LIBERTY CITY – Maybe the Sabine Cardinals just wanted first-year head coach Rex Sharp’s first win to be at home.
The Cardinals did just that on Friday night, dealing visiting Frankston a 44-21 defeat and recording Sharp’s first-ever win as Sabine’s head coach.
Sabine (1-1) will host West Rusk (1-0) next Friday, and that’s the Cardinals’ homecoming game. West Rusk was open last night after starting the season with a win at Winnsboro on Sept. 1.
Sabine was in solid form against the visiting Indians on Friday at James Bamberg Stadium, rolling up 414 rushing yards.
Frankston got on the scoreboard first with a 58-yard pass, but then a 45-yard kickoff return by Eli Morris gave Sabine great field position at the Indians’ 30-yard-line. Glenn George had a 12-yard run on first down, and then craziness ensued. Sabine’s Landon McKinney was picked off by a Frankston defender, and then Frankston gave the ball right back on a fumble that was recovered by Sabine’s T Taylor. George ultimately scored on a 5-yard run and Fernando Jaimes’ extra point tied the game at seven.
Sabine’s defense forced a three-and-out on Frankston’s next drive, and then Morris struck again, this time on a 24-yard touchdown run that gave SHS a 14-7 advantage.
In the second quarter, Sabine’s Sam Longhofer intercepted a pass, only to see a fumble give it right back to Frankston. The back-and-forth continued until again, Sabine’s defense made a stand and got the ball back on downs. George broke free for a 60-yard touchdown run that gave his team a 21-7 advantage. Jaimes would nail a 36-yard field goal before halftime to increase that to 24-7.
Sabine’s lead was bumped up even more in the third quarter when, after a nice punt return by T Taylor, McKinney got loose for an 8-yard touchdown.
Frankston did cut it to 31-14, but Morris would score yet again on a 5-yard run, and McKinney hooked up with Taylor for a 28-yard scoring pass in the fourth quarter.
Morris finished with 144 yards and the two scores. McKinney had 136 yards rushing, and George, 134. McKinney went 4-of-11 for 41 yards and the touchdown to Taylor, and Kobe Renfro and Asher Foster did well on defense.