After somewhat shocking the East Texas football community with a 50-29 win at West Rusk a week ago, Sabine continues its pursuit of a district championship, and perhaps even a perfect season, back at home at James Bamberg Stadium.
Sabine – 7-0 for coach Rex Sharp, and equally-unbeaten, of course, in District 8-3A, Division I – will host former state champion Mineola this Friday night at Bamberg Stadium, a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
Sabine is the only unbeaten team in the district; Mineola is 4-3 overall, but 2-1 in district play. West Rusk has lost to both Gladewater and Sabine. Winnsboro beat Tatum a week ago, but both of those teams each have two district losses. And White Oak has lost to everybody; the Roughnecks are 0-8 and 0-4 in district.
In short, with three games left to play, two of them at home, it’s Sabine’s district to lose.
Mineola likely won’t be a pushover.
The Yellowjackets don’t have the same coaching staff, but have made two appearances in the state championship game in the last half-decade, and won one of them. Mineola comes off a 44-7 dismantling of White Oak a week ago. In that game, Trevion Sneed scored three touchdowns, all rushing, for the Yellowjackets, and Cole Castleberry returned an interception for a score, as well.
Sabine’s win over West Rusk was chronicled by Jeremy Newlin for the News Herald on kilgorenewsherald.com, as quarterback Landon McKinney showed off again. McKinney scored four rushing touchdowns – including a 40-yarder – and ran for 159 total yards in the Cardinals’ win over West Rusk in New London.
That was actually the second straight year Sabine has beaten West Rusk.
The Cardinals also got a touchdown pass from McKinney to A.J. Gresham, and a kick return for a touchdown from Cayden Fortson. B.J. Stidham ran for a touchdown, as well.
The lone dark spot in the win over West Rusk was an injury to longtime kicker Fernando Jaimes. His status for Sabine’s game against Mineola is uncertain, at press time for GTW on Tuesday.
Following the game against the Yellowjackets, Sabine has two remaining: at Gladewater next week, and at home against White Oak on the last night of the regular season, Nov. 8.