Category: Area football

DISTRICT 3-2A DIV. I WEEK 5 REPORT: Forsan comes up just short in one-point loss to Kermit

Kermit 14, Forsan 13 — The Yellow Jackets shut the Buffaloes out in the second half and scored the only touchdown of the fourth quarter to overcome a 13-8 halftime deficit and claim a dramatic one-point win. 

Kermit outgained Forsan 254-186 in the defensive dogfight, overcoming a 4-1 deficit in the turnover margin to score the victory.

Nate Gensler ran for a game-high 139 yards and a touchdown to lead the Yellow Jackets, who also got 103 yards receiving from Jadan Bejarano. The Buffs (4-1), meanwhile, were paced by Kevin Kligora, who rushed for 93 yards on 21 carries. Brooks Wright had a pick-six for the game’s first score, and Brycen Cervantes ran for Forsan’s only offensive TD. 

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DISTRICT 5-3A DIV. II WEEK 5 REPORT: Gaitan, Rasberry fuel Dublin past Florence

Dublin 34, Florence 23 — The Lions took care of business against the Buffaloes, outscoring FHS 21-14 in the second half to pull away for a two-score win.

Dublin (2-3) led 13-9 at halftime, before using a 14-0 run through the third quarter to create some distance. The Lions got a pair of touchdown passes from Kaden Gaitan to Dalan Rasberry, while Gaitan added a rushing score and Cameron Patton scored twice on the ground.

Florence, which finished with 355 total yards, was led by quarterback Ryland Carlile (10-24-1—139, 3 TDs), running back Jose Maldonado (36-164) and receiver Zakary Webb (8-85, 2 TDs.

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DISTRICT 8-2A DIV. II WEEK 5 REPORT: Collinsville, Celeste and Muenster race out to 1-0 district starts

Collinsville 26, Lindsay 0 — The Pirates took care of business against the Knights, limiting LHS to just 181 total yards in a shutout victory.

CHS, which improved to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in league play, put up 360 total yards (203 rushing, 157 passing) and outscored the Knights 19-0 in the second half to break open what had been a close game through two quarters.

The Pirates were led offensively by quarterback Logan Jenkins (18-31-2—157, 1 TD passing; 12-84, 2 TDs rushing), running back Rylan Newman (18-119, 1 TD) and receiver Carter Scott (5-85, 1 TD). Lindsay (0-5, 0-1) rushed for all but 40 of its yards and turned the ball over four times.

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District 4-3A DIV. I WEEK 5 REPORT: Brock blasts Boyd to earn first win of season

Brock 55, Boyd 6 — The Eagles broke into the win column in dominating fashion, blasting the Yellowjackets in the district opener for both teams.

Brock, which outgained Boyd 576-189, built a 27-0 lead by halftime and was never threatened after in improving to 1-4 on the year and 1-0 in league play. 

Tyler Moody passed for 253 yards, while the Eagles got strong rushing games from Brett Tutter (11-102, 1 TD), Reid Watkins (11-82, 3 TDs rushing; 2-70 receiving), Zachary Brewster (2-70, 2 TDs) and Cannon Stephens (4-52, 1 TD). The Yellowjackets (3-2, 0-1), meanwhile, were led by quarterback Braden McIntire (16-31-0—175, 1 TD passing) and receivers Mason Turner (6-93) and Aidan LeMasters (6-73, 1 TD).

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DISTRICT 5-2A DIV. I WEEK 5 REPORT: Bangs, Coleman and Hamilton open league play with victories

Bangs 49, De Leon 21 — Guy Powell rushed for 323 yards and five touchdowns on just 14 carries and added a kickoff return TD for good measure to lead the Dragons to an impressive district-opening win over the Bearcats.

Bangs, which rushed for 505 of its 583 total yards, led just 28-21 at halftime, but the Dragons took control in the second half to improve to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in league play.

