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October 15th, 2011
SWEETWATER â€” The Big Spring Steers changed their offensive attack early in Friday night's district game in Sweetwater, but were unable to come up with a different result, as they fall to the Mustangs 28-6.
Garrett Stuteville hit Toby Rodgers on a 23-yard touchdown pass at the halfway point of the fourth quarter for Big Spring's only points, as the Black and Gold fall to 0-8 on the season.
Sweetwater was treated to a different looking offense than they might have expected early in the game, as Steers' sophomore Devin Roberson started at the quarterback position for Big Spring.
FORSAN â€” Area 2A football fans could not have asked for a better game than the one played in Forsan Friday night. Both teams were undefeated in district play, setting the stage for a battle for all the marbles. When it was over, the Coahoma Bulldogs took a 23-22 victory home, advancing to a 4-0 district record, while the Buffaloes fall to 2-1.
After Justin Coker scored for the Bulldogs and then caught a pass from Tanner Ruiz for the two-point conversion, Forsan responded with 13 first quarter points of their own.
Coahoma beats Forsan 56-0. The only thing needed to see these numbers on the scoreboard this week is to get the Delorean up to 88 mph and go back in time a year. Things should be a lot different when the Bulldogs travel to face the Buffaloes Friday night.
The 5-1 (2-0 in district) Forsan Buffaloes are riding a four-game win streak into this week's district match-up, while the Bulldogs, 4-3 (3-0), are riding a three-game streak of their own.
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