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Saint Jo
The Saint Jo Panthers took it to Texas Leadership Charter Academy on Friday, ending the game in the first half.
The Panthers won 63-0 against the overmatched Eagles’ team with little trouble as Saint Jo stayed undefeated in district play heading into its bye-week.
The Panthers scored on every offensive possession, scoring six touchdowns on only 10 offensive plays. The defense got in the action scoring twice while forcing TLCA to go backwards more than forwards, totaling -52 yards of offense.
Logan Brawner scored three touchdowns on four touches totaling 165 yards of offense. Chance Bennett scored two rushing touchdowns and set the tone scooping up a fumble and scoring on the Eagles’ first offensive possession.
Cade Stevens and Jonathon Diaz each completed one pass for a touchdown, with Diaz’s pass going to Stevens for a 35-yard touchdown. Dylan Brockman scored the final touchdown of the game with an interception he returned for a score.
The Panthers final district game will be a home game against Perrin-Whitt at 7:30 p.m. on Nov.6.

Gold-Burg
The Gold-Burg Bears let a winnable game slip away in their opening district game against Trinidad at home on Friday.
The Trojans won 34-22, pulling away by two scores only at the end as the game.
The Bears came into the game following a bye-week after winning their last five games. Trinidad featured many tall and impressive looking athletes who had some speed in the open field.
This was featured on the Trojans’ first drive when they scored on a long touchdown run to take the lead. Gold-Burg’s offense stalled, but on defense the Bear’s Kani Grace recovered a fumble and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown to tie the score up 8-8.
The defenses traded stops and turnovers to finish the first quarter out as Gold-Burg’s Matt Fatheree intercepted a pass, but the Trojans intercepted it right back.
Trinidad scored on a 15-yard touchdown pass to start the second quarter to go up 16-8. The Bears offense continued to falter as negative plays could not be overcome and big plays were harder to come by. Gold-Burg’s defense recovered three fumbles in the quarter thanks to mostly botched exchanges from the Trojans. One included another defensive touchdown, but a failed kick saw the Bears trail 16-14 at halftime.
Gold-Burg took the lead early in the second half as Grace threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Fatheree to make the score 22-16. Fatheree intercepted his second pass of the game on Trinidad’s next possession and it looked like the Bears might take control of the game.
Unfortunately, the offense would continue to shoot itself in the foot with negative plays and the lack of big plays to make them up.
The Trojans tied the score on another big run at the beginning of the fourth quarter to tie the game at 22-22. This came on the heels of a third red zone trip from Gold-Burg’s offense that failed to produce any points.
The Bear’s offense turned the ball over on downs deep in their own territory next. Trinidad took over and scored on a 10-yard run to take the lead 28-22.
Gold-Burg’s offense could not respond and turned the ball over with a little more than three minutes to play.
The Trojans tried to run the clock out, but their big play running back scored his fourth touchdown on the game on a 25-yard run to make the score 34-22 with less than a minute left to play.
The Bears would need a miracle to come back, but that was dashed when Trinidad recovered a surprise onside kick to ice the game.
The district does not get any easier this week. Gold-Burg travels to Fannidel in a do-or-die game for the Bears, who need to win their final two games to make the playoffs.
The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 30.

Forestburg
The Forestburg Longhorns started off district play with a loss at Fannindel on Friday.
The Falcons won the game 53-6 in the first half as their athleticism and execution proved too much for the Longhorns.
The only good part of the game for Forestburg happened at the beginning. Jaden Meek took the opening kickoff back for a touchdown to put the Longhorns up 6-0.
Forestburg had a chance to add to its lead early, but squandered the opportunity. From there, it was all Fannindel.
Team leaders included Meek with 32 rushing yards on four carries. Hayden Berry caught one pass for 12 yards to lead the team.
Coach Trey Cumby knew his team would have to play its best game and be mistake free if they had a chance to beat the Falcons, who have yet to lose a game this season.
He didn’t get that which did not help his team compete well with one of the district favorites.
The Longhorns will need to win both of their final district games if they want to make the playoffs for the second straight season.
Forestburg next plays at Trinidad at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 30.

Nocona
The Nocona Indians had the worst case scenario happen to them on Friday.
Due to a second player testing positive for COVID-19 last week, the Indians agreed to forfeit their game against Holliday.
Coach Rick Weaver said the decision was made at around 4:15 p.m. on Friday after calling the Eagles Coach Frank Johnson.
“We had a kid come up positive on Friday, our second one of the week,” Weaver said. “When I called Holliday, I told him we have backups we will put in, but after discussion we didn’t feel it was the right decision to put two teams on the field and risk infecting their school as well.”
As of Monday, Nocona is still planning to travel to Valley View to play this week.
The Eagles have struggled with injuries this season and are winless, but the Indians expect it to be a tough game with them getting some key players back from injury.
The game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 30.

