ARLINGTON – Struggles in stopping a potent Pleasant Grove Hawk ground game Friday sunk the Wimberley Texans in a 35-21 loss in the 4A, Division II championship at AT&T Stadium.
Carrying the load for Pleasant Grove was running back Bruce Garrett who rushed for 254 yards on 25 carries and three key touchdowns in the contest. Anchoring Garrett’s effort was an offensive line that helped the Hawks amass 437 total yards of offense, 397 of those yards on the ground.
Pleasant Grove opened with an 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown from KJ Hicks before the Texans countered back. A 14-yard touchdown pass from Texan quarterback Cooper McCollum to wide receiver Colby Boyle tied the contest at 7-7 after a frame.
Following a Garrett 54-yard touchdown run early in the second frame, Wimberley’s offense responded with a 24 yard touchdown run by running back Moses Wray to tie the game at 14-14. Wray rushed for 34 yards on eight carries and a touchdown.
But Pleasant Grove
turned to its Wing-T based ground game which overpowered and overwhelmed Wimberley’s defensive front for the majority of contest. Pleasant Grove won the time of possession battle by holding the ball for nearly 29 minutes to Wimberley’s 19 minutes.
Behind Garrett and Hicks, Pleasant Grove tallied 21 unanswered points over a 20-plus minute span to take a commanding 35-14 advantage.
On the opposite side, Wimberley’s high-octane offense was grounded by a formidable Hawk defense that kept the Texans out-of-sync. The Texans were limited to 130 total yards in the first half and finished with 252 total yards in the game.
Texan quarterback Cooper McCollum went 13 of 30 for 215 yards and two touchdowns, but was also sacked three times. Wimberley wide receiver Christian Marshall caught four passes for 77 yards, while wide receiver Josh LImely caught four passes for 61 yards.
Wimberley closed the game with a 25-yard touchdown pass from McCollum to wide receiver Colby Goforth.
Hawk running back KJ Hicks ran the ball for 49 yards on 12 carries and also had 107 yards on kick returns.
Texan defensive back Juan Olmedo led the team with 11 tackles, 10 of those unassisted. McCollum rushed for 41 yards on 12 carries.