TPI Centex 5A Top 10: No.5 San Antonio Reagan

2006 was a program defining year at San Antonio Reagan as the Rattlers made the playoffs and went several rounds deep. Now with the return of some key starters from the club, the Rattlers will look to do it all over again in 2007.

There would be no shame at all in being the best third place team in the state.

Coming out of District 26-5A, that would be far from an insult based on what the Reagan Rattlers did last season.

Making their first ever trip to the playoffs, Reagan made a huge splash by knocking off District 25-5A champion Seguin, winning a 49-47 shootout with San Antonio O'Connor, and hanging 72 points on Laredo United before falling to Austin Westlake in the state quarterfinals.

Only six total starters are back for the Rattlers and head coach David Wetzel from that 9-5 ball club but there is plenty of talent, maybe not enough to overtake district foes Smithson Valley and Madison, but enough to get the Rattlers back to the playoffs.

One of the four starters back on offense is electrifying senior running back Marcus Wright. One of the fastest players in the state with his sub 4.4 speed, Wright earned area player of the year honors as well as all-State recognition with over 2,700 yards and 33 touchdowns on the ground. The Tulsa pledge will be the focal point of the offense, which also returns all-District guard Sean Emadi.

The defensive side of the ball is where the Rattlers will really need to patch things up as just two starters are back. Two juniors will lead the defense as linebacker Donald Harvey and defensive back LaQuince McCall will be counted to make plays.

The numbers are not in their favor as far returnees, but with a player of Wright's caliber, the Rattlers will score enough points to be in contention to win plenty of ball games.

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