Gladiators celebrate Senior Night with 39-22 win over Centerville

Image: We love #50! — Senior Gladiator Ethan Simon(50) had plenty of fan support during his final game on Willis Field.

ITALY — It was Senior Night in Italy as the Gladiators (5-5, 2,3) hoped to conclude their season with a win over the Centerville Tigers. Italy’s football seniors including Jasenio Anderson, Heath Clemons, Colton Campbell, Eddie Garcia, Tavarus Griffin, Jacob Lopez, De’Andre Rettig, De’Andre Sephus, Ethan Simon, Kyle Wilkins and Bobby Wilson were recognized before the game along with their families.

Italy’s JV Gladiators beat Axtell 16-8, Junior High teams tie 22-22

Image: Punching cattle — Bailey Walton(52) is proud of the fight he and his teammates displayed as the Italy JV Gladiators knockout the Axtell Longhorns, 16-8, in an electrifying game at Willis Field Ranch.

Most athletes refuse to accept moral victories. However, every so often, the Football Gods will send you a sign that your team is heading in the right direction. On Thursday, the Italy Junior High Gladiators ended their game with the Axtell Longhorns in a 22-22 tie, Italy’s first ‘non-loss’ of the season. And moral victory or not, it sure was fun being a Junior High Gladiator on Thursday.

The Bison buffalo the Gladiators to win 41-21

Image: Holden makes the catch — Italy’s Jase Holden(6) secures a touchdown pass from Jasenio Anderson before stepping out of bounds.

The Buffalo Bison (5-3,1-1) bulled their way over the Italy Gladiators (4-3,1-1) by a score of 41-21 in week two of the of the 2A-2 Region II District 11 race. The loss puts the Italy in a four-way tie for second place with Buffalo, Centerville and Leon who the Gladiators take on this Friday in Italy.

Gladiators win fourth straight to start 1-0 in district

Image: Jasenio gets ready — Jasenio Anderson(11) put in a solid effort with 82-yards rushing and 165-yards passing in a quarter and a half.

Blooming Grove — The Blooming Grove Lions(2-4), head coached by Scott Doring, hosted the Italy Gladiators(4-2), head coached by Craig Bales, Friday night in a 2A-2 Region II District 11 district opener for both sides. The Lions came off a 31-7 loss to Teague while the Gladiators were riding a three game winning streak coming into the contest after toppling the Life Mustangs 63-0 in their last outing.