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San Marcos High School football coach Mark Soto has put out the call for the Rattlers to “raise expectations.” Right now, the bar isn’t very high.

The Rattlers finished 1-9 in 2012. They are 2-28 in the last three years, 4-35 in the last four years and 7-42 in the last five. We’re going back in time now since the Rattlers last factored in district title races and regional playoffs.

But there are signs of hope. Soto is in the second year of his program. He’s been liking the team’s progress. And the community gave the football program a huge shot in the arm in May, by approving the bonding authority to build a football stadium on campus.

So a new season begins with light at the end of the tunnel, and it now becomes a matter of following the light for the Rattlers.

It begins Friday night, when the Rattlers play Dripping Springs at Bobcat Stadium.

The Rattlers return a lot of offensive fire power, and the defense has been about as good during the preseason.

Quarterback appears to be a two-way battle between Tucker Smith and Zack Sterling, though the Rattlers are working a lot with an alignment that puts Sterling at wide receiver. Sterling led the Rattlers with 464 passing yards last season, to go with 89 rushing yards. Smith threw only eight times, completing three for 38 yards.

Jonoah Fabian returns after leading the Rattlers last season with 609 rushing yards. He also caught 127 yards worth of passes.

The Rattlers will play their other three non-district games against Victoria East, Georgetown and Waco University, which all beat them last year by a combined score of 128-39. So, the Rattlers have some scores to settle.

Then, it’s on to the very tough District 25-5A race, starting at Steele on Sept. 26.

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