Tolar faces Dublin test
Five games into the season and with District 6-3A D2 play ahead, the Tolar Rattlers hold a 3-2 record – the same place they were last year.
In 2018, Tolar won just one district game and failed to make the playoffs.
Head coach Jeremy Mullins and the Rattlers are trying to ensure that doesn’t happen again.
Tolar had its bye last week, and the Rattlers focused on staying healthy and working on the little things.
“I thought we had a good week,” Mullins said. “We took some time to just get a way and recoup, reenergize, and focused on some detail stuff.”
Tolar is healthier than it has been in recent years, with the exception of the season-ending injury to promising sophomore running back Colton Tuggle. Mullins said the team has found its identity.
“We are who we are,” he said. “Every team at this point may throw in a wrinkle or two, but we’re going to do what we do, and do it better than we did it last week, hopefully.”
Last year Tolar got off to a poor start in district, losing its first three games before blowing out Rio Vista. Mullins hopes they can avoid that in 2019.
“You’d like to be in a spot where – you want to win them all, but not to where your back’s against the wall going into the second half of district,” Mullins said.
A WING AND A PRAYER
The Rattlers will need every available man this week against the Dublin Lions, who enter with a 4-1 record.
“They’re probably the best team that we’ve seen up to this point,” Mullins said. “It’s going to take us playing one of our better games and executing on offense and tackling well on defense.”
Dublin quarterback Cy Wing had 23 touchdowns passing and 10 more rushing last season.
“He’s very calm, does a great job of just managing the game, and runs well,” Mullins said. “That always poses a defensive guy’s nightmare when you’ve gotta defend a guy that can throw it well, he’s got receivers that can run good routes and catch and a big O-line, and at the same time he can tuck that thing and run.”
On defense, Dublin brings a 4-3 front with a talented secondary.
The Lions also have the advantage of having players that don’t play two ways on the line. This allows Dublin’s ends and tackles to be fresh and energized to attack offenses.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. from Rattler Stadium.
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