DAINGERFIELD – A pair of back-to-back high-scoring road games has left Sabine High School’s Cardinals off to a 1-2 start after an impressive win over Spring Hill in the season opener three weeks ago.
The Cardinals came up short in Daingerfield Friday night, another big scoring affair, but with Sabine on the wrong end of a 58-30 final.
Daingerfield’s Aeryn Hampton took over at quarterback for an injured teammate and scored on a long run and later added a pair of interception returns for touchdowns as the Tigers pulled away from Sabine.
Daingerfield is 2-1 on the season.
Sabine will host DeKalb next Friday night.
Daingerfield took an 8-0 lead in the opening quarter on a 75-yard touchdown pass from Dee Lewis to C.J. Gilbert and a 2-point run by Lewis, but Jace Burns answered for Sabine with a 64-yard touchdown pass to Brannigan Willige and a 2-pointer of his own to tie things at 8-8.
D’Co Wright’s 72-yard touchdown run with 6:11 left put Daingerfield on top 14-8, but Willige scored on a 1-yard run for the Cardinals with 4:55 left in the second stanza to knot things at 14 apiece.
A 20-yard TD pass from Lewis to Gilbert with 25 seconds left in the half gave the Tigers a 20-14 lead.
Hampton took over under center for an injured Lewis in the second half and scored just 17 second into the third on a 60-yard run. Sabine once again answered when Dylan Stafford booted a 23-ard field goal to make it a 26-17 contest.
Daingerfield’s Jalin Jones scooped up a fumble and took it back 38 yards for a Tiger touchdown and a 32-17 lead, but the Cardinals refused to go away.
Burns hit Willige for a 56-yard scoring strike with 4:20 left in the third, and later tossed a 21-yard TD pass to Caden Hardin with 6:37 left in the game to make it a 32-30 game.
Hampton put things away with a 43-yard pick six with 4:23 left, and after Wright rambled in for 34 yards, Hampton picked off another pass and went 57 yards to the house to make the final 58-30.