CHARLOTTESVILLE — Spencer Gilbert wasn’t content with erasing just one Eastern Hancock rushing record Friday night.
And neither were the Royals with only one single-game offensive mark.
On a night unlike any in the program’s 45-year history, EH not only obliterated Union City 78-27 in the opener of Class 1A-Sectional 45 but set five school records in the process.
For the fourth time this season, the fourth-ranked Royals (10-0) set a record for points in a game. EH put up 72 earlier this month against both Wes-Del and Tindley.
EH gained 520 yards on the ground and 659 total, both breaking standards set by the 1985 state championship squad.
Gilbert racked up 360 yards on just 14 carries, bettering Matt Simmons’ old mark of 331 in 1999. Five of Gilbert’s runs were for touchdowns, covering 67, 52, 46, five and 63 yards.
And on Gilbert’s fourth rush, a 34-yard gain in the first quarter, he became EH’s single-season record holder. The previous best was 1,639 by Brett Bragdon seven years ago.
“Our offensive line helped me break those school records and I give it all to them, honestly,” Gilbert said.