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
First Team Offense
Wide Receiver â€” Toby Rodgers
Offensive Line â€” Joseph Morelion
First Team Defense
Defensive End â€” Diamond Bailey
Inside Linebacker â€” Max Pappajohn
Second Team Offense
Fullback â€” Max Pappajohn
Utility Back â€” Devin Roberson
Honorable Mention Offense
Center â€” Sawyer Roberts
Second Team Defense
Defensive Line â€” Chris Nunez
Safety â€” Devin Roberson
Punter â€” Devin Roberson
Honorable Mention Defense
Defensive End â€” Isaac Garza
On a misty, foggy night, one of Coahoma's own returned to Bulldog Gym for a bitter-sweet reunion. It was father vs. son as the O'Donnell Eagles came to town, coached by Blake Nichols, son of Coahoma's Coach Kim Nichols.
It was the first time the two men have met as coaches and this time, the Dad got the better of Son, as Coahoma defeated O'Donnell 64-50, spurred on by 34-point night by Tanner Ruiz. The Coahoma junior hit four 3-pointers to lead the Bulldogs to their second win of the young season.
Before the game, Blake Nichols talked about playing his father:
The Big Spring Lady Steers basketball team is off and running, winning their first two games of the young season. The girls defeated Abilene Cooper 40-27 this weekend in a game which relied heavily on the defense skills of Big Spring.
The Lady Steers got into a bit of foul trouble early in the game, but fought their way through it to claim a tough road victory, remaining undefeated.
Bridgette Tuitt led the Lady Steers with 12 points, followed closely by Mackenzie Stone with nine, who knocked down three 3-pointers for Big Spring.
The Big Spring Junior High tennis teams placed first and second in the Midland Christian tennis tournament this weekend.
The seventh grade team finished with a second place team total, with several top individual finishers. Brandon Hilario was the consolation winner in boys singles and Morgan Parnell took first place in the girls singles action. Jonathon Byrd took third place for the boys, while Sean Rios and Brett Cervantez took second in boys doubles.
The Lady Steers saw their season come to an end Friday afternoon in Snyder, falling to Andrews in four games in the Regional Semifinals by scores of 11-25, 25-22, 23-25 and 23-25.
Big Spring senior Taylor Seaton was an absolute force on the net, blocking a game-high 18 shots. Seaton also recorded eight kills and six digs. But it wouldn't be enough to stop an Andrews squad bent on a shot at state.
The Coahoma Bulldogs were an extra point away from tying the game with a minute left on the clock. Then, the unthinkable happened. Unable to control the snap,the Bulldogs were forced to attempt a last-second pass into the end zone. It was picked off and returned 100 yards for two-points, ending the Bulldogs' season in the most unthinkable fashion. The 23-20 bi-district loss dropped Coahoma to 6-5 on the season.
In a bi-district playoff game which featured more than 1,000 yards of total offense, the Forsan Buffaloes fell Saturday night to the Sanford-Fritch Eagles 33-26. Brendan Roman broke free for a 96-yard touchdown run and Trevor Burchett scored on a 63-yard run and an 83-yard pass reception from Foster Burchett, but their efforts fell one score shy of seeing the Buffaloes advance to the next round.
After their opening drive ended with the ball hitting the turf, Forsan watched Sanford-Fritch march the field, finding pay dirt on a 40-yard screen pass.
SNYDER â€” Big Spring High School's Lady Steers lost to Andrews 3-1 in the Region I, Class 3A volleyball semifinals played today at The Coliseum on the Western Texas College campus.
In a very close battle, the Lady Steers fell 11-25, 25-22, 23-25, 23-25. Andrews moves on to play in the finals Saturday.
Missing key elements to their team, the Forsan Buffaloes went into last week's battle with Hawley needing a 13-point victory to make the playoffs. Brendan Roman had one of his best games of the season and To'a Maumau exploded onto the scene in relief of injured Foster Burchett to gain the Buffaloes a 32-19 win, edging Forsan past Hawley into the final playoff spot.
After last week's 40-6 loss at the hands of district champion Idalou, the Coahoma Bulldogs are ready to get back on the field. The Dogs will travel to Plainview Friday night for a 7:30 p.m. clash with Spearman.
The 8-2 Spearman Lynx finished the regular season in third place in their district behind Sanford-Fritch and Abernathy.