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October 2020

GRIDIRON SCOREBOARD: WEEK 10

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Class 3A, 2A & 1A high school football scores from the Heart of Texas

FINAL UPDATE: 9:00 p.m., Saturday, October 31, 2020

Here are ALL of the final scores from Class 3A, 2A and 1A Texas high school football scores for Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from around the Heart of Texas region.

On location for three games this weekend, THE SPORTS BUZZ provides award-winning coverage of the 2020 Texas high school football season every week, focusing on Class 3A, 2A and 1A schools in the 10-county Heart of Texas region — which includes Bosque, Comanche, Coryell, Erath, Hamilton, Hill, Hood, Johnson, McLennan and Somervell counties.

Be sure to check in with THE SPORTS BUZZ every Friday night for the complete scoreboard from games across the Heart of Texas region.

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GRIDIRON MATCHUPS: Week 10

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Class 3A, 2A & 1A teams face do-or-die situations across the Heart of Texas as key district showdowns grab Friday night spotlight

Featuring some marquee matchups with just two Friday nights under the lights left in the 2020 Texas high school football regular season for Class 3A, 2A & 1A teams, the spotlight turns to showdowns for district titles and playoff berths across the Heart of Texas.

Once again this season, THE SPORTS BUZZ provides award-winning coverage of the 2020 Texas high school football season, focusing on Class 3A, 2A and 1A schools in the 10-county Heart of Texas region — which includes Bosque, Comanche, Coryell, Erath, Hamilton, Hill, Hood, Johnson, McLennan and Somervell counties.

Be sure to check in with THE SPORTS BUZZ every week to find the complete schedule for teams from the Heart of Texas region. And be sure to tune late Friday for our as-soon-as-they-become-final updated scoreboard.

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CLASS 3A FRIDAY FLASHBACK

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WEEK 9: With two district titles still up for grabs in the Heart of Texas, do-or-die situations prevail in the race for playoff berths

Two district titles and an array of postseason berths remain up for grabs in the four Class 3A districts in the Heart of Texas region as teams head into the home stretch with only two weeks remaining in the 2020 Texas high school football regular season.

Without playing a down, the Class 3A, Division I defending state champion and second-ranked Grandview Zebras managed something they did not accomplish last season, winning the District 7-3A, DI title following a forfeited win over Dallas Life Oak Cliff. In the meantime, the West Trojans moved into second place with a convincing 31-7 victory over previously undefeated Dallas Madison, and the Whitney Wildcats remained in the playoff picture with an overwhelming 54-0 win over Dallas a+ Academy.

In District 11-3A, DI, the Lorena Leopards remained in a three-way tie for first place with Rockdale and Troy by knocking off the  perennial powerhouse Cameron Yoe Yoemen, 28-20, while the McGregor Bulldogs moved into the driver’s seat to claim a spot in the postseason during their open week on the strength of Little River-Academy losing at Rockdale.

In Class 3A, Division II action last week, the Comanche Indians moved into a tie for second place in District 5-3A, DII with a 26-15 win at Millsap, while the Clifton Cubs used their open week to get ready for the stretch run in District 13-3A, DII looking for their seventh straight trip to the playoffs.

Once again this season, THE SPORTS BUZZ provides award-winning coverage of the 2020 Texas high school football season, focusing on Class 3A, 2A and 1A schools in the 10-county Heart of Texas region — which includes Bosque, Comanche, Coryell, Erath, Hamilton, Hill, Hood, Johnson, McLennan and Somervell counties.

Within the Heart of Texas region, THE SPORTS BUZZ covers nine Class 3A schools spread out across four districts in two divisions. Be sure to check back every week for our Friday Flashback roundups, district standings, scores and upcoming matchups for all nine Class 3A teams in the area.

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TAKING ON THE BEST

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Coming out of an open week, the Clifton Cubs host the 7th-ranked Franklin Lions in a stretch run to make a seventh straight trip to the postseason

CLIFTON – Needing at least one win in their last two games to make their seventh consecutive trip to the Class 3A, Division II postseason, the Clifton Cubs will host the seventh-ranked Franklin Lions at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Cub Stadium.

Coming out of an open week, the Cubs will try to knock Franklin from the undefeated ranks in district as the Lions locked up the District 13-3A, DII title with a convincing 69-38 victory over previously undefeated Buffalo last Friday.

“Franklin is really rolling right now,” Clifton football head coach Chuck Caniford said. “They are solid on defense and very explosive on offense. They do a great job with their scheme, and they don’t make many mistakes. They will be one of the most complete teams that we have seen all year, which is why they are undefeated in district.”

