The Tolar Rattlers certainly weren’t perfect – having two touchdowns wiped out by penalties – but head football coach Mike Franklin saw plenty to like in the first scrimmage Friday night at home against Bosqueville, a state-ranked Class A squad.
The Rattlers won 2-0, scoring a pair of offensive touchdowns, while the defense allowed no points.
“We were deinitely aggressive. We were flying to the football,” Franklin said. “Offensively we made big plays. I was real pleased with our defense. It was a good outing.”
Running back Cory Solomon notched a 67-yard TD run, followed by a 45-yard scoring run by quarterback Corbin Wood for the Rattlers, who are coming off a 9-3 season and return seven offensive and six defensive starters.
Bosqueville returns seven offensive and five defensive starters from an 11-2 team.
Receiver Garrett Winston’s 71-yard TD catch thrown by Wood was called back by a penalty, as was a 75-yard TD run by Solomon.
Dalton Shaw intercepted a Bosqueville pass, and Wood had a fumble recovery.
Seven different Rattlers caught at least one pass.
The two varsity teams each ran 64 plays, dividing the controlled scrimmage between four sessions of offense and defense.
The Bulldogs, who are ranked No. 9 in the state in Class A Division I “Dave Campbell’s Texas Football” Magazine’s preseason poll, drove as far as Tolar’s 12-yard line, but lost possession on a fumble.
“I think other than that, they crossed the 50 just one other time,” Franklin said. “I wasn’t pleased with the fact we didn’t keep drives alive. We did lose a fumble once. There are a lot of little things to work on. We saw effort and energy.”
Franklin said Bosqueville has great size, with a center weighing about 320 pounds plus a returning all-state lineman in the 270-280 range.
Tolar’s Alex Elder, while playing center Friday, suffered a possible sprained ankle but his status for Friday’s scrimmage at Dubin (6:30 p.m.) is uncertain.
Tolar won the junior varsity scrimmage, one touchdown to none.
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