By TONY EIERDAM
DUBLIN – The popular six man football website, sixmanfootball.com, has credible approval among fans of the six man high school football game when it comes to its rankings of all six man teams in the state.
Most fans of the site would probably agree in the past years the site has been pretty spot on concerning rankings, and it is an unenviable task to rank the teams each week with the inevitable criticism that follows such a deed.
So when football fans came to Dublin to watch No. 22 Lometa face the No. 50 Gordon Longhorns, many expected the up-and-coming Hornets to win in a walk, especially considering the ‘Horns began the season at 1-4.
But not so fast.
While six man fans were thinking about the rankings and how the game may turn out, Gordon was just simply thinking about football.
Paced by a quick 20-0 lead that saw three different Longhorns score, Gordon (7-4) raced past the stunned Hornets on its way to a convincing 44-28 victory here Friday night in a six man, Region II, Division I bi-district playoff game.
The Longhorns will advance to the regional round and face Savoy. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Springtown.
“We don’t worry about rankings, we just concern ourselves with football,” first-year Gordon head coach Joe Kostiha said. “This is the time of the year that matters.
“We were 1-4 early in the year and everybody was doubting us. But we just kept playing and getting better every single day, and that is a tribute to our kids and the tremendous leadership our seniors have given.
“It would have been very easy to not keep playing hard after starting 1-4, but these guys never quit.”
After stopping the Hornets on the first series of the game, the Longhorns put together a seven-play, 72-yard drive that ended on a 20-yard touchdown pass down the middle from Seth Wheeler to Jacob Wigington.