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District 4-2A Division II (2017)

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District 4-2A Division II (2017)

Hamlin
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Roby
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Tahoka
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I was asked that I only post complete stories if it was from the Newspaper or TV Websites, so I will meet this request this year as I do not want to cause any problems for our website...


Top Matchups: Wylie, Albany, Roscoe featured
By: David Robinett

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July 13th, 2017

Week Three gives a great looking match up in Class 2A Division II between a school that is established as one of the powerhouses in Division II and a school that would like to take their place. The Albany Lions, the established, travel to Roscoe to take on the Plowboys in a non-district meeting. This season, Denney Faith's team enters the season as the third ranked team in the state and they are favored to win their district. The Plowboys are ranked 11th by Texas football, and Jake Freeman's team is picked to finish second behind Hamlin. This is the eleventh meeting between the two school since 2004. Albany came out on top in eight of the last ten meetings. The Lions won last year, 48-7. Roscoe's last win in the series came ten years, ago.
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Top Matchups: Hamlin vs. Roscoe, Colorado City
By: Mary Johnson

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July 14th, 2017 - A pair of district titles are supposed to be on the line in tonight's top games.

Hamlin and Roscoe get together in the final week of the season, and Idalou kicks off the District 2-3A Division II schedule against each other. Here's a look at two more top games.

The Hamlin Pied Pipers and the Roscoe Plowboys get together in the season finale again in 2017, and Texas Football magazine says this game will be for the district title for the second year in a row. Hamlin came out on top last year 21-0 to claim District 4-2A Division II.
The Pipers are working on a string of eight straight playoff appearances under head coach Russell Lucas, and the defense is leading the way. Six starters are back from a defense that allowed just 6 points in five district games. Ayron Wagner is back at quarterback to lead the Pipers offense.

Roscoe is loaded with returning starters in 2017. The Plowboys return eight starters on both sides of the ball. That number includes running back Francisco Garcia who Texas Football says is a player they would play to watch. He rushed for over 17-hundred yards and 30 touchdowns in 2016. The Pied Pipers and the Plowboys. This should be a good one.
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2017 Top Matchups: Abilene, Anson, Hamlin
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July 10, 2017

One of this year's Champions Classic at Shotwell Stadium, and so is this one. The state-ranked Anson Tigers and the state-ranked Hamlin Pied Pipers meet for the 92nd time in their history in Week One. The two communities are only 17 miles apart, so this rivalry means something to both schools. The Tigers own the series lead in this one with 49 victories to the Pied Pipers 39 and the two schools tied three times. More recently, Anson have won 6 of the last ten, including the last two in a row. This season, Anson and Hamlin are both ranked in the Texas Football Top 15. Anson is 11th in Class 2A Division I and is coming off a run to the state quarterfinals in 2016. Hamlin is 10th in Division II. Head coach Russell Lucas' bunch advanced to the third round. Both are district favorites. It's a great match up if it's the first meeting. It's even more intriguing because of the history.
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2017 State LineMAN Challenge at Hardin-Simmons

Jared Woods, from Hamlin, dives across the line to as he falls down to finish his leg in the Sled Relay while competing in the fourth annual State LineMAN Challenge on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at Hardin-Simmons' University's Shelton Stadium. Thomas Metthe/Reporter-News
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Re: District 4-2A Division II (2017)

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Hamlin, Roscoe lead the way in 4-2A DII
Dave Campbell's district preview


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Chris Wilner

Jul 13, 2017

ABILENE, Texas - Class 2A Division II of our Dave Campbell's Texas Football previews takes us to district 4, where last year's reload is paying dividends for Hamlin.

The Pied Pipers, off a regional semifinal berth in 2016, return 12 starters for Russell Lucas including Aryon Wagner at quarterback who had to miss the back half of last season with injury.

But while most its skills players return, especially RB Kyler Gann who broke 1,000 yards last season, a big concern heading into the 2017 season, is a very young offensive and defensive line.

Meanwhile, Roscoe who will try and make more noise this year are also on the heels of a regional semifinal trip.

Jake Freeman's team has one of the top 2A receivers back on the roster. Jose Ortega had 14 TD’s as just a sophomore a year ago, and is poised for more, should Roscoe find a solid replacement at QB.

