By Ricky Smith/For Sand Mountain Reporter
Drew Vaughn and Logan Gaskin combined to rush for 258 yards and three touchdowns to lead Sardis to a 48-7 win over Boaz last Friday (Oct. 28) in Sardis City.
The game was the season finale for both teams, as Sardis closed out the year at 4-6 and Boaz finished 1-9.
The Lions have won three of the last four games in the series, including two in a row. It is the first time that Sardis has taken back-to-back games in the rivalry since winning three in a row from 1986-88.
Sardis’ offense rolled up 478 total yards, 431 on the ground.
Vaughn ran for 147 yards on nine carries and scored two touchdowns, while Gaskin carried 11 times for 111 yards and a score. Gaskin also threw a touchdown pass to Vaughn.
Temon Wilson added a pair of touchdown runs and 92 yards rushing on eight carries.
Christian Collins ran for 127 yards on 21 carries and scored the only touchdown of the game for Boaz.
Vaughn got his night started on the game’s second play from scrimmage, taking the handoff from Gaskin and racing 57 yards to the end zone. Gaskin’s two-point pass failed and Sardis led 6-0.
Boaz went three-and-out on the next possession, and Reid Faucett’s punt was partially blocked by Sardis. The Lions took over at the Boaz 27-yard line.
Four plays later, Vaughn scored on a 10-yard run with 7:58 left in the first quarter. Gaskin ran for the two-point conversion and a 14-0 lead.
Boaz drove to the Sardis 30 on the ensuing possession before turning the ball over on downs at the 30.
Two first downs put Sardis at the Boaz 37, but Gaskin was intercepted by Austin Shirley at the 2 to halt the drive.
Wilson scored his first touchdown of the game on the Lions’ next possession on a 38-yard run. Gaskin again ran for the two-point conversion to push the lead to 22-0 with 10:19 left in the first half.
After another Boaz three-and-out, Wilson added his second score on a 14-yard run. Javen Smith added the point-after and Sardis led 29-0 at the half.
Trent Presley intercepted Boaz quarterback Luke Strawn on the opening possession of the third quarter to set up the first touchdown of the second half.
Gaskin connected with Vaughn on a 22-yard touchdown pass, and Smith’s PAT pushed the lead to 36-0 with 6:19 left in the third quarter.
Sardis extended its advantage to 42-0 on a 40-yard touchdown run by Gaskin with 2:06 left in the third. The two-point run failed.
Boaz scored its only touchdown of the game on an 89-yard run by Collins with 8:18 left in the fourth period. The run was the fifth longest in school history. Gerardo Baeza kicked the point after.
Ross Strickland scored the last touchdown on a 2-yard run with 5:11 left in the game.