North Central Texas football coach Kirby Rasco promised one very tough schedule this season.
Saturday night in Zephyr, the first game in that tough schedule was played. It was a 63-16 loss, but Rasco said he saw some things that can make his Pioneers a better team.
“We have lots of work to do,” Rasco said. “However, there were bright spots on both sides of the ball.”
One of the bright spots was the passing of quarterback Jared Dodson. While he did throw a couple of interceptions, he completed 10 of 16 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown.
A couple of receivers also had big plays. Tyler Hoskins caught a 52-yard touchdown pass, and Cole Rasco hauled in two passes, one for a TD.
Defensively, Hoskins led North Central Texas with seven tackles. He also returned a pair of kicks for 67 yards.
Zephyr, a University Interscholastic League perennial toughie, jumped out to a 30-0 lead after the first quarter. The Pioneers got some offense in the second quarter, but Zephyr still led 57-16 at the half, and the game was called by six-man football’s 45-point mercy rule in the third.
But the Pioneers, who play in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, were almost as hard on themselves as Zephyr was. They turned the ball over six times.
“We moved the ball out of our spread and kept turning the ball over,” said coach Rasco. “We made way too many mistakes.”
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BULLDOGS 63, PIONEERS 16
NCTA 0 16 0 – 16
Zephyr 30 27 6 – 63
Rushing – Jared Dodson 4-26, Tyler Hoskins 2-20.
Passing – Dodson 10-16, 134 yards, 1 TD, 2 int.; Elias Fekadu 2-5, 24 yards, 1 TD.
Receiving – Hoskins 1-52, TD; Cole Rasco 2-24, 1 TD.
Hoskins 7 tackles, Dodson 4 tackles.
Hoskins 2 kick returns, 67 yards.