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
Fridayâ€™s showdown with the Sweetwater Lady Mustangs might not have been a work of art, but the Big Spring High School Lady Steers arenâ€™t complaining.
Big Spring scored points from the free throw line and rolled to a 45-28 victory in a crucial District 2-4A showdown in the Steer Gym.
Sometimes ugly can be downright beautiful. Just ask the Big Spring High School Steers, if you need proof.
Big Spring, despite struggling with its perimeter shooting game, used the water erosion approach to perfection against Sweetwater on Friday night in front of a large crowd in the Steer Gym. They simple wore them down with a dominating effort inside from Tyler Bryan and Ty Sealy.
The two BSHS seniors, with plenty of help from seniors Tobyn Tannehill, Matt Yanez and Dee Parker, posted a 34-25 run in the final two quarters of play en route to claiming a tough 51-43 come-from-behind win.
SNYDER â€“ Everyone in the Tigersâ€™ Den on Tuesday night knew the Big Spring High School Steers could score points. They have, after all, scored with the areaâ€™s best in each of the last two seasons.
What few expected was how dominating Big Spring would be on the defensive end of the ball.
The Steers limited Snyder to just 13 points in the second and third quarters of play and cruised to a 45-33 victory over the Tigers in a key District 2-4A showdown. As a team, Snyder managed just five baskets from the field in the first 16 minutes.
Batman and Robin.
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis
David and the rock.
None of those teams were quite as scary as Julianna Rodriguez and Diamonique Mayes were to the Snyder Lady Tigers on Tuesday evening in the Tigersâ€™ Den in Snyder. After all, none of the aforementioned duos had as many hits as the Lady Steersâ€™ offensive leaders.
Rodriguez and Mayes combined for 28 points â€“ just 14 fewer than the entire Snyder team â€“ and August Alexander buried a pair of clutch three-point shots en route to powering Big Spring to a convincing 55-38 victory.
On the court, there were plenty of fireworks during the Coahoma Bulldogsâ€™ district-opening showdown over the Sonora Broncos on Friday night in front of a large crowd in the Coahoma High School gymnasium. Clutch three-point shots, hard fouls, a player ejection, a technical foul and more than a few thrills.
The biggest excitement of the evening came after the Bulldogsâ€™ 61-40 victory as longtime head coach Kim Nichols was honored by local residents, CHS administrators and former players for reaching the 500-win plateau for his career.
ACKERLY â€“ When it comes to duos, Dayton Eddleman and Dyllan Tindol may well be the best tandem since Batman and Robin. Maybe even better because everyone knew who the two Sands High School standouts were ... and still couldnâ€™t stop them.
As a result, Tindol and Eddleman helped carry the Mustangs to within two games of the Class A, Division II state championship game.
LAMESA â€“ For the first 16 minutes of Tuesday nightâ€™s District 2-4A opener, the Big Spring High School Lady Steers managed to fight their way through a poor shooting performance and turnovers caused by eight days of rust.
In the final 16 minutes, nothing Big Spring head coach Stacy Smalley tried could prevent the rust from allowing the Lamesa Lady Tors from grinding out a stunning 45-34 come-from-behind victory in front of their home fans.