Back in the spring, Reagan junior running back Skyler Wetzel envisioned a moment like the one Friday night at Comalander Stadium.
Back then, Wetzel and his teammates were going through the paces of the team’s offseason program, trying to set a course that would define both a team and season.
The dream became reality.
Wetzel and quarterback Kellen Mond each rushed for three touchdowns as No. 5 Reagan toppled No. 9 MacArthur 45-20 to capture the District 26-6A championship.
“We always make it a goal of ours to win a district champion, so we always think it’s possible,” said Wetzel, who rushed for 94 yards and scored on runs of 2, 5 and 14 yards.
The Rattlers (8-1, 5-0) took control from the onset, putting together back-to-back 12-play scoring drives to grab a 14-0 advantage.
“Coming off an emotional win like (last week against Churchill), it’s sometimes hard to get focused and get back and go to work,” Wetzel said. “I felt like we really bonded together tonight. We executed like we knew we could, and we got the win.”
Mond jump-started the Rattlers to their 12th win in 15 meetings against MacArthur (4-4, 2-2), and their seventh in the past eight.
The sophomore scored on runs of 4 and 5 yards in the first quarter, then added a 47-yard run early in the third. He finished with 264 yards of offense — 178 passing and 86 rushing. Reagan amassed 530 yards — 295 rushing and 235 passing and 33 first downs. The Rattlers ran 95 plays.
Wetzel also ran for two touchdowns in the first half, and place-kicker Alex Webb added a 35-yard field goal and four of six PATs as Reagan led 31-6 at halftime.
Daijon Williams paced MacArthur, rushing for 103 yards and a score and catching a 70-yard TD pass from quarterback Josh Jung. Jung also connected with Davionne Vasquez for a 10-yard scoring strike.
Article and Image courtesy of San Antonio Express News.