Tolar collects 60-18 road victory over Dragons, who fall to 0-2 in league play

BANGS — After both teams lost their District 4-3A Division II openers the previous week, remaining near the top of the district standings was the goal for the Bangs Dragons and Tolar Rattlers Friday night. Tolar was able to use a dominant rushing attack to pull away for a 60-18 victory, as Bangs remained winless in district.

The Rattlers (5-1, 1-1) won the coin toss and elected to defer the kickoff to the Dragons (2-4, 0-2). After going four and out during their first drive, the Bangs defense came out and forced Tolar into a turnover on downs. The Dragon offense took over the ball on the 21 yard line and proceeded to move the ball down to the 4 yard line. Colton Brewer dropped back and found Brian Sterling for the first touchdown of the game to give the Dragons the 6-0 lead.

Tolar would not be deterred though and answered right back on the ensuing drive. Using the rushing combo of Jacob Sparks and Cody Jones, the Rattlers were able to move the ball down to the 4 yard line after an impressive run by quarterback Colby Trinkle. Trinkle then dropped back and found Will Bonnell to his left to get the Rattlers on the board for the first time on the night. After the extra point, Tolar took the 7-6 lead and never looked back.

The Tolar defense was able to hold Bangs to another four and out and get their offense back on the field. Trinkle broke off a huge run down the left sideline to put the Rattlers within striking distance once again. But Trinkle injured his knee on the play and was forced to watch the rest of the game from the sideline. In his absence, Jones took the quarterback keeper and found a seam to his left to finish the scoring drive to put Tolar up 13-6.

Despite losing Trinkle to the knee injury, the Rattlers would go on to score on their next six possessions. Bonnell came in and played well in Trinkle’s absence and Tolar’s defense proved too difficult to fully overcome, keeping the Dragons on their heels with constant pressure from their defensive front all night.

The Dragons faced adversity of their own, with Brewer battling what seemed to be an nagging ankle injury. He was seen hobbling throughout the night and although he sat for one possession, he would return and lead his offense down the field one more time before the end of the half. With time trailing down, Brewer dropped back and found tight end Tanner James to his right for a touchdown with 1:02 left in the first half.

The touchdown cut the Rattlers lead back down to 13 points, 25-12, after the mixed extra point. The Tolar offense came back out of the half and kept the pressure on the Bangs defense. Bonnell hooked up with Clayton Carr down the left sideline for a big touchdown to put the Rattlers up 39-12 and set the tone for the second half.

The Bangs defense was unable to stop the Tolar offense the rest of the night with the exception of an interception by Terick Flores late in the third quarter. The Rattlers kept the pressure on all night and ended up putting 60 points on the board before it was all said and done.

The Bangs offense did rush down the field and score one more time, after Flores’ interception set up a 33-yard touchdown run by Sterling. By that time, the outcome had already been determined.

Bangs be on the road next week to face Cisco (5-1, 2-0) — a 42-21 winner over Coleman Friday.