CALUMET TWP. | Gavit needed four games to surpass the 60-point mark for the season in 2014, but in Friday’s season opener, the Gladiators needed a little more than three quarters.
The Gladiators scored quickly and often to the tune of eight touchdown drives lasting six plays or fewer as they rolled to a 63-0 win over the host Warriors.
“I knew we had been building to this team for the last three years, and it’s all come to fruition,” Gavit coach Robert Robinson said. “We’re not a one-game team, we’re going to get after it and try and run the table.”
The Warriors stopped Gavit (1-0) on its opening drive of the game, and the Gladiators responded by scoring on their final five drives of the first half.
Kyle Heard capped two of those first-half drives with touchdown runs. He took a handoff and went untouched up the middle 43 yards for a score to make it 14-0 late in the first quarter, and he added an 8-yard score on the first play of the second quarter to boost the Gavit lead to 20-0.
Heard finished with 131 yards on 13 carries to lead the Gladiator rushing attack. He also had three touchdowns.
“It feels beautiful to be out here doing this and finally making it happen; it’s been in the works for years now,” Heard said.
The Gladiators rushed for 238 yards as a team. Tyren Bartholomew, Curtis Nugin and Tyler Smith all added touchdown runs for Gavit.
“We have a fast team and we’re big and experienced up front,” Robinson said.
Jobanny Herrera completed just four passes on the night, but two of those completions were for long touchdowns. He threw a screen pass to Malcolm Lang and Lang romped 53 yards for a score, and he found Otis Granberry open on the sideline for a 58-yard touchdown right before half to send the Gladiators into the break up 34-0.
“If it wasn’t for the lines spacing so I could cut back and get holes, I never would have made that touchdown; it was great execution,” Lang said.
Gavit’s defense clamped down on Calumet, limiting the Warriors (0-1) to 15 yards of total offense and five first downs. Gavit held Calumet running back Kobe Fowler to 27 yards on 12 carries.
“What more can you say,” Robinson said. “We were flying around, we were hitting people, we getting off the ball.”
Lang recorded five sacks for Gavit, which had its first shutout since 2013.