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Bowie football wins 44-42

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The Bowie Jackrabbits picked up their first district win at Peaster on Friday night in a game that went down to the wire.
The Jackrabbits did just enough to hang on at the end to win 44-42 against the Greyhounds.
Bowie was in control in the first half. Wide receiver Ryder Richey took a forward pitch reverse around the right side 71-yards for a touchdown catch, technically, from quarterback Colby Miller. It put Bowie up 7-0.
Peaster answered back with a touchdown drive that ended with a short two-yard touchdown pass on a slant route from quarterback Gunner McElroy. The extra point was no good as the Jackrabbits stayed in the lead 7-6.
Bowie’s offense continued to hum as running back Ty Harris got loose up the middle for a 25-yard touchdown run. The score put the Jackrabbits up 14-6 heading into the second quarter.
Bowie’s offense had another successful drive deep into Peaster’s territory. Facing fourth down the Jackrabbits elected to kick the 28-yard field goal, which Alan Miranda put through the uprights to make the score 17-6.
The Greyhounds answered back as McElroy found Caden Duer open for a 25-yard touchdown catch. The extra point failed again as Peaster cut the lead to 17-12.
Before halftime Bowie conducted another successful offensive drive. It ended in the end zone this time as Miller ran the ball in from two yards out to extend the Jackrabbits lead to 23-12 heading into the break.
Bowie has had a couple of games this season, most notably the previous one against Pilot Point, where the Jackrabbits failed to follow up a good first half with anything close in the second half.
That trend looked like it was continuing as Peaster came back in the third quarter to take the lead.
McElroy finished two drives with short touchdown runs to put the Greyhounds up 27-23 as Bowie was having flashbacks to last week.
As the fourth quarter came, the Jackrabbits offense got out of their third quarter funk and big plays started to happen again.
Miller threw the ball to Miranda on a screen pass to the right side. Miranda found the seem, made a couple of defenders miss and ran to the end zone to complete a 41-yard touchdown catch. The score gave Bowie back the lead 29-27, but Peaster was not done.
McElroy found Zane O’Donnell open behind the defense after a pump fake, completing a pass to him for a 46-yard touchdown catch. It gave the Greyhounds back the lead 34-29.
The Jackrabbits leaned on their senior running back Ty Harris down the stretch as he finished the next two drives with touchdown runs of seven and 12 yards. Bowie’s lead was 44-34, but Peaster’s big play offense was still threat despite time running out.
Surprisingly, it was the Greyhounds running game that came through.
Big running back Tramer Gilbert ran through two defenders up the middle before breaking to the sideline to score a 53-yard touchdown run. The good two-point conversion cut the lead to 44-42, meaning a field goal would win the game if Peaster could get the ball back.
With less than two minutes to play and not enough time outs, the Greyhounds needed to recover the onside kick to have a chance.
Fortunately, Bowie recovered the ball and was able to kneel the ball a few times to secure the win.

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

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Nocona, Saint Jo finish in top 25 of Lone Star Cup

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On the Thursday the final Lone Star Cup standings were released for the 2023-2024 school year.
Montague County had two schools that finished among the top 25 in their classification.
Nocona finished tied for 13th place in 2A while Saint Jo was tied for 24th place in 1A.
It is the highest finish for Nocona ever since the Lone Star Cup started up in the late 1990s. While it is associated with and measures the overall success of a school’s athletic program, it also takes into account the school’s success in academic and other programs like band, one-act-play, robotics, etc.
Nocona scored points in volleyball, football, cheerleading, girls and boys basketball and baseball. Unfortunately, its state appearance in film did not count towards the total. It all added up to 41 points, which is the most in program history
For Saint Jo, the success of its volleyball, football, softball, baseball, girl’s and boy’s basketball teams led to 32 points.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News.

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UIL changes playoff format

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The University Interscholastic League announced on Tuesday changes for the upcoming school year when it comes to playoff formatting.
For 2A-5A schools, playoff formatting for volleyball, basketball, softball, baseball and soccer will now be split up into two divisions that will model itself like the 6A football playoffs. For 1A schools, this will only be applied for basketball. In all, there will be 12 state champions in those sports now.
This means there will be two playoff divisions within every classification. Districts will stay the same and not be affected. Four teams from every district will still make the playoffs, but now the two biggest schools of the four will play in the bracket with the other bigger schools while the two smaller schools will play in the other bracket.
This will not be like 1A-5A football, where divisions are hard cut by enrollment numbers and district alignments are set up with this in mind. Some districts that feature schools with low enrollment numbers within a classification will have to send two schools to compete in the big school bracket.
At lower levels, it might still set up a scenario where a team faces a school with twice the enrollment numbers. The thought process is it should happen less.
With fewer teams in the playoff bracket, certain parts of the playoffs like the area round and the regional tournament will not be featured as there will be less games to play on the way to the state tournament.
While the announcement was surprising to some, other coaches said they first heard about it at the basketball state tournament. UIL polled coaches, who were reportedly all for the change according to Nocona athletic director Blake Crutsinger.
For some schools, the changes will not mean much besides fewer games. Bowie is in that spot. With an enrollment number of 493, only Vernon and Iowa Park are the schools in its district that are bigger and would have to finish at the top two spots in the standings in order for Bowie teams to play in the smaller bracket.
For other schools, the change could be a big deal. Nocona’s enrollment of 234 is only 20 short of the 2A limit. The Indians will most likely play in the bigger bracket in every sport.
The Lady Indians basketball team finished as runners-up at state this year and will return four of their five starters. The teams that have beaten them the last two years, Martin’s Mill and Lipan along with several other 2A basketball powers have low enrollment numbers and would probably be in the smaller school bracket.
For 1A schools, the change is welcome but the fact volleyball was not included was sad to see for some coaches. From a numbers perspective, there are almost twice as many schools that offer basketball (213) than volleyball (123) in 1A.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News.

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4H Horse Club winners announced

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These girls were all around winners at the June 8 Montague County 4H Horse Club show. High Point buckle winners were Emersyn Denoon and Laney Dyer, reserve all around halter winners were Kenzi McEwen and Audrey DeMore.

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