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Nocona
The Nocona Indians made it a 3-0 start for the first time in five years as they blew out Electra on the road.
The Indians won 58-7 in a game they dominated, though it took longer than expected to get going.
Nocona’s first three drives ended in turnovers in the red zone that frustrated everyone. The Indians scored on their next two drives in the second quarter as quarterback Brady McCasland found Charlie Fuller for two touchdown catches from 11 and 18 yards. Nocona was up 14-0 at halftime, but knew it should have been winning by more.
The Indians got a boost to start the third quarter. Running back Johnny Stone got loose for an 89-yard touchdown run less than 30 seconds into the second half.
Unfortunately, the Tigers got their one big offensive play of the game to answer as one of their running backs broke off a 39-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 20-7.
Nocona would answer back in a big way after that. Arturo Garcia scored shortly after on a 28-yard run. The defense got Electra back as Caden Gaston picked off a pass and returned it for a touchdown.
Then right before the third quarter ended, McCasland scored on a 26-yard run to make it 43-7 heading into the fourth quarter.
Despite the game being firmly in hand, the Indians did not let their foot off the gas pedal. Nocona scored early in the quarter as Bodie Davis took a jet sweep 36 yards for a touchdown run. Later in the quarter Michael Wetmore punctuated a long drive with a 12-yard touchdown run to put the final touches on the game.
Nocona won 58-7.

Saint Jo
The Saint Jo Panthers stayed undefeated by winning at Crowell on Friday night.
The Panthers won 52-30 against the Wildcats to make it 3-0 to start the season.
Unfortunately, Saint Jo had another slow start to the game as Crowell got out to a 6-0 lead thanks to a long run.
The Panthers fumbled the ball away on their first possession and later turned it over on downs. After turning it over on downs again, Saint Jo would finally score in the second quarter following a fumble recovery from the defense.
Trevor O’Neal would score on a short run to give Saint Jo the lead 8-6.
Crowell would answer with a scoring drive ended on an 18-yard run to go back up 14-8. The Panthers answered on their next drive as Matthew Butler-Everson threw a 36-yard touchdown to Devin Stewart to make the score 16-14.
After the defense got another stop, Butler-Everson again found Stewart for a touchdown, this one just from three-yards out to extend the lead to 22-14.
The Wildcats came back to tie the game 22-22 as Austine Hernandez scored his third touchdown of the half on a 34-yard run.
It looked like it was going to head into halftime with the score tied as Crowell kicked off with less than 30 seconds left. Instead Saint Jo’s Lee Yeley scooped up the onside kick and returned it for a touchdown to give the Panthers a 28-22 lead heading into halftime.
Saint Jo failed to score on its first drive in the third quarter, but its defense did recover another fumble deep in its own territory. Yeley then came through with another big play as he broke off a 70-yard touchdown run to extend the Panthers lead to 36-22.
Crowell was able to make it a one-score game early in the fourth quarter as Hernandez scored on a 16-yard run on fourth down to make it 36-30.
After both teams exchanged four and out offensive sequences, the Panthers scored with Butler-Everson found Steward again, this time from 22 yards out to make it a two score game again 44-30.
The Wildcats then went backwards on their next offensive possession and forced to go for it despite with the time winding down, turned the ball over on their own eight yard line.
Saint Jo put the extra nail in Crowell’s coffin as O’Neal scored on the next play from eight yards out to make the final score 52-30.

Gold-Burg
The Gold-Burg Bears were able to have a happy homecoming picking up their first win of the season against Chillicothe on Friday.
The Bears won 55-8, mercy-ruling the Eagles by halftime in a game where not much went wrong.
Touchdowns came fast and quick on both sides of the ball for Gold-Burg as the team was able to get a boost to the start of the season following a pair of tough losses.
Execution and injury issues have plagued the Bears in their first two games, but those were mostly absent on Friday.
Quarterback Isaac Renteria was able to use his legs to great advantage despite his small stature, scoring several touchdowns and also intercepting a pass on defense.

Forestburg
The Forestburg Longhorns lost another close game on Friday, this time to Dallas Academy out of Richardson.
The Bulldogs won 46-37 in a game where the small things came back to bite the Longhorns.
Dallas Academy led only 8-7 after the first quarter, but scored 22 points in the second to take a 30-13 lead at halftime. Forestburg cut it to one score after the third quarter 30-25, but both teams scored twice in the final period not allowing the Longhorns to come back.
Forestburg fumbled the ball away twice on the Bulldogs goal line and with the score being so close, that was the game according to Coach Greg Roller.
It was another close game that slipped away due to not executing in the red zone.
While the team has come a long way from last year hoping to just compete with its small roster, this year competing in these games is not enough for them.
“Some of them when the game was over were just sitting on the bench for literally 10 minutes,” Roller said. “We had to go get them to get changed and stuff because they were really upset. We are wanting to get wins now and are coming.”

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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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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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