The 2020 season has been very 2020-ish for Sabine High School football so far, starting out on a good note, and lately, unfortunately for the Cardinals and their fans, not so much.
That trend continued Friday night here in White Oak, as Sabine – who beat White Oak handily last season for their first win in the series since 2007 – couldn’t pull the back-to-back, falling in this District 6-3A, Division I contest to the White Oak Roughnecks, 30-11.
Sabine (3-5) has an open date next Friday night, Oct. 23, and then finishes the season with a home game at Gladewater Oct. 30, and a road trip to Tatum Nov. 6.
The Cardinals’ first drive ended in a punt, and unfortunately, White Oak’s did not. On third down, Cayson Siegley found Dalton Morgan for a 46-yard touchdown pass and an early 7-0 White Oak lead.
Sabine’s next possession found them facing a punting situation, but they snapped the ball to the up man, Kaden Manning, who went 29 yards into ‘Neck territory.
On the next play, Sabine coughed up the ball, though, and the Necks’ Logan Smith fell on it, ending the Cardinals’ drive.
Sabine’s defense held and forced a punt. And both teams’ defenses held strong, forcing punts. On the Cards next possession, they moved downfield using Manning’s legs. Unfortunately, the drive stalled as Jace Burns’ pass was picked off on a one-handed catch by White Oak’s Colton Cobb.
This time the Roughnecks’ offense kept to the ground and let Frazier chew up yardage with the final 4 going in for the touchdown. The extra point was blocked, as Manning scooped and scored the conversion for the Cards, ending the first quarter with an odd 13-2 score.
The Roughnecks’ defense held again and took over on downs. This drive the ‘Necks went to the air and Siegley found Michael Stevens for 13. He then found Cobb for 20 yards and the touchdown. With the extra point the Necks increased their lead to 20-2.
On a short kickoff and a personal foul, the Cards were in good field position. Cayden Fortson outran his defender and Burns laid the ball in for a 41-yard gain, just short of the goal line. Manning took the final yard for the score. They missed the two point conversion, though, left the score at 20-8.
White Oak’s next possession was stopped, as Ty Francisco snagged the pass for the interception. Sabine’s own drive stalled, though, and the half ended.
The second half saw more of the Roughnecks running the ball. They took the second half kickoff and moved down field, eventually scoring and increasing the lead to 27-8.
The Sabine offense kept to the ground game and Branham went for 16 and 12 yards, but the drive stalled. Eduardo Jaimes salvaged the drive with a 38-yard field goal to cut the lead to 27-11. The ‘Necks went back down field and equaled the Cards with a 36-yard field goal of their own by Brian Smith to cap off the scoring at 30-11.
The fourth quarter saw both teams trade interceptions and then turnover on downs. Sam Dusek for the ‘Necks intercepted a pass on the first drive of the quarter. On the White Oak drive, Burns intercepted for the Cards.
For the Cardinals, Burns ended the night with 65 yards through the air and 24 on the ground. Branham led the team with 93 yards receiving and a touchdown. Fortson had 41 yards receiving. For the Roughnecks, Siegley had 122 yards through the air and two touchdowns.