GCM seeks first 2-0 start this decade
The Goose Creek Memorial football team knows that last week’s 72-7 win over Sam Rayburn showed a few things: That they knew how to put away an inferior opponent and they have a lot of potential weapons to count on.
At 7 p.m. tonight the Patriots host South Houston (0-1) at Stallworth Stadium and have a shot at equally last year’s win total.
South Houston enters the contest on the heels of a 41-33 loss against Clear Falls. A year ago the Trojans beat GCM 43-16 behind several explosive plays.
Junior running back Brice Lane said that last week’s rout and use of multiple weapons was a good thing, but this game will give fans a better understanding of where the Patriots stand.
“This game is going to be big,” Lane said. “This year we are coming out with a new approach with more discipline, we are playing like brothers.
“This game is really going to send a message because we will play like right now, we are 0-0 and worried about the next game.”
The Sam Rayburn win was the first in GCM’s Shannon Carter’s head coach career.
“They have some very explosive athletes at skill positions on both sides of the ball,” Carter said. “They bring back some returners. They will be a tremendous test for us.
“They are a spread offense and like to put the ball in the hands of their playmakers. We can draw up great plays as coaches, but sometimes the player with the ball in their hands makes it work. They have a talented quarterback and running back and a tall receiver they like to throw the ball to. When they have the ball in their hands, they are extremely dangerous.”
The players are well aware of how to gauge the Sam Rayburn win and now are about taking care of business against a stronger threat.
Lane knows this South Houston matchup will push the Patriots more so it’s all about playing steady.
“The biggest challenge is just staying focused and consistent,” Lane said. “We have to stick to the script, not change our game plan and everyone do their part.”
Key numbers: Last week, substitute running back Bryce Gillum ran six times for 152 yards and scored three times … quarterback Emerson Haywood threw for 264 yards while throwing, running and receiving one touchdown via each method. Haywood added 42 yards rushing … Taaron Roberts, Peter Simien and Jaylon Thompson were Haywood’s main targets with five, three and three catches apiece … South Houston surrended 525 yards against Clear Falls ... Trojans quarterback Deandre Corbin rushed for over 100 yards and passed for another 74 yards ... Receiver Keith Oliver caught seven passes.