GUNTER — The defending Class 3A Division II state champions continued their winning streak as Gunter Tigers opened District 6-3A (II) action with a 66-0 victory over Whitewright, setting the school record with its 21st consecutive win.
It broke the mark held from 1956-58 when the program competed at the six- and then eight-man level.
Gunter (5-0, 1-0) held Whitewright (2-3, 0-1) to 38 total yards, including 16 yards on 24 carries as it forced seven punts as well as recovering a fumble.
On the other side, Gunter scored on nine of 10 possessions in addition to three touchdowns being called back.
Braiden Clopton ran for 187 yards and three touchdowns on only five carries to pace an attack that built a 45-0 half-time lead.
Daylan Bower and Peyton Lowe each scored twice on the ground.
Bower started the scoring with a 35-yard run on Gunter's opening drive and added two points with a keeper.
Lowe then had a 70-yard touchdown run, to go with the conversion by Bower, as Gunter held a 16-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Gunter fumbled on its next possession but Whitewright failed to convert.
Clopton scored from the 39-yard line then he capped the longest Gunter drive of the night (75 yards) with a 44-yard touchdown run and it was 30-0 with 5:10 remaining in the half.
Lowe completed a two-play scoring drive with a 57-yard TD run and Bower hit Clayton Reed for the two-point conversion. He finished with 127 yards on those two touchdown carries.
With 10 seconds left in the half, Clopton made it 45-0 with a 71-yard touchdown run.
To start the second half, Bower opened the scoring with a 14-yard touchdown run on a four-play drive.
Whitewright turned the ball over on downs and Ethan Everson did the honors this time for Gunter with a seven-yard TD run late in the third quarter.
Gunter finished the scoring as Parker Gaines recovered a fumble. He would get the carry two plays later to score from the three-yard line.
Whitewright's leading rusher was Dylan Cordell with eight yards on six carries while Austin Jones had one reception for 15 yards.
Gunter will travel to S&S next week while Whitewright will face Leonard at home.