LAST WEEK: The Hawks upped their play in the second half and defeated Gilmer, 37-24.
THIS WEEK: Pleasant Grove (7-1, 2-0) plays at Liberty-Eylau (0-6, 0-1) in a District 6-4A, Division II cross-town rivalry game at Harris Field.
OFFENSIVE STANDOUTS: Ben Harmon hit on 5 of 14 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown. Dylan Hopkins caught a 73-yard pass from Harmon, and Sergio Rodriguez caught a 68 yarder. Bruce Garrett rushed for 95 yards on 16 carries and a score. Logan Johnson, Ben Harmon and KJ Hicks each scored a rushing TD. Senior offensive lineman Connor Stanfill was presented with the Chicken Express/Dave Campbell's Texas Football Community Hero award before the game. Stanfill earned the award for his exemplary example on the field, in the classroom and in the community.
DEFENSIVE STANDOUTS: Marcus Burris had one of the highest point system scores as he made nine tackles, including eight solo, six quarterback pressures and three sacks. Riley Durmon and Rodriguez each had an interception. Gage Stivers made 10 tackles, Nick Martin and Hopkins had eight stops each, while Torey Phillips and Hicks made seven tackles each.
COACH JOSH GIBSON'S COMMENTS: "I think it was a good game but I feel like our kids did a good job of playing through the valleys. They did good playing past the ups and downs. They had the mentality of, 'We are going to go get this back' and, 'We are going to dominate from this point forward'. Their attitudes are special and that is why we keep getting these results—their belief and dedication.
"We put the pass play in for Dylan (Hopkins) this week. Sergio (Rodriguez) was just bein' Sergio. He has made big catches week after week. Ben (Harmon) made some great passes. The pass plays were a big momentum booster. Ben takes a lot of shots and is physical. He doesn't care about the hits and uses his will to perform at a high level."