Category: Cross Plains Buffaloes

District 8-2A Div. II Week 9 Report: Hico boosts playoff hopes with shutout of Meridian

Hico 17, Meridian 0 — The Tigers picked up a huge win for their playoff hopes, shutting out the Yellowjackets to snap a seven-game losing streak.

Putting together one scoring drive in each of the first three quarters, Hico (2-7, 1-3) increased a 14-0 halftime lead to 17 points by the start of the fourth quarter and closed things out from there.

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District 8-2A Div. II Week 8 Report: Albany blanks Ranger for fourth straight shutout

Albany 61, Ranger 0 — The Lions raced out to a 34-0 first-quarter lead on the Bulldogs and coasted from there to their fourth consecutive shutout victory. 

Albany (6-1, 3-0) rushed for 331 yards in the win, getting at least 50 yards and at least one touchdown from five players. Brooks Neece led all rushers with 84 yards and a score on just five carries, while Taren Farmer (9-79, 1 TD), Jaheim Newton (3-60, 1 TD), Isaiah Dockins (4-57, 2 TDs) and Coy Lefevre (1-51, 1 TD) all also had productive days.

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FEATURE: Cross Plains’ McWilliams the last in a long line of hard workers from the same family

CROSS PLAINS — During his nine-year tenure at Cross Plains as both a track and football coach, Daniel Purvis has openly displayed an affinity for tough, hard-working, blue-collar types. 

One family in particular — the McWilliamses — has not only typified the type of players Purvis wants on his team, but they have, through four siblings, spanned the entirety of his coaching career with the Buffaloes. 

The last of the McWilliams boys to venture through Purvis’ program, 17-year-old senior Cody, is currently sitting atop the Buffaloes’ rushing statistics — a fact that for Purvis, comes as no surprise. 

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GAME STORY: Cross Plains defense dominates in 27-14 win over Santo

CROSS PLAINS — Friday night’s clash between Cross Plains and Santo was destined to be a District 8-2A Division II semifinal of sorts with the winner being in good position for a showdown against Albany later this year for the district championship.

Coach Daniel Purvis’ Buffaloes squad was up to the challenge, forcing eight turnovers on its way to a 27-14 win at Buffalo Stadium.

With the win, Cross Plains improved to 6-1 on the year and 2-0 in district play. Santo, meanwhile, fell to 4-3 overall and 1-1 in district.

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District 8-2A Div. II Week 7 Report: Albany continues roll with third straight shutout

Albany 55, Hico 0 — The Lions pitched their third consecutive shutout, following lopsided wins over Haskell (43-0) and Meridian (60-0) with another over Hico.

Albany (5-1, 2-0), which scored 28 first-quarter points on its way to a 42-0 halftime lead, finished the game with 511 yards — 350 rushing and 161 passing.

Coy Lefevre led the effort with 190 yards and five touchdowns on just nine carries, while Isaiah Dockins rushed for 86 yards and two scores on 11 attempts. Quarterback Barrett Beal was efficient in the passing game, hitting eight of 12 passes for 161 yards and a score against the Tigers (1-6, 0-2).

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District 8-2A Div. II Week 6 Report: Albany routs Meridian to open league play

Albany 60, Meridian 0 — Leading 13-0 after a quarter, the eighth-ranked Lions exploded for 27 points in the second quarter to put the Yellowjackets away by halftime in the district opener for both squads.

Albany (4-1, 1-0) gained 380 of its 468 yards on the ground, rushing for six total touchdowns in the win. Jaheim Newton (10-133, 1 TDs) led all rushers, while Isaiah Dockins (10-94, 4 TDs) also had a big game.

Meridian, which fell to 2-3 overall and 0-1 in league play, finished the game with minus-49 total yards, rushing for negative-58 yards on 24 carries.

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS FEATURE: Cross Plains sophomore a rising star in the 1A Cross Country scene

CROSS PLAINS — Five months ago, Cross Plains’ Katie Goins was looking at a promising freshman track season in ruins.

Having already broken the school record in the 200 meters at 26.6 as a ninth grader, to go with a 59.0 split with a potentially state-bound 400 relay team, Goins had to sit things out with everyone else due to COVID-19.

She is now making up for lost time — so much so, that she, within the span of a few months, has become one of the area’s top distance runners at any high school level.  

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District 8-2A Div. II Week 5 Report: Cross Plains dominates Miles

Cross Plains 41, Miles 12 — The Buffaloes put together one of their most complete performances of the year Friday, outgaining the Bulldogs 372-160 in a thorough victory.