The Plowboys also have back district preseason offensive MVP nominee Francisco Garcia at tailback, who rushed for 1,726 yards and 30 TD’s last year – making him and Ortega the focus of the team’s leadership while solid depth returns on defense with LB Tait Fullwood and OL/DL Paul Pantoja.

And then there is the Roby Lions, with three-year starter Kyler Covington back under center.

The Lions will focus on finding the ground game, while WR Holten Dickson led the team in receiving a year ago. But it’s no secret, the main focus is to find the win column with the Lions coming in on the heels of an 0-10 season.

Dave Campbell’s Texas Football - Preseason District Rankings
• 4-2A DII
• 1. Hamlin
• 2. Roscoe
• 3. Seagraves
• 4. Tahoka
• *5. Plains
• *6. Roby
• *- Projected to miss the playoffs
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Roscoe coach Jake Freeman talks about the keys to the Plowboys success

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[color=#800000]Defensive line highlights seasoned Roscoe squad[/color]

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Posted: Aug 09, 2017

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Plowboys D-line impresses heading...

ROSCOE, Texas - Among an experienced Roscoe team, one position group is at the top of coach Jake Freeman's confidence gage.

"The defensive line. This year we're coming back with a lot of experience. They continued to get better last year," said the fifth-year head coach.

"We're pretty fast up there and we like some things we're going to do, but defense as a whole, we've all got to work together."

The Plowboys return eight starters on both offense and defense from a team that collected its second straight 8-5 season that ended in the third round of the playoffs.

"We're all on the same page all the time," said Roscoe senior defensive lineman Parker Payne. "We know each other's strengths and we are always there to back up everybody if something goes wrong.

"We definitely have a lot more speed than we have in the past so that really plays to a good advantage for us."

Paul Pantoja, who recorded 11 sacks last season, joins Payne on the defensive line.

On offense, the Plowboys return star running back Francisco Garcia, who rushed for nearly 1,700 yards and 30 touchdowns in 2016.

"He's our workhorse. He really powers through, as long as we get that block for him he's good to go," said Payne.

"Some of these guys are two-year starters coming into their senior year. We've got strong senior leadership, the most we've had since I've been here," said Freeman. "We have high expectations, as well we should."

The Plowboys will lean on Garcia and the defense while quarterback Jayden Gonzales settles into his new starting role.

Roscoe will have also have a new look with silver chrome cleats and matte purple helmets, which Freeman said will be complimented by a silver chrome Plowboy logo on the sides.

"The purple helmets are awesome. Stylin' and profiln'. They're awesome," said Payne.

Roscoe begins the with back-to-back road games at Haskell on Friday, Sept. 1, and at Early the following week.
The Plowboys' home opener will be against Albany on Friday, Sept. 15.
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VIDEO: Hamlin coach Russell Lucas talks about the upcoming season

VIDEO: Hamlin coach Russell Lucas talks about the upcoming season.

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Lucas' Pied Pipers fighting depth, experience
Lucas' Pied Pipers fighting depth,...

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Posted: Aug 15, 2017

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Hamlin struggling with depth entering...

HAMLIN, Texas - As head coach Russell Lucas prepares for his 10th season at Hamlin, he described his longevity as an awesome feeling.

"I hate moving," smiled Lucas. "I did that for a while, I chased jobs trying to find the right job. This has been a really good fit for me and my family to be able to be in Hamlin this long."

During his stay the Pied Pipers have been consistently strong, finishing either first or second in eight of Lucas' nine seasons.

Dave Campbell's Texas Football predicts Hamlin to repeat as District 4-2A Division II champions, but the Pipers will have to deal with a lack of depth. Lucas expects only 17 or 18 players to suit up on varsity.

We don't have any guys that can't contribute, but they know going in that they're going to play a lot," said Lucas.

"It's been tough, but we've stuck together as a team," senior offensive and defensive lineman Shawn Montanez said. "They're quick learners, they're really starting to get the hang of everything and how everything works. I think everything's going to be okay."

Lucas estimated he will only have around seven seniors and four juniors on the varsity.

"The way to get experience is to make bad decisions. That's how you learn to make good decisions. We know there's going to be a learning curve when you throw those young kids out there.

