It was nothing short of a ballgame in Tolar Thursday night, when JV Indians and Rattlers went head to head, both teams looking exceptionally good for so early in the season. When the final whistle sounded, it was the Indians on top by four; however, this was one of those games that absolutely was not in the bag until it was in the bag, and that was not until the final few seconds of the game.
It was the Rattlers who drew first blood early in the first quarter, making the score 6-0 after a failed PAT. Indians countered late in the quarter when quarterback Bronte Hermesmeyer breezed into the end zone on a keeper. A failed bid for 2 left the score 6 all.
The second quarter belonged to the defense until, with 9 seconds left in the half, #5 Rivera took the handoff and 79 yards later found himself inside the Rattler end zone, and the Indians were up 12-6.
With 7:12 left in the 3rd quarter, Rattlers intercepted a Hermesmeyer pass, and once again the score was tied up…12-12. Rattlers were successful in their 2 point attempt and went ahead of the Indians by a score of 14-12.
With 3:57 left to play, the Indians once again found the Rattler end zone when #33 Williams punched it in. 2 point conversion was no good, leaving the Indians on top 18-14. A crazy few minutes ensued!
With 2:07 remaining in the game, Rattlers turned the ball over on downs, and it looked like all the Indians had to do was run out the clock. However, on the first play from scrimmage, Indians lost the ball on a fumble, and Tolar was right back in the ballgame!
With something under a minute left, Jones, quarterback for the Rattlers, turned on a long run for Tolar. It was #5 Rivera who managed to bring the fleet footed Jones down, saving a TD. And then with 37 seconds left on the clock, and the Rattlers deep in Indian territory, Rivera intercepted a Jones’ pass, putting the game away for Comanche.
All that was left was for Hermesmeyer to take a final knee and the Indians were 2-0 on the 2014 season. There was nothing, however, to make the Rattlers duck their heads; they are a very fine football team. The breaks just went to Comanche on this week two of Texas football.
Be sure to see local newspaper for stats, etc. of the game.