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Italy running back Jaiden Barr breaks free for a big gain Friday against Cayuga. (Fred Phipps/KBEC Sports)

Italy rolls Cayuga to continue unblemished district record ahead of 2A football playoffs

The Italy Gladiators rolled Cayuga 56-0 Friday night at Gladiator Stadium. The win improved the Gladiators to 7-2 on the season and 4-0 in District 8-2A.

Dave Campbell’s Texas Football computer projections listed Italy as a 35-point favorite. The Gladiators have won their past two contests against Cayuga and Axtell by a combined 117-6.

Under head coach Craig Horn, the Gladiators have now won 12 consecutive district games dating back to 2019. Horn took over the Italy sidelines ahead of the 2018 season and finished his first campaign with a 4-6 overall record and 3-3 mark in district play.

Horn and the Gladiators are 24-8 over the past three seasons and have dropped just one district game in 15 tries. Horn is currently 28-15 overall with Italy, including 17-4 in district action with four playoff berths (1 win, 2019 v Valley Mills).

Italy will travel to (3-6, 2-2) Dawson to close out the regular season Friday, Nov. 5. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.

The Gladiators’ two non-district losses this season came against Chilton (28-27) and No. 1 Mart (40-7). Italy was dealing with health-and-safety protocols and a myriad of injuries during both losses.

District 8-2A Division I standings
School Name *W-L *Pct. *PF *PA W-L Pct. PF PA Strk
Italy 4-0 1.000 185 27 7-2 0.778 363 123 4 W
Marlin 3-1 0.750 110 30 6-3 0.667 267 141 3 W
Cayuga 2-2 0.500 73 144 2-7 0.222 147 318 1 L
Dawson 2-2 0.500 104 70 3-6 0.333 204 213 2 L
Kerens 1-3 0.250 46 150 2-7 0.222 87 326 1 W
Axtell 0-4 0.000 98 195 2-7 0.222 225 380 4 L


All photos by Fred Phipps/KBEC Sports


Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith


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Travis M. Smith is the owner and content director of Ellis County Sports and has over a decade of award-winning sports coverage. He most recently served as the digital sports director for KBEC 1390AM/99.1FM. He is the former managing editor of the Waxahachie Daily Light, Midlothian Mirror and Glen Rose Reporter.

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