"There's an old coaching saying for every sophomore you start you lose a game. Well, I hope that's not true because we're going to have some freshmen and sophomores out there. They will grow up fast because they're going to get thrown in the fire."

When junior lineman Abraham Gonzalez started as a sophomore, he looked up to the juniors and seniors for guidance. Now it's his turn.

"This year I really want to work it into the classroom," said Gonzalez. "We have a lot of kids that have a little bit of trouble with that, and I want to be more of a leader in an academic way and maybe that will lead them more toward the athletic standard."

Hamlin will begin the season at Anson on Friday, Sept. 1 before holding its first home game against Merkel the following week.
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Hamlin expects another great season

By: David Robinett
Posted: Aug 21, 2017

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August 21, 2017 - HAMLIN, Texas -- There's a lot of experience returning to the Hamlin PIed PIers 2017 team.

Now on offense unfortunately quarterback Ayron Wagner will not be one of those, but that's okay, there's still a lot of optimism around this offense, and on the defense there is a ton of excitement and optimism around the defense that was so successful in 2017, and the guys say they expect more of the same.

Kyler Gann said, "Nothing different. We expect to win the district championship, pitch shutouts in district games just like last year."

Colby Stevenson said, "Defense is starting to look good like it did last year and hopefully we can pitch a few shutouts again."

Russell Lucas said, "You know the front seven on our defense, several of those guys are back and they had a really good year last year.

On the back side of that in the secondary we have some new guys that are having to learn some positions and so there's still some question marks there, but we really feel like we're going to be able to put some guys out there that are aggressive and run to the ball and tackle well, so we're excited about the potential of our defense."

Stevenson said, "Oh we have a few influential players coming back that were on the team last year, some experience, and I think we've got a chance to be a few rounds deep in the playoffs again."

The team's excited, there's a lot to get excited about for this 2017 Hamlin Pied Pipers team, and coach Lucas told me that this is actually one of the biggest teams they've ever had.
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Re: District 4-2A Division II (2017)

Postby HawleyRocks » Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:42 pm

Evan Ren's Class 2A predictions

Evan Ren, Abilene Reporter-News

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DISTRICT 4-2A DIV. II

1. Roscoe
Can Roscoe improve enough to take the district title away from Hamlin? With eight starters back on both sides of the ball, including starting QB Francisco Garcia, that certainly looks like a possibility at this point. Hamlin and Roscoe will clash on Nov. 10 in Hamlin in what might be a winner-take-all matchup for the league title.

2. Hamlin
The numbers aren’t great for the Pied Pipers, who have four offensive and six defensive starters back among just 11 lettermen. But coach Russell Lucas’ program has reached that stage where each new group of kids finds a way to fill the missing pieces of the puzzle. In other words, the Pipers will contend for the district title once again.

3. Seagraves
Just six offensive and four defensive starters are back among 11 lettermen, so the Eagles may find improving on last year’s 10-4 product to be a challenge. A two-game stretch at Hamlin (Oct. 20) and at home against Roscoe (10-27) will determine if Seagraves is a high seed or a low seed.

4. Tahoka
The Bulldogs should be better than last year’s 5-6 club, with 17 lettermen back, including seven starters on both sides of the ball. Tahoka’s make-or-break game will likely come on Nov. 10 against Plains at home.

5. Plains
The Cowboys have 13 of 22 positions filled with returning starters, so the prospects for fielding a better team are good. The problem is, Plains isn’t quite ready to break into the top three in this league and an all-important game with Tahoka for the fourth playoff seed is on the road.

6. Roby
After finishing 0-10 last year, the Lions will be better. How much better depends on health. Roby hasn’t won a game since Halloween night of 2014, but will have at least four games this year in which a win wouldn’t be a shock. This includes a two-game district stretch against Tahoka (Oct. 20) and at Plains (Oct. 27).
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Wilner's Weekly Watch - Sept. 1

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Posted: Aug 30, 2017

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ABILENE, Texas - This week marks the dawn of a new season for Texas high school football. And with the start of the madness beginning on Thursday, it means “Wilner’s Weekly Watch” returns for its second season highlighting my games to keep an eye on each week.
Hamlin at Anson (FFN Game of the Week) – Friday, 7:30 p.m.

