GALLATIN – Gallatin’s homecoming game against Hunters Lane Friday night ended quick as the Green Wave dominated the Warriors in a 49-0 shutout.
Dominating on both sides of the ball, it was the Gallatin defense that turned heads as the Wave defense held the Warriors to minus-13 yards of total offense.
Leading 35-0 at the half, Gallatin tacked on two more second-half touchdowns before eventually running out the clock on its third and final second-half possession.
The Wave limited Hunters Lane to zero first downs, with the Warriors’ biggest play coming on a 4-yard gain.
“I’m proud of them for their effort tonight,” Gallatin head coach Mark Williams stated. “They did what they were supposed to do tonight. We preached to them all week about doing the little things right and I thought they did that. Those are things we wanted to see tonight; just go out and do what you’re supposed to do. With good teams, you never see a dip or rise with who they are playing and that is what we are striving to be.”
As dominate as the defense was, the Gallatin offense never had to go more than 75 yards on any drive with its worst starting field position being the 25-ard line in the first quarter. Routinely setting up shop around midfield, the Green Wave offense accumulated over 365 yards on 45 plays.
With the win, Gallatin moves to 3-0 in district play, and after seven hard weeks of action, everyone on the Green Wave received playing time.
“It is nice to have a game like this,” Williams said. “The biggest thing is it keeps us unbeaten in region play, but it is nice to come out and hit on all cylinders and really do what you’re supposed to do.”
Gallatin took a 7-0 lead just four minutes into the first quarter when Reggie Morris capped off a 53-yard drive scoring from 3 yards out for the early lead. Both Austin Wright and Trace Kelly combined to connect on all seven extra points.
The 7-0 lead grew to 14-0 just three minutes later when Christian Holder found pay dirt from 3 yards out. Forcing a three-and-out, Gallatin marched 75 yards before Reggie Morris found the end zone for his second score following a Quinton Hiett 41-yard catch and rumble inside the 5 yard line.
Up 21-0 heading into the second quarter, Jarrett Schiavone scooped and scored a 6-yard fumble to give the Wave their first defensive score of the game and the 28-0 advantage.
Gallatin tacked on one more rushing touchdown of the first half when Spencer Briggs scooted in from 30 yards out.
Sitting at 4-3 overall, and with a big game against Hendersonville looming, the Wave cannot afford to focus on what will be a region championship game against Beech in two weeks.
“We are going to keep our focus on Hendersonville, but we do have that opportunity,” Williams added. “The big thing is we got to get better this week; we’ve got to get better at something this week. Going to Hendersonville, on TV, against a good team that is rolling, we’ve got to have a good week of preparation. If we get better each week that will carry over to the next week.”
Kickoff at Hendersonville next week is set for 7 p.m. and for those that cannot make the game, you can watch on MyTV 30.