Savannah ends Van Horn's season
By Bryce Mereness The St. Joseph News-Press
Only 90 seconds unfolded before the crowd at Savage Field found out how Thursday’s Class 4 District 8 opening-round matchup between Savannah and Van Horn would play out.
Punting from his own end zone, Blake Aumua’s kick went off the side of his foot and spun into the air. Savannah linebacker Dylan Williams snatched up the spiraling ball which officially traveled minus-5 yards and sprinted a mere 5 yards for a special teams touchdown.
Savannah only rolled from there in a 39-14 victory.
The Savages scored the first 39 points before Van Horn scored two late touchdowns when the outcome was already decided. Second-seeded Savannah moves on to the second round, facing a rematch against Midland Empire Conference rival Smithville.
“There are things we can fix still,” Savannah coach Chad Smith said. “We expected to come out here and win this game. We wanted to play really good. We wanted to continue to get better for the future. It was a good win, and we’re just glad we came out healthy.”
Savannah established the run well — behind senior Logan Garrett’s 145 yards on the ground. The tailback consistently broke off big runs with three runs of more than 20 yards on 12 carries.
Coming off a leg injury, Garrett’s workload increased with Tyler Wilt unavailable. For the rest of the story click here.
After an initial Van Horn three-and-out, Savannah put six points on the board without bringing the offense on the field.
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