Month: November 2018

Sparks, Shallowater too much for Eastland in 56-21 win

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.

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Big Country Preps’ Pick ‘Em Panel (Week 14)

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.

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BCP Week 14 Playoff Forecast: Morton, Mavs face Shallowater (w/ Evan Ren’s playoff picks, BCP Drive-Time podcast)

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.

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BCP Podcast No. 24: Albany’s Denney Faith talks Lion football with Evan, Daniel

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.

LOCAL HOOPS ROUNDUP: Coogs top Estacado; AHS, Cooper girls fall to area foes

LUBBOCK — The Cooper boys basketball team continued its strong start to the season Tuesday, rallying from seven points down at halftime to knock off Lubbock Estacado 70-65.

The Cougars took the lead with a 27-17 third-quarter run and held off the Matadors in the fourth to improve to 4-1 on the year.

Deven Bailey once again led the Coogs, scoring a team-high 21 points for the second straight game, while Ben Thompson added 13, Josh Henry and Noah Garcia both scored nine, and Kaden Davis pitched in eight.

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No. 4 Haskell girls rally past Eula 35-29

HASKELL — Down 22-20 to start the fourth quarter, the fourth-ranked Haskell Maidens scored 15 points over the final eight minutes to knock off the upset-minded Eula Lady Pirates in a 35-29 victory at the legendary Tee Pee.

Leading the way for the Maidens (7-1) was freshmen Melody Martinez, whose five-point outburst late in the fourth quarter helped put away Eula for good. C’Era Taylor, meanwhile, had a team-high eight points and two rebounds for Haskell.

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Abilene High boys dominate Mineral Wells 61-31

The Abilene High boys basketball team outscored Mineral Wells 17-1 in the second quarter Tuesday to stretch a six-point lead to 22 points by halftime in routing the Rams 61-31 in a nondistrict matchup at Eagle Gym.

Post Devyan Wilkins came off the bench to score 14 points to lead AHS, which held Mineral Wells to single-digit point totals in every quarter but the fourth.

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Area Round BCP Six-Man Roundup

A rough second round of the playoffs for the Big Country in the 11-man ranks trickled on down to the six-man squads as well.

A week after 10 teams won their bi-district matchups, all but four were eliminated over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend slate of games.

The Big Country contingent is down to Gorman, Jayton, Stephenville Faith and Strawn. Should Jayton and Strawn win this week and next, the two will play December 19th for the state championship.

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Jim Ned sweeps Brownwood in doubleheader (box scores + photo gallery included)

BROWNWOOD — A big night from the 3-point line and some timely defense were enough to lift the Class 3A Jim Ned Lady Indians to a 54-44 win at Class 4A Brownwood on Tuesday.  

Libby Tutt scored 20 points and Jenna Moore added 12 (via four 3-pointers) to lift Jim Ned (7-3), which maintained a fluctuating lead from as much as 17 to as little as six points, by coming up with key defensive stops along the way. 

The Lady Indians connected on eight 3-pointers as a team, with Malone Graham hitting two, Claire Graham hitting one and Tutt adding another.

Brownwood, which slipped to 4-5, got 13 points from Matyha Thompson, six from Hadley Monroe and five from Ryleigh Dalleh. 

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Marshall closes great season with our weekly accolade

Aside from having what might be the single greatest hairdo in Big Country history (next to mine, of course), Hawley running back Colton Marshall closed a remarkable season on Friday, with yet another remarkable game. 

Rushing 36 times in a heartbreaking 37-36 loss to Sundown in the Region I-2A Division I area round, Marshall charted 213 yards and five touchdowns. 

With that performance, he finished the season with 282 carries for 1,935 yards and 27 scores, helping the Bearcats to a 10-2 record and earning our Big Country Preps Player of the Week. 

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Class 2A Area-Round Report

Kevin Yeager

De Leon 31, Wolfe City 20 — The Bearcats (8-4) gained just 318 total yards in their Region II-2A Division I area-round matchup with Wolfe City, but it was enough when combined with a strong defensive performance to advance and earn a region semifinals date with Riesel (10-2).

Quarterback Kevin Yeager led De Leon, which extended a 21-7 to three touchdowns in the third quarter, rushing for 114 yards and two scores while passing for 124 yards and two more TDs

Jorge Gonzalez added 80 rushing yards, and Chris Cox and Emery Amick each caught TD passes.

The Bearcats will play Riesel at 7 p.m. Friday in Whitney for a chance to play in the region title game against the winner of San Saba (12-0) and Celeste (11-1).

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Class 3A Area-Round Report

Comanche 42, Edgewood 38 — Comanche rushed for 351 yards, with Kade Mercer (23 carries, 148 yards, two TDs) leading the way in an area-round nail-biter. 

As is their custom, the wing-T-based Indians only threw for 138 yards. But they were efficient through the air, with Trendon Morin finishing with a 6-of-7 tally and one TD pass. 

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Class 4A Area-Round Report

Krece Nowak

Celina 31, Stephenville 21 — Five turnovers proved more than Stephenville could overcome Friday in a Region II-4A Division I area-round loss to Celina at Fort Worth Brewer’s Bear Stadium.

Stephenville, which was hurt by two interceptions and three lost fumbles, was outscored 10-0 in the second half in seeing its season end at 7-4.

