GORDON -- In a game that lived up to every bit of its hype No. 7 Gordon topped No. 6 Strawn 27-26 Friday to win the District 10-2A title outright at Longhorn Stadium.
It was a back-and-forth battle after Gordon spotted the Greyhounds a 14-0 lead and settled down on offense. The Longhorns coughed up the ball on their first possession fumbling at the goal line, and Strawn’s Blaze Duncan jumped on it for a touchback.
JW Montgomery scored on the Greyhounds’ first offensive play when he sped down the left side of Gordon’s defense on a 42-yard run for a 6-0 lead with 4:39 remaining in the first quarter.
Montgomery would add to his totals on a 58-yard score and kicked the PAT for a 14-0 lead, but the Longhorns weren’t about to let the game turn into a runaway as Brandon Mahan broke free on a 40-yard run to set up Morgan Mahan’s three-yard touchdown run
The missed extra-point attempt left the Longhorns trailing 14-6, and the two team’s defenses took over the second-quarter action limiting both offenses to punting and losing the ball on downs.
Stopping the Greyhounds’ first possession of the second half, Gordon got on the scoreboard quickly as B. Mahan scrambled away from defenders and found his way through the heart of Strawn’s defense for a 15-yard touchdown.
“I was very pleased with our effort tonight,” Coach Mike Reed said. “This is the halftime score, and it’s not over yet.”
Reed was pointing to the week of Thanksgiving when it is very likely the two teams will clash again in the state playoffs.
Strawn took little time in responding with Marco Lopez connecting with Duncan on a 42-yard scoring pass to keep the Longhorns down 20-14.
The Longhorns rumbled back to tie the game at 20-20 when Charles Mowles 35-yard reception set up a 15-yard scoring run by Hoss Rouse. The Greyhounds blocked the extra-point attempt to keep the score knotted.
After once again stopping the Greyhounds on downs, Rouse broke loose on a long gallop to spot the ball at Strawn’s 12-yard line, and Mowles snagged Mahan’s 12-yard pass to give Gordon it’s first lead of the game.
The Greyhounds had 3:55 to work with to get downfield and into the end zone. The drive went like clockwork as Lopez broke free to score, giving the Greyhounds a chance to tie the game, but the extra-point attempt sailed just outside the right upright.
Recovering the expected onside kick, Gordon ground out a first down before kneeling a couple of times in the Longhorn victory formation running out the clock for the win.