Despite having one of the area’s most experienced quarterbacks in senior Cole Edmiston, the Gatesville offense has been predicated upon a strong ground game that averaged 184.3 yards per game on the ground entering Friday’s game at Taylor.
Yet in the first half Friday, the Hornets’ rushing attack came up flat, combining to rush for minus-1 yard outside of a 31-yard scramble by Edmiston on Gatesville’s second offensive play of the game.
Part of the problem was that the Hornets weren’t getting much bang for their buck, averaging just 3.3 yards per play on their three offensive series that they failed to score on. If not for three plays that combined for 161 yards, including an 85-yard touchdown from Edmiston to tight end Colton Williams on the game’s first play, Gatesville’s average yard-per-play drops to 2.78 in the first half.
But the tables flipped in the second half as the Hornets (4-0) averaged 9.87 yards per play on its first three offensive series, all resulting in scoring plays of 30, 47 and 47 yards, the last of which were 47-yard runs by tailback Jake Kee.
Aiding the rushing dynamic of Kee (123 yards on 13 carries) and Edimston (12 carries for 61 yards) was a perfect 8-for-8 second half passing performance from Edmiston, including a 30-yard touchdown strike to Tyler Jaynes to start the 21-0 second half run.
By the Numbers
- 22 — Seconds it took for Gatesville’s high-powered offense to reach the end zone as
- quarterback Cole Edmiston hit tight end Colton Williams on a seam route over the middle for an 85-yard touchdown on the game’s first play from scrimmage.
- 3 — Times Lampasas delivered a successful fourth-down conversion in its 22-19 loss to Fredericksburg. The Badgers went for it four times on fourth down.
- Waco La Vega (3-1) at Gatesville (4-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday — The Hornets host former district rival La Vega and will look to gain a measure of revenge after losing to the Pirates 35-13 last season. The Pirates, ranked second last week, are coming off their first loss of the season — 43-22 to No. 5 Stephenville — after back-to-back blowout wins.
- Lampasas (1-3) at China Spring (2-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday — After losing three of its first four games, including two at home, Lampasas has one last opportunity to generate some momentum before beginning its District 8-3A schedule at Gatesville.