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October 22nd, 2010
Rattlers approach best chance for football win


San Marcos Academy (SMA) tacklers, in white, stop St. Stephen’s short of the end zone. But SMA couldn’t reach the end zone at all in a 14-0 loss at St. Stephens Thursday night. Photo by Ronald Oswalt.


The San Marcos Rattlers will have their best chance for a win this season when they go to Seguin Friday night (7:30 p.m.).

The Rattlers are 0-7 overall and 0-2 in District 25-5A. Seguin is 1-6 and 0-2, losing six straight games since opening the year with a 35-20 win against Uvalde way back on Aug. 26.

Unlike the Rattlers, Seguin at least moved the ball a little bit during the non-district season, but the Matadors opened their district schedule against front-runners Steele and Converse Judson, totaling 356 yards in the two losses. For the season, Seguin is averaging 239.5 yards per game.

The Rattlers are almost identical with Seguin offensively, averaring an even 240 yards per game. The difference is that Seguin is much more passing oriented, totaling 1,006 yards this year through the air and 671 on the ground. San Marcos has rushed for 1,362 yards and passed for 318 yards.

Steele and Judson are tied for the district lead at 2-0 entering their game against each other Friday night. The Rattlers will play Steele and Judson in their remaining two games after Friday. New Braunfels and San Antonio Wagner each are 1-1.

A huge game is on tap in Dripping Springs Friday, when the Tigers will attempt to clinch a playoff spot against Marble Falls. The Tigers are 4-4 overall and 2-2 in District 25-4A, good for fourth place. Marble Falls is 1-2 and 3-4.

A Dripping Springs loss Friday would leave the Tigers in a precarious position. The Tigers finish their season next Friday against Cedar Park, which will be prohibitively favored. Marble Falls plays its last two games against Lake Travis (almost certainly a loss) and Vandegrift (almost certainly a win).

Wimberley will continue its successful campaign Friday night at Fredericksburg. Wimberley is 7-0 overall and 2-0 in District 26-3A. The Battlin’ Billies are 1-1 and 1-6.

The Texans are tied on top of the district with Geronimo Navarro, both 2-0. Navarro, 6-1 overall, plays Friday night against Bandera, which is 0-7 and 0-2.

The Texans will play Navarro on Oct. 29 in Wimberley.

Lehman will attempt to snap a three-game losing streak the hard way, playing Alamo Heights Friday night at Bob Shelton Stadium.

The Lobos are 3-4 overall and 0-3 in District 27-4A. Alamo Heights is 6-2 and 3-1.

Smithson Valley leads the district at 3-0 to go with a 6-1 overall record. Alamo Heights and Hays are tied for second at 3-1 in the district. Hays, 5-3 overall, is off this week. New Braunfels Canyon is in fourth place at 3-5 and 2-2, while Schertz Clemens is right behind at 3-4 and 1-2. Lehman and Lockhart are tied for last place. Lockhart is 0-7 overall.

St. Stephens 14, San Marcos Academy 0

San Marcos Academy (SMA) left its offense back in San Marcos Thursday night and lost, 14-0, to St. Stephen’s in Austin.

The Bears totaled 129 yards and never moved the ball through any stretch of the game.

“We didn’t make the plays tonight and we got outplayed,” SMA coach Les Davis said. “I didn’t do a good job getting us ready to play.”

St. Stephen’s rushed for 177 yards and passed for 167 yards.

The Bears now are 3-5 overall after four straight losses, while St. Stephen’s is 3-3.

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