Tolar had a significant number of players injured during last week’s 31-20 loss to Comanche, but most of them were expected to be back in action in last night’s final nondistrict game at De Leon.
That’s according to head coach Mike Franklin, who said at midweek that the final decision on whether starting quarterback Corbin Wood would play against the Bearcats had not been made.
However, he added, “he most likely will play some.”
One key player Franklin had already decided to keep sidelined this week was running back Cory Solomon, whose ailing left ankle was re-injured in the first quarter against Comanche when another player fell on it. Blayne Denton was set to start in his place last night.
Dakota Endsley, who played most of the game at quarterback and threw all but one of Tolar’s 30 passes against Comanche, was set to step in as the starter last night if Wood was a no-go. Rodie Brister and Dalton Shaw can also play quarterback if needed, Franklin said, although Bister (ankle) and Shaw (ribs) were also hurt in the game.
Other key Rattlers who sustained injuries against Comanche included wideout/defensive back Kaleb Gilliam (ribs), lineman Kaleb Crawford (wrist fracture), wideout and defensive back Walker Shelton (separated shoulder) and offensive lineman/linebacker Hunter Ryan (hamstring).
Franklin said he thought they would likely be able to play against De Leon. Crawford has a cast on his injured wrist, but has been approved to see action.
The Rattlers are off this week, giving them a chance to rest and heal before opening District 6-2A Division II play Sept. 27 at Dallas Life Oak.
PIONEERS GET MUCH-NEEDED BYE
It’s only the third week of the football season, but the North Central Texas Pioneers are happy to see the bye week in their schedule.
The Pioneers are off to an 0-2 start in one of the most challenging schedules the program has ever played. They lost at Zephyr 63-16 and at Blum 66-28.
When they return from the break, they are back on the road at Mineral Wells Christian on Sept. 20. Their first home game is on Sept. 27 when they host Lingleville.
“The kids are working hard this week and are hungry for a win,” said head coach Kirby Rasco. “Our morale is up and we need a win.”
BEST GAME EVER FOR CRUSADERS
Days after his team dismantled public school Sidney 52-6, Cornerstone head coach Bobby Johnson is still praising his Crusaders for what he called the best game in their short history.
Cornerstone is in its third season of varsity six-man play. They advanced two rounds deep in the playoffs the first two.
“They played smart and gave everything physically they had,” said Johnson. “This is what will make them good men down the road.”
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