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2011-11-09 / Sports

Devine RB Joseph Sadler running wild against opponents

Last Friday evening the 27-3A title was “up for grabs” in Hondo. It didn’t take the Hondo Owls very long to realize that they weren’t going to be doing the “grabbing”. They “merely” had to face an evening of “facing” Devine RB Joseph Sadler (5-10, 175, 4.5). There isn’t a bit of “ho-hum” in his talents. He merely rushed for 466 yards while scoring five TDs in the Warhorses 47-27 romp over the Owls. That gave Devine a perfect, 10-0, season record.

Sadler set the Devine school record and has the third best rushing yardage for a single game in the entire area. In the history of area football, he’s behind Madison’s Devin Thomas (487) and Edgewood’s Ronnie Asmore (476).

He also is the leading rusher in the entire state carrying the pigskin 225 times for 2,884 yards. He has scored 46 touchdowns and has a 12.8 yards per carry average.

As would be expected, Sadler is being heavily sought after by colleges in and out of the state. For those seeking some good playoff football, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to take the short trip to South San Stadium, Friday evening (7:30) to watch Sadler and company battle with 28-3A Sam Houston (8-2).

While the Devine-Hondo game was going on, Friday, another 27-3A skirmish was taking place in Carrizo Springs to decide the third playoff team in that loop, Devine and Hondo having already accomplished the rights to post season play. The Carrizo Springs Wildcats were facing the Somerset Bulldogs.

It didn’t take long for Somerset, behind powerful running by scatback Colby Fuselier (5-11, 190, Sr) to let the Wildcats know who’s in charge with the Bulldogs eventually winning, 48-13. Colby quickly scored on runs of 20 and 50 yards in the first quarter to set the pace. He scored again on a 42-yard pass play in the third stanza. For the game, Colby carried the ball only nine times for 111 yards and gathered in three passes for another 100 yards. His twin brother, Colton Fuselier (6-2, 210, Sr) was a force in the game on defense. Colton is used on offense only if necessary. The twins formerly played in Pleasanton.

Jourdanton of 15-2A, Div. I, drew a bye in the playoffs and will resume action next week.

In grid picks last week, 19 games were called correctly out of 20 to move season guessin’ figures to 190 right out of 220. In exact calls, Jourdanton was picked by one over Cole and won, 28-27, while Gonzales was given 28 over Cuero and won, 28-0. In a close one Devine was picked by 17 over Hondo and won, 47-27. Here are playoff game picks of interest for this week: Smithson Valley by 27 over McCollum Gregory-Portland by 7 over Brackenridge Hays Cons. by 6 over Brennan Victoria East by 31 over Jefferson Alamo Heights by 14 over Boerne Champion Beeville by 20 over Southside Calallen by 49 over Mercedes Kerrville by 13 over New Braunfels Canyon Port Lavaca Calhoun by 55 over Lanier Lampasas by 7 over Boerne La Vernia by 1 over Somerset Liberty Hill by 7 over Navarro Devine by 14 over Sam Houston Ingleside by 34 over Wharton Wimberley by 42 over Taylor Gonzales by 14 over Hondo Sinton by 20 over Sweeny Cole by 6 over Odem Blanco by 13 over Edna George West by 24 over Taft Marion by 21 over Hallettsville San Saba by 13 over Stockdale Three Rivers by 2 over Coleman La Villa by 14 over Yorktown Shiner by 13 over Kenedy

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