Football: Gainesville doubles up Krum

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KRUM — It was senior night for the Krum Bobcats, but it was the Gainesville Leopards who did the celebrating. Gainesville kept its record unblemished as the Leopards rolled to a 38-19 District 9-3A victory.

The game was dominated from the beginning by the running game for both teams, as they combined for more than 200 yards rushing in the first half.

The Leopards (8-0, 5-0 district) ran down the field on their first possession, using multiple runners to gain big chunks of yards, and socred on Adam Berryman’s 2 yards out.

Krum (3-7, 1-4) tried to use to same strategy. Running back Brennan Ellis got some big gains on runs, but the Bobcats also were pushed back multiple times and were forced to punt.

Gainesville tried to switch it up by throwing the ball, but quarterback Mason Copeland threw an interception and two incomplete passes in the first half. Quickly returning to the Leopards’ effective rushing attack, Berryman scored once more to give Gainesville a 14-0 lead early in the first half.

“We had a couple of bad breaks and Gainesville is a great football team, probably the district champions,” Krum head coach Gary Robinson said. “I felt like my kids played as good as they can play.”

The Bobcats’ passing game was ineffective for most of the first half, with quarterback Colten Graham not being able to hit his receivers for most of the night. The running game picked up and helped put Krum in position to score, but stalled drives helped the Leopards shut out the Bobcats in the first half.

Krum had a chance to get some points near the end of the half, but a last-second interception return for a touchdown helped put the Leopards up 21-0 at the half.

“It was unfortunate that the passing game didn’t work out for us,” Robinson said.

Krum came out of the locker room with some tweaks to its offense and kept running the football, gaining big yards behind Ellis and Graham. Graham then punched it in from the 9 yards out, giving the Bobcats their first score.

The Bobcats’ defense, however, couldn’t adjust and the Leopards’ rushing attack quickly moved down the field and scored on a 12-yard run by running back Jonathan Mendez.

Krum responded with another big 26-yard run by Ellis, which was one of two rushing touchdowns for Ellis, who finished with 221 yards on 37 attempts.

The Leopards made quick work of the Krum defense as they scored twice late in the fourth quarter. Gainesville finished with 382 yards on the ground.

“They executed the game plan to perfection, and they played their hearts out,” Robinson said of Gainesville.

Gainesville 38, Krum 19

Gainesville

7

14

17

0

38

Krum

0

0

12

7

19

SCORING SUMMARY

GV — Berryman 2 run (Sagrero kick)

GV — Berryman 2 run (Sagrero kick)

GV — White 50 interception return (Sagrero kick)

KR — Graham 9 run (Licea kick)

GV — Mendez 12 run (Sagrero kick)

KR — Ellis 26 run (2-point conversion failed)

GV — Sagrero 29 FG

GV — Copeland 3 run (Sagrero kick)

KR — Ellis 22 run (Licea kick)

 

TEAM STATS

 

GV

KR

First Downs

18

17

Rushing Yards

43-382

45-270

Passing Yards

10

79

Passing

2-10-1

4-21-1

Punts-Avg

4-35.5

6-48.3

Penalties

3-35

3-20

Fumbles-Lost

2-1

2-1

 

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

Rushing — GV: Jonathan Mendez 4-75, Adam Berryman 22-201, Mason Copeland 10-58, Demarius Farr 7-48, KR: Brennan Ellis 37-221, Colten Graham 8-49.

Passing — GV: Mason Copeland 2-10-1 10, KR: Colten Graham 4-21-1 79.

Receiving — GV: Demarius Farr 1-12, Jonathan Mendez 1-(-2), KR: Jacob Ennis 1-23, Carter Strokes 2-41, Riley Marshall 1-15.


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