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
SONORA â€” It's been a long time coming, but Coahoma Head Coach Trey Gardner and his squad of Bulldogs finally pulled off a win â€” their first since the second week of the season â€” and it couldn't have come at a better time.
The banged-up, but hard-fighting Bulldogs traveled to Sonora and came home with a 27-21 victory over the powerful Broncos to even their district record to 1-1 and hopefully boosting the confidence of a team that has been embroiled with injuries since the season began.
It didn't come easy, but No. 2 ranked Abilene Wylie earned a 4-3A District-opening victory over Big Spring on Friday at Memorial Stadium.
After falling behind 21-0 in the first quarter, the Steers rallied back outscoring the Bulldogs 24-21 for the remainder of the game, but the early deficit was too much to overcome and Wylie handed BSHS its first loss of the season, outscoring the Steers 42-24.
HASKELL â€” After losing two straight games against perennial playoff squads Crane and Sundown, the Forsan Buffaloes edged the Haskell Indians 14-7 on the road to open District 4-1A action with a win and improving their record to 5-2 on the season.
Haskell scored early on a touchdown pass to Warren Flye from quarterback Brett Shelton.
Senior running back Brendan Roman returned after being sidelined with a rib injury and racked up 127 yards on the ground and scored a Forsan touchdown in the first quarter of play.
Garden City â€” Head Coach Matt Odom was tasked with bringing back Garden City's winning tradition. Six games into the season, the Bearkats have notched only one win.
Garden City hosted a formidable Robert Lee (5-1) squad on Friday and although they played the Steers tough, lost the battle 30-14 â€” a fairly narrow defeat by six-man standards.
It isn't all bad in Garden City, however, as Head Coach Matt Odom's squad has played a brutal predistrict schedule and despite suffering through injuries to key players, he feels his team has improved since the first game.
FORSAN â€” After winning their first four games of the season, the injury-plagued Forsan Buffaloes have now dropped two straight after a 43-0 rout by the Sundown Roughnecks on Friday at Buffalo Stadium.
Forsan â€” despite missing five offensive starters â€” the Buffs looked strong early in the matchup as Forsan kept the chains moving, but were ultimately stopped by an aggresssive Roughneck defense â€” who clearly used its size advantage over the Buffaloes.
FORSAN â€” Coahoma's homecoming was thwarted by the rain and its game moved to Forsan's more accomodating artificial turf as the endless rain Friday made a mess of Bulldog Stadium. Homecoming activities were postponed until the Stanton game, which is slated for Oct. 12.
Last night, The Bulldogs hosted undefeated Ballinger and the Bearcats mauled Coahoma 21-0.
The loss was Coahoma's third straight as Head Coach Trey Gardner's team has been battling a host of injuries to key players on offense and defense.
The Steers kept the win streak alive for an enthusiastic homecoming crowd as Big Spring â€” led by sophomore quarterback Tobyn Tannehill â€” walked all over rival Andrews, defeating the Mustangs 51-14 andimproving to 4-0 on the season.
For the second straight week, the Steers' opponents drew first blood. Andrews quarterback Shane Dolgener threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to give the Mustangs a 6-0 lead on the first possession of the game when the point after was missed.
TUSCOLA â€” This time, the Buffaloes hunted the Indians.
The undefeated Forsan Buffaloes traveled to meet the winless Jim Ned High School on Friday, but barely scraped by with a victory as the Buffs were forced to mount a 25-point comeback to defeat the Indians, who had jumped out to 21-0 lead by the end of the first half of play.
Forsan's Brendan Roman scored two running touchdowns and rushed for 117 yards and Trevor Burchett had a 37-yard scoring reception. Burchett also shared quarterbacking duties with Marcus Cervantes. Both passed for one touchdown apiece.