October 22, 2008

Gilbert has an early top three

Huntsville High School, just North of Houston, is going to the playoffs this fall for the first time since 2000 and may be well on its way to a District 18-4A title.

Last Friday night, the Hornets beat Montgomery 38-6 to run their record to 4-1 on the season and keep them undefeated in district play. The Hornets' stingy defense, led by defenders such as Adam Ayala and Texas A&M commit Kirby Ennis, has been leading the way. This past Friday night, they held Montgomery to 137 yards. However, the offense has been carrying its weight as well and junior Justin Gilbert is the main reason why.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Gilbert has been playing quarterback, running back and wide receiver this season. He's even seen time at all three positions in a single game. Against Montgomery, Gilbert rushed for 128 yards, passed for 112 yards, and also caught two passes for 54 yards. Now, Gilbert and his teammates have their sights set on rival Magnolia in a game which should determine the district title. Gilbert talked about the game and its potential impact on Huntsville's season.

"Magnolia is 3-1 and we're 4-0," said Gilbert. "They try to keep the ball away from you. They run it a lot. There's not much passing. We're not like that and most people we face aren't like that."

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