HAMILTON – Gordon is headed to the Region 3 championship for the first time since 2012 after a dominating 52-6 area win Thursday over Bynum in Hamilton.

The Longhorns (12-1) wasted little time in soothing Coach Mike Reed’s worries about a Bulldog squad (7-5) that was playing at full strength for the first time all season as Morgan Mahan broke away for a 44-yard touchdown on Gordon’s first possession.

“I was excited about the way the kids came out and played good assignment football,” Reed said. “Bynum is a good, elusive and quick team, and for us to come out and get on top of them right away was great.”

Mahan went to the air for the next three Longhorn touchdowns, and the three strikes went to Charles Mowles as he gathered in touchdown catches of 23, 56 and 40 yards to take a 30-0 lead.

A 33-yard run by Clay Berry capped the first-half scoring with a 33-yard run, and he continued his onslaught in the second half as he lit up the scoreboard for three more touchdowns.

Berry’s sandwiched a run of 32 yards around an 8-yard catch, and his final jaunt of 14 yards put the game away after Mahan’s extra-point boot ended the game at 52-6.

“I was proud of our backups in this game,” Reed said. “I keep seeing them growing and growing out there.”

The win sets up a rematch of the most talked rivalry in six-man football as Gordon and Strawn will clash for the second time this season on Thanksgiving Day in Hico (7 p.m) in what many consider to be the “Superbowl” of six-man football.

This year’s six-man “Superbowl” is the biggest since 2008 when the two teams met in Mineral Wells for that year’s regional final, and the storylines are much the same.

In 2008, Gordon beat Strawn 60-30 to win the district title only to have the Greyhounds bounce back in the regional final game 89-58. Strawn would go on to win the state title with a 14-1 record.

After a 27-26 win two weeks ago against Strawn for another district crown the buzz is even louder than it was more than a decade ago.

The sad news for local football fans is the inability to get the game in Mineral Wells after negotiations between the three schools over hosting the game on Thanksgiving Day fell through due to disagreements over costs.

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