SANGER — Friday night's game between Argyle and Sanger started fast, and the pace kept up. In a game that lasted just more than two hours, the Eagles prevailed 42-14.
The Eagles (8-0, 3-0 District 4-4A, Division I) outgained Sanger 611 to 319, amassing 30 first downs in the process. Sanger quarterback CJ Jackson said he knows he and his squad is capable of more. Jackson finished with 91 yards through the air and 116 yards on the ground.
"We kind of killed ourselves in this one," Jackson said. "We know what we're capable of. We just have to score on offense and get stops on defense."
Both teams game out of the gates ready to play, putting on a display of high energy, up-tempo football. The Eagles struck first with 5:33 left in the first quarter. Don Williams racked up 22 of his 128 first-half yards on a touchdown run to put Argyle up 7-0.
But a solid return on the ensuing kickoff let Sanger make the most of a short field. The Indians (3-5, 1-2) tied tie game only 50 seconds later on a 13-yard touchdown run from Gavin Brown. Argyle then closed out the first half with two touchdowns to push the score to 21-7.
Noah Lang went around the outside for a 10-yard touchdown run to put Argyle up 14-7 with just over 10 minutes to play in the half. The Eagles then took almost the entire rest of the quarter to score, but quarter back John Copeland hit Chase Estrada over the middle for an 11-yard touchdown pass with 53 seconds to play in the half.
Argyle put up 395 yards of offense in the first half minutes compared to Sangers 180. Argyle opened the second half much like they closed the first half.
The Eagles scored three straight touchdowns to go up 35-7. Copeland capped it off with a 7-yard touchdown run with 8:19 left in the game. The Indians came back with a Brown touchdown from 2 yards out to pull within 21 with just more than five minutes remaining.
But Williams put the final nail in the coffin as the clocked rolled down. He ran it in with ease from 3 yards out with 1:46 to play to put Argyle up 42-14.
"They're a good team," Jackson said. "We're looking forward to these final two games a lot. We're going to practice very hard this week."
Sanger now has a big road match against Gainesville, while Argyle hosts Wichita Falls Hirschi. Both games kick off at 7 p.m. Friday.