Area teams set to start practices

August 3, 2013

Summer is almost gone, and a sure sign is the first high school football practices.

At Tolar, North Central Texas Academy and Cornerstone Christian, players will hit their respective fields Monday morning for two-a-day workouts.

Following the issuing of equipment at 7 a.m., the Rattlers will begin workouts. With a break or two built in, they will continue until 12:30 p.m. Ditto for the Pioneers and Crusaders as all three teams try to improve upon second-round playoff appearances last season.

The Rattlers, coming off their first playoff appearance since moving up to Class 2A in 2010. After finishing second in District 6-2A Division II to state power Mildred, the Rattlers edged Holliday 23-20 in overtime in bidistrict before falling 35-12 to Gunter in the area round.

Mildred advanced to the state championship game, losing 56-14 to East Bernard.

The Rattlers’ 9-3 record was their best since posting the same mark in Class A in 2006. Tolar returns seven offensive and six defensive starters.

The explosive Tolar offense is led by senior running back Cory Solomon and junior quarterback Corbin Wood. Solomon rushed for over 1,700 yards and 23 TDs, and Wood passed for over 900 yards and a dozen scores.

North Central Texas Academy enters its second season under head coach Kirby Rasco. last season the Pioneers finished 10-2. They defeated Lubbock Kingdom Prep 59-12 in bidistrict before falling 83-22 to Seguin Lifegate, who would go on to win the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Six-Man Division II championship.

The Pioneers return three offensive and three defensive starters.

Cornerstone finished 6-6 a year ago, and for the second time in two seasons of varsity play reached the second round of the Texas Christian Athletic League playoffs. They set a school record for points with a 96-47 win over Crosby Victory and Praise in bidistrict, but fell to Bastrop Tribe Consolidated 70-20 in the second round.

Tribe Consolidated lost to three-time champion Stephenville Faith in the championship game.

The Crusaders are moving to the Texas Christian Athletic Federation this season and return five offensive and five defensive starters.

The Granbury Pirates will begin workouts the following week. They will commence with the annual Midnight Madness at a minute past midnight on Monday, Aug. 12.

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