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Forestburg comes up short in final minute

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Forestburg players pay respect during the national anthem before the game starts.

The Forestburg Longhorns did not have a happy homecoming, falling short in their remarkable comeback attempt against Vernon Northside.
The Indians held on to win 50-43 as the teams combined to score three touchdowns in the final minute of the game.
The Longhorns were coming into the game following their first win of the season that had Coach Greg Roller hoping they were turning a corner.
While Forestburg lost last year’s game against Vernon Northside, it was two years ago the teams were a part of an epic seven overtime game that many seniors hold up as the most memorable win in the last four seasons.
The game started off competitive with two defensive stands before the Longhorns struck first. On fourth down, Jesus Sanchez threw underneath to Jeremiah Perez who broke a few tackles on his way to a 61-yard touchdown catch and run. Forestburg led 8-0 after the first quarter ended.
The Indians scored on a pass under pressure on their next drive, but trailed 8-6 due to the missed extra point. The Longhorns upped their lead to 14-6 when Sanchez found Will Johnson open for a 15-yard touchdown.
Northside scored on its next two drives in while also stopping Forestburg on defense. The Indians led 18-14.
Then the Longhorns got a boost on special teams when Kayden Dill turned on the jets to reverse his field and scored on a 70-yard kick-off return. Forestburg led 22-18 at halftime.
In the third quarter Northside grabbed control of the game. After scoring on a 35-yard run to retake the lead, an interception on defense followed later by an 11-yard scoring run gave the Indians a 32-22 lead.
After another stop on defense right before the third quarter ended, Northside scored to begin the fourth quarter on a short pass in the red zone.
Rinse and repeat the sequence with the Indians scoring on a short run and Forestburg was down 44-22 with 6:30 left in the game.
The two teams exchanged defensive stops with the Longhorns getting the ball back with 3:06 left to play and down three touchdowns.
Forestburg broke out of the offensive rut and Sanchez found Johnson on a 24-yard touchdown pitch and catch to cut the lead to 44-30.
Northside got the ball back and ran nearly two minutes off the clock before Forestburg got the stop on defense to get the ball back.
The Longhorns then scored as Sanchez hit Perez on a 34-yard wheel route up the left sideline for a touchdown. The score cut the lead to 44-37 with 50 seconds left and Forestburg needed to recover the onside kick with no timeouts left.
The Indians not only recovered the kick, but their player took it back for a touchdown to seemingly ice the game with Northside up 50-37 with less than a minute to play.
Instead, the Longhorns somehow conjured some special team’s magic as well. Kyler Willett recovered the onside kick and the big guy was doing all he could to drag as many Indian defenders with him before he was going to go down.
In the struggle, he fumbled the ball and who picked it up but teammate Perez, who had no one in front of him as he scooped and scored. Forestburg again had cut the lead to one score and was in the same situation with 38 seconds left in the game.
Unfortunately, the magic was out for the Longhorns. Northside recovered the onside kick and kneeled the ball for the win as Forestburg lost 50-43.

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

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Saint Jo hires new boy’s basketball coach

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Jacob Nocktonick brings his new wife, Adrianna, and his fur baby to Saint Jo. (Courtesy photo)

Saint Jo will have a new boy’s basketball coach this school year.
Jacob Nocktonick is coming to the district after spending the last two years at Bland as an assistant coach. It is his first head coaching job in basketball.
Nocktonick graduated from Princeton High School in 2015 where he played and loved basektball. He graduated in 2019 from Tarleton State University and despite playing basketball up until he graduated, he did not see coaching in his future. He worked for most of three years after college at a landscape supply company, but something was missing from his life.
“I realized after being out of it for three or four years, something was missing from my life that I really loved,” Nocktonick said. “That was playing the game I love and being around people that really love to be there.”
Nocktonick did not have much experience coaching before then, but through his experience at Bland, he knows he has found his true purpose.
“I missed that passion,” Nocktonick said. “I love it and love the kids I have been working with.”
Nocktonick is especially excited in his role in shaping young men for the future through basketball.
“At the end of the day, people aren’t going to remember me for my records,” Nocktonick said. “I get to touch lives in this role. It’s a lot different than other jobs because I have a lot of kids that look up to me. Even past players from Bland still hit me up, asking for life advice and it’s just different.”
He describes himself as the type of teacher who likes to climb up on his desk and get everyone involved more than just lecture through power point presentations. That extends to his coaching as well.
“I am extremely passionate and enthusiastic,” Nocktonick said. “I want kids to know when the time is to be serious, but know we are going to have fun, bond and become like family. I am not in this for the business. I am in this for the relationships.”

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Bowie cheer earn camp awards

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The Bowie cheerleading squad attended cheer camp at Texas Women’s University on July 13-16 and earned a lot of awards. (Courtesy photo)

The Bowie cheerleading team went to cheer camp on July 13-16 at Texas Women’s University.
It was a good opportunity for the team to learn new things to take into the school year, according to cheer sponsor Destanie Curry.
“They learn their job is not to just lead the crowds in cheers, but they are ambassadors of their school and community and how to fulfill that role to the best of their ability,” Curry said. “Of course, they also learn stunt safety, new stunts, new cheer material and how to incorporate all this into pep rallies, routines and games.”
It can be intense, with campers expected to eat, sleep and breathe cheerleading from morning until night, staying positive and spiritful in everything they do since councilors are always watching and looking to see who will earn extra awards.
At the end of the four days, the Lady Rabbits cheerleading team took home several team and individual awards.
The team won one spirit stick daily and one on the final day. They were awarded each night to teams who demonstrated leadership, positive attitudes, excellent class participation and who respect and encourage one another, their coaches and staff.
Bowie earned its National Federation of State High School Association’s squad credential. The group earned Stunt SAFE, which was presented to teams that displayed excellent skills in spotting and stunt technique.
The final team award was in the Game Day Championship trophy. The competition included crowd involvement with a game day chant and cheer learned at the camp.
They were judged on crowd leading effectiveness, use of props, incorporation of stunts, technique and execution of skills.

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Nocona new press box put into place

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Nocona got its new press box into place this week at Jack Crane Stadium. The old press box, which was in place for more than 60 years, was taken out in early June and moved to Indian Valley Raceway. The new press box was by the Southern Bleacher Company out of Graham. Athletic Director Black Crutsinger said they looked at a lot of press boxes and decided they liked the one at Lindsay High School and went with that model. Sean Hutson operated the crane from the Hurd Crane Service that put the press box up for Nocona.

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