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
MIDLAND â€” After pounding Fort Stockton 14-5 in the bi-district round, Big Spring found themselves on the ropes Saturday in Game Two of a three-game affair against Andrews.
Having lost Game One by a score of 10-5, The Lady Steersâ€™ had to win in order to force a Game Three, but errors â€” 14 in two games to be precise â€” led to too many Lady Mustang runs, while Big Springâ€™s offense was helpless through seven innings.
SAN ANGELO â€” Head Softball Coach Shanna Taylor has never lost a bi-district playoff round in her tenure as manager at Forsan and Clyde-Eula was unable to change that Saturday, as the Lady Buffaloes routed the Lady Pirates, 13-2.
Eula did give Forsan a little scare in the early going.
A walk, a stolen base and a RBI single gave the Lady Pirates a 1-0 lead they would hold until the top of the third.
LUBBOCK â€” Big Spring runner Gustavo Lugo will have another chance to win gold at the state meet as he finished in second place in the 3,200 with a time of 10:03.98 at the 3A region I meet at Texas Tech's Fuller Track over the weekend. Lugo also placed fourth in the 1,600. As a team, BSHS placed second in the 1,600. Chris Nunez missed reaching the state finals in discus by less than two feet.
On the girl's side, the Lady Steers placed fifth in the 800 relay.
Big Spring Head Baseball Coach Bert Otto described the Steers' 5-3 win over Wylie on Friday as â€śicing on the cakeâ€ť for the five seniors who were honored at Steer Park as they played the final home game of their careers.
Not their final game, however.
The victory guaranteed Big Spring the third District 4-3A playoff seed.
FORSAN â€” In the past eight years, the Forsan softball program has been dominant.
Under the tutelage of Head Coach Shanna Taylor, the Lady Buffaloes â€” who recorded a 12-2 district record â€” have not only made the playoffs each season, they have not been knocked out until the regional quarterfinal round or later.
After the recent University Interscholastic league realignment, Forsan dropped from Class 2A to 1A â€” making it an even bigger fish in an even smaller pond. And that's just fine with Taylor, who hopes to take her girls all the way to the state championship in 2013.