DENTON - Argyle athlete Ian Sadler has put on a show all season long as a receiver, rusher, quarterback and returner, but the Eagles didn't need much from the Texas Tech commit to get past Krum in the first round of the playoffs.
The Eagles (11-0) jumped out to a 31-0 first quarter lead en route to a 57-12 victory at C.H. Collins Stadium.
"We came out, executed offensively, defensively and we just got most of our starters off the field in the first half, so we got a bunch of rest," Sadler said after the game. "We're just looking to take it one game at a time."
Sadler finished with one rush for nine yards and a catch for 14 yards. He didn't get an opportunity to return a punt because Krum's kicking game was so bad.
And Krum punted a lot. In fact, fellow Texas Tech commit Connor Wilson and the Argyle defense held Krum without a first down the entire first half.
"We knew it was not going to be the hardest game we've played all season, but we also knew that we had to come in and play with an open mind and take care of the work that had to be taken care of," Wilson said. "We are well aware that this is the first step to the big show."
Everybody took a backseat to the display put on by Argyle senior kicker Cole Hedlund. The Arkansas commit nailed five field goals from 47, 36, 33, 27 and 22 yards out to break, first the Texas all-time record for career field goals at 49, and then the national record with 51.
"He's one of my best friends and that was probably the most exciting thing I've been around with him, to celebrate with him," Sadler said. "I mean that was unreal, I don't know how to put that into words."
Though Sadler was pulled midway through the second quarter, he still mixed it up some, especially after a Krum cornerback landed a cheap shot. The following play (which is on the video below) Sadler got him back with a legal, but crushing block.
"I went to block him and I was just stalking him, so I wasn't even hitting him or anything and then he pulled me down by my facemask," Sadler said. "So the next play I just hit him, I guess, pretty hard."
Wilson didn't get much work either, but showed a lot of promise as a future Red Raider safety in spurts. He flashed good range in pass defense and abilty as a blitzer. On one play he timed a blitz perfectly and forced a quick and inaccurate throw by Krum's quarterback to force fourth down.
Wilson said he had no problem keeping his head in the game despite the lopsided score.
"To be honest it's hard for me to not play 100 percent, full speed when I'm on the field," Wilson said. "We're getting the job done and we have all year, so I have no complaints."
Both Sadler and Wilson reiterated their commitment to Texas Tech after the game Thursday and added they plan on making their official visits to Lubbock after the season, either in December or early January.