CALLISBURG — The Gunter Tigers had already clinched the number one seed for the playoffs before they traveled to Calisburg but there was a chance to cap an outright district championship as well as another undefeated regular season.
After jumping to the early lead, Gunter closed out a 41-13 victory against the Wildcats in District 5-3A (I) actionmon Friday night.
Ethan Everson completed 5-of-8 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns and Peyton Lowe scored twice for Gunter (10-0, 6-0), which earned a third consecutive 10-0 regular season and outright district title. The Tigers will open the playoffs with a bi-district match-up against Dublin at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Springtown.
Dakota Shaffer had eight carries for 139 yards and two touchdowns for Callisburg (2-8, 1-5).
The Wildcats took the opening kickoff but the drive didn’t go anywhere and gave Gunter the ball on the 37-yard-line. Four plays later they scored from the two with Lowe taking it in.
Callisburg would again go three-and-out and this time Gunter started from the 42-yard line and scored three plays later. Ethan Everson hit Colby Brown on a 48-yard touchdown pass with 38 seconds left in the quarter.
As the second quarter was getting started, Gunter again took possession from the forty and two plays later Clayton Reed ran 59 yards for a touchdown. Gunter’s defense continued to hold Callisburg at bay and Lowe scored on a 10-yard run, extending the Tigers’ lead to 27-0 at the half.
Gunter fumbled on the the opening possession of the third quarter that gave Callisburg the ball. Gunter’s defense would come through again and came away with a sack that forced a punt. Gunter started on its 24-yard-line but two plays later Everson hit Martin Garcia on a 60-yard touchdown pass for a 34-0 advantage.
Holding the Wildcats again, Gunter scored on another four-play drive with Garcia taking the ball in from the 41-yard-line taking the score to 41-0 with 2:41 left in the third quarter.
Callisburg finally got on the board when Shaffer ran 81 yards for the touchdown on the ensuing possession. With 2:08 left in the fourth quarter, Callisburg scored again on a 15-yard run by Shaffer.