In the school’s first Week Zero home opener, Grace Community rolled past state-ranked San Augustine 41-20 behind 344 total yards and five touchdowns from senior quarterback Blake White on Thursday at Clyde-Perkins Stadium.
In the first of three games of the Tyler Football Classic sponsored by Azalea Orthopedic and Texas Spine and Joint Hospital, White completed 19 of 28 for 259 yards and three scores while adding 85 yards rushing and two more touchdowns.
Perhaps most encouraging for Grace fans was the cameo from Cougars senior Garrett Newman, who was questionable coming into the season due to health concerns. In limited action, Newman rushed three times for 24 yards. He accounted for more than 2,000 yards in his prolific junior season.
The Cougars (1-0) held the Wolves (0-1), ranked No. 6 in UIL Class 1A by The Associated Press, to 267 total yards while racking up 463 for themselves.
Quarterback Bobby Tanner threw for 125 yards – 98 and a touchdown to Al Horton – and Tony Hubbard sprinted his way to 79 yards and a score to lead San Augustine. Tanner also had a rushing touchdown.
A sparkling interception on the sideline by Lin Gillham helped the Cougars take a 27-12 lead into halftime. Gillham’s grab gave the Cougars enough time for Kade Clayton to haul in a 15-yard touchdown with nine seconds left in the half.
Clayton gobbled up 131 yards rushing and receiving, including two touchdown hauls. Statler Lewis led all receivers with 100 yards, tip-toeing the sideline for a 42-yard score late in the first half.
Sophomore Adam Graham added a running touchdown for the Cougars late in the first quarter. After White’s helmet came off on the play prior, forcing him to the sideline, Graham lined up under center and strolled in from two yards out for a 14-0 lead. The drive was set up by a fumble recovery by Levi Crozier.
San Augustine immediately came back with a 61-yard strike from Tanner to Horton and cut its deficit to 14-12 with a 31-yard scamper from Hubbard, who broke free from the line of scrimmage on a fourth-and-1 to race into the end zone.
Tyler Football Classic
Grace Community 41, San Augustine 20
At Clyde-Perkins Stadium
San Augustine 6 6 8 0 — 20
Grace 14 13 7 7 — 41
GRA—Kade Clayton 33 pass from Blake White (David Fraga kick), 7:40.
GRA—Adam Graham 2 run (Tyler Brown kick), 2:37.
SA—Al Horton 61 pass from Bobby Tanner (kick fail), 1:44.
SA—Tony Hubbard 31 run (run fail), 4:06.
GRA—Statler Lewis 42 pass from White (Fraga kick), 2:38.
GRA—Clayton 15 pass from White (kick fail), 0:09.
GRA—White 1 run (Fraga kick), 4:24.
SA—Tanner 10 run (Horton pass from Tanner), 2:11.
GRA—White 5 run (Fraga kick), 9:45.
First Downs 15 26
Rushes-Yards 32-142 42-204
Passing Yards 125 259
Comp.-Att.-Int. 8-23-1 19-28-0
Punts-Avg. 4-27.5 2-42
Fumbles-Lost 4-1 3-1
Penalties-Yards 3-25 6-46
RUSHING—San Augustine, Tony Hubbard 12-79, Bobby Tanner 12-56, T’Aundra Taylor 7-7. Grace, Blake White 21-85, Kade Clayton 8-46, Adam Graham 8-46, Garrett Newman 3-24, Jacob Spitzer 1-5, Jonny Spitzer 1-(-2).
PASSING—San Augustine, Tanner 8-23-1—125. Grace, White 19-28-0—259.
RECEIVING—San Augustine, Al Horton 4-98, Desmond Randle 2-19, Taylor 1-11, JQ Thomas 1-(-3). Grace, Clayton 7-85, Statler Lewis 5-100, Marc Ritthaler 3-35, Lin Gillham 3-17, Graham 1-23.