Cason Allen rushed for 173 yards and a touchdown while Cody McWilliams added 163 yards and four scores to fuel Cross Plains, which led 21-0 by halftime.

The Buffs (4-1), who also got an efficient game from quarterback Justin Gresham (5-7-0—93, 1 TD), will have next week off before opening league play Oct. 9 at Hico.

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS GAME OF THE WEEK: Hawley tangles with upstart Dragons (w/ Evan Ren’s Big Country picks)

LAST WEEK: 36-12, .750
SEASON TOTAL: 152-47, .763

I have not been to Bangs for a Game of the Week since 2013 — the last time the Dragons posted more than six wins in a season and the last winning record they had prior to last year’s 6-5 mark.

That drought ends tomorrow, when I travel to BHS for an interesting showdown between the Dragons (3-0) and Class 2A Division I power Hawley (3-1).

Bangs has the better overall numbers, but Hawley has faced a slightly tougher overall schedule, making this pick a perplexing one.

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District 8-2A Div. II Week 4 Report: Albany bounces back to shut out Haskell

Albany 43, Haskell 0 — The Lions bounced back from last week’s loss to Hamlin with a strong showing Friday, racing out to a 29-0 halftime lead and cruising from there to a shutout win over their former district mates.

Albany outgained Haskell 467-6, getting 211 yards passing and two touchdowns from quarterback Barrett Beal and 147 yards and one TD rushing from Jaheim Newton.

The Lions, now 3-1, will look to build on this win next week when they travel to Anson to take on the 3-1 Tigers.

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Big Country Preps’ Pick ‘Em Panel (Week 4)

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: Jim Ned heads to Cisco for interclass showdown

LAST WEEK: 42-9, .824
SEASON TOTAL: 116-35, .740

Week 4 arrives and I’m finally hitting my stride on pick accuracy.

It’s been an odd year thus far, both in terms of results and overall feel. It’s been tough to gauge.

Nonetheless, we’re hitting the road once again this Friday, with the Big Country Preps Game of the Week landing at Chesley Field in Cisco, where the Loboes (2-1) will play host to a Jim Ned club that is two divisions larger than they are.

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District 8-2A Div. II Week 3 Report: Santo rallies past Cumby to improve to 2-1

Santo 27, Cumby 12 — Playing the area’s only Thursday game, the Wildcats rallied for 21 fourth-quarter points to pull away from the Trojans in a neutral site matchup at Rio Vista.

Case Procter, who had a hand in each of Santo’s first three touchdowns, sparked the comeback, hitting Andrew Sanders from 32 yards out to give the Wildcats a 14-12 lead early in the fourth quarter before making it an eight-point game with his second rushing touchdown of the contest.

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Big Country Preps’ Pick ‘Em Panel (Week 3)

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: State ranking marks progress for Cross Plains program, Purvis

You don’t have to go back too far to find a time when Cross Plains’ lack of on-field competitiveness made it a common homecoming choice for opponents.

In fact, such was the case when 10th-year Buffaloes coach Daniel Purvis inherited the program in 2011.

But in just 100 games, Purvis has taken a program that won 14 contests from 2002 to 2010, including a trio of winless campaigns in the five seasons leading up to his hire, and built a consistent winner in Cross Plains, Texas.

In posting a 30-17 record over the past four seasons, Purvis’ Buffs are in the midst of the longest run of sustained success in school history. And with the No. 9 statewide ranking marking its progress heading into a nondistrict road clash with former district mate Haskell on Friday, Cross Plains has its sights set even higher for the future. 

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Big Country Volleyball Statistical Leaders (through Sept. 7)

Big Country Preps will publish 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.

Teams that do not submit their statistics in a given week will not be listed when our stats are posted, but will be added to the lists below as they are received in the coming days. 

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Anson junior earns accolade in his first varsity start

With starting quarterback Isaac Brann out with an injury in Week 2, Anson looked to unproven junior Dylyn Pyle to lead them in a road trip to Coleman on Friday.

He responded with one of the area’s more memorable first starts for a varsity quarterback in recent memory, hitting 14 of 21 passes for 193 yards and two scores in a 38-14 win. 

But he wasn’t finished there.

Pyle also rushed for 71 yards and a score on 11 carries and took a punt return 58 yards for another score to lift the Tigers (2-0). He even played a little defense, collecting three solo tackles.

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