HOWE — Defending 3A Division II state champion Gunter showed why they are still one of the top-ranked teams in the classification and the Tigers extended their winning streak to 17 with a 50-12 victory against the Howe Bulldogs in the season-opener on Friday night.
Gunter started the game by hitting Howe fast and built up a 36-0 half-time lead.
Dylan Jantz led the way for the Tigers and finished with seven carries for 120 yards and three touchdowns.
Zach Lowe added 8 carries for 91 yards and two touchdowns, Peyton Lowe contributed six carries for 32 yards and a touchdown and Ethan Everson completed all five of his passes for 55 yards, including a TD throw to Braiden Clopton, who led the receivers with 57 yards on three catches.
Jantz started the scoring with a 60-yard TD run and Zach Lowe ran in the conversion. It was a 26-yard touchdown from Jantz in the middle of the quarter to give Gunter a 14-0 advantage.
Zach Lowe had a 26-yard TD run and Daylan Bower ran in the conversion in the final minute of the first quarter.
Jantz scored for the final time from a yard out with just over four minutes left in the second quarter and Clopton capped the first-half outburst with his TD reception.
Zach Lowe and Peyton Lowe had touchdown runs from inside the 10-yard line to account for Gunter’s scoring in the second half.
Howe running backs Dylan Moreau and Mason Riggs saved the game from being a shutout victory with a pair of fourth-quarter TD runs.
There was a touch of history made after each of the Bulldogs’ scores.
Calley Vick stepped on the field and became the first female varsity football player in the history of the Howe program.
Vick attempted both of the extra points, which ended up being blocked.
Howe travels to take on Bowie on Friday while Gunter will host Pottsboro.