One of these days the North Central Texas Pioneers are going to know what it feels like to play an entire football game.
At the rate the team is going, they may be the most rested team in Texas when the postseason arrives.
For a third straight week the Pioneers (3-0) made short work of their opponent, winning by six-man football’s 45-point mercy rule.
This week it was against Hill School in a road game in Fort Worth. The game was called at halftime with NCTA ahead 52-7.
In six-man football, teams must play the first half. If at halftime or at any time in the second half a team gets ahead by 45 points, the game is called.
NCTA had won by scores of 66-18 over San Antonio Lutheran and 60-13 over Killeen Memorial before Friday.
“It was another good defensive and offensive effort,” said first-year coach Kirby Rasco.
Josh Torres accounted for 105 yards of offense and three NCTA scores. He rushed for 72 yards and a pair of TDs on just seven carries, and his one reception was a 33-yard score.
In addition, Torres returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown on defense.
Quarterback Angel Torres finished 4-for-7 for 146 yards and three touchdowns.
“Defense gets better every week. Offensively, we are looking good, still have a couple of areas to improve on,” said Rasco.
The Pioneers are back home this week as they host Dublin Premier (0-3). The game has been moved to the North Central Texas campus instead of being played in Dublin, as was originally scheduled.
“They are winless this year, but are a good team,” said Rasco.
Pioneers 52, Hill School 7
(Game called at halftime because of mercy rule)
North Central Texas leaders
Josh Torres 7-72, 2 TDs.
Angel Torres 4-7, 146 yards, 3 TDs; Jared Dodson 1-1, 18 yards, TD.
Cole Rasco 2-74, TD; Torres 1-33, TD; Tyler Hoskins 1-18, TD; Caleb Finley 1-15, TD.
Nahom Newland 4-for-6 on PAT kicks.
Matt Torres 6, Dodson 4.
Daniel Nseakor 2.
J. Torres 1 for 20-yard TD return.
NCTA record: 3-0.