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The San Marcos Rattlers football players are toughing it out through the summer heat at their annual Speed Camp. The players arrive each weekday at 7:30 AM and run through agility drills and weight training. The camp is being led by Head Coach and Athletic Director Steve Van Nest. Van Nest is hoping to build on the successes from a 2007 season that saw the Rattlers collect big wins over New Braunfels Canyon, Austin Anderson and Bastrop.

The team spends time working through basic drills that focus on speed and agility mixed with equal time hitting the weights. The Rattlers will play in a Slot T offensive scheme that will be built around the team’s strong points for the 2008 campaign.

Van Nest said, “We will work in the weight room to get as big and fast as we can.”

The team will also host a football camp in early August for all 7th, 8th, and 9th graders to get them acclimated to doing things the Rattler way. Players will get individual instruction based on their position as well as a quick lesson in the effort required to compete at the next level.

The team will only have one scrimmage game this year and it will be against an always tough Tyler Lee Rebels squad. San Marcos opens the regular season at Waco on August 29th at 7:30 p.m in the HEB Classic. The team’s first district game will be against Cibolo Steele on September 26th at 7:30 p.m. The teams Homecoming foe will be New Braunfels Canyon at Bobcat Stadium on October 3rd.

Van Nest said,” We will do what we can to make our kids the most successful.”

From Staff Reports

Click below to listen to a exclusive interview with the Rattlers leader Steve Van Nest; he discusses the upcoming season and exciting news on our hometown team.



Jason Pape, Rattlers Running Backs Coach, works with campers duing speed drills.


Offensive Coordinator Paul Kilby talks to players after a intense workout in the weight room.


Paul Kilby demonstrates.


San Marcos players work through stretching.

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