Author: Brandon McAuliffe

GAME STORY: Clyde starts fast, opens 6-3A play with four set win over Wall

Earlier this season, the Wall volleyball team took two of three sets from Clyde in tournament action.

The Lady Bulldogs were determined to not let that happen again as District 6-3A play started Tuesday night in Bulldog Gym.

A loud and rowdy crowd became more and more boisterous with each thunderous kill by Liz Underwood, and Clyde went on to take a 25-13, 16-25, 25-21, 25-21 win.

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GAME STORY: Top-ranked Jim Ned survives scare from Cisco

TUSCOLA — Xavier Wishert ran for 175 yards and two scores while Tate Yardley added a pair of touchdowns as Class 3A Division I’s top-ranked Jim Ned held off a rally from 2A Division I’s No. 5 Cisco 28-14 on Friday night at Indian Stadium.

It wasn’t just Wishert’s legs that made a difference on Friday night and he was quick to credit a few of his teammates.

Yardley, Braden Lewis and Blaine Palmer have been inseparable no matter the season — spring, summer, fall or winter. The trio is always putting in work whether on the football field or as members of Jim Ned’s powerful baseball team as the primary members of its starting rotation.

The camaraderie that those three have built playing catch was something Wishert said makes his job easier and coach Matt Fanning said makes the Indians offense that much harder to stop.

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GAME STORY: Fourth-quarter rally lifts Abilene High past Vista Ridge

For three quarters on Friday night at Shotwell Stadium, the Abilene High football team had the look of a squad that was headed for an 0-3 start.

Enter Abel Ramirez.

The senior quarterback threw for 70 yards and ran for 59 more in the final 12 minutes, picking up a pair of rushing touchdowns to help the Eagles rally for a 23-19 win over Cedar Park Vista Ridge in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

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GAME STORY: Wylie volleyball starts fast, sweeps Abilene High

The Wylie volleyball team never trailed in three games as the Lady Bulldogs swept Abilene High 25-17, 25-13, 25-13 on Tuesday night at Bulldog Gym.

Getting a quick sweep of a crosstown opponent was big for Wylie, said coach Shay Cox, noting that it would have been easy for her squad to get too hyped up for Tuesday’s match or to be caught looking ahead to Friday night’s showdown with former district foe Aledo.

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GAME STORY: Bulldogs get redemption with thrilling win over Lubbock Monterey

After a disappointing season-opening loss on the road at Burleson last week, the Wylie football team had one thought in advance of its home opener.

Redemption.

Behind a two-headed rushing attack featuring Josh Carpenter and Trey Gomez, the Bulldogs earned that with a 30-22 win over Class 5A Division I Lubbock Monterey on Friday night at Hugh Sandifer Stadium.

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FEATURE: Tiny Paint Creek ends three-year football hiatus with big win

For most teams, a big win sealed with taking a knee is just that, a win.

For Paint Creek, that kneel down was a lot more than just a win.

Friday’s 52-0 win over Harrold came as the Pirates took the field for the first time in three years and coach Leonel Murguia wanted to make sure his team soaked it in.

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GAME STORY: Goal line stands help Forsan win Howard County Bowl

BIG SPRING — Major Stockton had lost to Coahoma all three years of his high school career in the Howard County Bowl.

He was bound and determined to not let Coahoma get a clean sweep.

The senior was instrumental on offense and led a defense that had a bend but don’t break mentality as the Forsan Buffaloes opened their season with a 35-14 win over the Bulldogs at Memorial Stadium on Friday night.

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