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
Dallas used the 3rd quarter to put this game out of reach. After a tightly contested first half the score was 14-7 in Dallasâ€™ favor. Dallas was able to use an early second half turnover to score a 24 yard touchdown pass from Tony Romo to Cole Beasley. They used great field position to tack on 2 more touchdowns before the end of the 3rd quarter to make the score 35-7. Chicago made the game somewhat close thanks to a 21 point fourth quarter of their own, but it was too little, too late.
The Lake View High School Chiefs are certainly happy it is the giving season. The Big Spring steers ... probably not so much.
Aided by more than a dozen Big Spring turnovers, Lake View rallied from an early deficit to claim a wild 60-50 come-from-behind decision over Big Spring in a non-district matchup in the Steer Gym on Tuesday evening.
The Howard College men's and women's basketball teams will kick off Western Junior College Athletic Conference play tonight when they face off with rival Midland College in the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum.
The HC women's game will tip off at 5:45 p.m. The men's game will follow at approximately 7:45 p.m.
The Lady Hawks enter the game with a 4-7 record. The Hawks are 9-2.
ABILENE â€“ For Stephenville quarterback Jarrett Stidham, Fridayâ€™s playoff matchup with the Big Spring Steers was a chance for a little payback.
In October, Big Spring knocked Stidham out of the game in their first meeting. On Friday, Stidham threw for 277 yards and rushed for 166 and three touchdowns and knocked Big Spring out of the postseason by leading a 59-32 victory in front of a packed crowd at Shotwell Stadium in the third round of the Class 4A Division I regional quarterfinals.
The loss ended a stellar season for the Steers.
Backed by a 48-22 run in the second half, Sands rallied to claim a wild 72-60 victory over the Blackwell Hornets in the regional round of the Class A six-man state playoffs.
With the win, Sands advances to face Loraine in the state quarterfinals. The game will be played at 6:30 p.m. next Saturday in Robert Lee.
ODESSA â€“ The Andrews Mustangs beat the Big Spring Steers in everything this high school football season. Andrews was the first team to win 10 games. They were the first to celebrate a win of Homecoming night. And on Friday night in front of a large crowd at Ratliff Stadium, the Mustangs were the first team to make it to basketball season.
Nathan Schneider and a rejuvenated Steers defense made sure of that with a gutsy performance en route to leading Big Spring to stunning 48-34 victory in an area playoff showdown.
Make no mistake about it, the 2014 high school football season comes down to one game for four Crossroads teams as they face win-or-go-home playoff matchups.
â€śItâ€™s a one-game season for everyone now,â€ť said Big Spring head coach Phillip Ritchey. â€śThis is what we worked for all year. Weâ€™re looking forward to the challenge.â€ť
Big Spring will be playing in one of the stateâ€™s marquee matchups, in one of high school footballâ€™s most-historic sites when they face off against longtime rival Andrews in Odessaâ€™s Ratliff Stadium.
The Texas high school football playoffs will take a backseat to the smaller leagues this weekend. Well, at least they will in Big Spring.
Six local teams will square off on Saturday to determine the 2014 Big Spring Youth Football Leagueâ€™s city championships. The games are scheduled to be played at Blankenship Field beginning Saturday morning.