With two promising performances under their belts in scrimmage play, the 2013 Tolar Rattlers are set to embark into the real deal this Friday in the football season opener at home against San Saba.
Tolar outscored Dublin 20-13 on the road Thursday in two timed quarters, but neither team could score in the controlled scrimmage portion.
“We didn’t make as many mistakes,” Franklin said of the Dublin contest compared to Bosqueville a week earlier. “A lot of people contributed in a positive way. We were more businesslike, and we took care of our job and we played smarter. We had a good showing and the kids played well.”
The fact that the Rattlers seemed a little less emotional than in the Bosqueville encounter may have been due to having switched their workouts to the afternoons recently because of teacher in-service training, Franklin suggested.
“We saw good improvement, but we were a little flat,” he said.
The first touchdown Friday was an 18-yard TD catch by Blake Watson, thrown by Dakota Endsley. Tolar’s extra point kick failed.
After Dublin scored on a 25-yard pass play, the Rattlers came back with a 68-yard TD pass from Endsley to Garrett Winston, who also kicked the extra point.
The Lions scored on another pass, this time from 22 yards out.
Blayne Denton carried on a 1-yard TD run for Tolar, and Winston again kicked the PAT.
Tolar running back Cory Solomon, a two-time 1,000-yard rusher now in his senior year, played only four snaps after “tweaking” a knee, Franklin said. The coach said he was certain Solomon would be ready to go for first game of the regular season, hosting San Saba (5-6 last year in Class A).
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