Kilgore Scores 33 Unanswered Points to Take Down Gladewater
GLADEWATER -- For a quarter, the Gladewater Bears gave Kilgore all it wanted.
And then the train came off the rails.
Gladewater, with running back Isaiah Davis back in the lineup, scored three touchdowns to take a surprising 21-0 lead over the Bulldogs Jack V. Murphy Stadium on Friday night, and then Gladewater fans looked on in disbelief as Kilgore scored five straight of its own. The Bulldogs took the lead for good in the third quarter and won, 33-21.
Kilgore (2-0) plays host to Pine Tree next Friday night, while Gladewater (0-2) visits Center.
Davis, who had a 40-yard run to start the game, put Gladewater in front early on a 3-yard run for a 7-0 lead. The Bears increased their lead to 14-0 on a 1-yard run by Rashaud Johnson, still in the first quarter, and then a Kilgore fumble early in the second quarter led to another Gladewater score, again by Johnson and again on a 1-yard run, to put the Bears up 21-0, stunning the Kilgore crowd.
But the comeback was just as stunning.
On Kilgore's first play from scrimmage after the kickoff, Javorie Hamilton got free for a 75-yard touchdown run. Efrain Mojica's extra point was good, and Kilgore's deficit was two touchdowns, 21-7, with most of the second quarter to play.
After a three-and-out, Kilgore got the ball back, and got a 32-yard run from Jaiden Zachery down to the Bears' 6-yard-line. Two plays later, Jonathan Shepherd, the Oklahoma State commit, hauled in an acrobatic catch from quarterback Buddy Jackson for a 4-yard score. The extra point was wide but Kilgore was behind by just eight, 21-13.
The Bulldogs cut that to one before the half on another 4-yard score, this time a run by Hamilton. Mojica's extra point left Gladewater in front, 21-20, at halftime.
But Kilgore got the ball first to open the second half, and didn't waste it. The Bulldogs scored on the possession, a 4-yard run by quarterback Jackson, to take a 26-21 lead. Gladewater wouldn't lead again. Jackson scored again, on a 5-yard run, with 59 seconds left in the third, the final score of the game.
Hamilton scored twice and had 158 yards rushing. Jackson had 118 and the two scores. Briant Mumphrey also had 100 yards rushing.