Strawn’s JW Montgomery ran for three touchdowns and passed for two more as the Greyhounds broke open a tight game Friday night with a 52-0 run to down Bryson 71-25.
It was a wild first quarter as the Cowboys jumped out to a 13-0 lead as Bryson quarterback TJ Imotichey found Ragen Register for a 43-yard scoring pass, the Cowboys recovered an inside kick and Imotichey connected with Marcos Espinoza on a 37-yard touchdown.
Recovering Bryson’s onside-kick attempt, the Greyhounds needed just one play to get into the end zone as Chino Hernandez hit Matthew Garcia on the fly for a 21-yard touchdown. Jade Barnett gathered a Montgomery pass for the two-point conversion.
Montgomery knotted the score at 13-13 when he waited for Luke Eli to break free of coverage for a 20-yard touchdown, and then Montgomery scrambled his way through the Cowboy’s defense for a 22-yard touchdown of his own.
Chris Harris broke free for Bryson’s longest play of the evening to move the Cowboys out front 19-13 when he scored on a 46-yard run with 18 seconds left in the first quarter. Recovering their onside kick Bryson scored on the next play with Imotichey hooking up with Drake Huffman on a 34-yard pass.
The Cowboys were leading 25-19, but it was the last time Bryson would get a sniff of the end zone.
“I think holding the ball and just relaxing a little bit helped us,” coach Dwaine Lee said. “Coach Jose Cervantes did a great job adjusting the defense. Overall, I was really pleased with our effort.”:
After shooting out the lights in the first quarter, both teams’ defenses stiffened up over the first six minutes of the second frame and with 4:12 to play in the half, Strawn went supersonic scoring 32 points.
Montgomery led things off with a 10-yard touchdown run, and Chino Hernandez made the first of five straight extra-point kicks to give Strawn the lead for good at 26-25.
What followed was an avalanche of points with Marco Lopez breaking free on a 54-yard scoring gallop, and three straight scoring runs from Lorenzo Garcia that covered nine, 37 and three yards.
Montgomery found Lopez for the game’s longest play on a 64-yard touchdown pass and Montgomery finished it off with 1:49 to play in the third quarter when he scored from 19 yards out.
The Greyhounds’ ground game pounded out 274 yards on 31 rushing attempts without having a 100-yard ball carrier. Garcia’s 94 yards topped Strawn’s rushing attack as he gained 13.4 yards per carry.
Montgomery completed 5-10 passing for 153 yards and two touchdowns, and Chino Hernandez was 1-1 for a score. Montgomery also added two interceptions on defense and David Shugart had one.
“I thought our effort was great out there,” Lee said. “We were physical!”
Rushing—Lorenzo Garcia 7-94, Jett Golden 11-66, Marco Lopez, 2-65, JW Montgomery 7-51, Max Hopkins 1-5.
Passing—JW Montgomery 5-10-0, 153 2TD, Chino Hernandez 1-1, Speedy Lopez 0-1-0.
Receiving—Marco Lopez 1-64, Luke Eli 3-55, Matthew Garcia 2-55.