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August 27th, 2010
Rattlers to battle opponents, low expectations

STAFF REPORT

Following a run of 11 straight playoff seasons in high school football, the San Marcos Rattlers open 2010 Friday night trying to snap a two-year streak of losing seasons. As the Rattlers have moved up to Class 5A this year, the road to a winning season appears long.

But the Rattlers have their hopes, which begin with a visit to Bobcat Stadium from Marble Falls Friday night (7:30 p.m.)

The pundits aren’t high on the Rattlers. Dave Campbell’s Texas Football has tabbed them for last place in a six-team District 25-5A, which also includes Cibolo Steele, Converse Judson, New Braunfels, San Antonio Wagner and Seguin. The San Antonio Express-News also has tabbed the Rattlers for last place, and the Austin American-Statesman is giving them no chance of finishing as high as fourth and making the playoffs.

If all those people are right, then the Rattlers are likely to lose more than they win in the district, which would place their chances of a winning season in their non-district schedule. Thus, Rattlers have a little more on the line Friday night than the usual first-game orientation. They need a win against Marble Falls.

The Rattlers have some good players back from last year’s team, which finished 3-6. Four offensive linemen return, which could be an indication that the Rattlers will be better than people think. Senoir Terrance Wilburn, who has functioned in the past as a running back, will be the quarterback. The top returning defensive performers are free safety Dorian Perez and linebacker Anthony Ramirez.

Marble Falls is counted as a playoff contender in District 25-4A. Its leading threat is quarterback Zeb Woerner, who passed for 1,900 yards and 19 touchdowns last season.

San Marcos Academy opens its season Friday night at Medina. The Bears are going to a spread offense this season in hopes of opening up their attack.

The Hays Rebels will attempt their return to winning ways, starting Friday night against Austin Akins at Burger Stadium in Austin. The Rebels finished 4-7 last year, their first losing season since 1985.

Hays head coach Bob Shelton, teeing it up for his 43rd season as that school’s only coach, said his underclassmen could have more impact that usual. The difference shows up especially at the quarterback position, where the Rebels, uncharacteristically, don’t have a senior ready to fill the role.

The job is likely to be shared, at least early, by junior Mason Cervenka and sophomore Caleb Kimbro. Helping them out, the Rebels have a couple productive running backs in Torrance Smith and Tony Garza.

After two years in far-off District 17-4A, the Rebels move to more familiarity this season in District 27-4A. With that familiarity will come murderous competition, including Smithson Valley, Alamo Heights, Schertz Clemens and New Braunfels Canyon. The district also will include occasional darkhorse Lockhart and improving Lehman.

Coming off a 5-5 record in 2009, Lehman has experience at quarterback in senior Harvest Trammell and junior Matthew Anguiano. The Lobos open Friday night at Bob Shelton Stadium against St. Michael’s.

Wimberley begins the season ranked tenth statewide in Class 3A by Texas Football. The Texans are actually in a local district, 26-3A, which includes Bandera, Boerne, Canyon Lake, Fredericksburg and Geronimo Navarro. The Texans, Bandera and Geronimo Navarro all won district titles last season.

Junior running back Dennis Smith leads the Texans, having carried for more than 2,600 yards and 28 touchdowns in his first two seasons. The Texans begin the season Friday night at traditional Class 3A power Cuero.

Dripping Springs ended the 2009 season badly, dropping its final eight games by landslide margins for a 2-8 final record. However, quarterback Jeff Tuck and running back Kaleb Syring are back this year as the Tigers try to fight their way through District 25-4A. The leader in that district will be Lake Travis, which has won three straight state championships and 47 consecutive games. Dripping Springs begins its season Friday night at home against Austin Crockett.

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  1. Regardless of what the outsiders believe I will always support my San Marcos Rattlers 110%. The coaches, players and trainers put in a lot of time and hard work before the seaon even begins. A few words of encouragement and support from the community would be a nice change. Go Rattlers!!!!!!!!!!!

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