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BCP PLAYOFF FORECAST: Hawley faces New Deal with history on the line (w/ Evan Ren’s Big Country picks)

LAST WEEK: 32-4, .889

OVERALL: 463-87, .842 

Heading into the second round of postseason play, we’re down to a dozen Big Country 11-man and nine six-man football teams still showing a pulse. The good news is, at least 12-14 clubs between both categories should advance to play over the Thanksgiving weekend. 

At least, that’s what my projections say. We shall see. 

Here’s a quick look at this week’s playoff games involving Big Country teams. 

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BCP Podcast No. 71: Evan, Daniel discuss first week of football playoffs

After a rough first week of the high school football playoffs, the Big Country has just 12 teams remaining.

Forgoing a guest this week to dive into the bi-district results and area-round matchups, Big Country Preps’ Evan Ren and and Daniel say goodbye to the teams that fell in their playoff opener and discuss the postseason future of those still playing.

Continue to check back at BigCountryPreps.com each Wednesday night at 7 p.m. when Evan and Dan discuss the current happenings in Big Country High School sports — often with an interesting sports figure from around the area.

You can also peruse our BCP Podcast archive, which features dozens of our previous shows with prominent coaches and Big Country media fixtures. 

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BCP Boys Basketball Position Rankings: Guards

With boys basketball season underway, it’s time to learn the names we’ll be reading about throughout the 2019-20 campaign.

For the first installment in a three-part series that will cover all position groups on the area boys basketball scene, we’ll be taking a look at the area’s top guards, ranking our top 10 with a list of others to watch this fall.

We hope you enjoy reading through our list.

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Marshall takes the award again

For the third time in a two-year span, Hawley’s Colton Marshall has captured the Big Country Preps Player of the Week award. And there is little doubt that he earned it. 

Helping Hawley to a 58-15 bi-district win over Chico, Marshall rushed for 271 yards on just 23 carries to help the Bearcats improve to 11-0.

By night’s end, the Big Country’s rushing leader had scored seven touchdowns and added three two-point conversions to lock up the accolade.

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BCP PLAYOFF FORECAST: Evan Ren’s Big Country Playoff picks (w/ Evan Ren’s Big Country picks)

LAST WEEK: 34-7, .829

OVERALL: 431-83, .839

I say the same thing at this point every season.

We no longer have a Game of the Week. Once the playoffs start, they’re all the Game of the Week. We’ll only be limited by how many games we can get to and Big Country Preps will endeavor to get to as many as possible. 

Nonetheless, some games warrant a close inspection as we head into the bi-district round.  So here’s a quick peek at the five games we view as the most intriguing heading into this week’s action, with the remainder of my postseason picks listed below.

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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 turn our attention to the paint.

For the final installment in our three-part position rankings series, we list our top-10 posts in the area for the 2019-20 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 Podcast No. 70: Evan, Daniel chat with Sweetwater’s Ben McGehee

After coaching Sweetwater to a 10-win season in his first year as the school’s football coach in 2017 and experiencing a tough 1-9 campaign with a young squad last season, Ben McGehee has the Mustangs back on the rise this fall. Leading an SHS team that is still among the youngest in the Big Country, McGehee guided the Mustangs to back-to-back wins in their final two regular season games to move to 4-6 and secure a playoff berth.

Earlier this week, McGehee took some time to chat with Big Country Preps’ Evan Ren and Daniel Youngblood about his team’s run to the postseason, the potential of his young nucleus and what his experience at Sweetwater has been like for this week’s Capital Farm Credit Wednesday Night Podcast.

Also in this episode, Evan and Daniel discuss the Big Country’s bi-district playoff landscape, previewing the top area matchups of the first week of the postseason.

Continue to check back at BigCountryPreps.com each Wednesday night at 7 p.m. when Evan and Dan discuss the current happenings in Big Country High School sports — often with an interesting sports figure from around the area.

You can also peruse our BCP Podcast archive, which features dozens of our previous shows with prominent coaches and Big Country media fixtures. 

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District 5-4A Division I: Week 11 Report

Huff

Brownwood 41, China Spring 14 Reece Rodgers rushed for 153 yards and three scores to help the Lions (9-1, 3-1) close its regular season with the No. 2 playoff seed.

Drew Huff threw for 251 yards and a score and rushed for 44 more to supplement the Brownwood attack. 

The Lions will open postseason play with Fort Worth Castleberry (7-3) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Tarleton State.

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BCP GAME OF THE WEEK: Pipers, Lions clash for district title (w/ Evan Ren’s Big Country picks)

LAST WEEK: 40-3, .930

OVERALL: 397-76, .839

At the beginning of the season, I pointed to this game as a likely Big Country Preps Game of the Week and along with that, I said two things: On paper, Hamlin would be the favorite (which they are) and that I’d pick Albany (which i will). 

