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UPCOMING KEY DATES:
September 5: Parent Night
September 12: Military Appreciation Night
September 26: The Big Sting Game
October 17: GHS Homecoming
October 31: Senior Night, "Black-Out Night"
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FOOTBALL: Brownwood Downs GHS 35-0 in Opener
In a span of less than four minutes Friday night, the tone of Gatesville's season opener at Brownwood changed in a hurry. Trailing just 7-0 through the game's first 20 minutes, Gatesville surrendered three touchdowns in just over three minutes off the clock before halftime and the host-Lions used that momentum on their way to a 35-0 victory at Gordon Wood Stadium. The upstart Hornets, until that time, had survived two turnovers and its defense had risen to the challenge on all but one series. However, Brownwood produced takeaways on the Hornets' next two offensive possessions and cashed in on both opportunities, scoring a touchdown with 3:40 left in the half and another teedee just over a minute later for a 21-0 lead. GHS, which moved the ball well most of the night, drove from its own 25 yard line to the Lions' 32 as time was expiring. Jeff Speer connected with Andraque Jones for 11 yards and hit Andrew Wallace for a 19-yard gain on a key 3rd-and-12 play during the march. But that drive stalled on downs and Brownwood would score again, this time with just 0:28 left before halftime to forge ahead 28-0. Gatesville started its motor again on the first series after intermission, driving from its own 13 to inside the BHS 30 yard line. Speer had a pair of key runs and hit Wallace on another third-down strike during the march, which ended on the Hornets' fourth turnover of the game. Brownwood tacked on its final score with 3:12 remaining in the game. Gatesville will make its home debut next week, as the Hornets host top-ranked Stephenville. Kickoff for Friday's game is 7:30 p.m. at McKamie Stadium.
FOOTBALL: Sub-Varsities Fall to Brownwood Thursday
Gatesville High sub-varsity teams fell to Brownwood here Thursday night. The JV lost 34-20, 9th Black lost 20-14, and 9th Gold lost 26-12. All three teams will be in action again September 4 at Stephenville.
FOOTBALL: Hornets, Brownwood Meet in Friday Opener
The countdown clock in the newly-adorned Gatesville High dressing room has slowly been dwindling for several months. That time has now arrived. Gatesville opens the 2014 grid season Friday night at Brownwood, with kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m. at Gordon Wood Stadium. It will be the first of 10 regular-season assignments awaiting Coach Kyle Cooper's team and it comes against a storied program in Texas schoolboy football. "No doubt, Brownwood has a ton of tradition on its side," said Cooper. "They still have a solid program, are well coached, and will be a good football team." The Hornets and Lions are not strangers on the gridiron, having played the past two years while both occupied spots in old District 8-3A. Gatesville won in 2013 en route to winning the league title, but Brownwood won last year's meeting 69-33 to keep GHS from the postseason. "Despite the score, we did some good things there,” he said. “We set a record for offensive output in a game with over than 500 yards. Turnovers really hurt us. We were just young, and we made some young mistakes.” The Hornets have had an entire offseason to think about that season-ending loss and 3-7 record in 2013. And, Cooper says, that time has allowed and introduced a new change in attitude among his troops. "We call it MUFLY," he said. "Make up for last year." That change was evident early in camp and has been prevalent in the squad's two preseason scrimmages against McGregor and Waco High, a pair of Central Texas playoff teams every year in classes 3A and 5A respectively. "We have done a lot of good things in those two scrimmages," he added. "Our defense has been the most impressive. The kids have done a great job flowing to the ball and we have been really pleased with that unit's ability to create turnovers and make big plays." HORNET NOTES: If you are making the drive to Brownwood Friday, don't forget Underwood's Cafeteria. Ask for the beef steak and get all of the cobbler and whipped cream you can stomach...The game will be broadcast live on Hornet Radio. Go to the Hornet Athletics' home page and click on the Hornet Radio link on the right side of the page. Lee Jaynes and Dusty Boyd will be doing commentary...Directions to stadium: Take Hwy. 84 East through Evant, Goldthwaite and on to Brownwood. A few miles before getting to Brownwood, go left on Hwy. 2126 and that will take you to the southwest side of town for 2-3 miles. Go right on Dickman Drive and the stadium will be a couple of blocks. Wear your black and gold.
