As San Saba hits the open date on their schedule, let us take time to look back on the season. It has been the most successful season in 9 years. In 2000, the Armadillos finished that season with a 6-4 record. The team is 6-2 with two games left. One must go back to 1994 to find a season with 7 or more wins. San Saba was 8-3 that year with a bi-district loss to the Clifton Cubs.
San Saba has two shutouts this year, the most since 4 shutouts in 1994. The opening week 36-0 win over DeLeon was the first shutout since 2001. The team broke a 12-game losing streak to Bangs going back to 1994 with a 17-14 overtime win and a 9-game losing streak to Early going back to 1996 with the 31-0 win.
A win in either of the Armadillos last two games or a Bangs loss to Brady clinches the first playoff berth since 2003.
San Saba is averaging 212 yards a game rushing this year. Leading the team is Jack Whitten with 624 yards and 10 touchdowns. Gary Gant has 437 yards and 3 scores despite missing 3 games. Hayden Oliver has 328 yards and 4 tallies. The team has scored 23 touchdowns on the ground.
Chase Key leads the team with 8 catches for 121 yards and 1 of the 3 touchdown receptions. Chance Gotcher has 6 receptions and a score while Isaac Jimenez has the last touchdown.
San Saba has scored 200 points in 8 games and given up 109. The defense has 11 interceptions and 11 fumble recoveries for a total of 22 while the offense has lost 8 fumbles and 3 picks added up to 11. This gives the Dillos a +11 TO ratio.
Tucker Cromer leads the defense with 138 tackles. Jack Whitten has 90 and Anthony Salinas adds 89. Gary Gant has 4 interceptions to date and Salinas has 4 fumble recoveries including one for a touchdown. Pete Torres has 3 fumbles and 2 interceptions.
District action this week shows Bangs having the open week before their week 10 showdown in Brady. Early goes to Coleman with 1 win on the season between the schools that usually have strong teams. Brady travels to Dublin.
The big game in the district is the Armadillos invading Indian Stadium in Comanche at 7:30 Friday night. Comanche is 8-1 on the season and 4-1 in district. San Saba is 6-2, 3-1. A San Saba loss keeps the door open for Bangs to slip into the playoffs if the Dragons can beat Brady and the Dillos lose to Coleman in the final week of the season.
Come to Comanche and support the team as they continue the drive to the playoffs.