Dar­ling­ton airs it out against Gor­don Lee

Walker County Messenger - - Sports - By Tommy Ro­manach

For the third straight week in a row, Dar­ling­ton saw most of the op­po­nent’s de­fense lined up in the box be­fore tak­ing a snap.

In the pre­vi­ous two weeks, the strat­egy worked. But this week, quar­ter­back Grif­fin Brew­ster and the rest of the of­fense were more than ready to make Gor­don Lee pay through the air.

Brew­ster threw five touch­downs while Dar­ling­ton’s de­fense forced five turnovers, giv­ing the Tigers a 50-17 win against the Tro­jans Fri­day night in their Re­gion 6-A opener. Dar­ling­ton scored 43 of the fi­nal 50 points of the game and snapped a two-game los­ing streak.

Brew­ster fin­ished 13-of-15 with 241 yards pass­ing and five touch­downs with only one in­ter­cep­tion. He com­pleted five passes of 20 yards or more, and at one point com­pleted 11 con­sec­u­tive passes.

Run­ning back Ti­jai What­ley fin­ished with 200 to­tal yards, in­clud­ing 113 rush­ing yards and a re­ceiv­ing touch­down. Wide­out Casey Gunn fin­ished with four catches for 62 yards, while Ja­cob Hunt had two touch­down catches.

The Tigers (2-2 over­all, 1-0 in 6-A) did not lead un­til early in the se­cond, when Brew­ster found Gunn for a 43-yard score to put them up 14-10. A Gor­don Lee three­and-out gave it back to Dar­ling­ton and this time Brew­ster found What­ley on a screen pass for a 42-yard score, with a two-point con­ver­sion mak­ing it 22-10.

Gor­don Lee quar­ter­back Austin Thomp­son threw an in­ter­cep­tion three plays into the next drive, and the Dar­ling­ton of­fense tal­lied one more touch­down - a Karl Swiger 10-yard run - to go up 29-10 at the half.

The Tro­jans (13, 0-1) scored on a Braden Jarvis 48-yard touch­down run to be­gin the se­cond half, but they con­verted just three first downs the rest of the game. Mean­while,

Thomp­son threw two more in­ter­cep­tions, one of them re­turned for a touch­down by Rhett McDur­mon.

Two more touch­down passes from Brew­ster put Dar­ling­ton up 4317 and the McDur­mon touch­down gave the game its fi­nal score with 2:42 left in the third. The fourth quar­ter fea­tured a run­ning


Jarvis fin­ished with 104 yards on 14 car­ries. Thomp­son was 7-of-23 for 71 yards. Four of the passes were hauled in by Tucker Miller, who fin­ished with 47 yards and the Tro­jans’ other

touch­down, a 10-yarder in the first quar­ter.

Jar­rett Las­siter also con­nected on a 31-yard se­cond quar­ter field goal.

Gor­don Lee host to Chris­tian Her­itage this Fri­day.

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