Lions looking to keep wins alive in District

After going undefeated in the preseason, Dublin is looking to keep their winning streak alive as they face Tolar on Friday at Memorial Stadium. 

Tolar is 3-2 with losses to Crawford and DeLeon, who Dublin beat earlier this year. 

Tolar defeated Early, Goldthwaite and Trinity Christian in the preseason. 

They run a creative spread offense, Coach Bob Cervetto said, with some inventive plays. 

Their defense is aggressive and they run asymmetrical, odd-man front. 

“If you like football, this will be a good game,” Cervetto said. 

Tolar narrowly defeated Dublin last season 30-28 in a difficult game, so Dublin will be looking to right their wrongs and take a W on Friday.

Kickoff is at 7 p.m. and fans who wear black will get in free to the blackout game. That’s also true of Tuesday’s volleyball game.

Dublin is the only team in the District that went undefeated in the preseason. 

Comanche, Jacksboro and Rio Vista are each 2-3 and Millsap is 1-4. 

In the first round of District play, Jacksboro and Comanche, who were picked No. 1 and No. 2 in the District before the season began, will face off in Comanche. 

Millsap and Rio Vista will play in Rio Vista. 

The Lions are the favorite in their Oct. 19 matchup on the road with Rio Vista, but Cervetto said in the preseason the team will not be writing any opponent off. 

“The next game is always the most important game,” Cervetto said. 

On Oct. 26 Jacksboro will face Dublin under the lights of Memorial Stadium. Jacksboro went three rounds deep in the playoffs last season and competed well in a strong District, only losing narrowly to Holliday.

In the preseason, Jacksboro lost to Breckenridge, Windthorst and Eastland.

The Lions will face a new rival in their own backyard, Comanche, in Comanche on Nov. 2. 

Cervetto said Comanche will use the size of their offensive line to force the ball down field. He anticipates the Indians will try to keep the score low and the ball away from Dublin’s offense. 

Comanche lost to Breckenridge and Eastland, as well as Mason. They shut out DeLeon and Clyde. 

Millsap will be Dublin’s final regular season opponent on Nov. 9. They’re an up and coming team with a talented junior at QB. 

If Dublin succeeds in making playoffs, which is their goal, they’ll face one of the state’s most difficult Bi-Districts. With possible opponents including Gunnar, Bowie, Wichita Falls or City View, the Lions hard work will only increase as they fight to keep playing. Lexington and Clifton, two of the state’s top teams, are also in Dublin’s region. 

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