Sunday, November 06, 2005

ATH: More football

Sunday Update: The girls beat Colorado 2-1 in double-overtime to win the Big 12 Tourney Championship on top of their regular season title. Now it's off to the NCAAs! Gig 'Em.

Yo! It was Highland Park 45, Forney 12 to round out a perfect season for the Scots!

Smithson Valley wins district title with a 2807 win over Roosevelt. They'll be playing San Marcos in the first round of the playoffs.

Word is that Tivy will be playing New Braunfels Canyon in the first round.

Texas Tech 56, A&M 17. This quote from the AP is the kind of thing any coach or fan dreads: "The margin of victory was the largest for Tech in the history of the series."

Then you got Tech coach Mike Leach, who says this -- "They throw a lot of different schemes at you and they all look similar. It's a lot of stuff we haven't seen before." -- and you got to wonder why you can't beat him. I don't know if that statement was tongue-in-cheek, bravado, stupidity, incompetence, or ignorance, but i believe were i Tech president i'd be sitting him down with a consultant of some kind.

The season will be over soon. I wrote an editorial back in about 1976 that said chasing off Emory Bellard was a huge mistake -- he was a great man and a great coach. And that was followed by years of scandal and embarrassment. Until they hired the guy i recommended in that same editorial -- R.C. Slocum -- another great man and great coach. Now it looks like we may be enduring the beginning of another long drought of embarrassment. Let's hope scandal doesn't follow.

AND did i mention it's opening day -- hunting season that is -- and that's about 75% of our local industry. A lot of local families will be making their year's income in the next two months. A drive through Ingram will probably result in someone saying, "how many taxidermists do you need?" We probably have the highest per capita ratio of stuffers of anywhere in the world.

OH MY . . .

INGRAM — The Liberty Hill Panthers and the Ingram Warriors had a shoot-out on a night when the scoreboard wouldn't work, putting up 112 points and 1,155 yards in combined total offense, with the Panthers coming out on top 70-42 at Warrior Stadium Friday night.

Liberty Hill stopped the Warriors on fourth-and-1 on Ingram’s first drive, and then one play later, Casey Kociuba went 84 yards for his first of four touchdown runs on the night.

Ingram answered right back with a four-play, 59-yard scoring drive as J.T. Aspra went in for the first of his three rushing touchdowns from 1 yard out.

Liberty Hill scored again, then picked off an Aspra pass, and scored again to take a 21-7 lead before the Warriors responded with a three-play, 65-yard drive culminated with a 17-yard toss from Aspra to Shaun Butzke, and the first quarter ended with the Warriors down 21-14.

But the Warriors could not stop Liberty Hill's offense, and they would never get any closer. Although the Warriors got two more touchdowns in the second quarter, the Panthers scored five times and a wild first half ended with Liberty Hill in command, 56-28.

Both teams scored twice more in the second half, and Liberty Hill (7-2, 4-1) closed out the Warriors’ season (6-4, 1-4). J.T. Aspra finished with 173 yards rushing on 18 carries, giving him more than 1,000 rushing for the season, and he passed for 283 yards.

Sean Hennigar finished with 72 yards rushing and 70 yards receiving — among those a 40-yard touchdown reception, giving him 16 touchdowns this season.

Darrenn Taylor was perfect on all seven extra points for Ingram, and he caught an 8-yard touchdown pass. Teammate Kris Hicks finished with four catches for 87 yards.

Dusty Block also had three big hits that helped Ingram recover two on-sides kicks in the second half.


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