In addition to Powell’s big game, BHS got 78 yards passing and 56 yards and a touchdown rushing from quarterback Kenny Cole. De Leon (3-2, 0-1), which finished with 543 total yards (286 rushing, 257 passing) was led quarterback Heston Jobe (18-27-1—257 passing; 14-107 rushing) and running back Kallen McIlvain (25-165, 3 TDs rushing; 1-27 receiving).

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DISTRICT 3-4A DIV. II WEEK 5 REPORT: Sweetwater, Snyder drop tough games

Clyde 29, Sweetwater 28 (OT) — The Mustangs fell just short in overtime, surrendering a game-ending two-point conversion to drop a heartbreaker to the Bulldogs.

Sweetwater (1-4) led 15-14 at halftime and held a 21-14 lead in the fourth quarter, but Clyde rallied to tie the game by the end of regulation and answered a Mustangs touchdown in overtime with a TD and two-point conversion to claim the win.

Blake Carr led the effort for CHS, passing for 253 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for a team-high 61 yards and another score. Sweetwater, which rushed for 237 of its 310 yards, was paced by Jadyn Forbes (3-6-0—21, 1 TD passing; 11-99 rushing; 1-17 receiving) and Jamarian Amos (20-88, 1 TD rushing; 2-16, 1 TD receiving). 

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DISTRICT 2-4A DIV. I WEEK 5 REPORT: Brownwood throttles Connally, Big Spring outlasts Snyder

Brownwood 52, Waco Connally 21 — Ike Hall passed for 157 yards and a two touchdowns while rushing for 123 yards and two more scores to fuel the Lions to dominating victory over the Cadets.

Kolyn Anderson added 113 yards and two touchdowns rushing, while Thad Hinds received for 92 yards and two TDs as Brownwood (4-1) outscored Connally 28-7 in the second half.

For the game, the Lions outgained the Cadets 442-297, rushing for 285 yards in the victory. Connally, which gained all but 27 of its yards on the ground, was led by Kiefer Sibley, who rushed for 227 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries.

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GAME STORY: Defense gets key stops, offense rallies Stephenville to homecoming win

STEPHENVILLE — Entering Friday night’s homecoming game at Memorial Stadium against Wichita Falls Rider, Stephenville was unbeaten at 4-0 but allowing 46.5 points per game.

Against Everman in Week 2, the Yellow Jackets found themselves down by 21 points on multiple occasions before winning on a walk-off Hail Mary.

That experience paid off Friday, as Stephenville found itself in a 21-0 hole to the Raiders after just eight minutes. But the Yellow Jackets used a second-half rally to take a 43-42 heart-stopping win — their fourth one-score victory in five weeks.

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BCP GAME OF THE WEEK: Comanche rallies from 14-point deficit to stun area power Albany

ALBANY — For Comanche, it had all the ingredients of a landmark win, including coming from behind and facing adversity to beat a perennial power on the road.

Comanche’s stunning 31-28 victory at Albany on Friday was the sort of win that second-year Comanche coach Jake Escobar had yet to achieve with the Indians — the sort of win that often signals the arrival of a program.

Sawyer Wilkerson rushed for 181 yards and two scores and the CHS defense forced five turnovers to lead the Indians (4-1), who overcame an early 14-0 deficit to get the win. 

Albany, which was missing four starters including quarterback Cole Chapman, fell to 3-2. The Lions, who were crippled by an interception in the end zone and a pick-six, were led by Adam Hill’s 128 yards rushing and two touchdowns. 

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EVAN REN: Second seasons were worth waiting for at Hamlin, Stamford, De Leon, Clyde and Comanche

A year ago, a sizeable group of first-year Big Country football coaches accepted a difficult challenge — taking over programs where the cupboard needed to be restocked. 

—Chris Evans inherited a Hamlin program lacking numbers and experience.

— Britt Hart took over a Stamford program that was so young, that several of his varsity players were less than a year removed from playing in their final junior high game. 

