GALLATIN - Ladies and gentlemen, the Gallatin Green Wave are for real, and Spencer Briggs is the man.
Briggs carried his team to another lopsided victory Friday night, rushing for 260 yards and four touchdowns in the Green Wave’s 49-14 win against region rival Hillsboro.
With his performance Friday night, Briggs is up to 659 yards on the season, nine touchdowns and averages 10 yards per carry.
As good as the offense was Friday night, accumulating 430 total yards, it was the defense that again stood out in the game.
The Green Wave limited Hillsboro to 220 total yards and forced two Burro turnovers in the game.
“It goes back to our kids buying in to what we are doing and our coaches coaching their butts off and looking for any advantage we can get,” said Gallatin coach Chad Watson. “We’ve watched so much film over the course of the weekend and week, and our kids have been right there with us. This is about Monday through Thursday and us working our butts off to come out here on Friday nights and have fun. That is what we want Friday nights to be about.”
The Wave ran up and down the field on the Burros’ defense and limited their big playmakers to dink-and-dunk opportunities.
“I asked our seniors coming in what needed to be fixed, and they said we needed more contact in practice,” Watson said. “We needed to be more physical, and they didn’t feel like they were prepared last year with the physicality. This spring, we beat and banged on each other every day. It goes back to our motto of GRIT. It is what we hang our hat on.”
But for the coaching staff and players, it’s back to work Sunday.
“I’m excited for our kids, and I love them, but tonight’s win doesn’t change our process,” Watson said. “It doesn’t change how we do things. We are going to continue to hit the ground hard and keep working.”
Briggs will likely get most of the publicity for his performance on the ground, but it is the work of the big boys up front that caught Watson’s attention.
“You look at our offensive line, and we are deep at that position,” he said. “Nikolas Stawicki has done a great job working his butt off and becoming a vocal leader. Hayden Minor, Max Wingert, Morgan Smith, William Goodnight, Chris Murphy, all these guys are doing everything we are asking them to do. Coach Silcox and I are co-coaching that position and are having a ball doing so.”
Gallatin jumped out to a 7-0 lead on a Briggs’ 4-yard touchdown run.
With the game tied 7-7, Gallatin scored 14 unanswered points to end the first half on an Isaiah Briscoe touchdown and Briggs’ second touchdown of the first 24 minutes.
In the second half, the rout continued as Gallatin scored on three straight possessions, including a 64-yard touchdown run by Briggs, a 22-yard touchdown run by James Mason and a 1-yard plunge from Briggs to take a 42-7 lead.
Leading 42-14, Briscoe found Luke Springer in the back of the end zone for the final score.
Next week gets a little tougher for Gallatin as it hits the road to take on Mt. Juliet, an old rival.
“We are going to get their best shot,” Watson said. “They are a proud team. Coach Trey Perry does a great job, and it’s going to be two really good football teams going at it. I think whoever plays the best that night will win the ball game.”