SABES ATOP 31-6A AT 3-0

The SaberCats had the week off, and now point toward the final stretch of the regular season with a perfect 7-0 record, 3-0 in District 31-6A after the thrilling victory at Weslaco Oct. 12.

Vela rushed for a season-high 259 yards, a necessity in a hard-hitting game that saw only 38 combined passing yards by the teams. Cristian Flores rambled for 128 yards on the ground and the defense posted its second-best yield of 198 yards, behind the 189 given to North earlier in the slate. The stop crew has now allowed just one score in each of the last three outings, but has secured just one takeaway in each of the past four nights.

Vela is back in action this week with a home game against winless Donna North, and then faces EHS Nov. 1 and Weslaco East in the finale Nov. 9.

Senior Tate Scott returned to action after missing a game with an injury, and booted two extra points to go with a 35-yard field goal against Weslaco. The three-pointer gave the Sabes a 10-7 lead in the fourth, and late in the night, Daniel Enriquez got loose for a 75-yard TD run to ice it.

The Panther struggle was instructive on a number of levels, as the team relied on its ground game, and its excellent offensive line. Weslaco schemed to take Enriquez away and it worked well enough, as he caught just two passes and added the clinching touchdown by rush.

The newest face, that of 6-foot-6 Kobe Gipson, paid immediate dividends after he endured a long wait due to eligibility status. The defensive end from Cleveland in East Texas came up with a sack in his first game and that sort of performance should free up the other d-linemen to make more plays.