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Nocona
The Nocona Indians stayed undefeated as they blew out Chico on the road on Friday night.
The Indians won 45-13 against the Dragons in a game where most of the damage was done coming out of the gate.
Nocona took less than a minute to score its first touchdown after a big kickoff return from Bodie Davis set them up in Chico territory. Arturo Garcia scored from 18 yards out to put the Indians up 7-0.
The Dragons answered quick as their running back broke off a long 67-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 7-6.
The Indians scored on their next two drives quickly as quarterback Brady McCasland found Davis for a short touchdown pass and then Charlie Fuller from 22-yards away.
The Nocona special teams then came through again before the first quarter was done, blocking a punt before Michael Wetmore scooped and scored to make it 27-6 heading into the second quarter.
It was quiet for the rest of the half until Nocona scored once more before halftime as McCasland found Fuller again on a short throw to make it 35-6.
The second half was more of the same as both team’s offenses struggled to score. The Indians got points in the third quarter on a short 25-yard field goal from Garcia.
Chico then hit on another long touchdown play from 61 yards out to make it 38-13 heading into the fourth quarter.
Nocona added one more score in the final minutes as Wetmore scored from nine yards out to make the final score 45-13.

Saint Jo vs Forestburg
The Saint Jo Panthers had a happy homecoming with their win against county rival Forestburg on Friday.
The Panthers won 57-7 with the game ending at halftime due to the mercy rule.
The Longhorns were hoping to give Saint Jo a good game. Last year’s game was canceled due to Forestburg having too few players available and the Panthers have dominantly won the previous four games.
Saint Jo has struggled with slow starts so far this season and Forestburg took advantage of that. The Longhorns got a stop on the Panther’s opening possession before taking the lead 7-0 as Jesus Sanchez found Nathan Payne open for a 30-yard touchdown pass.
That would be the highlight of the night for Forestburg.
Afterwards, the Panthers took over. Lee Yeley scored on a 34-yard run on Saint Jo’s next possession. After recovering an onside kick Devin Stewart then scored on a short run.
The Panther defense then got its first stop which led to Trevor O’Neal scoring on an 11-yard run. On the kickoff, Saint Jo tackled the returner in the end zone for a safety which gave the ball back to the Panthers.
O’Neal then ran in a 46-yard touchdown run to put Saint Jo up 34-7 heading into the second quarter.
After the Panthers defense got another stop, Forestburg’s defense forced a turnover as Logan Walker recovered a fumble.
Unfortunately for the Longhorns, they turned the ball back over as Saint Jo’s Dylan Brockman recovered a fumble. Shortly later the Panthers scored on Stewart’s short run.
Saint Jo’s defense got another stop and Yeley would later score on a short run.
It was rinse and repeat as the Panthers got a stop and scrambled to score one last time before halftime to make the sure the game ended, needing 45 or more point lead for that to happen.
Following a bad snap, Stewart picked it up and found Yeley open for a 25-yard touchdown to make the final score 57-7.

Gold-Burg
The Gold-Burg Bears won their second straight game at former district opponent Fannindel on Friday.
The Bears won the high-scoring game 77-47 against the athletic Falcons.
Gold-Burg beat Fannindel last year for the first time on its way to the district title.
The Bears got off to a good start with an interception returned for a touchdown from Jack Henry, but immediately gave it back when the Falcons returned the kickoff for a touchdown.
It was in the second quarter where Gold-Burg started to get some stops on defense and pulling away from the Falcons. The only stops for the Bears offense on the night came when they fumbled the ball away inside Fannindel’s red zone.
That prevented the game from stopping early as it would have likely allowed Gold-Burg to go up by 45 or more points.

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

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Firecracker 5K welcomes 100 runners on July 4th

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Saint Jo’s Firecracker 5K welcomed 100 runners for its 16th year on July 4th.
According to runsignup.com, Old Jo’s Firecracker 5K saw 100 runners of all ages register to kick off in downtown Saint Jo.
Brayden Willett, 14, Nocona, was the top male finisher with a time of 19:02.6. Sarah Rainey, 35, Saint Jo, was the top female finisher with 21:47.1.
In the male nine and under division, I. Miller, nine, Muenster, repeated his first place win from 2023 with at time of 34:52.8. E. Thomas, eight, no town listed, also repeated her win with a time of 31:58.5.
Emry Raney-Cavnar, 14, Ardmore, OK, won the male 10-14 group and E. Christensen, 11, Decatur, took the female race. In the male 15-19 division Luke Gehrig, 17, Muenster, won, while Sophia Christensen, 15, Decatur, took the ladies’ title.

See all the results and more photos in the weekend Bowie News.

Special appreciation to Jennifer Gaston Panther Photography for use of her photos.

Brayden Willett, 14, Nocona, was the top male finisher in the Firecracker 5K.
Sarah Rainey, 35, Saint Jo, came in as the top female finisher in the Firecracker 5K.
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MLB All Star Week underway Metroplex

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Major League Baseball and the Texas Rangers have planned a full week of activities for 2024 All-Star Week taking place in Arlington, Fort Worth and the North Texas region from July 12-16.
The 94th Midsummer Classic will be played at Globe Life Field on July 16, marking the second All-Star Game to be hosted by the Rangers following the 1995 All-Star Game at The Ballpark in Arlington.
HBCU Swingman Classic: July 12
All-Star Commissioner’s Cup: July 12- July 15
Jennie Finch Classic: July 12-15.
All-Star Village: July 13-16
All-Star Futures Game: July 13
All-Star Celebrity Softball: July 13
MLB Draft Opening Night: July 14
Home Run Derby: July 15
All-Star Red Carpet Show:July 16
MLB All-Star Game presented: July 16

Read the full story in the weekend Bowie News.

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Bullfighter starts early training for his future dream job

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By JORDAN NEAL
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When most young kids get into rodeo, the craziest ones might be lucky enough to ride small bucking horses and maybe bulls in their late teens.
Then there is 12-year-old Riggin Garrett, who is already pursuing what he hopes is his future career as a bullfighter. It is a dream he began trying out several years ago at rodeos in and around this county.
This is not the Spanish variation of bullfighting where they end up killing the bull, this is “freestyle bullfighting” which is more popular in America. Here bullfighters attempt to make the bull look a fool, using their athleticism to barely dodge them, put their hats on their heads, leap over them and sometimes use a barrel as a prop. They also work as protection for the cowboys during the bull riding to help save bucked off riders.
In competition, both the bullfighter and the bull are judged after a 60-70 second encounter with points scored due to the various maneuvers pulled off.
Garrett is the son of Keysha Avens and Shane Garrett, and will be going into seventh grade at Saint Jo. As long as he can remember, Garrett has always been interested in bullfighting.

Read the full feature in the mid-week Bowie News.

Top Photo by J. Kelley Photography.

CORRECTION – In the mid-week Bowie News, the photographer for the picture on the top of page 1B was misidentified. The photo came from J. Kelley Photography, not Andre Silva as stated. We apologize for this error.

Riggin Garrett with Bullfighter Cody Webster. (Courtesy photo)
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