Month: November 2020

CAPITAL FARM CREDIT/BCP PLAYER OF THE WEEK: May’s Halk takes the top spot

We always have our eye out for a possible six-man football player to take our Capital Farm Credit/BCP Player of the Week award. But he must have one of “those games” — one that even makes the six-man community sit up and take notice, by virtue of its importance, or volume of numbers. 

Last week’s effort by May running back-defensive back Kaden Halk in a 72-38 win over Leakey qualifies on both fronts.

Only a junior, Halk tallied 356 yards rushing and seven touchdowns on just 16 carries and added a 42-yard TD reception to help push the Tigers (12-1) to the Class 1A DI semifinals where they will face Blum (9-3) at 6 p.m. on Saturday in Dublin. 

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GAME STORY: Late score lifts Eastland over Holliday

GRAHAM — Behren Morton threw for 286 yards and ran for 112 more as the Eastland football team rallied for a 28-24 win over No. 8 Holliday in a Region II-3A Division II semifinal at Newton Field on Friday night.

Morton, a Texas Tech commit, accounted for all four touchdowns as he connected with three different receivers for scores and then used his legs for the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Eastland (9-3) advances to face Gunter at 7 p.m. Thursday at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

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GAME RECAP: Cooper volleyball sees season end with loss to Canyon Randall

LUBBOCK — The Cooper volleyball team saw its playoff run and season come to an end Friday night, falling 25-13, 21-25, 25-18, 25-20 to Canyon Randall in a third-round match at Coronado High School.

The Lady Cougars, who were coming off their first two playoff victories since 2002, couldn’t extend their run against the defending Class 5A runner-up Lady Raiders, who also ended Wylie’s season in the opening round of the postseason.

With the loss, Cooper closed its season at 14-10.

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GAME STORY: Cisco blasts Hawley to advance to Region I-2A DI title game

BROWNWOOD — It’s difficult to imagine the tradition-rich Cisco Loboes having to end a curse in football. After all, Cisco won state in 2013, finished as the state runner-up four times since 2002 and has qualified for the playoffs in 17 of the last 20 seasons.

But with Friday’s dominating 54-20 win over the Hawley Bearcats in the Region I-2A Division I semifinals, the Loboes felt they broke a curse of going five consecutive years without reaching the fourth round of the playoffs.

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GAME STORY: Wylie shuts out Plainview 48-0 to close out regular season in style

Needing a win over Plainview to keep their postseason hopes alive, the Wylie football team closed out the regular season in dominating fashion Friday afternoon, outgaining the visiting Bulldogs 446-114 in a 48-0 victory at Hugh Sandifer Stadium.

Led by senior receiver Jahzair George, who had touchdown catches of 43, 69 and 37 yards, Wylie scored 17 points in each of the first two quarters to take a 34-0 lead into halftime. And the defense completed the shutout in the second half to help the home team improve to 4-3 on the season and 2-3 in District 3-5A Division II play.

Now, coach Clay Martin’s Bulldogs must await the result of next week’s game between Lubbock Cooper and Wichita Falls High to find out if their efforts have been enough to earn them a spot in the playoffs. A Cooper win over WFHS would earn Wylie the district’s No. 4 playoff seed by virtue of the Bulldogs’ 44-14 win over the Coyotes on Oct. 30.

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GAME RECAP: Cooper rolls through Crowley to claim first outright district title since 2009

CROWLEY — The Cooper football team wrapped up an undefeated run through District 3-5A Division I on Friday, routing Crowley 50-13 to earn its first outright district title since 2009. 

Senior running Noah Garcia rushed for three touchdowns, and quarterback Aidan Thompson accounted for one score passing and another rushing as the Cougars improved to 7-1 overall and 6-0 in district play.

Cooper was originally scheduled to make up its game with Fort Worth Brewer in the final week of the regular season, but that game was canceled due to COVID-19.

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GAME RECAP: Eagles dominate Midland High to enter playoffs on three-game win streak

The Abilene High football team cruised through Midland High 56-14 on Friday at Shotwell Stadium to close out its regular season on a three-game winning streak.

The Eagles, who stand at 4-4 overall after finishing 4-2 in District 2-6A action, will now be off next week as they wait to find which team from the El Paso-based District 1 they’ll be playing in the opening round of the playoffs.

