TOLAR – Randall Hamilton was more than a little angry Friday.
Hamilton saw a lackluster pregame warmup from his Jacksboro teammates and had a few “choice” words to say about it.
“The coaches have been looking for leadership, saying ‘if you look around, it’s probably you,’” Hamilton, a junior lineman, said. “(The pregame) really pissed me off, so I decided to say something to my teammates.”
Hamilton’s pregame pep talk did the trick, as the visiting Tigers “rattled” off 21 first quarter points at the Snakepit and wound up cruising to a 48-7 win. Jacksboro is now 2-0 in District 6-3A DII and 4-3 overall with the Rattlers dropping to 0-2 and 3-4.
Tiger Coach Brannon Rodgers said he was glad to see Hamilton step up.
“It was not a good pregame at all,” Rodgers said. “It was good to see 60 (Hamilton’s uniform number) start to be a leader. After that we were ready to play.”
That’s the truth, as the visitors scored on their first three drives of the contest to take an early lead to never let Tolar in the game. The Tiger defense allowed nine yards and zero first downs in the first half.
Jacksboro was hurt by inopportune penalties throughout the contest. A 34-yard strike from Landon Davenport to Gio Salazar set up first-and-10 inside the Tolar 20.
Another completion to Seth Isbell set up first-and-goal at the nine. A flash start penalty hurt but the Tigers shook it off to set up another Davenport to Salazar completion, this one a six-yard TD toss for a 7-0 lead with 4:56 to go in the first.
The ensuing kickoff was fumbled away back to Jacksboro at the Rattler 35 and the Tigers took advantage, scoring on a nine-yard Caleb Helm run less than two minutes later. The visitors forced a punt … and scored two plays later as Davenport cut right and motored past defenders 62 yards to the house.
The Tigers were hurt by penalties on their next two drives, forcing punts. A Davenport interception late in the half gave Jacksboro the ball back. A pair of Edwin Salazar runs set the table for Helm’s four-yard scoring run, extending the lead to 28-0 at the half.
For more on this story, see the Wednesday, October 23 edition of the Jacksboro Herald-Gazette.