PC Cross Country

PC Cross Country

Faith Goins placed 8th of 47 runners at the district cross country meet held in Eula. Her time was 14:39. She is an 8th grade student at Panther Creek.

Rosales wins district XC title; JV runs to 6-3A team crown

Marie Rosales and the Coleman High School Bluekatts went into the District 6-3A Cross Country Championships looking to prove they were among the best. They can consider that mission accomplished.

Rosales helped power the Coleman varsity girls’ team to a second-place finish in the district standings by turning in an outstanding effort. The CHS standout won the varsity girls’ 5-kilometer race.

By winning the district title, Rosales will advance to the regional track meet, which is scheduled for Oct. 29 at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock. The top finishers at the regional meet will advance to the state cross country meet, which is scheduled for Nov. 12 in Round Rock.

While the varsity girls’ team finished second overall, the Coleman JV and seventh-grade girls’ teams walked away with the district crown.

The Coleman seventh grade boys’ team also did well, finishing third in their division. The CHS eighth grade girls took fourth. 

PC looks to end playoff drought

By Tommy Wells
Coleman Chronicle & Democrat Voice

The Panther Creek High School football team can move a step closer to a return to the six-man football state playoffs this weekend with a win over the Brookesmith Mustangs in a key District 121A matchup.

Make no mistake about it, ending a 4-year playoff drought is foremost on PC’s mind.

The Panthers, now 7-0 following a forfeit victory over Sidney last week, head into the showdown with plenty of momentum. Panther Creek is a heavy favorite to win, being a 45-point pick by sixmanfootball.com.

Brookesmith, which is seeking to snap a lengthy playoff drought of its own, comes into the showdown with a full head of steam of its own. The Mustangs, who struggled to a 1-4 start, have averaged more than 50 points in each of their last three games and enter their bout with 13th-ranked Panther Creek at 4-4.

Brookesmith has not qualified for the six-man state playoffs in approximately a decade.

Another local team looking to move a step closer to the postseason on Friday will be the Santa Anna Mountaineers. The Mountaineers will host Veribest beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Santa Anna, which is coming off a bye week, enters the game at 4-3 and ranked No. 17 in the Class A, Division I rankings.
The Mountaineers are favored to win by 45 points.

Loboes rally for 42-21 victory 

By Tommy Wells
Coleman Chronicle & Democrat Voice

As the final seconds ticked off the clock on Friday night during the Coleman Bluecats’ 42-21 loss to the Cisco Loboes in front of a large crowd at Hufford Field, head coach John Elder grimaced and acknowledged the Bluecats’ loss was more a result of seven plays rather than a more talented team winning.
Just seven during the course of a 2 ½ hour game that featured more than 100 snaps spelled doom.

Seven plays – three by Cisco and four by Coleman - during a 21-0 run by the Loboes. The other two came in the first half, including a crucial penalty on Coleman late in the second quarter that enabled the Loboes to build some energy and recover from a slow start.

“I was very proud of my kids,” said Elder said. “I thought we played hard but once they got the momentum, we couldn’t get it back. When you start playing from behind against a team like Cisco, you better have something more than we were able to bring tonight.”

With the loss, Coleman fell to 5-2 for the season and to 1-1 in District 4-3A race – a mark that leaves Coleman in third in the standings behind Cisco and Eastland.

Cisco certainly wasn’t smiling early in the affair. The Coleman defense and special teams put the Loboes on their heels quickly.

After Cisco had struggled to gain momentum – and yards – on their first possession. Loboes’ head coach Brent West decided to take the safe approach. Facing a 4th-and-4 play from his own 31, the veteran head coach called for a punt.

Darrian Hunter didn’t mind the Cisco decision at all.

The Bluecat senior fielded Israel Adame’s punt on a hop at his own 26. After a quick run to his left, he turned upfield and sprinted 74 yards to the end zone. His special teams heroics staked Coleman to a quick 7-0 lead just 1:29 into the showdown.

