Rattlers FB trio gets elite honor

February 15, 2014

Three all-district members of the 2013 Tolar Rattlers football team have earned additional postseason honors.

A Texarkana-based website. www.Texashsfootball.com, released its Class 2A Division II, Region III-IV Elite Team that includes senior end Kaleb Crawford as a member of the first-team defense. Also, senior quarterback Corbin Wood and junior defensive back Dakota Endsley are on the second-team offense and defense, respectively.

The website has been publishing its online Elite Teams for eight or nine years, according to its creator Christopher Lyke. He said on Thursday that he will also publish his Texashsfootball.com all-state and Super Elite teams, possibly in March.

“We were excited for them,” Tolar head football coach Mike Franklin said of the Elite Team. “I told the kids it’s kind of a reflection of the whole program.

“Having three named speaks volumes for the program. They’re definitely deserving of it. They earned it by their play on the field, no doubt.”

Wood was named Offensive Player of the Year in District 6-2A, and had been a second-team all-district quarterback following his junior year. As a senior, the running and passing threat threw for a career-high 1,439 yards.

Wood had a hand in 33 touchdowns, including 21 scoring strikes through the air. He was also one of the Rattlers’ leading ballcarriers as he rushed for 647 yards and a dozen more TDs.

Crawford was fourth on the squad with 62 tackles from his defensive end spot.

As a member of Tolar’s defensive secondary, Endsley intercepted three passes during the season, tying with Garrett Winston and Blake Watson for the team lead in that category. He also passed for 313 yards in his part-time role as quarterback in the 2013 season.

The Rattlers reached the second round of the Class 2A Division II playoffs for the second year in a row. They were eliminated from postseason play with a 28-6 loss to S&S Consolidated at Springtown. Tolar finished with a 9-3 season record, posting what is believed to be the most victories in 11-man football in the school’s history.

“All three of those kids would trade (the Elite team selection) for another win,” Franklin said. “We’re honored to get those three kids on it. We are getting regognized. People do know who we are.”

The Rattlers, while they remained in Class 2A after the recent University Interscholastic League realignment, actually dropped down. The UIL instituted a Class 6A this season. In previous years Tolar would have gone back to Class A.

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