GCMS football wins 57-0 over Heyworth

By Ross Brown 
GIBSON CITY -- In a game of complete dominance on both sides of the ball, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley upped its perfect record to 3-0 by shutting out Heyworth 57-0 on a wet and rainy night in Gibson City.
Falcon quarterback Nathan Garard was 7-of-10 on passing completions for 139 yards while also rushing for one touchdown. Jared Trantina led the rushing attack, netting 91 yards on 13 carries and reaching the end zone three times. 
“We did a lot of different things well,” Falcon head coach Mike Allen said. “We had a lot of different guys score, spread the ball around. We were able to pass the ball. Nathan had a nice night with the ball, had 139 yards passing, Jared had three touchdowns and then a lot of people scored. Payton Kean came out and played like we knew he could play, ran the ball very well and blocked very well.”
GCMS got on the board with 7:05 left in the first quarter as the junior Kean ran 49 yards for a touchdown. An extra point kick by Ben Freehill made it 7-0 in GCMS’ favor.
“When we went into the game we knew their DBs played ten yards off and backpedaled on the snap,” Allen said. “We felt we could get to the outside and went in with our game plan. We were able to go both outside and inside.”
One minute later, Austin Spiller intercepted a pass from sophomore quarterback Gavin Hicklin and returned it to the Hornets’ 2-yard line. Trantina rushed for a touchdown on the next play as GCMS went up 13-0.
The Falcons would not be done in the opening quarter, as Trantina ran for an eight-yard touchdown with 2:20 left to put the Falcons up 20-0 with the extra point.
The story was much the same in the second quarter, as GCMS tacked on 21 unanswered points to reach a running clock for the entirety of the second half.
Bryce Barnes scored on a four-yard reception on the first play of the second quarter. Nathan Garard added an 11-yard run with 6:55 left in the quarter and Trantina scored his third touchdown of the night on a 19-yard run with 2:10 to go before halftime.
With GCMS’s starting unit resting in the second half for the second straight game, the secondary went to work. While the Falcons did not score in the third quarter, two Falcons found the endzone in a rapidly played fourth quarter. Backup quarterback Cade Elliott called his own number and scored on the opening play of the quarter and freshman running back Aidan Laughery ran for a 28-yard score with 7:25 to go in the game.
Defensively, GCMS was in complete dominance the whole game, holding the Hornets to minus-35 yards total, including minus-41 yards in the first half with its starters in the game. Hicklin attempted six passes with only two completions for net zero yards. 
Allen, who said his previous teams might have held opponents to negative yardage a couple of times, said that his dominant defense was focused on Heyworth’s speed.
“On film, they looked very quick, and we knew that they weren’t very big but their speed was good,” he said. “I think our team speed showed that we are a very quick team. Our defensive line played outstanding and caused a lot of problems. They just played an outstanding game.”
GCMS added two points off a safety by sophomore Isaiah Chatman with 9:02 left in the game. Josh Bleich led the Falcons defensively with seven tackles and one sack. 
With the win, GCMS improved to 3-0 overall while still 1-0 in Heart of Illinois Conference Large Division (Heyworth, while also an HOIC school, competes in the Small Division.) 
The Falcons will jump back into conference action next Friday night at home against Fieldcrest. The Knights were upset last Friday night at Tremont and come into the game at 1-2 overall and 0-1 in division play after losing to Tri-Valley in the second week of the season.
Friday night’s meeting is the first for the two teams since 2015, when GCMS blasted the Knights 52-0 on its home turf. However, Allen said he is preparing for a close matchup based on previous contests both in Gibson City and Minonk.
“It’s always been a very competitive game,” he said. “It usually comes down to the fourth quarter, and the final drive sometimes.”
Allen said that his squad is prepared for hard-fought games and is not satisfied with large wins as has been the case so far this season.
“We want to get better,” he said. “We have to get better in practice on certain things.  We have Fieldcrest this week, Fisher next week and Tri-Valley the week after that. We have to strap our gear on and play football. We’re not going to be playing half-games of football unless we come out and dominate in everything.”

GCMS 57, Heyworth 0
HEY    0   0   0   0   — 0  
GCMS    20   21   0   16   — 57
Scoring summary
G — Kean 49 run (Freehill kick)
G — Trantina 7 run (kick failed)
G — Trantina 8 run (Freehill kick)
G — Barnes 4 pass from Garard (Freehill kick)
G — Garard 11 run (Freehill kick)
G — Trantina 19 run (Freehill kick)
G — Elliott 16 run (Freehill kick)
G — Safety
G — Laughery 28 run (Freehill kick)
Individual stats
RUSHING — HEY 28-(-35). GCMS 35-283 (Trantina 13-91).
PASSING — HEY 0-6-0. GCMS 7-10-139 (Garard 7-10-139).
TACKLES — GCMS (Bleich 7).
SACKS — GCMS (Bleich).

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