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District 4-3A Division II: Week 7 Report

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Cisco 47, Coleman 0 — The Loboes rolled up 533 yards in total offense including 490 yards rushing in a big win over Coleman. 

Quarterback Gibson Hearne only threw four passes, but rushed for 150 yards on just five carries for two TDs. Stanley Callahan also had a big night, rushing for 106 yards on six touches with one score.

Five different Loboes had rushing touchdowns as Cisco improved to 5-1 and 3-0.  Coleman, which was limited to 61 total yards, fell to 3-3 and 2-1 and saw a three-game winning streak snapped.

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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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FEATURE: Ballinger’s Bean a true student of the game

To call Ballinger senior Cooper Bean a student of the game of football is an understatement.

“I’m a coach’s kid so I’ve been around football all my life,” said Bean, a running back and all-state linebacker for the undefeated Ballinger Bearcats. “I love watching film and studying every opponent we play. I like to know what’s coming at me on Friday night.

“I get yelled at by my teachers sometimes for watching film on my phone during class.”

Bean, a starter since his sophomore season, made 296 tackles during the 2017 and 2018 seasons combined. His 165 stops in 11 games last year earned the 5-foot-11, 205-pound Bean all-state honors at linebacker. He’s off to another solid start this season for Ballinger, which is 3-0 entering District 4-3A Division II play Friday.

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District 4-3A Division II: Week 4 Report

Anson (1-2) — The Tigers are one of three teams in this district to have won their first game prior to their bye week. Whether that’s an advantage or disadvantage is open for debate.

AHS will open league play next Friday with a difficult road trip to Bangs. 

Ballinger (3-0) — The undefeated Bearcats enjoyed a week off, giving them a little extra time to prepare for the visiting Cisco Loboes in their district opener next week.

This will be one of the biggest games to be played in Ballinger several years.

The winner of that matchup will have a leg up in district play, if the preseason projections are accurate, that is. 

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FEATURE: Ballinger’s Nunez ready to follow up on huge junior season

BALLINGER — Edgar Nunez wasn’t exactly a household name throughout the Big Country as he entered his junior season last year.

Having endured all the growing pains expected of a varsity sophomore in 2017 when he replaced his injured brother (Javier) at quarterback, he was an unknown commodity. 

It didn’t take long for that to change. 

Not only did Nunez have a breakout season last year, but he earned All-West Texas and All-Big Country Preps honors in the process — leaving the fans, his coaches, the area and even himself a bit surprised. 

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BALLINGER TEAM PREVIEW: Bearcats ready for three-way district dogfight

BALLINGER — It could be argued that third-year Ballinger coach Chuck Lipsey inherited a program at the shallow end of a down cycle in 2017.

It can also be demonstrated that he has gradually taken the Bearcats from mediocrity to the level of area threat. A 4-7 mark in his debut campaign was followed by a 7-4 mark and bi-district loss to Childress last season.

That upward trend is about to continue — at least, if the preseason numbers and natural progression hold true, and the Bearcats avoid injury problems.

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PHOTO GALLERY: 7-on-7 Division III state qualifying tournament (93 images)

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With foundation set at Ballinger, Lipsey likes what he sees

With a 130-75 career mark over 17 years of coaching, including stops in Winters, Whitewright, Bangs and Brady on his resume, Ballinger football coach Chuck Lipsey has a proven track record.

And needless to say, the expectations of him building Ballinger into a consistent district title contender arrived with him prior to last season — his first with the Bearcats.

There was, however, something he needed to do first — set a foundation.

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Older, faster Ballinger Bearcats look to take step forward

The Ballinger Bearcats of 2018 won’t be the biggest team on the block.

But second-year coach Chuck Lipsey will have talent at his disposal that is well-suited for his system, particularly on the defensive side, with a roster filled with above-average speed. In fact, eight of the Bearcats’ top nine players clock 4.9 seconds or better in the 40-yard dash.

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