I’m throwing logic completely out of the window here and basing this pick on history alone. 

For better or worse, Hamlin has not beaten Albany since 2001 — a time span that includes 12 straight AHS victories, including two Lion wins last year that saw me pick the Pied Pipers twice. 

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BCP Podcast No. 69: Denney Faith, Russell Lucas talk Albany-Hamlin matchup with Evan, Daniel

During their time at their respective schools, Albany’s Denney Faith and Hamlin’s Russell Lucas have been among the most successful football coaches in all of the Big Country.

With their teams set to clash in what may be the game of the year in this area, the two mentors joined Big Country Preps’ Evan Ren and Daniel Youngblood to talk about the Albany-Hamlin rivalry and this year’s matchup in particular for this week’s Capital Farm Credit Wednesday Night Podcast.

Also in this episode, Evan and Daniel take a look at the area’s most intriguing district races heading into the final week of the regular season.

Continue to check back at BigCountryPreps.com each Wednesday night at 7 p.m. when Evan and Dan discuss the current happenings in Big Country High School sports — often with an interesting sports figure from around the area.

You can also peruse our BCP Podcast archive, which features dozens of our previous shows with prominent coaches and Big Country media fixtures. 

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District 5-4A Division I: Week 10 Report

Stephenville 49, Gatesville 24 Coach Sterling doty’s Yellow Jackets (5-4, 2-2) piled up 503 yards in total offense, including 386 rushing yards to lock up a playoff berth. 

Stephenville will now enjoy a bye week in preparation for the playoffs. 

Gatesville (0-9, 0-4) was mathematically eliminated from the playoff hunt with the loss. 

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BCP Podcast No. 68: Brady’s Shay Easterwood talks Bulldog turnaround with Evan, Daniel

It’s taken Brady native Shay Easterwood three years to lay the foundation for the BHS football program, but with his team sitting at 4-4 overall and 3-0 in District 13-3A play, he has the Bulldogs in position to compete a district championship this season.

Earlier this week, Easterwood took some time to chat with Big Country Preps’ Evan Ren and Daniel Youngblood about the pressure of coaching at his alma mater, the Bulldogs’ turnaround this fall and his goals for the rest of the season for this week’s Capital Farm Credit Wednesday Night Podcast.

Also on this episode, Evan and Daniel discuss the Big Country football landscape, highlighting last week’s top results and this week’s most intriguing matchups. 

Continue to check back at BigCountryPreps.com each Wednesday night at 7 p.m. when Evan and Dan discuss the current happenings in Big Country High School sports — often with an interesting sports figure from around the area.

You can also peruse our BCP Podcast archive, which features dozens of our previous shows with prominent coaches and Big Country media fixtures. 

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District 5-4A Division I: Week 9 Report

Rodgers

Brownwood 38, Stephenville 22 Drew Huff threw for 130 yards and two scores and rushed for 155 yards and another TD to keep Brownwood (8-0, 2-0) unbeaten. 

Reece Rodgers was another key contributor for the Lions, rushing for 172 yards and three touchdowns. 

The win sets up a huge district showdown with Waco La Vega next Friday at Gordon Wood Stadium in Brownwood with the district title on the line. 

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District 1-4A Division II: Week 9 Report

Snyder 35, Sweetwater 34 — Jayden Samaniego rushed for two touchdowns Friday, including the game-winner in overtime to lift the Tigers to a thrilling one-point win over their archrivals.

Holsey

Neither team led by more than eight points in the game, which was sent to overtime on Leo Holsey’s 16-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion pass to Darian Carr with about four minutes remaining. That erased an eight-point Snyder advantage and forced the extra period, where Sweetwater matched the Tigers’ score but lost on a failed two-point conversion try.

In addition to Samaniego’s TDs, Snyder (2-6 overall, 2-2 in district) got scoring runs from Maverick Hernandez (59 yards) and Greg Williams (6 yards) and a 49-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Leeroy Tavarez. Sweetwater (2-6, 1-3), meanwhile, got 250 yards and three touchdowns passing and 130 yards and one score rushing from Holsey and a team-leading 94 receiving yards from Carr.

Up next for the Tigers is a road trip to Lamesa, while the Mustangs will host Fort Stockton next week.

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BCP Podcast No. 67: Hugh Sandifer jumps on to talk Wylie football, career

In his 41 years at Wylie High School, more than 30 of those as the Bulldogs’ head football coach, Hugh Sandifer has had one of the most successful tenures the Big Country has ever seen. But in the past two years, WHS has struggled while transitioning to the Class 5A level, experiencing an 18-game losing streak before defeating Wichita Falls High 21-14 last week.

