Sandies Move to 2-0 in District 12-2A DII

By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

BURKEVILLE – The Burkeville Mustangs are tired of Houston County football. On Sept. 28, the Mustangs traveled to Lovelady to tangle with the Lions. It didn’t end well for Burkeville as the Mustangs were shellacked by Lovelady, 67-0.

On Friday, Oct. 5, the Grapeland Sandies made the three hour trek to Burkeville, walked off the bus, hung 52 points on the Mustangs, got back on the bus and came home with a 52-0 win.

So, in two weeks, the Mustangs are 0-2 against Houston County teams by a combined total of 119-0. And – it could have been a lot worse. Both the Lions and Sandies began to take a knee or run out of bounds before the second quarter was complete.

Burkeville opened last Friday’s game with the ball, went nowhere and had to punt. Grapeland took possession at their own 42-yard line and on the Sandies’ first play from scrimmage, QB Rick Frauenberger connected with wide-out Tyrin Wiley for a 43-yard reception.

On the very next play, Frauenberger threw a screen to James Coleman who followed his blockers into the end zone for a touchdown. Josh Ackley knocked the extra point through the uprights and with 8:24 left to play in the first quarter, the Sandies had a 7-0 lead.

Following a second three and out from the Mustangs, the Sandies began their second possession of the game at their own 40. After a first down incompletion, Gavin French hauled in a Frauenberger pass for 25 yards.

Back-to-back incompletions had the Sandies facing a third and 10, but the Sandies’ offense came through with an 18-yard pickup on a Frauenberger to Ackley reception.

With the ball at the 18-yard line, Frauenberger threw a flare to Kaden Dupree who slipped his way across the goal line for six points. The extra point attempt was mishandled but turned into a try for two as Cooper Sheridan bulled his way into the end zone for two points. It also put the Sandies up by a score of 15-0 with 4:23 left in the quarter.

After that, it was the Josh “Bear” Ackley show as he hit pay-dirt four consecutive times to push the score out to 42-0. Ackley snagged two TD passes from Frauenberger, broke loose on a 45-yard gallop for six and then capped it off with a fumble recovery for a TD.

Ackley wasn’t finished yet, however. Following a 60-yard TD romp from Cadarian Wiley, Ackley kicked a 30-yard field goal to close out the scoring as Grapeland won by a final of 52-0.

The win moves the Sandies’ record to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in District 12-2A DII. It also keeps the Sandies in a first place tie for the district lead with the Lovelady Lions.

Grapeland will be at Sandie Stadium on Friday, Oct. 12 for Homecoming as they take on the Colmesneil Bulldogs. Colmesneil comes into the game with a 1-4 overall record and a 0-1 district record. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 pm, but come early for the Homecoming festivities.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.