Three first-quarter quarter touchdowns on offense and a defensive score spotted the Greyhounds a 26-0 lead, and Strawn rode its quick start Thursday night in Hico to a 62-14 area win over Cransfills Gap.
The victory propels No. 5 Strawn into the Region 3 championship against No. 4 Gordon after the Longhorns downed Bynum 52-6 in Hamilton. The game’s kickoff is scheduled for Thanksgiving Day at 7 p.m. The contest is a repeat of the District 10-1A championship that Gordon won 27-26 two weeks ago.
Scatback JW Montgomery looked fully recovered from a broken right wrist as he tossed all three of the first-quarter touchdowns on offense. Last week against Forestburg, Montgomery threw the game’s first touchdown but was later seen wearing a brace on the arm, and the senior didn’t throw another pass.
Thursday against Cransfills Gap it was another story as Mongomery first found Luke Eli on a 12-yard score just 23 seconds into the contest. A little more than a minute later Montgomery hit Matthew Garcia for a 17-yard touchdown.
Montgomery’s third touchdown was a second hookup with Eli on a 16-yard strike and followed a fumble recovery by Marco Lopez in the Lions’ end zone for a defensive touchdown.
Max Hopkins’ 32-yard gallop for the Greyhounds’ fifth touchdown pushed the score to 34-0 with 9:07 to play in the first half, but the Lions would roar for a pair of scores to tighten up the margin to 34-14.
The Lions’ second touchdown came with just 28 seconds left in the half, but that was still enough time of Strawn to tack on one more score as Lopez dashed 14 yards.
Strawn went back to it’s the domination it displayed in the first quarter the remainder of the way with Jett Golden scoring on a 38-yard run and Lorenzo Garcia adding the final two touchdowns on runs of 30 and 22 yards.
Garcia’s final score came with 9:52 remaining in play and ended the contest via the 45-point mercy rule with the score at 62-14.
Hopkins, Garcia, Golden, Montgomery and Lopez combined for a stunning rushing average of 17.5 yards per carry with Hopkins leading the way with 80 yards on six carries. Montgomery completed 6-8 passing for 82 yards, and Lorenzo Garcia was 1-1 for 14 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, Montgomery’s 11 tackles and one interception led the way while David Shugart and Jett Golden had nine stops each and Speedy Lopez had seven.