Backup center Jared Kaster got pressed into service unexpectedly Saturday, but held up during a drive on which Tech scored its first touchdown.
Kaster is a second-semester freshman who, this time last year, was playing at Class 2A Rice Consolidated. He went in for several plays early when senior center Deveric Gallington turned an ankle.
“He was in all six plays, we drive down and score,” Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. “It gave him some confidence of going in and playing.
“They were the best defensive line we’ve played against all year long, and the center has to make all the calls against all the (defensive line) twists and all those things. It wasn’t a great game for him to enter, but it was good to see that he went in and played well, made no mistakes.”
Kaster figures prominently in the team’s plans next year with the offensive line losing three senior starters.
“Hopefully we can get Kaster in some of these next four games that we play,” Tuberville said, “and get him ready for spring ball and get him ready for next year.”