Hico made a big statement Friday night, padding its unblemished resume with a resounding win over an unbeaten school from a larger classification.
The Tigers amassed more than 500 yards of offense and didn't allow a point until the game was well in hand, drilling Palmer 48-14 on homecoming night at Tiger Stadium.
"The kids played really well. It was just one of those nights where everything clicked," said Hico head coach Keith Wood, whose club is 4-0 for the second time in his five years as head coach. "I thought Palmer would be as athletic as anyone we faced so far, but for whatever reason, they didn't show up. We ran the ball on them and were able to shut them down."
Hico was probably the primary reason Palmer couldn't get going. The Tigers have limited three straight opponents to 14 points.
"Some years, you go into games feeling like you have to outscore teams. This year, I feel like we have time early in games to try different things and kind of feel our way offensively, because our defense is playing so well I don't worry about anybody running off and leaving us behind," Wood said. "Our defensive staff - Nolan Vosberg, Corey Roberson and Trenton Hunt - are doing an outstanding job. Those guys all played for us here, so they know our system like the back of their hand, and they do a great job getting the kids ready each week."
Offensively, Blake Hyles had another big night from the fullback position, rushing for "at least 175 yards," Wood said. He added, "Cade Hitzfeld had some big runs on our jet sweep series, and Hunter (Wood) ran for a touchdown and threw the ball well."
Hico, ranked seventh in Class A Division I by TexasFootball.com, looks to continue its surge when the Tigers visit 3A Hillsboro next Friday.