HUGHES SPRINGS – Sabine, out of the Class 3A playoff hunt and playing for pride, made the trek to Hughes Springs Friday night, but finished the season with a 62-37 loss to the playoff-bound Mustangs.
Sabine finished its season with a 2-8 record.
Hughes Springs got a touchdown on its very first play from scrimmage, a 73-yard sprint by Ja’Kobie Craver. The two-point conversion missed, but HS led, 6-0.
Scottie Taylor found T Taylor for a 19-yard gain for Sabine on its first drive, but HS ultimately forced a turnover on downs. With a short field, Craver got the ball again, and he rumbled 34 yards for another score.
Sabine’s offense couldn’t get going, and on the Mustangs’ next possession, the results were the same: this time an eight-play drive that ended with a 3-yard touchdown by Isaiah Bolden. The two-point try was good this time, and HS led, 20-0.
The bright spot for Sabine in the first quarter was an interception by Glen George, but Sabine was forced to punt to end the quarter. Three plays into the Mustangs’ next drive, and they had points again, this time on a 34-yard run by Trayvon Kennedy.
Sabine did score on its first drive of the second quarter, after pounding the ball with George and Taylor. Clayton Simmons caught a pass from Taylor for the touchdown, and then Hunter Austin caught the conversion to give HS a 28-8 lead.
Incrediby, the teams would combine for three more touchdowns before halftime: a 13-yard run by Andrew Gaul for HS, a 73-yard run by Craver for his third score of the night, and then a two-play drive by the Cardinals, the big one a 56-yard pass from Taylor to Sam Longhofer. HS led 40-16 at the half.
Sabine opened the third quarter with a page from the Mustangs’ playbook: a 60-yard touchdown pass from Taylor to George. Fernando Jaimes hit the point after and Sabine had cut the lead to 40-23.
Sabine executed a good onside kick, that Eli Morris recovered for them. The drive ended, though, when HS’s Chandler King intercepted a pass at the goal line. That took the wind out of the Cardinals’ sails as the Mustangs plodded downfield with Bolden taking the final 37 yards for a 48-23 lead.
With time running out in the third, Sabine played with heart, and scored on a pass from Taylor to Simmons, Taylor’s fourth touchdown pass of the night.
T Taylor did have a fourth-quarter fumble recovery for Sabine, but it was mainly Hughes Springs from there – they got a fourth touchdown for Carver (and a 265-yard night), and a 9-yard touchdown by Kennedy to cap the Mustangs’ scoring.
Sabine got one more score, a 1-yard plunge by Scottie Taylor into the end zone.
Taylor had 213 yards passing and the four touchdowns, and then the rushing touch. George had 74 yards rushing and 60 receiving. Seven different receivers caught the ball for coach Rex Sharp’s Cardinals. Kobe Renfro again led Sabine’s defense in tackles.