PREP ROUNDUP: Sharks start 1-0 in district after 3 overtimes
The News staff reports and The Orange Leader
BURKEVILLE — These Sharks live for cliffhangers. So much so, they find ways to survive.
Dominique Wilson scored the go-ahead touchdown, and Sabine Pass made a big stop in the third overtime to take a 34-26 victory over Burkeville on Friday in a District 12-2A Division II opener.
Sabine Pass (5-1, 1-0 in 12-2A D-II) came off a bye week that followed a 20-14 overtime victory at home over West Hardin. Friday’s win is the fifth in a row for the Sharks and the third decided by eight or fewer points.
The Mustangs (0-6, 0-1) were pushed back to the Sharks’ 28 before failing to convert a first down, sealing the outcome.
Wilson, the Sharks’ senior quarterback, ran for a touchdown and completed a pass to Jamyus Jones for another in regulation. After Burkeville took a 7-0 lead, Glenndell Walker scored and Wilson added a two-point conversion to put Sabine Pass ahead.
Wilson’s first TD put Sabine Pass ahead 14-7, the score at halftime.
Burkeville pulled within one in the third quarter, but Jones’ reception with 2:46 left in the third padded the Sharks’ lead to 20-13. Burkeville tied it at with 11:46 left in regulation.
The Sharks came up with a stop to force overtime. The Mustangs were at the Sharks’ 23 with 9 second left before Leonard Ifield made a tackle and Wilson intercepted a pass as time expired.
Both teams scored in the first overtime to make it 26-26. Ifield recovered a Mustang fumble in the second overtime, but the Sharks failed to capitalize.
Sabine Pass will host Iola (3-3, 1-0) next Friday.
BRIDGE CITY 42,
BRIDGE CITY – Welcome back to football Bridge City Cardinals.
Well, the Cleveland Indians may not have had those same feelings when they loaded up the buses afterFriday night’s District 10-4A Division I opener at Ward Stadium at Bridge City High School.
After three weeks of not playing someone in a different jersey, the Cardinals showed very little rust as they blitzed the Indians 42-3.
The Cardinals (3-2, 1-0) wore down the Indians (2-4, 0-1) with plenty of power with the running game.
Bridge City raced to a 28-3 lead at the half. The Cardinals piled up 16 first downs in the first 24 minutes and quarterback Byron Trahan scored on four short touchdown runs.
WEST ORANGE — The West Orange-Stark Mustangs took care of their business early in their District 12-4A Division II opener, putting away the Hamshire-Fannett Longhorns early, going up 62-0 at the end of the first half and crusing to a 68-0 victory.
The Mustangs (7-0, 1-0), ranked No. 1 in the state in the Class 4A polls, received little resistance form the Longhorns (1-6, 0-1).
Last season the Mustangs outscored their four district foes 169-3 and got off to a fast start Friday night.
WO-S, winners of 11 district titles in the last 12 years, have outscored opponents 367-23 this season.