Jackets 3-0 after shutout of CP


     Center Point -- The Sabinal Yellowjackets made it three in a row to open the 2020 season on Friday, Sept. 11, with a 29-0 road win at Center Point.

     It was the second straight shutout for the Sabinal defense, which has allowed just six points in the Jackets’ three wins.

    This Friday, Sept. 18, they’ll be back at Yellowjacket Stadium for a 7:30 p.m. contest against their longest-standing rivals, the Brackett Tigers. The teams will be meeting for the 83rd time on Friday. Sabinal has a two-game edge in the overall standings, but the Tigers have won 10 of the last 12 get-togethers.

     Friday in Center Point, the Jackets had almost a 3-to-1 edge in total yards over the Pirates, outgaining CP 244-96.

Sabinal got on the board quickly, off a big break created by the defense. Jacket defensive lineman Eddy Beza read the CP option, and hit the quarterback in the backfield. During the tackle the ball came loose and Ethan Torres-Ruiz caught it on the bounce, returning it to the 5-yard line. From there, Torres-Ruiz scored and the Jackets led 6-0 with 9:51 left in the opening period.

     With the score still 6-0 just before halftime, quarterback Grayson Kowalski found Derek Smith at the back of the endzone for a 13-yard TD pass. The two-point conversion extended Sabinal’s lead to 14-0 with 17 seconds left in the second quarter.

     In the third period, the Jackets drove to the endzone after taking the kickoff. Torres-Ruiz scored the second of his three rushing TDs on a four-yard run. The two-pointer made it a 22-0 lead.

     Late in the period, Braeden Soto intercepted a Pirate pass, setting up a 30-yard scoring drive, with Torres-Ruiz again scoring the TD from four yards away. Soto added the placekick for a 29-0 lead.

     Kowalski hit Israel Gonzales for a pair of receptions in the fourth quarter, as the Jackets stayed in control of the contest.

• The Yellowjackets drew a shoutout on the Friday night Fox High School Scoreboard, as one of three teams in the state off to a 3-0 start after going through a winless campaign in 2019.