GILBERT — The Gilbert Middle School football team is off to a 3-0 start to the season.
The Lions previously won 30-6 over Matewan last Thursday night. Back on Sept. 10, Gilbert won 32-0 over Kermit. The team opened the season on Sept. 2 at home with a 20-19 win over Lenore in a game the Lions won with a touchdown on the last play of the game.
Against Matewan, the Lions ran 32 plays and rolled up 238 yards of total offense. Gilbert had 29 rushes for 226 yards and another 16 yards in the air.
Josh Lester led the way for the Lions with 13 carries for 87 yards, a touchdown and two two-point conversions.
Weston Christian had eight rushes for 77 yards, including a 61-yard TD run, and two two-point conversions.
Anthony Hendricks added 72 yards on the ground on six carries.
Gilbert QB Preston Dingess was 3-for-3 passing for 16 yards and a score. Two of the passes went to Ethen Mendoza, including an 11-yard touchdown.
The Lions also scored a touchdown on defense when lineman Zach Patrick picked up a fumble and ran 54 yards to paydirt for his first ever middle school TD.
Patrick led the GMS defense with 14 tackles. Branson Nagy had 10 tackles, while Jacob St. Clair had seven, Mendoza five and Christian five.
Dingess also had a fumble recovery. Hunter Nicholas had an interception, his second on the season.
“We came out pretty flat and played that way for two and a half quarters,” Gilbert coach Jimmy Bragg said. “I give Matewan a lot of credit. They gave us all we could handle for the biggest part of the game. When we finally got it going, we pulled away from them. Josh Lester on offense and Branson Nagy and Zach Patrick really stepped their game up tonight. Branson had a couple monstrous hits out there in the fourth quarter. I am hoping tonight was a one time deal because if we wait until the fourth quarter to decide to play, like we did tonight, we are going to be in trouble. But, at the same time, I give our kids credit. They never panicked the first time. They held their ground and pulled out the win.”
Gilbert is scheduled to get back into action this Thursday at Belfry (Ky.). Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
GILBERT — The Gilbert football team won easily over the Kermit Blue Devils, 32-0, on Sept. 10 in the annual Gilbert Middle School homecoming game.
The Lions had 236 total yards with 195 on the ground and 41 in the air.
Anthony Hendricks had a 64-yard TD run for the Lions in his only carry of the game.
Josh Lester had six tries for 59 yards and two TDs.
Westan Christian had nine attempts for 52 yards with one TD and a pair of two-point conversions.
Preston Dingess contributed three carries for 20 yards.
Ethen Mendoza had nine tackles to lead the GMS defense. Jonathan Collins, Branson Nagy and Hendricks had eight stops each. Hunter Nicholas had one interception.
“I thought we came out and played pretty good,” GMS coach Jimmy Bragg said. “Kermit, I give them a lot of credit. They haven’t had a team since 2012 so hats off to them for a good, clean game. We jumped out 26-0 at halftime and got to play all of our boys in the second half. Total team effort.”
Ashley Grimmett was named at halftime as the homecoming queen.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1730, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).