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November 17th, 2012
ACKERLY â€” Grady (8-3) opened its season with back-to-back losses, including a narrow, 56-48 defeat at the hands of the Ropes Eagles (7-4) in the Wildcats first game of the year.
After winning six of its last seven regular season games, Grady â€” under the tutelage of first year Head Coach Chris Kuykendal â€” met Ropes once again Friday in the first round of postseason action.
This time, a much-improved Wildcat squad upended the Eagles in a convincing, 80-56 win.
Grady trailed 16-0 early in the affair, but rallied back to take a 44-22 heading into the second half.
STERLING CITY â€” The Garden City Bearkats posted a 3-7 record during the regular season, but found a way into the playoffs.
Despite being at their healthiest in some time, the Bearkats â€” who won back-to-back state championships in 2009 and 2010 â€” were outmatched by the undefeated Water Valley Wildcats on Thursday, losing their postseason opener by mercy rule, 64-18.
FORSAN â€” It was a must-win scenario for the Buffaloes. A victory over the Winters Blizzards, and Forsan Head Coach Jason Phillips' squad makes a playoff appearance. A loss and they are done for the season.
Prior to Friday's bout, Phillips toldsaid he wanted to restore the running game and put more points on the board than he his squad has in the previous weeks.
Phillips adjustments worked, as the Buffaloes shutout the Blizzards 24-0, relying mostly on the ground game to advance to bi-district where they will face the 7-3 Quanah Indians.
COAHOMA â€” With the injuries Coahoma has faced to its position players, it seemed a bit like a David vs. Goliath affair as the Bulldogs hosted the perennially robust Alpine Bucks on Friday to close out their season.
This time, Goliath won.
Despite a characteristic strong showing from the 'Dogs, Alpine went home the victors with a 53-25 win, cementing its District 3-2A title.
As for Coahoma, Head Coach Trey Gardner hopes the grit shown by his seniors set a good example for the underclassmen poised to fill their shoes.
MONAHANS â€” It was the Steers' last chance to make their mark in district play against a formidable Monahans squad â€” whose only district loss came to No. 2 ranked Wylie â€” on the road Friday, but a lack of offensive execution in the second half put the Loboes on top, 36-13.
Though it wasn't the way BSHS Head Coach Phillip Ritchey wanted the season to end, he remains optimistic Big Spring's future is bright.
Tonight marks the end of another season of West Texas high school football. For most of the Crossroads area teams, it means the final game of the season.
Big Spring, under the guidance of Coach Phillip Ritchey and promising sophomore quarterback Tobyn Tannehill, began the season with a shutout win and rolled to a 5-0 start.
The Steers opened district play with a loss, but played No. 2 ranked Abilene Wylie tough.
ANSON â€” If the Tigers' 9-0 record doesn't convine you they are for real, take Forsan Head Coach Jason Phillips' word for it.
â€śAnson is a good football team on both sides of the ball,â€ť Phillips said of the Tigers, who defeated the Buffs 49-7 Friday night in Anson. â€śThey are real physical up front.â€ť
Forsan held a 7-6 lead headed into the second quarter after senior running back Brendan Roman scored a rushing touchdown, but Anson â€” who went 0-10 last year â€” pulled away from the Buffaloes by scoring 43 unanswered points through the remaining three quarters of play.
After losing three straight district games, Big Spring (5-4) looked fired up against Greenwood (6-3) at Memorial Stadium on Friday, but the Steers fell victim to explosive Ranger quarterback Kam Williams' dominant running game and couldn't pull out a win, as Greenwood went away with a 34-20 victory.
The Steers have lost three straight. After a nearly flawless 5-0 start, Big Spring has yet to taste victory in District 4-3A. It appears unlikely â€” barring some miracle â€” the Steers will be making a playoff appearance. It may sound bleak, but this time last season, the Steers were winless. With that perspective, 5-3 isnâ€™t all that bad.
ALPINE â€” The Lady Steers volleyball squad opened postseason play with a bi-district win over Fabens at Sul Ross State University on Tuesday. Big Spring only needed four sets to defeat the Lady Wildcats.
The Lady Steers dropped the first set 27-29, but came back to win three straight by scores of 25-17, 25-17 and 25-11.
Posting a 28-14 record on the season, No. 17 ranked Big Spring only lost three district matches and will travel to Lubbock Coronado on Saturday to face the Dalhart Lady Wolves. Game time is slated for 3 p.m.