A class 2A showdown marks our first KTXS “Football Friday Night” Game of the Week as the Pied Pipers try and steal one inside the Tigers den against Anson.

The Tigers made history with its farthest playoff run last year being the regional final, and are poised for another one with a veteran-filled team against Hamlin – who’s eager to prove its lack of depth is no excuse for a signature win on week one.
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Big Country Q&A: Hamlin coach Russell Lucas speaks with Reporter-News

Evan Ren, By Evan Ren

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Now in his 10th season at Hamlin, coach Russell Lucas has built one of the area's most consistent programs — posting a 75-36 record during his tenure with the Pied Pipers.

Along the way, Lucas' teams have become known for three things: solid defense, a consistently capable passing game and an atmosphere of fun surrounding the program.

Lucas now takes time to speak with the Reporter-News about all three topics, plus a few extras in this week's Big Country Q&A.

Q: Coach, a decade in, this program is yours. Your stamp is on it. What do you want people to think of Hamlin Pied Piper football, win or lose? What does it represent?

A: "Well, I'd hope that when people come to see us play, they see a team that loves the game of football or whatever sport we're playing. A group of kids who care about each other and care about their coaches and that it's important how they represent their families and our community. Those things are important to us. We've been talking to our kids about the process and that sometimes people get so caught up in the result that they forget to enjoy the process. I want them to enjoy the hard work, the brotherhood that comes with it and the loyalty that comes with being on a team. We tell them our dressing room is a representation of what this country could be. When you look in there, there are all these kids of different colors and different religions (and) they all get along and work together. We're all working for a common goal. We want them to understand that it's not just football. That's (it's about) the rest of your life. It's how they deal with their families and how they deal with the people they work with. I hope that's what comes out of our program and I hope that's what people see when they look at our program — a group of kids who are learning something about life. And in the process, they get pretty good at football."

Q: Coach, defensively, you're showing some even fronts now. In the past you've had a predilection for odd fronts. Can you tell us about the switch?

A: "I had always coached an even front, every year, until I came to Hamlin. In my early years when I was here, our guys were just so small that we just didn't have any size. We had a whole team full of linebackers. So we felt like (the 3-4) lent itself to our personnel, so we had to learn as we went. I had never coached an odd front, but I had some guys on my staff who did, so that's where we were at. Now we've come around to this year and because of our personnel, we feel like we have a little more depth on the defensive line. So we changed last week and came out in an even front against Hawley, and we'll probably be showing that a little more with our personnel."

Q: Coach, you told me years ago that sooner or later, you'd be facing third-and-long and that you didn't want to be without the capability of converting in those situations. Can you tell us about that? So you've clearly worked very hard at being able to throw the football.

A: "Yeah, that's just a philosophy thing. I know there's guys who would disagree and have a different approach to that. I wouldn't disagree with them because they're successful. But that's just our philosophy. We don't want to put ourselves in a position in a game where we had to throw the ball and were without that ability. So we spend a lot of time in practice doing that. This year has been a little bit different for us. We've run the ball more than we've thrown it for the first time in several years. But that doesn't mean we don't work on (passing) every day in practice and we spend a great deal of time on it. That way, when we're in that position, we feel like we have a chance to be successful."

See Evan Ren's entire video interview with Lucas at reporternews.com/sports/big-country.
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Postby HawleyRocks » Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:57 pm

