The remaining link to the 2010 team is undergoing their final fall camp this football season. They know both ends of the spectrum in terms of the playoffs.
When the junior high season ended in 2010 five players were allowed to don pads for the Friday night lights. The link is a weak one in terms of numbers as two of those who took home a title ring, have moved on from the program so only Layton Robinson, Alex Elkins and Charley Moua remain.
Moua, whose family was the subject of a Sports Illustrated piece several months after the title win, is the returning quarterback. Elkins is expected to lead an unusually deep — by Magazine standards — and Robinson is set at tight end.
Having played as freshmen in 2010 and moved up at the end of the season, the trio knows what it feels like to wear a championship ring. They also know what it feels like to miss the playoffs after a 4-6 season last year.
With the second week of fall camp winding down last week Rattler head coach Doug Powell said those seniors “have been working hard to get back (to the playoffs) for sure.”
A two-way starter — safety — Moua will play virtually every down for the Rattlers. Elkins and Robinson, who has been recovering from a thumb injury, may not be forced to do so.
That’s because, Powell said, he would like to move towards two sets of starters of front.
“They may all fill in on one side and start on the other,” said Powell, who is entering his second season as Magazine’s head coach.
Although full contact practice was allowed for the first time last week, Powell said “knock on wood” the Rattlers are injury free at this point.
Magazine will scrimmage at Mansfield on Tuesday, Aug. 27, before opening the 2013 season at Greenland on Sept. 6.