It wasn’t exactly a fun finish for football this year for Sabine High School or for Overton High School, but it has ended for both, so it’s on to basketball season.

Sabine, coming off the best year in the history of its football program, just couldn’t get rolling this year in spite of a good start. The Cardinals finished up their season Friday night at Tatum with a 73-17 loss.

Overton, who didn’t get to play a couple of games due to COVID-19 caution, finished its season on the road at Lovelady on Friday with a 46-0 loss.

Sabine: Tatum’s Daymien Smith took a direct snap and went in for a 1-yard touchdown for Tatum, on the opening drive of the game, and that about told the story for the Cardinals.

Sabine turned the ball over on downs and Tatum’s Ty Hollins would score on a 39-yard run to double the Eagles’ lead to 14-0.

Sabine fans did get a treat: the combination of Jace Burns and Kaden Manning hooked up for a 92-yard touchdown pass, cutting Tatum’s lead in half.

Tatum got it right back, though, as Kendric Malone found Quinton Sheffield for another 39-yard touchdown and a 21-7 Tatum advantage.

Sabine got another touchdown, this time Burns to Alex Galyean for a 15-yard score that cut the lead to -14. But the Tatum offense was too much as they marched down and scored again, eventually stretching it to a 38-14 score at the half.

The Cardinals’ offense was shut down in the second half, besides a 30-yard field goal by Eduardo Jaimes.

Sabine finished the 2020 season with a 3-7 record, and does lose good players like Ty Francisco, Manning, and Jaimes, but returns Burns, Galyean, and talented defensive back Cayden Fortson, among others.

Overton: The Mustangs dealt with injuries and COVID breaks on and off throughout the season, and never seemed to get going. They did have an early-season win, a 36-22 win over Burkeville back on Sept. 5.

Last Friday’s game at Lovelady didn’t go very well, as the Lions rolled to a 46-0 score.

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