— Danny Dudgeon became the eighth head coach since the turn of the century at Clyde, where it is hoped he can build something long-lasting and stable. 

— Jacob Marwitz inherited a 1-9 team low on numbers, low on experience and low on confidence at De Leon. 

— Jake Escobar took on perhaps the most pressure-packed challenge, where he brought a spread offense to a Comanche program that had been successful running the wing-T.  It was a difficult about-face. 

Needless to say, 2021 wasn’t a banner season for any of these guys, who to a man, had to set a foundation for success before success could actually be tasted. 

Evans was 0-10, Hart was 3-7, Dudgeon was 1-9, Marwitz was 0-10 and Escobar was 1-9. Combined record: 5-45 (.100).

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FEATURE: Prolific passing attack fueling young Big Spring Steers to strong start

Photos courtesy of Cannon McWilliams

Things don’t always go the way you expect them to, so it’s probably worth a doff of the cap when a team coached by a guy named Cannon is firing the football all over the field.

Said mentor, Cannon McWilliams, leads the Big Spring Steers, who have been slinging it on offense, pretty much whistle to whistle, en route to a 3-1 record.

Following a 27-20 setback against Pampa in the season opener, the Steers have scored 51, 24 and 20 points in successive wins. And more often than not, they’ve embraced the notion that the surest way for them to get to the end zone is by air.

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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 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 GAME OF THE WEEK: Comanche, Albany try to recapture their momentum (w/ Evan Ren’s Big Country Picks)

LAST WEEK: 47-10, .824
SEASON TOTAL: 178-52, 773

For two straight weeks, the column has hit the mark on more than 80 percent of area picks, which is generally a sign that I’m dialed in. 

This week, the Big Country Preps Game of the Week travels northeast to Albany, where the Lions play host to Comanche in a final prep for district play for both clubs. 

While writing this, I can scarcely believe we’re at the season’s midpoint already, with most of our clubs playing their fifth games this Friday.  The annual football time warp is in full swing and it never ceases to amaze me after more than two decades in the business.,

Here’s this week’s forecast: 

BIG COUNTRY PREPS GAME OF THE WEEK 

COMANCHE (3-1) at ALBANY (3-1) 

While I’m pleased to see Comanche taking a clear step forward under second-year coach Jake Escobar, I like the Lions to win this matchup, primarily due to defense.

To date, the Lions are allowing only 17 points per game and that’s while going up against some pretty explosive offenses.

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GAME STORY: Hamlin runs all over Munday for Saturday night win

MUNDAY — Swenson Benavides, Colten Spalding and Hudson Smith all ran for more than 100 yards as the Hamlin offense piled up 568 total yards and the Pied Pipers spoiled Munday’s quadrennial homecoming celebration with a 53-8 win Saturday night at Scruggs Field.

Benavides (15-157) and Spalding (12-111) were both comfortably in the 100-yard club before Smith’s 18-yard run on the game’s final play pushed him to 104 yards on 13 carries as Hamlin continued its rebound from a disappointing 2021 season by picking up its third consecutive win.

The Pied Pipers have allowed just 10 points over the last three weeks with one more game remaining before the start of district play.

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DISTRICT 8-2A DIV. II WEEK 4 REPORT: Santo blows out Rio Vista to continue dominant start

rioSanto 34, Rio Vista 7 — The Wildcats stayed unbeaten with another impressive showing, outgaining the Eagles 289-168 in a blowout win.

Santo (4-0), which rushed for 343 of its yards, led 21-7 at halftime before shutting out Rio Vista over the final two quarters.

Quarterback Hut Thornton had a big day for the Wildcats, rushing for a team-high 142 yards and three touchdowns while Rodolfo Vega ran for 65 yards and a TD. Rio Vista was also led by its quarterback, Taylor Pritchett, who passed for 94 yards and rushed or 58 yards and a score.

