On Homecoming Night for Hico High School, the Tigers showed no mercy on the visting Tolar Rattlers, defeating them by the score of 32-6.
Hico was led on offense by Westin Williams. Williams ran the ball eight times for 93 yards and two touchdowns and was also effective through the air, completing seven of his 13 pass atempts for 138 yards and three additional touchdowns.
The Tigers pulled out all the stops and turned to a trick play for a quick strike just before halftime. Head Coach Wade Williams called a double reverse flea flicker from 35 yards away that ended with Williams hitting Barnette for six points.
“We were in a position where we thought we were dominating the game a little bit,” said Coach Williams. “We needed a quick strike to get our defense back out on the field, and we just wanted to use it and it turned out to be the perfect time.”
Barnette was the go-to-reciever for Hico catching three passes for 58, two of which went for touchdowns. Barnette also recorded an interception on defense.
“What we’re trying to instill in these guys is ‘come to the football’,” said Coach Williams. “We saw a lot of fourth down plays. We didn’t make all of the fourth down plays, but we made them go on fourth down. We’re excited about the way we’re playing.”
Tolar’s offense was simply unable to do anything productive against the Tiger defense. Despite a 13-yard touchdown run by Tyler Ross, the Rattlers ran the ball 35 times and only managed to gain 44 yards. Ross was the only sign of life for the Rattlers, throwing for 130 yards on 8-of-18 passing.
Tolar turnovers were the rally killers. Tolar fumbled the ball four times, losing three of them, and Ross threw two intecpetions.
Hico will travel to Blooming Grove next Friday, and Tolar will unveil their brand-new stadium when the Rattlers host Valley Mills on Friday at 7:30 p.m.