FORSAN — 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.
“It was ugly,” Gardner said of the meeting. “We had to use a receiver and a freshman as quarterback.”
The usual starting quarterback, senior Tanner Ruiz, “played very little”, according to Gardner, as he is dealing with a wrist fracture. Despite the injury, Ruiz managed to score for the Bulldogs — but the score was repealed in the end zone after a block in the back penalty was assessed to Coahoma.
The Dogs held the Bearcats scoreless until the third quarter, however, in what was another gritty performance by the Coahoma secondary.
Ballinger broke the game open when they scored three consecutive unanswered touchdowns after the half.
“We had two busted pass coverages,” Gardner added. “The defense — for about three quarters of the game played very well.”
With an open week ahead of them, Gardner is focused on getting his players healthy before opening district play against Stanton on Oct. 12.
“We need the rest,” Gardner said. “Quite possibly both physically and mentally.”
CRANE — The undefeated Forsan Buffaloes' game against the 2-2 Crane Golden Cranes was postponed due to rain in Crane. The game was rescheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday in Crane.
At press time, Forsan was en route to Crane and the game will be played as scheduled. See Monday's edition of the HERALD for results.
OTHER AREA TEAMS
STANTON — The 2-3 Buffaloes rebounded from two straight losses to defeat the Seagraves Eagles 25-7 Friday in front of a homecoming crowd. Andres Chavez scored three times for the Buffaloes and Tim Anderson once as the defense allowed only only one Seagraves touchdown.
Stanton has an open week before taking on Coahoma on the road Oct. 12.
NEW HOME — Grady is on a roll. The Wildcats traveled from Lenorah to New Home on Friday where Grady trounced the 2-3 Leopards 60-15. Grady has a first year head coach in Chris Kuykendall, but has now won three straight games. It started when the Wildcats upset rival Sands and they haven't lost since.
Grady will try to continue its win streak against 3-2 Sterling City at home on Friday.
ACKERLY — The Sands Mustangs were picked by Dave Campbell's Football Magazine to finish first in their district. Things went well the first two games as the Mustangs routed Lorenzo and Hermleigh. They ran into a buzz saw, however, when they met rival Grady, who edged the Mustangs, handing them their first loss. Highland then defeated Sands, but the undaunted Mustangs came back last night and took care of business against O'Donnell, defeating the Eagles 58-12.
Head Coach Wayne Henderson's squad will try to stay above .500 after a trip to Buena Vista on Friday.
ROPESVILLE — Garden City Head Coach Matt Odom had struggled with injuries and a brutal predistrict schedule as his 1-4 Bearkats lost to Ropes on Friday by a score of 42-6 to the Eagles. The Bearkats — who won back-to-back state championships in 2009 and 2010, are rebuilding, but have only managed one win so far this year. The tough opponents they have faced may have a positive impact in the long run, however.
Garden City will look for their second win as they host 4-1 Robert Lee on Friday.