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September 5th, 2012
It may be too early to think about making it to the postseason in late October, but something different is happening with the 2012 Sweetwater volleyball team â itâs beating its opponents regularly and convincingly, no longer seemingly content to extend its matches by a game or two.
The latest example came Tuesday when the team finally came home from a three-week-long road swing to entertain Colorado City.
Marquees Jenkins has been named as Sweet-water High Schoolâs Football Player of the Week.
Jenkins, a 165-pound junior running back and linebacker, ran for a team-high 101 yards in season-opening 23-13 win on Friday over Eastland on just nine carries. He also had four solo tackles, five assisted tackles and one pass hurry on defense.
BLACKWELL â After failing to get a win on the field for nearly two years, Blackwell finally celebrated a victory â and a lopsided one at that â here Friday as the Hornets dominated Westbrook, 54-6, in their season opener.
Blackwell didnât waste a lot of time taking care of the Wildcats, either, as the game was ended at halftime by Six-Manâs 45-point mer-cy rule.
Abilene Wylie replaced Argyle as the No. 7-ranked team in Class 3A in this weekâs Associated Press high school football poll following a 31-14 win over the Eagles on Friday.
Wylie â unranked in the AP preseason poll â jumped ahead of preseason No. 1 Stephenville, which lost to Monterrey (Mex.) Tech 27-17 in its opener and fell seven places down to No. 8. Argyle dropped out of this weekâs top 10 in 3A.
Monahans, after receiv-ing enough votes to earn a No. 14 ranking in the Class 3A preseason poll, received none this time after losing to Midland Christian 42-28 in its season opener.
Irion County didnât com-plete a pass, had 85 yards in penalties, committed four turnovers and its first two possessions ended with fumbles on Robyâs side of the field Saturday at the Sammy Baugh Classic.
But Roby failed to take full advantage and committed several mistakes as well that proved costly. In the end, the Hornets were able to break a 14-14 halftime tie and pull out a 30-20 win over the Lions in the season opener for both teams.
Saturdayâs final game of the Sammy Baugh Classic had one of the most intriguing matchups in the eventâs history: a battle between a pair of perennial Class 4A playoff teams located more than 600 miles apart.
And in the first quarter alone, it had a 65-yard kickoff return to open the game plus a Classic-record 82-yard punt and a safety.
But the game ultimately proved to be onesided, as Everman easily defeated El Paso Del Valle 48-10.
In one sense, the feeling that Sweetwater head football coach Shane Mobley had after Fridayâs season-opening 23-13 win over Eastland at the Sammy Baugh Classic in Mustang Bowl was probably not a lot different from what he had felt on 40 other occasions while serving as an assistant on four playoff teams here from 2004-08 that had a combined 40-13 record.
But there were some major differences this time.
JAYTON â A very young Highland team was unable to stay with Motley County in its season opener Friday, as the highly-regarded Matadors jumped out to a 26-6 lead after one period en route to 60-12 win.
After giving up the gameâs first two touchdowns, High-land got within 12-6 when Michael Hyde scored on a 1-yard run. But the Hornets couldnât get any closer than that as Motley County â coming off a state runnerup finish in Six-Man Division II and ranked No. 2 in this yearâs preseason poll â answered with three more touchdowns before Highland could score again.
A 38-6 season-opening loss to De Leon on Thursday at the Sammy Baugh Classic wasnât what Roscoe was hoping for. But head coach Jonathan Haseloff still saw encouraging signs for his team, which is coming off an 0-10 season.
âIâm pleased with the way our kids performed for three quarters,â he said of his Plowboys, who trailed just 18-6 at halftime. âBut when we came out in the second half we just made some awful boo-boos, being young, and weâve got to stop doing that. But I thought we did some things well and a lot of our young kids really stepped up.â
Nolan Countyâs two six-man Hornet football teams begin the regular season today with hopes of showing much better results than a year ago when they combined for just four victories, with one of them coming as the result of a forfeit.
Highland is facing a tough opener against Motley County at Jaytonâs Gridiron Classic starting at 6 p.m. as it begins trying to improve on last yearâs season that ended at 3-7. The Classic is a three-day tournament that will feature a total of seven games. Motley County was the state runnerup in Divi-sion II this past season.