The Gunter defense held Howe to just 69 yards of offense in the Bulldogs’ final non-district game of the year, coming away with a 19-0 win in Gunter on Sept. 20.
According to the excellent web site maintained by Howe alumnus Monte Walker, this was Howe’s 700th football contest in a history that goes back to 1935.
The Tigers finished with just over 300 yards, but most of that came between the 20s as the two teams struggled with the wet conditions.
Garrett Hunter broke free for a 48-yard scoring run on Gunter’s sixth play of the game. He added a 26-yard touchdown run just before the end of the first half to give the Tigers a 13-0 lead.
Howe’s defense was stout in the red zone for most of the night, turning the Tigers away on two possessions that started near the Bulldog 30-yard line.
The offense struggled, partly due to the absence of running back Anthonry Hawthorne, who continues to deal with an injured ankle.
“We just couldn’t catch a break” Howe Head Coach Zack Hudson said. “We couldn’t break through that one tackle and their defense has been tough all year.”
Howe quarterback Joaquin Lopez carried the ball 11 times for 34 yards and Bryce Mosier added 18, but the visitors could not put together any consistent offense.
Howe completed just two-of-seven pass attempts, and except for a 23-yard Lopez to Tyler Gresham play, most were for short yardage.
“You got to give all the credit to Gunter,” Hudson said. “That’s a great team over there.”
Howe (2-2) will be tested Friday night as it opens District 6-2A(I) play at home, hosting a Pottsboro team that is coming off of a 21-17 win over Anna.
Rushing—Howe: Joaquin Lopez 11-34,Bryce Mosier 11-18.
Passing—Howe :Lopez 2-5-0 19
Receiving—Howe: Tyler Gresham 1-23, Quinton Harris 1-(-4)