Author: Daniel Youngblood

FEATURE: Kincaid’s rapid maturation at QB has Wylie offense on the move

Taking over at quarterback for Wylie this season with just two varsity pass attempts to his credit, Aden Kincaid was always going to need a little time to grow into his new role.

Having spent all of last year backing up Balin Valentine, the senior had some idea of what to expect as a starting QB, but most of the experience he gained as a junior came in practice, so he’d need to catch up to game speed.

With the Bulldogs now 2-3 heading into their pre-district open date, Kincaid has done that. And the rapid progress he made during that maturation process has Wylie coach Clay Martin excited for the rest of the season. 

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District 8-2A Div. II Week 5 Report: Santo rallies to knock off 3A Millsap 36-33

rioSanto 36, Millsap 33 — Moving up a division to take on the Bulldogs, the Wildcats stayed unbeaten with a come-from-behind victory. 

Trailing 20-13 at halftime, Santo (5-0) outscored Millsap 16-6 in the third quarter to take the lead and held on down the stretch to escape with the victory.

The Wildcats overcame a 457-409 deficit in total yardage, getting big offensive days from quarterback Case Procter (4-6-0—80 passing; 21-115, 2 TDs rushing) and running back Sam Henderson (13-125, 2 TDs rushing). Jake Bryan (6-54 rushing) also had a touchdown for Santo, which allowed 395 passing yards but came up with two big interceptions.

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District 5-2A Div. II Week 5 Report: Roscoe keeps roll going with blowout win over New Home

Roscoe 44, New Home 12 — The Plowboys increased their winning streak to four games with a blowout victory over New Home, holding the Leopards to 35 yards of offense in a stifling performance.

Roscoe (4-1) led just 7-6 after a quarter, but coach Jake Freeman’s squad scored 37 unanswered points over the middle two periods to take complete control.

Jax Watts passed for 152 yards and two touchdowns, while Seth Wilcox rushed for 50 yards and a pair of scores and added a team-high 69 receiving yards. Ivan McCann and Jake Gonzalez  pitched in with 45 and 42 rushing yards, respectively, and Antonio Aguayo received for 67 yards and a TD.

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District 4-3A Div. I Week 5 Report: No. 2 Brock blasts Bowie to open league play 1-0

Brock 68, Bowie 6 — The second-ranked Eagles opened district play with a dominating effort, scoring 68 unanswered points in a blowout victory over the Jackrabbits.

Bowie (2-2, 0-1) got on the board first with a 12 touchdown run by quarterback Landon Felts, but Brock (4-0, 1-0) scored the final 21 points of the first quarter and increased its lead to 40-6 by halftime.

The Eagles, who outgained the Jackrabbits 479-54, got 204 yards and four touchdowns passing from Tyler Moody, while Kutter Wilson rushed for 145 yards and three TDs and added a receiving score.

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District 1-4A Div. II Week 5 Report: Holsey, Sweetwater too much for Clyde in nondistrict romp

Sweetwater 42, Clyde 21 — The Mustangs piled up 526 yards of total offense, rushing for 289 and passing for 237, in a three-touchdown win over the Bulldogs.

Sweetwater (2-3) outscored the Bulldogs 27-7 over the first two quarters, before putting the game away with the only touchdown of the third period.

Quarterback Leo Holsey spearheaded the winning effort for the Mustangs, passing for four touchdowns while adding a fifth score on the ground. Ethan Aguilar was the Mustangs leading rusher with 110 yards and a touchdown on just six carries, while Harrison Foster was the leading receiver with six catches for 129 yards and a TD.

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District 5-4A Div. I Week 5 Report: No. 5 Stephenville dominant again in win over Waco Connally

Stephenville 44, Waco Connally 12 — Ryder Lambert passed for 206 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 148 yards and another score to help the No. 5 Yellow Jackets remain unbeaten with a blowout win over the Cadets.

Stephenville led 31-0 by halftime and cruised from there to take a 5-0 record into its bye week next week.

Coy Eakin had touchdown catches of 36 and 32 yards to improve his Big Country-best receiving TDs total to 12, while Corbin Poston hit three field goals in the victory.

