MINEOLA — After losing last week to Winnsboro, the Mineola Yellowjackets must have felt like they had something to prove on homecoming night as they stung the Grand Saline Indians 52-6 on Friday.
The win improved the Yellowjackets’ record to 6-1 overall and 1-1 in District 7-2A Division I. The Indians currently hold a record of 5-2 overall and are also 1-1 in district play.
Mineola’s Dac Shaw carried the ball 14 times for 98 yards and four touchdowns, while quarterback Erik Galaz ran for 80 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Braylon Walton had two interceptions.
Grand Saline’s T.J. Ollison had 12 carries for 50 yards, while quarterback Austen Truett went 7 of 18 for 82 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
The Yellowjackets struck first when Shaw took it in from 25 yards out moments before punching it into the end zone again for his second touchdown, this time from 7 yards out.
Galaz tacked on the final score of the quarter with his 25-yard keeper to go up 21-0.
Rhett Self tacked on another touchdown from 7 yards out to spread Mineola’s lead to 28-0.
Twenty seconds later, the Indians put their only six points on the scoreboard when Truett connected with Giovanni Flores on a 51-yard route to the end zone. The 2-point conversion was unsuccessful, making the score 28-6.
Shaw tacked on his third touchdown of the night, this one coming from 17 yards out, spreading the lead to 35-6 at halftime.
On the first play of the second half, a couple jukes helped Galaz split defenders, go against the grain, and head to the end zone for a 64-yard touchdown run to go up 42-6.
There was no scoring for nearly 10 minutes, but with 1:38 left in the third quarter, Shaw scored his final touchdown to go up 49-6.
Then on fourth down with 4:49 remaining, Mineola kicker Matt Shade nailed a 50-yard field goal to give his team their 52-6 final.
Mineola is set to take on Melissa on the road next week while Grand Saline is set to host Winnsboro.