Next Up: vs. Gilmer, 4 p.m. Friday, Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Class 3A Division IIâ€ˆstate final.
Head Coach: Lee Fedora
Season Results: W Willis 42-0; W Coldspring-Oakhurst 36-8; W Sterling 49-6; W Lexington 45-15; W Fairfield 41-7; W McCallum 57-9; W Madisonville 38-0; W Rockdale 43-0; W Caldwell 58-0; W Taylor 52-0; W China Spring 62-16; W Jasper 59-14; W LaMarque 31-20; W West Orange-Stark 38-7; W Bellville 24-7.
Records Since 2007: 9-4, 10-1, 9-3, 10-3, 11-2.
All-Time Playoff Appearances: 30
Players to watch: QB Kadarius Baker,WR/DB Austin Collins, WR WR Solomon McGinty, DL Jordan Wells, LB Jaylyin Minor, DE Jake Bauer, LB Dustin Savensky.
Statistical leaders: Baker has completed 246 of 390 passes for 4,252 yards and 53 touchdowns with eight interceptions. Wells has registered 153 total tackles and 13 sacks.
Offensive Outlook: The Rattlers definitely go through their quarterback, evidenced by Baker having thrown for more than 4,000 yards this season, which averages to almost 300 yards a game. His favorite targets have been Collins and McGinty, who have 88 receptions for 1,711 yards and 26 touchdowns and 82 catches for 1,654 yards and 20 TDs.
Defensive Outlook: The Rattlers have allowed only one opponent to score 20 points this season, that being LaMarque in Navasotaâ€™s 31-20 victory in the state quarterfinals. Through 15 games, the Rattlers have allowed only eight points an outing led by Wells and Co. Savensky leads the squad in tackles with 170 total, while Minor ranks second in that department with 166. Collins has a team-high seven interceptions.
Team Strengths: Passing and defense.
Notable: Baker,Collins, McGinty, Wells, Minor and Savensky were named all-state by the Associated Press this week, and Baker was selected Class 3Aâ€™s Offensive Player of the Year.The Rattlers, who have outscored opponents 706-127 this season, are in the state championship round for the first time since 1988. The Rattlers outscored their District 18-3A opponents â€” Madisonville, Rockdale, Caldwell and Taylor â€” a combined 191-0.