By TOMMY WELLS | Special to the Index
SIDNEY – The Strawn Greyhounds are becoming very good at putting gold footballs in the school’s trophy case.
Very, very good at it.
Ross Alison rushed for two touchdowns and the SHS special teams recovered three consecutive onside kicks in the first quarter on Friday and led the ninth-ranked Greyhounds to a 46-0 shelling of the previously unbeaten Sidney Eagles in a key District 12-A showdown. With the win, Strawn nailed down its fourth district title in the past six seasons.
The game was stopped at the half due to the six-man football 45-point mercy rule.
Strawn, which rolled up a staggering 260 rushing yards on just 28 attempts, converted the three onside kick recoveries into 20 points in a 65-second span en route to blowing the contest wide open.
The Greyhounds offense looked anything but impressive on their first three snaps. Strawn lost two yards on their first three plays and found themselves looking at a fourth-and-17 situation at their own 29.
Sophomore Harrison Nowak gave the SHS offense the spark it needed from there. On fourth down, he took the snap from center and scrambled around the left side for a 46-yard gain to the Sidney 5.
The Greyhounds needed just one play to score from there and take an 8-0 lead.
Sidney didn’t have the same success on their initial possession. The Eagles took the ensuing kick and marched to the Strawn 14 before running back Chris Dominguez coughed up the ball. Greyhound defensive end Grayson Brandenburg scooped up the fumble at the Strawn 16.
Sophomore running back Jacob Trujillo made the Eagles pay dearly for the turnover. He highlighted the Greyhounds’ second drive – a five-play, 64-yard march – by reeling off a 34-yard romp to the Sidney 24. Ross Alison sprang free for 21 more yards on the next play from scrimmage and pushed the SHS offense to the Eagle 3.
Izaac Velasquez capped the drive from there by hauling in a three-yard strike from Nowak that pushed Strawn’s lead to 20-0 with 4:14 remaining.
Things got worse for Sidney from there.
Trujillo pounced on a fumble on the Greyhounds’ ensuing onside kick, giving Strawn the ball at the Sidney 33.
Three plays later, Alison plowed into the end zone from a yard out to give the Hounds a 28-0 lead with 3:18 left in the frame.
Lightning struck twice seconds later. Cole Abbott fell on Strawn’s next onside kick attempt, setting the SHS offense into gear at the Eagle 35.
One play later, Nowak gave Strawn its fifth TD in the first 6:51 of the game by lofting a 35-yard pass to Abram Jaramillo.
The Greyhounds, now 8-1 overall, held a commanding 34-0 lead at the end of the first 10 minutes of play.
Strawn didn’t ease up in the second. Alison scored on a short four-yard run on the first play of the second period and pushed Strawn’s lead to 40-0.
Strawn, which finished the game with 345 total yards, closed out the contest with a 21-yard scoring run later in the second quarter.
Sidney, which had entered the game at 8-0, struggled against Strawn’s defense throughout the contest. The Eagles managed just 94 total yards and just one first down. They also and turned the ball over three times.
De Leon downs Santo on late FG
SANTO – De Leon kicked a 37-yard field goal with one second left to play and defeated the Santo Wildcats, 31-28, here Friday night in a District 5-A game.
The loss drops the Wildcats’ overall record to 4-5, and 0-3 in district play.
Santo had taken a 12-0 lead in the first quarter when quarterback Zane Mauney scored on touchdown runs of 18 and 35 yards, respectively. Mauney led the ‘Cats on the ground with 158 yards on 20 carries.
De Leon cut the lead to 12-7 late in the opening period on a 71-yard touchdown run followed by a PAT kick.
De Leon took a 14-12 lead with 8:48 left in the second quarter on a 13-yard TD run followed by a PAT.
In the third quarter, De Leon extended its lead to 21-12 after a five-yard run to pay dirt and PAT.
Santo cut the lead to 21-20 when Keith Chalker scored on a six-yard run, and caught the conversion pass from Mauney.
De Leon increased its lead to 28-20 on a five-yard TD run followed by a PAT kick with 10:12 remaining in the contest.
But with 3:38 left to play, Santo tied the game, 28-28, on a five-yard blast by Grant Gilbert and a conversion run from Bridger Seay.
