The Tolar Rattlers took a major step in earning their first football playoff berth since moving to 2A with a 42-14 victory at Blooming Grove Friday.
The Rattlers (6-2 overall) improved to 4-1 in District 6-2A Division II. Blooming Grove (6-2 overall) fell to 3-2 in district.
Both teams trail Mildred (7-1, 5-0), which has defeated each.
“If we win one of our next two we’re in,” said Tolar coach Mike Franklin. “It’s a great feeling.
“We’ve talked to our kids about this since August, and they believed.”
Tolar dominated Blooming Grove, outgaining them 362-166. In addition, the Rattlers did not turn the ball over and had three takeaways.
Tolar also handled Blooming Grove’s major size advantage on the line. They have a 350-pounder and a 290-pounder.
“It wasn’t an NFL 350 pounds, but he’s a huge kid,” said Franklin. “We have two kids who barely tip the scale at 200.”
The Rattlers got another big game out of running back Cory Solomon. He finished with 109 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries.
The Rattlers took the opening kickoff and went on a drive that consumed eight minutes. It was capped by a 1-yard run by Solomon.
Then, on the extra-point attempt, the Rattlers had to scramble and got two points.
“That’s when you just know it’s going to be a good night,” said Franklin.
The Rattlers built their lead to 22-0 on a pair of touchdown pass from Wood to Zack Hasegawa. Blooming Grove finally got on the board with two-tenths of a second left in the first half.
Blooming Grove closed to within 22-14 late in the third, but Tolar responded less than a minute later with a 48-yard TD run by B.J. Dollins.
Solomon put the finishing touches on the rout with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns.
Rattlers 42, Lions 14
Tolar 8 14 6 14 — 42
B. Grove 0 7 7 0 -14
T – Cory Solomon 1 run (Grant Winston pass from Corbin Wood)
T – Zack Hasegawa 18 pass from Wood (B.J. Dollins kick)
T – Hasegawa 21 yd pass from Wood (Dollins kick)
BG – 32 pass (kick good)
BG – 2 run (kick good)
T – Dollins 48 run (pass failed)
T – Solomon 19 run (Dollins kick)
T – Solomon 2 run (Dollins kick)
First Downs 16 12
Rushes-yards 36-198 43-78
Passing yards 164 88
Comp-att-int. 7-10-0 7-20-1
Fumbles-lost 2-0 3-2
Penalties-yards 9-66 6-40
Tolar individual statistics
Rushing – Cory Solomon 20-109, B.J. Dollins 4-62, Corbin Wood 5-28, Landon Morris 2-2, Grant Winston 1-2, Connor Huckabee 1-(-1), Dakota Endsley 2-(-1), Zack Hasegawa 1-(-3).
Passing – Endsley 4-5-0-111, Wood 3-5-0-53.
Receiving – Hasegawa 4-88, Gr. Winston 1-51, Solmon 1-14, Jared Sparks 1-11.