MILLSAP – The Tolar Rattlers not only scored 61 points for the second week in a row, but this time they needed only three quarters to get it done.
Tolar forced seven turnovers, and got five touchdowns and 251 yards rushing from Cory Solomon to blow out Millsap 61-0 Friday night at Bulldog Stadium.
The Rattlers completed their scoring by racking up 28 points in the third quarter, with two of those four touchdowns coming off of fumble recoveries.
The lopsided result ruined the winless Bulldogs’ (0-5, 0-2 in 6-2A Division II) homecoming.
This Friday the Rattlers (4-1, 2-0) will travel to play Scurry-Rosser (3-2, 2-0).
The Rattlers held Millsap to four first downs, and one of those was on an offside penalty against Tolar.
It was the second shutout by the Rattlers this season. The other came on Sept. 14 at home, a nondistrict 39-0 win over De Leon.
“I told the kids to come out and play hard in the first half, and it would be fun in the second half,” Tolar head coach Mike Franklin said.
He said there were some aspects of the team’s execution, however, that need to be addressed.
“We had to play focused and we’ve got to play disciplined football, and we really didn’t,” Franklin said. “We definitely need to make corrections. We’ll be fixing some things. On a couple of our touchdowns we blew blocking assignments.”
Franklin said he told his players to be happy and enjoy the win for now because they have the meat of their district schedule coming in the next five weeks. That includes three road games, and a home matchup against preseason district favorite Corsicana Mildred (4-1, 2-0).
“We need to step it up – our execution,” Franklin said. “We’ve gotta make our own breaks. We can’t hope the other team makes mistakes.”
Solomon averaged 13 yards per carry and scored on runs of 23, 7, 56, 37 and 57 yards. Time after time, he beat Millsap’s defenders around the corner.
Solomon said he went untouched on his last three scores, and quickly credited his blockers for clearing the way.
“What I told Cory is, he’d better thank his linemen because about 150 of that he never got touched,” Franklin said. “He’s just so fast. He’s got such good speed and acceleration.”
The Bulldogs couldn’t get past midfield until their second possession of the fourth quarter, but were stopped when the ball came loose – one of the six lost fumlbles for Millsap.
Millsap’s offense was stuffed for a loss on 13 plays from scrimmage.
Tolar’s defense allowed just one first down before halftime. Garrett Winston picked off a pass inside Tolar’s 30-yard line to end Millsap’s final possession with 2:11 left in the game to help preserve the shutout.
Franklin said he couldn’t recall having a team that recorded two shutouts in a season.
“The defense had another great game,” Franklin said. “Another stellar defensive performance.”
“Our defensive line controlled them and our linebackers made tackles,” defensive coordinator Gregg Lee said. “We had a couple of mental lapses, but we were athletic enough to overcome it. Our defense, they have the mentality of flying (to the ball), hititng and tackling. It’s not coaching – it’s their mentality.”
Outside linebacker/wide receiver Justin Brown said that the defense it “what’s going to win us games.”
The Rattlers’s Zack Hasegawa recovered a Millsap fumble on the second play of the game, and that set the tone according to Brown.
“That first strip gave the defense so much confidence, and carried throughout the game,” Brown said. “Something good happens and it just sets us off.”
Rattlers 61, Bulldogs 0
Tolar 14 19 28 0 – 61
Millsap 0 0 0 0 – 0
T – Corbin Wood 3 run (B.J. Dollins kick)
T – Cory Solomon 23 run (Dollins kick)
T – Dollins 1 run (Dollins kick)
T – Solomon 7 run (kick blocked)
T – Colt Arrington 1 run (kick failed)
T – Solomon 56 run (Zack Hasegawa kick)
T – Solomon 37 run (Hasegawa kick)
T – Solomon 57 run (Hasegawa kick)
T – Grant Winston 3 run (Hasegawa kick)
First downs 21 4
Rushes-yards 44-311 34-48
Passing yards 71 7
Comp-att-int. 7-18-0 1-12-1
Punts-avg. 5.30.8 7-30
Fumbles-lost 2-0 10-6
Penalties-yards 8-80 5-55
Tolar – Cory Solomon 19-251, Dakota Endsley 4-26, B.J. Dollins 3-23, Justin Brown 1-10, Zack Hasegawa 1-5, Alfredo Triana 2-5, Zyane Gumler 1-4, Grant Winston 1-3, Rodie Brister 1-2, Landon Morris 4-(minus 2), Colt Arrington 4-(minus 8), Corbin Wood 3-(minus 8).
Millsap – Dylan Burton 4-33, Kristian Martinez 18-13, Thomas Richardson 1-8, Timothy Newberry 1-5, Kaden King 2-1, Bradley Bottoms 8-(minus 12).
Tolar – Dokota Endsley 5-10-0, 65 yards; Wood 2-8-0.
Millsap – Bottoms 1-12-1, 7 yards.
Tolar – Justin Brown 3-31, Rodie Brister 1-12, Garrett Winston 1-11, Jared Sparks 1-4, Morris 1-1.
Millsap – Michael Rogers 1-7.
Tolar interception – Garrett Winston.