AHS, which tied San Angelo Central for third in the 2-6A standings, will be the No. 2 seed small school seed behind the Bobcats due to the Eagles’ loss to Central in their Sept. 16 district opener. But coach Mike Fullen’s team will enter the postseason with some momentum after beating Wolfforth Frenship, Odessa High and Midland High by a combined score of 127-28.

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GAME STORY: Jim Ned stuns top-ranked Brock 19-16

STEPHENVILLE — The Jim Ned Indians had a checklist of items they knew they had to accomplish prior to Friday’s Region I-3A Division I semifinal with top-ranked Brock if they were to pull off an upset. 

They had to contain Brock’s speed. Check. They had to win the turnover battle. Check. They needed a big special teams play. Check. They needed a good start. Check. And they needed to keep their mistakes to an absolute minimum. Check. Check. Check. 

By game’s end, the Indians had pulled off a stunning 19-16 win at Memorial Stadium to advance to next week’s Region I-3A DI championship game. 

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GAME STORY: Muenster eliminates Hamlin with walk-off field goal

GRAHAM — A furious fourth-quarter rally fell short in heartbreaking fashion as the second-ranked Hamlin football team saw its season end with a 31-28 loss to Muenster in a Region II-2A Division II semifinal Friday afternoon at Newton Field.

Martie McCoy kicked a walk-off 19-yard field goal for the Hornets after Hamlin tied the game with 58 seconds to play to send Muenster on to the regional final.

Hamlin, meanwhile, saw its season end at 11-1.

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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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Evan Ren’s Thanksgiving week playoff picks

LAST WEEK: 23-2, .920
SEASON TOTAL: 422-88, .827

Turkey Day has arrived and we’ve still got 10 Big Country football teams showing a pulse.

Of those, there are at least six that I believe have a shot at getting to Arlington and of those, perhaps four that have a good shot at bringing home a state title.

So let’s dive in and take a look at this week’s matchups, shall we?  

Be safe going to your games! Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 

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CAPITAL FARM CREDIT WEDNESDAY NIGHT PODCAST: Cisco’s Kevin Stennett joins the show talks about CHS’ upcoming regional semifinal with Hawley

VIDEO PODCAST NO. 11: Cisco coach Kevin Stennett joins the show and to talk about his experience at CHS and this week’s regional semifinal clash with Hawley.  Evan Ren and Daniel Youngblood examine this week’s regional semifinal pairings.

Top games of this week discussed: All playoff pairings involving Big Country teams from Class 1A-4A this week are mentioned. 

Top games of last week discussed: Sweetwater vs. Celina, Hawley vs. Sundown, Albany vs. Ralls, Wall vs. Bushland, Brock vs. Denver City, Jim Ned vs. Dalhart, San Saba vs. Panhandle.

 

 

 

LOCAL HOOPS ROUNDUP: Wylie boys can’t keep up with No. 7 Amarillo High

AMARILLO — The seventh-ranked Amarillo High Sandies proved too strong for the Wylie boys basketball team on Tuesday, outscoring the Bulldogs in all four quarters of a 75-48 win.

AHS (4-0) raced out to a 23-12 lead after a quarter and increased its advantage to 20 points by halftime (39-19), before cruising in the second half to the victory.

Wylie, which fell to 0-2 with the loss, was paced offensively by Dylan Jennings’ 24 points. Colby Tanner also reached double figures with 11 points, while Avery Brekke finished with seven.

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GAME RECAP: Cooper volleyball sweeps Horizon to earn third-round match with Randall

MONAHANS — Fresh off their first playoff win in 18 years, the Cooper volleyball team is on a roll.

The Lady Cougars followed a four-set bi-district win over Amarillo Tascosa on Friday with a 25-22, 25-18, 25-21 sweep of El Paso Horizon in the area round on Tuesday to earn a third-round match against state power Canyon Randall later this week.

It was the fourth win in a row for Cooper, which will take a 14-9 record into its match with the Lady Raiders, who edged Wylie 19-25, 25-19 25-19, 18-25, 17-15 in their playoff opener last week.

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CAPITAL FARM CREDIT/BCP PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Cisco’s Long takes this week’s award

Cisco quarterback Hunter Long is only a sophomore. And he made his share of sophomore mistakes against an early-season schedule that featured 3A DI powerhouses from Wall and Jim Ned. 

Maturity, however, is beginning to catch up with the CHS signal caller, who has gradually developed into one of the top Class 2A weapons in the Big Country. 

His latest effort typified his development — passing for 210 yards and rushing for 101 in a 46-15 area round rout of Olton. 

