Rattlers bring community together during historic season

Photo by Gerald Castillo

Fall in Review: San Marcos Football

San Marcos’ season was full of improbable comebacks, unreal plays made in all three phases of the game and a sense of pride that took hold of a whole town.

The 2017 football season will go down as one of the most memorable seasons the Rattlers will be able to look back at. Head coach Mark Soto, his staff and the Rattlers ended the season 10-2 overall and went undefeated (5-0) in District 14-6A.

An undefeated district record brought home the first championship in 14 years. The district title was well earned. The Rattlers had plenty of chances to lay down. But San Marcos fought back from 21 points down against Manor, 13 points against Bowie and 22 points against Bi-District opponent Westwood.

What made this season unique more so than the comebacks was how the team played for one another. Soto and his staff sold love and pride to the Rattlers, and they bought in.

San Marcos had leadership in a handful of upperclassmen all year. Senior quarterback Prudy Calderon and junior running back Jamon Johnson were the driving force of the offense, while the defense had a number of playmakers step up throughout the season.

Seniors Demarcus Hall, Michael Vargas, Joshua Banda, Tristan Williams and Gabe Urrutia are just a few to headline a defensive unit that created an identity of flying to the ball. San Marcos put up points with ease. But a defense led by assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Gilbert Rodriguez was the backbone of the team. The defense created turnover after turnover and produced fourth down stops in some of the biggest moments.

One of the biggest differences in San Marcos’ success late in the year was how productive it became on special teams. Hall, Johnson and junior TaShumbrae 'Scooter' Brown became weapons the Rattlers utilized in flipping field position in their favor. Defenses were quick to find themselves on their heels with a high-powered offense starting deep in plus-territory. Also, Francisco Menchaca established himself as one of the most reliable kickers in the district.

The year ended in heartache with a loss in the second round of the playoffs when San Marcos was matched up against Westfield. But the Rattlers had plenty to be proud of when the District 14-6A awards were announced.

San Marcos had 25 players be honored. This included a District MVP - Calderon, a Defensive MVP - Hall, a Newcomer of the year - Therrance Soto, Coaching Staff of the Year, eight First Team awards and nine Second Team awards.

San Marcos will be losing a significant amount of playmakers to graduation. But the foundation, six seasons in the making, will continue to grow through the legacy that this season will leave behind.

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