Gordon's big night carries EPC to win
Kyler Gordon stepped up big time when his team needed him rushing for 264 yards and four touchdowns as the Warriors (3-3, 2-1 2A-3) broke open a close game in the second half on their way to a 52-28 win over Rector (0-6, 0-3) on Homecoming Night at Warrior Field. EPC lost running back/linebacker Chanc Gray with a possible ACL tear during warm-ups.
The Cougars took the opening kickoff and marched 82 yards to score the first points of this conference match-up. Lawson Ford carried the ball in from a yard out for the Rector score making it 6-0 with 8:34 left. Ford hit Bam Westbrook on the two-point conversion pass to make it 8-0 Cougars. EPC answered with a three yard touchdown run from Gordon with 5:52 left. Gordon's run was set up by a Clay Malone to Dee Buchanan pass to the three-yard line. Gordon added the two-point conversion run to make it 8-8. Rector answered quickly as Westbrook took ensuing kick-off and raced 87 yards for a Cougars' touchdown to make the score 14-8 Rector. Ford's two-point pass attempt was incomplete. EPC turned the ball over on downs on their own 42-yard line only to see Rector return the ball on downs to the Warriors at the Cougars' 48-yard line. EPC drove down the field and it looked as Malone was going to run for the first down before stopping and hitting Peyton Phillps with a 24 yard pass for an EPC score making it 14-14. Gordon was stopped on the two-point conversion run. The first quarter ended with the score 14-14.
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