San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

November 7th, 2008
Rattlers take one more chance for win

By BILL PETERSON
Editor at Large

The football season will end for the San Marcos Rattlers this evening at Bobcat Stadium (7:30 p.m.), where they’ll play Seguin for the honor of escaping from the District 27-4A basement.

Both teams are 0-6 in the district, having lost to everyone except each other. Both teams can move the ball, but both teams can also turn the ball over and give up the big play.

It’s a game for pride, one more chance for each team to win. It’s kind of a sad night for both teams, even though they’re both lost six straight games and, one way or the other, the losses will end tonight.

“I’m frustrated and disappointed for these kids,” San Marcos head coach Steve Van Nest said. “They’ve put in a lot of work, but there’s been a perfect storm of bad things happening.”

Just about all the running backs are out again for the Rattlers, except that fullback Joekkava Yzaguirre might be able to play against Seguin. Even without Yzaguirre, the Rattlers rushed for 441 yards last week. But they also gave up 527 yards in that 54-35 loss at Boerne.

For the seniors, it’s their last game. Van Nest said he feels especially bad for the seniors. He said he wants the seniors to have a great last night.

Which is why Van Nest said he isn’t necessarily using tonight’s game as a training session. He won’t make a point of writing off the season and turning it over to young talents so they can go to next year with game experience. The season isn’t over until the seniors have played their last game.

“You take a lot of that out of the equation when you’re trying to win a ball game,” Van Nest said. “The program comes first. What’s good for the program is to get the young players experience. But at the same time, you don’t want to ignore the seniors.”

Van Nest said he has tried to keep the kids playing hard by telling them that they’ll never get this back. They only get this window for high school football and when it closes, they won’t be able to patch up regrets.

“The pain of losing is temporary, but the pain of quitting and giving up is permanent,” Van Nest said.

Seguin (1-8 overall) is ending the same tough year as San Marcos (2-7), falling behind against the same front-loaded schedule, moving the ball and still losing by the same lopsided margins.

The way these two teams are going, it almost doesn’t matter who they’re playing, anymore. All that matters is that there’s one more chance, and it’s tonight.

“Every game has been one more chance to win,” Van Nest said. “We’re going to go at it that same way.”

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