Category: Area football

District 8-2A Div. II Week 9 Report: Cross Plains routs Meridian for first district win

Cross Plains 60, Meridian 12 — The Buffaloes snapped a two-game district losing streak and all but clinched the No. 4 playoff seed in this league with a lopsided win over the YellowJackets.

Needing a win to avoid missing the postseason for the first time since 2014, coach Daniel Purvis’ squad raced out to a 35-6 lead by halftime and cruised from there to the blowout. Cross Plains outgained Meridian 520-225, rushing for 341 of those yards. 

Kade Purvis passed for 185 yards and three touchdowns, while Ryan Hopkins (3-113, 2 TDs rushing; 7-80, 2 TDs) had a huge day in both the running and passing game.The 60 points were a season-high for the Buffs, which had been limited to 13 points through its first two district contests. 

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District 5-2A Div. II Week 9 Report: Roscoe blasts Crosbyton to stay unbeaten in league play

Roscoe 58, Crosbyton 8 — The Plowboys continued their charge toward the district championship, blasting the Chiefs to improve to 7-1 overall and 2-0 in league play.

Roscoe, which shares the league lead with Lockney (7-1, 2-0), outgained Crosbyton (4-5, 1-2) by a 403-26 margin, building a 34-8 lead by halftime.

Jax Watts had a nice day throwing the ball, completing 13 of 19 passes for 191 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions, Throwing touchdown passes to Antonio Aguayo (5-93, 1 TD receiving), Ivan McCann (6-58, 2 TDs) and Seth Wilcox (2-40, 1 TD). Jake Gonzales led the Plowboy rushing attack, running for 105 yards and two scores.  

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District 4-2A Div. I Week 9 Report: Goldthwaite whips Winters, solidifies playoff spot

Goldthwaite 49, Winters 13 — Goldthwaite pounded out 259 yards rushing as a team and limited Winters to 190 yards in total offense to earn a crucial district win. 

Seth Gardner rushed for 112 yards and two scores and Jackson Patrick rushed for 37 yards and another score to lead the Eagles (4-4, 2-1) which has virtually locked up a playoff spot with the win.

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District 4-3A Div. I Week 9 Report: No. 2 Brock routs Boyd, improves league record to 5-0

Brock 55, Boyd 7 — The No. 2 Eagles dominated the Yellowjackets from start to finish, using a 21-point third quarter to increase a 27-point halftime lead to 48 by the start of the fourth quarter.

Brock (8-0, 5-0) outgained Boyd 504-196, passing for more than 200 yards and topping the 300-yard rushing mark. Quarterback Tyler Moody had another efficient game through the air, going 12 of 17 for 202 yards and four touchdowns with one interception, while Kutter Wilson rushed for 141 yards and two scores, and Eli Potts (3-66 receiving) and Nathan Jones (2-23) each had two receiving TDs.

Boyd (1-7, 1-4) was led by quarterback Rendyn Lamance, who passed for 93 yards and rushed for 106.

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District 2-3A Div. II Week 9 Report: Ballinger snaps two-game losing skid with win over Moore

Ballinger 61, Ingram Moore 0 — Briley Clinton threw for 197 yards and three scores and rushed for 79 more and another TD to help Ballinger snap a two-game losing streak.

The Bearcats (4-3, 1-2) amassed 317 yards rushing while collecting the win, but did their share of damage through the air as well. Trey Matschek was the game’s leading receiver, hauling in eight catches for 117 yards and two scores. 

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District 1-4A Div. II Week 9 Report: Another big offensive night fuels Sweetwater past Pecos, to 3-0 start

Sweetwater 61, Pecos 37 — The Mustangs stayed perfect in district play with a blowout win over the Eagles, piling up 553 yards of total offense in a dominating effort.

Coach Russell Lucas’ squad, which has now one four straight games, led 35-9 by halftime and was never threatened after that in improving to 6-3 on the year and 3-0 in league play.

