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
STANTON â€“ With 27 seconds on the clock and the score knotted at 20-20, Coahoma High School head coach Trey Gardner could have played it safe on Friday night in front of a large crowd at Buffalo Stadium in Stanton.
Taking a knee on third down at their own 32 would have likely meant a fourth-down punt and, in all likelihood, capped a 13-0 second-half run by the Bulldogs that could have led to an overtime period against Stanton.
Heading into the week, Forsan High School head coach Jason Phillips said he expected an all-out battle from the McCamey Badgers on Friday night, and that his team would need to stay focused and put together four solid quarters of play to win.
By all accounts, the Buffaloes did just that on Friday night in McCamey.
Unfortunately for Forsan, the game went five quarters.
The 2014 Big Spring High School Powder Puff Championships featured a little of everything on Thursday night at Memorial Stadium. Guys in skirts, texting referees and cheerleaders scoring touchdowns.
Through it all, Shaylee Franks. Autumn Minter and Jackie Castillo just wanted the ball. So the Seniors gave it to them. It proved to be a wise move by Seniors coaches Matt Yanez, Dee Parker and Charlie Boling. All Franks, Minter and Castillo did was lead the Seniors to a 14-0 victory over the Sophomores in the finals.
SNYDER â€“ The Big Spring High School Steers knew heading into their showdown with the Snyder Tigers that they needed two things. They needed to play better defensively and they needed a win in order to get their District 3-4A schedule off to a good start.
The Steers accomplished both goals in grand fashion on Friday night.
The Sands High School Mustangs always knew they could move the ball and put up points. It was just a matter of when everyone would get healthy and click at the same time. That time came on Friday night in Loop.
Normally, the Forsan High School Buffaloes like to spread the ball around, using a spread attack to generate astronomical numbers. Fridayâ€™s District 2-3A opener at Buffalo Stadium was anything but normal.
To be sure, when the final buzzer sounded on Friday night in front of a large homecoming crowd at Memorial Stadium, Big Spring High School head football coach Phillip Ritchey was anything but pleased with his teamâ€™s 43-42 loss to the Andrews Mustangs.
Ritchey, however, wasnâ€™t prepared to scream the sky was falling, or that the Steers were a product of smoke and mirrors.
Youâ€™ll have to forgive the Andrews Junior High School head coaches if they happened to search their bus several extra times prior to leaving Big Spring on Thursday night to make sure C.J. Harris and Isaac Murillo were hiding somewhere. To be sure, they saw all of the two they wanted.
The Big Spring High School Lady Steers can go a long way into putting themselves in the driverâ€™s seat in the District 2-4A volleyball race on Saturday with a win over Levelland. They can also pretty much guarantee themselves a postseason playoff berth at the same time.