At the start of the 2010 football season, Coach Jeff Pannell had three goals; beat Goldthwaite, win district and play 13 games. He achieved one of them but came close on the others.
The season opened with the knowledge of a difficult non-district schedule and some long district road trips. Ballinger opened the season for the Armadillos and handed them the worst defeat of the year, 39-7. San Saba did not play well and some wondered if it was going to be a return to way things had been.
The second week was the "Battle of the River" against Goldthwaite. San Saba had a chance to win the game late but lost to the Eagles in overtime, 20-14.
Week 3 saw the Dillos traveling to Wall and a good Hawk squad. San Saba got behind early but made a game of it before losing 33-24.
The Dillos got their first win of the season against Hamilton at Rogan Field with a 27-0 shut out.
The final non-district game was in Lago Vista and the Vikings. It was a tough defensive game that the Vikings won 14-7 on a late touchdown.
After an open week, San Saba hosted the Harper Longhorns for homecoming. It seemed the Horns could not do anything right, falling behind 28-0 just minutes into the game. The Armadillos went on to a 63-7 win.
The following week saw San Saba visiting Sonora for the first time. Led by district co-MVP Ethan Morriss, the Broncos pulled out a 34-24 victory.
The Coleman Bluecats came to San Saba the next Friday. Coleman ended the year winless but have several juniors and sophomores which will bode well for them. San Saba won the game easily 48-6.
The longest road trip of the year saw San Saba calling on Ozona. Defenses dominated and San Saba won a close game, 10-7.
San Saba ended the regular season against the Junction Eagles. The Dillos put the game away early by building a 35-7 lead by halftime.
Ozona beat Sonora in Ozona in week 8 to force a 3-way tie for the district title. Sonora won the tie-break and headed into the playoffs as the #1 team. Ozona got the #2 seed and San Saba was #3. This meant the San Saba played the #2 team from district 14 in the first round.
The game was against the Karnes City Badgers in Dripping Springs. San Saba scored on its first possession and held Karnes City out of the end zone all game. The game was not completely decided until Jason Wells picked up a fumble and scored with 4:07 left in the game making the score 14-0.
The following week was a trip to Pflugerville and a game against the Schulenburg Shorthorns. San Saba came up short by a score of 24-16. The game saw three field goals by Diego Gonzalez.
San Saba ended the year with a 6-6 record. Some thought it was a disappointment coming off of a 9-3 record in 2009, but many said it was a good season given the difficult schedule. All five of the non-district opponents made the playoffs and 3 of them went to the quarterfinals.
Gary Gant led San Saba in rushing with 937 yards and 5 touchdowns. Jack Whitten led the team in touchdowns with 11 on 161 carries and 867 yards. Alan Hale added 10 scores and 598 yards on the ground. The team had 2726 yards and 33 touchdowns. This was 4 scores less but 160 yards more than 2009.
Luke Cox led the team in receptions with 16 and yards with 301. Clayton Perry had 4 touchdown catches to lead San Saba. Diego Gonzalez ended the year making 41 of 43 PAT and 7 of 9 field goals.
Whitten was named offensive MVP, Tucker Cromer was defensive MVP and Gonzalez nabbed special teams MVP for the district. 18 of the 24 players garnered first team, second team or academic team honors for the Armadillos.
San Saba has 9 offensive and 7 defensive starters back to the 2011 season. Leading the charge will be first team QB Ryan Pannell. Other first team were Luke Cox at WR, Isaac Jimenez at TE and Wil Sloan at OL. Dominic Rosales and Tanner Weyerts earned second team OL, RB Hale and Perry was second team WR along with Zack Davis.
The defensive side will by led by first team DL Sloan and LB Alex Cervantes. Second team members are Jimenez and Davis at LB and Weyerts and Diego Montoya at DL. Cox, Pannell, Davis and Weyerts were named all-Academic along with Sean Argote and Russell Lowe.