High School Sports

Sanderson’s Cole Nigro runs for 177 yards in 33-20 win over Broughton

Cole Nigro ran for 177 yards and three touchdowns as Sanderson earned its first Cap-8 4A victory over the season with a 33-20 win over Broughton on Friday at Caps Stadium.

Sanderson (2-6, 1-3 Cap-8) ended a four-game losing streak and Broughton dropped to 1-7, 0-4.

"It's great," Sanderson coach Ben Kolstad said. "We've gone through a whole of stuff this year, and I'm proud of the resiliency of our kids. They stayed with it, and they fought. It's good to get a win under our belt, and we've got three more to try to get after it."

The Spartans' running game was dominant, as Sanderson ran 51 times for 374 yards. Nigro had TD runs of 1, 3 and 30 yards, while Dejuan Dye carried 20 times for 148 yards.

"We challenged the guys to be physical tonight: (run) downhill, take care of the football," Kolstad said. "We didn't turn the ball over at all tonight, so we did that well."

Sanderson wide receiver Trevon Gay caught a 35-yard touchdown pass and ran 34 yards for another.

Broughton quarterback Owen Wilkinson threw for 245 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw four interceptions, lost one fumble and was sacked twice.

"Too many turnovers, too many hits on the quarterback," Caps coach Billy Lane said. "We put ourselves in a lot of long-yardage situations, and it's tough to dig into the playbook for the third-and-15 play consistently."

Nigro's first two scores came after Broughton turnovers as Sanderson jumped to a 12-0 lead in the first quarter. After Gay's second score made it 27-7 in the second quarter, the Caps crept back in the game. Devone Jackson scored on a 2-yard touchdown run late in the first half, and Wilkinson hit Kanden Rogers for a 4-yard TD pass to get Broughton within seven, 27-20, with 7:47 left in the game.

But Nigro rambled 30 yards for a score with 4:09 to play, and D.J. Ward picked off Wilkinson twice in the closing minutes.

"They're tough to defend," Kolstad said. "They do a lot of different things. We came up with some huge picks down the stretch. Our defense stepped up and did a great job."