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District 2-4A Div. I Week 5 Report: Big Spring pulls away in second half to blow out Clint

Big Spring 42, Clint 16 — Leading the Lions 13-10 after a quarter and 20-16 at halftime, the Steers outscored Clint 22-0 the rest of the way to turn a tight game into a blowout.

Led by quarterback Gabriel Baeza, who passed for 254 yards and four touchdowns, Big Spring outgained the Lions 407-283 in improving to 4-1 on the season.

Kaegen Mitchell led all Steer receivers with 10 catches for 138 yards and two touchdowns, while Quetavian Lewis caught a pair of passes for 96 yards and a score and Eli Cobos had four receptions for 86 yards and two TDs. Adonis Lewis paced the defensive effort with nine tackles.

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GAME REPORT: Abilene High opens district play with big road win over Odessa Permian

ODESSA — Riding a two-game winning streak into the start of District 2-6A play, the Abilene High football team kept the momentum going in its opener Friday, rolling through Odessa Permian 42-21 at Ratliff Stadium.

Da’King Thomas rushed for 175 yards and two touchdowns, Abel Ramirez threw for two TDs and ran for two more, and the Eagle defense limited the Permian offense to less than 100 yards rushing as AHS controlled the game from start to finish.

The Eagles led 21-7 by halftime and increased that advantage to 42-14 in the fourth quarter to improve to 3-2 on the season and 1-0 in league play.

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GAME STORY: Wylie runs away for 49-21 homecoming win over Brownwood

The Wylie football team treated a homecoming crowd to a dominating win Friday, scoring the first 35 points in a 49-21 victory over Brownwood.

The Bulldogs, who came in on a two-game losing streak, got their running game going early and controlled the line of scrimmage throughout, piling up 328 yards rushing while bottling up BHS standout Konlyn Anderson in the win.

Anderson came in as the Big Country’s leading rusher with more than 800 yards through the first four weeks, but it was the Wylie run game that stole the show as four Bulldog players tallied at least 70 yards on the ground.

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FEATURE: Roan, Cooper ready to put slow starts in rearview mirror

During his team’s 2-2 start, Cooper coach Aaron Roan has seen enough from the Cougars to conclude they have the tools to compete at a high level.

What he hasn’t seen from this group quite yet is four full quarters of football.

The Coogs, who are 0-1 in District 3-5A Division I play heading into Friday’s homecoming game against Granbury, have been plagued in the early going season by a slow starts that have consistently had them playing from behind. And that’s a trend Roan is ready to put an end to this week.

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FEATURE: Abilene High QB Ramirez showing off dual-threat chops for 2-2 Eagles

Last year as a junior, Abilene High quarterback Abel Ramirez established himself as one of the area’s most efficient passers, topping 2,200 yards with a 20-to-4 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

After losing his three leading receivers to graduation and watching senior running back Da’King Thomas miss two of the Eagles’ first three games this season due to injury, Ramirez is showing he can run a little bit, too.

With an abundance of skill talent around him in 2020, Ramirez didn’t necessarily need to be a dual-threat guy in his first full season as a starter. Circumstances have changed that this year, and through four games, the senior playmaker has risen to meet that challenge.

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Big Country Preps’ Pick ‘Em Panel vs. Twitter Polls (Week 5)

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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GAME STORY: Abilene High volleyball battles but falls in three at home to Frenship

The Abilene High volleyball team competed well with Wolfforth Frenship on Tuesday night, but untimely mistakes by the Lady Eagles allowed the visitors to leave Eagle Gym with a 25-21, 26-24, 25-18 sweep in District 2-6A action.

Coach Caroline Cleveland’s squad had opportunities in all three games, but the Lady Tigers executed just a little better down the stretch in each to keep the Abilene High at arm’s length throughout the match.

AHS (19-11 overall) trailed by just a point (21-20) late in Game 1, rallied from a 24-20 deficit to tie things up in Game 2 and were deadlocked as late as 13-all in Game 3. The Lady Eagles could never come up with the runs they needed to take control of any of those games, however, in falling to 0-3 to start league play.

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District 8-2A Div. II Week 4 Report: Hico gets defensive in win over Junction

Hico 24, Junction 7 — The Tigers snapped a two-game losing streak with a three-score win over a previously unbeaten Eagles team in Bangs.

