GATESVILLE — While the Hornets went to work on the football field, there was plenty of celebration Friday night about the work being done in the Gatesville community off the field. This is the fifth year of The Big Sting, a program that assists people battling cancer in Gatesville by pairing recipients with service volunteers to help with other needs, financial assistance, hosting events and more.
Before kickoff Gatesville players, coaches, trainers, videographers, dance team members and cheerleaders took the field in honor or in memory of a community member. Clad in their white jerseys with neon yellow accents that matched the T-shirts that fans wore in the stands, the Hornets topped visiting Robinson, 42-20.
Derrick Bayer, who entered Friday night’s contest leading Central Texas with 18 receptions for 387 yards and five touchdowns, continued to produce for the Hornets after missing last season with a knee injury. Against Robinson, the senior receiver continued to rack up yards with five catches for 88 yards.
“He had that ‘get on my shoulder’ mentality,” his head coach said. “He just took over the game.”
Hornet quarterback Jett Truss continued to impress as he finished with 59 rush yards to go with 265 passing yards as he completed 19 of 28 passes for a total of three touchdowns. As has been the case all season, Gatesville’s offensive was balanced.
Zach Mueller added 65 yards off five catches and 116 yards on 12 carries.
Gatesville jumped out to an early lead after the Rockets turned the ball over on downs their first drive of the game on the Hornets’ 35-yard line. It only took two plays for the home team as Anthony Costas ran for six yards and Truss hit Will Carroll for the 29-yard score.
After Robinson’s defense forced a Gatesville drive of nearly six minutes to end with a punt, the Rockets charged down the field from their own five-yard line behind a 55-yard pass from quarterback Mason Cooper to Isaiah Montgomery. A big run by Isaiah Houston set the offense up inside the red zone. Robinson, however, had to settle for a field goal which cut Gatesville’s lead to four.
It wasn’t until the second quarter that the Hornets scored again. Behind a pair of big catches by Bayer for 23 and 20 yards, Truss kept it himself for the six-yard touchdown.
The Rocket defense continued its good play at the beginning of the second half. On Gatesville’s second play of the third quarter, Robinson recovered a fumble on the Hornet’s 18-yard line.
The Gatesville defense continued its solid play as well, especially behind its huge defensive line. The Hornets held the Rockets to a field goal.
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Gatesville built off the momentum from that defensive stand to score its third touchdown of the game. A 14-yard reception by Costas on 4th and 6 kept the drive alive before Truss faked the handoff and kept it himself for the three-yard touchdown.
The Hornet offense kept rolling. On Gatesville’s next drive, Zach Mueller had three carries for 28 yards, including a five-yard touchdown. Besides one pass play, the rest of the eight plays of the drive were runs.
Robinson answered quickly with its first touchdown of the night. After Cooper connected with Jordan Rogers for a 13-yard gain on 4th and 9.
Gatesville wasn’t done putting up points, though, as Mueller scored from 18 yards out and T.J. Miller scored from six yards out.
The Rockets scored one more time as Cooper kept it himself for a two-yard score. On the night, Cooper finished 19 for 38 for 262 yards. More than half of those yards went to Isaiah Montgomery as he finished with 167.