Reagan was on fire during a perfect regular season.
The Rattlers took a while to heat up Friday night, but when they did, they were blazing.
Reagan broke up a tight contest against New Braunfels Canyon with a 35-point second-half explosion for a 49-21 Class 5A Division II bidistrict victory at Heroes Stadium.
The Rattlers (11-0) play Steele in the area round at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Comalander Stadium.
Before the game, a moment of silence was held for Canyon sophomore Logan Davidson, who died Wednesday after he was attacked by a classmate at school.
Quarterback Ty Summers, who scored on two touchdown runs in the first half, and running back Luke Wilson got things going.
Summers, who rushed for 115 yards on 13 carries and passed for 93 yards, scored on a 60-yard TD run at the beginning of the second half and added a 27-yard TD toss to Kash Knutson, who also struck on a 5-yard touchdown run. Wilson picked up 114 yards and scored on a 4-yard run.
“We played much better in the second half,” Reagan coach David Wetzel said. “We had to weather the storm. We had to figure things out because Canyon does so many different things. You wonder if you’re ever going to get the ball back. We knew we had to make all our positions count and we did.”
Canyon (7-3) got the early advantage as DeWayne Hinton’s interception, followed by the swift running of Gibreel Evans, set up quarterback Philip Shelton’s 9-yard TD scamper for a 7-0 lead with 2:30 left in the first quarter.
Summers got the Rattlers’ offense moving in the second quarter with scoring runs of 17 and 9 yards to put Reagan in front 14-7.
Canyon (8-4) had clock-eating drives in the second half, but Reagan’s defense, led by Brucks Saathoff, Thomas Cox and Andrew Bunting came up with needed stops.
Canyon struck for TDs on Shelton’s 19-yard pass to Kristian Drake and an 81-yard run by Evans, who totaled 209 yards on 16 carries.