Category: Hawley Bearcats

GAME STORY: Hawley rallies past Anson in thriller to take District 3-2A DI lead

ANSON — When Mitch Ables arrived in Hawley, he was tasked with rebuilding a program that didn’t have a history of sustained success.

After benefitting from four years of quarterback Quay Stokes, followed by the stellar career of running back Colton Marshall, Ables may have found his new workhorse in another young stud.

Sophomore running back Austin Cumpton had 32 carries for 135 yards and a touchdown and took countless bruising hits in a physical game as the Bearcats took the lead in the District 3-2A Division I championship race with a thrilling 21-20 win over Jones County rival Anson at Tiger Stadium on Friday night.

Hawley’s defense also rose to the occasion with a second half shutout.

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District 3-2A Div. I Week 8 Report: Anson sets up first-place showdown with Hawley

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. 

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Anson QB takes award with first start

Numbers alone don’t always take our Big Country Preps Player of the Week award, though they are usually the top consideration. 

When things get close among the top candidates, other factors begin to weigh in. That was precisely the case with this week’s top spot, which goes to Anson junior quarterback Blake Vinson. 

Vinson, who hit 23 of 32 passes for 367 yards and four scores in a 41-34 win over Stamford, had two factors in his favor that made his effort a bit more noteworthy than some of the area’s other top performances last week. 

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District 3-2A Div. I Week 7 Report: Buffaloes win third straight, take district opener

Forsan 43, Colorado City 6 — Major Stockon rushed for 137 yards and two scores on only seven carries and passed for 46 yards and two more scores to lead Forsan to a win in the district opener for both clubs. 

The Buffs (3-2, 1-0) raced out to a 30-6 halftime lead before putting things into cruise control for their third straight win. 

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Eastland’s Behren Morton takes the top spot

Prior to the game, the numbers pointed to a track meet. But nobody was prepared for the more than 1,600 yards in combined total offense produced in last week’s 91-71 Eastland victory over Panhandle. 

It should come as no surprise that the Big Country Preps Player of the Week participated in this artillery barrage, disguised as a football game. 

Eastland senior Behren Morton earns the top spot, after hitting 22 of 32 throws for 405 yards and five touchdowns. The Texas Tech-bound QB also rushed nine times for 196 yards and three scores and was 12 of 13 on extra points. 

By night’s end, he had a direct hand in eight touchdowns and 60 points. And no, this was not a six-man football game. 

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BCP GAME OF THE WEEK: Bangs dominates Hawley to stay unbeaten

BANGS — Facing one of the biggest, strongest small-school teams in the area on Friday, there was some question if the Bangs Dragons could remain undefeated after squaring off with Hawley on Friday. 

The Dragons (4-0) delivered the answer fairly quickly, dominating the Bearcats 39-15 in the Big Country Preps Game of the Week. 

Ethan Cortez threw for 238 yards and rushed for 158 and two scores to lead Bangs, which took a 26-7 lead into locker room at the break. Ethan Sanchez led the Dragons in scoring, rushing for 95 yards and four touchdowns on 13 carries. 

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District 3-2A DI Week 5 Report: Stamford rallies behind Holden’s huge night

Stamford 54, Archer City 46 — Zhawn Holden threw for 420 yards and seven touchdowns as the Bulldogs rallied to beat Archer City. 

Holden hit eight different receivers on the night. Ryheem Smith was his favorite target, hauling in six catches for 167 yards and four scores. 

Dylan Faulks caught five Holden deliveries for 146 yards and four three TDs. 

Stamford improved to 3-2 on the year. Archer City fell to 2-2. 

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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 4-2A Div. I Week 4 Report: Patrick helps Goldthwaite rout Florence

Jackson Patrick

Goldthwaite 34, Florence 3 — Jackson Patrick rushed for 159 yards, passed for 108 and accounted for all five Eagle touchdowns in a rout of Florence. 

Florence opened the scoring with an early 30-yard field goal, only to see Goldthwaite answer with 34 straight points.

Goldthwaite improved to 2-2 with the win. Florence fell to 0-4. 

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District 3-2A Div. I Week 4Report: Buffs win thriller at McCamey to even record at 2-2

Chris Mendez

Forsan 31, McCamey 30 — Forsan (2-2) picked up its second straight win behind 312 team rushing yards.
 
 Chris Mendez led FHS with 166 yards and one score on 20 carries. Nat Hernandez charted 105 yards and three TDs on 19 touches.

McCamey fell to 2-1 on the year.  

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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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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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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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