Just 16 seconds into their bi-district clash Friday with Forestburg (4-7), the Greyhounds had all the points they needed as JW Montgomery hit Marco Lopez on a 55-yard scoring pass but for good measure No. 5 Strawn (5-4) tacked on a few more scores for a 52-0 blanking of the Longhorns.
Coach Dewaine Lee changed up the game’s tempo several times as he shifted the Hounds’ offensive gears.
“We changed it up a little tonight to get our tempo going and to get our rhythm to get our kids to play a little faster,” Lee said.
After the quick score, it was a few minutes before Strawn found the rhythm Lee wanted, and the Greyhounds needed an interception by Montgomery to stop a Longhorn scoring threat.
Once Strawn had the ball back, the offense went back to slicing and dicing Forestburg’s defense with Lorenzo Garcia finding Jade Barrett for a 50-yard touchdown.
Montgomery set up the Greyhounds next score with a fumble recovery on a kickoff, or so it appeared, but the officials ruled the ball was in the possession of a Longhorn player. Ironically, on the next play Montgomery jumped on another fumble, and this time, the ball belonged to Strawn at the Forestburg 8-yard line.
Jett Golden needed just one play to put the Greyhounds on top 24-0 with 4:37 remaining in the first quarter and Garcia and Barrett repeated their pass-hookup for a 38-yard score to put Strawn in command 30-0 heading into the second quarter.
Strawn stretched out its lead with two touchdown runs by Lopez as he juked a defender out of his shoes with a Barry Sanders like-move on a 25-yard score before adding another touchdown on an eight-yard run.
Barrett added the game-ender via the 45-point rule when he gathered in a from Blaze Duncan short pass and galloped untouched for the final 52-0 score. An interception by Kyler Tunnell assured the Greyhounds were going to add a shutout to their totals.
Strawn now turns its attention to a 9-2 Cransfill Gap that beat Morgan 60-39.