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Sabine quarterback Landon McKinney (10) had three passing touchdowns and ran for two more in the Cardinals’ 47-7 win over Shelbyville last Friday night. Sabine (2-0) hits the road this week to Harleton to  face another 2-0 team. (Photo by MARVIN HILLHOUSE)

Sabine blasted Shelbyville, 47-7, Friday night for the Cardinals’ second win of the season, a week after dismantling regular 2A power Carlisle, also at home. This Friday night, coach Rex Sharp’s Sabine squad hits the road for the first time in the 2019 season to take on Harleton, also off to a 2-0 start.

Kickoff at Harleton Friday night is set for 7:30 p.m.

Harleton has been a bit of a surprise, too.

After back-to-back one-win seasons, the Wildcats have already won just as many games this year (they’re 2-0) as they had since 2017.

The Wildcats have a first year coach, Kyle Little, and they’ve been on both ends of the spectrum: an overtime win over Queen City in week one, and then a blowout over Simms Bowie Friday night.

Little threw players for a loop when he changed the Wildcats’ offense from a wide-open spread to a grind-it-out wing-T. But it’s worked, at least through two games. And while Sabine has been impressive with 81 points in its two wins, the Wildcats have 86.

Special teams have worked well for Harleton, too. Instead of being “not-so-special” teams, the Wildcats have an onside kick recovery to their credit and a blocked punt for a score.

Sabine has done some pretty impressive things of its own so far this year: holding two opponents to a combined 10 points, averaging just over 40 points a game, and controlling the line of scrimmage to the point that leading rusher B.J. Stidham already has over 400 yards rushing (302 of it came in that game against Carlisle).

Friday night against Shelbyville – and Jeremy Newlin’s game story in its entirety can be viewed on – Sabine got three touchdown passes from Landon McKinney, who also ran for two. A.J. Gresham caught a couple of touchdowns from McKinney; and Cayden Fortson picked off a pass that he returned 69 yards for a defensive touchdown.

Sabine has looked very much like a playoff team through two games, but it’s still early. After the Cardinals visit Harleton Friday night, they’ll go to Elkhart (Sept. 20) and then have an open date (Sept. 27) before opening district play at Tatum (Oct. 3).


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