Football

Sanderson blanks South View 28-0 in first ever home playoff game

Posted November 18, 2016
Updated November 19, 2016

Sanderson played sturdy on both sides of the ball Friday night in their first ever home playoff game and were rewarded with a 28-0 shutout over visiting South View in the opening round of the 4AA state playoffs.

After a scoreless first quarter, Trent Pennix pumped some life into the Sanderson (9-3) offense with a 56-yard touchdown run down the sideline to put the Spartans up 7-0. Pennix tacked on a 26-yard score later in the quarter as Sanderson took a 14-0 advantage to half.

Like the first quarter, the third also went scoreless, but early in the fourth quarter, Alim McNeill punctuated a 99-yard drive with a 1-yard score and it was a 21-0.

Pennix completed the hat trick with his third TD midway through the final frame and McNeill capped the night with his second score -- this one on defense as he forced a fumble on a sack and returned it for a touchdown.

South View ends their season 6-6. Sanderson advances to play No. 1 Middle Creek in the second round of the NCHSAA 4AA state championships.

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