Big Country Notebook: De Leon Bearcats are legit

Evan Ren, By Evan Ren
Sept. 30, 2017

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A LONG TIME COMING
Don't look now, but with Thursday's 12-7 win over Rocksprings, the Roby Lions are off to a 4-0 start.
Don't forget, this is the same program that entered this season with a 21-game losing streak. It's also the same program that hasn't won its first four games since 2003.
Four wins in an entire season has been rare for Roby, much less winning its first four games. In fact, the Lions have only notched four or more victories in a campaign three times since 2006, so we're witnessing something significant.
"To see the excitement in the kids is just priceless," said coach Steven Grigsby, who labored through back-to-back 0-10 seasons in his first two years at Roby. "They've been fighting, fighting, fighting and all of the sudden that hard work is starting to pay off for them.
"You can see it in the way they walk. You can see it in the way they talk. And you can definitely see it in the way they go out and approach the game."
Things are about to get significantly tougher for Roby, with Roscoe, Hamlin and Seagraves all ahead in district play. But Roby landing a playoff spot is by no means an unrealistic thought at this point.
The No. 4 playoff seed in District 4-2A Div. II is wide open for the taking between Tahoka, Plains and Roby. The Lions have a solid chance of landing it.
WHAT PIPERS' WIN SHOWS
After an 0-2 start and subsequent switch to a freshman quarterback (Braydin Warner), Hamlin's current three-game winning streak is indicative of a several things — not the least of which is that a young Pied Piper team is starting to mature.
More significantly, it demonstrates that Hamlin's players have a high degree of trust in coach Russell Lucas and are unified behind that trust. If there was a collection of loose cannons in that Piper field house, there's no way Hamlin would have rebounded with wins over Hawley, Winters and Stamford in succession — not with four freshman and at least four sophomores getting significant playing time.
"When you have a room full of kids who don't care who gets the credit and aren't selfish and aren't concerned about their own (numbers), you have a chance to be successful," Lucas said. "We have great kids. They never question anything. If we say it, that's exactly what they do."
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Roby credits family-bond for turnaround start

Evan Nemec
Posted: Oct 02, 2017

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Roby Lions have incredible turnaround
ROBY, Texas - The Roby Lions weren't a team with a lot of momentum coming into 2017.
Following back-to-back 0-10 seasons, Roby has rattled off four straight wins to begin this year.
"We've been playing as a family, and after every game we give glory to God. Whether we win or lose, it's glory to God," senior lineman Caleb Smith said of his team's turnaround.
"Every person on the team, now it is not about themselves," senior quarterback/defensive end Kyler Covington said. "We want to get the job done. We want to work together. Call it family."
Covington credited third-year head coach Steven Grigsby and his staff with creating the family-like atmosphere around the program.
The Lions defeated Bronte to break their 21-game losing streak, then took down Ranger, Baird and Rocksprings to earn their first 4-0 start since 2003.
Smith said he noticed during two-a-day practices that the Lions looked like a different team.
"[We felt] we can win that first game, and did really good, and it kept getting better and better."
"Not being selfish, working together, that's what I've always wanted in a team," said Covington. "I love this team. I couldn't ask for anything better."
Roby closes out non-district by hosting Springlake-Earth on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
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Re: District 4-2A Division II (2017)

Postby HawleyRocks » Sat Oct 07, 2017 11:10 pm

Belief growing for undefeated Roby Lions

Jordan Hofeditz, Abilene Reporter-News
Oct. 7, 2017
http://www.reporternews.com/story/sport ... 742785001/

