Liberty-Eylau had just scored late in the game to take a 28-21 lead over the state-ranked Pleasant Grove Hawks. What happen next earned senior Bruce Garrett the Fox Sports Texarkana/Dewey Moore Ford Player of the Week Award.
Garrett returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown, and the Hawks claimed at least a share of the District 6-4A Division II title and top seed going into the postseason. Pleasant Grove’s speedster also rushed for 97 yards on 22 carries in its 35-28 victory.
“Bruce hit that kickoff really hard from the git-go; he made one move, changing speeds, it really looks special on video,” Pleasant Grove coach Josh Gibson said. “He ran away from some pretty good athletes. Bruce got one heck’uva block from our receiver Kameron Woods. Scoring 35 points in the second half against a really good football team was incredible to me. It shows you what kind of kids we’ve got, they never quit.”
Garrett is the Hawks’ leading scorer this season with 10 touchdowns. He’s on the verge of eclipsing 1,000 yards rushing for the second straight season, needing 14 yards this week against Spring Hill.
Fouke’s Lansdell is ESPN/Dewey Moore honoree
Panther quarterback Hunter Lansdell is the ESPN Texarkana/Dewey Moore Ford Player of the Week after guiding Fouke past rival Genoa Central, 34-7.
Lansdell completed 10 of 13 passes for 206 yards and three touchdowns. He tossed two of his scoring aerials to Blake Uncel, with Aric Avila hauling in a 54-yard score.
Fouke’s crafty signal-caller also rushed for a touchdown and 38 yards.
Fouke improved to 3-6 overall and 2-4 in conference with its win, needing a victory at Horatio Thursday night to clinch a playoff berth.
L-K’s Owens fires big shots against Timpson
Linden-Kildare quarterback Jacob Owen is the KPYN/Dewey Moore Ford Player of the Week for the second time in 2018.
Owen helped keep L-K’s postseason hopes alive in leading the Tigers past Timpson in dramatic fashion, 41-40.
The Tigers’ big signal-caller threw for 206 yards and three touchdowns, converting crucial third and fourth down plays in the game.
Beckville and Tenaha now block Linden-Kildare’s path to the playoffs.