The Muenster Hornets have lost just two of their last 14 football games; one to the Class 2A state champion Bremond Tigers and the second to the Howe Bulldogs.
After spotting the Hornets a 7-0 lead, the Bulldogs outscored the visitors 21-7 in the second and third quarters, enough to hold on for a 37-31 win on homecoming night at Bulldog Stadium.
The triplets (okay it's not original but we have a journalistic license), Tyler Grisham, Jaden Matthews and Brent Masters each ran for more than 100 yards in the non-district win.
Howe (2-1) amassed 409 yards of offense and 409 of those steps came via the ground.
After battling through a 10-10 tie in the first quarter, Matthews scored early in the second to give the Bulldogs a lead they never surrendered.
Another Matthews' run later in the period and Brice Honaker's third successful point-after kick gave Howe a 24-17 lead.
Grisham's second score, this one from six yards away, bumped the lead to 31-17 at the end of the third period.
Muenster did not fold its tent, however; they are too good not to battle back and two fourth-quarter scores made it close.
The Hornets had 403 yards of offense in the game, 241 on the ground.
Grisham's third tally of the game provided the difference as Howe comes away with the big win.
The two teams matched field goals in the first quarter and Honaker's first three-pointer of the season was set up by a 55-yard kickoff return by Ty Harvey.
The Bulldogs travel to Quinlan on Sept. 16, Dale West's former stomping grounds, to take on the Ford Panthers.
Quinlan will bring a 2-1 record into Friday's game, coming off of a 57-22 win over Venus.
We asked Jaden Matthews about any anticipated problems getting re-focused after the Muenster game.
“We will be alright if everybody just concentrates on doing their job. The first few minutes of the game and the second half will be important, getting off to a good start,” he said.
By the Numbers
Rushing Carries Yards TDs
Tyler Grisham 20 172 3
Jaden Matthews 19 115 2
Brent Masters 13 107
Brandon Wall 5 15
Sub-varsity Notes: After Devin Porter and Spencer Akins had each scored a touchdown for Howe, it was the Bulldog defense that won the game at Muenster on Sept. 8. With the Hornets penned deep in their own end of the field, it was a two-point safety that provided the difference in Howe's 14-13 win. The sub-varsity teams will host Quinlan-Ford on Sept. 15 with seventh grade action set to start at 4:30 p.m.