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October 15th, 2010
Rattlers still seeking first win as Wagner visits


Richard Smith, right, closes in to make a tackle for San Marcos Academy, which goes on the road Friday night for the first time since Aug. 27. Photo by Ronald Oswalt.


The good news for the San Marcos Rattlers about their 56-14 loss against New Braunfels last week to open the District 25-5A season is that it’s only one loss. The bad news is that it was a lot like most of the Rattlers’ other five losses this year.

The 0-6 Rattlers are bringing San Antonio Wagner to Bobcat Stadium Friday night (7:30 p.m.) looking for their first win of the year. Wagner is 2-4 and 0-1 after a 38-23 loss to Converse Judson last week. Wagner’s two wins came against San Antonio Southwest and San Antonio Johnson, which are a combined 4-9 this year.

The Rattlers have at least played some people. Their opponents so far are 23-16, and none has a losing record. Which is little consolation for a team that hasn’t lasted to halftime since a 43-36 loss to Bastrop on Sept. 17.

San Marcos resorted to a freshman quarterback, Zach Sterling, in the New Braunfels game, and Zach Sterling completed eight of 13 passes for 78 yards, including a 31-yard touchdown pass to C.J. Gutierrez with 52 seconds left in the game.

The Rattlers continue searching for offensive consistency, particularly as they run the ball out of their Slot-T. Against New Braunfels, no one rushed for more than 19 yards.

The Hays Rebels will be prohibitive favorites Friday night at Lockhart, which is winless in six tries. The Rebels put themselves into the District 27-4A title race last week with a 47-21 win at home against Schertz Clemens.

The Rebels played their best offensive game of the season against Clemens, totaling 475 yards. The basis of the Hays offense continues to be the ground game, with Torrance Smith rushing for 638 yards and Anthony Garza adding 305.

However, the Rebels also throw the ball very efficiently. Quarterbacks Caleb Kimbro and Mason Cervenka have combined to throw only 62 passes in seven Hays games, but they have completed 42 of them for 734 yards, a completion rate of 67.7 percent with a very productive 11.8 yards per passing attempt.

The Rebels are 4-3 overall, yet to win or lose two games straight. They are 2-1 in the district.

Wimberley will put its 6-0 start on the line Friday night, when it plays Canyon Lake at home. The Texans swamped Bandera, 52-0, in last week’s District 26-3A opener.

Canyon Lake is 2-4 overall and 0-1 in the district after a 38-26 loss last week to Geronimo Navarro.

Dripping Springs goes to Rouse Friday night needing a win to stay in the District 25-4A playoff race. The numbers say Dripping Springs should succeed. Rouse is 0-6 overall and 0-2 in the district.

A win for Dripping Springs would set up a very important game next week against Marble Falls. The winner would likely capture the district’s fourth and final playoff spot.

San Marcos Academy (SMA) goes on the road for the first time since Aug. 27 Friday night as it travels to Corpus Christi John Paul II.

SMA is 3-3 overall and 0-1 in TAPPS DII-3. John Paul II is 3-3 overall as it aims for its district opener against SMA.

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One thought on “Rattlers still seeking first win as Wagner visits

  1. The Rattler’s loss to Wagner looked a lot like all the the other losses, too. 0-7, yikes! Our players deserve better coaching.

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