Hico (2-2) only had 190 yards of total offense, but the Tigers held Junction to 59 yards on 41 snaps and forced a pair of turnovers.

Angel Gonzalez led HHS with 85 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, while Jaydon Qualls rushed for 43 yards on three attempts.

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District 5-2A Div. II Week 4 Report: Aguayo, McCann lead Roscoe to impressive win over Christoval

Roscoe 42, Christoval 30 — The Plowboys continued their resurgent start to the season, outlasting the previously unbeaten Cougars for their third consecutive win.

Leading 20-14 at halftime and 34-30 after three quarters, Roscoe (3-1) outscored Christoval 8-0 over the final 12 minutes to secure the victory.

Senior Antonio Aguayo led the winning effort for the Plowboys, rushing for 78 yards and two scores, receiving for 34 yards and throwing a 77-yard touchdown pass. Freshman Ivan McCann also had a big day, rushing for 114 yards and two touchdowns, while sophomore Seth Wilcox caught two passes for 83 yards and a TD.

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District 4-3A Div. I Week 4 Report: Brock wraps up nondistrict play with blowout win at Iowa Park

Brock 41, Iowa Park 6 — The second-ranked Eagles closed out nondistrict play in dominating fashion, outgaining the Hawks 428-117 in a blowout win. 

Led by quarterback Tyler Moody (12-22-0—189, 1 TD passing; 10-87, 2 TDs rushing) and tailback Kutter Wilson (18-103, 2 TDs rushing), Brock (3-0) outscored Iowa Park 27-0 in the second half to turn a one-score game into a rout.

Eli Potts (4-79) and Zach Brewster (2-64, 1 TD) both had nice days receiving for BHS, which will open District 4-3A Division I play next week at home against Bowie.

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District 1-4A Div. II Week 4 Report: Snyder blasts Lake View to improve to 4-0

Snyder 42, San Angelo Lake View 7 — The Tigers dominated the Chiefs, scoring 35 unanswered points after Lake View had tied the game at 7 with a touchdown late in the first quarter.

Snyder, which outgained the Chiefs 404-208, led 21-7 by halftime and added three more touchdowns after the break to improve to 4-0 on the year.

The Tigers were led in the win by Jorge Martinez, who rushed for 174 yards and three touchdowns on just 17 carries, while quarterback Hunter Stewart completed 11 of 15 passes for 144 yards and added 41 yards and one TD rushing. 

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District 5-4A Div. I Week 4 Report: Anderson’s big game fuels Brownwood to win over Burnet

Brownwood 31, Burnet 26 — The Lions evened their record at 2-2, using a 21-point third quarter to build a 31-17 lead they’d protect the rest of the way.

The game was scoreless after a quarter and tied 10-all at halftime, but Brownwood finally pulled away after the break.

The Lions rushed for 285 of their 338 total yards in the win, getting 261 yards and two touchdowns from running back Konlyn Anderson. Jordan Leach added an 83-yard touchdown return for BHS, which allowed 371 yards but forced the only two turnovers of the game. 

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District 2-4A Div. I Week 4 Report: Big Spring tops Brownfield in weather-shortened game

Big Spring 7, Brownfield 6 — The Steers had their homecoming game against the Cubs called in the first quarter due to lightning.

After Brownfield took an early lead with a long touchdown run, Big Spring (3-1) answered with a scoring drive, going up by one on Gabriel Baeza’s three-yard pass to Sa’Quan Fizer. But the game was stopped there, with the Steers outgaining the Cubs 49-47.

Baeza had completed four of his five passes for 24 yards and a score while adding a 14-yard run. But the Steers were able to run just seven offensive plays before play was stopped.

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GAME REPORT: Slow start sinks Cooper in district opener at Justin Northwest

JUSTIN — A disastrous start was too much for the Cooper football team to overcome in a 33-21 loss to Justin Northwest in the District 3-5A Division I opener for both teams Friday at Northwest ISD Stadium.

The Cougars, who have been slow out of the gate in every game this year, fell behind 19-0 by halftime and were unable to work their way back into the game after the break.

