Category: Stamford Bulldogs

Evan Ren’s 2020 True Grit Team: The toughest, hardest-working players in the Big Country!

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.

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CAPITAL FARM CREDIT/BCP PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Albany’s Cotter takes award with two dominating efforts

One dominating performance deserves another. 

Having already helped Albany reach the Region I-2A finals with a 17-kill performance in a win over Plains (22-25, 25-10, 25-22, 25-16) last week, Sarah Beth Cotter wasn’t finished. 

With AHS facing perennial power Wink in the regional finals Saturday in Big Spring, she helped the Lady Lions reach the state semis with 16 kills, two blocks, four digs and an ace in a stunning 25-14, 25-19, 25-20 sweep of the Lady Cats. 

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Class 2A Bi-District Round Report: Hawley fends off Goldthwaite with dominant second half

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.

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GAME STORY: Long, Cisco run past Stamford in bi-district romp

CLYDE — Coming off 560-yard rushing performance in a district title-clinching rout of San Saba, the Cisco Loboes followed a similar blueprint to a similar result Friday in a 70-32 bi-district win over Stamford.

Led by sophomore quarterback Hunter Long, who rushed for 277 yards and four touchdowns on just 17 carries, CHS ran for 477 yards as a team to bury the Bulldogs early and advance to take on Olton in the second round.

The sixth-ranked Loboes (8-3) outgained Stamford 585-463, building a 63-18 lead in the third quarter before taking their foot off the gas in the fourth.

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Evan Ren’s regional football projections and bi-district picks

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?

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BCP Girls Basketball Position Rankings: Posts

After highlighting the top guards and forwards on the Big Country girls basketball scene the past two nights, it’s time to shift our attention to the block.

For the final installment in our three-part position rankings series, we list our top-10 post players for the 2020-21 season.

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading through these rankings, and make sure to come back next week when we’ll feature the top boys basketball players in the Big Country.

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BCP Girls Basketball Position Rankings: Guards

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.

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CAPITAL FARM CREDIT/BCP PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sanchez takes award with unbelievable game

Every few years, someone will deliver a performance that goes beyond exceptional, great, unbelievable or whatever adjective you choose to attach to it.

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District 3-2A DI Week 11 Report: Stamford locks up final playoff spot behind big night from Vaughn

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.

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS GAME OF THE WEEK: Loboes put district streak on the line at San Saba (w/ Evan Ren’s Big Country picks)

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. 

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CAPITAL FARM CREDIT/BCP PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Cooper star Garcia nabs award with five-TD game

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. 

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District 3-2A Div. I Week 10 Report: Forsan keeps district title hopes alive with win over Stamford

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.

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