It was wet, wild and beautiful for a rain-drenched homecoming crowd at Lee Hedges Stadium Friday night for Captain Shreve.
The Gators capitalized on three huge pass plays as Shreve throttled Southwood 20-2 in a District 1-5A football game. Shreve improved to 2-6 overall and 1-4 in the district while the Cowboys dropped to 0-8 and 0-5.
Quarterback Lucas Grubb fired three touchdown passes as he completed 12 of 25 passes with one interception for 159 yards.
It was good that Grubb made Southwood pay in the passing game because the Gators managed only 56 yards rushing.
“I was concerned about the weather, but we concentrated on ball control and ball security,” Shreve coach Bryant Sepulvado said. “Our sophomore quarterback (Grubb) is getting better every week. He’s grown up through a tough schedule.”
Southwood’s offensive highlight came in the third quarter when Terry Williams moved to quarterback. Williams had most of his 23 carries and 77 yards in that period, but Shreve’s defense held him out of the end zone.
Williams’ running helped give Southwood field position and set up the Cowboys’ safety. That cut the deficit to 18-2.
However, Shreve came right back in the fourth quarter to get a safety when Colyn Givens tackled quarterback Joshua Mosely in the end zone for the 20-2 lead.
Grubb put his team ahead in the first quarter on a 37-yard strike to Camron Davis for the touchdown. That came with 5:01 remaining in the opening period.
It was 12-0 in the second quarter after Luke Leggio hauled in a 72-yard bomb from Grubb.
Shreve scored just before halftime with 15 seconds on the clock. A 24-yard reception by Julian Charles from Grubb was the payoff play.
“We are still missing two starters on defense, but I thought we played well,” Sepulvado said. “I thought Ashton Lacaze and Julian Charles had good games for us on defense. Our D-line played good at pad level and our secondary did a good job of preventing the long ball.”