GORDON – Blanket outlasted the Gordon Longhorns, 28-24, here Friday night in a non-district contest.
The loss drops the Longhorns’ record to 1-2, while Blanket stays unbeaten at 3-0.
Blanket led 6-0 at the half as Gordon committed three turnovers, including a pair of interceptions.
But the ‘Horns took an 18-14 lead in the second half after a touchdown by Dylan Burch. However, Blanket held the ‘Horns to one score for the remainder of the contest while adding a two touchdowns to secure the win.
“We played a very good team with everyone back from last year,” Gordon head coach Joe Kostiha said. “But it was a good test for us. We have a good non-district schedule loaded with tough teams.
“I thought our team played well, but to beat a good team you can’t turn the ball over. We are very young and inexperienced, and our inexperienced showed (Friday) night.
“We are making strides and getting better, and if we keep getting better every week by district we will get back to where we want to be.”
Chase Coffman, Brandon Gonzales and Humberto Estrada also reached the end zone for the Longhorns.
Burch led the Longhorns with 103 yards on 18 carries. Estarda had 58 yards on nine totes, and Jake Wigington carried three times for 15 yards.
The Longhorns will be open next week and will play next on Sept. 27 at rival Strawn.
Perrin 28, Lake Country 12
FORT WORTH – Perrin remains unbeaten after the Pirates defeated Lake Country Christian, 28-12, here Friday night in a non-district contest.
The win raises the Pirates’ record to 3-0.
Perrin is open next week and will continue non-district play on Sept. 27 at home against Santo.
Strawn 58, Bryson 14
BRYSON – Strawn rolled up 512 yards of total offense as the Greyhounds ran past the Bryson Cowboys, 58-14, here Friday night in a non-district contest.
The win elevates the Greyhounds to 2-1.
Strawn will continue non-district play Friday (Sept. 20) at home against Lueders-Avoca.
Dublin 35, Santo 25
SANTO – Class 2A Dublin took advantage of seven Santo turnovers as the Lions outlasted the Wildcats, 35-25, here Friday night in a non-district contest.
Wildcats quarterback Kyle Moore kept Santo in the game with his feet. The junior kept the ball on an option play late in the third quarter and sprinted 85 yards for a touchdown. But Santo, which had missed earlier on an extra point kick, went for two and the run failed, leaving Dublin with a 28-19 lead entering the fourth. The Lions put the game away with a touchdown in the final stanza before Moore reached the end zone on a six-yard run to close the scoring.
Santo finished with 297 total yards, including 294 on the ground.
The loss, the first the ‘Cats have suffered this season, drops Santo to 2-1.
Santo will continue non-district play Friday (Sept. 20) at Olney.
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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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