Jackson, Indians run through Cats
By Matthew Postins
The Sanger Indians ended their 14-game losing streak with an incredible performance by running back Tre’von Jackson.
The Indians tailback bulldozed his way through the Pilot Point Bearcats’ defense in a 50-17 Indians victory.
Jackson pounded away at the Bearcats (1-2) all night, with the help of an offensive line that gained momentum as the game wore on. The junior rushed for 259 yards and five touchdowns, and caught three passes for 53 yards and another touchdown.
Entering Friday’s game, Jackson had 139 yards rushing and 59 yards receiving in the season’s first two games. He had also scored just one touchdown.
Sanger (1-2) lost its final two games of 2011, all 10 games in 2012 and its first two games of 2013 entering Friday’s contest.
Jackson helped put that behind the Indians in the second half after the first two quarters were marred by a combined five turnovers - three from Sanger.
But once Jackson had momentum he didn’t slow down. That moment came with less than a minute to play in the first quarter when Jackson found a seam up the middle of the Pilot Point defense and sprinted 67 yards for a touchdown. Jackson added a 10-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to give the Indians a 13-3 halftime lead.
He then keyed an explosive third quarter that saw the Indians score 30 points. Jackson’s 30-yard touchdown reception came from the arm of quarterback Brandon Mann. He finished 7 of 11 with 180 yards and two touchdowns.
Jackson then followed it with a 66-yard touchdown run on the next drive, giving the Indians a 27-3 lead midway through the third quarter.
By then the game was on its way to being a rout. Pilot Point finally broke into the end zone in the third quarter with a 51-yard touchdown pass from Travis Garrett to Creed Bright. But it was one of the few highlights of the game for the Bearcats.
Garrett threw for 138 yards, while Bright caught five passes for 88 yards. DaCoven Bailey caught eight balls for 74 yards.
The Pilot Point offense struggled for consistency all night, committed three turnovers and was unable to convert on several opportunities within Sanger’s 30-yard line.
Sanger’s Peyton Howard picked Garrett off in the first half, while teammates Jarrod Huther and Dalton Hassell recovered fumbles.
Pilot Point forced four turnovers, including recoveries by John Groff, Garrett and Lucas Greenwood.