Cooper (2-2 overall, 0-1 in district) outgained the Texans 303-295, but some special teams miscues and a pair of turnovers allowed Northwest (3-1, 1-0) to pull ahead 33-7 early in the fourth quarter. Coach Aaron Roan’s squad did battle back with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to pull within two scores late, but by then the deficit was too large.

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GAME REPORT: Fast start, Thomas’ return propel AHS to road win over Grand Prairie

GRAND PRAIRIE — Da’King Thomas made an instant impact in his return to the Abilene High lineup Friday, rushing for 129 yards and two touchdowns to fuel the Eagles to a 35-28 road win over Grand Prairie.

Behind Thomas, who did the bulk of his damage in the first half, AHS built a 28-7 lead by halftime. And after watching the Gophers pull within a touchdown with a pair of third-quarter scores, quarterback Abel Ramirez provided what would prove to be the game-winning TD in the form of a 32-yard run early in the fourth quarter.

The win, the Eagles’ second in a row, evened the team’s record at 2-2 heading into next week’s District 2-6A opener at Odessa Permian.

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GAME STORY: Stephenville aerial attack too much for Wylie in homecoming rout

STEPHENVILLE — The Big Country’s most explosive passing attack was on full display Friday at Tarleton Memorial Stadium, where the Stephenville Yellow Jackets racked up 466 yards through the air on their way to a 37-7 homecoming win over Wylie.

Quarterback Ryder Lambert, the area’s leading passer, completed 22 of 28 passes for all of those yards and five touchdowns, while Coy Eakin, the area’s top pass-catcher, was on the receiving end of 12 of those passes for 285 yards and three TDs.

With those two leading the way, the Jackets used a touchdown late in the second quarter to take a 17-7 lead into halftime, before pulling away in the second half for their fourth straight win to open the season.

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FEATURE: Inexperienced receiving corps catching on quickly for Cooper

Coming into the season having lost almost 90 percent of its production to graduation or transfer, the Cooper receiving corps was a glaring question mark for the Cougar offense.

Coach Aaron Roan believed he had the talent on hand to build a reliable group, but he wouldn’t know for sure until he saw those players perform on the field under the pressure of Friday night lights.

Three games into this season, the picture is still incomplete. But with each puzzle piece that’s been put into place, Roan has grown more and more confident that his original faith in that group was well-placed.

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Big Country Preps’ Pick ‘Em Panel vs. Twitter Polls (Week 4)

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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FEATURE: Wylie D-lineman Collins a huge presence up front for Bulldogs

Watching a Wylie football game, it doesn’t take long to spot defensive tackle X’Zavier Collins.

At 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds, the senior adds a presence to the middle of the Bulldog defense that’s hard not to notice.

But it’s not just Collins’ physical size or stature that draws eyeballs to him. It’s also his play.

One of the strongest players on any field he steps on, Collins is a pile mover for defensive coordinator Bryan Hill. And whether he’s making the tackle or making it easier for those behind him to do so, the senior is an impact player in every sense of the phrase.

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FEATURE: Abilene High inside linebacker Stuckey a natural leader on, off field

Going into last week’s game against Cedar Park Vista Ridge with his team off to an 0-2 start, Abilene High senior Jayton Stuckey challenged his younger teammates to persevere. 

A key contributor for an AHS team that overcame an 0-3 start to reach the third round of the Class 6A playoffs last fall as a junior, the standout linebacker saw firsthand how quickly a season can change when a talented team just stays the course. And he wanted to relay what his experience had taught him to those who weren’t part of last season’s run.

That message proved valuable on Friday, when the Eagles found themselves down to the Rangers 19-9 with less than seven minutes remaining. And following the words and actions of the senior captain, AHS rallied back for a 23-19 win. 

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GAME STORY: Clyde volleyball tops visiting Cooper in three sets

With district play approaching for both squads, the Cooper and Clyde volleyball teams met Tuesday at Bulldog Gym hoping to continue their progression and build some momentum heading into the matches that will decide their postseason fate.

At the end of Tuesday’s nondistrict clash, it was the Class 3A Lady Bulldogs celebrating a 25-17, 25-18, 25-16 sweep, having succeeded in putting their 5A counterparts on the defensive and taking the visiting Lady Cougars out of their game plan.

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