By Rich Jacques —
The Tolar Rattlers gave the homecoming crowd plenty to cheer about Friday with a decisive 52-14 win against the winless Dublin Lions.
The Rattlers used big plays on offense and five interceptions on defense to stay in control the entire game.
Scoring touchdowns for Tolar was Will Bonnell with three, and Dustin Lundy and Cody Jones with two each. Clayton Deaver scored on a 98-yard kickoff return.
With starting quarterback Colby Trinkle out for the year after suffering a knee injury last week, Bonnell and Jones shared time behind center Friday.
Bonnell was 8 for 16 for 230 yards passing with one touchdown and one interception. Jones was 4 of 5 for 60 yards.
Lundy was the leading receiver for the Ratters with two catches for 114 yards, both for touchdowns.
Jacob Sparks carried the rushing load for Tolar with 12 carries for 125 yards.
Up just 13-7 after the first quarter, the Rattlers ran off 20 straight points in the second quarter to go into halftime with a comfortable 33-7 lead.
“We started a little bumpy but I thought we played real well,” said head coach Mike Franklin. “We got on track and started rolling.”
The balanced Rattlers outgained the Lions on offense 584 to 282, with 294 yards coming on the ground and 290 through the air for Tolar.
There were 26 penalties on the night between the teams which slowed play considerably. Tolar was penalized 14 times. Dublin was flagged 12 times.
The district victory moved the No. 14 Rattlers to 7-1 on the season and 2-1 in district play, setting the stage for two key contests to close out the year for Tolar which has clinched a playoff birth.
The Rattlers travel to No. 2 Cisco (6-1, 3-0) next week for a game that will help decide playoff seedings.
Tolar closes out the regular season against Coleman (5-3, 1-2).
Tolar quarterback Will Bonnell scores a touchdown on a short run during a 52-14 win against visiting Dublin Oct. 21, 2016.