Category: Big Spring Steers

CAPITAL FARM CREDIT/BCP PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Dublin’s Teten earns honor with historic effort

With a huge passing game in Dublin’s 41-35 area-round win over Palmer, junior Chris Teten put up numbers worthy of our Capital Farm Credit/Big Country Preps Player of the Week award.

But it’s only once you grasp the historical significance of the Lions’ win over the Bulldogs on Friday that you gain a full appreciation for the junior’s performance.

In hitting 19 of 26 passes for 406 yards and six touchdowns — all of which were needed to escape Joshua’s Owl Stadium with a victory — Teten was objectively excellent behind center for the Lions. Now for the kicker: the win over Palmer marked the first area-round victory in the history of the Dublin program, which is significant considering the school has been playing football for more than a century.

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CAPITAL FARM CREDIT/BCP PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Hico sophomore Booth earns the spotlight

Big numbers will generally get one strong consideration for our Capital Farm Credit/Big Country Preps Player of the Week award. But when those numbers come against a team from a much larger classification, it quickly makes us take notice. 

Class 2A Hico’s Grace Booth did exactly that last week in a 61-57 win over Class 4A Mineral Wells, dominating both ends of the floor to lead the Lady Tigers in their season opener. 

Aside from the 40 points she poured in, Booth snagged 10 rebounds to chart a double-double. She also forced multiple turnovers (viewable on the video above), including three steals.

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Class 4A bi-district report: Lambert perfect as Stephenville routs Dunbar

DIVISION I

Stephenville 49, Fort Worth Dunbar 21 Ryder Lambert was a perfect 20 of 20 through the air for 373 yards and five scores to lift the Yellow Jackets to a bi-district win over Dunbar. 

Lambert, who rushed for 14 yards and an additional touchdown, connected with Coy Eakin seven times for 213 yards and two TDs.

The Jackets (11-0) finished with 505 yards in total offense, with 108 coming on the ground.  

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BCP Boys Basketball Position Rankings: Guards

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 2021-22 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.

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District 2-4A Div. I Week 11 Report: Big Spring sees title hopes fade with upset loss to Lake View

San Angelo Lake View 49, Big Spring 35 — With a chance to clinch a share of their first district championship since 1990 thanks to Andrews’ win over Fort Stockton on Friday, the Steers couldn’t capitalize, allowing 21 fourth-quarter points in a tough loss to the Chiefs.

Big Spring (6-4, 1-2) outgained Lake View 449-427, but the Steers were hurt by a 4-2 disadvantage in the turnover margin. This allowed the Chiefs to overcome deficits of 21-14 at halftime and 28-21 in the third quarter and win the game with a 21-7 run through the final period.

Quarterback Gabriel Baeza led the Steers with 389 yards and four touchdowns passing to go with 46 yards and another score rushing, while Kaegen Mitchell had a huge day catching the ball (15-203, 2 TDs).

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BCP Girls Basketball Position Rankings: Posts

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 2021-22 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.

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BCP Girls Basketball Position Rankings: Guards

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 2021-22 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.

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District 2-4A Div. I Week 10 Report: Andrews routs Lake View, Fort Stockton holds off Big Spring

Andrews 45, San Angelo Lake View 24 — The Mustangs kept their hopes of a shared district title alive with a comfortable road win over the Chiefs.

Coming off a lopsided home loss to Big Spring, Andrews (3-6, 1-1) raced out to a 16-0 lead after a quarter and increased its advantage to 38-8 in the second quarter to put the game away by halftime.

Led by quarterback EJ Lopez, who passed for 136 yards and two TDs, and running back Jaxon Lawdermilk, who rushed for a pair of scores, the Mustangs only had 313 yards of total offense. But they held Lake View () to just 261 yards and intercepted Lake View QBs Cade Henry and Jacob Chappa a combined  four times.

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GAME STORY: Steers fall to Fort Stockton in heartbreaking fashion

BIG SPRING — Gunning for their first district championship since 1990, the Big Spring Steers had the ball in senior quarterback Gabriel Baeza’s hands with 1:44 to play and 99 yards to cover for the game-winning touchdown Friday against Fort Stockton.

Baeza, who started the night with a school-record 18 consecutive completions, did everything in his power to will his team to victory. He started the drive with 34 yards rushing and 21 yards passing to put the Steers in position for a potential game-winning Hail Mary.

With eight seconds to go and facing fourth down at the Fort Stockton 49, Baeza rolled left and avoided two sacks while waiting on a receiver to get open. He then uncorked a deep bomb off his back foot for Sa’quan Fizer, who had gotten behind the Panthers secondary.

The ball glanced off Fizer’s fingertips and fell to the turf as time expired, allowing Fort Stockton to escape with a 29-28 win at Memorial Stadium in a key District 2-4A Division I matchup.

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CAPITAL FARM CREDIT/BCP PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sweetwater QB Holsey snags this week’s accolade

It’s never a surprise to see Sweetwater senior quarterback Leo Holsey among the top performers in our Capital Farm Credit/Big Country Preps Player of the Week column. 

Since his freshman year, the four-year starter has topped our weekly list multiple times, including this week after helping Sweetwater to a 61-37 win over Pecos on Friday. 

Holsey only threw 15 passes, but he connected on 12 of them for 364 yards and five touchdowns. He also rushed six times for 75 yards and two more scores, giving him a direct hand in 439 yards and seven TDs. 

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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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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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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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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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Big Country Volleyball Statistical Leaders (through Oct. 12)

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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District 2-4A Div. I Week 7 Report: Sans QB Baeza, Big Spring struggles at Pampa

Pampa 58, Big Spring 7 — Playing without standout quarterback Gabriel Baeza, the Steers had a rough night in Pampa, turning the ball over five times in a blowout loss to the Harvesters.

Trailing just 10-7 after Gavin Padron hit Devin Manning with a touchdown pass about five minutes into the second quarter, Big Spring (5-2) allowed 48 unanswered points the rest of the way, falling behind 23-7 by halftime.

Led by Padron (43-60-3—285, 1 TD passing), Kavien Ford (9-71 rushing, 11-71 receiving) and Manning (12-82, 1 TD receiving), the Steers finished with 373 total yards. But they were hurt by three interceptions and two lost fumbles and allowed four scoring plays of 40 yards or more in surrendering 461 yards to Pampa.

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS GAME OF WEEK: Unbeaten Early, Jim Ned clash in huge district opener (w/ Evan Ren’s Big Country Picks)

LAST WEEK: 39-4, .906
SEASON TOTAL: 247-56, .815

Gramps Ren is back in the groove, hitting over 90 percent of his picks a week ago, to push this column’s season percentage to .815 as we head into district play across the area.

Whether or not I can keep the momentum remains to be seen, entering what might be the toughest week of area picks I’ve seen this year, with multiple games that I would rate as near-tossups.

This week’s Big Country Preps Game of the Week will see us heading to Tuscola where Jim Ned will begin its District 3-3A DI title defense against a red-hot, unbeaten team from Early.

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

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Big Country Volleyball Statistical Leaders (through Oct. 5)

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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