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Football: Indians crush Vernon to stay unbeaten
SANGER - Any quarterback would be thrilled with a 309-yard, five-touchdown game.
Sanger quarterback Dane Evans posted those numbers in the first half on Friday night as the Indian passing attack decimated Vernon in a 63-0 Sanger victory at Indian Stadium.
The Indians (4-0) scored 21 points in each of the first two quarters, scoring touchdowns on six of their nine possessions in the half.
"Our kids came out and played with a lot of emotion for homecoming," Sanger coach Chuck Galbreath said. "They just came out and took care of business"
But lost amid the well-deserved fervor surrounding Sanger's potent offense has been the consistent play of its defense. The Indians have held opponents to an average of just less than four points per game in their four wins this season.
The Indians forced Vernon (0-4) into two lost fumbles and four interceptions while blocking a punt on special teams. Even more impressive was the total number of yards the Indian defense allowed Friday night: 68.
The tone for Friday's win was set on the Lions' first drive. The Indians were already up 7-0 thanks to a 29-yard strike from Evans to junior wide receiver Jon Garza that capped a five-play, 62-yard drive to open the game.
On Vernon's first play from scrimmage, Garza, who also plays safety, intercepted a pass and returned it 60 yards to the end zone. But the play was erased by an offsides penalty. Undeterred, Indian linebacker Kade Erwin intercepted the ball on the very next play.
The Indians marched 44 yards in five plays to score their second touchdown in the first four minutes of the contest. Evans finished the night with 24 completions for 341 yards and six touchdowns.
"Dane is just a talented kid, but he's also a great competitor," Galbreath said. "He's going to come out and play his very best every night. He just loves to compete."
But the back-breaking moment for the Lions came with 1:17 left in the first half when Evans hit senior wideout Ryan Scott for a 61-yard touchdown. On the ensuing possession, any hopes the Lions had of heading into the locker room with points were crushed when Garza intercepted Vernon quarterback Parker Robinson.
As usual, Galbreath's spread offense provided Evans with plenty of options. Scott finished the game with 120 yards receiving while senior Nathan Rotter added seven catches for 123 yards. Eleven Indian receivers caught at least one pass on the night as Sanger amassed 424 yards of offense through the air.
The Sanger ground attack was led by junior Hayden Thomas, who had 106 yards rushing and a touchdown.
As impressive as the win was on both sides of the ball for Sanger, Galbreath is still wary of the challenges awaiting his squad in what promises to be a tough District 9-3A.
"Are we ready for district [play]? No. We still have another game," Galbreath said. "We still need to get better. That's the key. We just need to keep getting better."
The Indians will host Princeton next Friday night for a 7:30 tilt.
Sanger 63, Vernon 0
Vernon 0 0 0 0 - 0
Sanger 21 21 7 14 - 63
S - Jon Garza 29 from Dane Evans (Gage Hundley kick), 10:32
S - Zane Paddock 12 from Evans (Hundley kick), 7:59
S - Hayden Thomas 3 run (Hundley kick), 4:33
S - Nathan Rotter 23 from Evans (Hundley kick), 9:01
S - Ryan Scott 7 from Evans (Hundley kick), 4:13
S - Scott 61 from Evans (Hundley kick), 1:17
S - Thomas 20 from Evans (Hundley kick), 8:00
S - Blake Manning 7 from Mitch Hassell (Hundley kick), 10:31
S - Grant Briney 16 run (Hundley kick), 5:14
First downs 6 17
Rushing yards 16-(-2) 31-170
Passing yards 70 424
Total yards 68 594
Passing 12-29-4 31-42-2
Fumbles-lost 3-2 3-0
Punts-avg. 6-30 1-26
Penalties-yards 1-15 10-75
Rushing - V: Robert Thomas 5-4, Parker Johnson 8-(-14), Miguel Romero 2-7, Gage White 1-1. Sanger: Evans 1-6, Brock Squier 8-23, Thomas 7-106, Garza 1-9, Briney 5-37, Mitch Hassell 7-(-35), Tyler Heimdal 2-24.
Passing - V: Johnson 12-29-4-70. Sanger: Evans 24-35-341-2, Hassell 7-8-0-83.
Receiving - V: Sidney Lewis 3-17, Thomas 3-9, Derrick Clifton 4-52, Romero 1-(-3), Edward Cabrerra 1-(-5). Sanger: Zane Paddack 3-15, Rotter 7-123, Garza 3-37, Scott 5-120, Hayden Smith 3-32, Jay Cain 2-6, Thomas 3-32, Briney 1-0, Dakoat Cotton 1-13, Jordan Padron 2-39, Manning 1-7).