Gators pound out win over Tigers (photo gallery)

Published: Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 01:38 AM.

Martin said the touchdown was the longest of his career.

"It was long and it tired me out a lot, but it was worth it every step of the way," he said. "That was the fastest ever ran. Jon got the ball to me -- it was perfect over the middle and easy to catch all I saw was the end zone and I was gone."

The Gators (1-0) finished the game with 272 yards rushing on 39 carries. Richard Stroheker was more than capable of providing Thomas with a breather at tailback as gained 76 yards on just eight carries.

Although the Gators only threw nine passes, Beck made the most of his four completions. Beck not only hit Martin with a touchdown pass, but he had an 11-yard scoring strike to Kodi Moen with 8:12 left in the second quarter.

Beck finished the night 4-of-9 passing for 108 yards and the two touchdowns with one interception.

Baker turned three Tiger turnovers into touchdowns.

The first game on the game's first play when Tiger running back Jared Padgett fumble at the Graceville 28. Martin recovered the fumble for Baker and two plays later Thomas scored his first touchdown.

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