Month: October 2022

BIG COUNTRY PREPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Brock junior takes the award with one big half of play

Every now and then, two quarters of playing time is enough to have a enormous impact. That was the case several times last week in a Friday night filled with lopsided finals throughout the area.

Topping that list: Our BCP Player of the Week, junior running back Brett Tutter, who helped lead Brock to a 77-27 win over Ponder. 

Tutter got only 16 carries in two quarters of play, but finished with an eye-popping 318 yards and five touchdowns as Brock (5-4, 4-0 District 4-3A DI) earned its fifth straight win after an 0-4 start. 

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DISTRICT 2-5A DIV. II WEEK 10 REPORT: Cooper, Wylie win to set up big ‘Southtown’ clash this week

Cooper 54, Lubbock High 7 — The Cougars made quick work of the Westerners, scoring 30 first-quarter points and building a 44-0 halftime lead on their way to a Senior Night blowout.

Cooper (5-4, 3-1), which outgained Lubbock High 390-151, had a shutout until the 1:27 mark of the fourth quarter, when Zeke Rodriguez scored on a two-yard run to finally put the Westerners (2-7, 0-4) on the board.

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DISTRICT 2-5A DIV. I WEEK 10 REPORT: Eagles fall at Amarillo High; Tascosa tops Cooper for league’s No. 1 seed

The Eagles dropped a tough one in Amarillo, seeing a 7-3 halftime lead evaporate in a one-score loss to the Sandies.

Abilene High (4-6, 3-3) outgained Amarillo High 314-201, limiting the Sandies to just 77 rushing yards, but the Eagles found themselves down 17-7 in the third quarter despite this. Coach Mike Fullen’s team pulled within a touchdown on Tristen Hall’s 26-yard field goal with 8:42 remaining in the game and had multiple chances down the stretch to tie the game, but couldn’t.

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DISTRICT 8-2A DIV. II WEEK 10 REPORT: Santo rallies for big win over Celeste to lock up No. 2 seed

rioSanto 20, Celeste 17 — The Wildcats rallied for a huge win over Blue Devils, scoring in the fourth quarter to erase a 17-13 deficit and clinch the No. 2 playoff seed out of this league.

Santo (8-1, 4-1) outgained Celeste 275-261, but the Wildcats found themselves down 10-6 in the third quarter and 17-13 in the fourth. Kash Johnson’s second touchdown run — an eight-yarder — proved to be the game-winner thanks to a key defensive play late by Jacob Farquhar.

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DISTRICT 3-2A DIV. I WEEK 10 REPORT: Forsan clinches at least share of league title with rout of Ozona

Forsan 47, Ozona 14 — The Buffaloes locked up at least a share of their first district championship since 2015 with a blowout win over the Lions.

Forsan (8-1, 4-0), which outgained Ozona 463-249, built a 19-7 lead by halftime and used a 21-point fourth quarter to put the Lions away for good.

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DISTRICT 4-3A DIV. I WEEK 10 REPORT: Tutter, Brock run wild in blowout win over Ponder

Brock 74, Ponder 27 — The Eagles made quick work of the Lions, scoring 62 first-half points in a blowout win.

Brock (5-4, 5-0) led 28-0 by the end of the first quarter, before outscoring Ponder 34-13 in the second quarter and 12-7 in the third. The Eagles outgained the Lions 658-367, rushing for 482 yards on 43 carries.

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DISTRICT 7-2A DIV. II WEEK 10 REPORT: Haskell clinches playoff spot; Seymour, Archer City post wins to remain in title contention

Haskell 49, Electra 6 — Marquise Johnson rushed for 110 yards and three scores and Montrel Johnson rushed for 64 yards and two more TDs to lead Haskell to a win on the road. 

The Indians (5-5, 3-3) had one of the best defensive performances of the year, limiting Electra to only 127 yards in total offense to lock up a playoff berth. 

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DISTRICT 5-2A DIV. I WEEK 10 REPORT: Bangs bounces back with big win over Hamilton; Coleman routs De Leon

Bangs 34, Hamilton 27 — The Dragons picked up an important district win over the Bulldogs, scoring the final two touchdowns to rally from a 27-20 fourth-quarter deficit.

Bangs (6-3, 4-1) finished with 346 yards of total offense, getting 148 yards and three touchdowns rushing from Guy Powell and 119 yards and two scores passing from Kenny Cole. Powell was also the Dragons’ leading receiver, catching three passes for 71 yards and two more scores. 

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DISTRICT 5-3A DIV. II WEEK 10 REPORT: Comanche routs Merkel to clinch at least share of league title

Comanche 49, Merkel 14 — The Indians wrapped up at least a share of their first district championship since 2018, rushing for 404 yards and gaining 510 yards total in a blowout win over the Badgers.

Leading 7-6 after one quarter, Comanche (8-1, 4-0) outscored Merkel 28-8 over the middle two quarters to pull away.

