Tolar’s stunning 49-0 football victory over Mildred – a Class 2A Division II state finalist last season – was cause for celebration, but head coach Mike Franklin was quick to tell his players that they still had plenty of work ahead of them in District 6-2A Division II.
The Rattlers played host to Blooming Grove last night, and still have to go on the road to play Rice before closing out the regular season at home against Rio Vista.
Entering into last night’s play, the Rattlers were tied with Mildred for second place at 3-1. Scurry-Rosser leads the eight-team district at 4-0. Blooming Grove and Rice are 2-2.
Four teams qualify for the playoffs, but Tolar potentially can earn a more favorable playoff seeding by finishing higher in the standings.
Franklin noted, however, that even a fourth-place playoff berth will still have to be earned. The players were free to celebrate the victory through last Saturday, but after that their focus turned to Blooming Grove.
“We let them know they haven’t done anything yet,” Franklin. “We’ve still got three games to go, and if we don’t win we won’t make the playoffs. They were focused Monday in practice, and they are going to stay focused. We’re not going to rest on one game. It was a big win, but it’s not the season.”
The Rattlers were coming off a 41-14 loss to Scurry-Rosser the previous week before they thumped Mildred, which was No. 10 in the preseason poll published by “Dave Campbell’s Texas Football” magazine. The Eagles had not lost a district game since 2010, and had not been shut out since 2009.
Mildred entered the game averaging over 56 points.
After the Rattlers dominated Mildred, Franklin had said the blowout would give his squad a boost that would help them put the Scurry-Rosser loss behind them.
“It’s huge,” Franklin said. “We were not going to quit believing in them. They believed in themselves and came out and responded. ”
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