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October 22, 2021

GRIDIRON SCOREBOARD: WEEK 9

in Schedule/Scores/Stats

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

(FINAL UPDATE: 11:35 p.m., Friday, October 22, 2021)

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

Be sure to check back with THE SPORTS BUZZ for up-to-the-minute updates throughout the weekend for scores from the 2021 Texas high school football postseason.

On location for the Game of the Week in Walnut Springs this weekend, THE SPORTS BUZZ provides award-winning coverage of the 2021 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.

Don’t forget 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 GURUS: WEEK 9

in Predictions

PUTTING IT ON THE LINE: Picking Heart of Texas high school football games, NCAA college football games in Texas, as well as the Cowboys & the Texans

With a full slate of games scheduled at all levels of high school, college and professional football, THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick’ems panel attempt to sort out the high school district races across the Heart of Texas, solve the puzzle of college teams bouncing up and down the national rankings, and figure out which NFL team will win on any given Sunday.

Throughout the rest of the 2021 football season, THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick’ems panel will test their luck picking a slate of high school football games across the Heart of Texas, a selection of Texas college football games, as well as matchups involving the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans.

Joining THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick’ems panel this season will be Toney Rogers, a local business owner in the Heart of Texas, while Don Nicholas, Field Representative for U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25), Meridian Yellowjacket football head coach Wade Morton and The Sports Buzz’ Brett Voss return from last year.

Congrats to Toney for having a great bounce back week (34-6) after struggling for several weeks, tying Brett (34-6) for last week’s top spot with both Don (31-9) and Wade (31-9) close behind with very good showings as well. While THE SPORTS BUZZ prognosticators were practically knotted up after the high school games, Toney only missed two of 23 college picks to seize the day.

Join us every Thursday throughout the 2021 football season as THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick their winners for a select group of the week’s high school games, your favorite college teams from the NCAA Div. I, Div. II and Div. III, as well as the state’s two NFL teams, the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans.

Be sure to make your picks as well!

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POSTSEASON BOUND

in Volleyball

Clinching their first Class 3A volleyball playoff appearance since 2014, the Clifton Lady Cubs riding three-match win streak during stretch run

CLIFTON – Claiming their first playoff berth in eight years, the Class 3A Clifton Lady Cubs volleyball can start looking ahead to the postseason riding a three-match win streak after totally dominating the Waco Harmony Academy Lady Tigers, 25-2, 25-4, 25-11, for a District 17-3A victory Tuesday evening in the Clifton High Gymnasium.

“Waco Harmony was a great win for us,” Clifton volleyball head coach Paige Poth said. “The girls did a great job again focusing on minimizing errors and pushing through every play. It was an exciting night for us. Winning this game sealed us into the top four teams in the district and getting that playoff spot. I was very proud of their focus that game and overall proud of how they have done this season.”

Now, Clifton (7-5 in district, 20-15 overall) will wrap up the regular season with two more home games, hosting Riesel (2-10, 15-19) at 4:30 p.m. Friday before closing out the district schedule against 14th-ranked Troy (10-2, 26-5) next Tuesday. Class 3A’s sixth-ranked Lorana (12-0, 32-4) remains at the top of the district standings, while previously state-ranked West (10-2, 26-6) stands deadlocked with Troy for second.

After opening the stretch run last week with an important win over arch-rival Whitney, the Lady Cubs volleyball team left no doubt they’re deserving as they swept past the McGregor Lady Bulldogs, 25-17, 25-11, 25-12, for a convincing win last Friday to wrap up a week that saw back-to-back wins.

Junior Carley Caniford led the Lady Cubs with 15 kills, followed by senior Ava Anderson and sophomore Kate Humphreys with nine each. Senior Kamryn Zint contributed a team-high 12 digs and 12 service receptions, while sophomore Sydney Fullerton handled 33 assists.

“Friday was a fantastic win, and it was a great way to finish off the week,” Poth said. “We got out and competed. But most importantly, they focused on the team they are capable of being and played their best. I was very proud of how they handled the week. It was an important week, especially for us to ensure we secure our spot in the top four teams.”

In a battle for the fourth place playoff berth in district, the Lady Cubs swept past the four teams that stood in their way during the first round of district competition. And by knocking off Harmony (0-12, 0-19), McGregor (3-9, 5-20), Whitney (5-8, 9-18) for a second time, the Lady Cubs secured their first postseason appearance since 2014.

“With those three wins, we have secured that fourth place spot in the district,” Poth said. “But this week, we still have Riesel to take care of. We are working to ensure that we are taking care of what needs to get done as we head into the playoffs.”

Snapping a three-match losing streak while three of the best teams in the state perched at the top of District 17-3A, the Lady Cubs swept the Whitney Lady Wildcats in straight sets, 25-22, 25-15, 25-18, on the road last Tuesday.

Anderson led Clifton with 13 kills and 15 service receptions, followed by Carley Caniford with nine and Humphreys with five. Fullerton contributed a team-high 14 digs, 27 assists and two service aces, Zint came up with 13 digs and 14 service receptions, while senior Kasandra Gaona delivered a team-high three service aces.

“It was a hard fought game,” Poth said following the match. “This group has been very disciplined in executing a game plan. And the thing is; our girls don’t quit. They don’t give up on any play, on any ball, or any game. Friday night against McGregor, we have to go in with the same mentality and same energy as we did against Whitney.”

And that’s exactly what the Lady Cubs did.

“The opportunity was present,” Poth said. “In the first round, we proved that we can get the job done. The teams we played were tough, but we have proven that we are able to play with those state-ranked teams. It has taken all of us, but I had no doubt that the girls would get in and get the job done.”

Photos by SIMONE WICHERS-VOSS

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