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DISTRICT 6-2A DIV. II WEEK 10 REPORT: Albany, Cross Plains, Miles secure Week 10 victories

Albany 55, Hamlin 6 — Coy Lefevre rushed for 191 yards and two touchdowns and Adam Hill rushed for 95 yards and three scores to lead Albany past area rival Hamlin.

The Lions quickly built a 41-0 halftime lead before putting things into cruise control. It was the fourth straight win for the Lions since an injury-plagued 3-2 start and clinched the district title.

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DISTRICT 3-4A DIV. II WEEK 10 REPORT: Hirschi runs away from Sweetwater; Graham tops Greenwood

Wichita Falls Hirschi 53, Sweetwater 7 — The Huskies took care of business against the Mustangs, using a big second half to pull away for a blowout win.

Leading 21-7 at halftime, Hirschi (6-2, 2-1) outscored Sweetwater 32-0 over the final two periods to drop the Mustangs to 1-8 overall and 0-3 in league play.

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DISTRICT 2-4A DIV. I WEEK 10 REPORT: Brownwood wraps up district title with blowout win over Andrews

Brownwood 47, Andrews 3 — The Lions wrapped up a perfect run through District 2-4A DI, routing the Mustangs to close their regular season at 8-2 overall and 4-0 in league play.

Brownwood, which claimed its first district title since 2010, raced out to a 21-0 lead after one quarter and increased its advantage to 31-3 by halftime. The Lions outgained the Mustangs 391-213, limiting AHS to 63 yards passing with three interceptions. 

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DISTRICT 4-3A DIV. II WEEK 10 REPORT: Bulldogs remain in title contention; Idalou and Abernathy both post wins

Coahoma 27, Lubbock Roosevelt 26 — The Bulldogs survived what might be the most evenly matched game we’ve seen in the area this season. 

Not only did Coahoma win by a point, but outgained Roosvelt by a single yard, 366-365.  The turnovers broke even as well, with both clubs forcing one apiece. 

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DISTRICT 2-3A DIV. II WEEK 10 REPORT: Hawks take sole possession of first place with win over Early; Brady escapes Grape Creek

Wall 10, Early 7 — Gunnar Dillard rushed for 167 yards and on 32 carries and Nathan Pepper rushed for 88 yards and one TD to lead Wall to a difficult win over Early. 

The Hawks (8-1, 4-0) now has sole possession of first place with the win, but must defeat Brady (5-4, 3-1) next week to lock up the district title. 

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DISTRICT 5-4A DIV. I WEEK 10 REPORT: Yellow Jackets fall to Alvarado in stunning upset; China Spring tops Waxahachie Life

Alvarado 50, Stephenville 49 — AHS amassed 566 yards in total offense to overcome a 21-point deficit and pull off one of the biggest upsets of the year.

Trailing 49-28 in the fourth quarter at Dublin ISD Stadium, the Indians rallied with 22 unanswered points to defeat the defending state champs.

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GAME STORY: Cooper routs Lubbock High on Senior Night to set up big district finale at Wylie

The Cooper football team scored 30 points in the first quarter and cruised from there to a 54-7 win over Lubbock High on Friday in a District 2-5A Division II matchup at Shotwell Stadium.

The Cougars found the end zone on each of their first six possessions and limited the Westerners to just 43 yards and four first downs in the first half, building a 44-0 lead by halftime. 

The dominating Senior Night victory, which improved CHS to 5-4 overall and 3-1 in league play, now puts the Coogs in position to claim a share of the district title when they travel across town to take on 2-5A DII leader Wylie (6-3, 4-0) next week.

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GAME STORY: Wylie clinches share of district title with heart-stopping win over Palo Duro

AMARILLO — On Sept. 23, the Wylie football team suffered a heartbreaking 63-61 loss to San Angelo Central on a Hail Mary at the buzzer.

Friday night, clinging to a 27-24 lead over Amarillo Palo Duro in District 2-5A Division II play at Dick Bivins Stadium, the Bulldogs faced another Hail Mary attempt.

This time, Wylie was on the right end of it as Liam Cisneros pulled down an interception, giving the Bulldogs the win and at least a share of the district championship for the first time as a Class 5A program. The Bulldogs last won a district title in 2016 and will look to claim the outright title next week in the Southtown Showdown against crosstown rival Cooper at Hugh Sandifer Stadium.

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS GAME OF THE WEEK: Indians top Vernon 28-7 behind two goal line stands and 221 rushing yards from Shipman

TUSCOLA — The Jim Ned Indians and Vernon Lions entered the Big Country Preps Game of the Week with two of the better rushing offenses in the area, along with two of the better rushing defenses. 

Friday night, however, the Indians clearly outperformed Vernon in both areas, dominating the trenches in a 28-7 win in Tuscola. 

Brayden Shipman rushed for 221 yards and two scores and the Indian defense came up with two crucial goal-line stands to lift the Indians (6-3, 4-0 District 3-3A DI), who can clinch the league title if they defeat Iowa Park on the road next Friday. It was the sixth straight win for Jim Ned following an injury-plagued 0-3 start.

