SANTO – On Homecoming Night, Santo scored early and often as the Wildcats ran past Petrolia, 55-12, here Friday night in a non-district contest.
The win raises the Wildcats’ mark to 5-1. The ‘Cats will begin District 5-A (Division I) play on Friday (Oct. 11) at home against San Saba.
The Wildcats dominated on the ground with a season-high 518 yards rushing.
“I am pleased with our effort, and I think the kids are playing pretty good football right now,” Wildcats head coach Randy Thornton said. “We need to keep up our tenacity.
“I am also proud of our senior leadership. We are playing at a high level, and we hope to keep up that consistency as we enter district play next week.”
Quarterback Kyle Moore scored on touchdown runs of 10 and 58 yards, and he threw a 32-yard TD pass to Colton Edwards.
Grant Gilbert added an eight-yard touchdown run, Keith Chalker found the end zone on a two-yard blast and Jayton Trammell added a 58-yard run to pay dirt.
The Wildcats closed the scoring with a pair of touchdowns late in the third quarter.
Perrin 20, Frost 16
FROST – Perrin came back from a 16-7 deficit with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to defeat Frost, 20-16, here Friday night in a non-district contest.
The win elevates the Pirates to 4-1. Perrin will open District 8-A (Division II) play at home on Friday (Oct. 11) against Munday.
“This was a great character win for our team,” Perrin head coach Brad Hutton said. “After losing like we did last week (a 41-0 loss to Santo) and losing three starters to injury, and after falling behind in this game, the guys showed a lot of heart and character in coming back to win.
“But we moved people around and other guys filled in and we beat a team that was picked to beat us by two touchdowns.
Hutton said he was “extremely pleased” with the defense, and said Eric Martinez was the leading tackler.
“Our defense got after it,” Hutton said. “Eric played like a man possessed. It was an overall great effort by our defense, but Eric stood out.”
Trailing 16-7 in the fourth period, Perrin cut the lead to 16-13 after a 37-yard touchdown run by Pepper Rasberry. The PAT kick failed.
Perrin took the lead for good when quarterback Chase Akin found the end zone after a sprint of 59 yards. J.P. Monroe booted the extra point as Perrin led 20-16. Akin had opened the scoring for the Pirates on a one-yard quarterback sneak in the first half.
Perrin’s defense shut down Frost the rest the rest of the way as the Pirates will take momentum into their district opener next week.
Strawn 74, Newcastle 54
NEWCASTLE – State-ranked No. 14 Strawn handled No. 10 Newcastle, 74-54, here Friday night in a non-district game.
The win elevates the Greyhounds to 4-1. Strawn will continue non-district play on Friday (Oct. 11) at home against Brookesmith.
“(Running back) Coletyn King and (quarterback) Harrison Nowak played good games on offense,” Strawn head coach Dewaine Lee said. “I also though Ross Alison stood out on defense.
“We played a lot of guys and moved a lot of guys around just trying to mix it up.
“I was also very pleased with the defense.”
Lee down played beating a Top 10-ranked team. Newcastle is also ranked No. 2 in the state of six man Division II schools.
“We don’t make a big deal out of the rankings around here,” Lee said. “We know rankings really don’t mean much.
“All we are trying to do is to keep getting better each week. The guys are working hard and improving each game.”
Tolar 48, Millsap 7
TOLAR – Tolar defeated the Millsap Bulldogs, 48-7, here Friday night in a District 6-2A (Division II) contest.
The win drops the Bulldogs to 1-1 in district play and 2-3 overall.
Millsap will continue district play on Friday (Oct. 11) at Mildred.
Waco Life Oak 56, Gordon 44
WACO – Waco Live Oak outlasted the Gordon Longhorns, 56-44, here Friday night in a non-district contest.
The loss drops the ‘Horns to 1-4.
The Longhorns will continue non-district play on Friday (Oct. 11) at home against Huston Academy on Homecoming Night.
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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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