SAN ANTONIO – Reagan’s goals in Thursday night’s regular season finale were simple – win and don’t get anyone hurt. Other than a minor injury, the Rattlers accomplished both.
Three different Rattler players threw touchdown passes, as Reagan played a solid final three quarters to beat South San 38-0 in a game that was stopped by lightning with 5:01 left. For a while, the Bobcats were in the game.
South San had already been eliminated from playoff contention, but, thanks to two Rattler red zone turnovers, had a chance to tie the game at 3-3 in the second quarter, but the field goal attempt was just short. From that point on, it was all Rattlers, as they scored on their last five possessions of the game. Konnor Fox threw a wide receiver touchdown pass before leaving with a minor shoulder injury late in the first half. He said after the game that if the game was closer or a playoff match that he would have been fine to return.
Travis Sthele threw for 207 yards and two touchdown passes, while Rhett Buell added one more. Stayton Ankrom lost a fumble in the first half, but caught two touchdown passes, as Reagan (8-2, 6-1) pulled away in the second half. Shane Goldberg caught his first career touchdown late in the third.
Reagan was shaky in three of the previous four games, but scored on every possession that they didn’t turn it over on, as they got the momentum they badly needed heading into next week’s playoff rematch with O’Connor.
The Bobcats were held to 176 yards of total offense, as their season ended at 2-8 overall, and 1-5 in district.
It was over when: Once Reagan stopped turning the ball over, the offense took complete control. Ankrom overcame his mistake in the first half, with two spectacular touchdown receptions in the second half. Reagan scored on its last five possessions of the game.
Game ball goes to: Ankrom. The sophomore was resilient as described above.
Key stat of the game: 12:54. Reagan scored five touchdowns in 12 minutes and 54 seconds of play in the middle quarters.
Up next: South San – basketball season; Reagan @ O’Connor in the first round of the 6A-I playoffs.