PRICE – The Sabine High School football team was introduced to the Turner Brothers – specifically, Gerald and Jamion Turner, of Carlisle High – rather rudely, in fact, here on Friday night
Sabine’s Cardinals traveled down Highway 42 to take on the Carlisle Indians in the season opener for both teams, and it became the Turner Brothers show, to the tune of a 44-9 Carlisle victory.
Sabine (0-1) visits Shelbyville next Friday night; Carlisle (1-0) visits Troup.
The Cardinals won the toss, but had to punt on four plays. The Indians, led by quarterback Gerald Turner, took over. On the third play from scrimmage, he sprinted 41 yards for the touchdown and an early seven-point lead.
Coach Rex Sharp’s Cardinals were again forced to punt on a four-and-out. This time, the defense held the Indians to four plays, also. A personal foul on the punt return set up the Cardinals at their 43.
With quarterback Landon McKinney running the offens, they moved downfield. Mixing passes and runs, the Cardinals took 10 plays with McKinney running the final 5 yards for the touchdown. The missed extra point put the Cardinals down by one, 7-6, at the end of one.
Sabine began the second quarter punting to the Indians. On the fourth play, Turner found his brother Jamion Turner for a 76-yard touchdown pass, upping the Indians’ lead to 14-6. The Cardinals stayed on the ground with Brannigan Willige getting 13 yards, and then, he caught a 15-yard pass. The drive stalled, but Fernando Jaimes booted a 28-yard field goal to cut the lead to 14-9.
The two teams traded punts and the Indians were on the receiving end of a short punt, putting them at the Cardinal 27-yard-line. The younger Turner sprinted 25 yards before he was forced out at the 2. The Cardinal defense and penalties forced the Indians into a fourth-and-goal at the 28 and Sabine held.
On their first play, though, the Cardinals fumbled the ball, and any momentum, back to the Indians. Two plays later, Jamion Turner ran in for the score. A successful two-point conversion put the Indians up at halftime, 22-9.
The Cardinals kicked off to the Indians to start the second half. They fumbled the ball, but tossed it to Gerald Turne,r who ran 72 yards for the score and a 29-9 lead, just that quickly.
Sabine was plagued with penalties and were forced to punt. The Indians took advantage – again – and punched it in from the 3, followed by the conversion. The final score of the game was a run, fittingly enough, by Jamion Turner from 15 yards out.
The Turner brothers each wound up with 97 yards on the ground; Jamion had 76 receiving yards, while Gerald had 119 passing.
For the Cardinals, McKinney ended the night 11-of-25 for 117 yards passing, and 56 on the ground. B.J. Stidham had 61 yards rushing and A.J. Gresham had 58 receiving yards.