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Bowie football loses to Childress

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The Bowie Jackrabbits lost their final non-district game on Friday at Childress.
The Bobcats won 41-13, doing most of their damage in the first half while taking advantage of the Jackrabbits mistakes.
Bowie knew the game was going to be tough. Childress was coming off two losses against Bushland and Holliday, but had won close games in the first two weeks against Breckenridge and Abernathy.
The first quarter saw the Bobcats jump out ahead, scoring twice on a 31-yard run from the quarterback and 16 yards out by the running back to lead 14-0.
In the second quarter, Childress finished one more drive with a short run from the running back before disaster struck the Jackrabbits. An interception and then a fumble recovery were both returned for the touchdowns in the quarter, extending the Bobcats lead to 34-0 heading into halftime.
Bowie played better in the second half, limiting Childress to only one more touchdown, a 24-yard pass in the third quarter that put the Bobcats up 41-0.
The Jackrabbits finished the rest of the game playing better, technically winning the second half thanks to a pair of explosive runs from Tucker Jones. He scored on runs of 68 and 70 yards in the fourth quarter to help Bowie make the final score 41-13.
Those long runs helped Jones lead the Jackrabbits in rushing with 158 yards. Justin Clark was second with 93 yards.
As a team Bowie finished with 325 yards rushing for the game and had more than six minutes more time of possession.
Unfortunately, three turnovers in the first half, including two that went back for touchdowns, put the Jackrabbits behind.
The defense allowed Childress’ balanced offensive attack to gain nearly 400 yards of offense, but limited the Bobcats to only one score in the second half. Also, it forced a turnover in the game when Austin Cheney intercepted a pass.

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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