(Schertz, TX) – After two straight dominating performances in wins over East Central and Wagner, the Smithson Valley Rangers look to carry that momentum into Lehnoff Stadium tonight where a much more formidable opponent awaits: the Clemens Buffaloes.
Smithson Valley (3-2/2-1) enters tonight’s game on a two-game winning streak following convincing victories over the Hornets and Thunderbirds that saw the Rangers outscore their opponents by a collective score of 102-6. In Smithson Valley’s most recent affair, the Rangers shutout Wagner 37-0 in the team’s homecoming game at Ranger Stadium.
Smithson Valley held Wagner to just 117 yards of offense while the Rangers’ offense torched the Thunderbirds with a series of big plays. Ranger quarterback Josh Adkins needed just 10 completions to throw for 222 yards and five touchdowns, three of his scoring strikes going to Edwin Martinez. On defense, the Rangers forced three turnovers, registered a safety and posted the program’s first regular season shutout in five years.
Tonight Smithson Valley will face a much stiffer test against Clemens (5-1/3-0) which hasn’t lost since dropping its season opener against Round Rock. Since that loss, the Buffaloes have reeled off five straight wins by an average of nearly 38 points per game.
Clemens is led by dual-threat quarterback Frank Harris, arguably the most talented quarterback in the greater San Antonio area. Harris, who has verbally committed to play college football at UTSA, has accumulated nearly 1,600 yards of total offense through six games, close to 270 yards per game. Harris has balanced his damage as well, the senior quarterback has 793 yards passing and 790 yards rushing with exactly 11 passing touchdowns and 11 rushing touchdowns.
The Rangers felt Harris’ wrath in a wild 57-56 shootout loss at Clemens last season, the highest scoring game in Smithson Valley history. Harris threw for 221 yards and two touchdowns but also ran for a blistering 268 yards and five scores. Harris engineered the game winning drive for the Buffaloes, throwing a 10-yard touchdown pass to Samuel Kerns with 31 seconds left in the 4th quarter to draw Clemens within a point. Buffaloes Head Coach Jared Johnston elected to go for two and Harris again came through, running in the 2-point try himself, providing Clemens with the winning margin.
Adkins had a big night himself in last year’s game, completing 17 of 19 passes for 241 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 63 yards and three additional touchdowns.
The Rangers look to exact some revenge for that loss and hand Clemens its first district loss of the season when the two teams meet tonight at 7:30 from Lenhoff Stadium. Live radio coverage of tonight’s game will be available here on RangersNetwork.com starting at 7:15. The televised replay of the game will first air at 6:00 p.m. Sunday night at Max’s Roadhouse and will later be available on RangersNetwork.com.
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