Sabinal rolls Brackett, 52-19
By Jeff Berger
Anvil Herald Correspondent
The offense piled up over 550 yards, and the defense recorded nine sacks and five takeaways Friday night Sept. 30, as Sabinal crushed Brackett, 52-19, in an early battle of District 15-2A-II unbeatens.
The Jackets, now 6-0 on the year, 2-0 in district play, will go on the road this Friday, Oct. 7, to take on La Pryor. Game time in the district matchup is 7 p.m.
After Sabinal recorded the first of its nine sacks, the Tigers were forced to punt, on their first of seven possessions in which they failed to record a first down.
Sabinal went right to work, going 52 yards in eight plays. An eight-yard keeper by Richard Gonzales, followed by the PAT from Lorenzo Castillo, made it 7-0.
Back-to-back sacks by Landon Atkinson, with an assist from Jacob Flores, led to a 4th-and-long. The snap went over the punter’s head, and it wound up being a loss all the way to the 2-yard line. Israel Gonzales scored on the next play, and the Jackets led 13-0 with 6:33 left in the first period.
The Tigers steadily drove to the Sabinal 18, with the help of a pair of penalties on the Jackets. An offside penalty erased a fourth down sack, and a roughing the passer foul undid an interception. But the drive ended when Chuy Gonzales recovered a fumble.
After an empty drive for each team, the Jackets struck from long range, when Richard Gonzales broke free for a 64-yard TD run and a 19-0 lead early in the second. On the previous play, Israel Gonzales had gone 60 yards to the 10-yard line, but a flag killed that as well.
After another three-and-out for the Jacket defense, the offense went 67 yards in five plays. The big chunk was a 40-yard quarterback keeper, with the score coming on Sabinal’s only passing TD of the night, a 5-yard toss to Jacob Hill with 7:15 left in the half.
Brackett began to get itself untracked when Tyler Bordelon returned the ensuing kickoff 82 yards for a TD, cutting the lead to 25-6.
Sabinal’s next drive stalled after reached the red zone.
Brackett was forced to punt, but a muff on the reception for the Jackets gave the ball to the Tigers.
On the first play, Marques Hernandez passed to Bordelon for a 26-yard score, and the Tigers cut the lead to 25-12 at halftime.
The Jackets quickly put to rest any thoughts of a Brackett comeback. On their opening possession of the third quarter, Sabinal drove 73 yards in 10 plays, capped by a 23-yard run for Israel Gonzales. The junior running back rushed for 278 yards on 33 carries, scoring five TDs. Richard Gonzales finished with 198 yards on 14 carries, as the Jackets rushed for 494. Sabinal added a two-point conversion on a pass from Brandon Gomez to Josh Rodriguez.
Richard Gonzales interception a Brackett third down pass, and returned it inside the 10, setting up Sabinal’s second one-play drive of the night. Isreal Gonzales scored from the 3, and the lead climbed to 39-12.
An interception by Rodriguez ended Brackett’s next drive, but a Sabinal fumble at midfield led to a one-play drive for the Tigers. Kontagious Cook burst through the middle for a 48-yard scoring run, cutting the Jackets’ lead to 39-19.
Early in the fourth, Sabinal stopped the Tigers on downs, and answered with a touchdown. Two passes to Sergio Vasquez got the ball inside the 20. From there, Israel Gonzales scored on a 13-yard dash.
The Jacket defense continued operating at high level. Vasquez broke up Brackett’s first down pass, then consecutive sacks by Hill and Ryan Wells forced the Tigers’ fifth punt of the night.
Israel Gonzales capped his big night, going 31 yards, with a late hit penalty tacked on, followed by runs of 22 and 8 to reach the endzone. Castillo’s PAT made it 52-19 with 5:13 left in the game.
The Jackets still had time for two more takeaways. Vasquez had an interception, and Kadin Villasana recovered a Tiger fumble in the final seconds to seal the win.
PHOTO / JEFF BERGER
Israel Gonzales (21) prepares to split two Brackett defenders for a first-quarter Sabinal TD.