SADLER — From winless to undefeated in just two years has the S&S seniors ending their careers on the highest of notes. But reminiscing about this recent success is on hold as the Rams continue to make history.

SADLER — From winless to undefeated in just two years has the S&S seniors ending their careers on the highest of notes. But reminiscing about this recent success is on hold as the Rams continue to make history.


"The cheerleaders wanted to put up a sign that said 10-0 and district champs and the seniors said no," S&S head coach Garrett Patterson said. "Not worrying about the wins and losses as much. Don’t worry about 10-0 district champs. The past is the past and the present is the present and we’ll get to the future."


What lies ahead for S&S (11-0) is a Class 2A Division II Region II area round game against Tolar (9-2) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Springtown.


The winner will face either Blooming Grove or Leonard, who the Rams edged in the season-finale to win the District 7-2A (II) title, next week in the region semifinals.


"It’s been pretty amazing coming from the 0-10 season two years ago," senior defensive lineman Jarrell Orr said. "The only thing is getting our mindset right. We haven’t been used to winning."


If S&S had simply settled for getting to the playoffs, saying nothing of winning the program’s first district title, it might have been excused. In the previous six seasons the Rams had won just 12 games total.


"It’s really hard not to get excited on Friday nights but we try to follow the same routine every week," senior running back Willie Winborne said. "We expected to make the playoffs."


S&S came up just short of the postseason last year and the addition of a fourth playoff team put them in prime position for a Week 11 game for the first time in 15 years, just the second in school history.


Fourth-quarter efforts against Lindsay and Valley View in back-to-back non-district games showed a spark of what was to come in district play.


"There were moments in those games they could have quit," Patterson said. "They came up with plays we needed to beat those teams. That was when I thought we could take it to another level here."


Leading the charge has been Winborne. He has 1,984 yards and 27 touchdowns on 222 carries but the supporting cast has been just as effective.


Wyatt Maher has 12 touchdowns on just 57 carries, Trenton Nolan has scored 12 times on 53 touches and Reed Collum has completed 51-of-83 passes for 881 yards with 11 TDs.


"Football’s a team sport. Just one person can’t make an impact," said Winborne, who needs just one touchdown on the ground for 50 in his career. "You can’t do anything without the line. We’re working a lot better than in the past."


In a breakout junior season Winborne ran for 1,423 yards and 21 touchdowns on 158 carries, which followed up a sophomore season with 570 yards and a touchdown on 98 rushes.


"He wasn’t ready to carry the load. He didn’t have the supporting cast around him," Patterson said. "Last year we were really close. We needed another year in the weight room. We needed to get tougher."


S&S won just the second playoff game in school history with a 55-18 victory over Alba-Golden last Friday, equaling a bi-district win against Leonard in 1998.


Nolan caught three touchdown passes and Winborne scored two of his three touchdowns in the first quarter as the Rams built a 34-0 halftime lead. Maher and Devin Orr added fourth-quarter TDs for the Rams, who held Alba-Golden to 214 yards on 53 snaps.


"They handled it well," Patterson said. "We talk to them constantly about not being satisfied and getting pats on the back."


Tolar opened the playoffs with a 64-12 victory against Nocona. Cory Solomon ran for 200 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 18 carries while Dalton Shaw caught three passes — all scores — for 111 yards and Garrett Winston had 102 yards and two TDs on three catches.


The Rattlers, who were knocked out of the playoffs by Gunter in the third round last season, finished as the runner-up to Scurry-Rosser in District 6-2A (II). Tolar’s only district defeat was 41-14 to the district champs and the Rattlers lost to Comanche, 31-20, in non-district.


This will be a test for the Rams, who are facing a team that has scored at least 30 points in all nine victories and has not allowed more than 20 points in any of its wins. Tolar has allowed seven points or less in five of the nine victories.


Corbin Wood has completed 77-of-165 passes for 21 touchdowns and just four interceptions while running for 580 yards and 12 touchdowns on 82 carries.


Solomon is at 1,378 yards and 16 TDs on 177 runs with Winston and Shaw serving as the main receiving threats. Shaw has 28 catches for 580 yards and eight touchdowns while Winston is sitting at 326 yards and seven TDs on 19 grabs.


While the Rattlers are not allowing much in the way of points and yards, the Rams will also be going up against a defense that has forced 24 turnovers so far this season.


"They’re a very good program and they execute well," Patterson said. "You’ve got to bring your ‘A’ game and answer what they do."