GRANDVIEW — The Salado Eagles looked poised to leave Grandview on Friday night with atonement for their 21-7 loss to the Zebras in 2020. The Zebras, however, had other ideas and escaped with a 32-28 victory.

Salado (1-1) overcame an early Zebras advantage to take a 28-20 lead midway through the third quarter when Hutton Haire rolled out and found Caden Strickland with a 37-yard rainbow.

Grandview (2-0) tightened it to 28-26 in the waning moments of the third when Kason English caught a 40-yard scoring pass from Brycen Davis.

The Zebras took the lead for good in the fourth on a 20-yard scoring pass from Ryder Hayes to Luke Kirkpatrick.

Grandview built a lead in the first quarter, getting touchdowns from Brandon Click, Gavin Leftwich to make it 14.0. Salado countered with a 33-yard scoring run from Strickland to close it to 14-7, but Ryder Hayes teamed up with Kason English for a 59-yard scoring strike that put the Zebras up 20-7.

Salado found its rhythm in the second and third quarters, however, getting touchdown passes of 8 and 32 yards from Haire to Seth Reavis to go up 21-20.

Aidan Wilson led Salado with 149 yards on 21 carries, while Strickland added 111 on 20 totes. Haire completed five of 12 passes for 124 yards.

Hayes went 19-of-22 for 257 yards to lead the Zebras.

GRANDVIEW 32, SALADO 28

Salado 7 7 14 0 — 28

Grandview 20 0 6 6 — 32

Gra — Brandon Click 13 pass from Brycen Davis (kick failed)

Gra — Gavin Leftwich 1 run (Job Sanchez kick)

Sal — Caden Strickland 33 run (Morgan Adams kick)

Gra — Kason English 59 pass from Hayes (Sanchez kick)

Sal — Seth Reavis 8 pass from Hutton Haire (Adams kick)

Sal — Reavis 32 pass from Haire (Adams kick)

Sal — Strickland 37 pass from Haire (Adams kick)

Gra — English 40 pass from Davis (run failed)

Gra — Luke Kirkpatrick 20 pass from Hayes (run failed)

TEAM STATISTICS

Sal Gra

First downs 13 15

Rushes-yards 52-302 29-94

Passing yards 124 351

Comp.-Att.-Int. 5-12-0 23-29-0

Punts-average 2-29-5 4-24.0

Fumbles-lost 3-2 2-1

Penalties-yards 5-45 7-55

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Salado, Aidan Wilson 21-149, Strickland 20-111, Reavis 6-48, Haire 5-(minus 6). Grandview, Leftwich 19-75, Davis 4-15, Hayes 6-4.

PASSING — Salado, Haire 5-12-0-124. Grandview, Hayes 19-22-0-257, Davis 4-7-0-94.

RECEIVING — Salado, Reavis 4-87, Strickland 1-37. Grandview, English 7-147, Jayden Mangum 5-108, Kirkpatrick 4-41, Click 4-26, Leftwich 2-2, Coen Sanders 1-15.

FRIDAY'S AREA SCORES

  • Austin Vandegrift 31, Ellison 14
  • Florence 45, Bangs 14
  • Georgetown 63, Copperas Cove 39
  • Glen Rose 41, Gatesville 10
  • Grandview 32, Salado 28
  • Harker Heights 62, Georgetown East View 7
  • Lake Belton 26, Arlington Heights 14
  • Lampasas 56, Elgin 13
  • Round Rock 35, Belton 0

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