On A Mission: San Marcos hopes to inch closer to playoffs against Manor

Photo by Gerald Castillo

San Marcos Football

It’s been two weeks since San Marcos has been on a field under the lights. Seven-straight weeks of football can take its toll on any team at any level, but San Marcos is ready to get things rolling again.

“(The bye) just let us get our legs underneath us and let us depressurize a little bit,” head coach Mark Soto said. “It’s such a stressful seven-game series getting to this point. So, we were able to let off some steam and relax a little bit. Focusing on their grades, getting their work turned in and all that stuff is probably what benefitted us the most.”

Much hasn’t changed for San Marcos as they come off a long awaited bye week. The Rattlers’ success has raised some eyebrows but junior Scooter Brown said all the doubters throughout the season is what drives the team.

“(The success) has been great because everyone counted us out,” Brown said. “Versus Del Valle they counted us out. This week everyone is counting us out. So for us to keep having success is amazing for the team.”

The mantra of this up-and-coming San Marcos group has been ‘On to the next challenge’ - A mindset that has resulted in a 6-1 overall, 2-0 District 14-6A record. The first challenge out of the bye week will be the Manor Mustangs. 

Manor is 1-1 in district play but is coming off a strong overtime performance against the district favorite Austin-Bowie, 39-36. The Mustangs are powered by junior quarterback Courtney Patridge who has thrown for over a 1,000 yards. Aside Patridge in the backfield is sophomore running back Tahj Brooks who has rushed for 800-plus yards with nine touchdowns.

The relentless identity this San Marcos’ defense has established is no stranger to explosive offenses. But this matchup could prove to be the biggest test for a group that prides itself on flying to the ball and capitalizing on takeaways. 

Offensively, the Rattlers have put up over 30 points in the last five games behind senior quarterback Prudy Calderon and junior running back Jamon Johnson. The running game has become a staple to what has driven this offense. But the passing game has come alive as of late to compliment the downhill ground attack.

With three games remaining, Soto simply wants to see the team string together three good games with the playoffs just around the corner. The Rattlers will get this final run started tonight inside Mustang Stadium with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

“We got a pretty level-headed bunch,” Soto said. “The seniors keep them in touch with themselves and don’t let the team get too big headed. I think between the parents at home telling them there’s still more to do, the coaches saying there’s still more to do and the seniors saying there’s still more to do is keeping us grounded where we need to be as we go on this last run here.”

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