September 6th, 2014 by Coach McDaniel
Ulysses S. Grant said it best when he once shared about adversity saying, ” The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity.”
Whenever a team faces adversity to start a season the joy and excitement can fade very fast and true commitment can be shown by all those involved. You can either jump ship or you can weather the storm and face the future together as one unit. The pride of Stone Oak Reagan Rattlers (1-1) answered that call Friday night at Heroes Stadium when the Harlingen Cardinals (0-1) made the long trip to San Antonio looking for bragging rights by punishing the visitors 45-0. The Rattlers had an agenda of their own this night, and that agenda was to put to rest any questions about the the team. The main goal of the Rattlers was to take steps in moving forward to secure their future success and a long playoff run.
The Rattlers took possession and quickly moved the ball down the field with Kellen Mond (soph.) behind center. He showed against O’Connor he had the tools necessary to be a big time quarterback as a sophomore, but the Cardinals got a good look at his abilities for themselves. Mond overall had had touchdown runs of 11, 30 and 83 yards to go with an efficient 14 of 17 passing for 133 yards and a touchdown. Luke Mitchum (senior) has become a huge target, standing 6’5″, collecting 10 receptions for 150 yards in these two early games. Connor Heffron (junior) also caught a laser from Mond burning his defender deep to end the game with 42 yards receiving. Junior ground combos of Ian Leslie and Cody Martinez punished the Cardinal defense, each collecting a rushing score.
The defense had several standouts to combine with the offense in this lopsided victory. Brucks Saathoff (senior) on the opening Cardinal possession had what appeared to be a pick six which was nullified by an illegal blocking call, but gave the Rattlers possession on the turnover. Jake Killen (senior) also flew around the field appearing in several tackles for loss and plays that stopped Cardinal drives. These two senior outside linebackers have become a lethal combo for the Rattler defense. Brooks Roy (junior) once again cemented the defensive line creating pressure all night on the Harlingen backfield even forcing a fumble for another Rattler possession. Tyler Bullock (senior) was a standout on special teams play for the Reagan unit that grounded the Cardinals.
The Rattlers look to keep the momentum going in non-district play Friday, September the 12th with kickoff set for 7:30 PM at Heroes Stadium against the visiting Northside Warren Warriors (1-1).