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.
“We just did what we needed to do to get the win,” he said. “I feel we played extremely well on offense and defense, and we hope to continue that (today).”
Perrin suffered a pair of season-ending injuries to two starters and hope to rebound from last week’s Homecoming Night loss and will travel to Frost (3-2) for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
Perrin head coach Brad Hutton said the team is taking the attitude of “next man up” to replace the injured players.
“We need some kids to step up,” Hutton said. “We have one more game to play before district starts (on Oct. 11 at home against Munday) and we have to use it to our advantage.”
In six man football, the Strawn Greyhounds (3-1) will travel to state-ranked No. 10 Newcastle today with a 7:30 p.m. start, and Gordon (1-3) is at Waco Life with a 7:30 p.m. kick.
State-ranked No. 14 Strawn will hope not to have a letdown after its big win over Gordon last week. But the Bobcats come into the contest at 3-1 with wins over Borden, Abilene Christian and Knox City.
Newcastle’s lone loss was a 46-38 set back to state-ranked No. 8 May.
“We feel we are getting better each day and eachweek,” Greyhounds head coach Dewaine Lee said. “That is what we strive for – to get better after every practice and every game.
“Our schedule is tough and it kind of reminds me of the playoffs where you face a quality team every week.”
Lee said Newcastle has a strong offense and is well coached under longtime head coach Ty Spitzer.
“We have to slow their offense down,” Lee said. “As for us on offense, we want to control the ball, and it all starts up front on the line of scrimmage.
“We will need to make things happen from the offensive line.”
Gordon hopes to rebound from last week’s grudge-match loss to Strawn against Waco Life (4-1).
But with a young and inexperienced squad, ‘Horns head coach Joe Kostiha just wants to see weekly improvement.
“Our inexperience showed (last week against Strawn) more than anything,” Kostiha said. “That’s the stuff that we have to work on and get better for later in the season.
“We knew coming into the season that we have kind of a murderers row type schedule. Right now I’m not even concerned with who we’re playing. It’s about us trying to improve and get to the place we need. We need these preseason games to be able to work through kinks.”