Not to take away from the effort of Saks who took full advantage of the situation.
Pennington quarterback Lee Morton spent most of the game against the Wildcats running for his life as Saks pounded the Tigers 42-0.
“The defense came up big, we had a couple of big plays,” said Saks coach Clint Smith.
Every time Morton took a snap, Saks had pressure on him. Instead of being able to look down field, he had to avoid Saks’ Jamar Nettles, Corpio Dennard and Xavier Morgan, all who had a presence in Pennington’s backfield.
The pressure eventually forced a turnover for the Wildcat defense when Cordarius Cooper picked off one of Morton’s throws and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown.
It didn’t help that whenever Saks had the ball, it kept the ball on the ground and ate up both real estate and time.
Saks dominated the line of scrimmage, and its offensive line helped Justin Greer, who was a workhorse for the Wildcats, carry the ball 14 times for 165 yards.
“(Offensive lineman Quinton Thomas) did a good job, all the O-line did well,” said Greer. “The O-line worked their butts off all practice.”
Greer found the end zone twice, once from 61 yards out, and once on a 9-yard run.
“We executed well, the line blocked well, the backs ran well,” said Smith. “All in all, we’re just happy to get the win.”
The game seemed like it might be competitive at first, when Saks turned the ball over on downs on the Tiger’s 35-yard line.
On the next series, however, the Wildcats held Pennington to a three-and-out, and on the ensuing drive, it took just five plays for the Wildcats to draw first blood.
Brandon Johnson took the toss, followed his blockers into the secondary and busted a 29-yard touchdown run.
The Tigers, who have been outscored this season 197-46, looked to stay competitive on their next drive, getting a first down, but Cooper sacked Morton on third down, and Morgan was able to get pressure and knock down the ball to force the turnover on downs.
Saks enforced its will on the ensuing drive and dashed any hopes the Tigers had of an upset. A mechanical 14-play drive resulted in Johnson punching in a touchdown on a second and goal.
Saks forced another turnover on downs right outside its own red zone and scored again when Grier found running room from 56 yards out.
“It’s a big win, another region win,” said Smith. “We’re 4-1 and excited about the win.”