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This Friday kicks off the Texas high school football season and all five Montague County teams are buckling down to try and come away 1-0 after the first week.

Bowie
The Bowie Jackrabbits travel to Graham this week to play the 4A Steers at 7:30 p.m.
It will be a good test for the mostly new look Bowie team as Graham is in a similar boat just having graduated a big senior class as well.
Coach Hugh Farmer mentioned sophomore quarterback Ty Thompson being the key to the Steers’ offense after playing a lot as a freshman last season.
He estimates the team leans a bit more on the run but are balanced on offense and has some receivers that have made plays on film.
On defense, Farmer said the Steers play a similar 3-3 stack defense as the Jackrabbits do which will give them some familiarity for the formation.
“It’s going to be a really good test for us against a good team with a lot of tradition,” Farmer said. “Those kids are going to walk out on the field and think they can win and we are going to have to match that.”

Nocona
The Nocona Indians open their season at home against Era at 7:30 p.m.
The 2A Hornets went 2-9 last year but return more than half their players on both sides of the ball and will be looking to improve with the continuity.
Nocona Coach Blake Crutsinger said Era will look to stay balanced out of the spread offensive formation and the defense will have to be ready for anything.
On offense, Crutsinger said he feels his team can move the ball if they continue to sharpen things up while also hinting they left some things out of the scrimmage the Hornets may not be ready for.

Saint Jo
The Saint Jo Panthers are scheduled to open their season at 7:30 p.m. at home against Wichita Christian.
The Stars are a private school that Stevens says likes to spread teams out and throw the football. Stevens feels like this year’s defense is one of the more athletic he has had and feels confident they will be equipped to handle it.
Offensively with the playmakers the Panthers have on offense, Stevens feels like his team should be able to run the ball well if they are to be successful in this game, though the team will try to diversify up the offensive formations this year.
“We have to get better at blocking than we did in our scrimmages,” Stevens said. “Blocking in a practice setting is a whole different thing. The other key will be can we tackle in space?”

Gold-Burg
The Gold-Burg Bears open their season on the road at 7:30 p.m. at Perrin-Whitt.
The Bears are familiar with the Pirates as the team have opened the season against the other several years in a row at this point.
That familiarity is even more so with new Coach Brady Hibbitt having spent the past two seasons as an assistant at Perrin-Whitt.
“Those kids we watched on film, we have to go into the game not expecting we are just going to beat them,” Hibbitts said. “They are a really good team and well coached. We are going to have to play one of our better games to beat them.”
Hibbitts noted Cassey Beach as a player to watch as a quick footed athlete on both sides of the ball and Dylan Trammell at a big kid who usually blocks but sometime carries the ball as well.

Forestburg
The Forestburg Longhorns are opening their season at home at 7 p.m. against the North Texas Spartan.
The Spartans out of Mckninney are a home school team that will be playing their first game ever. With no film from even a scrimmage to go off of, the Longhorns are going into the game blind.
The good news is the team will be getting three new players to expand to 12 players in time for the game, which will give Forestburg some much needed depth it has been missing for several years if they can get those players up to speed.
So in preparation, the Longhorns will be focusing on polishing up their fundamentals in practice to be as sharp as they can be.
Playing the best version of their type of football will hopefully lead to success against a team that will probably have less experience than they do.

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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.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.

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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.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.

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