Tag: Cross Plains Buffaloes

BIG COUNTRY PREPS FEATURE: Cross Plains sophomore a rising star in the 1A Cross Country scene

CROSS PLAINS — Five months ago, Cross Plains’ Katie Goins was looking at a promising freshman track season in ruins.

Having already broken the school record in the 200 meters at 26.6 as a ninth grader, to go with a 59.0 split with a potentially state-bound 400 relay team, Goins had to sit things out with everyone else due to COVID-19.

She is now making up for lost time — so much so, that she, within the span of a few months, has become one of the area’s top distance runners at any high school level.  

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BCP COUNTDOWN TO TWO-A-DAYS: Cross Plains Buffaloes

Football is fast approaching, and we at BigCountryPreps.com are committed to bringing you the information you need to prepare for your favorite team’s season.

We’ll be releasing our Big Country Preps Preseason Football Preview, the most comprehensive look at the upcoming Big Country football season anywhere, on Friday, Aug. 14. But you won’t have to wait until then to sate your gridiron appetite.

Leading up to the first day of fall football practice on Aug. 3, we’ll be spotlighting each 11-man team in the area and posing some of the key questions they’ll face in 2019 as part of our “Countdown to Two-a-Days” series.

After featuring Albany on Saturday, we stay in District 8-2A Division II with the Cross Plains Buffaloes. On Monday, we will take a look at the Hico Tigers, followed by the Santo Wildcats on Tuesday.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Evan Ren’s Top 100 football photos for 2018

FEATURED SCHOOLS: Albany, Anson, Baird, Breckenridge, Brock, Brownwood, Clyde, Coahoma, Colorado City, Comanche, Cross Plains, Dublin, Eastland, Forsan, Hamlin, Haskell, Jim Ned, Merkel, Snyder, Stamford, Stephenville, Wall and Winters.

Photos may be purchased for $7 each by pushing the small shopping cart emblem below the lower right corner of the gallery.

Christoval scores late to edge Cross Plains again

ROSCOE — Playing a rematch of September’s 27-26 nondistrict classic, Cross Plains and Christoval’s Region II-2A Division II bi-district playoff Friday was expected to be a competitive one. In the end, the sequel may have been better than the original.

In a game that went back and forth for all four quarters, it was the Christoval Cougars (8-3) who secured a 40-34 victory on Brayden Wilcox’s 13-yard touchdown run with 1:17 left in the game.

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Baird, Cross Plains rivalry one of Big Country’s most storied

The Baird-Cross Plains matchup is not only the biggest rivalry for both programs, it’s among the longest and most hotly contested in the entire Big Country. The two Callahan County schools have met 85 times in a series that has spanned 94 years and has, in its history, decided playoff spots, district championships and county bragging rights.

This year’s bout between the two rivals, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Buffalo Stadium, could be for a playoff berth in a tough district that also features Albany, Hamlin, Haskell and Roscoe. The Bears will be looking to avenge the 52-0 loss they suffered last year — Cross Plains’ largest victory margin in the rivalry’s history.  

But to discover how the rivalry became so fierce and heated, one must travel back to the 1920s.

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Chad Barron joining former rival as Cross Plains OC

Less than a year ago, a trip to Cross Plains would have taken Chad Barron into enemy territory. As Baird’s head football coach from 2013-17, Barron was in many ways the face of the Buffaloes’ chief rival.

That didn’t stop Cross Plains coach Daniel Purvis from adding the former Baird head man to his staff when the opportunity arose this offseason, however. In fact, he jumped at the chance.

Barron, who will serve as the Buffs’ offensive coordinator, will bring his uptempo spread scheme to Cross Plains, where the I-formation has long been the preferred method of attack. And Purvis said he’s excited to see what possibilities the new offense may unlock.

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Cross Plains Buffaloes aim to contend in tough new district

Sharing a district with five teams that made the playoffs a year ago, including a pair of ranked squads in Class 2A Division II No. 5 Albany and 12th-ranked Hamlin, the Cross Plains Buffaloes will have to fight tooth and nail for their trip to the postseason this fall.

Fortunately for the school’s fans, coach Daniel Purvis feels his Buffs are up to that task.

With 13 lettermen back from from a 6-5 team, including six offensive and seven defensive starters, Cross Plains will send a talented and experienced group into battle. And the Buffs have every intention of leaving the fray with one of District 7-2A DII’s four playoff spots.

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BCP Podcast No. 7: Evan, Dan talk football with Wichita Falls’ Zach Duncan

Zach Duncan

Like Big Country Preps co-founders Evan Ren and Daniel Youngblood, Wichita Falls Time Record News area writer Zach Duncan has been covering high school sports in his market for a long time.

Entering his 15th football season with the Wichita Falls newspaper, Duncan has seen more great games than he can count and worked with some outstanding coaches and players. This week, he took some time to share some his favorite football stories and talk shop with Evan and Daniel.

Also in this episode, Evan and Daniel discuss District 3-3A Division I and District 7-2A Division II — two all-area leagues that should be competitive from top to bottom.