Two shocking things happened on Saturday afternoon at AT&T Stadium in the Class 5A Division I Texas semifinal game. First, unbeaten Denton Ryan lost a game as Highland Park picked off a pass late against the third quarterback to play for Ryan and the Scots prevailed over the Raiders 31-24.
The other shock is going to have a greater impact on Oklahoma State fans as 2018 quarterback commit to the Cowboys and standout dual threat talent Spencer Sanders was injured in the second quarter of the game and did not return.
Sanders is one of the top quarterback prospects not only in Texas but nationally in the 2018 class and earlier this fall he made his pledge to Oklahoma State. That pledge always looked good to the Cowboys and it is likely looking better to Sanders as the severity of his right knee injury is unknown as of Sunday morning.
Sanders was rolling out to his right late in the second quarter and near the Highland Park end zone at about the 7-yard line when he was hit by a trio of defenders. Sanders described the injury to the Denton Chronicle's Steve Gamel, "It was more that there were people on my back," Sanders said. "I was crouching and I guess it was too much pressure on my knee and I went down on it. Whatever it is, it will be fixed."
Sanders was helped off the field and did not put much weight on it. He went to the locker room on crutches, but in the second half came back in uniform, tried to jog, but really had to use crutches to support himself the rest of the afternoon.
After the game, Denton Ryan head coach Dave Henigan speculated that Sanders suffered a tear to the ACL in his right knee, but the Raiders head coach was disappointed and said more tests will be done this week.
Sanders came into the game with Highland Park as the quarterback of a 14-0 football team and he had completed 221-of-349 passes for 3,262 yards with 35 touchdowns and just five interceptions. His completion percentage is 63.3 percent. On the ground, he carried 184 times for 1,087 yards with 18 touchdowns and a 5.9 yards per carry average.