Gridiron playoff action begins


The Alba-Golden Panthers face Lindsay at Blue Ridge High School and the Mineola Yellowjackets head to Bullard where they encouter Sabine, both kicking off at 7 p.m.

Sabine takes the opening drive down the field to lead Mineola 7-0 with 8:44 to go in the first quarter.

Lindsay opens with a great kick off return but the Panther defense holds and turns it over on downs.

Alba-Golden fumbles it back after a mishap on the snap.

Lindsay overcomes a 4th and 7 and punches it in for a 7-0 lead over Alba-Golden.

Mineola counters with a scoring drive concluded by a Dawson Pendergrass run. And it's 7-7.

Mineola defense forces a three-and-out.

Alba-Golden's next drive ends in an interception.

Pendergrass gives Mineola the lead on a 40-plus yard run for a score, 14-7.

Lindsay leads Alba-Golden 7-0 after one quarter.

The Knights extend the lead to 14-0 to open the second quarter after a 65-yard drive.

End of one period, Mineola leads 14-7.

Pendergrass halts a Sabine drive with an interception only to lose the ball at the five to give the Cardinals first and goal.

JJ Gandy halts the Sabine drive with another interception in the end zone.

A 56-yard run ties the game 14-14, Sabine and Mineola.

With 1:15 to go in the half, Sabine hits a long pass to lead Mineola 21-14.

At halftime Lindsay has a 14-0 lead over Alba-Golden.

Halftime score in Bullard, Sabine 21, Mineola 14.

A Pendergrass run opens the second half scoring but Sabine blocks the extra point and returns it for a safety to maintain a lead 23-20 over Mineola.

A Sabine field goal stretches the lead to 26-20.

End of the third quarter and still Lindsay 14, Alba-Golden 0.

TJ Moreland hits a wide open JJ Gandy for a 61-yard Mineola score but it's negated by a flag for ineligible receiver.

Next play and Pendergrass breaks wide open and collects the Moreland pass for 66 yards. The PAT is bobbled and it's tied 26-26.

With 8:52 to play Lindsay extends its lead to 21-0.

End of the third period and Mineola is driving near the Sabine 25 with the score still tied at 26.

Seven seconds and 25 yards later Pendergrass puts Mineola in front 33-26.

Another interception ends the next Sabine drive. Mineola is in busines at the Sabine 49.

Moreland and Gandy strike quickly for 49 yards. Mineola 40, Sabine 26 with 9:32 left.

Lindsay goes into victory formation leading 21-0.

And that's the end of the Alba-Golden season.

Sabine pulls within 40-33 with 7:15 to play.

Sabine intercepts at its own 17, with 5:30 to play.

Mineola defense holds and gets the ball at its own 17 with 3:55 to play.

The Jackets run it down to 15 seconds left and fourth down at their own 35.

Sabine has it with four seconds left at their own 33.

Mineola advances with the 40-33 win.

The West Trojans will be next up. Game will be Friday at 7 p.m. in Forney. West is 11-0 and ranked fifth in the state in 3A Div. 1.