The Cisco Lobos defeated the San Saba Armadillos 35-27 last Friday at Longhorn Stadium in Early in the area round of the playoffs. The loss ended the season for San Saba at 9-3. It was the most wins for the Dillos in 18 years. Cisco remained undefeated and will play the Crane Golden Cranes this week in San Angelo.
San Saba won the toss and deferred giving the ball to Cisco. Diego Gonzalez kicked the ball and it was returned to the 38. The Dillo defense appeared to have stopped the Lobos, but a 3
San Saba got the ball on their first possession at the 28 but had to punt with Cisco taking over at midfield.
Jack Whitten stopped the drive when he recovered a Lobo fumble at the 30. The Dillo offense was unable to move and Max Palacio punted for the second time in the quarter.
Cisco had good field position at the Lobo 48. On the second play, Vegas Hastings got loose on a 48-yard touchdown run. Honea added the Pat and Cisco led 14-0.
San Saba showed they were here to play when Gary Gant took the ensuing kick 78 yards to the Lobo 4. Three plays later, Anthony Salinas scored on a 1 yard plunge. Gonzalez made the score 14-7 with the PAT.
The Armadillo defense stopped the Lobos and forced a punt which was downed at the San Saba 19.
Two Ryan Pannell passes to Chase Key helped San Saba move down the field. Salinas got his second touchdown on a 10-yard run capping the 8-play drive. Gonzalez tied the score 14-14 with his PAT.
The teams traded punts until 1:25 left in the half. Jordan Stovall fell on a Gant fumble at the Dillo 35. Three plays later, QB Tanner Garcia went around the end for an 18-yard score. The PAT made it 21-14. That was the score at halftime.
San Saba got the ball to start the second half. The Dillos ran 5:32 off the clock on a 12-play drive that covered 67 yards. Anthony Salinas scored his third touchdown of the game with another 1-yard run. Diego Gonzalez was true to make the score 21-21.
A good kick return gave Cisco the ball at the San Saba 46. Another three play drive for the Lobos had Trevor Honea gaining his second 7-yard score of the game. Tanner Garcia kicked the PAT and Cisco was ahead by 7 again.
San Saba came right back with a 5-play drive that saw Salinas get his 4
Cisco had their next possession end when Pete Torres intercepted a Garcia pass and return it to the Lobo 7. A penalty moved the ball back to the 22 and the Armadillos started at that point.
The final quarter started with San Saba deep in Cisco territory. A 4
The San Saba defense held and the Garcia punt gave San Saba the ball at the Lobo 34.
After gaining a first down, San Saba came up inches short on a 4
The defense stiffened and Cisco had to punt again.
Cisco got the ball back when a Pannell pass was intercepted by Isaac Hamilton after the intended receiver slipped just as Pannell released the ball.
The last chance for San Saba was snuffed out when Vegas Hastings picked off a Pannell pass with 1:47 left and San Saba had no timeouts left.
Cisco ran out the clock for the victory in the well-played, hard-fought game.
The loss dropped San Saba to 9-3 on the year. The Armadillos enjoyed their best season since 1994 when they were 8-2 before losing to Clifton in the playoffs.
Anthony Salinas led the Armadillos with 114 yards and all four touchdowns. Gary Gant had 50 yards rushing; Hayden Oliver added 51 and Jack Whitten had 44 yards. Chase Key had all 3 catches for San Saba totaling 39 yards.
The defense was a team effort. Whitten had a fumble recovery, Pete Torres had the interception and several players help limit the high-powered Lobo offense to 285 yards rushing. Making stops were Key, Tyler McIntosh, Gant, Oliver, Tucker Cromer, Wil Sloan, Dominic Rosales, Salinas, Gonzalez and Isaac Jimenez.
In other district action, Brady downed Merkel to advance to the regional finals in Div I and Comanche lost to Henrietta on a failed 2-point conversion.
Much more information on how well the 2009 San Saba Armadillos did will be written about next week.
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