By JASON GORDON
Hays came out firing for the second straight game, this time jumping all over Anderson early en route to a 35-7 victory at Shelton Stadium.
Hays (2-0) has now outscored its opponents 50-6 in the first quarter during the Rebels first two games this season.
Rebel quarterback Caleb Kimbro led the way with three touchdown passes and two more on the ground. He had 314 total yards from scrimmage to go along with those five touchdowns.
“Caleb is the heart of this team,” said Hays offensive lineman William Trevillion. “We expect him to do amazing things.”
Against Anderson, Hays was leading 14-0 before the Trojans ran a play from the line of scrimmage.
Rebel running back Marco Solis rattled off a 37-yard run to set up Hays’ first score, a 5-yard bullet-pass from Caleb Kimbro to Shawn Leerssen.
On the ensuing kickoff, Anderson’s Deere Marquise fumbled Payton Kisor’s squib kick and Hays’ Aaron Johnson pounced on the ball.
Kimbro completed passes to Leerssen, Devin Jennings and Granger Studdard to set up a 12-yard touchdown pass on a slant pattern to Hayden Cagle, and the Rebels led 14-0 midway through the first quarter.
Kimbro, who converted his first five third-down passes into first downs for Hays, completed a 34-yard pass to Studdard down to Anderson’s 1-yard line early in the second quarter. Kimbro scored from 1-yard out three plays later, and Hays led 21-0.
Kimbro finished off his stellar first half with a 26-yard touchdown run on a quarterback draw. He sprinted up the middle before hurdling two Anderson defenders at the 10 before waltzing into the end zone to make it 28-0 at the half.
Hays had 267 total yards in the first half to Anderson’s 21.
Kimbro had eight completions on third down that went for either first downs or touchdowns. He finished the game 15-of-21 passing for 202 yards and had 114 yards rushing on only 12 carries.
“Caleb is a great player,” Hays head coach Blake Feldt said. “Great players do great things when you need them to.”
Still, Feldt said Hays didn’t play a complete game Friday night. The Hays starters stayed in for most of the game, but still managed only a 7-7 tie in the second half.
“The second half was a sloppy mess and I was disappointed with our play,” Feldt said. “Against Rouse next week we will have to play much better. They have a lot of athletes and are explosive on offense and solid on defense.”
Leander Rouse is also 2-0 this season. Rouse beat Cedar Ridge 28-10 on Friday.
Hays and Rouse will kickoff at Shelton Stadium next Friday night at 7:30 p.m.