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October 13th, 2011
Playoff hopes are still alive in Big Spring, â€” and still very possible, with the district the way it is â€” but one thing is certain: The Steers need a win.
Theoretically, two wins get the Black and Gold into the post season, with the easiest â€” make that the most likely â€” scenarios being defeating Sweetwater and Wylie.
A loss Friday night in Sweetwater does not mathematically eliminate the Steers, but it makes their road a difficult one which relies on beating Snyder at home, along with several other factors along the way.
Coahoma junior Aaron Acevedo hit the ground running Friday night and never let up, as the Bulldogs defeated Post 47-29 in District 2-2A action. The speedy back rushed for 198 yards and four touchdowns as Coahoma improved to 4-3 on the season and a perfect 3-0 in district.
â€śWe really weren't sure if Aaron was going to play,â€ť Coahoma's head coach, Trey Gardner said. â€śHe had hurt his elbow last week and he did not practice until Wednesday.â€ť
In a close, wind-blown game Friday night, the Forsan Buffaloes improved their record to 5-1 (2-0 in district) by defeating the Anson Tigers 28-20.
Forsan's head coach, Jason Phillips hit the nail on the head earlier this week when he said Anson was the best 0-6 team around, warning his players not to overlook the Tigers. His words would prove prophetic as Anson matched Forsan in just about every offensive category during this district match-up.
â€śWe knew they would be better than their record indicated,â€ť Coach Phillips said. â€śThey got after us pretty hard in this one.â€ť
Garrett Stuteville dove over the goal line on a one yard run early in the second quarter to tie the game at 7-7, but it would be the lone score for the Steers, as Big Spring falls in their district opener 38-7.
Stuteville's score came as a result of an interception by Lukas Falcon, as the Steers defense held the powerful running game of Brownwood close during the first half.
â€śThat seems to be our M.O.,â€ť Big Spring's head coach Phillip Ritchey said. â€śWe can keep them close for a half.â€ť
For the surging Forsan Buffaloes, seeing an 0-6 Anson Tigers team on their schedule for this week's game must seem too good to be true. Head Coach Jason Phillips says his team has been warned to pay no attention to the big goose egg on Anson's record.
â€śWe have told the team all week not to look at their record,â€ť Coach Phillips said. â€śThey have played some close games and their talent is better than that of an 0-6 team.â€ť
Coming off of a 22-7 victory over undefeated Hawley last week, the Coahoma Bulldogs get ready to face another district challenge, as they host the Post Antelopes Friday night.
Post comes into Bulldog Stadium sporting a 2-4 (1-1) record, gaining their second win of the season last week in a 31-7 handling of district rival Anson.
Coming off of their sixth straight loss this season, the Big Spring Steers welcome the beginning of district play as a new start. While head coach Phillip Ritchey and his coaching staff may be able to salvage some lessons for the Steers out of the losses, the fact that everyone is tied up at 0-0 right now has to be comforting.
â€śEverything comes down to this time of the year,â€ť Coach Ritchey said. â€śStarting right now, the games count. We learned a lot of lessons over the stretch of the last six weeks. Now it's time to make the best out of them.â€ť
The Big Spring Steers broke their normal pattern in Friday night's homecoming loss to Greenwood, playing what coach Ritchey called the best second half they have played all year. Unfortunately for the Steer nation, mistakes in the first half proved to be too much to overcome as the Black and Gold fell 35-14.
â€śThese kids don't quit,â€ť Big Spring head coach Phillip Ritchey said. â€śThis was probably the best second half we have played all year.â€ť
Forsan Buffaloes â€” Bye week
Stanton Buffaloes vs. Idalou Wildcats
7:30 p.m. at Stanton
The 2-3 Stanton Buffaloes will play host to the 3-1 Idalou Wildcats this Friday night in their district home-opener. Last week, the Buffaloes had a win snatched out of their hands in the final seconds by the Coahoma Bulldogs and are now looking to get their first district win.
In order to get it done, they have to get past a Wildcats squad playing their first district game. Idalou had a bye last week and should be pretty well rested from their 38-0 win in Roosevelt Sept. 16.
The Big Spring Steers hope their homecoming celebrations will include marking one down in the win column this week, as they play host to the Greenwood Rangers at Memorial Stadium Friday night. The game will start at 7:30 p.m.
The 0-5 Steers have shown remarkable improvement on defense over the last few weeks, but the offense â€” plagued by injuries â€” has sputtered, with last week's nine points coming in just above their season average of 8.2.