Hornets’ blast University, 49-20
Gatesville took care of business Friday night.
“We really wanted to take care of business tonight,’’ said senior quarterback Jett Truss after throwing for four touchdowns and compiling 212 total yards in just three quarters of work.
Truss went to the bench early after the Hornets clobbered the Waco University Trojans, 49-20, for the team’s third straight win.
“They had lost 38 straight times and we didn’t want to be the fi rst one to lose to them,’’ Truss said. “This was defi nitely a trap game.’’
Gatesville (3-0) will go to Hillsboro this week to face the Eagles, who are coming off a 34-26 loss to rival Whitney. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.
Truss completed 13 of 20 passes for 158 yards.
The Hornets put the game away in the second quarter when they scored 21 points to run the score to 28-7. Game over, pretty much at half time.
“I thought we executed early on that opening drive,’’ coach Kyle Cooper said. “They have a scary team with a lot of speed… We didn’t want to lose. They are improving, coach Rodney Smith is doing a good job trying to establish that program.’’
Gatesville’s Truss hit Zach Mueller for the fi rst score on 33-yard pass with 9:52 left in the fi rst quarter.
It was quick, well-conducted drive, covering 48 yards in four plays. It was set up by a Mueller interception on University’s third play of the game.
The scoring play down the left sideline was on a second-and-two. Mueller had two catches on the drive.
For the night, Mueller was superb with his running, catching and defense as a member of the secondary.
“We’ve played together enough, that we can read each other,’’ said junior Mueller. “We know what the other one is going to do.’’
Mueller and Truss teamed up once on a play in the third quarter that illustrated how much they know each other.
With 6:51 left in the third and the Hornets holding a 35-7 lead, a Trojan defender broke though the line to get massive pressure on Truss. The 6-2, 215-pounder slung off the oncoming defender, managed to get a pass to Mueller in the fl at. Mueller turned it up the fi eld and attracted a crowd. The play netted seven yards.
On the play, CJ Crane of University was knocked out when he hurt his knee in the pile of players. The game was delayed several minutes.
After they returned to the fi eld, Truss handed the ball to Michael Davis twice. The junior picked up fi ve and three yards, respectively. He scored on a 3-yarder with 6:26 left to mount the score to 42-7.
In the second quarter the Hornets were lethal.They had drives of 69, 77, and 76 yards. Two of the drives ended with Truss hitting Tyler Lewis on a fade pattern for 14 yards and Hunter Dreyer on a 5-yarder.
T.J Miller scored to end an eight-play, 77-yard march with 5:39 left in the quarter. Miller’s run put the Hornets ahead, 21-7. The Trojans added some suspense when sophomore running back Jeremiah Stroupe rambled 85 yards for the Trojans’ only score on the fi rst half.
The one play possession made it a 14-7 game with 10:09 left in the fi rst quarter.
Take away the 85-yard run and the Trojans only had 34 yards at half.
For the game, Gatesville outgained the visitors from Waco, 453-273.
University added a late touchdown against the reserves. Mueller had 104 total yards for the game, gaining 54 rushing and 50 receiving.
The Hornets had 45 rushes for 292 yards rushing and Truss complemented the attack with his passes for 158 yards.
The team utilized the playaction passes to perfection.