Before the open date, Clifton (2-2 in district, 3-5 overall) gave undefeated Buffalo (3-1, 7-1) all they could handle, using a sound game plan that went according to script in the first half. But the Bison used third quarter stampede of 14 unanswered points to power past the Cubs for a 41-23 home victory.

“Buffalo has an outstanding football team, and they are very explosive on offense,” Caniford said. “We knew it would be a challenge to slow them down, so we had to try to control the time of possession and keep them off the field.  We were able to do that in the first half.

“We were right where we wanted to be at halftime, only trailing by three and getting the ball to start the second half. Unfortunately, we did not have good possessions on our first two drives of the second half, and that was the difference in the game.”

Using the open week to regroup his young squad for the stretch run, Caniford feels like the Cubs stand ready to take on the challenge, beginning with Franklin (5-0, 6-2) Friday night.

“We were able to get a lot of good work in over the bye week,” Caniford said. “We worked on both Franklin and Lexington, but more importantly got back to the basics and focused on just getting better as a football team. I think we were able to accomplish what we needed to get done in those practices to give us a chance to make a push here in the final two weeks.”

Clifton enters the game in a two-way tie for fourth place in district with the Lexington Eagles (2-2, 5-2). Regardless of the outcome against Franklin and Lexington’s game against Buffalo Friday night, the regular season finale at Lexington will be for a playoff spot.

“Nothing about this year has been normal,” Caniford said. “But one thing that has materialized as we expected is that the playoff positioning will not be decided until Week 11.”

Photos by DAVID HARDING

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CLASS 2A FRIDAY FLASHBACK

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WEEK 9: Key district clash between state-ranked Crawford traveling to Bosqueville lives up to billing as Pirates hold on for 27-20 victory

Facing their toughest challenge of the season, the Class 2A, DI’s seventh-ranked and undefeated Crawford Pirates passed the test with a hard-fought 27-20 victory over the playoff-bound Bosqueville Bulldogs in the Heart of Texas region’s marquee game of the week.

In other Class 2A, DI action last week, the Tolar Rattlers knocked off the Rio Vista Eagles, 24-14, to move into a second place tie with Bosqueville, setting up this week’s showdown for the runner-up spot in District 7-2A, DI, while the Bruceville-Eddy Eagles notched their first district win, 49-19, over the Moody Bearcats to stay in the postseason chase in District 12-2A, DI.

Thanks to on-again, off-again Covid-19 precautions in District 10-2A, DII, the scheduling became chaotic in an attempt to make-up postponed games.

With two games on tap for the Class 2A, DII’s top-ranked and three-time defending state champion Mart Panthers coming out of an open date, the Panthers dismantled Wortham, 63-0, in an unusual Monday night football game.

Also coming off an open date, the playoff-contending Hubbard Jaguars will also play two games this week, beginning with a hard-fought 26-15 victory over Frost Monday night.

After being forced to postpone their home game against District 8-2A, DII co-leading Cross Plains due to a positive case on the team, young upstart Meridian Yellowjackets suffered a surprising 17-0 road loss to the Hico Tigers last Thursday night to put their District 8-2A, DII postseason chances in jeopardy.

As THE SPORTS BUZZ Game Of The Week, be sure to watch the video highlights of the Meridian at Hico game here: https://upload.facebook.com/watch/?v=382835346251927.

Once again this season, THE SPORTS BUZZ provides award-winning coverage of the 2020 Texas high school football season, focusing on Class 3A, 2A and 1A schools in the 10-county Heart of Texas region — which includes Bosque, Comanche, Coryell, Erath, Hamilton, Hill, Hood, Johnson, McLennan and Somervell counties.

Within the Heart of Texas region, THE SPORTS BUZZ covers 15 Class 2A schools spread out across six districts in two divisions. Be sure to check back every week for the Friday Flashback and the Class 2A Gridiron Grades featuring district standings, scores and upcoming matchups for all 15 Class 2A teams from the Heart of Texas.

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CONVERGING PATHS CLASH

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With both high school football programs headed in the right direction, Hico surprises Meridian for key District 8-2A, DII win

HICO — After enduring the toughest of times, two Texas high school football programs headed in the right direction crossed paths last Thursday night.

With the Meridian Yellowjackets looking to clinch a Class 2A, Division II playoff berth, the Hico Tigers shocked the Jackets by methodically marching to a 17-0 victory at Tiger Stadium, snapping a seven-game losing streak and moving into District 8-2A, DII postseason contention.

