Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Garland downs Sachse with time-controlling runs to clinch final postseason spot
GARLAND - Control.
Garland controlled its playoff destiny, and it controlled the play in the second half. Behind the running of Jordan Spencer and a staunch defense, Garland clinched the final postseason spot in District 10-5A with a 21-7 victory over Sachse at Williams Stadium on Thursday.
Keeping the ball for 38 plays and running down the clock, Garland stopped Sachse from clinching its first playoff spot. Garland's defense limited Sachse to 12 yards on 12 plays in the second half. It also scored the only points of the second half to take control of a 7-7 game.
Spencer finished with 121 yards and scored the go-ahead touchdown with 38 seconds left in the third quarter. His 3-yard run ended a 10-play drive.
However, Garland would get the ball back with 9:26 left and would hold the ball for more than eight minutes. A Sachse offside penalty on a punt allowed Garland to keep the ball, and by the time Seth Russell ran the ball in from the 1 for the touchdown, only 1:19 remained.
Both teams figured to run the ball, but the passing game took center stage in the first quarter.
Sachse (5-5, 3-4) jumped out on its first possession, moving 66 yards on seven plays. Trent White hit Jeff Guckenberg for 26 yards on the first play, and six plays later White hit Cody McSwain down the middle for the score.
Garland (7-3, 5-2) had a quick answer. On its fifth play, Seth Russell connected with Marty Williams down the left side for 72 yards.
However, neither team could capitalize on big opportunities. A fumble recovery at the Sachse 21 following Williams' touchdown, gave Garland a great chance, but a sideline penalty pushed the ball back to the 36. Four plays later, Sachse had the ball back.
Midway through the second quarter, Sachse got the ball at the Garland 26 following a botched punt, but gave up the ball on downs.