TYLER — Friday night lights have officially been turned on in East Texas.

The Tyler Grace Community Cougars rolled to a 41-20 victory over San Augustine Thursday night at Clyde-Perkins Stadium in the opener of the Tyler Football Classic.

Grace (1-0) quarterback Blake White had touchdown runs of 1 yard and 10 yards to lead the Cougars. White also accumulated 215 total passing yards in the victory.

The Cougars took a 27-12 lead into the half, outgaining the Wolves (0-1) 285-103 after two quarters. Grace also came out strong in the second half, racking up 236 more yards and holding San Augustine to 106.

Quarterback Bobby Tanner led the way for San Augustine by rushing for 82 yards, 52 of which in the second half. Tanner connected with Al Horton on a 30-yard pass for the first touchdown for the Wolves, while T’Aundra Taylor rushed for a 32-yard touchdown halfway through the second quarter.

Grace senior Lin Gillham intercepted a pass intended for San Augustine’s Taylor, which resulted in a Cougars touchdown to end the first half.

Gillham’s interception put the Cougars up 27-12, and there was no stopping Grace.

After a 7-yard loss and three consecutive incomplete passes by San Augustine, Grace struck again in the third quarter with one of White’s quarterback keepers for a touchdown with 4:24 remaining in the quarter.

Following White’s touchdown, the Wolves responded with a pass fake to Taylor by Tanner, who drove the ball into the end zone with a 10-yard run. Tanner then connected with Horton for the two-point conversion, making the score 34-20.

Grace quickly responded by driving the ball down the field all the way to the San Augustine 4-yard line. White then found the holes in the Wolves’ defense and snuck into the end zone, scoring his second touchdown of the night and the final one of the game.


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