Gregory runs wild to blank Parkston
GREGORY—For the second straight week, the defense shined for the Gregory Gorillas.
Gregory's offense wasn't too bad either.
The No. 1 team in Class 9AA rolled to a 40-0 win over Parkston on Friday in The Daily Republic Game of the Week.
One week after edging Kimball/White Lake 12-6 in the season opener, the Gorillas were firing on all cylinders at Mike Dacy Field. With the win, Gregory extends its school-record winning streak to 26 games.
"We got better this week," Gregory coach Brian Allmendinger said. "But still nowhere near what we need to be. Obviously, we still have work to do, but the positive thing was we still got better. We have to continue that."
Gregory (2-0) rushed the ball 38 times for 433 yards. J.J. Beck had eight carries for 105 yards, while Caleb Stukel had 12 carries for 104 yards.
"We ran the ball a lot better this week than we did last week," Allmendinger said. "I would like to see more out of our passing game a little bit. I didn't think we were as balanced throwing it as we needed to be. We just kind of leaned on the run (Friday), honestly."
Stukel hauled in two touchdown receptions from Grant Thomas, while Beck rushed for two touchdowns in the win. Tyler Murray and Jordan Vosika added touchdown runs. Thomas finished 4-for-7 passing and threw for 48 yards.
"We had little hiccups," Stukel said. "But we just need to take care of the ball and limit the penalties, but I think we played a good game."
While the offense was clicking, Gregory's defense was also doing its thing. Parkston could never make a drive into Gregory territory in the first half. The Trojans also dropped two wide-open passes in both halves that likely would have resulted in touchdowns.
"I thought we played a pretty good game," Parkston coach Eric Norden said. "The score didn't show it, but we dropped a couple passes that were right there. The kids were working hard to make those plays. We just didn't get it done."
The Gorillas scored a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter that helped them seize the momentum heading into halftime. Beck took a fake punt 52 yards for a touchdown, while Stukel scored on a 29-yard screen pass from Thomas.
"They extended some plays that really got them some points that we thought we had wrapped up and those were big plays," Norden said. "They just executed on us."
In the third quarter, Stukel hauled in a touchdown on fourth down to make it 26-0. The ball was batted in the air before Stukel reeled it in. Murray and Vosika's touchdowns put the game away in the fourth quarter.
Defensively, Beck added nine tackles and a fumble recovery. Rhoss Oliver finished with eight tackles.
Parkston finished with 68 rushing yards on 34 carries. The Trojans completed just three of their 15 pass attempts for four yards and one interception. Nathan Boettcher had four carries for 17 yards.
Gregory plays Jones County/White River next Friday in White River. Parkston plays Kimball/White Lake next Friday at Joe Quintal Field in Mitchell, as Parkston's stadium renovations are still in the process of being completed.
G: J.J. Beck 1 run (Caleb Stukel pass from Grant Thomas)
G: Beck 52 run (run failed)
G: Stukel 29 pass from Thomas (run failed)
G: Stukel 10 pass from Thomas (run failed)
G: Tyler Murray 30 run (Thomas run)
G: Jordan Vosika 80 run (conversion failed)