Author: Daniel Youngblood

DISTRICT 2-5A DIV. I WEEK 11 REPORT: Tascosa wraps up first outright title since ’88; Amarillo High clinches playoff spot

Amarillo Tascosa 35, Lubbock Coronado 14 — The Rebels closed out a perfect run through district play with a comfortable win over the Mustangs to claim their first outright district title since 1988.

Tascosa (9-1, 6-0) gained 352 yards, all on the ground, building a 21-7 lead by halftime. Tayden Barnes rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns to lead the way for the Rebels, while Treshun Wilson added 101 yards and two scores.

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DISTRICT 8-2A DIV. II WEEK 11 REPORT: Santo closes out regular season with blowout win over Era

rioSanto 42, Era 0 — The Wildcats closed out the regular season with a shutout win over the Hornets, piling up 345 rushing yards in the victory.

Five players had at least one rushing touchdown for Santo (9-1, 5-1), which led 35-0 by halftime. Billy Sandoval (4-70 rushing) ran for a pair of TDs, while Hut Thornton (18-107), Hunter Branham (2-64), Kash Johnson (3-61) and Jake Bryan (1-5) each had one score.

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DISTRICT 3-2A DIV. I WEEK 11 REPORT: Sonora runs through Forsan to nab No. 1 playoff seed

Sonora 48, Forsan 21 — The Broncos rode a fast start to a comfortable win over the Buffaloes, pulling ahead 28-0 by halftime and protecting that lead from there.

Sonora (8-2, 4-1) outgained Forsan 642-249, rushing for 464 yards in the victory. Quarterback Jaime Buitron led that effort, rushing for 235 yards and four touchdowns while adding 178 yards and two more scores through the air.

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DISTRICT 4-3A DIV. I WEEK 11 REPORT: Brock shuts out Pilot Point to finish 6-0 in district

Brock 48, Pilot Point 0 — The Eagles closed out the regular season in style, blasting the Bearcats to wrap up a perfect run through District 4-3A DI.

Brock outgained Pilot Point 488-44, using a 21-point second quarter to take a 28-0 lead into halftime. From there, the Eagles tacked on 13 more points in the third period and seven in the fourth to improve to 6-4 overall and 6-0 in league play.

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DISTRICT 5-2A DIV. I WEEK 11 REPORT: Coleman, Hamilton and Tolar score shutout wins

Coleman 47, Bangs 0 — The Bluecats nailed down the No. 2 playoff seed out of this league, outgaining the Dragons 455-77 in a dominating win.

Fueled by a 337-yard rushing effort, Coleman (8-2, 5-1) cruised to a 27-0 halftime lead and increased that to 41-0 by the start of the fourth quarter. Quarterback Jadin Jackson led the way, rushing for 141 yards and two touchdowns on just six carries while going 6-of-8 passing for 118 yards and two more scores.

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DISTRICT 3-4A DIV. II WEEK 11 REPORT: Snyder shuts out rival Sweetwater to lock up playoff spot

Snyder 28, Sweetwater 0 — The Tigers outgained the Mustangs 312-177 and and forced four turnovers to lock up a playoff spot with a four-touchdown win over the Mustangs.

Snyder (4-6, 2-2), which got three rushing scores from Esteban Cabrera (15-85 rushing), raced out to a 21-0 lead by halftime and completed the shutout in the second half, finishing with three sacks and four interceptions in the process.

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DISTRICT 5-3A DIV. II WEEK 11 REPORT: Comanche routs Eastland to finish perfect run through league play

Comanche 49, Eastland 7 — The Indians wrapped up a perfect run through district play with a blowout win over the Mavericks, rushing for 285 yards in the victory.

Comanche (9-1, 5-0), which led 29-0 by halftime and took a 35-0 lead into the fourth quarter, got 194 yards and two touchdowns rushing from standout sophomore Sawyer Wilkerson, while quarterback Layden Welch passed for 100 yards and one touchdown and ran for 80 yards and two more scores.

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DISTRICT 2-4A DIV. I WEEK 11 REPORT: Big Spring can’t keep pace with Andrews in loss; Brownwood idle

Andrews 40, Big Spring 20 — The Mustangs limited the Steers to just 256 yards of total offense while rushing for 260 yards of their own on their way to a lopsided win.

