Falcons continue to fly high

Brian Davidson/The Examiner

By Bill Althaus
Posted: October 22, 2011 - 12:50 AM

Jeff Tolbert was soaking wet and loving every minute of it.

With seconds left in his Van Horn Falcons’ 46-21 district victory over Odessa Friday night at Truman High School, his players decided to give their coach a Gatorade shower.

“I was a little surprised, and it’s getting a little cold, but I don’t mind,” said Tolbert, sporting an ear-to-ear grin that might still be on his face.

The same couldn’t be said for his 9-year-old daughter Macalee, whose postgame tradition is to run on the field and give dad a hug.

“You’re all wet,” Macalee said, making the hug a quick one.

The way the 7-2 Falcons are playing, young Macalee better accustomed to those wet hugs. The victory secured the Falcons’ first playoff berth since 1994.

“We are winning because of our coach and the coaching staff,” said quarterback Tyler Solomon, who completed 8 of 11 passes for 164 yards and two scores. “They always believed in us, and now we believe in ourselves.”

After Odessa ate up nearly 8 minutes on the clock to take an early 7-0 lead, the Falcons believed in their senior quarterback.

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