Here are the standings for all boys basketball districts involving Big Country schools through Jan. 18 (with last week’s results, Tuesday’s schedule):
Most of us know a football player who lives in the weight room, who’s always dependable and who always does what his coaches ask him. He always puts the team first. He’s early to arrive and late to leave. And he seldom needs direction because he always pays attention.
You know the type. But you seldom hear about them, since there is no specific category to put them in and the media doesn’t recognize these qualities.
This is the guy who always sets a good example. He doesn’t complain and above all else, is tough mentally and physically. He’s not necessarily the best player on his team (though some are). But he’s definitely the guy who gets the most out of whatever talent he was born with.
Welcome to the 2020 “True Grit” team — the one place in the Big Country where guys who fall into this category are recognized for it.
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.
WALL — After missing the district title game with Cisco last week with a private medical issue, San Saba senior running back Justin Yarbrough made up for lost time on Friday, rushing for 129 yards and a score in a 31-17 bi-district win over Forsan .
Yarbrough scored on a 6-yard pass and a 21-yard run and Stone Sears added a pair of TD runs to lead San Saba (9-2), which advances to face Panhandle (9-2) in the area round.
With the score tied at 10 at the break, San Saba gained the upper hand in the second half by stopping the Buffaloes on five of their final six possessions.
REGION I-2A DIV. I
Hawley 34, Goldthwaite 20 — Trailing the Eagles 20-19 at halftime Thursday, the Bearcats finished the game with 15 unanswered points to fend off an upset bid and advance to the area round of the playoffs.
Hawley (9-2) outgained Goldthwaite by a 394-254 margin, getting 125 yards and three touchdowns passing from Rodey Hooper and 151 yards and one TD rushing from Xavier Rodela.
The Eagles (3-8) led by quarterback Jackson Patrick, who passed for 96 yards and a touchdown and rushed for a team high 68 yards on nine carries.
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:
HAWLEY — Overtime was there for the taking in Friday’s District 3-2A Division I showdown between Hawley and Forsan at Forrest Field.
Forsan running back Nathaniel Hernandez was stopped at the Hawley six-inch line as time expired as the Bearcats clinched an outright district championship with a heart-stopping 14-8 win over the Buffaloes.
Though a touchdown would have tied the game, Forsan coach Jason Phillips was looking at the bigger picture.
Stamford 56, Haskell 32 — Zhawn Holden threw for 343 yards and six touchdowns and rushed for 83 yards on only 10 carries to help Stamford (5-5) secure the fourth and final playoff spot.
Ryheem Smith was on the receiving end of six Holden deliveries for 160 yards and three scores. Dylan Faulks caught four others for 62 yards and a score.
LAST WEEK: 34-5, .871
SEASON TOTAL: 351-77, .820
If you had told me three months ago that we would make it to Week 11 of the football season without a major COVID lockdown, I’d have told you to rethink your position.
Eleven weeks later, here we are, still playing. We didn’t completely escape the virus, but it didn’t stop the season, either.
That said, it’s time to jump into this week’s area forecast, beginning with our Big Country Preps Game of the Week — Cisco at San Saba — a contest that I had serious doubts about ever materializing when I put it on a calendar back in August.
There are two big stories at play here: The District 4-2A Division I championship tops that list. But a 54-game district winning streak owned by Cisco dating back to 2010 is another prize the Armadillos are openly eyeballing.
Sixty years and 11 presidents ago, the Hermleigh Cardinals enjoyed their last 10-0 regular season in 1960. This year, however, offered HHS an opportunity to snap that streak with a 9-0 start.
They would only need to beat Ira last week in their season finale to make it happen.
Well … it didn’t happen. In fact, it wasn’t even close.
Forsan 42, Stamford 14 — The Buffaloes locked up the No. 3 seed with a dominating win over Stamford that saw them rush for 337 yards as a team.
Nate Hernandez rushed for 129 yards and three scores and Major Stockton had a combined rushing/passing total of 205 yards with a TD pass to lead Forsan (5-3, 3-1), which was never threatened after building a 28-0 halftime lead.
Forsan 56, Haskell 14 — The Buffaloes pounded out 361 rushing yards and had eight rushing touchdowns to defeat Haskell on the road.
Chris Mendez rushed for 173 yards and three scores and Nate Hernandez rushed for 62 more and three scores to lead Forsan (4-3, 2-1).
Anson 27, Forsan 23 — Anson overcame three turnovers by limiting its penalties to three and Forsan to a modest 274 yards in total offense.
With the win, Anson (5-1, 2-0) sets up a huge district showdown at home with Hawley (5-2, 2-0) next week for sole possession of first place in the district standings.