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GAME STORY: Sandies prevent Abilene High from clinching No. 3 seed

AMARILLO — The Abilene High football team entered Friday’s District 2-5A Division I game against Amarillo High wanting to stay healthy, but also needing a win to lock up the No. 3 seed for the playoffs.

While they came out of the game without any significant injuries, the Eagles limped to the finish line with a penalty-riddled 17-10 loss to the Sandies at Dick Bivins Stadium.

AHS committed 11 penalties for 91 yards, often negating big plays ill-timed flags — an aspect coach Mike Fullen said was key to the outcome of the game.

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FEATURE: O-line development has Abilene High offense peaking at right time

Coming into the season, Abilene High coach Mike Fullen knew his offensive line would be a work in progress. After graduating the bulk of his talent from that position group last year, he was going to need some upperclassmen to emerge as leaders and some younger guys to step up and produce on the field.

It has taken some time and more personnel combinations than some teams will use in two or three seasons, but the Eagles have finally found a winning mix up front.

And with his team preparing for its regular-season finale Friday at Amarillo High, Fullen couldn’t be prouder of the work that group has put in or the progress it has made to get where it currently is.

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Big Country Preps’ Pick ‘Em Panel vs. Twitter Polls (Week 10)

Each week here at Big Country Preps, we’ll post our picks for all of that week’s 11-man games and select six-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.

Disagree with our picks or the Twitter consensus? Let us know in the comments section below.

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BCP GAME OF THE WEEK: Jim Ned hosts Vernon in critical District 3-3A game (w/ Evan Ren’s Big Country Picks)

LAST WEEK: 46-6, .880
SEASON TOTAL: 379-94, .801

As a season progresses, certain games that at first, look commonplace, suddenly emerge as high-stakes showdowns. 

Early in the season with Jim Ned battling through a rash of injuries and Vernon still short on respect, a late October meeting of these two teams wasn’t on the radar screen. 

That, however, has quickly changed in the wake of a 3-0 league start for the Indians and a surprising 28-21 upset of formerly unbeaten Breckenridge by Vernon two weeks ago. 

Jim Ned is now looking at a possible district title if it can beat Vernon and if Clyde can knock off Iowa Park. 

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GAME STORY: Hawley sweeps Coleman to claim share of District 6-2A title

Coming off a big five-set win over Albany on Saturday that opened the door for a co-championship in District 6-2A, the Hawley Lady Cats barreled through that door on Tuesday, sweeping Coleman 25-19, 25-14, 25-16 on Senior Night to share the league title with the Lady Lions.

On a night that began by honoring their only two seniors, Kylie Chesser and Mikayla Neble, the Lady Cats took care of the visiting Bluekatts without too much trouble, claiming their sixth consecutive win to wrap up the regular season at 23-16 overall and 7-1 in district play.

Coach Amy Eckhoff’s squad, which will flip for seeding with Albany, will now enter the Class 2A playoffs as either No. 1 or 2 seed out of District 6-2A and take on either the third- or fourth-place team out of District 5 — a four-team league comprised of Water Valley, Sonora, Miles and Junction.

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GAME STORY: Wylie stuns Lubbock Cooper with Senior Night sweep

The Wylie volleyball team entered Tuesday’s District 4-5A volleyball match against Lubbock Cooper with nothing tangible on the line.

The Lady Bulldogs were already locked into the league’s No. 2 playoff seed and a date with Amarillo Caprock in next week’s bi-district round when they took the floor for their Senior Night match against the district champions.

Making matters tougher, the Lady Pirates had only lost one set over the past seven weeks entering their match at Bulldog Gymnasium.

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Zephyr running back brings home Player of the Week honors

With some people projecting Zephr as an underdog in last week’s game with Sidney, very few people were expecting ZHS to provide us with the Big Country Preps Player of the Week.

Nonetheless, here we are.

Zephyr senior running back Jayden Millican takes the spotlight after rushing for 285 yards and six touchdowns in a 68-20 win over over Sidney. But he wasn’t finished there.

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DISTRICT 2-5A DIV. II WEEK 9 REPORT: Wylie, Cooper and Rider all pick up blowout wins

Wylie 43, Lubbock High 0 — The Bulldogs stayed perfect in district play with a shutout win over the Westerners, outgaining LHS 361-111 in a game they controlled from start to finish.

Wylie (5-3, 3-0) got off to a bit of a slow start, scoring its only first-quarter touchdown with 4:30 remaining in that period, but the Bulldogs led 27-0 by halftime and tacked on 16 more points after the break.

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DISTRICT 2-5A DIV. I WEEK 9 REPORT: Abilene High, Tascosa and Cooper further separate themselves with wins

Abilene High 35, Lubbock Coronado 14 — The Eagles used a dominating defensive effort and a strong running game to overwhelm the Mustangs, building a 35-0 fourth-quarter lead before CHS finally got on the board with a pair of scores in the final five minutes.

AHS (4-5, 3-2), which clinched a playoff berth with the victory, outgained Coronado 279-185, limiting the Mustangs (2-6, 1-3) to one first down and minus-14 yards in the first half.

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