DQ Blog

Nov 12, 2010

Caprock about to end a 35-year wait

The Caprock Longhorns will play their first playoff game in 35 years on a chilly, windy night at Memorial Stadium.
Who cares.
This is going to be a real treat for me.
I joined the Amarillo Globe-News staff back in 1982 and will have the honor of covering The Rock in their first football playoff game since 1975.
I watched the warmups and Caprock seems calm and poised. It is windy so we will see how these conditions determine the play calling for Caprock's spread offense.
Wichita Falls Rider has an average crowd at best, considering this is a home game. The reason it's here is because Caprock lost a coin flip for home and home.
Here's what we are looking at tonight as far as history goes:
A win by Caprock tonight means the 2010 Longhorns would win nine games and tie the 1975 for the most wins in school history. Caprock opened in 1963.
A win by Caprock would be the second football playoff victory in school history.

Nov 4, 2010

Playoffs begin early in District 1-2A Division II

The playoffs begin a week early for four teams in District 1-2A Division II.

With Sanford-Fritch having locked up the district title with a 6-0 record, four teams are left to battle it out for the two remaining bidistrict berths.

Spearman, at 7-2 overall, travels to Tulia to meet the 5-4 Hornets with the winner moving on to next week's bidistrict round.

Abernathy (5-4) is at Floydada (5-4) in the other game that will determine a bidistrict competitor next week.

And, depending on which teams win, they will play either Stanton or Coahoma next week in the opening round of the playoffs.

Oct 30, 2010

District 1-2A Division I cut and dried

When the season began I thought District 1-2A Division I that featured Muleshoe, Bushland, Littlefield, Lubbock Roosevelt, Friona, River Road, Childress and Slaton would be a hotly contested one.

I was wrong as Muleshoe, Bushland and Littlefield just pulled away from the rest. With one game remaining all of them are 5-1 in district play and have secured playoff berths.

In fact, many of the games have been really lopsided this season. Nothing like I thought. Maybe we in the media gave too many of the teams too much credit when in fact they were really very average to mediocre.

District 1-2A Division II turned out to be a much better district race. Sanford-Fritch went 6-0 to win it outright, but going into Friday's final night of the regular season Tulia, Spearman, Abernathy and Floydada still have a shot at reaching the playoffs.

In fact, Spearman is at Tulia while Abernathy and Floydada meet. The winners advance to the playoffs while the losers are done.

Oct 28, 2010

Eagles go for 1st outright district title in 10 years

Sanford-Fritch's Eagles go for their first outright district title in 10 years when they travel to Spearman Friday.

The last time S-Fritch won a district title outright was 2000 when it was in District 1-3A.

The Eagles are 5-0 right now in District 1-2A Division II and with a win will claim the title outright. Spearman, however, can still earn a share of the title by winning Friday and next week at Tulia.

S-Fritch sophomore running back Colton Valle has rushed for more than 1,300 yards and 21 TDs this season. The Lynx have pretty much been a run-by-committee with Cameron Meddock leading the way.

Oct 21, 2010

Tascosa-Coronado game delayed

Sitting here in the Lowrey Field press box in Lubbock waiting the start of the Tascosa-Lubbock Coronado District 2-5A game.
Rain and lightning have forced the delay.
Kickoff was set for 7:30 p.m. and the game looks like it won't start any earlier than 9:30 p.m., even 10 p.m.
The rain has been so strong one long puddle reaches from goal-line to goal-line on the sideline. Most of the yard markers have floated to one end of the field.
My only thought?
Too bad this isn't a natural turf field.
Would love to see an old school game in the mud.
Tascosa coach Ken Plunk wants to get this game in tonight because Lowrey hosts a doubleheader Friday and then a band contest all day Saturday. That means if this game can't be played tonight, look for a neutral site game.

Oct 20, 2010

Can Wildcats beat Stratford at home this year?

The Canadian vs. Stratford series has been a great one over the last four years.

The one thing that stands out most is the home team has not won during that span.

This season sure points to a Canadian win at home on Friday, but never underestimate a Stratford team that seems to rise to the occasion.

The Elks won two years ago at Canadian by a 17-7 margin when things looked very similar to this season.

One thing's certain. It sure promises to be an entertaining game no matter which team wins.

Oct 16, 2010

Dalhart headed for 10-0 regular season

Dalhart improved to 8-0 with an impressive 41-10 road win at Perryton Friday and heading into its home meeting this week against Borger sure appears to be the team to beat in District 1-3A.

This year's team is now two wins from posting a 10-0 regular season record for the first time since 1963, and if it continues playing the way it has so far it's kind of hard to imagine the Wolves not doing it.

Borger, however, should pose a solid threat to pull off an upset despite a 3-4 season record that easily could be better. The Bulldogs, like the Wolves, like to run the ball and do it well with Shavoyiea Clement and Ty Brown.

This one should be a knock-down-drag-out from start to finish.

Oct 14, 2010

Falcons face another tough test

For the second time in three weeks the Bushland Falcons face one of the elite teams in District 1-2A Division I Friday when they host 5-1 Littlefield.

The teams are tied for first place with 3-0 district records and the winner will grab sole possession of the top spot with three games remaining.

Bushland ended Muleshoe's 30-game regular season win streak two weeks ago. Littlefield has won 20 straight district games while the Falcons have won 13 district games in a row. Something has to give here.

It's the classic run vs. pass matchup as Littlefield likes to run the ball while the Falcons throw it all over the place out of their spread offense.

It should be a dandy, to say the least.

Oct 13, 2010

1963 Dalhart team won 13-straight games

My thanks go out to Vic Chandler, courtesy of an email he sent me.

I had wondered if Dalhart had ever gone unbeaten during the regular season and he answered my question.

According to Mr. Chandler, the 1963 Golden Wolves actually won 13-straight games before losing to Rockwall by a 35-7 margin in the Class 2A state semifinals.

Dalhart was coached by Doug Ethridge and one of his assistants was the late, great Greg Sherwood.