Earlier this week, Sandifer took some time to visit with Big Country Preps’ Daniel Youngblood about that victory, his tenure at Wylie and what drives him to continue coaching for this week’s Capital Farm Credit Wednesday Night Podcast.

Also on this episode, Daniel and partner Evan Ren discuss the Big Country football landscape, highlighting last week’s top results and this week’s most intriguing matchups. 

Continue to check back at BigCountryPreps.com each Wednesday night at 7 p.m. when Evan and Dan discuss the current happenings in Big Country High School sports — often with an interesting sports figure from around the area.

You can also peruse our BCP Podcast archive, which features dozens of our previous shows with prominent coaches and Big Country media fixtures. 

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EVAN REN: Dublin pays fitting tribute to Cervetto, wife

It’s always been my contention that Bob Cervetto is the best thing to ever happen to Dublin High School athletics. 

Apparently there are those in Dublin who are thinking along the same lines. And in Monday night’s DISD school board meeting, one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a football coach was awarded to him. 

As an emotional Cervetto looked on, the school board voted unanimously to name its new 3,700-seat on-campus football field after he and his wife. The Lions, who have never played a game of football on campus, will do so next fall at Bob and Norma Cervetto Stadium.

This signifies something that the Dublin community should be quite proud of — the ability to patiently let a coach do the primary job he was assigned to do — love and set an example for our kids. 

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District 5-4A Division I: Week 8 Report

Morrison

Waco La Vega 42, Stephenville 10 — The Yellow Jackets struggled to slow the Pirate offense Friday, allowing 349 yards rushing and 537 total yards in a lopsided home loss.

Traling 14-3 at halftime, Stephenville was outscored 21-7 in the third quarter to fall to 4-3 overall and 1-1 in District 5-4A DI. The Jackets, who finished with 298 yards of offense (223 passing, 75 rushing), scored their only touchdown on a 62-yard pass from Cole Stanley to Trace Morrison, and they were already in a 28-3 hole by that point.

Up next for coach Sterling Doty’s team is a home game against archrival Brownwood, while La Vega (6-1, 1-0) will host China Spring next week.

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BCP Podcast No. 66: James Morton joins Evan, Daniel to talk Eastland football, son’s recruitment

It’s been a big year for Eastland football coach James Morton, who has coached the Mavericks to a 6-0 start and earlier this week week watched his son, standout junior quarterback Behren Morton, commit to play collegiately at Texas Tech.

On Tuesday, Coach Morton took a few minutes to chat with Big Country Preps’ Evan Ren and Daniel Youngblood about this year’s Eastland team, the progress his program has made and watching his son’s recruitment for this week’s Capital Farm Credit Wednesday Night Podcast.

Also in this episode, the guys revisit Evan’s column on fan’s treatment of coaches and discuss last week’s top results and this week’s top matchups.

Continue to check back at BigCountryPreps.com each Wednesday night at 7 p.m. when Evan and Dan discuss the current happenings in Big Country High School sports — often with an interesting sports figure from around the area.

You can also peruse our BCP Podcast archive, which features dozens of our previous shows with prominent coaches and Big Country media fixtures. 

Inquiries regarding these podcasts may be directed to Evan Ren at Evan.Ren@BigCountryPreps.com. 

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District 5-4A Division I: Week 7 Report

Huff

Brownwood 49, Gatesville 0 Reece Rodgers rushed for 215 yards and three scores and Drew Huff threw for 182 yards and three scores to lead Brownwood (7-0, 1-0) which continues to play in a dominating fashion. 

The Lion defense posted its third straight shutout and fourth overall while collecting the win.

Brownwood will now move into its bye week, prior to facing archrival Stephenville on Oct. 25. 

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BCP GAME OF THE WEEK: Coahoma to receive huge test from Idalou (w/ Evan Ren’s Big Country Picks)

LAST WEEK: 34-9, .790

OVERALL: 251-51, .831

There comes a point when every emerging football program has to show its hand. And it’s usually around the midpoint of the season when we can differentiate between who has a full house and who’s holding a pair of deuces. 

The Coahoma Bulldogs (4-1) will reach that point this Friday when they host perennial toughie Idalou (3-2) in our Big Country Preps Game of the Week. 

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BCP Podcast No. 65: Daniel talks Cooper football with coach Aaron Roan

In his second year as Cooper’s head football coach, Aaron Roan has the Cougars unbeaten at 6-0 and ranked No. 10 in Class 5A Division I.

Earlier this week, Roan took a few minutes to chat with Big Country Preps’ Daniel Youngblood about the start his team’s gotten off to, the factors behind the Cougars’ success and his growth as a coach for this week’s Capital Farm Credit Wednesday Night Podcast.

Also in this episode, Daniel and Brandon McAuliffe discuss last week’s top results and the biggest area football matchups Week 7 has to offer.

