By TONY EIERDAM
All area football teams are in action today as Santo will enjoy Homecoming Night, Millsap will continue district action and Perrin, Strawn and Gordon will continue non-district play.
Millsap (2-2) is 1-0 in District 6-2A (Division II) and will travel to Tolar (3-1, 1-0) to face the Rattlers at 7:30 p.m.
The Bulldogs are riding a two-game winning streak and won their league opener last week 20-0 over Rio Vista.
“Our kids are playing with a lot of confidence right now,” Millsap head coach Kyle Coker said. “I’m proud of our defense and the way they played (against Rio Vista). Our defense came up with some big stops to keep us in it.
“The kids had a real good week of practice and are ready to go. Tolar will be one of the tougher opponents we face all year. Our kids are ready for the challenge.”
Millsap will have to contend with Tolar running back Cory Solomon, who last year rushed for 1,723 yards and 123 touchdowns. Solomon has played three games in 2013 and had rushed for 331 yards on 51 carries (6.49 yards per carry) and has found the end zone twice.
“We will have to contain Solomon,” Coker said. “He is very fast. They also have an athletic quarterback in Corbin Wood (who has scored seven rushing touchdowns and passed for six more).
“Wood is a dual threat and we will have to also deal with him.”
Santo (4-1) is coming off a big 41-0 win over Perrin and will host Petrolia (3-1) today on Homecoming Night. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.
Against the Pirates, Santo’s effective ball-control offense pounded out 363 yards on the ground. The Wildcats were led on the ground by quarterback Kyle Moore, who rushed for 131 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown.
Garrett Nemeth (five carries, 62 yards) found the end zone twice, and Grant Gilbert recorded 77 yards on eight totes with one score. Keith Chalker was steady with 12 carries for 42 yards and one TD.
Wildcats head coach Randy Thornton downplayed last week’s victory.