ROBY - Don’t tell the Roby football team that nondistrict games don’t matter.
The first five games of the season might not send the Lions (5-0) to the playoffs, but for a team that went 0-20 over the past two years, the start to the 2017 campaign is something special.
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“It’s exciting, it really is,” Roby coach Steven Grigsby said. “The community’s excited, the kids are so excited. We’re looking for (good) things to come. Game by game, play by play, down after down, (we're) just grinding it out and it’s paying off right now.”
On Friday night, it was a good, old fashioned gut check. After taking a 13-6 lead midway through the second quarter, the Lions gave up 14 consecutive points and trailed by seven with just 3:11 left in the game.
Kade Kent returned the kickoff all the way to Springlake-Earth’s 46-yard line. Caleb Helm followed with a 6-yard gain, and a 15-yard penalty moved Roby to the 25.
But the next two plays netted no yards, forcing forcing the Lions into a third-and-10 situation. Kyler Covington hit Brenden Barriere over the middle for a 15-yard gain and a first down. Kaige Covington got the Lions down to the 4-yard line, and Kyler did the rest.
“We’re going to fight,” Grigsby said. “We’re going to fight you and fight you and fight you. That (comeback) showed some resilience. Two years ago, we wouldn’t have done that. We would have laid down. But you saw the fight in the kids, they wanted it bad. They’ve got that mindset.
"Last week, we won on a tipped interception in the end zone as the buzzer goes off. This week we go down and finish with a touchdown and two-point conversion. You could see the explosion that happened from the sideline. We’ve been missing that, but now it’s here and hopefully it stays for a while.”
Down 20-19 after Kyler Covington's TD run, a decision was made that wasn’t really a decision. The option of attempting an extra point to tie, wasn't even considered, even though Jessy Villagomez had made one early in the game. Roby was going for the win.
“There wasn’t a doubt in the world that we were going to go for two right there,” Grigsby said. “We’ve been struggling kicking the ball, so the thought process was to go for two and whatever happens, happens. The kids came up big right there and made the blocks, that was the key right there.”
Kyler Covington ran in the two-point try, and the sideline erupted along with the fans in the stands. It capped off a 47-yard passing, 137-yard rushing and two-touchdown game for the junior quarterback.
“The feeling is great,” Covington said. “Like, 5-0, that’s something we haven’t done (in a long time). It’s something we’ve never experienced before after the last two years going 0-20. Now we’re 5-0. That (last drive) was a lot of pressure and we did it. I knew we could do it.”
For a team that hadn’t experienced success, the Lions are picking up quickly. The last two weeks have come down to the end, and Roby has found a way to win. That says something about the players.
“It says a lot about their character,” Grigsby said. “They never laid down. That’s all we ask of them, to play for each other and never give up. What we ask them before the game is to empty their bucket on the field. Well, they emptied their buckets (Friday night).”
Now is when things get interesting. The District 4-2A Division II schedule begins next week, and the Lions get welcomed with a trip to Roscoe. And it doesn’t really get any easier from there.
The Roby players know they aren’t going to be favored to win much the rest of the year, let alone make the playoffs, but they think they can.
“We have to believe it,” Grigsby said. “We’re the only ones who are going to believe it. I just think that we have one of the toughest districts in the state with Roscoe and Hamlin and Plains, Tahoka, Seagraves. That’s a tough district to go into, but we’re going to fight them. If they overlook us, maybe we’ll sneak up and bite them a little bit. We’re planning on going in and preparing and going hard. That’s all we can do.”
Going from a team that hadn’t won a game in two years to a 5-0 start, that doesn’t just happen. The Lions are building some belief. And if they aren’t going to get it anywhere else, they’ve got it for themselves and each other.
“We’ve got about six kids that never won a game until this year,” Grigsby said. “Now they’ve won five. What it says is they’re going to keep fighting for each other. They’re going to keep fighting to get where they want to get to because they want some respect. They feel like they haven’t gotten any respect in a long time, so they’re ready to go. They’re ready to eat, as they say. They’re hungry.”
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Re: District 4-2A Division II (2017)

Postby HawleyRocks » Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:06 am

Hamlin found their groove

By: Mary Johnson
Oct 12, 2017

http://www.bigcountryhomepage.com/sport ... /833901919

October 12th, 2017 - The Hamlin Pied Pipers struggled out of the gate this season and started with an 0-2 record.

Since their shut out loss to the Merkel Badgers, the Pipers are a different team.

They are riding an impressive three-game winning streak with victories over state-ranked Hawley, Winters, and a double-overtime win against state-ranked Stamford.

"We didn't score any against Merkel in that second ball game, and so I felt like offensively it's just taken us a while to find our identity, so yeah we're in a little bit of a groove now, and defensively we're playing better," head coach Russell Lucas said. "Some of that's just because we've got the right personnel in the right places, and they feel comfortable with what they're doing."

"I feel like we've got the right people in the right positions on the field, and we've really started clicking as a team, and able to get a few wins under our belt," Colby Stevenson said.

"We picked up the intensity in practice, and just set some goals for ourselves, and we knew that starting off the season 0-2, that wasn't part of those goals, so we just picked it up in practice and it showed in the games," Kyler Gann said.

District 4-2A Division II is next for Hamlin.

