Author: Evan Ren

Big Country Volleyball Statistical Leaders (through Sept. 21)

Big Country Preps is publishing area volleyball statistical leaders each Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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CAPITAL FARM CREDIT/BCP PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Stephenville QB takes the top spot

When you combine our two key factors in selecting our Capital Farm Credit/BCP Player of the Week — quality of numbers and level of difficulty — nobody outperformed Stephenville quarterback Ryder Lambert last week in SHS’ 37-7 rout of Class 5A Abilene Wylie. 

Lambert connected on 22 of 28 throws for 458 yards and five scores to help push the Yellow Jackets to 4-0. 

Just four weeks in and the ‘Jackets are looking like they could win Texas’ most difficult 4A district (5-4A DI), despite having road dates with Waco La Vega and Midlothian Heritage. 

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District 3-2A Div. I Week 4 Report: Buffs stay unbeaten with big win over McCamey

Forsan 48, McCamey 27 — Forsan (4-0) rolled up 345 yards rushing and six TDs on the ground to hand McCamey (2-1) its first loss of the year. 

Major Stockton rushed for 217 yards and four scores and threw for 96 yards and another touchdown to lead the Buffaloes, who put McCamey away with two late scores in the fourth quarter. 

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District 4-3A Div. II Week 4 Report: Bulldogs put C-City to bed after midnight

Coahoma 26, Colorado City 12 — Brysen Kerby rushed for 119 yards and a score on 27 carries and Billy Bailey threw for 122 yards and a touchdown to lead Coahoma to a lightening-delayed win over one of its top area rivals.

The game was halted for more than three hours due to lightning and ended at roughly 1 a.m. Saturday morning.

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District 5-3A Div. II Week 4 Report: Mavs earn first win of the season

Eastland 28, Breckenridge 19 — Judson Beard rushed for 123 yards and two scores and Keaton Hicks threw for 116 yards and another touchdown to help Eastland (1-3) collect its first win of the year. 

The Mavs led 21-19 in the fourth quarter when Hicks hit Jared Cruz with a 32-yard TD strike to provide Eastland with a two-score cushion.

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District 3-3A Div. I Week 4 Report : Early remains unbeaten with win over Merkel

Early 47, Merkel 13 — Early stayed unbeaten behind 215 yards passing and three scores from Jaxyn Price. 

Leading 14-6 at the break, the Longhorns blew the game open with a 26-0 third quarter. 

Merkel was led by Dayton Huggins, who rushed for 26 yards and a score on five carries. Joey Zink threw for 153 yards, but was picked three times. 

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BCP GAME OF THE WEEK: Dublin wrecks Brady homecoming

BRADY — Our Big Country Preps Game of the Week didn’t turn out the way most prognosticators saw it. It didn’t turn out the way BCP saw it. And it certainly wasn’t the way the Bulldogs had hoped to spend a homecoming evening at Bulldog Stadium. 

In short, Friday’s 38-12 loss to visiting Dublin (a two-score underdog heading in) was nothing short of disastrous for the home club, which crippled itself with seven fumbles (three lost) and an interception while dropping to 2-1.

Chris Teten shredded the Brady secondary with a 24-of-29 passing effort for 312 yards and four scores to lead Dublin (3-1), which blew the game open with two unanswered scores in the fourth quarter. 

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FEATURE: Balanced Forsan ground game, experience at the forefront of Buffs’ resurgence

FORSAN — At 3-0, Forsan Buffaloes have matched their best start since 2016. And if they manage to beat McCamey in a difficult test at home on Friday, they would post their first 4-0 mark since 2012. 

That is the magnitude of the resurgence being seen in this isolated West Texas oil town, situated roughly 14 miles southeast of Big Spring.

Behind it all? A Forsan running game keen on ball distribution, which not only keeps opposing defenses honest, but keeps them on the field for much of the evening. 

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FEATURE: Brock adapting quickly to Mathis’ new offensive and defensive schemes

BROCK — Prior to the season it was, in the minds of many, logical to assume there would be a transitional period in Brock football, as the reins of the program were passed from former coach Chad Worrell to new coach Billy Mathis. 

