GASTON — After Eastern Hancock’s defeat streak reached four a week ago tonight, coach Pat Echeverria said football was becoming not fun among his team.
Friday night at Wes-Del, the Royals most certainly enjoyed themselves.
With junior Spencer Gilbert rumbling for 237 yards and four touchdowns, EH throttled the Warriors 48-12 Friday night, regaining momentum it desperately needed as the sectional draws nearer.
It was Gilbert’s second 200-yard effort of the year, and in doing so he reminded older fans of Earl Campbell, either skirting right by or outright bowling over defenders all night.
“My line, man, you’ve got to give it all to my line,” Gilbert said. “I ran the ball hard because my line gave me the push. When my line’s rolling, I’m rolling.”
The Royals (3-4) were up 7-6 against a game Wes-Del squad (1-5) as a very quick first half was winding down. But Gilbert took over, and the Warriors were left helpless.
Gilbert nearly doubled what was at that point a 41-yard ledger by racing 35 yards down his team’s sideline, deftly evading a tackler and finally scoring, 92 seconds before halftime.
The next three times Gilbert reached the end zone, the Warriors didn’t know what hit them.
In the space of 14 seconds of game time as the second half started, Gilbert got in twice, from 12 and 26 yards out. EH recovered a Wes-Del fumble on the kickoff after Gilbert’s first TD of the half, and he broke loose the very next play.