GRANDVIEW — The No. 1-ranked Grandview Zebras won their 19th consecutive game with a 47-19 victory over McGregor on a homecoming Friday at Zebra Stadium.
The defending Class 3A Division I state champs secured a playoff berth with the win, improving to 8-0 overall and 4-0 in District 9-3A Division I.
For the first time since a 14-13 non-district win on Sept. 20 at Malakoff in a rematch of last year's state title game, the Zebras were challenged by the Bulldogs.
McGregor took a 3-0 lead on a 32-yard field goal by Hector Aviles midway through the opening quarter.
The Zebras got on the board with a 23-yard touchdown pass from Dane Jentsch to Cooper Deans with 2:28 left in the opening quarter. But on the ensuing PAT, the Zebras mishandled the snap and the Bulldogs returned it for 2 points to bring the score to 6-5.
Later in the opening quarter, Jentsch hit Austin Boyd across the middle of the field, and Boyd raced 73 yards for a touchdown on just the second play of the drive to give the Zebras a 13-5 lead with 4 seconds left.
In the second quarter, Jentsch and Boyd connected for a TD again, this one from nine yards out to give the Zebras a 20-5 halftime lead.
Coming out of halftime, Tremayne Gullatte scored on a three-yard run to give Grandview a 26-5 lead as the Zebras started to pull away.
After Grandview's defense forced a three-and-out, the Zebras took control of the game on Gullatte's second rushing touchdown of the quarter, this one from 11 yards out, for a 33-5 lead with 6:42 left in the third.
McGregor found the end zone for the first time on a four-yard pass from Veandre McDaniel to Jhobe Smith.
But Grandview added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter — a 15-yard pass from Jentsch to Travis Massey and a three-yard run by Elijah Golden — to coast to the victory and remain undefeated.
Jentsch had a big night through the air and on the ground as he completed 15-of-25 passes for 297 yards with four touchdowns and one interception to go along with 102 rushing yards on seven carries.
Gullatte rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns on just 15 carries. Boyd had four receptions for 141 yards and two touchdowns.
Grandview will visit Whitney (7-1) on Nov. 1 in a huge showdown of 4-0 teams with the winner securing at least a share of the district title.