In the long list of bad days that football teams have suffered, Gateway Charter Academy (Texas) had a Friday night on Sep. 24 that might top them all. It was bad enough that the Gators were shutout by TAPPS (Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools) hotshot Parish Episcopal School (pictured below), 45-0. What made the loss more crushing was that Gateway Academy finished with minus-93 yards rushing.
That's right, the Gators actually lost 93 yards on the ground. According to the Dallas Morning News, only five Gateway running plays gained any yards at all, and none picked up more than 2 yards. Perhaps the only positive for Gateway was a passing game that finished with 109 yards, helping the Gators close the game on the positive side of the ledger in total offense, with 16 total yards.
"There's some nights where nothing goes right, and then there's some nights that everything goes right," Parish Episcopal coach Scott Nady told the Morning News. "This was a night that everything went right."
Before anyone calls for Nady's head for his willingness to run up the score, it should be noted that the Parish Episcopal coach didn't waste time before inserting his second team into the game. The issue is that his second team was just as effective as his starters. And his younger players proved to be just as good as those backups.
Here's how he explained the dilemma to the Morning News:
"When you put in the second team, they play hard so that they can get can get past the guys on the first team," Nady said. "Then when you put in the young guys, they don't know when they are going to get on the field next."
Perhaps Gateway Charter should have seen this coming. Parish Episcopal is 4-1, and the Panthers have put up gaudy numbers in all four of their wins. In fact, three have been shutout victories by at least 38 points.
Contrast that with Gateway's struggles -- the Gators have been outscored 205-14 in their five losses -- and a one-sided loss was probably inevitable. Still, there are one-sided losses, and then there are games with minus-93 yards in total rushing.
Luckily for Gateway Charter, the program doesn't have to wait long to get last week's bad taste out of its mouth. The Gators are back in action on Friday, hosting Southwest Christian School of Fort Worth.