Here are the standings for all boys basketball districts involving Big Country schools through Jan. 18 (with last week’s results, Tuesday’s schedule):
The Cisco Loboes may have only played one game last week (beating Hamlin 76-41). But senior guard Layne Edgar made the most of it.
Scoring 39 points with a 5-of-9 tally from 3-point range, he narrowly missed a monstrous triple-double, finishing with nine rebounds and eight assists.
In his spare time, he collected six steals in a truly dominating performance worthy of our Big Country Preps Player of the Week award for the Week ending Jan. 16.
Here are our superlative award winners for the 2020 All-Big Country Preps football team. For the rest of this year’s selections, click the links below.
Here are our first-team selections for the 2020 All-Big Country Preps football team. For the rest of this year’s selections, click the links below.
Here are our second-team selections for the 2020 All-Big Country Preps football team. For the rest of this year’s selections, click the links below.
Here are our third-team selections for the 2020 All-Big Country Preps football team. For the rest of this year’s selections, click the links below.
He’s been consistently pouring in points since the season’s outset. So it’s not a surprise that Dublin senior guard Daniel Escobar has taken our first Big Country Preps Player of the Week award for 2021.
Helping the Lions to wins over Eastland (69-42) and Millsap (79-43), Escobar finished the week with a total of 63 points through the two games, including a 38-point night in the Eastland win.
But scoring was only a portion of his overall contribution.
Facing an explosive El Paso Eastwood offense in the opening round of the Region I-6A Division II playoffs, the Abilene High Eagles knew they’d need to move the ball and score if they hoped to earn their first postseason win since 2016.
That’s where junior quarterback Abel Ramirez and senior running back Phonzo Dotson came in.
Taking turns leading an AHS offensive explosion, this duo helped the Eagles rack up 569 yards of total offense in a 42-35 win over the Troopers. And in the process, the pair has earned the Capital Farm Credit/Big Country Preps Player of the Week award for the week ending Dec. 12.
LAST WEEK: 26-4, .866
SEASON TOTAL: 377-81, .823
Week 12 of the football season is here. And you know what that means.
The horses are at the starting gate with a finish line set up in Arlington for the state championship games.
More than 97 percent of the teams won’t make it. And by the time Thanksgiving arrives, 75 percent of them will already be finished. Such is the magnitude of our postseason.
In the meantime, hundreds of teams from Class 1A through 4A have their dreams of reaching Jerry World still intact. Classes 5A and 6A will start their postseason journeys in mid December, after having their seasons delayed by COVID-19.
That said, it’s time to choose which of our Big Country entries have the best shot of conquering their regions. Who are the favorites? Who are the dark horses? An perhaps most importantly, where are the elephants in the room — the teams from outside of our area with the most potential to spoil the Big Country’s chances?
Let’s get started, shall we?
With the girls basketball season underway, it’s time to take a look at the players who will be making the biggest impact during the 2020-21 season.
For the first installment in a three-part series that will cover all positions, 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 season.
As with any such list, these rankings are subjective. We hope you enjoy reading through our selections.
Here are the updated Big Country football playoff pairings, results:
Waco La Vega 62, Brownwood 6 — For a complete report, please read Brandon McAuliffe’s game story.
The outcome of this game guaranteed the Pirates (7-2, 4-1) the No. 2 playoff seed in this district and locked the Lions (4-5, 2-2) into the fourth seed.
Brownwood was scheduled to play Midlothian Heritage on Saturday, but that game was canceled because it would have no impact on playoff seeding.
La Vega will open the playoffs against District 6 No. 3 seed Fort Worth Western Hills (), while BHS will play its bi-district game against Distirct 6 champion Kennedale ().
WACO — In a very rare Monday night game, the Brownwood Lions hit the road to face No. 10 Waco La Vega in a game that had been rescheduled from earlier in the year when the Lions were forced to shut down due to COVID-19.
With Royshad Henderson, Khyren Deal and Zach Bond all out with injuries, the Lions were forced to turn to a healthy dose of sophomores on both sides of the ball against a senior laden Pirates squad and the young Lions learned a valuable lesson in the 62-6 loss at Willie Williams Stadium.
With the loss, the Lions find themselves locked into the District 5-4A Division I fourth seed and a bi-district matchup with Kennedale. That game will be played November 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Kennedale.
Over his time at Cooper, big numbers have become the norm for standout back Noah Garcia. The senior is, after all the Cougars’ all-time leading rusher with more 4,500 yards and 55 touchdowns to his credit.
But Friday’s performance in a 48-0 road win over Fort Worth Arlington Heights was noteworthy even by his standards.
In rushing for 172 yards and four touchdowns and adding a 48-yard touchdown reception in just over three quarters of action, Garcia accounted for 30 of his team’s 48 points.
Midlothian Heritage 42, Stephenville 27 — Playing Heritage with a chance to force their way back into the district title picture, the Yellow Jackets couldn’t capitalize in two-touchdown loss to the league-leading Jaguars.
After falling behind 28-7 at halftime, the Yellow Jackets (5-5, 3-2) pulled back within eight (28-20) early in the fourth quarter, but Heritage (8-2, 4-0) answered with back-to-back touchdowns to put the game away.
Stephenville was led in the loss by running back Kason Philips, who rushed for two touchdowns, and quarterback Gavin Rountree, who had scoring throws to Coy Eakin and Trace Morrison. Heritage was paced by Latray Miller, who ran for 178 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries.
Brownwood 47, Alvarado 14 — Playing their first game since Oct. 2 due to COVID issues, the Lions shook off the rust quickly in a blowout win over the Indians.
Royshad Henderson rushed for 170 yards and four touchdowns, while Blaize Espinoza passed for 206 yards and a score to help Brownwood (3-4, 1-1) take control of the game early.
Brownwood led 21-0 after a quarter and 40-7 at halftime in dropping Alvarado to 2-7 overall and 0-4 in district play.
Stephenville 56, Alvarado 21 — The Yellow Jackets bounced back from last week’s loss to Waco La Vega, using a 21-point first quarter to set the tone for a comfortable victory over the Indians.
Leading 28-14 at halftime and 35-21 after three quarters, the Yellow Jackets (4-4, 2-1) used a 21-0 run through the fourth quarter to put Alvarado (2-6, 0-3) away.