SAN MARCOS – Fourteen unanswered third quarter points made the difference for the Hays High football team Friday as they rolled to a 35-7 district road win over the rival San Marcos Rattlers.
Defense ruled the majority of the first half as both teams struggled to gain ground. Hays drew first blood on a four-yard first quarter touchdown run by senior wide receiver Michael Boudoin, which gave Hays a slim 6-0 lead at intermission.
But Hays (3-2, 2-1) broke open the flood gates in the third frame when its offense, predicated on the ground game, found its footing. A 34-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Durand Hill, followed several minutes later by a 19-yard touchdown pass from Hill to Boudoin rapidly pushed Hays’ lead to 21-0.
Meanwhile, Hays’ defense reigned supreme as it limited San Marcos’ ground attack to 182 yards. Hays High’s defense also kept San Marcos’ offense from extending drives as well. The Rattlers went 7 of 16 on third downs and were 2 for 4 on fourth downs. That included a critical first half goal line stand by the Hays defense that kept San Marcos scoreless at the time.
After San Marcos countered with a late third quarter touchdown, Hays responded with 14 more unanswered points in the final frame. That included an 8-yard touchdown pass from Hill to Boudoin and an 8-yard touchdown run by backup quarterback Grayson Winter.
Hill went 5 of 8 for 54 yards and two touchdowns passing, while also rushing for 66 yards on seven carries and a score. Boudoin rushed for 59 yards and a score and caught four passes for 53 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Hays’ running back Josh Rodriguez carried the ball 10 times for 66 yards and a touchdown.
Rattler running back Kanui Guidry rushed for 105 yards on 22 carries while San Marcos quarterback Isaiah DeLeon ran the ball 16 times for 56 yards.
Hays continues district play Oct. 30 when it travels to play at Westlake. Hays returns home Thursday, Nov. 5 when it hosts Austin High at Bob Shelton Stadium.