New offensive and defensive playbooks, new terminology and new routines would all have be be learned before anything could be perfected. So, one could reasonably expect Brock to seem a bit sluggish out of the starting gate in 2021 until all the wrinkles were ironed out.  

Even Mathis expected it. 

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Big Country Volleyball Statistical Leaders (through Sept. 14)

Big Country Preps is publishing area volleyball statistical leaders each Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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CAPITAL FARM CREDIT/BCP PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Clyde’s Phillips takes this week’s top spot

Clyde junior Payton Phillips first hit the area radar screen last spring when she took double gold at the Region I-3A track meet in the both the long jump and 100 hurdles. 

But our Capital Farm Credit/Big Country Preps Player of the Week is also one of the area’s top volleyball setters as well, as last week’s effort in a three-set win over Graham and four-set loss to Stephenville illustrated. 

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District 3-2A Div. I Week 3 Report: Buffs remain unbeaten with rout of Stanton

Forsan 45, Stanton 7 — The Buffaloes had an easy time with Stanton, building a 24-0 first-half lead and never looking back. 

Major Stockton threw for 107 yards and a TD and rushed for 21 yards and two more scores to keep the Buffs (3-0) unbeaten. Four different Forsan players had rushing touchdowns, including Chris Mendez, who rushed for a team-high 150 yards and one score. 

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District 3-3A Div. I Week 3 Report: Breck nearly pulls off upset at Cisco in OT

Cisco 28, Breckenridge 27 — The Loboes (3-0) needed overtime to put away Breckenridge in a thriller at Chesley Field. 

Hunter Long scored on an 8-yard TD run in OT and followed it with a two-point conversion run to put the Loboes over the top. 

Breckenridge played a turnover-free game while picking off two Cisco passes to nearly pull off one of the biggest upsets of the young season. 

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS GAME OF THE WEEK: Cross Plains tops Haskell 28-7 in spotlight game

CROSS PLAINS — They were coming off a lopsided loss at Goldthwaite. They were starting a freshman at quarterback. They had four turnovers to overcome and they had no momentum to speak of heading into Friday’s game with Haskell. 

Yet at the end of the night, the Cross Plains Buffaloes had overcome every hurdle to hand Haskell a 28-7 loss in the Big Country Preps Game of the Week. 

Freshman Kade Purvis threw for 287 yards and three scores to lead the Buffaloes (2-1), who put the game away with a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns.  

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS GAME OF THE WEEK: Brady cancels, Ren goes scrambling (w/ Evan Ren’s Big Country Picks)

LAST WEEK: 42-9, .823
SEASON TOTAL: 85-21, .801

I was very much looking forward to our Big Country Preps Game of the Week – Coleman (2-0) at Brady (2-0). Unfortunately, COVID intervened by midweek, forcing a cancellation of the contest.

On a positive note, there are several other quality games throughout the area for us to focus on, and (taking a bow) the column is already hitting over 80 percent on picks and we’re only in Week 3.

Numbers of that sort are generally reserved for Weeks 7-10, so I’m feeling pressure to keep the early momentum going.

In the absence of our Game of the Week, I’ll be heading to Cross Plains on Friday, where Haskell will be paying a visit to the Buffaloes (COVID allowing, of course).

Let’s dive in to this week’s picks:

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FEATURE: Coleman, Elder working through frustration as COVID sneaks into the picture again

COLEMAN — After seeing their football team robbed of a would-be playoff berth by COVID-19 a year ago, the Coleman Bluecats entered 2021 determined to make up for lost time. And they were off to a pretty good start with a 2-0 record and convincing wins over Miles (24-0 in one quarter) and Anson (33-6). 

Unfortunately, an old nemesis has crept back into the picture. 