FOOTBALL: Grid Teams Facing Brownwood This Week
Gatesville High grid teams open the 2014 season later this week, with all four GHS squads facing Brownwood. Sub-varsity teams take the field Thursday night, with the JV Gold (4:00 PM), 9th Grade (5:00 PM) and JV (7:00 PM) teams playing here at McKamie Stadium. The Hornet varsity ushers in the new campaign Friday night, going on the road to face the Lions. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Gordon Wood Stadium.
FOOTBALL: Hornets Facing 5A Waco High Friday
In what will be its final test prior to the 2014 season, Gatesville will host Waco High in a controlled scrimmage here Friday morning. The JV and 9th Grade teams play at 9 a.m., followed by the Varsity teams at 10:30 a.m. Gatesville coach Kyle Cooper sees Friday's outing as a chance for his squad to really see where it is at this point in the season. "It's going to be a great measuring stick for us right now," he said. "Waco High has a great program and they are well-coached. They are big up front and fast in the backfield. It will be a great challenge for our kids." Gatesville, which opens the new season August 29 at Brownwood, got its first outside test last week in a scrimmage at McGregor. The two teams played to a 1-1 tie overall (No. 1 squads were 1-1, No. 2 squads were 1-1, no score in actual game-type segment). "I thought it went real well," noted Cooper. "The biggest plus was the number of takeaways by our defensive first unit...we came up with four turnovers. At this point, our offense is a little behind our defense mainly because we are trying to be more up-tempo and more multi-formational. We want to be masters of tempo every possession."
FOOTBALL: Season Ticket Sales Start Today
Reserved-seat tickets for the upcoming 2014 season will be available this week from Kay Smart in the GHS ticket office. Tickets, which cost $35 each and cover all five home games this season, will be available for purchase Monday through Wednesday from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Thursday and Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Only those individuals that purchased season tickets for the 2013 season will be allowed to purchase tickets during the special option period. All remaining tickets go on sale to the general public August 25 on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be available until the first home game September 5. Tickets will be sold only during school hours.
FOOTBALL: Saturday Scrimmage at McGregor on Tap
Gatesville High will get its first licks against an opposing team Saturday when it scrimmages at McGregor. Varsity starts at 8 a.m. and will include a set number of plays per offense and defense as well as some game-type time on the clock. The JV-9th Grade teams will start at 9:30 a.m. Gatesville will also scrimmage Waco High (here, August 22) prior to opening the 2014 regular season August 29 at Brownwood.
FOOTBALL: Two-a-days to Begin Aug. 4 for Hornets
Gatesville High will join hundreds of other grid teams across the state August 4 with the start of two-a-day workouts. Varsity and jayvee squads will undergo the twice-daily regimen the first week, while the 9th Grade team will have morning-only workouts (view the complete August workout schedule by going to the Hornet Football page). Gatesville has a pair of scrimmages (Aug. 16 vs. McGregor, Aug. 22 vs. Waco High) prior to the 2014 opener August 29 at Brownwood.
FOOTBALL: GHS 9th in State Lineman Competition
Gatesville High finished ninth during last weekend's State Lineman Challenge in Abilene. GHS was among 15 schools that qualified in the Division II competition. The "strong-man" events included bench press, truck push, dumbbell stack relay, farmer's walk, tire pull relay, obstacle course and tug-of-war. The Hornet contingent was made up of Phillip Berry, Chris Bullington, Michael Hall, Michael Hallman, Bobby Humphrey, Brian Jansen, Zach Mack, Justin Mosely, Marcus Romero, Brandon Taylor and Jordan Westbrook.
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