Written by Matt Wixon
Wixon: Second-half surge helps Sachse finally gets its first win over Garland, 24-10
GARLAND — Sachse’s prolific offense didn’t put up its typical huge numbers on Friday night. But when the Mustangs left the field at Williams Stadium, they were simply happy that they didn’t have to talk about zero anymore.
As in zero wins against Garland.
Trailing after a sluggish first half, Sachse found its offense in the third quarter and pulled away for a 24-10 victory, its first against Garland in school history.
“I’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” said coach Mark Behrens, who has led Sachse since the school opened.
Sachse (8-0, 4-0 in District 11-5A) ended a nine-game drought against Garland, dating back to Sachse’s first varsity season in 2004. The Mustangs, ranked No. 12 in the area 5A rankings, also handed Garland (2-4, 2-1) its first district loss in three seasons.
It wasn’t easy.
Sachse entered the game averaging 54 points per game, but its high-powered offense had a bad wheel. Quarterback Kent Myers, a senior who is the Dallas area’s most prolific passer in 5A and also leads Sachse in rushing, wore a brace to protect his sprained left knee.
“It’s not just me, we’ve got great players all around me,” said Myers, who expects to shed the brace when Sachse plays again in two weeks. “I knew I couldn’t run, so I just had to stay in the pocket and trust my guys.”
Myers completed 23 of 34 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns, but he’s known for making big plays out of broken ones. He couldn’t do that, and Garland, a defensive-minded team that has struggled with its own injuries this season, sacked him five times.
Sachse was shut out in the opening quarter for the first time this season, and despite averaging 30 points by halftime in its first seven games, the Mustangs trailed, 10-7, at the half.
With Myers unable to run, junior running back Devine Ozigbo helped fill the void. The junior rushed 28 times for 179 yards, and his 7-yard touchdown on Sachse’s first drive of the third quarter gave the Mustangs a 14-10 lead.
Sachse’s defense forced a punt, and with a second straight touchdown drive, Sachse took firm control. Myers threw a short pass to receiver James Mayden, who weaved between blocks and then raced for a 42-yard touchdown to give Sachse a 21-10 lead with 4:10 left in the third.
Sachse’s defense, which held Garland to 246 yards, made sure the game didn’t get closer.
“The defense played great,” Behrens said. “They got a few drives on us, but the defense tightened up when we needed it.”
Garland running back Jaharrad Haskins had a productive night with 18 carries for 118 yards. But on Friday, it was Sachse’s turn to celebrate.
“When we lost last year, it was devastating,” Myers said. “We knew we were going to have to come out here and play hard.
“It feels great.”
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