Hunter McCombs

Hunter McCombs scored the lone touchdown of the night for the Twin Cedars offense, which struggled to finish off drivers throughout the night.

Twin Cedars had an early start to the 2019 football season. The Sabers faced English Valleys at home Friday, while most other teams in the state open this weekend.

The Sabers were troubled with turnovers in a game they eventually lost 47-8.

In the first half alone TC turned the ball over five times. Despite that, the Saber defense kept the Bears out of the end zone for the most part.

The Bears led the Sabers 6-0 at halftime.

The touchdown came on a 26-yard touchdown pass from Cole Stephenson to Brayden Mikesell. The score came on the first play of the second quarter.

There was no more scoring the rest of the half.

Each team struggled to finish drives and a few penalties each way stalled the offenses even more along with some solid defensive work.

Kade Dunkin collected the only turnover of the game for the Saber defense when he picked off a Bear pass attempt with 21.7 seconds left in the first half.

In the second half injuries started to mount for the Sabers, who entered the game with 14 eligible players to play the 8-Man game.

TC’s lone score was a late touchdown pass from Brayden DenBurger to Hunter McCombs covering 41 yards.

Beau Flander had 151 yards rushing to lead the way for EV and quarterback Cole Stephenson passed for 134.

Levi Messamaker led the Sabers with 54 yards rushing on nine carries. McCombs was the top receiver for TC with three catches for 63 yards.

Dallas Clark was 8-of-14 passing for 65 yards, but was picked off twice.

Dunkin was the defensive leader with 13 tackles followed by Dallas Clark with six. Trent Reed and Messamaker each had four stops.

“I was proud of our defense especially in the first half,” stated TC Coach Cam Parker.

Odds and Ends

A year ago English Valley beat the Sabers 70-6.

Up next for the Sabers is a trip Friday night to Moravia to face the Mohawks in a game that kicks at 7 p.m.

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