Man on a mission

Sabine’s B.J. Stidham (21) ran for 302 yards and two scores in last Friday night’s 34-3 win over Carlisle. Sabine (1-0) hosts Shelbyville (1-0) Friday night at James Bamberg Stadium. (Photo by MARVIN HILLHOUSE)

By now, most East Texas football fans have heard about the incredible show put on in last Friday’s season opener by Sabine High School’s offensive line and by running back B.J. Stidham, who ran for 302 yards against a Carlisle program that regularly records double-digit wins each season.
 
 
Who knows if Stidham and the Cardinals’ running game can keep up that pace, but they’ll try – at least to come out on the winning end – this Friday night with a second-straight home game, this time against Shelbyville.
Kickoff at James Bamberg Stadium in Liberty City, on campus at SHS, is set for 7:30 p.m.
Coach Rex Sharp had to be proud of the way his Cardinals performed in winning their first game of the season. Cameron Gray, Asher Foster, L.J. Mitchell, Tristan Green and Edson Lopez led the Sabine ground game to over 400 yards rushing, and Stidham got the bulk of it. He scored twice.
Sabine’s defense was amazing, too, holding the Carlisle Indians – a highly-regarded 2A program – to just three points, as Sabine won, 34-3. It was an amazing turnaround after Carlisle routed Sabine, 44-9. But Sharp returns almost every starter, and revenge might be in store for a few teams.
In addition to Stidham and the performance of that offensive line, Landon McKinney had 119 passing yards and a touchdown pass; Brannigan Willige caught that touchdown, a 65-yarder; A.J. Gresham had 40 yards receiving; and Fernando Jaimes had two 34-yard field goals. 
This week’s opponent, Shelbyville, didn’t look like a pushover in its season opener last week, either, however. Shelbyville – which Sabine beat, 38-20, a year ago – blew out Beckville, 35-8.
Sabine, who went 5-5 last year but missed the playoffs, plans to make it a brief absence. The Cardinals are on the road the next two weeks, at Harleton (Sept. 13) and Elkhart (Sept. 20).
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