Sweetwaterâ€™s throwing-passing combination of Max Gomez and Michael Lawrence hooked up for a total of three touchdowns, but Sweetwaterâ€™s JV lost to Eastland 46-24 in its sea-son opener this past Thurs-day at Mustang Bowl.
JAYTON â€” Highland and Motley County engaged in an exciting finale Saturday to Jaytonâ€™s three-day Grid-iron Classic.
After losing 60-12 a year earlier, the Hornets were in this yearâ€™s season-opening game to the very end.
In fact, Highland held two double-digit leads in the first half and was ahead 59-54 for most of the fourth quarter. But with 1:19 left, Motley County scored on a 26-yard run and kicked the extra point, then held on for a hard-fought 62-59 win.
Highland players Ethan Wilson and Shelby Howard accounted for seven of the teamâ€™s eight touchdowns.
Trailing a team it beat 48-10 last year in the Sammy Baugh Classic, Everman got a 55-yard scoring pass from Reggie Kincade to Chris Stafford with 4:12 left and extra point for a 16-15 victory over El Paso Del Valle at Mustang Bowl on Saturday.
Everman trailed Del Valle 7-3 at halftime and 15-9 in the fourth period before pulling out the win, which was in doubt until defensive end Charles Badger blocked a 45-yard field goal attempt by Del Valle that came with 1:45 remaining.
Joe Banyardâ€™s career with the Minnesota Vikings will continue, just not on the teamâ€™s active roster.
Banyard, a former star running back at Sweetwater High School and University of Texas-El Paso, failed to make the Vikingsâ€™ 53-man roster when the final cuts were announced Saturday.
However, on Sunday it was announced he had been signed as one of eight members on the practice squad, where he spent the last part of the 2012 season as a member of the Vikings.
Some events may be subject to change
TUESDAY, SEPT. 3
Roscoe at Eula meet (sea-son opener â€” high school runners only).
Sweetwater varsity plays at San Angelo Lake View (season opener), 4 p.m.
Sweetwater freshman, JV and varsity teams play at Colorado City starting at 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., respectively.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 5
Sweetwater freshmen will host Andrews, 5 p.m.
Sweetwater JV will host Andrews, 6:30 p.m.
Roscoe JV will play at Irion County, 6 p.m.
Highland JV will host Sterling City, 6 p.m.
EASTLAND â€” Plenty of fireworks were expected when Sweetwater and Eastland kicked off their respective 2013 football seasons against each other Friday. And the teams didnâ€™t disappoint as their offenses produced almost 1,000 yards as well as 48 first downs â€” and also no turnovers on a total of 134 plays.
But the Mavericks, who lost to Sweetwater 23-13 a year ago when the teams met at the Sammy Baugh Classic in Shane Mobleyâ€™s head coaching debut, turned the tide on the Mustangs as they rallied from a first-half deficit to take a 46-30 victory on their home field.
DE LEON â€” Roscoe produced a few eye-popping offensive stats against the De Leon Bearcats on Friday in its first game under new head coach Jake Freeman.
Quarterback Cutter Davila completed a whopping 35 of 46 passes for 389 yards and two touchdowns. And his favorite passing target against the Bearcats, Shelton Toliver, caught 16 balls for 130 yards.
But despite their heroics, plus another 100-yard receiving effort by Kevin Lavalais (5 catches for 115 yards and one TD), the Plowboys werenâ€™t able to pull off the victory.
WESTBROOK â€” It took only one half for Blackwell to defeat Westbrook on Fri-day in its season opener.
Thanks to the 45-point rule, it was over at halftime as Blackwell finished with a convincing 52-0 road win.
The Hornets had 294 total yards on 23 snaps in two quarters of work, as they finished the night with 222 yards rushing and another 72 yards through the air.
For Nolan Countyâ€™s three area football teams, success in their season openers will mean winning on the road.
For two of them â€” Roscoe and Highland â€” it will also be a chance to avenge a loss in their season opener against the same opponent this past year.
Todayâ€™s game at De Leon will also mark the head coaching debut for Roscoeâ€™s Jake Freeman, who returned to his home town after being an assistant at Sweetwater the past four years.
Two perennial Class 4A high school playoff teams make a return appearance at Mustang Bowl Saturday.
El Paso Del Valle and Everman play at 6:30 p.m. in the Bowlâ€™s first game of the year. They were part of the Sammy Baugh Classic last year, playing the finale with Everman winning by a score of 48-10, but will not be in the Classic this year.