Sexton and Holt played as two one-loss CAAC Blue teams on Friday night battling to stay in the conference race.
While the Big Reds are a young team, they continue to hang around in the area’s toughest league.
A.J. Hobbs scored two touchdowns for Sexton and had two interceptions, as the Big Reds beat Holt 21-7.
“Just to see how our young men bounced back from an 0-3 start and won three in a row, our babies are growing up,” Sexton coach Dan Boggan said.
“We’ve got a very young team. I’m extremely proud of them and the effort they put forth tonight defensively, special teams-wise, offensively. They’re getting there.”
Hobbs said: “I feel like every week we’re getting better and better. We’re working harder and harder. Earlier in the season we were kind of lost. We were just coming together as a team, but now we’re coming together as a family instead of a team.”
Ty Glover got Holt’s first score of the game on a 3-yard touchdown run with 9:36 to play in the fourth quarter to make it 14-7.
Hobbs responded by taking the ensuing kickoff back 90 yards for a touchdown to give the Big Reds (3-3, 3-1) a 14-point advantage again.
“I dropped it and my eyes got big. I got a little nervous,” Hobbs said. “I looked up and I was just like ‘Make the best you can make out of it’ and I just saw a seam and I hit it.”
Hobbs also had four catches for 113 yards, including a 38-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Malick Mack, who had two touchdown passes in the game.
“I said it all year that A.J.’s one of the best receivers in the state of Michigan,” Boggan said. “People will start believing me soon. They will start believing me soon. He’s a special player.”
Hobbs also has been hobbled with a sprained MCL, but proved to be the difference maker in a game that was controlled by defense.
Neither team gained more than 250 yards of total offense.
“It did pop earlier in the game but I knew I couldn’t give up. I was telling my coach I would not let him down,” Hobbs said. “I know he believes in me and I believe in him, so I just kept on pushing it.”
Glover led Holt (3-3, 2-2) with 62 yards on 20 carries, including the fourth quarter TD.