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DISTRICT 3-2A DIV. I WEEK 4 REPORT: Kligora, Forsan run wild in blowout win over McCamey

Forsan 33, McCamey 2 — The Buffaloes stayed unbeaten with a blowout win over the Badgers, increasing a 13-2 halftime lead to 26-2 after three quarters and cruising from there to their fourth consecutive victory.

Forsan gained 342 of its 352 yards on the ground, getting 209 yards and a pair of touchdowns from Kevin Kligora. Brooks Wright added 68 yards rushing on six carries, while Huston Stockton and Brycen Cervantes also had scoring runs for the Buffs.

The FHS defense was virtually flawless, keeping the McCamey offense off the board and improving its opponents’ scoring average to 11 points per game for the season.

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DISTRICT 4-3A DIV. I WEEK 4 REPORT: Brock falls to 0-4 with loss to Gunter

Gunter 21, Brock 16 — The Tigers scored three touchdowns in the third quarter to erase a 3-0 halftime lead and held in the fourth quarter for a hard-fought victory over the Eagles.

Brock, which fell to 0-4 on the season, lost despite a 323-205 edge in total yardage. The Eagles were hurt by two turnovers, including a pick-six that gave Gunter a 21-10 lead with less than a minute remaining in the third quarter.

Tyler Moody completed 16 of 31 passes for 177 yards with two touchdowns, but he also had two interceptions. Reid Watkins rushed for a team-high 75 yards for BHS, while Carson Finney (5-52 receiving) and Zachary Brewster (5-40) each hauled in touchdown passes.

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DISTRICT 5-3A DIV. II WEEK 4 REPORT: Area teams go 0-4 in rough week for league

Bangs 28, Merkel 13 — The Dragons rushed for 230 yards in a workmanlike win over the Badgers, racing out to a 21-7 halftime lead and holding from there for the victory.

Guy Powell led the effort for Bangs, rushing for 150 yards and two touchdowns, while Kenny Cole passed for 89 yards and Hunter Newton received for 63.

Merkel, which fell to 1-3 with the loss, was paced on the offensive end by quarterback Joey Zink (10-17-2—151, 1 TD passing; 19-71 rushing) and receiver Maddox O’Malley (5-102, 1 TD receiving; 1-1-0—49, 1 TD passing). 

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DISTRICT 5-2A DIV. I WEEK 4 REPORT: De Leon, San Saba and Bangs all pick up victories

De Leon 52, Hico 7 — The Bearcats ran away from the Tigers for their second consecutive win, racing out to a 38-0 halftime lead to end the competitive phase of the game early.

De Leon (3-1) got strong performances from quarterback Heston Jobe (9-11-0—220, 3 TDs passing; 8-108, 2 TDs rushing) and running back Kallen Mcilvain (16-186, 2 TDs rushing), while Jake Cooper (3-79, 1 TD) and Andrew Coan (2-86, 2 TDs) had big days receiving the ball.

Hico, which was limited to 249 yards (all rushing), was led by Carson Keller, who rushed for 115 yards and the Tigers’ only touchdown on 12 carries.

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DISTRICT 3-4A DIV. I WEEK 4 REPORT: Snyder falls to Monahans; Sweetwater can’t solve Big Spring

Monahans 48, Snyder 21 — The Tigers couldn’t keep up with the Loboes, allowing 35 first-half points in a lopsided loss to MHS.

Snyder (2-2) finished with just 285 yards of total offense, passing for 140 and rushing for 145. Monahans, meanwhile, gained 397 total yards — 275 on the ground — and took advantage of two Tiger turnovers.

SHS was led in the loss by Easton Stewart, who went 13-of-18 passing for 127 yards with two touchdown and an interception while adding 35 yards rushing. Dom Dominguez, meanwhile, added 82 yards and one TD rushing wand 37 yards and another score receiving.

