OT this year. Last week, Alcorta also snagged his first TD pass from Zavier Perez on a 28-yard connection in the third quarter.

— San Marcos WR Mhyson Williams is the Rattlers’ leading receiver this season with 374 yards and two TDs on 23 receptions. On offense, Williams is San Marcos’ biggest threat not named Jamon Johnson.

Outlook

— The Cougars will look to finish head coach Joe Lepsis’ first season in style by doubling their win total from 2017 against a struggling San Marcos team. Canyon’s rushing game has had its moments this year, including three weeks ago against East Central. The Rattlers have had trouble slowing the run as well, having allowed over 200 yards on the ground in each of the last two weeks. The passing combination of Zavier Perez and Callon Farr also have the ability to burn a defense deep when it shifts too much focus on the run game. The Cougars will look to rebound defensively after being hurt by a 28-point outburst in the second quarter last week against Steele.

— The Rattlers are hungry for a victory this week in their final attempt to break through in District 26-6A competition. San Marcos has relied on the talent of Johnson at RB, as it has used the Wildcat formation and even flexed him out as a WR to try and get him the ball in different situations. QB Alex Garcia was injured several weeks ago, and his status for tonight’s game is unknown. Defensively, the Rattlers have been giving up a ton of points, but they were able to force three turnovers two weeks ago in a loss to New Braunfels. Still, the Unicorns racked up 568 total yards en route to a 45-17 win.

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