War­riors roll to road win vs. Gilmer

Calhoun Times - - SPORTS SATURDAY - By Jay Hawkins

— The Gor­don Cen­tral War­riors trav­eled to El­li­jay to face the Gilmer Bob­cats on a beau­ti­ful night, the War­riors came home with a mas­sive win over Gilmer in non-re­gion play, 44-15.

Gor­don Cen­tral QB Nel­son Gravitt was the star of the night for the War­riors (1-2) as he threw for 48 yards and ran for nearly 100 more while scor­ing three touch­downs. Gor­don Cen­tral head coach Corey Nix said he was elated with his sig­nal­caller’s per­for­mance.

“Nel­son did a great job,” said Nix. “He was a spark plug. I didn’t know he had as many rush­ing yards as he did so that’s huge. Pass­ing…he did a good job. We messed up as far as some routes as far as re­ceivers, but I thought over­all he led the of­fense.”

De­spite the suc­cess of the of­fense, the Gor­don Cen­tral de­fense made a huge im­pact on the night. On the open­ing play of the game, Alec Mor­ris in­ter­cepted a pass from Bob­cat quar­ter­back David Smith. The War­riors quickly opened the scor­ing with a two-yard rush­ing touch­down by Gravitt.

Gilmer’s of­fense came to life as they drove the ball to the Gor­don Cen­tral 22, but the Bob­cats coughed up the foot­ball, and the War­riors took over. Then, the Gilmer de­fense came up with a big play of their own, as they in­ter­cepted a War­rior pass and re­turned it to the Gor­don Cen­tral 18.

How­ever, the War­rior de­fense came up with a huge fourth­down stop to force a turnover on downs in the red zone from the home team with sec­onds left in the first quar­ter. The War­riors took a 7-0 lead go­ing into the sec­ond pe­riod.

In the open­ing minute of the sec­ond quar­ter, the War­riors made a costly mis­take, as they botched an op­tion pitch, and Gilmer re­cov­ered the foot­ball and re­turned it six yards for a touch­down. The War­riors put the turnover in their rearview mir­ror on the next drive, as Gravitt im­pro­vised and scam­pered 30 yards to the house for the sec­ond GC touch­down of the day. Un­for­tu­nately, the snap was botched on the PAT, and the at­tempt failed, push­ing the lead to 13-7.

After two punts by Gilmer and a fum­ble by the vis­it­ing War­riors, Gor­don Cen­tral was driv­ing after a big sack of Smith forced a punt. The War­riors took it deep into Bob­cat ter­ri­tory. With less than a minute to go in the half, Edgar Ramirez nailed a 36-yard field goal to put his side up 16-7, which was the score as the teams headed to the locker room for half­time.

Gor­don Cen­tral opened up the sec­ond half with a solid drive that ended in a three­yard touch­down run by Cam Pierce. Gilmer an­swered with their first big play of the game as Smith threw a 45-yard touch­down pass. The Bob­cats went for the two-point con­ver­sion and were suc­cess­ful. They cut the vis­i­tors lead to 23-15.

After that point, the War­riors shut down Gilmer and scored three times in the process. The first was a 24-yard touch­down scam­per by Gravitt, the sec­ond was a tough 25-yard run by and the third was a two­yard plunge by Mor­ris. Pierce fin­ished the night with 75 yards on the ground.

The War­riors de­fense played very well the ma­jor­ity of the night. Be­sides a few mo­ments, Gilmer could not get much done of­fen­sively. Both lines of scrim­mage for the War­riors dom­i­nated the game.

Nix ad­dressed the need for im­prove­ment but praised his de­fense and the over­all per­for­mance.

“Alec Mor­ris did a great job tonight and (so did) spe­cial teams and of­fense,” said Nix. “As far as de­fense, we missed some tack­les. (Gilmer) got be­hind us in the sec­ondary, but I was very pleased with my de­fense. I thought we played a re­ally, re­ally good ball­game tonight. I’m proud of my War­riors. I’m proud that they showed up and be­lieved in them­selves tonight.”

Gor­don Cen­tral has next Fri­day off be­fore open­ing the Re­gion 7-AA sched­ule on Sept. 14 at home against Pep­perell.

FRANK CROWE / For the Cal­houn TImes

Gor­don Cen­tral’s Nel­son Gravitt (1) makes a Gilmer de­fender miss dur­ing Fri­day’s game.

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