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September 4th, 2012
Abilene Wylie replaced Argyle as the No. 7-ranked team in Class 3A in this weekâ€™s 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 weekâ€™s 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 didnâ€™t com-plete a pass, had 85 yards in penalties, committed four turnovers and its first two possessions ended with fumbles on Robyâ€™s 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.
Saturdayâ€™s final game of the Sammy Baugh Classic had one of the most intriguing matchups in the eventâ€™s 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 Fridayâ€™s 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 gameâ€™s first two touchdowns, High-land got within 12-6 when Michael Hyde scored on a 1-yard run. But the Hornets couldnâ€™t 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 yearâ€™s 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 wasnâ€™t 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.
â€śIâ€™m pleased with the way our kids performed for three quarters,â€ť he said of his Plowboys, who trailed just 18-6 at halftime. â€śBut when we came out in the second half we just made some awful boo-boos, being young, and weâ€™ve got to stop doing that. But I thought we did some things well and a lot of our young kids really stepped up.â€ť
Nolan Countyâ€™s 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 Jaytonâ€™s Gridiron Classic starting at 6 p.m. as it begins trying to improve on last yearâ€™s 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.
THURSDAY, AUG. 30
Sweetwater runners at Christoval meet.
Sammy Baugh Clas-sic: Roscoe vs. De Leon, 7:30 p.m.
Sweetwater freshmen at Eastland, 5 p.m.
Sweetwater JV at East-land, 6:30 p.m.
Highland JV hosts Gar-den City, 6 p.m.
Blackwell JV at West-brook, 7 p.m.
Sweetwater 7th and 8th grade teams host Big Spring at 5 and 6:15 p.m., respectively.
FRIDAY, AUG. 31
Sammy Baugh Clas-sic: Sweetwater hosts Eastland, 7:30 p.m.
Highland vs. Motley County at Jaytonâ€™s Grid-iron Classic, 6 p.m.
Two weather-shortened scrimmages against Wich-ita Falls Hirschi and San Angelo Lake View werenâ€™t able to accomplish every-thing Shane Mobley had hoped. However, the first-year Sweetwater head coach still thinks his team will be ready for Fridayâ€™s season opener at the Sammy Baugh Classic against a highly regarded Eastland squad.
And Mobley knows that his playersâ€™ ability to successfully execute his new spread offense will be crucial to the final outcome.
After an 0-10 season a year ago, Roscoe head coach Jonathan Haseloff would like nothing more than for his Plowboys to win todayâ€™s 7:30 p.m. season opener against De Leon to begin the Sammy Baugh Classic.
A victory at Mustang Bowl over the Bearcats, who were 3-7 a year ago, would go a long way toward getting the program back on track to reaching the heights it has normally enjoyed.
And playing against Haw-leyâ€™s Wing-T offense, which is similar to De Leonâ€™s, in last weekâ€™s final scrimmage will help Roscoe know what to prepare for today.