The Pied Pipers start district play in the south plains this week against Plains.
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Re: District 4-2A Division II (2017)

Postby HawleyRocks » Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:47 pm

Big Country Player of the Week: Do-it-all Hornet snags award

Evan Ren, By Evan Ren
Oct. 16, 2017
http://www.reporternews.com/story/sport ... 769692001/

OTHER TOP PERFORMERS

• Brandon Lavalais, WR/DB, Jr., Roscoe (Had four catches for 83 yards and one TD, while adding two interceptions and five tackles vs. Roby)
• Francisco Garcia, RB, Sr., Roscoe (Had 14 carries for 244 yards and three TDs, while adding three catches for 45 yards and one TD vs. Roby)

• Colby Stevenson, LB, Sr., Hamlin (Had eight solo tackles and 10 assisted stops vs. Plains)
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Re: District 4-2A Division II (2017)

Postby HawleyRocks » Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:01 pm

2017 Week 7 BCH Sports Game Balls

By: Mary Johnson
Oct 15, 2017

http://www.bigcountryhomepage.com/sport ... /836034111

October 15th, 2017 - The seventh week of the high school football season is in the books, and here are four guys who the BCH Sports weekend team chose for our week 7 Game Balls.

Starting first with Wylie quarterback Sam King. We could have given a game ball to a number of players in this triple overtime game, and Sam had a pretty impressive game. He was 17 for 25 for 258 yards and three touchdowns to help lead the Bulldogs to the 45-38 win, so it looks like he's fully back from his injury.

Next up is another Bulldog QB, a Clyde Bulldog. Payton Burton had an impressive night through the air and on the ground. He threw for 145 yards and one touchdown through the air, and ran for 148 yards with another TD on the ground. He helped lead the Bulldogs to a 23-21 win over Merkel.

Another Bulldog coming at ya. Stamford's Steven Johnson is next. Johnson had a big night. 214 yards rushing and 43 yards receiving and 4 touchdowns to help the Bulldogs take down 15th ranked Anson 35 to 28.

Last but not least, let's got somewhere we haven't yet this season. Roscoe Plowboy Francisco Garcia gets a game ball after week 7. Francisco had 232 yards rushing and four touchdowns in Roscoe's 47-6 win over Roby Friday night.
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Re: District 4-2A Division II (2017)

Postby HawleyRocks » Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:05 pm

Selfless players key for Hamlin's recent success

Selfless players key for Hamlin's...

Evan Nemec
Oct 16, 2017
http://www.ktxs.com/news/selfless-playe ... /639448559

Unselfish Pipers finding success

HAMLIN, Texas - It wasn't the start the Pied Pipers hoped for. Loses to Anson and Merkel created an 0-2 beginning to the season, but since then Hamlin has run off four straight wins, including a 21-14 district-opening victory last week.

One change to point to is the move at quarterback. Freshman Braydin Warner replaced junior Nathaniel Villanueva, but it's more about the reaction to that switch which has fueled the Pipers' winning streak.

"Honestly the way [Villanueva] took that move is probably one of the reasons we're having so much success," tenth-year head coach Russell Lucas said. "He's been a big cheerleader with that freshman quarterback, and great with the move. Our kids are just unselfish and I really think that's what it is."

Villanueva is now at wide receiver where he's more comfortable, and has continued to help Warner transition to starting on varsity.
The junior said their selfless nature comes from the make-up of the team.

"Brotherhood. We're out here together, why not be brothers together?" said Villanueva. "If something's going wrong, it's not just his fault, it's our fault. We got a rep wrong, he got a rep wrong. Now let's fix it on the next one. Let's keep going, get ourselves better."

"I really feel like this group of guys is probably the most unselfish group that we've had here," said Lucas. "They just don't care who gest the credit. They just want to win.

"They're all good friends, they work well together, hold each other accountable. We've got four freshmen starting. They don't care. As long as they're successful and do their jobs, they love those guys just like they do their classmates."

Hamlin is 4-2 this season and will play its second district game on Friday night. The Pipers host Seagraves with kick-off at 7:00.
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Re: District 4-2A Division II (2017)

Postby HawleyRocks » Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:50 pm

Big Country Player of the Week: Hawley QB Stokes snags weekly accolade

Evan Ren, By Evan Ren
Oct. 23, 2017

http://www.reporternews.com/story/sport ... 792280001/

BIG COUNTRY TOP 10


8. Braydin Warner, QB, Fr., Hamlin — Was 10 of 20 for 174 yards and three touchdowns in Hamlin’s huge 34-28 win over Seagraves.
Warner added a fourth TD on the ground with three minutes to play on a 41-yard run.
And yes, he’s only a freshman. Remember that name. You’ll be hearing it a lot in the future.
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