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Nocona
The Nocona Lady Indians blew out Howe on Friday night.
The Lady Indians won 69-27 against the overwhelmed Lady Bulldogs.
The first three quarters saw Nocona score 19 or more points in each one. Howe only scored in double-digits in the third quarter, more than doubling its first half total.
Skyler Smith led the team with 19 points and six steals.
Megyn Meekins recorded a near triple-double scoring 17 points, passing for 12 assists and had a team high nine rebounds.
Sydnee Mowry joined them in double-figures scoring 10 points and Jolie Rose nearly did too scoring nine points.

Saint Jo
The Saint Jo Lady Panthers finished with a positive record at their hosted tournament last week.
The Lady Panthers went 3-2 overall, with one of the wins coming against one of the teams it lost against.
Saint Jo picked up wins against Newcastle 51-25 and Savoy 44-23 in pool play. The next day saw the Lady Panthers lose to Sacred Heart 48-31.
Against Petrolia it was even worse losing 66-33.
This set up a rematch against Sacred Heart. Despite losing to the Lady Tigers by double-digits the previous day, Saint Jo instead won by more than 30 points 66-32 on Saturday to go out of the tournament on a positive note.

Gold-Burg
The Gold-Burg Lady Bears got some good competition at the Saint Jo tournament last week.
The Lady Bears went 1-4 overall, but hung close with several good teams.
Gold-Burg first played district opponent Prairie Valley and lost 42-31.
The other pool game on Thursday was against a Petrolia team that would go on to win the tournament. The Lady Bears lost 66-47, but had several good scoring performances.
The final pool game against Tioga saw Gold-Burg lose 56-47.
During bracket play, the Lady Bears blew out Savoy 54-11 for a chance to play for the silver bracket championship against Newcastle.
Against a 1A playoff team that has an athletic post player, Gold-Burg had a chance to win late in the game, but ultimately fell short 47-42.

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Saint Jo
The Saint Jo Panthers won their hosted tournament last week.
The Panthers went 5-0, winning by double-digits in all of their games.
During pool play Saint Jo beat Newcastle by 50 points (89-39) and Sacred Heart by 20 points (60-40). Bracket play saw the Panthers win even more dominantly first against Petrolia 71-19 and then district opponent Prairie Valley 60-22.
This put them in the championship game against a 2A Muenster program that not only is used to success, but with it only being 10 miles down the road and with current Athletic Director Mark Stevens spending seven years there, the athletic programs are tight.
Usually the bigger Hornets beat up on Saint Jo teams at worse or the Panthers try to keep it close at best during pre-district matchups, but on Saturday that was flipped. Saint Jo beat Muenster 56-46 to win the overall tournament championship.
Kile Thurman was named the tournament’s most valuable player. Brice Durham and Collin Thomas were named to the all-tournament team.

Nocona
The Nocona Indians played in their first tournament at Dodd City last week.
The Indians went 2-2 overall to finish in fourth place at the tournament.
Nocona played two games during pools on Thursday. The first game was a rematch against Bells from earlier in the week. The Panthers then beat the Indians 46-36 and again in pools 53-33.
Nocona was able to bounce back later in the day, winning a close game against tournament host Dodd City 53-47, a state-ranked 1A team.
Going into bracket play two days later, the Indians won another close game, this one against Tom Bean 59-52.
This put Nocona into a game against North Hopkins for third place. The Panthers are a 2A state-ranked team and unfortunately the Indians did not play their best. North Hopkins won 60-36 as Nocona finished fourth.

Prairie Valley
The Prairie Valley Bulldogs played at Saint Jo’s tournament last week to get some work in.
The young Bulldogs went 2-3 overall to finish in fourth place.
Prairie Valley’s first game of the tournament came against 2A Muenster. The Bulldogs lost 55-30.
Prairie Valley bounced back in the second game of pool play against Petrolia, winning 41-30.
The next day the Bulldogs beat Nocona’s JV team 54-30. To get a chance to play for the championship game and another chance at Muenster, Prairie Valley would have to beat district opponent Saint Jo. The Panthers won 60-22, pushing the Bulldogs to play Sacred Heart in the third place game.
Unfortunately, Prairie Valley lost 65-31 to finish fourth overall.

Gold-Burg
The Gold-Burg Bears struggled at the Saint Jo tournament last week.
Out of the five games played, the four that were reported were all losses.
Gold-Burg lost to Electra 46-34 to start out the tournament. The Bears lost their closest game of the tournament to Petrolia 43-40.
Gold-Burg then got matched up against 2A Muenster and lost 89-18. The last game was a rematch against Electra which did not go better as the Bears lost 46-24.

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