If you had checked the Texas 6A standings after week four and seen San Marcos at 1-3, you weren’t crazy to have low expectations going forward. But despite the subpar start out of the gate, the Rattlers have rattled off four wins in a row and clawed their way back into the playoff conversation.
If the Rattlers do make the playoffs coming off of this four game winning streak, this of course would be the sequel to the crazy story of how the Rattlers went to the playoffs last season. To make a long, complicated story short, a 3-way tie created one of the more puzzling situations you can imagine in high school football. A situation that resulted in Lockhart essentially scoring on themselves to seal a playoff spot, leaving Alamo Heights out to dry and sending San Marcos to the postseason.
The 2016 campaign is another story though; the Rattlers have won four in a row and currently share the lead for District 14-6A with Austin Bowie. San Marcos has relied on a stout defense during district play, only giving up 43 points in their three district victories. The Rattlers are led by sophomore Jamon Johnson who is currently the district’s leading rusher with 1,055 yards, 16 total touchdowns and 96 total points. Johnson is making a case for 14-6A MVP, with nothing but injury standing in his way. The Rattlers rely heavily on his services, tallying around 200 YPG on the ground this season. With the way the defense is playing and chalking up around 30 points a game, the Rattlers appear to be hitting their stride at just the right moment.
San Marcos has an away game this Friday against Anderson. Although the Trojans currently sit in 3rd place for 14-6A, they don’t pose much of a threat on paper to the Rattlers. If San Marcos can avoid the upset from a 3-5 team, this opens the door for a possible showdown with Bowie next week for the district title. Bowie also has an unblemished district record and will be taking on an underdog as well in Akins, who is 2-6 on the season.
Both San Marcos and Bowie must be cautious not to look over this week’s game for next weeks, but as long as the Rattlers and Bulldogs take care of business there will be quite a matchup on November 4th in San Marcos.