Coahoma High School head coach Trey Gardner and Forsan head coach Jason Phillips had a lot in common on Friday night as they watched their two teams square off in season-opening â€śHoward Bowl.â€ť
Both were less than pleased with the way their teamâ€™s played.
In the end, however, Gardner had a little less to be unhappy about.
Steers win season opener in dramatic fashion with a 41-yard "Hail Mary" pass in the end zone as time expires.
MONAHANS â€“ The Big Spring High School defense had every chance in the world to fold up like a cheap suit on Friday night in front of a large crowd at Estes Memorial Stadium.
Sure. At times, they were pushed around more than a lawnmower in Florida as they gave up 364 yards.
Sure. They got a little help from the officiating crew that overturned a fourth-quarter touchdown that would have given the Loboes a lead with just ovet 2 minutes to play.
Kyler Franks and Joseph Melendez both rushed for a pair of touchdowns and helped the Bulldogs reel off a convincing 38-7 rout of the McCamey Badgers on Friday in front of a large crowd at Bulldog Stadium.
Jesse Cervantes rushed for three touchdowns on Friday night and helped the Forsan Buffaloes scratch their way into the win column with a dominating 57-0 rout of the Plains Cowboys.
Andrews 43, Big Spring 43; Forsan 28, Wink 20; Klondike 66, Sands 20
Big Spring 49, Snyder 6; Coahoma 19, Ballinger 14; Forsan 51, Anthony 0; Sands 103, Loop 76
The streak is over ... finally.
The Howard College Lady Hawks finally turned could have and should have into did on Monday night in front of a large crowd in the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum by grinding out a nail-biting 63-62 victory over the Clarendon College Lady Bulldogs.
With the win, the Lady Hawks notched their first Western Junior College Athletic Conference victory of the season and improved to 1-9. Howard Collegeâ€™s last WJCAC victory came almost a year ago when, on Feb. 28, 2014, the team ended the season with a 59-50 win over Western Texas College.
Addie Lees always knew her road would lead her back to Howard College. In fact, the day she accepted the head coaching position with the Clarendon College Lady Bulldogs last year, she looked on the calendar and mentally circled Feb. 9.
That day, she knew, would be her first standing on the visitorâ€™s baseline in the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum.
Featuring one of the youngest teams at the Region I-5A Swimming and Diving Championships, the Big Spring High School Steers swim team may not have scored as many points as they might have wished but they did gain some valuable experience for the future.
â€śIt was an incredibly fast meet, an amazing meet to watch,â€ť said BSHS head swim coach Randall Shaw.
Samantha Ohmie drilled a three-run home run in the bottom of the first and Juliet Eaton added a solo blast in the fourth to help power the Howard College Lady Hawks to a 6-5 victory over Temple College in Game 2 of a doubleheader sweep at Foundation Field on Saturday afternoon.
Power wasnâ€™t the only thing the Lady Hawks needed to complete the sweep. They also needed an error and a passed ball by Temple College in the bottom of the seventh to salvage the come-from-behind win.
LUBBOCK â€“ The Lubbock Estacado Matadors used a stifling press defense and a quick start on Friday night to grind out a tough 59-44 victory over the Big Spring Steers in a key District 2-4A showdown.
The Matsâ€™ ability to put the Steers in a deep hole early in the contest did more to get the Steers off balance than anything. Estacado built a commanding lead in the initial six minutes by reeling off a 16-4 start.
The Lamesa Lady Tors came into Tuesdayâ€™s showdown with with one simple plan: Donâ€™t let Julianna Rodriguez beat them.
With Rodriguez facing a double team every time she touched the ball, Diamonique Mayes, Jackie Castillo and August Alexander made Lamesa pay dearly. The three combined for 35 points and helped the Big Spring Lady Steers build a 10-point lead, at 36-26, heading into the final eight minutes.
Matt Yanez gave the large crowd in the Steer Gym plenty of reason to yell on Tuesday night as the 5-foot-7 senior guard pumped in a career-high 23 points en route to leading the Big Spring Steers to a thrilling 64-61 victory over the Lamesa Golden Tors.
â€śThat was an exciting game,â€ť said Big Spring head coach Ian Ritchey. â€śI think people got their moneyâ€™s worth.â€ť
Make no mistake about it, the Big Spring High School boysâ€™ and girlsâ€™ basketball teams will step onto the Steer Gym court tonight with huge playoff implications on the line. Both the BSHS boys and girls will face off with rival Lamesa tonight with second-place in their respective district races hanging in the balance.
Western Texas may have went into Mondayâ€™s matchup with the Howard College Hawks near the bottom of the Western Junior College Athletic Association standings, but HC head coach Scott Raines never let his team believe the Westerners would roll over.
Not even for a second.
That attitude â€“ along with a stellar night by point guard Rob Gray and dominance of the boards â€“ paid huge dividends for the Hawks as they held off a gutsy test from Western Texas to claim a 59-50 victory in the Scurry County Coliseum.