Along the way, Long accounted for five Cisco touchdowns, rushing for three and passing for two more to help push the Loboes into the regional semifinals. 

It also earned him our Capital Farm Credit/BCP Player of the Week award for the week ending Nov. 21.

“Hunter played a great game,” Cisco coach Kevin Stennett said. “He is getting better every week and his execution of our offense has been outstanding during the playoffs. He made very few mistakes, if any, against Olton and has really emerged as the leader of our offense.”

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GAME RECAP: Fourth-quarter rally comes up short as Wylie falls to Lubbock Cooper

Photos courtesy of HubCityPreps.com

LUBBOCK — A slow offensive start proved too much for the Wylie football team to overcome Friday in a 21-15 loss to Lubbock Cooper.

Trailing 14-2 at halftime and 21-2 four seconds into the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs tried to rally over the final 11:56. But a couple of short touchdown passes by Balin Valentine were all WHS could muster in dropping its second consecutive game.

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GAME RECAP: Abilene High clinches playoff berth with overwhelming defensive effort at OHS

Photos by Eli Hartman, Odessa American

ODESSA — The Abilene High football team punched its ticket to the playoffs Friday, locking up its first postseason berth since 2016 with a 29-7 win over Odessa High at Ratliffe Stadium.

The Eagles overcame a slow start offensively with a dominating defensive effort, holding the Bronchos to just 130 yards of total offense, including 22 yards rushing on 22 attempts, to improve to 3-4 overall and 3-2 in District 2-6A play.

Leading 9-0 at halftime, AHS tacked on two touchdowns in the third quarter and another in the fourth to go up 29-0 before OHS finally got on the board with just under five minutes remaining in the game.

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GAME STORY: Celina pulls away from Sweetwater for area-round win

STEPHENVILLE — The Sweetwater Mustangs had seven false starts in the first quarter and fell in an early 9-0 hole to Celina in a Region I-4A Division II area round matchup at Tarleton State University’s Memorial Stadium on Friday night.

Despite getting a 93-yard touchdown pass from Leo Holsey to Darian Carr on the first play of the second quarter, the early deficit was too much to overcome in a 37-22 loss.

Sweetwater finishes its season at 8-2.

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LOCAL VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP: Cooper wins first playoff match since 2002, Wylie falls in five

The Cooper volleyball team claimed its first playoff victory in almost two decades Friday, topping Amarillo Tascosa 25-13, 25-23, 17-25, 25-23 to advance to the area round, where the Lady Cougars will take on the winner of El Paso Horizon and El Paso Jefferson at a time and site to be determined.

The victory, Cooper’s first in a playoff match since 2002, improved the Lady Coogs to 13-9 on the year and sends coach Nora Campbell’s team into the area round on a three-match winning streak.

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GAME STORY: Hawley uses speed, key mistakes to eliminate Sundown

BIG SPRING — A few early bursts of speed and a few late mistakes made all the difference in a 34-20  win for Hawley over Sundown in Friday’s Region I-2A Division I area round game at Memorial Stadium.

Rodey Hooper threw for 174 yards and a score and added three rushing touchdowns to lead Hawley (10-2), which advances to face Cisco  (9-3) in the regional semifinals. 

“We told our kids that we felt like we’d be the fastest team on the field tonight,” Hawley coach Mitch Ables said. “We’re young, but we’re fast and we were able to take advantage of our speed tonight.” 

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Class 4A Area Round Report: Springtown too much for Big Spring in shutout

REGION I-4A DIV. I 

Springtown 56, Big Spring 0 — The Porcupines were too much for the Steers on Friday, using a 483-237 yardage gap and 6-1 advantage in the turnover margin to score a shutout victory.

Big Spring quarterback Gabriel Baeza passed for 182 yards and rushed for a team-high 46 yards, but he was hurt by four interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.

Springtown, which led 35-0 by halftime, was paced by quarterback Camden Chesney, who threw four touchdown passes, and Dakota Strahan, who rushed for two scores and added a pick-six on defense. 

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Class 3A Area Round Report: Jim Ned rolls through Dalhart, earns shot at Brock

REGION I-3A DIV. I 

Jim Ned 31, Dalhart 14 — Xavier Wishert had a game-high 131 yards rushing and two scores on 25 carries to lead lead Jim Ned to its first regional semifinal in 16 years.

The Indians built a 24-0 halftime lead before holding on for the win. Tate Yardley led Jim Ned through the air with 200 yards on 13-of-16 passing. 

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