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RANKIN â€” After winning the coin flip, Blackwell elected to receive the ball to start Thursdayâ€™s Six-Man Division II regional playoff against Grandfalls-Royalty.
Only one problem. The Hornets failed to recover the onside kickoff and the Cowboys scored to go ahead 6-0. And it got worse.
Grandfalls-Royalty â€” ranked No. 2 in Six-Man Division II â€” tried and recovered two more onside kickoffs, and scored after both of them, to take a 21-0 lead before the Hornets finally got possession.
ABILENE â€” They may play in the stateâ€™s smallest classification, but on Thurs-day the Highland girls bas-ketball team â€” ranked No. 1 in Class 1A, Division II â€” proved that it could more than hold its own against much bigger schools at the Polk-Key City Classic.
Highland ran its record to 7-0 by beating Class 4A El Paso Irvin 42-21 and Class 5A Odessa Permian 55-51 on the first day of the tour-nament, which ends Satur-day. In doing so, the Lady Hornets reached todayâ€™s championship semifinals.
Sundown scored all the points it would need with touchdowns on its first two possessions Thursday, and used it as a springboard to a 28-7 win over Windthorst in the teamsâ€™ Region I-A area playoff at Sweetwaterâ€™s Mustang Bowl.
It shouldnâ€™t come as a big surprise that a change has forced Blackwellâ€™s football team to make some last-minute adjustments. Itâ€™s been happening all year.
On Wednesday, it was announced that the Hor-netsâ€™ playoff game against Grandfalls-Royalty would be played today in Rankin â€” 24 hours earlier than scheduled â€” due to icy weather forecasts for Friday.
Blackwell (10-1) had to cancel three of its 10 regular-season games, managing to reschedule only one, so the shuffle is nothing new. And head coach Clint Lowry says his team looks forward to continuing its best playoff run in 17 years.
Mustang Bowl is hosting a pair of playoff games this week, starting today with a Class 1A, Division I area matchup between Wind-thorst and Sundown that will kick off at 6:30 p.m.
The second playoff game is a Class 2A, Division I area game between Denver City and Bangs at 7:30 p.m. Fri-day.
Bangs (8-3) is coming to Mustang Bowl for the sec-ond straight year. In 2012, the Dragons played here in the area round against Idalou and won, 23-6, to advance to regionals before losing to Eastland.
The Blackwell girls bas-ketball team began its 2013-14 season Tuesday with a convincing 58-26 victory on the road at Loraine.
Stephanie Metcalf paced Blackwell with 13 points and Halee Sanderson had 12. Brooklyn Harris added nine, Hailey Bennett and Shianne Solis six, Crystal Chavez and Abby Gott five and Brena Robison two. Blackwell led 15-3, 30-9 and 46-18 at the end of the quarter breaks.
Blackwell's Six-Man, Division II regional playoff game against Grandfalls-Royalty has been moved up one day due to the anticipated bad weather this weekend.
According to Blackwell head coach Clint Lowry, the game will now be played at 7 p.m. Thursday in Rankin. Grandfalls-Royalty will be considered the home team.
Both teams are 10-1 this season. Grandfalls-Royalty is ranked No. 2 in the state and Blackwell is ranked No. 10.
Sweetwater swept its first boys-girls basketball doubleheader of the season on Tuesday, as both squads won their games at Early.
The boys rallied for a 58-50 win in their opener. The girls also won, 52-48, in a game that saw Sweetwater shoot an amazing 52 free throws â€” though the Lady Mustangs made just 23.
Sweetwater girls 52, Early girls 48
Taylor McPherson, who by herself attempted 24 free throws, scored 19 points to pace Sweetwater (2-2).
TUESDAY, NOV. 19
Sweetwater boys at Early (season openers) â€” freshmen at 4 p.m., JV at 5:15 p.m., varsity at 8 p.m.
Sweetwater girls at Early â€” JV at 4 p.m., freshmen at 5:15 p.m., varsity at 6:30 p.m.
Roscoe JV and varsity girls at Colorado City at 4 and 6:30 p.m., respectively.
Roscoe JV and varsity boys at Colorado City (season openers) at 5:15 and 8 p.m., respectively.
Highland JV boys at Eula (season opener), 5 p.m.
Highland varsity boys at Panther Creek (season opener), 7:30 p.m.
Highland JV and varsity girls will host Clyde starting at 5 p.m.
Sweetwater High Schoolâ€™s boys begin play when they and the girls travel to Early for a basketball doublehea-der today.
The Mustangs return two all-district players â€” first-team honoree Kaleb Hoover and second-team pick Dylan Bennett â€” as well as two who got honorable mention, Isaiah McGee and Rhett Torres, from a 13-15 squad. With that talent, the Mustangs are hoping to improve on their fifth-place record (2-8) in district.