Slated to play at Brady (2-0) in what was to be Big Country Preps’ Game of the Week on Friday, the Bluecats received word on Wednesday that Brady had to cancel the varsity game due to COVID-19. Coleman scrambled to find a replacement game, but was unable to find an available team on short notice. They are, therefore, taking an unscheduled bye week, just as the program was seeing its momentum on a real upswing.

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Big Country Volleyball Statistical Leaders (through Sept. 7)

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CAPITAL FARM CREDIT/BCP PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Big Spring QB Baeza takes top spot

Much of the Big Country remains unaware of him. But Big Spring senior Gabriel Baeza has begun to post numbers that demand attention, and he’s starting to get it. 

His latest effort: 374 yards passing for three touchdowns in a 49-10 win over Lubbock High School to push Big Spring to a 2-0 start.

This week’s Capital Farm Credit/Big Country Preps Player of the Week also rushed 12 times for 56 yards and three additional scores, giving him a direct hand in six TDs. 

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District 2-3A Div. II Report: Week 2: Brady improves to 2-0 with road win over Comanche

Brady 46, Comanche 19 — JD Ibarra rushed for 239 yards and three scores on just 21 carries to help Brady to a win on the road.

Zeke Jones added 142 yards rushing and an additional score and quarterback Hayden Baronet found the end zone three times (despite finishing with one yard on 12 carries) to lift Brady (2-0). 

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District 3-2A Div. I Week 2 Report: Buffs improve to 2-0 with win at Post

Forsan 22, Post 6 — Forsan improved to 2-0 behind a solid defensive effort and and a patient offensive approach.

The Buffaloes rushed for 133 yards and two scores by committee to go with Major Stockton’s 76 yards passing to put away Post (0-2) on the road. 

Forsan forced three turnovers, committed none and shut Post out after the break.

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District 4-3A Div. II Week 2 Report: Coahoma dominates Miles for first win of the year

Coahoma 54, Miles 0 — Coahoma (1-1) had an easy time picking up its first win of the season, routing Miles (0-2) behind 447 yards of total offense. 

Billy Baily threw for 148 yards and four scores and Isaiah Eleda rushed for 105 yards and two scores to lead CHS, which rebounded from a season-opening loss to archrival Forsan.

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District 5-3A Div. II Week 2 Report: Merkel improves to 2-0 with win at Stanton

Merkel 19, Stanton 0 — Isaiah Burns rushed for 91 yards and a score and Joey Zink rushed for 66 yards and another TD to lift Merkel to a win on the road. 

Colby Hadley was the top MHS receiver, hauling in two catches for 42 yards and a score.

The Badgers managed just 242 total yards, but limited Stanton (1-1) to 188. 

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District 3-3A Div. I Report: Week 2: Early remains unbeaten with win over Tolar

Early 33, Tolar 16 — Tre Beam rushed for 158 yards and two scores and Jaxyn Price threw for 187 yards and two more touchdowns to keep Early (2-0) unbeaten. 

Price hit five different receivers on the night, but Jeremy Brown was hit favorite target, hitting six times for 61 yards and a score.

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS GAME OF THE WEEK: Cisco outlasts Wall in double OT

CISCO — A Class 2A DI Cisco football team expected to threaten for a regional championship jumped two divisions to demonstrate why on Friday, edging Class 3A DI Wall, 27-21 in double overtime at Chesley Field. 

Hunter Long and Trenton Huston combined for 343 yards rushing and three touchdowns to lead the fifth-ranked Loboes (2-0), who overcame a 14-0 deficit to stay unbeaten. This included a 1-yard scoring run by Long in the second overtime to clinch the win.

Wall (1-1) was led by Dominic Garcia, who rushed for 98 yards and a score, along with quarterback Gabe Haskins who threw for 79 yards and a score and rushed for 31 yards and an additional touchdown. 

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS GAME OF THE WEEK: Loboes play host to Wall in our spotlight game (w/ Evan Ren’s Big Country Picks)

LAST WEEK: 43-12, .781
SEASON TOTAL: 43-12.781

A .781 pick percentage in Week 1?

I’ll take it.

