Gilbert falls short in battle of unbeatens


Gilbert High’s hard-charging Indians came up just shy of celebration in last Friday night football’s Lexington County battle of the unbeatens, dropping a 48-40 decision to the Gators of River Bluff.

The road loss for Gilbert leaves the team 5-1 on the season heading into homecoming festivities this Friday at “Gilbert America.” The Indians open Region 5-AAA play against Swansea.

Gilbert and River Bluff battled neck-and-neck through the first quarter, as the Gators jumped out to a 14-0 lead and Indian quarterback Jy Tolen answered with a 77-yard touchdown pass at Dre Harris and 22-yard scoring toss to Alex Holt.

The deadlock continued into the intermission as Tolen hit Holt again on a 72-yard touchdown with two minutes left in the first half to bring the Indians back even with River Bluff’s potent offense.

After the break, Gilbert took command of the game with back-to-back scoring efforts involving Holt, who broke for a touchdown on an 80-yard reverse just 15 seconds into the third quarter and followed up with 4-yard touchdown catch eight minutes later to give Gilbert a 34-21 lead.

Holt would score once again in the fourth quarter on 13-yard run, but River Bluff responded by posting three straight touchdowns – the last with 21 seconds left in the game – to claim the hard-fought win.

Holt finished the night with 100 yards on the ground, 118 yards receiving. Tolen maintained his production, going 26-of-42 on the night with 413 passing yards.

From Staff Reports / Posted October 3, 2019