TYLER -- As expected, Friday's game between Tyler Grace Community and Tyler Bishop Gorman was a high-scoring affair.

The minor surprise was how soundly the Cougars won, 56-27, at their on-campus Clyde-Perkins Stadium. Grace rolled out to a two-possession lead after one quarter and never relinquished the edge.

Christopher Wilhelmi completed 11 of 16 passes for 311 yards, and four of his throws went for touchdowns. Three of the scores came from 45 yards or more from the end zone.

Wilhelmi also ran for a team-best 134 yards and two scores to help Grace (6-3, 4-1) clinch second place in TAPPS Division II, District II behind district champion Dallas Christian.

Gorman (4-5, 3-2) fell into third place and is now one of three teams vying for the league's final two playoff berths with one week to go in the regular season. Bullard Brook Hill and Cedar Hill Trinity Christian are the other two teams still alive in the race.

Braydon Stone's 54-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter gave the Cougars a permanent lead of 14-7. Grace then stuffed Gorman on fourth-and-goal and completed a 99-yard scoring drive with Garrett Tauscher's 45-yard touchdown reception.

Gorman twice got within a touchdown in the second quarter, but Wilhelmi's two scoring runs sandwiched around halftime gave the Cougars a 42-20 lead into the final period of play.

Crusaders receiver Judah Bell, a senior Navy verbal commitment, led his team with three touchdown receptions from Jake Smith.

Grace will close its regular season next week at Brook Hill while Gorman simultaneously hosts Tyler All Saints.

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