The Tigers (1-3, 2-7) used a ball-control, time-consuming ground game to drive for two touchdowns and a field goal while their attacking defense kept the Meridian (1-2, 3-4) offensive unit off schedule the entire game to earn their first district win since 2018.

“I am extremely proud of our team and beyond excited for them,” Hico football head coach Randy Thornton said. “We have struggled at times this year—growing pains—but I thought it all came together for us against Meridian.

“All successful programs, championship teams, have a pivotal moment or game that they look back on and say that it is the game that defines us or changed our course. Quite possibly, that was our moment.  Time will tell, but we came out of that game with a lot of confidence.”

Coming into the game after losing 19 of their last 20 games, Hico moved down from Class 2A, DI this season after going 0-10 in 2019. The Tigers snapped a 12-game skid by knocking off Texas Wind, 33-6, in the season opener before dropping the next seven straight by a combined score of 274-35.

But following a scoreless first quarter, the Tigers scored on back-to-back possessions to take control of the defensive struggle. Hico managed three sustained drives eating huge chunks of time off the clock and limiting Meridian’s possessions. In fact, after building a 14-0 lead in the first half, the Tigers consumed most of the third quarter with a drive that resulted in a field goal, which basically sealed Meridian’s fate.

“We knew coming into the game that Hico was going to come out fired up to play the Jackets,” Meridian football second-year head coach Wade Morton said. “You can throw all the records out the window when playing a team so close to you. We knew we would have to play well to have a chance to win.  Give Hico credit, they were well-prepared and took full advantage of what they were given.”

Staying almost exclusively on the ground, the Tigers grinded their way to 238 rushing yards on 48 carries while throwing the ball only three times. In the second quarter, Hico fought for yardage to work the ball down the field before junior quarterback Angel Gonzalez turned the right corner and raced 33 yards for the game’s first score.

After the Tiger defense shut down Meridian on its next possession, Hico went back to work. Pounding the ball up the middle and stretching the edge, the Tigers used the running game effectively before Gonzalez connected with junior wide receiver Reese Polk for a 29-yard gain to the Meridian two-yard line. On the next play, freshman fullback Cooper Roach powered into the end zone, giving Hico a 14-0 advantage with 1:31 left in the half.

Then on their first possession in the third quarter, the Tigers picked up where they left off, methodically marching into the red zone before the drive stalled. But senior placekicker Isaac Nova drilled a 28-yard field goal with plenty to spare to give Hico a commanding three-possession lead with only 2:21 remaining in the quarter.

As the Tigers dominated the battle in the trenches on both sides of the ball, Hico kept the Meridian offensive attack off schedule most of the game. The Tigers limited Meridian to only 80 yards of total offense, shutting down the running game for only 11 yards on 27 carries.

With Hico deploying an aggressive, attacking defense, the Jackets struggled to get anything going offensively until late as the game ended with Meridian on the Tiger one-yard line. Polk led Hico with 11 tackles, followed by senior Javier Zuniga with nine, along with Gonzalez and Roach with eight each.

“We played our best football at the most crucial time,” Thornton said. “I can’t say enough about the guys on the offensive and defensive lines. I thought they played absolutely lights out all night long. The chance to play additional games and have additional practices is critical as we move forward and try to develop a young team.”

Riding high from their first road win since Oct. 13, 2017, the Jackets appeared ready to put their 0-10 season in 2019 behind them for good by advancing to the postseason. By posting their most lopsided victory since 2007 in a 62-0 district victory over Ranger, Meridian moved into the driver’s seat to clinch a playoff spot.

But then, the Jackets ran into road block when Covid-19 precautions led to the postponement of their next game against Santo. Finally cleared to practice last Tuesday, the Jackets only had two days to get ready for Hico, and the lack of preparation showed in the most important game of the season.

Regardless, the Jackets played well enough defensively to win, led by senior Anthony Gonzalez with 18 tackles, followed by senior Teagan Smith with 16, sophomore Michael Crawford with 15 and junior Jose Martinez with 10.

“Hico did a great job mixing up their defensive fronts and giving our boys a lot to process,” Morton said. “We felt the difference in the game was on the offensive and defensive line. Hico controlled the line of scrimmage the majority of the game. We have to be better, and we expect a better outing both from the players and coaches.”

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CLASS 1A FRIDAY FLASHBACK

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WEEK 9: Contenders begin to spate from the pretenders in Class 1A six-man football with two weeks remaining in the regular season across the Heart of Texas

Although only one undefeated six-man football team remains in the Heart of Texas region, the favorites to earn trips to the Class 1A postseason began to emerge in each district with two weeks left in the Texas high school football regular season.

