The San Saba Armadillos fell to the Wall Hawks 33-24 last Friday night at Hawk Stadium in Wall. San Saba fell behind early 20-0 and was unable to catch up. The offense moved the ball well with 207 yards on the ground and 144 through the air. Wall had 300 yards rushing and completed 1 pass for 20 yards.
San Saba won the toss and deferred to the second half. Wall returned the Diego Gonzalez kick to the 32 yards line. On 3rd down, Brent Rasberry broke loose on a 61-yard gain inside the Armadillo 1. Two plays later, twin brother Brett raspberry scored. The PAT made the score 7-0.
A bad snap on 3rd down forced the Dillos to punt. Wall began the drive at the Dillo 45.
Brett Rasberry got his second touchdown of the game on a 9-yard run to cap the 5-play drive. The score was 14-0 after the PAT.
San Saba drove the ball down the field but failed on 4th down to give the ball back to the Hawks.
Wall used 12 plays to go 81 yards for their third touchdown of the game. Dustin Droll scored the 3 yards. The PAT was blocked and Wall led 20-0 midway through the second quarter.
San Saba responded with a 12-play drive for 69 yards. Jack Whitten scored on a 7-yard run. Diego Gonzalez was true on the PAT and the score was now 20-7.
The Gonzalez kick went through the end zone for a touchback and the Hawks started at the 20. The Dillo defense held and forced a punt with 0:46 in the half.
A Ryan Pannell pass on 1st down was intercepted by Brent Rasberry and returned to the San Saba 32.
Wall scored with 3 seconds left on a dive from the 1 by Brent Rasberry. The 2-point conversion failed and the score at halftime was 26-7.
San Saba began the second half at the 29 yard line. The Armadillos drove inside the Hawk 20 but were backed up to the 22. Diego Gonzalez came on to kick a 39-yard field goal. The kick was good and the score was 26-10. It was the longest field goal for Gonzalez at San Saba.
Wall could not move the ball and punted back to the Armadillos. San Saba turned the ball over on downs side the Hawk 20 after a 4:00 drive.
The Hawks came back quickly on 6 plays. The finally two plays were a 34-yard run by Brett Rasberry and a 23-yard touchdown run by Brent Rasberry. The PAT made the score 33-10 with 11:40 left in the game.
San Saba appeared to have a quick score but Luke Cox fumbled the ball out of bounds after a 45-yard gain. The drive ended on a fumble at the 10 yard line.
The San Saba stopped Wall and forced a punt. The Dillos began at midfield. A 36-yard reception by Luke Cox set up a 1-yard plunge by Tucker Cromer for the score. It was his first score on offense for the Dillos. Cromer is better known for his hard hits at linebacker. The Armadillos failed on the 2-point conversion and the score read 33-16.
The onside kick went out of bounds at the Hawk 45 and Wall started at midfield. The Hawks soon turned the ball back to the Dillos on downs at the Dillo 41. Gary Gant caught a 53-yard pass to the 1-yard line to set up a score for Jack Whitten. Ryan Pannell lobbed a pass to Luke Cox for the conversion and the lead was 33-24 with 8 seconds left.
A kneel-down play ended the game and the 33-24 victory.
Jack Whitten led the running game with 113 yards on 20 carries and 2 touchdowns. Gary Gant added 79 yards on 17 rushes. Luke Cox had 4 receptions for 91 yards to lead the receiver corps. Gant added 53 yards on his catch.
The district had another bad week. Sonora came from behind to beat Ballinger 37-34. Harper beat Ingram to go to 2-1. Ozona fell to 1-1. Junction lost to Grape Creek while Coleman lost to Early to join San Saba at 0-3.
This week, the Armadillos host the Hamilton Bulldogs at Rogan Field. Kickoff is set for 7:30 Friday night.
The first recorded football game for San Saba was 100 years ago. The first recorded entire season was in 1915. I need help from all the Armadillo fans in town. For an upcoming story, I want to know who would be on the All-Time San Saba Armadillo football team. Please mail your choices for players at each position on offense and defense including linemen to PO Box 815, San Saba, TX and put All-Time Team on the envelope or email them to email@example.com. I will compile the votes and do a story about the team later in the season.