Pecos (4-4, 0-2) rushed for 456 yards in the loss, getting 336 yards and three touchdowns rushing from star running back Ezekiel Saldana, but the Eagles never pulled closer than 19 points of the lead after halftime. 

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DISTRICT 3-3A Div. I Week 9 Report: Wall tops Breckenridge in battle for No. 2 seed

Wall 29, Breckenridge 26 — Dominic Garcia rushed for 113 yards and a score and Gabe Haskins had 90 yards combined rushing and passing while accounting for two TDs to lead Wall in a thriller. 

The win was crucial for Wall (4-3, 2-1) which is in strong contention for the No. 2 seed in the district race. 

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District 5-4A Div. I Week 9 Report: Anderson, Brownwood run wild in big district win over Alvarado

Brownwood 56, Alvarado 35 — The Lions picked up a huge victory for their playoff hopes, outscoring the Indians 14-7 in each of the final three quarters to turn a 14-all tie after one period into a three-touchdown win.

Running back Konlyn Anderson fueled the effort for Brownwood (3-5, 1-2), rushing for 230 yards and five touchdowns, while quarterback Chance Jones went 8-of-10 passing for 113 yards and two scores.

The Lions were outgained 492-423, but they forced three turnovers and turned each into touchdowns to snap a three-three game losing streak and pull into a fourth-place tie with Alvarado (2-6, 1-2) in the district standings.

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District 2-4A Div. I Week 9 Report: Baeza fuels Big Spring to impressive win over Andrews

Big Spring 48, Andrews 19 — Gabriel Baeza made a triumphant return to the Steers lineup, passing for 404 yards and five touchdowns and rushing for an additional 87 yards to lift coach Cannon McWilliams squad to a district-opening rout of the Mustangs.

Baeza, who missed Big Spring’s nondistrict finale against Pampa (a 58-7 loss), rallied the Steers (6-2, 1-0) from down 19-14 at halftime with four unanswered touchdowns to start the second half. And backup Gavin Padron led a scoring drive at the end to cap the thorough victory.

Kaegen Mitchell (12-132, 2 TDs receiving) and Eli Cobos (8-110, 3 TDs) were Baeza’s favorite targets in the passing game, while Cobos also threw a scoring pass to kick off the scoring in the first quarter. Defensively, the Steers limited Andrews (2-6, 0-1) to 360 yards and intercepted Mustangs quarterback EJ Lopez four times.

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District 4-3A Div. II Week 9 Report: Coahoma routs Reagan County to retain playoff pulse

Coahoma 55, Reagan County 7 — Jaidyn Vineyard rushed for 154 yards and two scores and Brysen Kerby rushed for 91 yards and another TD to help Coahoma (3-5, 1-2) snap a three game losing streak. 

The Bulldogs limited Reagan County to only 130 yards in total offense and nine first downs, including just 47 yards rushing. 

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GAME STORY: Jacksboro edges Eastland 51-48 in wild District 5-3A DII clash

JACKSBORO — Eastland’s Judson Beard sliced through Jacksboro’s defense for a 57-yard touchdown Friday night with 2:34 left, propelling the Mavericks back into the lead.

But no advantage seemed to be safe in a District 5-3A Division II shootout at Tiger Stadium.

Jacksboro had just enough time to answer as quarterback Lando Belcher scored from four yards out with 42 seconds remaining, lifting the Tigers to a wild 51-48 victory.

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BCP GAME OF THE WEEK: Coleman dominates Cisco 31-7

COLEMAN — For the better part of the last two decades, the Cisco football team has maintained a reputation for dominant physicality. And very seldom have the Loboes been outplayed via their own style. 

But in Friday’s Big Country Preps Game of the Week, the Coleman Bluecats did exactly that — rushing for 221 yards as a team in a 31-7 win at Hufford Field. 

Jadin Jackson rushed for 133 yards and two scores and threw for a third TD to lead Coleman (7-0, 3-0 District 4-2A Division I), which is now in the league driver’s seat. 

