Behind a fast-paced offense picking up yards in chunks, the Wildcats had things well in hand by halftime and cruised to a 48-3 win over White Plains at Jack Stewart Field on Friday night.
“You hope from Week 1 to Week 2, you improve,” Saks coach Jonathan Milller said. “Usually, you make a lot of improvements between those two weeks. I think we did tonight. I’ve got to look at the film and make sure, but we challenged our guys this week. We challenged our skill to block for our skill, and our linemen to step up a little bit.
“I thought they all did a good job tonight. I was proud of our offensive line. All of our guys that ran the ball ran the ball hard. We didn’t have any turnovers. That was one of the good things that came out of tonight, also.”
Saks’ speed and athleticism was just too much to overcome, and it showed from the opening possession.
After a 4-yard run from Davontae Young got the drive started, Saks quarterback Tre Smith found Devin Harris on a 9-yard reception for a first down. Harris took a handoff on the next play, picking up 15 yards to set up a spectacular touchdown run by Smith.
Smith took the snap, scrambled to his left, broke several tackles, cut back to the right and jogged to the end zone from 27 yards out, giving Saks an eight-point lead with 8:28 to play in the first quarter after a successful 2-point conversion run by Smith.
“They’re good,” White Plains coach Heath Harmon said. “They’re fast. They’re very fast.”
Saks added to its lead on each of its next two possessions. Running back Calvin Figueroa set up Smith’s second touchdown of the night with runs of 13 and 10 yards. Smith ran a quarterback keeper to left and bowled over a White Plains’ defender at the goal line to put Saks up by 11 with 2:42 to play in the first quarter.
Smith was at it again on Saks’ next drive, setting up Harris’ 16-yard touchdown run with a 27-yard run of his own. Smith’s extra point was successful, extending the lead to 18 with 9:56 to play in the first half.
White Plains forced a three-and-out on Saks’ next offensive possession, but Saks would add two more touchdowns before the break.
The first came after Figueroa runs of 35 and 24 yards on back-to-back plays set up Young’s 3-yard touchdown plunge, pushing the lead to 24.
Saks got the ball back before White Plains even got a chance to touch it. Rashard Williams kicked the ball high and short, allowing Daniel Heard to recover. Two plays later, Young carried the ball to White Plains’ 9-yard line, setting up Smith third touchdown run of the game, giving Saks a 34-3 lead at the break.
Saks’ starters played one drive in the second half before departing. Harris had runs of 20 and 17 yards to set up Young’s 1-yard touchdown run, pushing the lead to 38.
Figueroa led Saks on the ground with 113 yards on eight carries. Young added 108 yards on 16 carries, and Smith finished with 92 yards on seven carries – all in the first half. Harris added 65 yards on the ground and 26 yards receiving, as the Wildcats piled up 513 yards of total offense.
Saks final score came on a 9-yard run by backup quarterback Quin Smith.
Saks’ defense was just as impressive. Other than a 53-yard pass from Joseph Dothard to Rod Young -- setting up a 34-yard field goal by Young -- and a 25-yard run from Johnny Bynum, White Plains struggled to move the ball.
“We have a lot of experience back on that side of the ball. We expected we’d be OK defensively,” Miller said. “We’ve got a lot of room for improvement on the defensive side as well, but I thought our guys were solid tonight. And that’s what we expected out of them. With the experience back and a little bit of depth, we thought we’d be OK on that side.”
Saks (2-0, 1-0 Class 3A, Region 5) hosts Susan Moore next week, while White Plains (1-1, 0-1 Class 3A, Region 5) hosts Weaver.