TUTTLE — Tuttle asserted its identity at the right time.
The Tigers produced yardage on the ground in chunks in upending previously unbeaten Blanchard 56-34 on Friday before an estimated 5,000 fans at Bill Hinkle Stadium. At one point, Tuttle scored 35 unanswered points.
Tuttle, ranked 10th in Class 3A, ran for 299 yards on 39 carries to improve to 9-1 overall and 5-1 in District 3A-1. Fourth-ranked Blanchard fell to 8-1 and 5-1.
“We're Tuttle,” Tigers coach Philip Koons said. “We play hard. We're not going to give up after (losing) one game. We live to run the ball and get physical.”
Tuttle moved into the second spot in the district standings to earn a home playoff game in the first round next week. Blanchard will be in the third slot.
“It's nice to stay home and win nine games,” Koons said. “Our district is tough. With Blanchard, Jones and us, that's three pretty good teams.”
Junior Jesse Gregory cranked out 229 yards with four touchdowns on 20 carries behind a road-grading offensive line for Tuttle. The line of Austin Link, Conner Polston, Austin Porter, Keifer Venable and Nathan Voreis cleared swathes for the Tuttle running game.
“Those guys don't play defense,” Koons said of his offensive front. “We have three or four running backs that run hard. We have some receivers that can make plays. We got a pretty good punch on offense. Our defense showed up.”