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
Planning to play the Big Spring Steers? Planning to play four games? Good luck. So far this post season, Big Spring has not had a match go past three games. They have swept all their opponents decisively and last night was no exception. The Lady Steers took down the District 6-3A champion Graham Lady Blues 25-19, 25-14 and 25-14 in the Regional Quarterfinals.
As winter approaches and the nights begin to get longer, the sun is quickly setting on another year of Steers' football, with the 0-9 Steers heading into Friday night's season finale in Snyder.
The 2011 season has been a disappointing one for Steer Nation, though fans saw their hometown boys come close in several games. The heart-breaking 7-6 season-opening loss to Fort Stockton seemed to set the tone for the season, as it would be the closest Big Spring would come to a win.
Welcome to the final week of the regular season. Get ready for a bumpy, hard-hitting ride. District 2-2A has all the excitement football fans could want this week, as three area teams jockey for position.
The 6-3 Coahoma Bulldogs have already clinched a playoff spot as they sit side-by-side with Idalou at 5-0 in district play. They will be playing for the district title Friday night in Idalou. Bulldogs' head coach Trey Gardner said it was a win-win situation for his team.
The Garden City varsity girls cross country team took first place at the District 10-1A meet in Lamesa recently. Kamie Halfmann took first place overall, with Vanessa Cardenas and Magdaly Huerta close behind in sixth and seventh place, respectively.
Hannah Halfmann finbished in 12th place, Brylie Schaefer in 14th and Holly Halfmann in 25th. The Lady Kats will compete at the Regional II 1A meet Saturday Nov. 5 at Vandergriff Park in Arlington. Start time is 12:05 p.m. They are coached by Amy Hoch-Niehues.
EASTLAND â€” In the swiftest of fashions, the Big Spring Lady Steers grabbed the Bi-District championship from the Vernon Lady Lions Tuesday night in Eastland. The girls needed only three games to claim the title and advance to a meeting with Kennedale in the Area round of the playoffs.
FORSAN â€” In a surprising display of defensive fortitude, The Stanton Buffaloes have caught up with the Forsan Buffaloes in the playoff race after defeating their district rivals 23-13 Friday night.
Unfortunately for both squads the tie is for fourth place in the district. Stanton and Forsan both stand at 2-3 in district play behind Hawley (3-2). Of course, Idalou and Coahoma are sitting pretty on top of the district, both without a district loss, but that will change Friday night when the two teams meet for the district championship.
The Forsan boys cross country team finished in first place in the district meet in Lubbock. This is the fourth consecutive district title for the Buffaloes and makes five out of the last six.
The boys had a perfect score, claiming the first five spots individually. Kyle Stevenson finished in first place overall with a time of 17:08, followed closely by second place finisher P.J. Horton with a time of 17:28.
Third place went to Tyler Evans with 17:35, while Matthew Mims took fourth place and Elgen Suazo took fifth place.
The Lady Steers clinched a playoff spot this week, defeating Brownwood in four games. Big Spring grabs the runner-up position for District 5-3A and will face the Vernon Lady Lions, District 6-3A's third place finisher either Oct. 31 or Nov. 1 in the Bi-District round of the playoffs.
The Lady Steers fell behind in the first game, eventually falling by a close 23-25 score. The games did not get any easier, but the girls of Big Spring forced things to go their way, winning three straight games by scores of 26-24, 25-23 and 27-25.
The future of the Forsan Buffaloes is sitting calmly in their own hands. This week, the 5-3 Buffaloes (2-2 in district) will take on Stanton in a clash of area teams looking to distance themselves from the herd and make the playoffs.
Idalou and Coahoma have already clinched a place at the table, though who gets to say grace will not be determined until the two teams finally meet Nov. 4.
It would be easy to look past Stanton for Forsan head coach Jason Phillips â€” and look at next week's match-up with Hawley (2-2) â€” but the Forsan helmsman knows better.