FEATURE: State ranking marks progress for Cross Plains program, Purvis

You don’t have to go back too far to find a time when Cross Plains’ lack of on-field competitiveness made it a common homecoming choice for opponents.

In fact, such was the case when 10th-year Buffaloes coach Daniel Purvis inherited the program in 2011.

But in just 100 games, Purvis has taken a program that won 14 contests from 2002 to 2010, including a trio of winless campaigns in the five seasons leading up to his hire, and built a consistent winner in Cross Plains, Texas.

In posting a 30-17 record over the past four seasons, Purvis’ Buffs are in the midst of the longest run of sustained success in school history. And with the No. 9 statewide ranking marking its progress heading into a nondistrict road clash with former district mate Haskell on Friday, Cross Plains has its sights set even higher for the future. 

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