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 drought is over. The Steer faithful â€” as well as Head Coach Phillip Ritchey â€” finally celebrated a district win after two straight seasons without one, as Big Spring (5-2, 1-1) defeated Snyder 42-14 at Memorial Stadium.
â€śI feel a ton lighter,â€ť Ritchey said of the win. â€śIt's a big load off our backs. It was a humongous win for us. It was one of the best games we've played in a long time. From start to finish. We picked up momentum at the Wylie game and brought it over to the this one. Hopefully it will keep snowballing.â€ť
EL PASO â€” Three former Big Spring football players were among those honored recently at the 50-year anniversary of the Sun Bowl â€” the University of Texas at El Paso's venue and also where Jack Ed Irons, Jerry Tucker and Dexter Pate played collegiate football. Except five decades ago, it was known as Texas Western University.
While at Big Spring, the trio were all captains of the football squad. They played baseball together and led what Irons descibed as a very close-knit Steer team back in 1961.
SEMINOLE â€” Every local football fan knows Big Spring has talent. From Tobyn Tannehill's gunslinging to Devin Roberson's versatility to Hunter Hill's explosive rushing, the Steers have proven they can put a lot of points on the board in short order.
Friday, Big Spring â€” now 4-1 â€” victimized Seminole (2-3) 45-14 after a dominant second half shut the Indians down in front of their home crowd at Wigwam Stadium.
BALLINGER â€” After four straight losses, the Bulldogs were able to hold their heads up high Friday after defeating Ballinger 22-13.
A team which is as young as a varsity team gets, Coahoma (1-4) used Head Coach Trey Gardner's Wing-T formation, ran the ball and played bend-but-don't-break defense to come out on top on the road â€” a momentous psychological boost, Gardner believes.
FORSAN â€” In their third straight game against a 2A opponent, the Class A Buffaloes (2-3) and Head Coach Jason Phillips is ready play a team in their division. Most recently, it was Crane who blasted Forsan 43-2 Friday.
Already dealing with injuries, the Buffs sustained even more against the undefeated Cranes, who boasted not only a depth advantage, but a size advantage over the smaller school.
Despite the lopsided score, Phillips saw a few good things from his ailing squad.
Big Spring rebounded from last weekâ€™s loss to Midland Christian in dramatic fashion Friday as the Steers (2-1) pummeled San Angelo Lake View 48-0 in front of an energetic homecoming crowd to earn their second shutout in three games.
With freshman power back Preston Alexander sidelined with a foot injury, it was up to junior Hunter Hill and senior Jahari Vanover to assist quarterback Tobyn Tannehill from the backfield.
STANTON â€” The Martin County Buffaloes came out on top Friday as they battled the Howard County Buffaloes. Stanton â€” who suffered a loss last year at the hands of Forsan â€” evened the score as SHS dominated FHS 35-6.
The depth and physicality on display by Stanton (2-1) was more intense than Forsan (2-1) had seen in its first two outings.
COLORADO CITY â€” Coahoma dropped to 0-3 for the season Friday after a 45-8 loss on the road to Colorado City, but when youâ€™re dealing with a team as young as CHS Head Coach Trey Gardner, you have to find the silver linings and build upon them.
One aspect of the game Gardnerâ€™s Bulldogs usually shine in is fortitude. Heart is rarely an issue for Coahoma teams and according to Gardner, it was on display Friday despite the lopsided final score.
If you're a Steer fan, Friday's game against Fort Stockton may have seemed liked deja vu, as Big Spring trounced the Panthers 49-0 for the second straight year in its opener. Except this time, the venue was Memorial Stadium and the Steers dazzled a home crowd.
â€śWe expected to play well,â€ť BSHS Head Coach Phillip Ritchey said. â€śWhen you have that many guys on offense and defense who have been there before, you expect them to play well.â€ť