FRISCO — Mercifully, nondistrict is over for the Sanger Indians.
The Indians found themselves struggling again Thursday night, falling behind quickly before losing 51-21 to Frisco Lone Star on Thursday night at FC Dallas Stadium.
Sanger (0-6) will get two weeks to think about this loss before starting District 9-3A action against Gainesville on Oct. 18.
About the only good news to come out of Thursday’s loss is that the nondistrict season is now over and district action represents a fresh start.
Sanger had difficulty generating much offense in the first half. The Indians did score on their opening drive of the game, a 33-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Wyatt Broxson to wide receiver Brennan Bloom that tied the score at 7-7.
But that ended quickly, as the Indians’ defense proved unable to slow down the Rangers (5-1), while the offense committed two turnovers, punted twice and took a safety by halftime.
Lone Star scored on its first four drives of the game, in some cases knifing through the Indians in only a couple of plays, to take a 37-7 halftime lead.
Jordan Jones, who took over at running back for an injured Ramon Harris, burst through for a 55-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter to give the Rangers the lead for good, 14-7.
Jones ended up with 129 yards rushing on only 11 carries. Lone Star quarterback Will Campbell went 12-of-19 passing for 180 yards and three touchdowns. He didn’t play the second half.
Neither did Broxson, who threw for 104 yards on 5-of-11 passing along with an interception. He gave way to backup Brandon Mann, who played the second half. Mann went 2 of 5 for 15 yards and an interception, which was returned by Lone Star’s Sonny Maze for a touchdown.
The Indians did play better overall in the second half, scoring twice on a 6-yard touchdown run by Dylan Hennen and a 12-yard touchdown pass from Mann to Bloom. The Indians’ defense only gave up one second-half touchdown.
Hennen led the Indians with 55 yards on 19 carries. Bloom caught four passes for 62 yards, including the two scores.
Frisco Lone Star 51, Sanger 21
Frisco Lone Star
LS — Toure Stephens 22 pass from Will Campbell (Cameron Scott kick), 10:41
S — Brennan Bloom 33 pass from Wyatt Broxson (Kyle Johnson kick), 6:45
LS — Jordan Jones 55 run (Scott kick), 5:52
LS — Stevens 33 pass from Campbell (Scott kick), 2:28
LS — Jordan Ruby 8 pass from Campbell (Scott kick), :15
LS — Safety, quarterback tackled in end zone, 6:49
LS — Campbell 20 run (Scott kick), 6:22
LS — Sonny Maze 48 interception return (Scott kick), 8:47
S — Dylan Hennen 6 run (Johnson kick), 2:00
S — Bloom 12 pass from Brandon Mann (Johnson kick), 9:24
LS — Austin De Leon 4 run (Scott kick), 7:37
Rushing — S: Derek Shelby 1-(-2), Wyatt Broxson 11-35, Dylan Hennen 19-55, Lance Hunter 4-4, Brandon Mann 5-20, Tanner Thomas 1-5, Team 1-(-14); LS: Ramon Harris 2-12, Jordan Jones 11-129, Will Campbell 1-20, CJ Encalade 14-62, Chase Moake 1-46, Austin De Leon 1-4, Team 4-(-8).
Passing — S: Broxson 5-11-1 104, Mann 2-5-0 15; LS: Campbell 12-19-1 180, Moake 0-2-0 0.
Receiving — S: Brennan Bloom 4-62, Thomas 2-60, Hennen 1-(-3); LS: Toure Stevens 2-55, Jordan Jones 3-54, De Leon 2-16, Jordan Ruby 3-35, Corey Craddock 2-20.