SANGER — Inopportune penalties, miscues and turnovers have kept Sanger from recording its first victory of the year.
It was more of the same — with an added dose of Daniel Longhenry — that helped Aubrey make sure that elusive first win for the Indians would not come Friday night. Longhenry rushed for a game-high 126 yards on 23 carries and scored a touchdown to help the Chaparrals hold off the Indians 16-14 at Indian Stadium.
Sanger (0-5) twice moved inside the 20-yard line and looked prime for a score, only to turn the ball over both times. The Indians, in fact, had an opportunity to take the lead midway through the third quarter after a Dalton Hassell 35-yard interception return and two Aubrey unsportsmanlike conduct penalties placed the ball inside the 5.
But Aubrey’s defense didn’t budge, holding the Indians to 4 yards on their first three downs, setting up a fourth-and-goal from 1. Trailing 16-14, Sanger bypassed the field goal and watched in horror as quarterback Wyatt Broxston was swarmed under for a 2-yard loss.
“That was just awesome. It was a huge momentum swing for us, and I thought we held that momentum the rest of the game,” Aubrey head coach Mike Segleski said.
The Chaps’ defense didn’t let up there, holding Sanger to minus-29 yards and two forced fumbles on the Indians’ next three drives. Aubrey (2-3) held Sanger without a first down the entire second half and finished out the game with a 12-play drive that saw the Chaps’ eat up the final 6 minutes, 40 seconds by converting on a pair of fourth downs.
Holding on to the ball and limiting mistakes was crucial in a game that featured 14 fumbles, nine turnovers and three interceptions. Aubrey, which finished with five of those turnovers and managed only 7 yards of offense through the air, did it’s best to limit its mistakes.
The Chaps controlled the time of possession by pounding out 241 rushing yards on 54 carries and scored both times they crossed into the Sanger red zone. Aubrey’s ground game was so overpowering, it limited the Indians’ offense to 15 plays in the second half.
Yet, Sanger stayed in the game thanks to the play of its opportunistic defense. The Indians scored the only touchdown of the second half on a 37-yard interception return for a touchdown by Brennan Bloom that cut Aubrey’s lead to two with 10:38 left in the third quarter.
The Indians could’ve taken the lead on a field-goal try from the 1, but Segleski knows what Sanger wanted to do and doesn’t blame them for passing up the opportunity.
“We capitalized on their mistakes and they didn’t on ours — that was the difference in the game,” Segleski said.
Aubrey 16, Sanger 14
Aubrey — Daniel Longhenry 3 yard run (Longhenry run) 5:34
Aubrey — Robert De La Torre 70 yard interception return (Alford run) 2:21
Sanger — Devin Teeters 4 yard pass from Wyatt Broxson (Teeters kick) 0:04
Sanger — Brennan Bloom 47 yard interception return (Kyle Johnson kick) 10:38
Rushing — A: Daniel Longhenry 23-126, Kyle Lynn 4-(-4), Matt Davis 3-8, Robert DeLaTorre 6-56; Anthony Alford 13-55, Clay Kelly 5-0; S: Wyatt Broxon 19-(-9), Brice Escobedo 8-35, Dylan Hennen 4-8.
Passing — A: Kyle Lynn 1-8-2 7; S: Wyatt Broxson 10-18-1 78.
Receiving — A: Tanner Buxton 1-7; S: Tanner Thomas 4-40, Devin Teeters 3-17, Houston Wyatt 2-16, Brennan Bloom 1-5.