Class 1A, Division I defending state champion Blum Bobcats solidified it spot at the top of District 11-1A, DI with a dominating 52-7 victory over the Bynum Bulldogs last Friday night.

As the Heart of Texas’s only undefeated team, the 14th-ranked Abbott Panthers convincingly disposed of the second place Coolidge Yellow Jackets, 58-13, to move closer to claiming the District 12-1A, DI title.

In District 15-1A, DI action, the 11th-ranked Jonesboro Eagles blanked the Zephyr Bulldogs, while the 26th-ranked Lometa Hornets outscored the Evant Elks, 52-40, to set up a showdown for first place this week.

In Class 1A, DII action, the 11th-ranked Strawn Greyhounds and the 15th-ranked Gordon Longhorns took control of District 11-1A, DII with domination wins as Strawn blanked the Gustine Tigers, 64-0, while Gordon made quick work of the Three Way Braves, 52-6.

Covid-19 and the injury big helped to decided the playoff chase in District 12-1A, DII as the 18th-ranked Morgan Eagles and the 26th-ranked Walnut Springs Hornets clinched postseason berths and set up a showdown for the district title. Prior to hosting Walnut Springs, the Iredell Dragons shut down their season due to injuries. And the Cranfills Gap Lions saw 2020 come to an end during an open date since their final two opponents can’t finish the season.

Likewise, the District 12-1A, DII front-running Oglesby Tigers claimed a forfeit win over the Mount Calm Panthers in their district opener, while the 21st-ranked Blanket Tigers knocked off the 24th-ranked Sidney Eagles, 52-28, to take over first place in District 15-1A, DII.

Once again this season, THE SPORTS BUZZ provides award-winning coverage of the 2020 Texas high school football season, focusing on Class 3A, 2A and 1A schools in the 10-county Heart of Texas region — which includes Bosque, Comanche, Coryell, Erath, Hamilton, Hill, Hood, Johnson, McLennan and Somervell counties.

Within the Heart of Texas region, THE SPORTS BUZZ covers 21 Class 1A-Six-Man schools spread out across eight districts in two divisions. Be sure to check back every week for the Class 1A Friday Flashback and Gridiron Grades featuring district standings, scores and upcoming matchups for all 21 Class 1A teams from the Heart of Texas.

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BATTLE FOR THE BOSQUE

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Competing in a six-man league all their own, the 18th-ranked Morgan Eagles will battle the 26th-ranked Walnut Springs Hornets for the District 12-1A, DII crown

MORGAN — It may not have turned out quite the way many envisioned it, but Bosque County will get the Class 1A six-man football showdown it deserves.

When the 18th-ranked Morgan Eagles soared past the defending District 12-1A, Division II champion Cranfills Gap Lions, 52-6, in their district opener two weeks ago, little did Morgan head coach Edward Aviles and his squad know that it would be the only victory needed to earn a postseason berth coming out of the all-Bosque County five-team league.

But unfortunately for the Kopperl Eagles, the Iredell Dragons and the Cranfills Gap Lions, Covid-19 and the injury bug proved to be the most difficult obstacle to overcome in a high school football season filled with the unexpected. With the season already over for those three teams, Morgan (3-0 in district, 7-2 overall) will hit the road to face the young and surprising 26th-ranked Walnut Springs Hornets (3-0, 7-2) at 7 p.m. Friday at Hornet Field — a week ahead of schedule.

“I’m glad Coach Aviles made the suggestion that we move our game up a week,” Walnut Springs head coach Lonnie Flippen said. “Otherwise, we would have gone three weeks without a game. I’m concerned about how sharp we may be on Friday night with a two-week break. And then, the weather being what it is makes it hard to prepare adequately for a team that’s as loaded as Morgan is.”

By totally dominating Cranfills Gap (0-2, 1-5), Morgan earned the right to face Walnut Springs in the showdown for the district title. And it proved to be a complete team effort by the Eagles as six different players found their way into the endzone. Seniors Derik Davenport and Ivan Alvarez led Morgan as both athletes threw for one touchdown and ran for another.

Morgan jumped out to a 16-0 first quarter lead and took a 38-6 advantage into the locker room  at halftime before scoring two quick touchdowns to wrap up the win with 8:25 left in the third quarter by virtue of the 45-point mercy rule.

With the Eagles spreading the ball around, junior Manuel Muniz passed for a touchdown, sophomores Adrian Vera-Rico and Dathen Davenport caught scoring passes, junior Gerardo Monroy ran for a touchdown, and sophomore Keylan Watts caught a scoring strike to end the game.

Defensively, Dathan Davenport led Morgan with seven tackles, followed by Vera-Rico with six and Alvarez with five.

