Category: Local football

All-Big Country Preps Football Team: Rising Stars Team

Here are our selections for the 2021 All-Big Country Preps Rising Stars Team — an honor reserved for the area’s top freshman and sophomore football players. For the rest of this year’s selections, click the links below.

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Area coaches react to passing of Texas icon Dave Campbell

Cover photo courtesy of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football.

On Friday, legendary media icon Dave Campbell passed away in Waco at the age of 96.

He founded Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine in 1960 and still served as its editor-in-chief up until his death.

On Saturday, coaches across the Big Country shared their memories of Campbell.

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BREAKING: Realignment takes its second step and impact to be felt across the Big Country

It may not be February, but the second part of the University Interscholastic League’s bi-annual realignment plan came out on Wednesday as the high school governing body released the cutoff numbers for each classification.

The impact will be felt across the Big Country as the area’s lone 6A representative, Abilene High, found out that it will be dropping to Class 5A Division I for football and should be in a district with Cooper and Wylie for all non-football sports.

Cooper, meanwhile, saw its enrollment cause it to drop into Class 5A Division II along with the Bulldogs meaning the annual Southside Showdown is now expected to be a district game.

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Big Country Preps’ Pick ‘Em Panel vs. Twitter Polls (Week 15)

Each week here at Big Country Preps, we’ll post our picks for all of that week’s 11-man games and select six-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’ Pick ‘Em Panel vs. Twitter Polls (Week 13)

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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GAME REPORT: Colleyville Heritage too much for Cooper in 63-21 bi-district rout

GRAPEVINE — The Cooper football team could never find its footing in its bi-district matchup with Colleyville Heritage on Friday, mustering just 111 yards of total offense in a 63-21 loss at Mustang-Panther Stadium.

The Cougars, who finished their season at 6-5, found themselves down 28-7 after a quarter, and they never got closer than two scores the rest of the way.

A 19-yard touchdown pass from Keegan Anderson to Cameron Herring pulled the Coogs within 28-14 with 9:55 remaining in the second quarter, but the Panthers scored just before halftime to go back up 21 and added the first touchdown of the second half to put the gam out of reach.

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GAME STORY: Mistakes, missed opportunities cost Abilene High in bi-district loss to Eastwood

Missed opportunities and bad bounces were the story of the night for Abilene High on Friday at Shotwell Stadium, where the Eagles saw a promising season come to an end earlier than expected with an upset loss to El Paso Eastwood.

Despite two empty red zone trips and a pair of costly fumbles, AHS rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit to take its first lead of the game with 2:44 to play. But at the end of the night, it was the Troopers celebrating a 31-27 victory on the Eagles’ home field, thanks to a clutch 75-yard touchdown drive, a late interception near midfield and an intentional safety that drained the final 12 seconds of game time. 

Eastwood’s win avenged a 42-35 loss to the Eagles in the bi-district round last year in a game that helped propel coach Mike Fullen’s team to a run to the regional quarterfinals. AHS was hoping a win Friday would help kickstart a similar run, but a slow start and a fair number of uncharacteristic mistakes left the Eagles on the wrong side of a playoff thriller. 

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Big Country Preps’ Pick ‘Em Panel vs. Twitter Polls (Week 12)

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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CAPITAL FARM CREDIT/BCP PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Roscoe’s Watts claims this week’s award

Nobody ever truly obtains perfection on the football field. And even if you believe you’ve achieved it, any competent coach can quickly scan the game film and point out when and where you could have been better along the way. 

Roscoe sophomore Jax Watts, however, came about as close as one can come to that lofty goal in Friday’s 61-0 win over Hamlin. 

To begin with, our Capital Farm Credit/Big Country Preps Player of the Week hit 17 of 18 passes for 436 yards and six touchdowns as the Plowboys (9-1) closed the season with a nine-game winning streak and district title. 

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GAME REPORT: Wylie dominant in 35-0 season-closing win over Plainview

PLAINVIEW — Trey Gomez rushed for 136 yards and three touchdowns, Aden Kincaid accounted for 236 yards and a pair of scores, and the Wylie defense pitched a shutout as the Bulldogs closed out their season Friday with a dominant 35-0 win over Plainview.

