MANSFIELD — The undefeated, third-ranked San Saba Armadillos continued their postseason march Friday night at Newsom Stadium with a 57-14 thrashing of the Bogota Rivercrest Rebels in Class 2A Division I Region II semifinal action.
With their 13th consecutive win of the season, the Armadillos advance to the Region II championship game where they will face Valley View (11-2) — a 33-14 winner over Crawford in the regional semifinal round — at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mineral Wells.
Against Rivercrest (11-2), San Saba trailed 6-0 after one quarter but erupted for 30 points in the second period en route to a 16-point advantage at halftime. The Armadillos tacked on another touchdown in the third period and three more in the fourth, while the defense posted a second-half shutout.
San Saba rushed for 447 of its 454 yards of total offense, as Eli Salinas racked up 196 yards and five touchdowns while quarterback Sean O’Keefe contributed 168 yards with two trips to the end zone. Risien Shahan also rushed for 80 yards while Justin Yarbrough chipped in a 15-yard score on the ground.
Rivercrest finished with 195 total yards — 132 passing and 63 rushing — with four turnovers, including three interceptions. Quarterback Devon Womack rushed for 51 yards and accounted for all of the Rebels' yards through the air.
San Saba fell behind, 6-0, with 4:01 left in the first period on a 12-yard scoring toss from Womack to Shane Crabtree.
The Armadillos answered with a 50-yard touchdown sprint from O'Keefe with 9:04 left in the first half, which knotted the score at 6.
Abel Martinez then tackled Womack in the end zone for a safety, giving San Saba an 8-6 edge. Salinas and O'Keefe followed with touchdown carries of 22 and 25 yards, respectively, as the Armadillos extended the advantage to 22-6.
Rivercrest closed the gap to 22-14 on a 72-yard interception return by Bradyn English, but Yarbrough scored on a 15-yard carry to end the half.
Leading 30-14 at the break, Salinas rushed for touchdowns of 28, 1, 53, 35 in the second half to account for the final 43-point margin of victory.
San Saba and Valley View met in the playoffs last year, with the Armadillos collecting a 48-16 victory.