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Football: Sanger rallies in fourth to beat Aubrey
AUBREY - The area's leading Class 3A passing combination - Dane Evans to Nathan Rotter - had a tough night on Friday, but Sanger hung on for a 21-13 win over Aubrey.
Evans completed 10 of 13 passes for only 80 yards, and he was sacked on Sanger's first two possessions.
Rotter caught only one pass all evening - for nine yards. Fortunately for Sanger, he contributed in other ways.
Rotter scored twice in the fourth quarter, including on an 82-yard kickoff return after Aubrey had grabbed its only lead of the night, and Sanger (7-0, 2-0) managed to remain unbeaten.
Aubrey (3-4, 0-2) drove 67 yards in eight plays to take a 13-7 lead with 8:09 to play on Albert Silva's 2-yard touchdown run.
Big plays on the drive included passes of 19 and 31 yards from James Wurster to Skyler Craig.
But Aubrey opted to go for two after an offsides penalty against Sanger moved the ball half the distance to the goal. Wurster's pass fell incomplete.
Rotter fielded the ensuing kickoff at his own 18, found a seam down the right sideline and outran the Aubrey pursuit to the end zone. Gage Hundley's kick made it 14-13 Sanger.
Aubrey punted on its next possession after stalling at mid-field, and Sanger came back with a nearly 2 1/2-minute drive that included five carries for 70 yards by Brock Squier and a 9-yard touchdown run by Rotter.
Aubrey wasn't done.
With a crucial third-down conversion on a Sanger offsides penalty and a 34-yard Wurster pass to James Reeves, Aubrey found itself with a fourth-and-2 on the Sanger 10-yard line with 1:04 left.
An apparent interception on a trick play - Charlie Radford's toss back to Wurster - looked to have ended the game, but Sanger was called for defensive holding to give Aubrey a first-and-goal at the 5 with 49 seconds left.
But Silva, the game's leading rusher with 106 yards on 18 carries, was hit hard on the next play. The ball popped loose and Jared Morrison recovered for Sanger.
Sanger 21, Aubrey 13
Sanger 0 7 0 14 - 21
Aubrey 0 0 7 6 - 13
S - Jon Garza 20 pass from Dane Evans (Gage Hundley kick)
A - Albert Silva 21 pass from James Wurster (Irving Saucedo kick)
A - Albert Silva 2 run (pass failed)
S - Nathan Rotter 82 kickoff return (Gage Hundley kick)
S - Nathan Rotter 9 run (Gage Hundley kick)
First downs 9 17
Rushing 20-147 47-161
Passing yards 80 159
Passing 10-13-0 11-18-0
Punts-avg. 4-29.75 4-36.25
Penalties 9-77 9-76
Fumbles-lost 2-1 4-1
Rushing - A: Albert Silva 18-106, James Wurster 15-27, Charlie Radford 7-21, Dexter Loza 1-8, Skyler Craig 5-1, Skylar Starling 1--2, S: Hayden Thomas 3-73, Brock Squier 9-72, Nathan Rotter 1-9, Dane Evans 7--7.
Passing - A: James Wurster 10-16-0-157, Skylar Starling 1-2-0-2, S: Dane Evans 10-13-0-80.
Receiving - A: Skyler Craig 2-50, James Reeves 1-34, Collin Scribner 2-32, Albert Silva 2-19, Charlie Radford 2-14, Christian Wiseman 1-8, James Wurster 1-2, S: Ryan Scott 1-28, Zane Paddack 2-24, Jon Garza 1-20, Jay Cain 1-3, Nathan Rotter 1-3, Hayden Thomas 4-2.