SM ready to make a new mark

Whenever Dave Campbell’s Texas Football comes out, it’s like a slap in the face to the San Marcos Rattlers.

Each year San Marcos is reminded of its struggles in recent memory and how good it was just a few short years ago. Back in 2007, the Rattlers earned their ninth consecutive playoff trip and since then, they’ve won six out of the 50 games they played.

A flip through “The Bible of Texas Football” shows San Marcos right where it has been for quite some time, especially during its jaunt through a tough district like 25-5A: last. Run a finger past Converse-Judson, Smithson Valley, New Braunfels-Canyon, New Braunfels and San Antonio-Wagner, and there are the Rattlers.

There is nowhere to go but up, right? That’s what San Marcos head coach Mark Soto thinks and he wants to bypass the steps in favor of the express elevator.
“We know what kind of team we have in that locker room,” said Soto, who went 1-9 in 2012. “No one else does, because they aren’t there every day like we have been.

“Our goal is to make the playoffs this year and the kids want it too. Once we get there, we just don’t want to be there — we want to go far.”

Soto and his players aren’t the only ones putting pressure on themselves, as the San Marcos community made its voices heard loud and clear May 11. Fifty-one percent of voters passed Proposition 2, which promised the Rattlers a brand-new, $18.4-million stadium by the start of the 2014 season.

“Our community wants us to win and they believe in these kids,” Soto said. “As long as we respect ourselves, respect the community and our community respects us, everything is good.”

A few wins this season, especially with how tough San Marcos’ schedule is, could go a long way in regaining some lost respect from other sources.

Tyler Mayforth is the Interim Sports Editor with the Daily Record. You can reach him at tmayforth@sanmarcosrecord.com.