TECUMSEH – The Tecumseh Savages scored early and often as they beat the McLoud Redskins 48-22 at home Friday night.
“Last week we shot ourselves in the foot,” Tecumseh coach Ty Bullock said. “I have to give the kids credit. They showed a ton of resiliency this week in practice and in the game tonight. The entire staff put a great gameplan together and the kids executed it perfectly.”
On Tecumseh's opening drive they marched down the field and scored on a 15-yard pass from Brayden James to Brendan Calvillo. The two point conversion was no good and Tecumseh took an early 6-0 lead.
McLoud went three and out on their first drive, and on fourth and three Brandon Hadl's punt was blocked recovered by Tecumseh. Langston Shields scored from four yards out and after a successful two point conversion, the Savages led 14-0.
The Redskins marched down the field and got on the scoreboard with a two yard run from quarterback Braxton Hall. Hall completed a two point conversion to Tyler Jones for the Redskins to trail 14-8.
On the first play of the ensuing drive, Calvillo scored on a 77-yard scamper, giving the Savages a 20-8 lead.
Tecumseh recovered recover the onside kick but could not capitalize on the field position.
McLoud went three and out once more and Tecumseh marched down the field on a 12 play drive, capped off by a five yard run by James. James found Jared Maxwell on the two point conversion, extending the lead to 28-8.
James earned another rushing touchdown in the second quarter, giving Tecumseh a 34-8 lead heading into the locker room at halftime.
The Redskins came out in the third quarter firing, as Hall led the team down the field and scored on five yard run.
Tecumseh's James took matters into his own hands on the very next series and scored on an 80-yard run. The next series for Tecumseh resulted in a 34-yard touchdown by Calvillo.
McLoud added another touchdown late in the third as Hall scored from nine yards out.
James led all players with 217 rushing yards and three touchdowns. He also completed two passes for 20 yards and a touchdown.
“Our quarterback play was totally different than last week,” Bullock said. “He doesn't make excuses and he took last week's performance on himself. This week he told me he was ready to go and he played his butt off.”
Calvillo added 208 yards on 20 carries and contributed two touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 20 yards and a score.
McLoud's Hall was 10 of 28 for 87 yards. Hall led the Redskins with 43 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
In his first action at receiver, McLoud's Jones led the team with three receptions for 48 yards.