Coahoma falls to C. City, Bearkats down rival Eagles

COAHOMA — In what shaped up to be a battle resulting in numerous injuries sustained by both sides, the Bulldogs fell to the Colorado City Wolves 20-6 in a gritty duel Friday at Bulldog Stadium.“It was a very physical affair,” said Coahoma Head Coach Trey Gardner of the loss. The Bulldogs' only score came in the second quarter on a T.J. White run to give Coahoma six points. The kick after was no good and the Bulldogs couldn't put together another scoring drive for the remainder of the game.Coahoma opened the season with a narrow 30-27 defeat at the hands of rival Forsan in Midland, but rebounded last week against with a 27-8 victory over Coleman.As for what caused the breakdown in fluidity this week, Gardner cites several issues.“Up front, I felt (Colorado City) handled us,” Gardner said. “We left the ball on the ground — three turnovers — and we didn't take advantage of the opportunities that were given to us. We didn't play smart.”On the positive side, Coahoma did manage to rack up 167 yards rushing, but posted a meager four yards through the air. Senior Tanner Ruiz accounted for most of the movement on the ground, recording 111 yards on 21 carries and senior Braxten Iden pulled in an interception for the 'Dogs who were outmatched by the Wolves for most of the outing.Three Coahoma starters were also sidelined with injuries, but Gardner declined to elaborate on the details until more information is available.“We are focusing on Denver City now,” Gardner said of the Bulldogs' next opponent. “We know more about what we can do and what we can't do. We know what we have to work on. We moved the ball well, but we moved it between the 20 (yard lines). It was a tough loss, but we know we can win games and we will go out and try to beat Denver City next week.”The Denver City Mustangs also hold a 1-2 record and will host the Bulldogs on Friday at 7:30 p.m._________________________________________________________________________STERLING CITY — In six-man rivalry action, the Garden City Bearkats — who won back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010 — are starting to get back into form under the tutilege of new Head Coach Matt Odom. After two consecutive losses to tough Water Valley and Borden County squads, the Bearkats found a winning rythym as they defeated Sterling City 50-40 to hand the Eagles their first loss on the season.Playing the tough, pre-district schedule is part of Odom's plan to prepare the Bearkats for a postseason run.“When you play strong teams, they expose you,” Odom explained. “I think it's a good thing. It gives us a clear picture of where we are.”Where the Bearkats stand seems to be where Odom expected them to be at this point.“Initially, against Water Valley, we saw some things we needed to fix,” Odom said. “When we played Borden County, we had our game faces on. It was a loss, but the passing game had improved — we were throwing and catching the ball well.”Trailing by 10 points in the fourth stanza, the Bearkats managed to put together a late rally, scoring 20 unanswered points on the Eagles. Quarterback Austin Odom led the Bearkats with three touchdowns — two via the air and one on the ground — as he passed for over 160 yards.Defensively, Odom believes his team has tightened up.“We want to be more aggressive, but we have played better each week,” Odom added. “It was a great game, (Sterling City) jumped on us 14-0, but we plugged away at it and got back into it. Our defense made some good stops, the offense performed well and we got our first win.”It won't get easier for Odom as the Bearkats travel to meet No. 2 ranked Ira on Friday at 7:30 p.m.