Tanner Barr Tosses Three TDs in Gilmer’s 59-10 Rout of Spring Hill
[By Colby Fleet, Special to ETSN.fm]
GILMER -- Tanner Barr was nearly perfect, connecting on 11 of 13 passing attempts for 240 yards and three scores in Gilmer's 59-10 rout of Spring Hill on Friday night at Buckeye Stadium.
Kris Boyd rushed five times for 52 yard and two scores, while Jaidon Parrish hauled in three receptions for 64 yards and Slade Morris caught a 61-yard touchdown pass and intercepted a pass in the Gilmer (7-1, 4-0) in District 16-3A) victory.
Spring Hill (3-6, 1-4) lost the ball twice, while Barr threw his only interception of the night to Lane Nesbitt all within the first minute of the contest.
After a wild start, Gilmer took control at the Panthers' 28-yard line. Boyd ran 27 yards in two plays to set up new Texas A&M commit Josh Walker for the game’s first score, giving Gilmer an 8-0 lead after a successful two-point run by Walker.
The next possession for Spring Hill went three-and-out, but Chase Tate couldn't reel in the punt and Lane Nesbitt fell on the ball at the Buckeyes 24-yard line. Spring Hill fumbled twice during the seven-play drive, but had nice runs from Spencer Hendricks and Jacob Rooney to reach the Buckeyes' 4-yard line. Chris Flournoy knocked through a 21-yard field goal to decrease the deficit, 8-3.
Barr marched the Buckeyes 51 yards, setting up Boyd to rumble in from 13 yards out that capped a five-play drive, ending with a successful two-point conversion run by Walker, which was his second of three on the night increasing the lead, 16-3.
Barr struck again through the air, hitting Parrish down the seam for a wide open 40-yard touchdown, extending the margin to 24-3 with 10:20 left in the half.
After a Spring Hill failed fake punt, Gilmer regained possession at the Panthers’ 20-yard line. On the third play from scrimmage, Boyd ran up the middle from 10 yards out to give the Buckeyes a 38-3 lead at intermission.
Gilmer visited the end zone three more times in the second half.
Barr found Morris on a wide receiver screen and Morris weaved his way past Spring Hill defenders 61 yards to paydirt.
Spring Hill answered on a 79-yard drive, where Rooney found Jake Ferrill for 18 yards and capped the drive off with a 30-yard touchdown pass to junior Chris Fisher for the Panthers' lone touchdown.
Gilmer’s DeVondrick Dixon turned the lights out on the party when he fielded a punt at the 50-yard line and raced for the game’s final score of the night.