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SWEETWATER — Quarterback Cutter Sparks and the explosive Shallowater offense proved too much for Eastland to handle Thursday as the Mustangs piled up 700 yards of total offense and had five scoring plays of at least 37 yards in a 56-21 Region I-3A semifinal win at the Mustang Bowl.
Sparks accounted for 236 of his team’s 489 rushing yards and passed for 201 yards and three touchdowns to keep the Mustangs perfect at 13-0 and end the Mavericks’ season at 9-4.
Eastland, which got 245 yards passing and two rushing touchdowns from quarterback Behren Morton, fell behind 28-0 before scoring its first touchdown and could never make the stops necessary to get back in the game.
Each week here at Big Country Preps, we’ll post our picks for all of that week’s 11-man games, in addition to the results of Evan Ren’s Twitter polls for each matchup.
For those interested in voting, polls go up on Monday night each week and close Thursday morning.
Disagree with our picks or the Twitter consensus? Let us know in the comments section below.
LAST WEEK: 19-5, .791
SEASON TOTAL: 434-96, .818
Week 14 has seven of the Big Country’s 11-man teams still showing a pulse and an additional three in the six-man ranks still alive.
And as one would expect, it only gets tougher from this point forward, with more than half of our teams projected as underdogs heading into this week’s action.
One of the longest tenured and winningest coaches in Big Country history, Denney Faith has experienced more than his share of success in his three decades in Albany. So it should surprise no one that this area coaching legend has his Lions in the region semifinals once again despite an uncharacteristic 0-5 start to this season.
Faith took some time this week to chat with Big Country Preps’ Evan Ren and Daniel Youngblood about his team’s turnaround, this week’s playoff opponent and what has kept him in Albany all these years for this week’s Capital Farm Credit Wednesday Night Podcast.
Also in this episode, Evan and Daniel say goodbye to the team’s lost during last week’s area round of the football playoffs and look ahead to this week’s action.