SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas (KLTV) - In the second half, Mt Vernon’s first-year coach Art Briles would see his team give up an early touchdown to Sabine. Breaking that 7-7 tie, Branigan Willige darts through a hole bigger than a canyon for the 14-7 lead, the Cardinals offense led by QB Landon McKinney made all the right moves, especially with McKinney’ using his legs.
“Very proud of him, he’s a heck of a player. heck of a leader, heck of a player.”
Briles is a winner and there was still time to deliver a blow to Sabine. Clifton Holloman with the touchdown to cut the Sabine lead to 20-14 late in the 4th quarter. Briles and his Tigers still knocking on the door, the important onside kick down by 6 with the clock ticking, but the attempt is recovered by Weston Pritchard, Sabine for the first time in its 83 year history win their first playoff game in eight tries.
Coach Rex Sharp says his team didn’t care about history they had nothing to do with, in fact, they were determined to end that talk and drought.
“Yeah, they didn't listen to any of that, they been kind of setting records all year, they’ve been faced with something each week, it seemed like first, first at this, first at that. We just tell them hey it is what it is, your leaving a legacy unlike any other Sabine team in 83 years of football so, I told them today it’s just another day man. I said there are a lot of stakes and it’s another day,” coach Sharp said.
“It all started in the off-season, we set a goal for ourselves that we’re going to be the first team in Sabine history to win a playoff game. And today we accomplished that goal. It’s really an impact on my life and the class of 2020. Because we put in so much extra hours and hard work in the weight room and on the field, it’s surreal right now man it’s great,” said quarterback Landon McKinney.
Getting that precious gold ball took some time, but to a man, it was all worth it.