Sargent locks up playoff spot with 61-26 win over Sanford

Sanford and Sargent face off in the final Friday night football competition.

SARGENT— The final night of high school football in the San Luis Valley and making the postseason is on everyone’s mind. Long-time rivals took to the field Friday night as Sargent hosted Sanford. Both Sargent and Sanford came into the game with 6-2 records and both hoping for postseason berths. Only the victor was guaranteed a playoff berth while the loser had to wait it out until Sunday.  
Sargent won the coin toss and decided to take the ball first. The Farmers received the kick and ran it out to around the 30 yard line. Sargent quickly picked up a pair of first downs and got onto the Sanford side of the ball. Dalton Gartrell then made a huge play for Sanford stripping the ball from Jacob Deacon, and Sanford made the first big stand of the night.
Sanford couldn’t do much with their first possession and went three and out.  Sargent retook momentum in the game with a 55 yard run for Blaine Behil and Sargent was in the red zone. The Farmers were able to score two plays later on a 10 pass from Frank Torrez to Cole Seger making the score 6-0.  
The Farmers defensively then set the tone forcing three straight three and outs. The Farmers offense took advantage of their good defensive play and scored three straight touchdowns quickly making the score 26-0 with 9:04 left in the second quarter.
Sanford was able to get on the board at the 7:30 mark on 30 yard run from Kelton Gartrell. Sargent offensively was clicking on all cylinders and kept Sanford from making the score any closer as Sargent scored once again to push the score to 33-8.  Sanford though fought till the end of the first half scoring once again and taking some momentum into half time but trailing 33-14.  
After half Sanford received the ball first and went three and out and gave the ball right back to the Farmers. Sargent then put the final distance they needed scoring again to make the score 40-14.  
Sanford did play tough in the second half but some mistakes and a Sargent offense clicking on all cylinders kept the Indians at bay. Sargent was able to grab the 61-26 victory over Sanford and lock up a spot in the playoffs. Sanford now awaits for Sunday to see if they did enough to get into the playoffs which begin next weekend.
Stat wise Sargent was led by Frank Torrez with 245 yards passing, 136 yards rushing, and 6 total touchdowns.  
Sanford was led by Kelton Gartrell who ran for 100 yards and had 79 yards receiving. Gartrell also had all three touchdowns for Sanford.
Number 10 Holly (7-2) will travel to the Valley to take on #7 Sargent (7-2) on Friday, Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. Sanford didn’t make the post season when all was said and done.

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