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Big Country Preps’ Pick ‘Em Panel vs. Twitter Polls (Week 9)

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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BIG COUNTRY PREPS GAME OF THE WEEK: Cisco to battle Coleman with top seed in the balance (w/ Evan Ren’s Big Country Picks)

LAST WEEK: 35-11, .760
SEASON TOTAL: 322-74, .813

This week’s Big Country Preps Game of the Week will send me south to historic Hufford Field in Coleman, where the Bluecats (6-0) will play host to perennial power Cisco (6-1) in what is essentially the District 4-2A Division I championship.

Opened way back in 1934, Hufford is one of the Big Country’s oldest and most unique venues and if you are looking for a game to go to on Friday, this one will not only offer some good football, but some nostalgia as well.

The immense rock wall surrounding the field was built in 1940 by the Works Progress Administration or WPA as the nation battled its way out of The Great Depression.

Hope to see you there.

Here are this week’s picks:  

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Big Country Volleyball Statistical Leaders (through Oct. 19)

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

This database will be continually updated for our subscribers throughout the remainder of the season, using only those statistics submitted by area coaches.

We will continually update the database throughout the regular season.

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FEATURE: Resurgent Baird Bears seeking to continue climb in Schlieve’s second season

Photos by Sarah Schlieve

Baird has experienced growth in Derek Schlieve’s second season running the football program.

The Bears got off to their best start in a couple decades, winning their first five games and handing Gordon its only loss of the season.

Even though their momentum was slightly dashed after Friday’s 78-30 loss to Fort Worth Covenant Classical, Schlieve is insistent his guys are remembering the big picture.

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CAPITAL FARM CREDIT/BCP PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jim Ned’s Wishert claims the top spot

It’s one thing to rush for more than 300 yards and three scores against a struggling program. We see that all the time from the area’s top running backs. 

But it’s an entirely different thing when those yards come against a solid team with a sturdy defense. That’s earning it the hard way.

Jim Ned’s Xavier Wishert, our Capital Farm Credit/Big Country Preps Player of the Week, took that route on Friday night when he charted 313 yards rushing and three scores on just 20 carries in a 37-20 road win over the Wall Hawks. 

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FOLLOW UP: Wolves end 26-game skid with ‘crazy, nutty’ finish

Game photos courtesy of Joel Ashby, Amy Raschke and Carrie Gutierrez. 

Dan Gainey

Dan Gainey had to collect his thoughts when asked the feeling at the end of the Colorado City Wolves at Haskell Indians football game Friday at Haskell.

“There are a lot of adjectives to describe it – crazy, nutty. Some things just don’t make any sense at all,” said Gainey, ninth-year head coach at Colorado City.

The finish — which involved two interceptions, a safety, the return of a squib kick for a touchdown and two attempts at the winning extra point – was unbelievable enough. But consider also that Colorado City’s 28-27 win over Haskell ended the Wolves’ 26-game losing streak that dated to 2018.

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District 4-3A Div. I Week 8 Report: No. 2 Brock on point in blowout win over Ponder

Brock 70, Ponder 20 — The No. 2 Eagles faced little resistance from the Lions, scoring 35 first-quarter points on their way to a 50-point drubbing.

Brock (7-0, 4-0) outgained Ponder 535-224, rushing for 311 yards and passing for 224 in a balanced effort. Quarterback Tyler Moody threw for all of those passing yards and five touchdowns, including three to Eli Potts (5-106 receiving), while Kutter Wilson (15-119, 3 TDs rushing) and Jake Lindberg (4-111, 1 TD) both had big days running the ball.

Tight end Nathan Jones was also a productive target for Moody, hauling in seven passes for 62 yards and a score for Brock, which was led defensively by Hunter Fay (6 tackles, 2 sacks, 5 tackles for loss).

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District 4-2A Div. I Week 8 Report: Armadillos get first win of the season, help playoff cause

San Saba 44, Winters 12 — Wes Lackey rushed for 46 yards, had 148 yards receiving and accounted for three touchdowns to help San Saba to its first win of the year. 

