SCURRY -- Charles Mowles scored five times, and Gordon opened the state playoffs in excellent style with a resounding 66-21 bi-district win Thursday against Fannindell in Scurry-Rosser.
The Longhorns were in control of the entire contest taking their opening possession and getting into the end zone just 40 seconds into the game as Morgan Mahan ripped off the first of his three consecutive touchdown runs.
Scoring on runs of 35, 15, and eight yards, Mahan keyed Gordon’s offense that rambled to a 66-21 bi-district win Friday as the Longhorns scored on their first three possessions to open the contest.
The quick start eased the worries of Coach Mike Reed who was watching his team play on a school night for the first time this season because Gordon has a four-day school week.
“I was little worried about a letdown,” Reed said. “We were coming off an emotional game after the win over Strawn, and you never know how a team may react.”
The reaction was a stampede of touchdowns as Gordon had three scores on the board before Fannindel was able to mount a response of its own. The Falcons would get into the end zone three times on the night, and when they did, it was when they managed to catch the Longhorn defense out of place.
Fannindel learned quickly it didn’t want to run the ball inside the interior of the Longhorns’ defense senior Riley Venable was body-slamming ball carriers like a WWE wrestler. Venable made two crushing stops that ended the night for two players due to injury.
If Reed needed any more proof the Longhorns were focused he got it when Brandon Mahan calmly snagged a rare high-snap and turned what should have been a 10-yard loss into a 45-yard touchdown.
The defense then got in on the scoring action as Clay Berry turned a fumble recovery into 40-yard return for a touchdown.
It was then time for the “Charles Mowles Show” as the senior turned into a one-man wrecking crew. Mowles scored on runs 30, 15 and 17 yards. Mowles held an intermission just long enough for Berry to slip in a 15-yard touchdown.
With the Longhorns leading 42-7, Reed was afforded the luxury of substituting some of his younger players into the game, and a score by Fannindel assured the game was going to go past halftime.
“You’ve got to get your younger players into games like this, so they have that experience to draw on when they are the starters out there,” Reed said.
Mowles would go on a tear on the defensive side of the ball too as he snagged an interception and ran it back 66 yards for his fourth touchdown of the night.
The senior would tack on his fifth score on Gordon’s next possession as a quick-thinking Berry was stopped by two Falcon defenders and flipped the ball over to Mowles, who ended the game via the 45-point mercy rule when he scored from 52 yards out to make final score 66-21.
“Tonight was just a complete team effort,” Reed said. “We brought it all together, and that’s the part I am most proud of – the assistant coaches A.J. Ladd and Bryson Oliver have done a tremendous job of taking these younger kids and being able to get them ready to play at this level.”
Gordon will now face the winner of the Bynum and Walnut Springs’ game at 7 p.m. in Hamilton, Thursday, Nov. 21.