Grace Community went into its rivalry game with T.K. Gorman off a disappointing loss with a goal to play pristine football.
If Garrett Newman and the Cougars weren’t perfect, they were pretty darn close.
Newman totaled 338 yards of offense as Grace routed archrival Gorman 60-6 at Clyde-Perkins Stadium on Friday.
“Today we talked about perfect execution,” Newman said. “We came out and did that and it showed on the scoreboard.
“That feels good because we all know each other and it feels good when you can put up that many points against (Gorman) and I know everyone’s happy about it. It feels real good to do that against them.”
The Cougars (2-1) jumped all over the Crusaders (1-2) early with their rushing attack, racking up 179 yards on seven carries in the first quarter to go ahead 19-0. By halftime Grace led 39-0, having outgained Gorman 385-84 in the half.
Newman ran the ball five times for 233 yards and three touchdowns; he caught two passes for 83 yards and a score. Newman also completed his only pass for 22 yards.
“My offensive line was amazing,” Newman said. “They’ve been working their butts off in practice. All I had to do was follow my blocks.”
Gorman senior Caleb Williams, who led East Texas with 400 yards rushing after two weeks, was injured in the second quarter after carrying eight times for 13 yards. Williams, who had a 31-yard run called back for a flag, appeared to twist his ankle on his lone reception. The Crusaders were already without running back / receiver Cale Tucker, who was not in pads Friday.
With Williams, Tucker and Cole Ihrig out, Matthew Hillin carried the load for the Crusaders, churning out 104 hard-fought yards on 20 carries.
Blake White completed 8 of 12 passes for 173 yards and three touchdowns for Grace, which finished with 563 yards of total offense.
Gorman ended with 229 yards of total offense, finally getting on the board on Conrad Flowers’ 35 yard touchdown reception from Kevin Johnson with 1:42 left to play.
Grace struggled to get its defense off the field against Eustace’s rushing attack last week. This week the Cougar offense kept putting its defense on the field with quick scoring drives.
The Cougars ran seven first-quarter plays spanning 1:52, or about the time Grace had the ball in the first half last week. Those plays netted three touchdowns on 179 yards.
Newman had 176 rush yards by halftime with 69- and 74-yard scoring runs. He began the second half with a 62-yard touchdown reception and added a 57-yard run before the end of the third quarter that put the Cougars ahead 53-0.
“After last week’s loss, it left a real bad taste in our mouth,” Newman said. “This week in practice has probably been the hardest week … everyone’s been working their butts off and it showed tonight. The line was awesome tonight. Everyone did their job.”
Grace Community 60, T.K. Gorman 6
At Clyde-Perkins Stadium
Gorman 0 0 0 6 — 6
Grace 19 20 14 7 — 60
GRA—Kade Clayton 28 run (Keaton Yeatts kick fail), 8:37.
GRA—Grant Childress 6 run (pass fail), 4:04.
GRA—Garrett Newman 69 run (Yeatts kick), 0:12.
GRA—Yeatts 57 pass from Blake White (run fail), 7:32.
GRA—Newman 74 run (Yeatts kick), 2:22.
GRA—Statler Lewis 8 pass from White (Yeatts kick), 0:05.
GRA—Newman 62 pass from White (Yeatts kick), 10:58.
GRA—Newman 57 run (Yeatts kick), 1:04.
GRA—Adam Hall 1 run (David Fraga kick), 7:34.
TKG—Conrad Flowers 35 pass from Kevin Johnson (pass fail), 1:42.
First Downs 14 20
Rushes-Yards 54-173 25-368
Passing Yards 56 195
Comp.-Att.-Int. 3-7-1 9-13-0
Punts-Avg. 4-35.5 1-33
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-0
Penalties-Yards 2-20 7-60
RUSHING—Gorman, Matthew Hillin 20-104, Asher Boudreaux 10-25, Sam Becker 4-17, Caleb Williams 8-13, Kevin Johnson 8-11, Colin Parks 4-3. Grace, Garrett Newman 5-233, Kade Clayton 4-51, Grant Childress 2-40, Adam Hall 4-20, David Fraga 2-10, Blake White 3-9, Jacob Spitzer 1-3, Adam Graham 4-2.
PASSING—Gorman, Johnson 3-7-1—56. Grace, White 8-12-0—173, Newman 1-1-0—22.
RECEIVING—Gorman, Conrad Flowers 2-44, Williams 1-12. Grace, Newman 2-83, Keaton Yeatts 2-58, Childress 2-27, Clayton 2-19, Statler Lewis 1-8.