Reagan Mejia chipped in as well, catching two passes for 54 yards and an additional score to help the Armadillos (1-6, 1-1) snap a seven-game losing streak dating back to last year’s playoffs.

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District 2-3A Div. II Week 8 Report: Bangs breaks into victory column with win over Ingram Moore

Bangs 43, Ingram Moore 21 — Guy Powell rushed for an eye-popping 350 yards and two touchdowns to lift Bangs to its first win of the season. 

Kade Minshew threw for 54 yards and a score and rushed for 60 yards and three more TDs to lift the Dragons, who put Moore away with a 29-14 run through the fourth quarter. 

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District 3-2A Div. I Week 8 Report: Wolves snap 26-game losing streak with miracle at Haskell

Colorado City 28, Haskell 27 — Chris Green took a kickoff back with less than a minute left in the game to give Colorado City a miraculous win at Haskell to snap a 26-game losing streak dating back to late 2018. 

Trailing 27-19 with just under a to play, Chris Ortiz started the late rally by scoring a two-point safety with a sack in the Haskell end zone to pull the Wolves within six points. 

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District 5-3A Div. II Week 8 Report: Mavericks surive scare from Comanche

Eastland 21, Comanche 20 — Eastland was fortunate to survive what was nearly the area’s top upset of the year, holding off winless Comanche by a single point.

Judson Beard rushed for 181 yards and two scores and caught three passes for 8 yards and another score to lead the Mavericks (3-4, 2-0)  which held off a late Comanche rally to get the win.

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District 8-2A Div. II Week 8 Report: Santo blasts Cross Plains to remain undefeated

rioSanto 42, Cross Plains 7 — The Wildcats scored early and often in a big district win over the Buffaloes, piling up 367 rushing yards in the victory.

Quarterback Case Procter (13-137, 1 TD) and running back Sam Henderson (10-100, 3 TDs) both went over the century mark for rushing yards, while Procter also threw a touchdown pass to Billy Sandoval. Elijah Pennington had Santo’s other score.

The Wildcats (7-0, 1-0) built a 28-0 lead by halftime and increased that advantage to 42-0 before Cross Plains (4-3, 0-2) finally got on the board. Santo outgained the Buffs 394-163, limiting CPHS to just 57 yards rushing.

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District 5-2A Div. II Week 8 Report: Hamlin falls to Crosbyton in key district matchup

Crosbyton 20, Hamlin 0 — The Chiefs picked up a key district win over the Pied Pipers, shutting out coach Chris Evans’ squad to improve to 4-4 on the year and 1-1 in district play.

In a five-team league that features quality outfits from Roscoe (6-1, 1-0), Ralls (5-3, 1-1) and Lockney (6-1, 1-0), this victory likely earned Crosbyton the fourth and final playoff seed over Hamlin, which fell to 0-8 overall and 0-2 in league play.

The Pied Pipers trailed just 6-0 at halftime, but the Chiefs went up two scores with a touchdown in the third quarter and put the game on ice with one more TD in the final period.

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District 1-4A Div. II Week 8 Report: Snyder rides fast start to win over previously unbeaten Monahans

Snyder 28, Monahans 21 — The Tigers bounced back from last week’s loss to rival Sweetwater with a huge victory, handing the Loboes their first defeat of the season.

Coach Wes Wood’s squad (6-2, 1-1) played an outstanding first half, using 21 second-quarter points to take a 28-0 lead into the halftime break, before Monahans (6-1, 0-1) rallied in the final two quarters to pull within a touchdown.

Snyder was outgained 430-282 and lost the turnover battle 2-1, but the Tigers made the plays they needed to hang on for the win, forcing a turnover on downs inside their own 20 in the final minute to preserve the victory. Jorge Martinez led the effort for SHS, rushing for touchdowns of 74 and 71 yards and intercepting a pass to set up a 37-yard TD reception by Tim Henderson.

