CENTER — Three Bears topped the century mark on the ground and combined to score seven rushing touchdowns, the defense came away with four turnovers and Gladewater improved to 2-1 on the season with a 48-28 win over Center.
Eligia Carter carried 19 times for 134 yards and three touchdowns for the Bears. Marcos Roacha added 134 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 10 carries, and Malachi Gordon picked up 114 yards and scored twice on 23 attempts.
The Bears' defense came away with three interceptions - two by Nickalus Lincoln - and a fumble recovery.
Jake Hanson passed for 217 yards anda touchdown in the loss for Center. Keamodre Horace rushed for 84 yards and two scores, and Jakerrian Watson caught five passes for 122 yards and a TD.
Center built a quick 14-0 lead on a 20-yard TD run by Horace and a 20-yard TD pass from Hanson to Zacc Smith, but the Bears answered with six straight rushing touchdowns to take control.
Carter and Gordon had 1-yard TD runs in the first quarter to give the Bears a 15-14 lead, and then Carter scored on runs of 20 and 2 yards and Roacha added a 3-yard TD run in the second for a 35-14 Bear cushion at the break.
Roacha's second TD run of the night, a 5-yarder, boosted the Bear lead, and Gordon later scored on a 1-yard run for Gladewater with 6:09 left. Center got a pair of TDs in the fourth, but it was too little, too late.