Behind a big day by quarterback Ashton Galvan (23-110, 1 TD rushing; 11-16-0—132, 2 TDs passing), Andrews (6-4, 2-2) scored the first 24 points and led 32-7 by halftime. Big Spring rallied to pull within 32-20 with a pair of third-quarter touchdowns, but that’s as close as it would get to the lead.

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GAME STORY: Wylie clinches outright district title with first-ever win over Cooper

Friday was a night of firsts for the Wylie football team.

Sitting at 0-3 all time against crosstown rival Cooper heading into Friday night’s matchup at Hugh Sandifer Stadium, the Bulldogs outlasted the Cougars for a thrilling 20-10 win to claim their first victory over CHS and clinch their first outright district title as a Class 5A program.

After racing out to a 14-3 halftime lead, the Bulldogs saw their advantage cut to four points late in the third quarter. But a 76-yard touchdown hookup from KJ Long to Derrick Evans with just six minutes remaining gave Wylie a cushion, and sophomore safety Hayden Wright protected it with his last two of three fourth-quarter interceptions — both occurring in the end zone.

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Big Country Preps’ Pick ‘Em Panel vs. Twitter Polls (Week 11)

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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Big Country Preps Girls Basketball Position Rankings: Posts

After focusing on the top guards and forwards the Big Country has to offer the past two nights, it’s time to shift our attention to the paint.

For the final installment in our three-part position rankings series, we list our top-10 post players for the 2022-23 season.

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading through these rankings, and make sure to come back next week when we’ll feature the top boys basketball players in the Big Country.

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Big Country Preps Girls Basketball Position Rankings: Forwards

After kicking off our girls basketball position rankings series with the guards on Tuesday, we now turn our attention to the forwards.

For the second installment in our three-part series, we rank the area’s top 10 players at that position with some others to watch for in 2022-23.

We hope you enjoy our list.

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Big Country Preps Girls Basketball Position Rankings: Guards

With the girls basketball season upon us, it’s time to take a look at the local and area players who will be making the biggest impact for their teams during the 2022-23 season.

For the first installment in a three-part series that will cover all positions, we’ll be focusing on the Big Country’s top guards, ranking our top 10 with a list of others to watch this season.

As with any such list, these rankings are subjective. We hope you enjoy reading through our selections.

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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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DISTRICT 8-2A DIV. II WEEK 9 REPORT: Santo upset by Collinsville; Muenster, Celeste roll

Collinsville 39, Santo 28 — The Wildcats suffered their first loss of the season, experiencing uncharacteristic struggles on the defensive end against the Pirates.

Collinsville, which scored more points in this game than Santo had allowed to its first seven opponents combined (37 points), passed for 271 yards and a pair of touchdowns and got single rushing scores from quarterback Logan Jenkins and Rylan Newman to knock off Santo. The Pirates (7-1, 4-0) also took advantage of three Santo turnovers, turning one into a defensive score and a 31-21 lead in the fourth quarter. 

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DISTRICT 3-2A DIV. I WEEK 9 REPORT: Forsan outlasts Christoval in key league matchup

Forsan 14, Christoval 6 — The Buffaloes scored a big district win, rallying past the Cougars to take sole possession of first place in this league.

After the two teams played to a scoreless tie through the first three quarters, Christoval (4-4, 2-1) struck first early in the fourth to take a 6-0 lead. But Forsan countered with a pair of touchdowns in the final nine minutes — the last with about five minutes remaining — to improve to 7-1 overall and 3-0 in district play.

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DISTRICT 4-3A DIV. I WEEK 9 REPORT: Brock scores late to rally past Paradise in another district thriller

Brock 18, Paradise 13 — The Eagles scored got a touchdown pass from Tyler Moody to Brett Tutter with 1:10 remaining in the game to rally past the Panthers for a big district win.

Brock (4-4, 4-0) led 12-0 at halftime, but Paradise responded with a pair of second-half touchdowns to take 13-12 lead with 3:07 left on the clock. That set up the Eagles’ final drive, which spanned 75 yards for the go-ahead points.

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