Jackets dominate NC
Camp Wood -- Playing in a tight contest for the better part of
three quarters on Friday, Nov. 2, the Sabinal Yellowjackets got things
rolling late, in a 40-6 win over Nueces Canyon.
The win clinched a playoff spot for the Jackets (8-1 on the season, 4-0
in District 15-A-II), who will host the DíHanis Cowboys (9-0, 4-0) for
all the marbles this Friday, Nov. 9.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Yellowjacket Stadium. DíHanis has won
the last five meetings in the series.
The winner will receive a first-round bye in the playoffs, while the
loser will open play next week against the third place finisher in
District 16-A. That will be decided between the winner of Fridayís game
between Agua Dulce and Charlotte.
The Sabinal-DíHanis winner will advance to the area playoffs on the
weekend of Nov. 23-24, and will face either the third-place finisher from
13-A-II or the runner-up from 14-A-II. In 13, the third place team will be
Fridayís Granger-Bartlett loser. In 14, the runner-up will be Fridayís
Falls City-Runge loser.
Sabinal struck first last Friday, scoring late in the first quarter
when Adan Alejandro threw a nine-yard scoring pass to Elijah Gonzales.
Conversions were an issue all evening for the Jackets, as the placekick
was no good, leaving the score at 6-0 with 3:12 left in the first period.
Midway through the second quarter, NC tied the game on a 14-yard pass
from Bailey Gober to Ryan Parks. The Panthersí PAT attempt also failed,
so the game was knotted at 6-6.
With the first half winding down, it appeared the teams would go to the
locker room tied. But Alejandro found Blake Young for a 52-yard scoring
pass with just three seconds remaining until the half. The Jackets tried
to run for the conversion, but it was no good. Sabinal held a 12-6 lead at
It took most of the third quarter for the Jackets to score again, but
Gonzales crossed the goalline from seven yards away, with 3:51 left on the
The Jackets created a turnover and and scored again just 55 seconds
later, this time on a Jon Moore six-yard run. After both TDs, Sabinal went
for two, and both times, they were stopped, leaving the score at 24-6.
Sabinal got the ball right back again, and drove to another Moore
score, this one from three yards away, with 11:18 left in the game. Matt
Medina added the placekick.
Five minutes later, as the floodgates stayed open, the Jackets were
back in the endzone, on a one-yard run by Young to make it 37-6.
In the gameís waning moments, Medina connected on a 33-yard field
goal to bring the score to its final 40-6 margin.
In addition to his two rushing TDs, Moore gained 133 yards on 13
carries for the Jackets, while Alejandro passed for 144 total yards.
The Sabinal defense continued to be a force, allowing just 133 total
yards of offense to NC. They have allowed just 18 points in district play,
and only 72 on the season.