So much for a quarterback controversy at Tarleton.
Freshman Scott Grantham acconted for four touchdowns here Saturday in the Texans’ 44-7 season-opening pounding of East Central.
“He’s only a freshman, but he certainly didn’t play like a freshman tonight,” Tarleton Head Football Coach Sam McElroy said of Grantham, who passed for three scores and added a fourth on the ground.
On the receiving end of all Grantham’s touchdown strikes was sophomore wide receiver Devin Guinn, who finished with five receptions for 141 of Grantham’s 194 yards passing.
Two of Guinn’s scoring catches came on similar routes—fly patterns down the sideline.
“That’s an option play,” Guinn said. “We scouted their game film from last year all week and we saw a lot of man-up coverage. I noticed him playing me up tight so I went right at him. The blocking was great, (Grantham) threw a great pass, and I just went out and got it.”
The Texans also found success in the rushing attack, picking up 280 yards on 41 carries. Returning Lone Star Conference South Division Offensive Back of the Year Michael Sampson did not play due to injury, but will be back next week. If Tarleton missed him,it didn’t show on the field.
Roderick Smith, who garnered LSC South Co-Freshman of the Year accolades in 2006, led the way with 10 carries for 114 yards. Travis Evans tallied 85 yards on 12 attempts, and Robert Payne added 51 yards on nine carries.
“Our running backs looked good, even without Sampson,” McElroy said. “I think that’s a reflection of what happened up front. Our offensive line was great.”
Not to be outdone by the offense, the Texan defense limited East Central to only 150 yards of total offense. The Tigers went backward on 24 rushing attempts, finishing with a remarkably low minus-30 yards. ECU did manage to tally 180 yards through the air, a misleading number since most of