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Big second quarter lifts Argyle past Prosper
Aune, Sadler hook up for three touchdowns in 4 1/2-minute stretch
DENTON — After missing three games in the middle of District 9-3A play because of illness and playing the last two games at half-strength, Argyle sophomore wide receiver Ian Sadler showed he is at least close to being back at full strength on Friday night.
In a Class 3A Division II area-round playoff game at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, Sadler and his quarterback turned a tight, physical game into an easy victory. The duo produced a huge second quarter as Argyle defeated Prosper, 40-24, to avenge a Week 5 loss to close out nondistrict play.
“He’s back,” said Argyle quarterback Austin Aune, who is committed to TCU. “You could obviously see it tonight. He did a great job catching the ball. They gave us some looks that we were gonna give him the ball, and we executed. It obviously showed on the scoreboard.”
By the time the night was over, Sadler had seven catches for 220 yards and three touchdowns, all coming in the second quarter, when Argyle outscored Prosper, 22-3.
“He’s just electric,” Argyle coach Todd Rodgers said. “We have a lot of really good wide receivers. If they give one and take one away we can hurt you.
“He has something extra, though. He’s a very competitive kid, and he’s able to go get the football.”
Argyle (11-1) advances to meet Carthage, the team that knocked it out of the postseason last year in the regional final. The teams will meet 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mansfield’s Newsom Stadium.
Prosper got on the board first Friday with a 70-yard touchdown run from Darius Hunter before Argyle took a 9-7 lead at the end of the first quarter with a touchdown and a safety.
In the second quarter, Argyle hit another gear with Aune and Sadler.
Aune hit Sadler on a quick slant, and Sadler did the rest, taking the pass 70 yards to the end zone.
After Prosper missed a field goal attempt, Argyle started at its 20-yard line with five minutes to play in the half. On the first play, Aune hit Sadler on an identical pattern, this time for an 80-yard touchdown.
Argyle did not let up, recovering an onside kick. Six plays later, Sadler was in the end zone again on an 11-yard toss from Aune to give him three touchdowns in 4 1/2 minutes for a 31-10 lead.