But De Leon drove to the Santo 20-yard line to set up the winning points.
Gilbert finished with 51 yards on 10 carries, Colton Harris added 36 yards on 10 totes, Chalker had 30 yards on 11 carries and Seay finished with four yards on five attempts.
Defensively, Ross Lopez and Zarmorris Cannon led the ‘Cats with six tackles, with Harris, Garrett Nemeth and Dylan Price each adding five.
Gordon runs past Evant, 68-22
GORDON – Gordon ran past Evant, 68-22, here Friday night in a District 10 contest.
The win raises the Longhorns’ mark to 6-3, and 2-0 in district play.
Perrin falls to Electra in OT
PERRIN – Perrin came back from a 14-point deficit to tie the score only to see Electra outscore the Pirates 7-0 in overtime in a 21-14 win over the PHS here Friday night in a District 8-A contest.
The loss drops Perrin to 4-5, and 1-4 in league action.
Millsap falls on road
SCURRY – Scurry-Rosser defeated the Millsap Bulldogs, 75-7, here Friday night in a District 6-2A contest.
The loss drops the Bulldogs to 0-9 overall, and 0-6 in district play.
Millsap scored its only touchdown in the second quarter on a 30-yard pass from Michael Rogers to Kaden King.
By TOMMY WELLS | Special to the Index
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Swimming to State
KELLER – The Mineral Wells Water Moccasins are heading to the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation's state meet in College Station, July 31-Aug. 3, after an outstanding performance in the Region 4 Championships that saw seven local swimmer qualify.
Mineral Wells summer track sends 11 to state meet after strong regionals
THE COLONY – The future continues to look bright for Mineral Wells track and field, as 11 members of legendary head coach Jackie Harvey's summer track club punched their tickets to the TAAF state meet in College Station – to be held July 31-Aug. 3 – after a dominant showing at the regional meet in The Colony, July 18-19.
FWIW: Good, clean hate – Ranking the area's best rivalry games of the 2014 football season
By CLINT FOSTER
Football season is fast approaching and with it those glorious games between teams that love to hate each other, which we call rivalries.
I'm speaking, of course, about sports hate – the only beautiful kind. It's the stuff built on history and tradition that inspires simply the fiercest and most entertaining games of every season.
Palo Pinto County and the surrounding area have no shortage of fierce football rivalries.
The University Interscholastic League's realignment often causes new rivalries to be born and old ones to be rekindled. But which rivalries are the area's very best for 2014? The one's you circle your calendar for and make sure you don't miss.
I can think of at least 10.
So, for what it's worth, here's my list of the area's best, can't-miss football rivalries of the upcoming 2014 season.
Local Bowlers Roundup set for first weekend of August
Mineral Wells Women's Bowling Alliance invites you to join them Aug. 3 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Mountaineer Lanes for their second annual Bowlers Roundup. The event will feature snacks, tips from the pros, information on league bowling and two hours of great exercise.
Something in the water
Mineral Wells is well known as the home of Crazy Water, and by all accounts the city's swim team went absolutely berserk in their one and only home meet of the summer on Saturday.
Throughout the summer, the Mineral Wells Rams have been hard at work preparing for football season.
Hooks and Slices 7/11
In the Holiday Hills Country Club Guys and Dolls tournament, locals Denny and Sherry Hall turned in rounds of 77 and 73 to take first place in the opening round and second place on Sunday in the fourth flight. George and Linda Hutton turned in two solid rounds to place both days. The twosome shot 71 and 72 to take first place on Saturday and second place on Sunday in the second flight.
GRAPEVINE – The Mineral Wells High School cheerleaders attended the Universal Cheerleaders' Association's cheer camp in Grapevine two weeks ago and proved that spirit will definitely be high at every Rams and Lady Rams sporting event this coming school year.
Millsap selects Lee as new head volleyball coach
MILLSAP – The board of trustees at Millsap ISD recently announced their hire of Denise Lee as the new head volleyball coach for Millsap High School.
Waldrum leads the way in MW's latest swim meet
TROPHY CLUB – The Mineral Wells Water Moccasins city swim team took to the pool once again June 28 and showed valiant effort against some tough competition at its latest meet in Trophy Club.
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