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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Nocona seed up in air

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By ERIC VICCARO

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There are enough playoff scenarios in District 5-3A-II to make a high school math teacher happy.
But, for football coaches, it’s a case of not-so-much.
The Nocona football team, after a 48-28 loss to Henrietta on Friday at Jack Crain Stadium, still could finish anywhere from second to fourth in the district.
And that will ultimately determine how stout an opponent the Indians will face in the opening round.
But, first, Nocona must prepare for the task at hand – a game against Millsap. The Bulldogs have taken the past two games in the series.
“It’s a scary game,” Nocona head coach Brad Keck said. “They are 0-for the district, and we don’t want to look ahead.”
Keck said Millsap has played Nocona pretty well in recent years, and that’s because the Bulldogs have a distinct size advantage.
For Millsap, it’s all about playing a physical style, rooted out of the stack I-formation offense and three-man front defense.
Millsap’s top player is Jeff Morlen. Keck said it’s going to be important for Nocona’s defense to know where Morlen lines up, whether at running back or wide receiver. He’s also a strong defender at outside linebacker. Read more in the Nov. 2 Bowie News.

Tyler Hayes, one of Nocona’s five seniors, finished with 11 assisted tackles during an Oct. 28 game versus Henrietta. (News photo by Dani Blackburn) 

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Forestburg Boys Interview

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Interview with Forestburg basketball players Talan Jones (left) and Kyler Willett following their bi-district playoff win against Newcastle on Feb. 20, 2024.
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Nocona Boys Interview

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Interview with Nocona basketball players Brady McCasland (left) and Conley Kleinhans following their bi-district playoff win against Haskell on Feb. 19, 2024.
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Saint Jo beats Bellevue in play-in game for 3rd place

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Devin Stewart scored 22 points for Saint Jo and helped the Panthers beat Bellevue on Friday night.

The Saint Jo Panthers were able to bounce back and beat Bellevue on Friday night in Bowie to earn the third seed in district play.
The Panthers won 69-51 against a hot Eagles team coming into the game.
Bellevue had won the last four district games heading into the game, including a dominant win against Saint Jo just the previous week.
The Eagles comeback win against second seed Forestburg earlier in the week clutched at least a playoff spot, with a play-in game against the Panthers for the third seed.
The first quarter was competitive as Bellevue led 15-12 as the Eagles had five different players score at least one point.
The Panthers answered back in the second quarter, scoring 22 points as the team got a big lift from Devin Stewart who scored nine points during that period.
Bellevue kept up, scoring 16 points even as it fell behind a little bit.
Saint Jo led 35-31 at halftime.
The Panthers defense stepped up in the third quarter, limiting the Eagles to only one basket and some free throw attempts as Bellevue scored seven points.
Saint Jo got a big boost from Barrett Johnson, who scored 10 of his team’s 14 points as the Panthers lead extended.
Saint Jo led 49-38 heading into the final period.
While the Eagles scored a bit better in the fourth quarter, scoring 13 points, it was not enough to keep up with the Panthers. Saint Jo went 12-16 from the free throw line in the final period alone, which helped the team score 20 points and pull further ahead.
The Panthers won 69-51.

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

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