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Kilgore Rushing Attack Too Much for Mount Pleasant in 48-20 Victory

Kilgore’s Kevrin Justice breaks away from the Mount Pleasant defense Friday night at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)

KILGORE — Kilgore’s Kevrin Justice, Davieonta “JuJu” Brown, Aaron Foy and others combined to make it a miserable night for Mount Pleasant at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium on Friday night — as if the rain hadn’t already made it miserable enough.

The Bulldogs, behind an offensive line that controlled the line of scrimmage, finished with 445 rushing yards in a 48-20 homecoming win Friday night.

The victory moved Kilgore to 3-0 on the season. They’ll open their District 16-3A schedule at Spring Hill on Friday.

Mount Pleasant quarterback Cullen Grubbs looks for an open receiver against Kilgore on Friday night. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)

Kilgore turned the ball over on downs when it failed to convert on fourth down early in the game, and turned it over again on an interception. But Kilgore’s defense forced Mount Pleasant’s Cullen Grubbs into three incompletions out of four downs, the final one a fourth down at Kilgore’s 30-yard-line. Grubbs was rushed by a blitzing Kris Haynes.

Foy burned the Tigers for a 46-yard run, down to their 25-yard-line, and Justice scored on the first-down play, giving the Bulldogs the 7-0 lead, still in the first quarter.

A fumble by Grubbs on a snap on another attempted fourth-down conversion was fallen on by Kilgore’s Jake Brantley, and Kilgore was in the end zone again just a couple of plays later, when quarterback Benny Colbert scored on a 1-yard run. The snap was mishandled on the ponit after, and Christian Galvan didn’t get to attempt it — Kilgore still led 13-0.

K.D. Cannon, the Mount Pleasant senior who’s verbally committed to Baylor, broke free down the Tigers’ sideline for a 92-yard touchdown to respond, cutting Kilgore’s lead to 13-7. Kilgore did add another first-half score, a 3-yard touchdown by Brown to answer Cannon’s return, and led 20-7 at the break.

Kilgore went up 27-7 on another 1-yard run by Colbert in the third quarter, and then Cannon struck again, this time on a 65-yard run. The Tigers recovered the ball on a kickoff that looked like an onside kick, trailing 27-14 midway through the quarter.

Mount Pleasant got closer. Grubbs connected with Andrew Flanagan for a 20-yard touchdown pass, and the Tigers were right back in the game, trailing only by a touchdown, 27-20.

But the Mount Pleasant defense simply could not slow down Kilgore’s running game. Kilgore pulled away, getting touchdown runs from Brown, Justice and then Jacobie Vidal, icing the game.

Justice finished with 237 yards, while Brown had 144. Kilgore only threw the ball five times, as Colbert completed 2-of-5 passes for 30 yards; Nick Orange had one catch and Jarod Wood the other.

Grubbs finished the night 15-of-30 for 165 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the end zone (by Jake Brantley).

Kilgore’s Jarod Wood is brought down by a Mount Pleasant defender Friday night at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium in Kilgore. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)

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