GCS Rips Red Raiders in Tyler Classic

By LSCSN.com

TYLER � Tyler Grace Community kicked off its regular season by kicking off the annual Tyler Football Classic Thursday night against the UIL's Winnsboro High School at T.K. Gorman High School.

The Cougar defense was on the prowl early and often, setting the tone for what proved to be an easy 49-6 victory.

I thought our defense came out very aggressive and they just stung like a bunch of little yellow jackets, GCS head coach Mike Maddox said after the win. They (Winnsboro) had a good offensive line, which they showed at times, but the way our defense came out early set the tone.

Collin Pennell recovered a Red Raider fumble at the WHS 24-yard line on the second play of scrimmage. The Grace Community offense needed just three plays to punch the pigskin in, and the Cougars never looked back Thursday night.

The balanced offensive attack put up 395 yards in the win, with 222 coming on just 19 rushes, and the other 173 coming through the air.

I know there were a lot of guys that touched the ball tonight and that's what we wanted, Maddox said of the offensive output. For this early in the season I thought we executed really well.

Seven different Cougars recorded at least one rushing attempt, led by Garrett Newman with 108 yards on just three carries. Walter Starkes (40 yards) and Cameron Broderhausen (35 yards, two touchdowns) tied of the team lead in carries with four touches each.

GCS quarterback Tayler Stanley (11-of-18 for 173 yards) found four different receivers open on the night. His favorite targets were Craig Schambach (4-98) and Scott Snyder (4-41), who both caught touchdown passes in the win.

Grace Community scored on all but one offensive possession in the first half, as the Cougars opened up a comfortable 28-0 lead. GCS was just a yard away from scoring a fifth touchdown, but Winnsboro recovered a fumble to shut down the second offensive drive of the night for GCS.

The Cougar defense was not in quite as forthcoming with the offensive yardage giving to its opponents. GCS did not give up a single completion, and picked off one of the four WHS pass attempts. The Red Raiders did manage 142 yards on the ground, but that came on 46 carries.

Winnsboro didn't find paydirt until its final offensive possession of the night when Red Raider running back Brandon Greene made his way into the end zone from 18 yards out against Grace Community's second-string defense.

Grace Community will try to make it two road wins in a row when the Cougars travel to Eustace Friday, Sept. 3 for a 7:30 kickoff.