CHANDLER — Cushing running back Gage Stallworth took his first carry of the night, burst through a hole on the right side of the line, and outran the Chandler defense 93 yards to the end zone.
The senior was just getting warmed up.
When Cushing's 48-14 victory over Chandler was done, Stallworth had 240 yards and five touchdowns on 30 carries.
“When we are able to make a play like that, it opens up our whole offense,” said Stallworth of his 93-yard touchdown run. “It's big to get that on the first play.”
After showing off his speed with his first carry, he displayed power running ability the rest of the way. None of Stallworth's next 29 carries went for more than 16 yards.
“Best-kept secret in the state,” said Cushing coach Barrett Shupe of his star running back. “It's not necessarily the long runs that are so impressive as much as it is the tough eight-yard runs he has. He's just a kid that fights for every yard. The first guy to meet him usually doesn't bring him down.”
Stallworth spent much of the night running behind tight end/fullback Trevor Hubble. Known as a standout on the defensive line, Hubble has also made a name for himself with his ability to open holes for Stallworth this season.
“Man, Trevor is a stud,” Shupe said. “He's one of the best defensive linemen in the state, and this summer we thought, ‘Why not get him in on offense as a lead blocker?' Not a lot of people want to meet him in the hole.”
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