A goal line stand is always worth it, but it actually led to the only points of the quarter for Essex/South Page. A Saber runner was tackled in the end zone for a safety to make the score 34-8.
Parker hooked up with Carlson on a pass of seven yards to put Twin Cedars up 40-8 with just over three minutes to play in the third.
South Page controlled the ball for the remainder of the quarter. The Trojan drive started at its own 25 and they ran off seven plays before the horn sounded the end of three quarters, but they had to overcome the fact that two of those plays were quarterback sacks.
Corey Harrell and Dalton Garcia were the two guys for Twin Cedars that made playing quarterback for the Trojans a miserable experience. Garcia would have six sacks in the game.
“A lot of us really hit the weights this off season and I think our defensive scheme is really good for us to give that pressure,” said Garcia.
Essex/South Page (0-1) would score on the first play of the fourth quarter on a 20-yard run by Jacob Jones.
Twin Cedars would close out the game’s scoring with a 13-yard pass from Parker to Roby. The same tandem converted the two-point pass to make the score 48-14. Each team would have one more drive with the Sabers’ 11-play drive (all runs) running out the clock.
Allspach talked about the challenges of getting better after the big opening-game win. Twin Cedars (1-0) will open 8-Man, District 5 play against the defending champion Melcher-Dallas on the road next Friday night.
“Melcher-Dallas always plays us tough and practicing next week in the heat will just demand that we stay focused,” Allspach said.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Twin Cedars 48, Essex/South Page 14