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District 5-4A Div. I Week 8 Report: No. 2 Stephenville cruises past Alvarado to stay unbeaten

Stephenville 56, Alvarado 0 — The second-ranked Yellow Jackets had no trouble with the Indians, piling up 542 yards of offense and taking advantage of three Alvarado turnovers in a shutout victory.

Stephenville (2-0 in district) led 35-0 by halftime and cruised from there to its seventh straight win to open the season. Alvarado, meanwhile, dropped to 2-5 overall and 1-1 in league play.

Ryder Lambert passed for 277 yards and four touchdowns in the victory, while Tate Maruska rushed for 143 yards and two TDs on just seven carries and Coy Eakin had 135 yards and three scores receiving on four catches. 

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District 3-3A Div. I Week 8 Report: Clyde scores first win of season, Dudgeon era

Clyde 61, TLCA 22  — Blake Carr threw for 172 yards and two scores and Austin Hastings rushed for 56 yards and two more touchdowns as Clyde (1-6, 1-1) earned the first win of the Danny Dudgeon era. 

The Bulldogs quickly built a 47-14 lead by halftime, after which they were able to cruise to the finish line.

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GAME STORY: No. 10 Forsan overcomes slow start to pound Anson

ANSON — Anson had all the momentum with a 21-7 lead midway through the second quarter when Forsan’s snap rolled back to quarterback Major Stockton.

Stockton, who struggled to pick the football up off the ground, then turned things around with a 71-yard scoring run after finding the grip and rallied the Buffaloes to a 50-27 win at Tiger Stadium on Friday night in a key District 3-2A Division I game.

It marked the first time that a Jason Phillips-led team had won a game in Anson.

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BCP GAME OF THE WEEK: Plowboys score huge win at Ralls

RALLS — Even before the season started, an Oct. 15 date at Ralls stood out like a sore thumb on the Roscoe football schedule. 

If the Plowboys were to challenge for the District 5-2A DII championship, facing the league favorite Jackrabbits was going to be a must-win situation. 

Roscoe answered the bell on Friday night, handing Ralls a 26-14 loss in front of its home crowd, in a physical, somewhat chippy Big Country Preps Game of the Week. 

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS GAME OF THE WEEK: Roscoe travels to Ralls for crucial district game (w/ Evan Ren’s Big Country Picks)

LAST WEEK: 40-7, .851
SEASON TOTAL: 287-63, .820

Week 8? Are you kidding?

I ask the same question, or some variant of it virtually every year. We just finished with two-a-days. How can we possibly be this deep in the season so quickly?

Yet hear we are. A cold weather snap approaching. Thanksgiving right around the corner —as are the playoffs.

This week’s Game of the Week will see me traveling north to Ralls where the surprising Roscoe Plowboys, off to their best start in years, will be in a showdown for the district lead.

The column hit at 85 percent accuracy last week and is now up to 82 percent on the year. So we’ll see if we can keep the momentum going through the home stretch.

Let’s have a look at this week’s picks: 

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Big Country Preps’ Pick ‘Em Panel vs. Twitter Polls (Week 8)

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: Albany’s Chapman making move to quarterback look easy

Albany’s Denney Faith had high expectations before the 2021 season regarding Cole Chapman taking over the reins of the Lions’ attack.  

Faith had seen Chapman excel at the position at lower levels. He’d seen Chapman thrive on varsity last season at receiver and cornerback.  

Faith also knew the supporting cast Albany had would be able to put Chapman in the best position possible to succeed.  

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CAPITAL FARM CREDIT/BCP PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Young takes spotlight with monstrous effort

Who says defensive players can’t be the Player of the Week?

That’s certainly not true at Big Country Preps, where our Capital Farm Credit/BCP Player of the Week helped push Stephenville to a stunning 35-7 rout of perennial power Waco La Vega on Friday night.

Senior linebacker Reese Young takes our weekly accolade after charting an almost unbelievable 25 tackles to lead an SHS defensive effort that saw the Yellow Jackets hold La Vega to just 94 yards rushing on 44 carries.

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