...passes for 337 yards
Unblemished Gatesville rolls Hillsboro; Waco Robinson comes to town Friday
Junior Anthony Costas is an athlete that accepts any challenge. His team needed him to step up Friday night in Hillsboro and he responded with some excellent work in duty as a running back.
“Michael (Davis) got hurt last week and we needed somebody -- they chose me,’’ Costas said.
In typical Costas fashion, he turned in a quality outing, including an extra effort reception where he broke a tackle and raced down the sideline to put the Gatesville Hornets up, 31-0, with 1:32 left in the second quarter. It was a four-play, 76-yard drive, that included a nineyard pass to teammate Derrick Bayer and an 11-yard run for a fi rst down by quarterback Jett Truss.
The Hornets (4-0) did all the damage they needed in the first 24 minutes of Friday’s non-district clash with a (1-3) Hillsboro squad.
Gatesville claimed a 31-7 victory and will conclude the non-district portion of their schedule this week when they play host to the Robinson Rockets at McKamie Stadium.
The Rockets (2-2) feature running back Isaiah Houston, who has amassed 608 yards on 57 carries and has scored seven touchdowns.
Rocket quarterback Mason Cooper has been a big weapon also with 712 yards passing on 60 of 89 attempts. He has six touchdowns and four interceptions.
Noah Richard is the top receiving threat with 12 catches for 287 yards. He has three touchdowns on the year.
Robinson has wins over Troy and Athens and narrow losses to Taylor and Lampasas. Their 67-62 loss to Lampasas was one of the highest scoring games this season in the state.
Against Hillsboro, Costas fi nished with six runs for 34 yards, caught three passes for 82 yards, scored twice and did his normal stellar job in the defensive secondary.
The Hornets had plenty of stars against Hillsboro.
The Hornets were relentless in the game’s fi rst two quarters, producing fi ve scoring drives and building a 31-0 cushion by halftime.
Four of the drives were less than fi ve plays, starting with the fi rst play from scrimmage for the Hornets on a pass to Derrick Bayer that he turned on the speed for a 66-yard score.
“He has a lot of ability, he’s really come back strong after having an ACL (knee injury) last year,’’ Costas said. “We just really wanted to win this one.’’
Quarterback Jett Truss was 16 of 26 passing for a seasonhigh 337 yards, connecting with Bayer six times for 175 yards, including an inside screen that resulted in the 66-yard touchdown just minutes into the game.
Truss has thrown for 889 yards, completing 60 percent (54-90) of his passes this season. The senior has 12 touchdowns and just two interceptions.
Before the quarter ended, Costas scored on a nine-yard run and David Saldivar drilled a 34-yard fi eld goal for a 17-0 lead going into the second period. Truss connected on touchdown passes to Will Carroll (four-yard TD) and Anthony Costas (3-82 receiving), whose 56-yard romp included four broken tackles down the left sideline before halftime.
The Hornet offense fi nished with 20 fi rst downs and 492 total yards. Zach Mueller added 47 yards on seven totes, while Tyler Lewis had three grabs for 48 yards receiving.
Defensively, GHS yielded only 10 fi rst downs and 175 yards of offense.
Top tacklers were Owen Sibley (10 tackles, two for loss, two sacks), Austin Bayer (10), Will Carroll (nine), Jalun Taylor (eight), Bailey Janisch (seven) and Max Bartlett (seven).
Hillsboro avoided the shut out when quarterback Courtney Hewitt hit Rod Mitchell for nine yards with 3:52 left in the third quarter.
The drive was nine plays and covered 58 yards.
NOTES – Derrick Bayer only punted once and it was 59 yards to the one-yard line. Downing the ball was Colby Sheets just a minute and half into the third quarter...Gatesville’s scoring drives were: (one play, 66 yards; four plays, 38 yards; 10 plays, 58 yards; fi ve plays, 60 yards and four plays, 76 yards)…At halftime, Gatesville led in yardage, 306-47…A victory over Robinson will surpass the win total for the 2016 team, which went 4-6.