Coleman added even more gloom to the Lobo game minutes later. The Bluecats forced Cisco to punt away each of its next two possessions. As a team, Cisco managed just 18 total yards on its first 12 plays against a swarming Bluecat defense.

Unfortunately, the same special teams play that provided Coleman a spark early served Cisco well late in the frame. The Loboes partially blocked a Bluecat punt with 2:44 left in the first and took over the ball at the CHS 34. Five plays later, facing a third-and-10 play from the Coleman 22, Cisco quarterback Kase Gayle scrambled to recover a poor snap and then tossed a 22-yard touchdown pass to K.J. Kelley, who had sneaked behind two CHS defenders into the corner of the end zone.

Kelley’s TD reception enabled Cisco to knot the score at 7-7 with 26 seconds left in the first quarter.

Cisco didn’t have long to enjoy the lead. Coleman regained the upper hand on its ensuing series by reeling off a 10-play 66-yard scoring march that put the Bluecats up 14-7 with 8:22 left in the half.

Quarterback Bryson Hammonds gave the Bluecat offense the spark it needed during the drive with three key plays. On Coleman’s second play of the series, the senior scrambled around the right end for 10 yards and a first down at the CHS 45. Two plays later, he hooked up on a quick pass with Jett Allen for a 9-yard strike that took the ball into the Loboes’ end of the field. Moments later, he hooked up with Allen again on a 12-yard pass that moved the ball to the Cisco 32.

Hammonds torched the Lobo defense from there. After a running play had resulted in a 2-yard loss, Hammonds took the Coleman offense to the air – and into the Cisco end zone – with a 34-yard pass to Hunter.

Allen’s ensuing PAT put Coleman on top 14-7.

The Bluecats appeared to take control of the game minutes later. After Cisco had taken the ensuing kick, Gayle lofted a 32-yard pass to Leslie Edgar and moved to the Coleman 38. Coleman yielded just four yards on the Loboes’ next two plays. Then, on third down, they pulled Gayle down well short of the first down – all but forcing Cisco into a punting situation.

Unfortunately for Coleman, the Bluecats were flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct following the play. The penalty gave the Loboes new life with a first down at the CHS 14. Two plays later, Dathan Harding crashed into the end zone for a touchdown.

The Bluecat defense did come away with a win, however. Coleman’s Walt Arnold and Dylan Robles helped bottle up Gayle at the goal line on the two-point attempt, leacing Coleman holding a 14-13 cushion with 5:43 left in the opening half.

Unfazed by the Loboes’ touchdown, Coleman answered right back. Coleman regained the momentum on its next possession, driving 66 yards on nine plays to take a 21-13 lead.

Zane Rosales helped get the Bluecats’ started with a solid return of the Loboes’ kickoff. The senior kick returner took the kick back to the Coleman 34. From there, Hammonds put the Bluecat offense on his shoulders. He carried the ball on four of the team’s next five plays, rolling up 31 yards en route to leading Coleman to the Cisco 31.

Fullback Riley Harris came up with the big play from there. He caught a short pass from Hammonds on a third-and-6 play and then danced his way along the sideline for a gain of 14.

That was all the help Hammonds needed. Facing a first down at the Cisco 17, Hammonds took a snap from center, fought off a one-handed tackle by Harding at the line of scrimmage and then raced 17 yards to the end zone. Allen’s third PAT of the first half gave Coleman a 21-13 lead with 1:47 left in the period.

Cisco refused to ride into the half. The Loboes put together a quick 3-play 56-yard drive that ended with a 27-yard TD run by Harding with 55 seconds left. Harding’s second touchdown of the quarter – and the ensuing two-point conversion pass -  helped Cisco rally from an 8-point deficit and head into the half with the score knotted at 21-21.

Cisco continued to build momentum in the third. The Loboes ended Coleman’s initial possession of the second half with an interception. They promptly converted the turnover into a 9-play, 50-yard scoring drive that gave them their first lead of the game, at 28-21, with 6 minutes to play.