Continue to check back at BigCountryPreps.com each Wednesday night at 7 p.m. when Evan and Dan discuss the current happenings in Big Country High School sports — often with an interesting sports figure from around the area.

You can also peruse our BCP Podcast archive, which features dozens of our previous shows with prominent coaches and Big Country media fixtures. 

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EVAN REN: High school athletics has forgotten itself

What is the purpose of interscholastic athletics? It seems silly to even pose the question.

I bring it up because within the word purpose lies the problem — a poisonous problem, brought on by our own lack of vision.

Must I say it?

The original purpose behind high school sports was the teaching of teamwork, work ethic, sacrifice, respecting authority, overcoming adversity and accepting discipline.

Sports taught our kids that the world wasn’t perfect. It taught our kids that there would be disappointments to endure. It taught them the benefits of hard work and we hired our coaches accordingly. 

Somewhere along the line we injected winning into the mix and it has resulted in something truly ugly.

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FEATURE: Being healthier, bigger are plusses for Stephenville QB Renfro

The football life of Stephenville quarterback Kade Renfro has steadied after an injury-plagued 2018 season in which he missed the Yellow Jackets’ first four games with a hip flexor injury.

Renfro is healthy so far this season. He won the starting quarterback role over left-hander Cole Stanley. And he gave a verbal commitment over the summer to play college football for the University of North Texas.

“I’m more experienced, and I’m a lot calmer,” Renfro said when asked the difference in him now versus last season. “I can go out and lead the guys. They can look in my eyes and see that I’m ready to lead them.”

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District 5-4A Division I: Week 6 Report

Brownwood 35, Conroe Grand Oaks 0 Drew Huff threw for 217 yards and a score and rushed for two others to lift the Lions to a relatively easy win over Conroe’s newest program. 

Reece Rodgers contributed 129 yards rushing and two TDs for Brownwood, which built a 28-0 halftime lead before putting things into cruise control. 

Brownwood improved to 5-0 with the win. 

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Hawley’s Marshall runs away with award

There are great games, and then there are those that border on insanity.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is not a misprint: Hawley’s Colton Marshall tallied 516 yards rushing and seven touchdowns in last week’s 73-20 win over Windthorst. 

If that isn’t scary enough, he did it on just 12 carries and was pulled from the game three plays into the second half. 

I’ve seen six-man players tally numbers like this on a fairly regular basis. But six-man is a different game with more field space between the players. To see an 11-man player do something like this is unreal.

Is he the Big Country Preps Player of the Week? Uh … that’s a rhetorical question. 

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District 5-4A Division I: Week 5 report

Stephenville 28, Georgetown 21 Kade Renfro had 263 yards passing and accounted for three touchdowns to lead Stephenville to a tough win on the road over a Class 5A opponent. 

Trailing 13-7 with 12 seconds left before the break, Stephenville took the lead for good on a 14-yard scoring pass from Renfro to Kason Phillips. 

The Yellow Jackets improved to 3-2 with the win. 

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BCP GAME OF THE WEEK: Loboes, Bearcats clash in our spotlight game (w/ Evan Ren’s Big Country Picks)

LAST WEEK: 43-7, .860

OVERALL: 173-34, .835

While the Cisco Loboes have been in countless big games over the last two decades, the last few years have been a bit lean for Ballinger. 

In fact, the general consensus is, when the Bearcats (3-0) play host to the Loboes (2-1) on Friday, this will be the biggest regular season game played in Ballinger in several years. 

At the very least, it’s our Big Country Preps Game of the Week, and deservedly so. 

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BCP Podcast No. 63: Abilene High’s Mike Fullen checks in to talk Eagle football with Evan, Daniel

After serving as defensive coordinator under former Abilene High head coaches Steve Warren and Del Van Cox, helping the Eagles to a state championship in 2009, Mike Fullen was hired over the summer to take over the AHS football program. 

Earlier this week, Fullen took a few minutes to chat with Big Country Preps’ Evan Ren and Daniel Youngblood about his first season as a head coach, what he’s learned and what he hopes to accomplish in the future for this week’s Capital Farm Credit Wednesday Night Podcast.

Also in this episode, Evan and Daniel discuss some of their takeaways from the fourth week of the Big Country football season and take a look at the top matchups in Week 5.

Continue to check back at BigCountryPreps.com each Wednesday night at 7 p.m. when Evan and Dan discuss the current happenings in Big Country High School sports — often with an interesting sports figure from around the area.

You can also peruse our BCP Podcast archive, which features dozens of our previous shows with prominent coaches and Big Country media fixtures. 

Inquiries regarding these podcasts may be directed to Evan Ren at Evan.Ren@BigCountryPreps.com. 

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