“The Eagles were fortunate enough to take care of business,” Aviles said. “The defense had one slip and allowed the Lions to complete a pass for a touchdown just before the half. But we came back out strong after halftime and were able to end the game early.”

Playing shorthanded due to injuries, Cranfills Gap did not have the firepower to rally from the early deficit, despite Cason Cox connecting with Case Koehler for a 46-yard scoring strike before intermission. Cox led the Lions in rushing with 68 yards on 12 carries while completing four of 10 passes for 66 yards. Jason Youngblood fought for 43 yards rushing on 10 attempts, while Blake Allen and Cox led the Lions with four tackles each.

“Being shorthanded, our goal was to play the whole game with effort and execute,”Cranfills Gap head coach Adam Carroll said. “We struggled moving to ball and finishing drives. We may get everyone back from injury in a couple weeks, but unfortunately our playoff chances are gone with Kopperl and Iredell not having enough to compete.”

With an open date last Friday, Cranfills Gap expected to get healthy before closing out the season against Kopperl and Iredell, then hope for some help to climb back into the postseason chase. But Kopperl decided to cancel its season from the outset due to Covid-19 concerns, and Iredell shut its season down before hosting Walnut Springs last Friday.

“It’s a shame that the kids at Cranfills Gap and Iredell weren’t able to complete their season,” Flippen said. “They were both quality teams that were competitive throughout most of the preseason. They were both a deserving bunch of kids.”

The last time all five Bosque County six-man schools played in the same district, former Walnut Springs head coach Tim Trotter was the only one around to see it. Although the Bosque County rivals competed in the same district in 2002, the previous league also included outsiders Jonesboro and Oglesby.

But when Trotter retired during the summer as the county’s longest tenured head coach dating back to 1994, Flippen returned to the sideline to coach the Hornets for the first time since 1991. While Flippen expressed excitement about the all-Bosque County district from the outset, the young Hornets have proven to be the surprise of the league under his guidance.

“It is fun to be in this situation with our kids, since no one really expected us to be too competitive this year,” Flippen said. “These guys have made me proud all year. And I can only hope we play well enough on Friday night to have an opportunity to win a district title, and that Bosque County title as well.”

Coming off their first district championship since 1982, the Cranfills Gap Lions brought high expectations for a repeat into the season. But a case of Covid-19 slowed the team early before injuries hit the Lions hard.

“This year was a tough one, with no offseason,” Carroll said. “And seeing most of my high school boys in August for the first time in months put us way behind. We struggled with injuries all year and finally got healthy. But due to our district schedule, we won’t get to see the field with all our players.

“I feel bad for our senior boys. It wasn’t the season they wanted to end with, that’s for sure. I’m looking toward to the future though. We will have almost all of our team back next year, and our Junior High team is undefeated. We wish Walnut Springs and Morgan good luck with their district title game and representing our district well in the playoffs.”

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GRIDIRON SCOREBOARD: WEEK 9

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Class 3A, 2A & 1A high school football scores from the Heart of Texas

FINAL UPDATE: 8:45 a.m., Saturday, October 24, 2020

Here are ALL of the final scores from Class 3A, 2A and 1A Texas high school football scores for Thursday and Friday from around the Heart of Texas region.

On location for three games this weekend, THE SPORTS BUZZ provides award-winning coverage of the 2020 Texas high school football season every week, focusing on Class 3A, 2A and 1A schools in the 10-county Heart of Texas region — which includes Bosque, Comanche, Coryell, Erath, Hamilton, Hill, Hood, Johnson, McLennan and Somervell counties.

Be sure to check in with THE SPORTS BUZZ every Friday night for the complete scoreboard from games across the Heart of Texas region.

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GRIDIRON MATCHUPS: Week 9

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Class 3A, 2A & 1A teams across the Heart of Texas face crucial district showdowns in fight for playoff spots

With just three Friday nights under the lights left in the 2020 Texas high school football regular season for Class 3A, 2A & 1A teams, the spotlight turns to crucial district showdowns and some traditional rivalries across the Heart of Texas.

Once again this season, THE SPORTS BUZZ provides award-winning coverage of the 2020 Texas high school football season, focusing on Class 3A, 2A and 1A schools in the 10-county Heart of Texas region — which includes Bosque, Comanche, Coryell, Erath, Hamilton, Hill, Hood, Johnson, McLennan and Somervell counties.

Be sure to check in with THE SPORTS BUZZ every week to find the complete schedule for teams from the Heart of Texas region. And be sure to tune late Friday for our as-soon-as-they-become-final updated scoreboard.

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