The San Saba Armadillos traveled to Harper to battle the Longhorns in District 13 action last Friday night. The Armadillos came away with a dominating 44-0 victory. San Saba amassed 352 yards rushing and 90 yards passing while the Armadillo defense held Harper to 79 yards total offense.
Harper won the coin toss and wanted the football to start the game. Rodney Ortiz had a strong wind at his back and kicked the ball deep into the end zone for a touchback. The Longhorns started at the 20 but could not move the ball and punted to San Saba.
The punt rolled dead at the Armadillo 47. A steady dose of Zack Davis runs produced the first score. Davis ran the ball 5 of the 6 plays, getting the touchdown on a run of 11 yards to finish the drive. Ortiz added the PAT and the lead was 7-0.
An excellent return by Dylan Myers gave the Horns good field position at the San Saba 47. The Dillo defense held on 4
Harper soon gave the ball back to San Saba after a fumble was pounced on by Russell Lowe at the Horn 39. On the third play, Allan Hale got loose for a 23-yard touchdown. The PAT was blocked and San Saba had a 13-0 lead.
The ensuing kickoff went out of bounds and Harper took over at their 30. The Longhorns had a good drive stopped when Alex Cervantes recovered a fumble at the Armadillo 26.
Clayton Perry caught a 30-yard pass from Pannell to keep the next drive alive before Davis broke 4 tackles and almost crawled in to the end zone on a 35-yard run. Davis went wide to the left for the 2-point conversion and the 21-0 lead.
Ryan Pannell got the ball back for San Saba on the first play by Harper when he intercepted the pass and returned it to the Longhorn 37. Pannell finished the 4-play drive with a 17-yard run. Rodney Ortiz was good on the PAT making the score 28-0.
Ortiz kicked the ball out of bounds again and Harper started at the 31. The Horns could not move the ball and Luke Cox called for a fair catch on the punt at the San Saba 17.
During the following 8-play drive, Cox needed his entire 6’3" frame to snare a pass from Pannell for a gain of 18 yards. A pass to a wide-open Zack Davis ended in a winding 42-yard touchdown. The PAT put the score at 35-0. Harper ran out the clock to end the first half.
San Saba started the second half with the ball at the 38 after the kickoff. The Dillos used 8 plays to score with Zack Davis getting his 3
Harper started at the 34 after the kickoff. A nice run by Brandon Morris produced 15 yards. Luke Cox ended the drive with an interception and return to the Armadillo 38.
Kelan Verette came in at quarterback with Russell Lowe and Sean Argote behind him. The offense moved to within field goal range but the Ortiz kick was wide right from 27 yards.
The Longhorns took over at the 20, but Verette got the ball back for San Saba with the 3
San Saba tried 4 plays from the Harper 7 after the turnover but could not score leaving the ball inches from the stripe. On the second play, Harper QB Guy Stevenson was tackled in the end zone by Alex Cervantes and a host of Dillos for the safety making the score 44-0.
The Armadillos began at the Horn 44 after the kick. San Saba drove to the Harper 16 where they turned the ball over on downs.
The Dillo defense held and Harper punted the ball back to San Saba with 0:12 left on the clock. Verette took the snap and knelt down to end the game.
The San Saba running game was lead by Zack Davis with 109 yards and 3 TDs on 14 carries. Davis also had 1 catch for 42 yards and a TD. Allan Hale added 90 yards and a score on 14 tries. Sean Argote had 68 yards on 11 attempts. Clayton Perry and Luke Cox had a reception each.
It was an entire defensive effort with Russell Lowe, Alex Cervantes, Cox, Kelan Verette and Ryan Pannell getting turnovers. Contributing to the effort were Dusty Parum, Wil Sloan, Perry, Davis, Isaac Jimenez, Nathan Amstead, Luis Vega, Juan Ortega and Jarrett Mathis.
In other games, Ballinger fell to Early, Goldthwaite routed Reagan County, Wall remained undefeated, Hamilton lost to Crawford and Lago Vista defeated Luling. In District 13 action, Coleman and Sonora posted shut outs over Ozona and Junction respectively.
This week sees Coleman going to Harper, Ozona tackles Junction and Sonora comes to Rogan Field. Kickoff is set for 7:30. Come out and support the Armadillos in their effort to win the district title. This is a big game in that quest.
th and 2 giving the ball back to the offense. On the first play, a pass from Ryan Pannell to Zack Davis was caught by the wind and sailed over his head into the hands of Cal Stevenson.rd rushing and 4th overall touchdown on a 6-yard run. Rodney Ortiz added the PAT for the 42-0 lead. It was the last action the offensive starters would see in the game.rd pick of the game for the defense.