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DISTRICT 2-4A DIV. I WEEK 4 REPORT: Big Spring takes care of Sweetwater to improve to 3-1

Big Spring 20, Sweetwater 7 — Gavin Padron passed for 286 yards and two touchdowns while Kavien Ford rushed for 96 yards to fuel the Steers to a two-touchdown win over  the Mustangs.

Big Spring, which improved to 3-1 with the victory, outgained Sweetwater 401-159 and held a 3-2 advantage in the turnover margin. Despite this, the Steers trailed 7-0 after one quarter and were tied 7-all at halftime, before taking control of the game with a pair of scores in the third quarter.

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GAME STORY: Maruska, Stephenville hold off Wylie in offensive shootout

For the second straight week, the Wylie football team went toe to toe with an outstanding opponent at Hugh Sandifer Stadium. But for the second straight week, the Bulldogs came up one touchdown short of a signature win.

Hosting Class 4A Division I No. 1 Stephenville a week after falling 33-28 to Lubbock Cooper, coach Clay Martin’s team topped the 500-yard mark for the second time in as many weeks. But it couldn’t contain Tate Maruska and the Yellow Jackets offense in a 56-49 loss.

Maruska, who came into Friday’s game with a Big Country-leading 773 yards and nine touchdowns rushing, ran for 270 yards and five scores against the Bulldogs to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark in just four games and fuel the unbeaten Jackets to a thrilling win.

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FEATURE: Hawley’s Abbigail Siller proving a female football player doesn’t have to be a kicker

HAWLEY — Abbigail Siller grew up watching football with her family and was always drawn to the camaraderie she witnessed in the male-dominated sport.  And she wanted to take an active a part of it. 

Active, meaning she wanted to play and accept all the risks that being involved with the sport bring. The initial expectation by many around the program is that Siller would try her hand at place-kicking, which helped her parents become a little less apprehensive about her playing football. 

There was just one problem. 

“I originally told my parents I was going to be a kicker, but I’m terrible at kicking the ball,” said the 17-year-old senior, who is now a reserve running back and outside linebacker for the Bearcats (3-0) in her second year in the program. “They thought that’s what would happen and when I came back and told them that I was going to be a running back and outside linebacker and they were a little hesitant to let me keep going. But I chose to stick with it.” 

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FEATURE: Breckenridge QB not surprised by Buckaroos’ quick start in 2022

Breckenridge has surprised a few folks around the Big Country, racing off to a 3-0 start that includes wins over perennial powers Childress and Cisco.  

But senior quarterback Chase Lehr isn’t one of them.  

“I know all of the hard work we have put in,” Lehr said. “This is what we have been working up to for the past couple of years, and now it’s finally starting to show.”  

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FEATURE: Evans, Hamlin finding surprising success out of ashes of 0-10 campaign

When you score all of 28 points during an entire season and win none of 10 games in the process, there’s a tendency for your fans to figure that whatever happens the next year is bound to be better than what happened last.

But even the most ardent among the Hamlin Pied Piper faithful have been pleasantly surprised by how the team’s 2022 campaign has begun.

Take last week, for instance. Hamlin blanked Crosbyton 33-0 to run its record to 2-1. Coupling that triumph with a 6-2 victory over Water Valley the week before, the Pied Pipers have now put together a win streak. Even more importantly, they’ve shown that coach Chris Evans, who can find a silver lining among even the darkest of clouds, might have something in that mantra of his.

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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 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 GAME OF THE WEEK: Brownwood entertains red hot Glen Rose (w/ Evan Ren’s Big Country picks)

LAST WEEK: 51-10, .836
SEASON TOTAL: 131-42, .757

Football picks are something I take pride in and it irritates me to no end when I stink it up. So let’s just say, I burned some midnight oil to get that situation corrected last week. 

As a result, the column recovered with a solid .836 percentage in Week 3, salvaging my bruised ego after a disastrous Week 2 tally. In all, 51 of 61 area picks hit the mark last week, elevating my season’s record above 75 percent. 

