Originally published on Sunday, November 27, 2011
SINTON - Wharton's Demetrius Peacock rushed for 200 yards and scored three touchdowns, but it wasn't nearly enough.
Devine's Joseph Sadler highlighted a record-setting night by rushing for 394 yards and seven touchdowns to lead the Warhorses to a 56-42 Class 3A, Division II regional playoff win Saturday night at Pirate Stadium.
Sadler scored 50 points to shatter Kenneth Hall's state record for points in a season, while helping Devine improve to 13-0 and move into the quarterfinals against Wimberley.
Sadler pushed his season total to 441 points, easily surpassing Hall's mark of 395 points set in 1953.
"One of the guys on the sidelines told me congratulations during the game and I said, 'Let's win the game first. It will mean more if we win the game. If we lose the record is nice to have but it doesn't mean anything if we don't win the game.'"
The Warhorses won by scoring 28 consecutive points in the third quarter, after Peacock had scored on a 67-yard run on the first play of the third quarter to give the Tigers a 28-21 lead.
"We improved a bunch coming from nothing to becoming a team," Peacock said. "We came together to win ballgames and actually finish a game. Last year we would come close, but we couldn't finish. This year we actually finished games."
Wharton (6-7) contributed to its demise with a fumble returned 57 yards for a touchdown by Devine's Pat Mares.
Mares then intercepted a pass by Wharton quarterback Bartee Grissom to set up another Sadler touchdown run. Wharton was also penalized for offsides on fourth down to keep a Devine scoring drive alive.
Sadler carried 41 times and also caught three passes for 48 yards to give him 442 total yards.
Grissom rushed for 98 yards and two touchdowns, as the teams combined for 1,005 yards.
Wharton was making its deepest playoff running since winning the Class 3A state championship in 1950 and Peacock, a senior, wants the Tigers to continue their success next season.
"All we can do is move forward," Peacock said. "I encourage the group coming after us juniors, sophomores and freshmen to step up and play ball and get further than we have this year."