Unfortunately for Wylie, the win wasn’t enough to earn coach Clay Martin’s squad a playoff berth, as Rider’s win over Wichita Falls High forced a three-way tie for third where the tiebreaker rules eliminated the Bulldogs from the playoff race.

But the victory did allow WHS to end a tumultuous season on a high note at 4-6 overall and 2-3 in District 3-5A Division II play.

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GAME STORY: Cooper punches playoff ticket with win over Crowley

The Cooper football team entered Friday night’s District 3-5A Division I game against Crowley knowing that anything other than a max points loss would put the Coogs in the postseason for the 15th consecutive season.

Mission accomplished.

Cooper held the ball for over 25 minutes on Friday night and beat the Eagles 28-13 at Shotwell Stadium, clinching the final playoff berth in the district.

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GAME STORY: Abilene High offense fires on all cylinders in rout of Central

With the regular season coming to a close for the Abilene High football team on Thursday night at Shotwell Stadium, Eagles running back Da’King Thomas only had one thing on his mind — erasing the memory of AHS’ last two matchups with San Angelo Central.

“I knew coming into the game that I wanted vengeance,” the standout senior said. “Sophomore year we lost, junior year we lost and I could not go out (my) senior year losing to them again. We came in on a mission, a real big mission, and we accomplished it.”

That mission for the Eagles was to secure their first win over the Bobcats since October 2015, and a big first half helped AHS do just that with a 49-14 victory to close out District 2-6A play.

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Big Country Preps’ Pick ‘Em Panel vs. Twitter Polls (Week 11)

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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GAME REPORT: Abilene High runs over Midland High to clinch playoff berth

MIDLAND — The Abilene High football team locked up a playoff berth Friday, defeating Midland High 42-28 to improve to 6-3 on the year and 4-1 in District 3-6A play.

Leading just 21-14 at halftime, the Eagles scored the first 21 points of the second half to go up 42-14 before the Bulldogs scored a couple of late touchdowns against backups. 

AHS ran for 324 yards in the victory, led by senior running back Da’King Thomas, who finished a yard shy of 200 for the game with three touchdown runs.

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GAME REPORT: Slow start, turnovers hurt Cooper in 52-23 loss at Azle

AZLE — Another slow start resulted in a familiar outcome for the Cooper Cougars, who fell to Azle 52-23 on Friday at Hornet Field. 

Cooper fell behind 14-0 after a quarter and 24-0 by halftime, forcing a comeback that never came for coach Aaron Roan’s squad.

The Cougars efforts were hurt by four turnovers that helped the Hornets go up 45-7 late in the third quarter.

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GAME STORY: Big plays undermine Wylie effort in 38-10 loss to No. 5 Lubbock Cooper

For most of the first half Friday at Hugh Sandifer Stadium, the Wylie football team executed its game plan about as well as could be expected against fifth-ranked Lubbock Cooper. 

By the time halftime hit, the Bulldogs had run more than twice as many plays as the Pirates, dominated time of possession and taken three of their seven possessions inside the Cooper 30-yard line.

Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, they came away with just three points in those scoring chances, while Cooper combined a pair of big plays on offense with a pick-six on defense to build a 21-3 halftime lead on its way to a 38-10 win.

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FEATURE: With no margin for error, playoffs have already begun for Wylie Bulldogs

There’s good news and bad news for the Wylie football team heading into Friday’s home matchup against fifth-ranked Lubbock Cooper.

The good news: The Bulldogs still control their playoff destiny.

The bad news: They’ve lost all margin for error.

If Wylie is to reach the playoffs, its best — and perhaps only — path is through the Pirates this week and the Plainview Bulldogs in their District 3-5A Division II finale next Friday. With wins over both, coach Clay Martin’s Bulldogs will reach the postseason for the second consecutive season. With losses to either, they’ll very likely miss the playoffs for the third time in four years.

With those circumstances accepted and the stakes known, the Wylie players and coaches are treating each game as though the playoffs have already begun. And while the challenge before them is a steep one, they’re determined to tackle it head on.

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