Union quarterback Alex Gehrmann threw for 307 yards and five touchdowns in a 57-21 rout of Heritage in a 4A/3A GSHL football game on Thursday night at McKenzie Stadium.
The Titans scored on their first play from scrimmage and never let up, Gehrmann connecting with Jake Bowen on a post route over the middle of the defense for a 75-yard touchdown pass.
Gehrmann also had a 60-yard touchdown pass to running back Vinh Luong in the first quarter.
“Alex called the plays tonight,” Union coach Rory Rosenbach said. “I thought he did some really good things. It was a fun experience for him.
“I think (starting fast) was really important. I thought our guys did a really nice job of coming out fast. They were locked in, ready to go and set the tone early.”
Heritage’s LaDaimien McCord kept the Timberwolves in the game, returning an interception 75 yards for a touchdown at the end of the first half and hauling an 80-yard touchdown reception at the end of the third quarter, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Titans offense.
Bowen finished with 128 receiving yards and two touchdowns for Union before leaving the game at halftime. Marques Cantu finished with a team-high 70 rushing yards.
Heritage’s Andre Cowley had a game-high 96 yards rushing and Kedyn Bolds punched in the only other touchdown for the Timberwolves, a 1-yard score in the second quarter.
UNION 57, HERITAGE 21
Heritage 0 14 7 0 – 21
Union 22 7 14 14 – 57
U – Jake Bowen 75 pass from Alex Gehrmann (Bowen run)
U – Bowen 11 pass from Gehrmann (Sonny Pitts kick)
U – Vinh Luong 60 pass from Gehrmann (Pitts kick)
H – Kedyn Bolds 1 run (Pablo Barbosa Sanchez kick)
U – Marques Cantu 8 run (Pitts kick)
H – LaDaimien McCord 75 interception return (Sanchez kick)
U – Tobias Merritweather 6 pass from Gehrmann (Pitts kick)
U – Jaydon Jones 3 pass from Gehrmann (Pitts kick)
H – McCord 80 pass from Khalil Osbin (Sanchez kick)
U – Jones 16 run (Pitts kick)
U – Aidan Olson 4 run (Pitts kick)
RUSHING – Heritage, Andre Cowley 6-96, Kaleb Lamere 6-58, Aiden Miller 5-32, Bodee Parker 7-23, Kedyn Bolds 13-14, Wyatt Scott 1-4, LaDaimien McCord 2-(minus 12), Logan Tikka 1-(minus 15), Khalil Osbin 2-(minus 18). Union, Marques Cantu 7-70, Aidan Olson 7-62, Jaydon Jones 5-50, Vinh Luong 4-22, Tyson Fuehrer 1-16, No. 29 1-11, Alex Gehrmann 2-2, Troy Helenihi 3-(minus 3).
PASSING – Heritage, Khalil Osbin 3-12-0-89. Union, Alex Gehrmann 16-29-2-307, Troy Helenihi 0-3-0-0.
RECEIVING – Heritage, LaDaimien McCord 1-80, Kaleb Lamere 1-7, JS Louis 1-2. Union, Jake Bowen 4-128, Tobias Merriweather 6-84, Vinh Luong 2-56, Evan Eschels 1-14, Kellen Milliken 1-13, Jaydon Jones 1-3, Cole Rebman 1-4.