PARIS, Texas — Pleasant Grove's big men dominated in the trenches.
The Hawks' offensive and defensive lines pushed Paris around all night, and PG defeated the Wildcats, 35-7, on Friday at Wildcat Stadium in a varsity football game.
"The kids did a great job and played well in the trenches on both sides," Hawks' head coach Josh Gibson said. "The defense came up big. It started with the d-line: Cameron Weekly, Torey Phillips, Landon Jackson and Alex Murphy who played both sides.
"The linebackers, Davion Stewart, Nick Martin, Gage Stivers and Ahmajay Carter, played full tilt. The defense played physical and fast. They created pressure throughout the game."
Logan Johnson was the game's leading rusher with 130 yards on 17 carries for Pleasant Grove (2-1), while Nick Martin totaled 90 yards on 13 totes.
Nick Martin ran like a man possessed for a 17-yard touchdown to put the Hawks up 28-0 with 5:01 left in the third. Martin broke out to his right, broke a tackle, threw a stiff arm and broke the goal line for the score.
"We have so many seniors on the offensive line," Gibson said. "As a unit, they are smart. We are trending up, and we are growing. Everyone is jelling, and we will keep taking steps.
"We are out three running backs so some guys played three different positions. We are moving them around and shuffling. We played some younger players. They were all doing a great job blocking for each other. They played hard and for each other. Hayden Koller and Nick Martin played on both sides of the ball and did a really good job. Trenton (Kelley) scored a touchdown at the end and that is special for him. He's a sophomore."
The Black Hawk defense was in the Paris backfield all night long.
Paris finally got on the board with 2:14 to go in the third on a 21-yard pass to make it 28-7.
Trenton Kelley dashed into the end zone from three yards out with 1:34 left in the game for the Hawks. Pleasant Grove put an exclamation on it and padded its lead, 35-7.
Johnson broke some tackles and scored from 17 yards out to put Pleasant Grove on top, 7-0, with 3:42 left in the first quarter. The touchdown capped a 93-yard drive in 8:18.
Jalen Woodside punched the ball in from a yard away to pad the Hawks' lead, 14-0, with 8:45 to go in the second quarter.
Landon Jackson broke free on his route and caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Woodside as Pleasant Grove took a 21-0 lead.
The Hawks totaled 210 yards of offense in the first half, while Paris (2-1) was pushed back and had minus-9 yards of total offense.