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Gaither Dominates Lennard, 35-12

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Rachel Slay, Staff Writer

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The Gaither Cowboys are 2-1 heading into Week 4 after defeating the Lennard Longhorns at Death Valley Stadium last night.

The Longhorns established their aggressive run game in the first half, scoring two running touchdowns. This would be the only success the Longhorn offense had for the remainder of the game.

After Lennard’s second TD, Gaither answered with a deep pass to senior Jeromy Reid, the first Gaither TD of the game. The PAT was good.

Lennard’s offense had hardly moved the chains before junior linebacker Hunter Mintzer intercepted a pass and ran it all the way back to the 2-yard line. It was a short run into the endzone for Reid. The score was 14-12 going into the half.

During halftime, after the Gaither Marching Cowboys performed their halftime show for the second time at home this season, the eight inaugural inductees to the Gaither High School Football Hall of Fame were introduced (seven former players and one coach).

The second Longhorn turnover was a fumble recovery by senior safety Damien Lomeli who scooped and scored for the third Cowboy touchdown of the night.

Lennard continued to be plagued with turnovers in the fourth quarter. Gaither’s junior defensive tackle Thaylon Barros intercepted a pass, giving the offense good field position to score. Junior quarterback Tony Bartalo connected with senior wide receiver John Dietl for a 42-yard TD, making it 28-12 with 10:55 left in the game.

The final Cowboy TD of the game was a huge defensive play by sophomore linebacker Willie Jackson, who came up with the ball and ran it into the end zone.

The Cowboys were without senior linebacker and defensive captain Brysen Roth, their lead tackler. That didn’t stop them from securing six turnovers and two defensive touchdowns.

“When [Brysen] was gone it felt like we [the defense] were playing with an arm behind our back… We just had guys step up. We had to play our best and we finally weren’t playing just to win, we were all playing for him,” said senior linebacker Adam Valdes.

Gaither closed the night with a win, 35-12.

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