After sitting through a couple weeks of bickering about the state of their football program, the San Marcos High School football team will run back out there Friday night for a game against Converse Judson at Bobcat Stadium (7:30 p.m.).
The Rattlers are 0-8 overall and 0-3 in District 25-5A, losing their last five games by an average score of 43-10.
Judson, 6-2 overall, leads District 25-5A with a 3-0 record in the league.
Two other games in Hays County have serious implications for the postseason.
Up the road at Bob Shelton Stadium, the Hays Rebels will try to stay in the running for a district championship against New Braunfels Canyon. In Wimberley, the Texans will attempt to break a first-place tie in District 26-3A against Geronimo Navarro.
The Rebels are 5-3 overall and 3-1 in District 27-4A, taking last week off after meeting their first two-game winning streak with a 31-0 win against Lockhart on Oct. 15.
Hays already has clinched a playoff spot. But if the Rebels can win Friday night against Canyon and next Friday at Smithson Valley, they are very likely to end the season in a three-way tie for first place with Smithson Valley and Alamo Heights. Smithson Valley leads the district at 4-0, while Alamo Heights is 4-1.
Friday night’s game is the last of the regular season for Canyon, which also has clinched a playoff spot. The Cougars now stand fourth in the district at 4-5 and 3-2. However, two of the Cougars’ pre-district losses were forfeitures for using an ineligible player. The fifth place team in the district, Schertz Clemens, is 1-3 in the district with losses to Hays and Canyon and two games remaining.
Wimberley and Navarro each are 3-0 in District 26-3A, tied for the lead. Wimberley is 8-0 overall, while Navarro is 7-1. Wimberley has given up only 25 points in three district games. Navarro averages 308.9 rushing yards per game, led by running back Eric Schleier, who has 838 rushing yards this year.
San Marcos Academy (SMA) probably needs to win its last two games to place in the TAPPS playoffs out of DII-3, and it’s going to be a tough job when San Antonio Christian visits Ingram/A+FCU Stadium Friday night.
SMA is 0-2 in the district for last place, and 3-5 overall after losing its last four games. San Antonio Christian leads the district at 3-0 and 6-2 overall.
Lehman has a chance to end its season on a high note or two. The Lobos are 3-5 overall and 0-4 in District 27-4A. The Lobos go to Schertz Clemens Friday night to face a team that is 1-3 in the district. The Lobos end their season next Friday night at home against Lockhart, which is 0-8 overall.
Dripping Springs will end its season Friday night at Cedar Park. The Tigers (4-5 overall, 2-3 District 25-5A) would have clinched a playoff berth with a win last week at home against Marble Falls, but lost that game, 46-10. Now, the Tigers are out of the running.
The Tigers aren’t likely to succeed on the turf of a motivated Cedar Park team, which is 8-0 overall and 4-0 in the district. The Timberwolves will be gunning to stay perfect going to their regular season finale next Thursday against three-time defending state champion Lake Travis, which is 7-1 and 4-0.