In what can only be described as a dominant performance, the Palestine football team ran over, through and past Brownsboro Friday, topping the Bears, 54-6.
The Wildcats ran for a total of 301 yards in the win, including touchdown runs of 34 and 29 yards in the second half.
Palestine opened the game strong, scoring on three straight possessions.
Darrius Stephens opened the scoring with a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs to put Palestine up 14-0. His second score was set up by a 21-yard pass from PHS quarterback Caleb Cargill to wide out Jordan Anthony to get to the 1-yard line.
On the Wildcats’ drive, Donte Brown scored from three yards out to put Palestine up 21-0 to open the second quarter.
Brownsboro answered on its next drive when quarterback Shelby Rogers found Cody Strickland on a 10-yard curl route. Strickland turned up field and broke numerous tackles en route to a 76-yard scoring pass-and-catch.
But that was all the offense Brownsboro could muster.
Palestine’s Jacob Atkinson added two field goals to bookend the end of the second and beginning of the third quarters, and Palestine then added three touchdown runs to put the game away.
Stephens led the Wildcat attack with 133 yards on the ground and three scores, while Cargill ran for 35 yards and passed for 96, connecting on nine of 18 attempts.
For Brownsboro, Rogers finished 12-of-21 passing with 155 yards and a score.
Palestine forced six Brownsboro turnovers in the win.
The Wildcats (1-0) entertain Pittsburg next week in their home opener, while Brownsboro (0-1) travels to Van (1-0).