Saginaw wore down Saginaw Chisholm Trail in the second half to emerge with a 28-6 win at Ranger Stadium on Friday night.
The Rough Riders (4-2, 4-0 District 6-4A) led 7-0 at the half.
Jaylen King came alive in the second half for Saginaw. He finished with 157 yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns.
Chisholm Trail (2-5, 2-3) stayed close, mostly on the legs of quarterback Shawn Robinson. He finished with 130 yards and a touchdown.
Each team battled against episodes of solid defense and negative plays. The result was difficulty in both teams being able to sustain drives in the first half.
Saginaw’s John Polston found Austin Wright for a 62-yard touchdown on third-and-25 in the first quarter.
Chisholm Trail mounted a drive on the strength of a 46-yard run by quarterback Robinson. The drive was snuffed, though, when plays for losses and a penalty forced the ball over on downs at the Rough Riders 31.
The Rangers again drove the ball on Saginaw late in the second quarter but again turned the ball over on downs at the 32. The Rough Riders immediately drove the ball down to the Chisholm Trail 11 before Polston’s desperation pass was pulled out of the air by the Rangers’ Tameren Clark.
Saginaw got its second score of the night on the second scoring pass from Polston to Wright, this time on a 30-yard toss.
Clark also set up the first score by Chisholm Trail with a 32-yard kickoff return in the third quarter.
The drive was topped with a 40-yard scoring run by Robinson.
Saginaw answered on the next series after King scored from 4 yards out. King scored in the fourth quarter on a 32-yard run.
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