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San Marcos wide receiver Zach Sterling (2) is second among District  25-5A receivers with 25 catches. Tackle Will Krause (66) trails. MERCURY PHOTO by JON SHAPLEY



It’s another Thursday night at Bobcat Stadium for the San Marcos High School football team, and this one doesn’t figure to be glorious for the local 11.

But as long as they’re teeing up a ball, the Rattlers have a chance. So, they’ll take that chance against Cibolo-Steele, ranked fourth in Class 5A by Texas Football.

The challenge for the Rattlers will involve a powerful Steele running attack that already has rolled up 1,600 yards, exactly 400 per game. Judging from previous game results, the only way to stay with Steele is to score with them.

The Knights are 3-1. Their only loss came in the first game of the season, 46-45 to San Antonio Madison. The next week, in their first win of the season, the Knights engaged in a 51-34 shootout with Converse Judson.

Considering that Judson is a favorite in District 25-5A, where the Rattlers compete, one can see what the Rattlers are up against.

But the Rattlers have winning ways going, and that can be contagious.

The Rattlers are 3-1, coming off a 29-8 win last week at Waco University. The Rattlers have changed their ways this year by going to the air effectively, averaging 213 passing yards per game, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

San Marcos quarterback Tucker Smith is second in the district in completion percentage at 67.02 (63 of 94) and second in passing yards (798). The Rattlers’ leading receiver, Zach Sterling, is second in the district with 25 catches. With Jonoah Fabian rushing for 303 yards and Smith rushing for 191, the Rattlers have the tools to move the ball, averaging 407.5 yards per game of offense.

But the Steele running attack is a monster. Justin Stockton already has 759 rushing yards. Steele quarterback L.G. Williams has put the ball up only 35 times this year (completing 22), but he has rushed for 473 yards and passed for 331.

As final tune-up games before the district season go, it doesn’t get tougher than Steele. District 25-5A has strong teams like Judson and Smithson Valley, which are ranked 11th and 12th, respectively, across Class 5A by Texas Football. But Judson, as noted, already has lost by 17 points, at home, against Steele.

The Rattlers will take a bye to consolidate themselves next week, then play their next game on Nov. 11 at Smithson Valley to begin the District 25-5A season.

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