SANGER — Football is a game of inches and a young Sanger team learned that lesson the hard way at Indian Stadium as the Boyd Yellowjackets came to town on homecoming night.
The Indians (0-4) found themselves in need of a 2-point conversion to tie the game with just over two minutes left after junior quarterback Wyatt Broxson scored from 5 yards out to make it a two-point game. On the conversion attempt, Broxson took the shotgun snap and plunged into the Yellowjackets’ defense but was ruled down at the 1-inch line.
The Indians tried an onside kick, but Boyd’s Michael Partin recovered the attempt to seal the 27-25 upset for the Yellowjackets.
“We’re going to continue to get better every day,” Sanger head coach Chuck Galbreath said shortly after addressing his team at the 50-yard line. “That has been our goal since the beginning. We have a young, inexperienced team, and our goal is to get better every week and be a whole lot better at the end of the season.”
The Indians lost a key cog in their running attack when junior running back Derek Shelby went down with a leg injury on a 5-yard carry in the second quarter. Shelby finished with 51 yards on nine carries and a score in less than two quarters of work. Senior Brice Escobedo filled in nicely for Shelby, gaining 89 yards on 10 carries.
Boyd junior running back Fino Cardona ran all over the Sanger defense, finishing with 161 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries. Cardona also had two receptions out of the backfield for 30 yards.
Broxson carried the load for the Indians, finishing with 21 carries for 120 yards and three scores. Broxson also added 34 yards through the air on seven completions, with one interception.
“Wyatt is a good quarterback,” Galbreath said. “He can do it with his legs, he can do it with his arm; he really makes the offense go. It was our best offensive output of the year and we’re going to build on that.”
After the defense forced a three-and-out on Boyd’s first possession, Sanger put together a seven-play drive capped off by Shelby’s 10-yard touchdown run to give the Indians an early 6-0 advantage.
The Yellowjackets (2-2) moved the ball well on their next possession as senior quarterback Blake McDonald hit the Indians’ defense with crisp passes to senior receiver Michael Partin and Cardona. On fourth-and-20 from the Sanger 24, McDonald found Partin on a seam route to complete the drive and give the Yellowjackets a 7-6 lead with 2 minutes left in the first quarter.
McDonald finished the game with 114 yards and a touchdown on seven completions. He added 62 yards on the ground on 10 carries.
With 2 minutes left before halftime, Sanger junior cornerback Brennan Bloom jumped in front of a McDonald screen pass and raced 47 yards to the end zone, but the play was called back after a block-in-the-back penalty. Sanger kept the ball, but Shelby injured his leg on the next play and Broxson was intercepted five plays later by Boyd senior cornerback Cole Meador.
Sanger will look for its first win of the season this Friday, when it plays host to Aubrey at Indian Stadium.
Boyd 27, Sanger 25
S — Derek Shelby 10 run (Kyle Johnson kick blocked), 7:55
B — Michael Partin 24 pass from Blake McDonald (Nathan Thomas kick), 2:05
S — Wyatt Broxson 4 run (Johnson kick), 9:09
B — Fino Cardona 5 run (Thomas kick), 5:25
B — Fino Cardona 7 run (Thomas kick), 6:20
S — Wyatt Broxson 5 run (2-point conversion failed), 11:55
B — Fino Cardona 37 run (Thomas kick missed), 10:01
S — Wyatt Broxson 5 run (2-point conversion failed), 2:15
0 - 0
2 - 0
Rushing — S: Wyatt Broxson 21-120, Brice Escobedo 10-89, Derek Shelby 9-51. B: Fino Cardona 22-161, Blake McDonald 10-62.
Passing — S: Wyatt Broxson 7-14-0-34. B: Blake McDonald 7-10-1-114.
Receiving — S: Brennan Bloom 3-13, Tanner Thomas 2-11, Devin Teeters 2-10. B: Michael Partin 4-37, Fino Cardona 2-30, Cole Meador 1-41.