GALLATIN - The Gallatin Green Wave are 5-0 following a 42-0 shutout win over region foe Hillwood Friday night. The win improves Gallatin to 2-0 in Region 6-5A play and puts them one step closer to a potential region championship.
“Winning is contagious,” Gallatin head coach Chad Watson said of the 5-0 start. “I think our kids are getting more and more excited to get victories, and I just hope that we can stay hungry to go out and get more.”
Quarterback Isaiah Briscoe led the Green Wave Friday night, finishing the game 7-for-9 for 198 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. He also added three rushes for 18 yards.
On the ground, Spencer Briggs broke the 1,000-yard mark for the season by rushing for 103 yards, bringing his season total to 1,013 yards. He also added a 68-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter, when Luke Springer lateraled him the ball at Gallatin 32-yard line, before Briggs raced the rest of the way to the end zone just one minute into the quarter.
Malachi McDowell also got in on the scoring action with two touchdowns, including a 13-yard run and a 46-yard score on his way to 77 yards on the night.
Solomon Yarbrough added to the offensive onslaught with two catches for 84 yards and a touchdown in the first half.
“Isaiah Briscoe is a heck of a leader for our football team and totally committed to being a team player,” Watson said. “Solomon has done everything we have asked of him. He is a heck of a defensive player, so it was nice to see him break out offensively tonight. Malachi McDowell had a really good night for us too. It was good for our kids to see other guys make plays besides Spencer.”
Leading 28-0 at the half thanks to touchdowns from Yarbrough, McDowell, Briggs, and Springer, fans at the Wave Yard were treated to the celebration of the 30-year reunion of the Class of 1989 as well as the ’89 state championship team.
“We talk to our kids all the time about the tradition here at Gallatin, and how lucky they are to play here,” Watson said of honoring the ’89 team. “To have people that have already paved the way for you like coach Calvin Short and coach Robert Lassiter is everything. Anytime we get a chance to honor our tradition, we are going to do so.”
In the second half, most of the usual starters were on the sidelines to watch their younger teammates take the field and show off the handwork they have put in this season.
“It was really good to get those guys playing time,” Watson said. “It was great to see Ben [Brentise] break off a long touchdown run. We take pride in getting those guys touches. They work hard. They may not always get the spotlight on Friday nights, but they are just as important to our success as anyone else.”
Leading 35-0 following McDowell’s second touchdown of the night, freshman Ben Brentise broke loose on a 25-yard touchdown run for the 42-0 lead.
Ashton Kelley knocked in the extra point for the icing on the cake.
“We’ll shut the book on Hillwood Monday after we hand out grades and stickers,” Watson said. “We start Wilson Central prep after that, flip the switch and go back to work. We have some really good teams left on our schedule, but we are just worried about us and making sure we are getting better each day.”
Gallatin will put their undefeated record on the line Friday night at Wilson Central. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.