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FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: Chillicothe rallies to top Forestburg

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By ERIC VICCARO

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The Forestburg High School football team stayed stride for stride with Chillicothe for nearly four quarters in Friday’s Conference 1A Division II bi-district playoff game at Archer City.

Longhorn freshman quarterback Matthew Wallace scored on a 19-yard touchdown run with 2 minutes, 23 seconds in the fourth quarter – that trimmed Chillicothe’s lead to 44-41.

But, on 2nd-down-and-10 from Forestburg’s 33-yard line, Chillicothe’s Denzel Graves eluded a couple of would-be Longhorn tacklers en route to a TD.

That gave the Eagles the cushion they needed and Forestburg bowed out of the postseason with a 58-41 loss to Chillicothe.

Chillicothe improved to 7-4 on the season, advancing to the regional round for a game with Guthrie on Nov. 21. Forestburg finished the 2014 campaign with a mark of 6-4.

“The boys played hard tonight,” Forestburg head coach Wayne Tuckwell said.

Tuckwell thought injuries wore down the Longhorns as the game advanced. Malaci Moore missed several stretches of the game due to cramps in his right calf.

Bryan McDowell is the lone senior on the roster. McDowell played superbly in his final scholastic grid contest, catching two 24-yard TD passes from Wallace.

The Longhorns were clinging to a 34-30 at the end of three quarters, only to see the Eagles rack up 28 fourth-quarter points for the victory.

Forestburg built its lead to as much as 28-6 with 3:50 to go in the second quarter after McDowell’s second TD reception. The Longhorns took advantage of three first-half Chillicothe fumbles while amassing their advantage.

After the Eagles went four-plays-and-out, Forestburg had a chance to score again – only this time McDowell fumbled at the Chillicothe 19-yard line. The Eagles recovered, and the fulcrum began swinging in their direction.

Friday’s Result

Conference 1A Division II Playoffs

At Archer City

Chillicothe 58, Forestburg 41

Score by Quarters

Forestburg                          8              20           6              7              –             41

Chillicothe                          0              12           18           28           –             58

Scoring Summary

(Forestburg scores only)

First Quarter

F – Bryan McDowell 24 pass from Matthew Wallace (Malaci Moore kick)

Second Quarter

F – Daniel Sharon 3 run (Malaci Moore kick)

F – Malaci Moore 1 run (kick blocked)

F – McDowell 24 pass from Wallace (kick failed)

Third Quarter

F – Wallace 37 run (kick failed)

Fourth Quarter

F – Wallace 19 run (Taten Vann pass from Wallace)

GIRLS BASKETBALL

FRIDAY

Era 58, Saint Jo 14

Record: Saint Jo, 0-2

Prairie Valley 65, Wichita Falls Heat 35

Record: Prairie Valley, 1-1

TODAY

11 a.m., Gold-Burg at Electra

Forestburg freshman running back Daniel Sharon scampers free and clear during the first half of Friday’s Conference 1A Division II bi-district playoff game at Archer City. Chillicothe rallied to beat the Longhorns 58-41. (News photo by Eric Viccaro)

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Baseball Roundup

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Nocona vs Saint Jo
The Nocona Indians won both games in their double-header against Saint Jo on Thursday.
The Indians won game one 21-5 and then game two 12-1 after four and half innings.
With the bad weather earlier in the week and the busy spring schedule, the two schools agreed to a double-header on the unusual day instead of two games on different days like normal.
Last year, the smaller 1A Panthers had easily beaten Nocona in the games. This year, the Indians got some revenge.
Nocona was up 8-0 after the first two innings, but Saint Jo did a good job of hold the Indians scoreless for the next three. The Panthers scored one run on offense during this time to catch up a bit even though they still trailed 8-3.
The Nocona bats picked back up at the end, scoring five runs in the sixth inning to go up 13-3.
Saint Jo needed to score at least one run to prevent the game from ending early. The Panthers came through with two runs to go to the seventh and final inning.
The Indians got rolling, scoring eight runs to make the final score laughable. Saint Jo’s bats could not answer and Nocona won 21-5.
The second game started and the Panthers led 1-0 after the first inning. Unfortunately for Saint Jo, the Indian offense woke up in the second inning and scored nine runs to break the game open.
Nocona added three runs in the third inning and coasted to win after four and half innings 12-1.

Missing scores
The Bellevue baseball team has not updated it scores from its previous game on the GameChanger app.

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Softball Roundup

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Nocona
The Nocona Lady Indians lost at Collinsville on Monday in a game that got away from them.
The Lady Pirates won 8-3, but with the Lady Indians committing six fielding errors, half the runs given up were unearned.
Nocona was down 3-0 after the first two innings before its bats picked things up in the third inning.
With two runners on base and one out, Abby Hill hit a double that scored one run. Tinley Cable followed and hit a fly out to center field, but it was deep enough to get another run home after tagging up.
The Lady Indians trailed 3-2.
Nocona just could not keep Collinsville off the board however. The Lady Pirates scored at least one run in every inning, with two runs in the second and fourth innings.
The Lady Indians were down 8-2 heading into the final inning and tried to stage a late game rally.
With two runners on base and one out, Skye Kirby grounded out to the shortstop for an out, but it drove one run home. Unfortunately, the next batter flew out to center field for out three to end the game.
The Lady Pirates won 8-3.

Missing scores
Saint Jo scores from its previous two games are not on the GameChanger app.

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Bowie baseball loses to Iowa Park

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It was a game to forget for the Bowie Jackrabbits baseball team on Wednesday against Iowa Park.
The Hawks won 13-1 in six innings to win by run-rule against the Jackrabbits.
Bowie was coming off a competitive, but losing effort against Jacksboro, but knew Iowa Park would be just as tough or better with the Hawks sitting in second place in the district standings.
The Jackrabbits had lost the first game at Iowa Park in 7-3, with most of the action happening in the later innings, so they knew they could play with the Hawks. Unfortunately, Bowie did not show it on Wednesday.
Iowa Park scored three runs in the opening inning to grab a lead it would never let go. It forced the Jackrabbits to change pitchers to get out of the inning after giving up two doubles, a single, two walks and a hit batter.
Down 3-0, Bowie showed some fight in the same inning. Rayder Mann took advantage of a dropped third strike to get on base with one out. Troy Kesey hit a double and Seth Mann drew a walk to load the bases up.
After a strikeout, Hayden Rodriguez was then hit by a pitch, which allowed one run to some in and score to cut the lead to 3-1.
Iowa Park scored one run in the second inning, but it was the third inning that broke the game open.
Seven walks, two singles and a hit batter allowed the Hawks to score six runs to up their lead to 10-1. Bowie cycled through three pitchers during the inning.
While the Jackrabbit bats did have several chances to score with runners in scoring position in the second and fourth innings, the chances dried up as the game went along.
Iowa Park scored three runs on three singles and a double in the sixth inning to go up 13-1.
Bowie would need to score at least three runs to prevent the game from stopping early.
Unfortunately, despite a one out drawn walk, the Jackrabbits did not threaten to score and the game did end early.
Iowa Park won 13-1.

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