MV, Winnsboro both win final non-district games
From Staff Reports

Oct. 2, 2004 - Both Mount Vernon and Winnsboro won their final non-district games on Friday by large margins.

Mount Vernon (3-3) takes on Commerce next week in the 11-3A opener, while Winnsboro (4-2) has a bye week before getting started in the five-team district.

Mount Vernon 41, Pittsburg 7

MOUNT VERNON - Tiger quarterback Colby Dickson threw for over 200 yards and two touchdowns as the Tigers won scored more 40 points in their third consecutive game.

Dickson ended with 201 yards on eight-of-nine passing. He had TD tosses of 34 yards to Jake Maxton and 80 yards to Tim Monroe.

Kendal Stoker also ran for a TD and Jerrus Doss returned a punt 60 yards for another score. It was Doss' second return for a TD in the last two games.

Pittsburg (1-5) lost for the fifth consecutive game.

Winnsboro 42, Sabine 14

LIBERTY CITY - The Red Raiders led, 28-14, at halftime despite running just nine offensive plays.

In fact, the Red Raiders had just two offensive snaps in the first 16 minutes of the contest, but came back to ruin Sabine's homecoming.

Winnsboro linebacker Blake Smedley ran back two Sabine fumbles for touchdowns in the first half to help give the Red Raiders a two-touchdown lead.

The Raiders kicked off to start the game, and Sabine started driving, but Smedley's first fumble return of 47 yards gave Winnsboro a 7-0 lead. Sabine's next drive ended on downs, but the Cardinals got the ball right back on a fumble on Winnsboro's first offensive play.

Sabine cashed in the turnover for a TD, then got the ball right back when Winnsboro again fumbled on their next play.

Down 14-7, the Raiders came back on an 80-yard bomb from quarterback Josh Neiswander to receiver Colby Noble. That drew Winnsboro even at 14-14, and Sabine didn't challenge after that.

Neiswander finished nine-of-11 for 252 yards and three touchdowns.

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