Here are the Big Country’s receiving leaders through Week 14:
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REGION II-4A DIV. I
Anna 33, Stephenville 32 — The Yellow Jackets saw their season come to an end with a heartbreaking loss to the Coyotes in the area round, falling in a game that saw six lead changes, including four in the second half.
After falling behind 14-3 after the first quarter, Stephenville (9-3) rallied to pull within 20-17 at halftime before taking a 24-20 in the third quarter. Anna regained the lead at 26-24 by the end of the third quarter, and the teams traded touchdowns in the fourth, with the Coyotes erasing a 36-32 deficit with the final touchdown with about six minutes remaining in the game.
CLYDE — In his fourth year at the helm of the Big Spring football program, Cannon McWilliams has preached to his team how they need to set the standard for the future.
Despite a 31-7 loss to Wichita Falls High in a Region I-4A Division I area-round game on Friday night at Bulldog Stadium, McWilliams was able to say that this year’s team helped raise the standard.
This year marked the first time since 2018 that the Steers had advanced past the bi-district round of the playoffs. Continue reading “GAME STORY: Big Spring sees season come to an end with second-round loss”
With standout running back Sawyer Wilkerson getting much of the media attention in 2022, the Comanche Indians have been receiving efficient, under-publicized play from the quarterback spot through much of a 10-1 record.
Last week was perhaps the best example of that, with junior signal caller Layden Welch torching Henrietta with an 11 of 16 passing performance for 248 yards and five TDs in a 69-27 win.
But that’s just the beginning.
Welch also rushed 11 times for 65 yards and two scores. He gathered five solo tackles, four assisted stops, forced a fumble and deflected a pass to help CHS advance to the area round.
REGION I-4A DIV. I
Big Spring 38, El Paso Riverside 35 — The Steers pulled out and absolute thriller over the District 1-4A DI champion Rangers, scoring the winning points on a wild fourth-and-10 play with less than 30 seconds remaining in the game.
Quarterback Gavin Padron, who passed for 230 yards and three touchdowns, evaded multiple sack attempts with some creative scrambling in the backfield before heaving it up running Kavien Ford in the end zone for an 18-yard touchdown hookup. That ended a back-and-forth that saw three lead changes in the final 15 minutes.
After highlighting the Big Country’s top guards and forwards the past two nights, we now take a look at the area’s best big men.
For the final installment in our three-part boys basketball position rankings series, we rank the Big Country’s top 10 post players.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading through our rankings, and make sure to check back for all our boys and girls basketball coverage this season.
After kicking off our boys basketball position rankings series on Tuesday with the guards, we now shift 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 for 2022-23.
We hope you enjoy our list.
With boys basketball season beginning this week, it’s time to shine a spotlight on some of the players you’ll be reading about throughout the 2022-23 season.
For the first installment in a three-part series that will cover all positions on the area boys basketball scene, we’ll be taking a look at the Big Country’s top guards, ranking our top 10 with a list of others to watch this winter.
We hope you enjoy reading through our list.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With some people projecting Zephr as an underdog in last week’s game with Sidney, very few people were expecting ZHS to provide us with the Big Country Preps Player of the Week.
Nonetheless, here we are.
Zephyr senior running back Jayden Millican takes the spotlight after rushing for 285 yards and six touchdowns in a 68-20 win over over Sidney. But he wasn’t finished there.
Brownwood 52, Lubbock Estacado 14 — The Lions stayed perfect in district play with an impressive showing against the Matadors, piling up 502 total yards in a blowout win.
Behind another big rushing game by Konlyn Anderson (29-160, 3 TDs) and quarterback Ike Hall (15-147, 2 TDs), Brownwood built a 24-7 lead by halftime, and the Lions were never threatened after in improving to 7-2 overall and 3-0 in league action.
Brownwood 60, San Angelo Lake View 13 — The Lions dominated the Chiefs from start to finish, outgaining LVHS 451-238 in a blowout win.
Behind big rushing games by running back Konlyn Anderson (17-156, 5 TDs) quarterback Ike Hall (10-126, 2 TDs), Brownwood scored the first 38 points of the game and built a 52-7 lead by halftime. The Lions (6-2, 2-0) finished with 354 rushing yards on just 29 carries.
Brownwood 41, Big Spring 10 — The Lions piled up 442 yards of total offense and took advantage of five Steers turnovers in a blowout win to open district play.
Brownwood (5-2, 1-0), which got a solid performance from backup quarterback Chance Jones (10-16-2—213, 3 TDs passing), led 21-3 by halftime and used a 13-0 run through the third quarter to put the game away.
Seminole 63, Big Spring 28 — The Steers put up 462 yards of total offense, but it wasn’t nearly enough in a lopsided loss to the Indians.
Seminole countered with 574 total yards, including 432 passing, to build a 35-14 halftime lead and hold off a second-half Big Spring rally that saw the Steers pull within a touchdown (35-28) midway through the third quarter.
Some people in the Big Country may not even know where tiny Three Way High School is.
For the record it’s on the outskirts of Stephenville, it plays in District 11-1A DI (six-man) and if our Big Country Preps Player of the Week has any say about it, you’ll be hearing a lot more about the Braves in the near future.
Colt Berry, a senior spreadback, had an eye-popping performance last week in a 73-54 win over Aquilla, amassing 561 all-purpose yards to help the Braves (1-3) to their first win of the year.
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.
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.