By SALLY SEXTON
MILLSAP – The relief coming from the first win of the season was evident for the Millsap Bulldogs Friday night, from head coach Kyle Coker’s post-game speech to getting iced by his players at midfield.
The Bulldogs snapped a losing streak going back into last year by defeating Windthorst at home, 21-20.
“We had a chip on our shoulder from a long losing streak and we got it off tonight,” Coker said. “We had the feeling at the beginning of tonight that this was our game.”
The Bulldogs didn’t get off to their fastest start, as it was the Trojans who scored first. Quarterback Chandler King completed a 25-yard pass to Caleb Lindley for the first score, and King’s 12-yard run five minutes later gave Windthorst a 13-0 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
But Millsap bounced back, holding the Trojans to a punt on fourth down in their first possession of the next quarter, before finding the end zone on Andrew Tyson’s 30-yard scamper.
Despite a fumbled snap on the extra point kick, holder Bradley Bottoms was able to corral the ball and run it in for a two-point conversion, which would be the difference in the ballgame.
Windthorst added another score to close out the first half on a King-Hayden Hoffman connection to help the Trojans widen the gap, but it would be their last score of the quarter.
With the Bulldog defense holding tight, the offense trudged ahead, scoring a 4-yard touchdown on a Morgen DePriest run in the third and a Dylan Burton 2-yard run, which would give Millsap the lead for good.
The Trojans had one last chance with seven minutes to play in the fourth when they regained possession after a Millsap fumble.
Windthorst drove the ball down field, but would only get as close as the Millsap 47-yard line, as the Bulldog defense deflected two passes and held King to a short run to force Windthorst to turn the ball over on downs.
“Our offense finally broke through tonight,” Coker said of Millsap’s running game, which was responsible for all 323 yards of Millsap’s offense. “Our running game was fantastic and our defense, even though it bent, didn’t break.”
NTCA 80, CCS 32
Community Christian School fell to North Texas Christian Academy, 80-32, Friday night at Miller Stadium in a non-district, six-man contest called in the third quarter on the 45-point mercy rule.
The loss drops the Warriors to 1-2.
“NTCA is one of the two best teams, the other being Azle (Christian), that we will face this year,” Warrior head coach Bryan Horton said. “We had a tough time blocking up the middle – NTCA caused some problems for us in the backfield.
“But the bottom line is in six man football you have to score points, and that is tough when your offense is not on the field. We were tested by a good team who took advantage of our mistakes.
“We did play with them at times, but we had too many turnovers. We also did not come up with many of their onside kicks, and that kept our defense on the field too long.
“We still have a lot to work on, and we have a lot of time before district starts.”
Isaiah Brazeal scored four touchdowns three different ways. He caught a pair of touchdown passes from Joby Bradshaw, returned a kickoff 65 yards for a score and reached the end zone on a 45-yard run.
The other Warriors’ score came on a 50-yard kickoff return by Bradshaw.
CCS will play next on Friday (Sept. 27) at 7:30 p.m. at Saint Jo. Kickoff time has yet to be determined.
Santo 34, Olney 12
OLNEY – Santo fell behind 12-0 but came back with 34 unanswered points as the Wildcats defeated Olney, 34-12, here Friday night in a Class A non-district game.
The win rises the Wildcats’ record to 3-1.
“Olney is a tough place to play, and we are happy to get out of there with a victory,” Wildcats head coach Randy Thornton said. “Our offense did not click early on, but it grinded it out and got moving.
“Our defense also helped us out a couple of times by leaving our offense with a short field.
“I am proud of the guys for sticking with it when we got behind early.
“This team proved it can overcome adversity.”
Offensively for the ‘Cats, Kyle Moore had a touchdown run of nine yards; Garrett Nemeth reached the end zone on a one-yard plunge; and Keith Chalker scored on a one-yard blast.
The ‘Cats scored twice on defense as Grant Gilbert returned to interceptions for touchdowns.
Santo will play next at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Sept. 27) at Perrin.
Strawn 92, Lueders 56
STRAWN – Strawn had little trouble in a 92-56 victory over Lueders-Avoca here Friday night in a six man non-district contest.
The win raises the Greyhounds’ mark to 2-1.
Strawn will play next at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Sept. 27) at home against rival Gordon.
By SALLY SEXTON
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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.
As I've written the last two weeks, Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine is on shelves and, more importantly, in my office. Can you tell I'm excited for football season?
Burke, Carter, Fisher among young standouts at early MW summer track meets
Two meets are in the books for the Mineral Wells Summer Track Club and already many young athletes have risen to the top alongside their varsity counterparts as the apparent track stars of the future.
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