PORTER, OK —
Garrett Grossman and Austin Hershberger are really, really good. Just ask Porter.
Grossman rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns, while Hershberger added another 122 yards and two scores, as the Chouteau Wildcats overcame a rough second quarter to spoil the Porter Pirates’ homecoming festivities, 36-20 Friday night.
The Wildcat rushing attack gathered 361 yards and five scores between a committee of backs. So far this season, Chouteau has rushed for almost 900 yards in just three games.
After forcing Porter to punt on their opening series, the Wildcats marched down the field on a 12 play, 73-yard drive, capped off by a 32-yard touchdown run by Hershberger, putting the 'Cats up 6-0 after the first.
Porter would answer on the ensuing drive, as Pirate signal-caller Dean Van Vors hit Darius Steele on a 36-yard touchdown pass, tying the game at 6.
Although the running game was firing on all cylinders, the Wildcats still had problems holding on to the football. Chouteau put the ball on the ground three times, but was able to get it back on two occasions. The third time was not a charm for Chouteau, as Steele returned it 95 yards to paydirt, putting Porter up 12-6 with just under eight minutes to go in the first half.
The never-say-quit Wildcats answered right back. Junior running back Robert Evans rumbled through the line and down the sideline for a 50-yard touchdown run. Hershberger would run in the two-point conversion, putting Chouteau up 14-12.
The lead was short-lived, as Porter scored again, making it 20-14 in favor of the Pirates. Grossman scored again with 1:19 to go in the half, tying the game at 20 at halftime.
In the second half, the Wildcats defense showed up and sent a message to Porter, and that message was read loud and clear. Grossman and Hershberger both scored again in the second half, securing the win for Chouteau.
“I thought the line played pretty well”, said assistant coach Matt Trammell. “Obviously, when you run the ball for 350 yards or more, that’s always a big night for the line and for the running backs. I think we are working hard, and we’ll go right back at and get ready for next week when we go to Chelsea.”
Chouteau improves to 2-1 on the season as district play begins next week. Chouteau hasn’t won a district game since 2007, and that is something that the Wildcats will aim to change starting next week.