That’s more like it.

Week 4 in the meantime, presents a lineup of some of the most difficult area picks we’ve had this season — including an explosive Glen Rose team facing Brownwood in our BCP Game of the Week. Let’s dive in, shall we? 

Here’s this week’s forecast: 

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CAPITAL FARM CREDIT/BCP PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Clyde quarterback takes the top spot

In a week that featured several performances worthy of capturing the Capital Farm Credit/BCP Player of the Week award, Clyde quarterback Blake Carr narrowly captured the top spot with an explosive performance in a 41-21 win over Merkel. 

Carr, a junior, hit 18 of 23 passes for 311 yards and four scores as CHS improved to 2-1 on the year.  He also rushed six times for 106 yards and a fifth touchdown on a 46-yard run.

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DISTRICT 8-2A DIV. II WEEK 3 REPORT: Santo moves to 3-0 with shutout win over Hamilton

rioSanto 27, Hamilton 0 — The Bulldogs had no answer for the SHS running game or defense in a shutout loss to the Wildcats. 

Santo outgained the Hamilton (1-2) by a 291-198 margin (220-63 on the ground), building a 21-0 lead by halftime before coasting to the comfortable victory.

Leading the way for the Wildcats offensively was quarterback Hut Thornton, who rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown while passing for 59 yards and another score. Jake Bryan (4-31 rushing) also had a rushing touchdown for Santo, which got a pick-six from Billy Sandoval.

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DISTRICT 3-2A DIV. I WEEK 3 REPORT: Forsan dominates Stanton to remain unbeaten

Forsan 34, Stanton 14 — The FHS Buffaloes took care of their SHS counterparts, building a 27-0 lead through three quarters on their way to a blowout win.

Forsan (3-0) had only 288 total yards, 235 of those on the ground, but the Buffs held Stanton to 241 yards and forced five turnovers, returning a fumble for their first touchdown.

Offensively, coach Jason Phillips’ team was led by Kevin Kligora, who rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries, while Grant Roman ran for 73 yards and a score on six attempts. Quarterback Cade Wallis also had a productive day, going 5-of-9 passing for 53 yards and a touchdown and rushing for 36 yards.

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DISTRICT 4-3A DIV. I WEEK 3 REPORT: Brock rally comes up short in loss to Wimberley

Wimberley 32, Brock 23 — The Eagles fell to 0-3, allowing 23 second-quarter points in a two-score loss to the Texans at Baylor’s McLane Stadium.

Brock, which trailed 23-7 at halftime, tied the game early in the fourth quarter with a 17-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Moody to Cotton Tanner. But Wimberley answered with a touchdown and a safety in the final two minutes to pull away for the victory.

The Eagles outgained the Texans 263-251, but coach Billy Mathis’ squad was hurt by three turnovers — two lost fumbles and an interception. Moody completed five of 16 passes for 115 yards with two touchdowns and a pick, while Zachary Brewster (8-63, 1 TD) led BHS in rushing and Brett Tutter (1-62, TD) led all receivers.

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DISTRICT 5-2A DIV. I WEEK 3 REPORT: Bangs routs Grape Creek for first win, headlines strong week for area

Bangs 53, San Angelo Grape Creek 6 — The Dragons busted into the win column with a dominant showing against the Eagles, rushing for 246 yards in a blowout win.

Bangs (1-2) finished with 387 yards as a team, led by running back Guy Powell who rushed for 188 yards and three touchdowns on just seven carries. Quarterback Kenny Cole, meanwhile, completed six of eight passes for 141 yards with TDs to Nate Stoffer (2-57), Guy Funk (1-44) and Hunter Newton (2-37).

The Dragons, who held Grape Creek to just 233 yards of total offense, controlled the game from the outset, building a 33-6 halftime lead on their way to the 47-point victory.

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