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Lightning cancels football games

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Bowie
The lightning storm that spread all across Montague County on Friday night put a pause to all four football home games, with three games canceled due to delays going past two hours or more.
Bowie might have been hit the hardest as it was the Jackrabbits homecoming game. Playing a Henrietta team following their first win, Bowie will never know how the game would have gone.
The Bearcats took the opening kick-off and drove down to the Jackrabbits 11-yardline. With 7:09 still left in the first quarter, the first and what would ultimately be the never-ending lightning delay came and everyone was cleared off the field.
After more than two hours, the game was canceled with no opportunity for a makeup game since it was a non-district game. While the homecoming king and queen ceremonies moved into the high school gym, it was a buzzkill for the night.
Bowie is next scheduled to play a tough 4A Burkburnett team in the Jackrabbits first road game of the season. Both teams come into the contest sharing wins against Bridgeport, though the Bulldogs have lost their last two games against Krum and Iowa Park.
Coach Tyler Price said Burkburnett comes into the game featuring an athletic quarterback who likes to scramble around and make plays with his arm and legs which will be a major challenge for the Jackrabbit defense.
Still, if Bowie’s offense can continue to ground and pound and build off that solid foundation it has laid in its first two games, it can maybe turn the game into an old-school war of low-scoring, time of possession based football.

Nocona
The Nocona Indians’ home opener against Electra was short-lived with the game canceled due to lightning after about two hours of delays.
The Indians came into the game 2-0 and was hoping it could fire up their home crowd with another win early in the season, but the game action was over after one drive.
The Tigers nearly returned the opening kick-off for a touchdown, but was stopped near Nocona’s goal line by Cooper Waldrip. The Indian defense then staged a goal line stand to prevent Electra from scoring, but then the first delay came that cleared the playing field.
Nocona will have a redo with an arguably bigger home opener this week against Chico as it will also be the Indians homecoming.
Coach Blake Crutsinger singled out the Dragons’ Willie Lacey as the player to stop for his team on defense. He rushed for nearly 400 yards and scored seven touchdowns in Chico’s lone win this season.
The Dragons have been shut out since then in their losses against Trenton and Tom Bean.
Offensively, Crutsinger singles out his team’s history of turning the ball over last year and the beginning of this season as a concern.
If Nocona avoids them, he feels confident his balanced attack led by key senior players will score just fine.

Forestburg
The Forestburg Longhorns were hoping to get their first win of the season against Penelope at home on Friday, but the weather did not allow it.
The Longhorns early start to the game meant the teams were able to play into the second quarter with the score tied at 8-8.
Unfortunately, no one will ever know who would have actually come out on top.
Coach Greg Roller liked what he was seeing from his team.
He thought his team was playing the best they had shown from the first two games and the Wolverines were not any better or worse than those teams.
While Roller said he was willing to wait all night, but with Penelope having a two and half hour drive back home afterwards, the game was cancelled at 9:14 p.m.
Forestburg is next scheduled to host county rival Saint Jo. The Longhorns were able to get an early lead on the Panthers last year which has been about as competitive as it has been the last five seasons.
Roller hopes this older team can play well and compete better than it has against Saint Jo in recent years, relying on a smash brand of football the team has embraced more this year than in other years.

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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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Softball Roundup

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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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