By Scott Womack
HEMPHILL — Although the Tigers were hopeful of a winning start to district, the Hornets proved too tough to handle.
Trinity lost to the Hornets 56-0 on Friday.
Speed, experience and size proved to be an impossible obstacle for the Tigers to overcome as the Hornets dominated play from the beginning. By the sounding of the final whistle the Hornets had amassed 56 points while the Tigers were never able to get close to the end zone.
Despite the loss, Head Coach Patrick Goodman said Creek Copley played well on both sides of the ball — offensively and defensively.
He also said Marshall Sizemore and Jaryis Woods both played well on defense, and DeMarvin Grooms had some good runs from the tailback position.
There are five remaining games on the district schedule, and Goodman said the Tigers are optimistic they can get the season on track and begin to compile some wins.
The Tigers have a much needed off week coming up which will give them time to recover from injuries and prepare for Homecoming on Oct. 7 as district play resumes against the Kountze Lions.
The Indians opened district with a 32-20 loss to Alto on Friday.
Leading the effort for Groveton on offense was Ian Utz, who went 9-for-18 for 115 yards and 2 TDs, and Tanner Steubing, who went 1-for-3 for 11 yards and 1 interception.
Phoenix Bowman pulled in four 4 catches for 39 yards; Jackson Cathey had 3 catches for 25 yards; Clifton Davis had 1 catch for 42 yards 1 TD; Wyatt Snead had 1 catch for 18 yards 1 TD; and Gunner Wilson had 1 catch for 2 yards.
On the ground, Utz had 15 carries for 56 yards and 1 TD; Phoenix Bowman had 15 carries for 30 yards; and Darius McQueen had 9 carries for 42 yards.
On defense, Wyatt Snead had 9 tackles and 1 pass broken up; Tanner Steubing had 7 tackles; Carter Cox had 6 tackles; Logan Townsend had 5 tackles; Clifton Davis had 5 tackles; Dation Chandler had 4 tackles and 1 pass broken up; Chase Blair had 3 tackles; and Jarrett Loftin had 1 tackle and 1 pass broken up.