Gilmer County Earns First Football Win Ever Over the Highlanders
By Jamie Mullins,
On Friday, Sept. 4, the Webster Highlanders traveled to Glenville to meet the Gilmer County Titans for their home opener.
For the two teams, this was their fifth ever meeting. While it has been decades since they last competed on the gridiron, for the Titans, they carried a heavy weight. In the four previous contests, the Highlanders had walked away victorious.
With this game kicking off the 2020 season and serving as Senior Night for lone Titan senior Kyle Moss, GCHS wanted this win!
The Titans received the opening kickoff, which junior Avery Chapman returned for 10 yards, and their offense went to work.
In this meeting, it became clear, the GCHS offense is going to be quick and effective as they wasted no time finding the endzone.
Quarterback Ean Hamric connected with Elijah Facemire for a 27-yard touchdown pass to get Gilmer on the board early, 6-0.
Throughout the game, that would be their style quick drives for a high scoring offense.
Defensively, the Titans were also powerful. On Webster's opening drive, they would fumble the ball. Junior Garrett Butler grabbed the lose ball out of the air and ran it 60 yards for another GCHS score, 13-0.
Gilmer quickly got the ball back off an on-side kick by Chapman, and Chapman turned that successful recovery into another quick score for the Titans with a 58-yard run, 19-0.
On their next offensive possession, Levi Self caught a 58-yard pass from Hamric. By the end of the first quarter, the Titans led, 27-0.
Chapman added the only second quarter score with a 47-yard run, and Gilmer entered the half leading, 33-0.
While Webster finally got on the board with a 10 minute drive to open the second half, 33-6, Max Hulse would answer in the final minute of the quarter with a 42-yard run to score.
Hamric used a quarterback keeper from six yards to score early in the fourth, and Moss, who sacrificed his starting RB position to provide the protection Gilmer needed on the line, came into the pocket to earn the Titans final score of the night.
GCHS was victorious, 53-6.
Offensively, Hamric connected on 6-of-8 for 154 yards. He hit Facemire (54 yds.) and Self (76 yds.) each twice, including a touchdown to each.
On the ground, four backs combined for 332 yards. Chapman led the way with 11 carries for 168 yards. Moss, in that final drive, had six carries for 66 yards. Hulse added three carries for 53 yards, and Hamric had the remaining 45 yards. All four scored on the ground!
Defensively, Moss dominated for the Titans with 16 tackles.
Freshman Skylar Hulse had 11 stops in his debut with the Titans! Max Hulse added nine tackles. Both of the Hulse boys forced a fumble in the contest!
Self finished the night with six stops while Chris Carr and Elijah Facemire each had five tackles.
The Titans hope to keep adding wins when the Wirt Tigers travel to Gilmer this Friday, Sept. 11 for a 7:00 p.m. contest.
Check back next week for more on that game!