The Yellow Jackets’ only lead came at 21-14 with five minutes remaining in the second quarter, when Krece Nowak had his second of two rushing touchdowns. But the Bobcats (7-4) answered in the final minute of the period to tie the game 21-all at halftime, before securing the upset with 10 fourth-quarter points.

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Big Spring’s season ends at the hands of Hereford

PLAINVIEW — Nobody expected coach Mitch McLemore’s squad to be in Friday’s Region I-4A Division I area round after back-to-back winless campaigns in 2016-17.

When the UIL’s biennial realignment came about in February, Big Spring was placed in a four-team district guaranteeing the Steers a playoff berth.

After wins over Sweetwater (33-7) and Pecos (39-20) in the first four weeks of the year, the Steers appeared to have turned a corner before losing six straight to end the year — including all three district games to enter the playoffs as the fourth seed out of District 2.

Then came the bi-district upset of District 1 champion Clint (28-22) and a matchup Friday against Hereford, an overtime winner last week against Springtown.

The Steers’ season came to an end Friday as the Herd knocked Big Spring off 57-13 at Bulldog Stadium.

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Birdville ends Cooper’s season with 49-14 win

MINERAL WELLS — The combination of Laderrious Mixon and Stone Earle proved too much for Cooper on Friday, as the North Richland Hills Birdville running back-quarterback duo combined for more than 450 total yards in a 49-14 victory in a Region I-5A Division I area-round game at Ram Stadium.

Mixon ran for 200 yards and a touchdown while also catching a 30-yard TD pass on a trick play, and Earle passed for 233 yards and four scores while adding a fifth score on the ground.

Those two propelled the Hawks (11-1) to a 28-0 halftime lead and helped grab the momentum back after it appeared as though Cooper might work its way back into the game in the third quarter.

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Haskell’s improbable run ends with loss to Wheeler (stats and photo gallery included)

VERNON — Most Cinderellas eventually hand in their slippers. 

For unheralded Haskell, a fourth seed out of District 7-2A, that moment came shortly after a 26-12 loss to heavily favored Wheeler in a Division II area-round game Friday at Lions Stadium.

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Canadian ends Wolves’ season for second straight year

PLAINVIEW — Heading into Friday’s Region I-3A Division II area-round playoff game, the Colorado City football team had lost three games dating back to the start of the 2017 season.

All three of those teams were either undefeated or had just one loss when they faced the Wolves.

The Wolves’ season came to an end on Friday with a 56-26 loss to 11-1 Canadian — marking the second consecutive year that Colorado City was stopped by the Wildcats.

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Big Country Preps’ Pick ‘Em Panel (Week 13)

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.

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Cooper ‘D’ ready to match strengths with potent Birdville running game

Facing off with a 10-1 North Richland Hills Birdville team in its area-round playoff, Cooper’s game plan Friday will be a familiar one. The Cougars will look to establish the running game on offense and stop the run on defense.

That’s been the preferred mode of operation for coach Aaron Roan’s squad all season, and when it’s accomplished those two things, a winning result has usually followed.

This week, though, the the second half of that equation will present an enormous challenge as few have slowed a Hawk running attack that comes in averaging more than 200 yards per game and features a 1,600-yard rusher in junior Laderrious Mixon. But it’s a challenge the Coogs are accepting head on.

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Evan Ren’s Area Round Forecast (released early for Thanksgiving)

LAST WEEK: 31-6, .837   

SEASON TOTAL: 415-91, .820 

Normally our playoff forecast is released on Thursdays. But, in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, we’re pushing it out a day early. 

I don’t mind saying, it has been a good year for the column, picking at nearly 84 percent in Week 12 and holding at 82 percent on the year.

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BCP Podcast No. 23: Evan, Daniel talk playoff football with Haskell coach Brian Hodnett

The Haskell Indians got off to rough start this season, dropping three of four games during nondistrict play, losing each of those games by at least 28 points. But things started clicking for coach Brian Hodnett’s team during district play, which saw the Indians take good Cross Plains and Albany teams to the wire and defeat Roscoe and Baird to claim the fourth playoff seed out of District 7-2A Division II.

Haskell (4-6) took advantage of that opportunity, coming from behind to defeat District 8 champion Eldorado 26-22 in the bi-district round, snapping a nine-year playoff victory drought. Earlier this week, Hodnett took some time to chat with Big Country Preps’ Evan Ren and Daniel Youngblood about the Eldorado win, this season and what he expects to see in Friday’s area-round matchup against Wheeler for this week’s Capital Farm Credit Wednesday Night Podcast.

Also in this episode, Evan and Daniel break down the most significant — and shocking — developments of the first week of the high school football playoffs.

LOCAL HOOPS ROUNDUP: AHS girls top Cooper for second time in five days

Playing their crosstown rival for the second time in five days, the Abilene High Lady Eagles had far more trouble with Cooper on Tuesday than they had in the previous meeting, but coach Terri Aston’s team still managed to come away with a 38-35 win at Eagle Gym.

AHS, which routed Cooper 61-38 in a winners bracket consolation semifinal in the Polk-Key City Classic on Friday, needed a fourth-quarter rally to edge the Lady Cougars on Tuesday.

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