I’m generally happy with anything in the low 70s to begin a season, so to hit nearly 80 percent out of the starting gate is something I’ll gladly accept.

Our Big Country Preps Game of the Week?  Wall at Cisco.

Let’s dive into this week’s picks, shall we? 

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CAPITAL FARM CREDIT/BCP PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Dublin’s Chris Teten snags our first award of the school year


 

Prior to the season, we listed Dublin’s Chris Teten among our Top 10 area quarterbacks to watch in 2021. And he wasted no time in demonstrating why. 

Only a junior, Teten threw for 310 yards and five scores in a 43-14 win over area rival De Leon to capture our first Capital Farm Credit/Big Country Preps Player of the Week award for the 2020-21 school year. 

Hitting 16 of 26 throws, Teten threw a 69-yard TD pass on the first play from scrimmage, setting the tone for the rest of the evening. With the game in hand, he played a little more than a half before being taken out. 

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District 2-3A Div. II Week 1 Report: Bulldogs crush TLCA in season-opening win.

Brady 37, San Angelo TLCA 6 — Brady had an easy time with TLCA, finishing with 454 total yards, including 367 on the ground. 

JD Ibarra was the top scorer for BHS, with 175 yards rushing on 18 carries and three touchdowns. Hayden Baronet threw for 87, rushed for 172 and accounted for two scores. 

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District 3-3A Div. I Week 1 Report: Breck stuns heavily favored Jacksboro

Breckenridge 49, Jacksboro 28 — Jerry Lawson rushed for 59 yards and two scores and Chase Lehr rushed for 28 yards and another touchdown to lead Breckenridge to a big win as an underdog. 

Leading 27-20 at the break, the Buckaroos broke the game open with a pair of third-quarter touchdowns. 

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District 4-2A Div. I Week 1 Report: Loboes open with big win over Clyde

Cisco 49, Clyde 7 — Cisco pounded out 458 yards rushing and limited Clyde to 248 yards in total offense to win the season opener for both clubs. 

Hunter Long rushed for 251 yards, threw for 32 and accounted for three touchdowns to lead the Loboes (1-0). Trenton Huston added 142 yards rushing and two scores on only 10 carries. 

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District 3-2A Div. I Week 1 Report: Haskell, McLemore open with win over Quanah

Haskell 22, Quanah 6 — Haskell (1-0) earned a win in the debut of new coach Mitch McLemore by pounding out 300 yards rushing and forcing three turnovers. 

 Antony Martinez rushed for 156 yards, threw for 113 and accounted for two touchdowns to lead HHS, which trailed 6-0 after the first quarter. 

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BCP GAME OF THE WEEK: ‘Jackets dominate Sweetwater in opener

STEPHENVILLE — One club met its preseason expectations. The other left with something to build on. 

Bolstered by a 30-0 second-half run, the Stephenville Yellow Jackets put away Sweetwater, 51-13 in Friday’s Big Country Preps Game of the Week — spoiling the debut of new Mustang coach Russell Lucas,

Ryder Lambert threw for 214 yards and three scores and rushed for two others to lead Stephenville (1-0), which took control of the game with three unanswered touchdowns and a safety in the third quarter.

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS GAME OF THE WEEK: Stephenville play host to Sweetwater (w/ Evan Ren’s Big Country Picks)

LAST WEEK: 0-0, .000
SEASON TOTAL 0-0, .000

At last, here we are. 

The 2021 football season has arrived, giving us a much-needed diversion every Friday night, in isolated spots all over Central Texas. As always, I will endeavor to pick the winner of all our area games, from Class 1A through Class 6A, with the top matchup serving as our Big Country Preps Game of the Week.

Our first spotlight game should come as no surprise, with long-time Hamlin coach Russell Lucas debuting as the head coach of the Sweetwater Mustangs — one of the most -storied programs in the Big Country.

Their opposition?

The Stephenville Yellow Jackets at Tarleton State’s Memorial Stadium. 

With that, let’s dive into the picks, shall we? 

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