NASHVILLE— The Gallatin Green Wave improved to 7-0 on the season dismantling Hunters Lane 36-0. The shutout victory was their fifth this season.
The defense forced six turnovers - five fumbles, one interception - setting up the offense early and often. Green Wave head coach Chad Watson gave his highest praises to his defense effort last night.
“Our defense has done a great job, I think this is our fifth shutout of the season through seven games and that’s really unheard of.” Watson said.
It was the first start for junior quarterback Montez Banks, and he had quite the game with four touchdowns - two passing, two rushing - all in the first half that put the Warriors away early.
“Coach (Watson) told me to believe in myself, believe in my teammates. I did what was needed to be done and executed very well out there.” Banks said. Banks tallied 204 total yards -152 passing, 52 rushing - to give Gallatin a 29-0 lead at the half.
The Warriors struggled with protection and getting a push from their offensive line. Penalties also held Hunters Lane back on a few possessions as well which has been an issue for first year head coach Preston Scott.
“We try to clean up our drives every week and it seems like that we’re getting worse as the season goes along with the turnovers.” Scott said. “We’re trying to install this new offense and I think that’s what hindered us from doing what we needed to do.”
The Warriors played the entire second half without their starting quarterback Desmond Drake—who suffered a concussion in the second quarter.
“He (Drake) maybe had a concussion. I’m not sure, he had symptoms but the trainer sent him to the doctor and we’ll get a further evaluation on Desmond later.” Coach Scott said.
Although the Green Wave are still undefeated, Coach Watson knows that there are still some things that his team must improve on if they want to win a state championship.
“Cleaning up our communication, pass protection are the main priorities… the little things that can turn into big things really quick.”
Gallatin will enjoy their bye-week this week before hosting Hendersonville on October 18 at the Wave Yard.