HEYWORTH - Senior running back Nick Meunier had three touchdowns and 132 rushing yards on 13 carries, as GCMS (7-0) defeated Heyworth (2-5) 42-0 on the road for their third straight shutout.
It was the fourth straight 40-plus point game, as the group has won 49-8, 50-13, 51-0, 41-0, and 42-0 the past five weeks, allowing one score when their starting defense was on the field.
The Falcon defense continued their streak of allowing zero first-quarter points this season, to bring that score differential to 163-0.
As a whole, the Falcons are averaging 40.9 points per game, while allowing 48 total points on the season.
Meunier’s three touchdowns led the team, but fellow running backs Key-Shawn Girkin and Mitch McNutt scored the first three touchdowns of the night.
Girkin slipped through a few defenders and found open field for an 18-yard touchdown on the opening drive.
The senior later dragged a Heyworth defender several yards to put GCMS at the one-yard line and then punched in his second touchdown with 2:18 left in the first quarter.
McNutt had an interception and a nice 8-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, to put GCMS up 21-0.
Meunier then found pay dirt on 9-yard and 16-yard runs to send the Falcons into halftime up 35-0.
GCMS recovered a fumble at the start of the second half, and Meunier took the next play 30 yards for the 42-0 lead to start the running clock.
When asked what most impressed him about the win, Falcon head coach Mike Allen credited their response to early penalties.
“We shot ourselves in the foot in the first half with penalties,” Allen said. “We were getting marched back 10 to 20 yards and were able to get first downs. We stayed hungry and executed fundamentals.”
Heyworth took their first play from scrimmage 50 yards. Then GCMS stepped up and caused four turnovers, while limiting the Hornets from moving the chains.
“(We) gave up a big play. Then they corrected it and didn’t make that again,” Allen said. “These kids, they make a mistake once, and they don’t make it twice. So hopefully that continues.”
Levi Davis forced two fumbles, and Sam Baillie recovered one, as the Falcons combined for four turnovers.
Zach Johnson responded to missing the opening extra point try with a two-point conversion run the following touchdown drive.
Girkin finished with nine carries for 74 yards, and McNutt made the most of four carries with 34 yards.
James Fairfield caught a touchdown that went over 50 yards but was called back for offensive pass interference. Luke Freehill and Brooks Schmitt had 18 and 14 rushing yards, respectively, while Johnson added two runs for 36 total yards.
Keegan Allen was 2-3 for 34 passing yards, with one pass completed to Meunier for 24 yards and one to Tucker Cribbett for 10 yards.