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Football: Unbeaten Indians rout Whitesboro
SANGER -- The Sanger Indians secured a playoff spot on Friday night with their 45-18 win over the Whitesboro Bearcats.
"Overall, I was proud of the team," said Sanger head coach Chuck Galbreath. "They stepped up when they had to and we got a big win. It's certainly good to be 8-0, but we have some loftier goals than that."
The first quarter of the game was quiet for Sanger (8-0, 3-0). The Indians fumbled the opening kickoff, but recovered from the turnover and forced Whitesboro to punt after just three plays. However, it was Whitesboro that scored the game's first touchdown when quarterback Jordan Gill rushed for a 3-yard score with 4:21 left in the first quarter.
"I didn't feel like we were ready to play at the beginning of the game, so we are going to have to do a better job in that are going forward," Galbreath said.
After Whitesboro turned the ball over on downs to start the second quarter, it only took Sanger two plays to get their first score of the game. Jon Garza hauled in a 78-yard pass from quarterback Dane Evans.
Evans had 348 yards passing and five touchdowns on the night to five different receivers.
"Dane had a good game," Galbreath said. "We were able to distribute the ball to a lot of different guys. When we needed some big plays, we were able to get the ball to our receivers."
Sanger defensive end Jared Morrison then forced Whitesboro quarterback Jordan Gill to fumble at the team's own 13-yard line. However, Sanger failed to punch the ball into the end zone and settled for a 24-yard field goal by kicker Gage Hundley.
The Indians then recovered an onside kick at the Whitesboro 37-yard line and quickly scored on an Evans 1-yard touchdown pass to Zane Paddack.
Another Gill fumble led to another Sanger score. Evans hooked up with Jay Cain for a 28-yard touchdown with just 31 seconds left in the first half.
In the second half, the Indian defense was stout. The Sanger offense, meanwhile, scored on both of its possessions in the third quarter. The Bearcats got two late touchdowns, but Sanger dominated both sides of the ball. They outgained the Bearcats 476 yards to just 289.