The Bluecats threatened to dampen the Loboes’ momentum on their next series. Hammonds spearheaded a quick 4-play series that gave Coleman a first down at the Cisco 19. After an illegal procedure penalty had backed the Bluecats up to the 24, Hammonds reeled off a 6-yard gain to the 18.

Unfortunately for CHS, the drive didn’t turn into points. Coleman misfired on passes on third and fourth down and turned the ball over on downs.

Cisco didn’t waste any time in building its lead. The Loboes put together an 8-play, 82-yard march that pushed its lead to 14, at 35-21. Gayle capped Cisco’s second scoring march of the second half with a 34-yard scamper on the fifth play of the fourth quarter.

The Loboes’ top rusher and passer, Gayle finished the game with 275 all-purpose yards, including 168 via the run.

Cisco finished off its rally on its next possession. Overcoming a 15-yard facemasking penalty that took them back to their own 28, the Loboes sealed the win with a 5-play, 72-yard drive. Gayle accounted for all of the yards in the series by scampering for 72 yards on a third-and-24 play.

Despite the loss, Elder said he was pleased with the Bluecats’ overall effort.

“I though we played hard,” he said. “We just played a great football team.”

Coleman will return to play on Friday in Eastland.


District 4-3A Standings
                 Overall     District
Team           W-L          W-L         PF       PA
Cisco            5-1          2-0         247     84
Eastland       5-2          2-0         315    109
Coleman      5-2          1-1         191     113
Tolar            6-1         1-1          284     169
Bangs           2-4         0-2            98     192
Dublin          0-7         0-2          101     347

Last week’s games: Tolar 60, Bangs 18; Cisco 42, Coleman 21; Eastland 76, Dublin 14
This week’s games: Bangs at Cisco, Coleman at Eastland, Dublin at Tolar. 

Gallery of photos from Coleman vs. Cisco

All photos courtesy of Chaey's Photography.

Bluecats scratch out 22-6 win in District 4-3A opener

by TOMMY WELLS

  BANGS - Riley Harris did a little of everything for the Coleman Bluecats in their District 4-3A opener in front of a large crown at Memorial Stadium. He ran. He threw. He scored. He'd have probably even drive the Bluecats' bus if the had needed him to.

The CHS senior fullback rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns and even completed a pass to Kade Greaves en route to leading Coleman to a hard-fought 22-6 victory.

Even with Harris' efforts, the Bluecats had to work to overcome the Dragons. Coleman used a 14-6 run in the fourth quarter to break open an 8-0 contest and roll to its fifth win in their first six outings.

"We finally got some momentum and fire about us late in the game," said Coleman head coach John Elder. "It wasn't the win we wanted, but nevertheless it is a win and we're happy with that."

Coleman and Bangs threatened to get the offensive fireworks going quickly. Each staged long drives in the first quarter that took them within reach of the end zone.

After the Coleman defense had forced Bangs to punt away its first possession, the Bluecat offensive went to work. Following a pair of short runs by Terren Holloway, Denton Allen reeled off a 5-yard scamper that pushed Coleman to the Bluecat 41.

Jett Allen provided the key play for the Bluecat offense from there. The junior tight end hauled in a 36-yard pass from Denton Allen and moved the ball to the Bangs 23.

Unfortunately for Coleman, the drive ran out of steam rapidly from there. The Bluecats pushed their way to the 18 on their next three downs before an incomplete pass on a fourth down try ended the 8-play, 52-yard march and turned the ball over on downs.

Bangs answered the Bluecats' offensive display with one of their own. The Dragons reeled off a 13-play drive and marched to the Coleman 34 before bringing the first quarter to a scoreless end.

While the quarter may have changed, Bangs' offensive push didn't. On the first play of the second period, the Dragons picked up an 18-yard pass from sophomore receiver Justin Wilson and moved to the CHS 16.

Walt Arnold and the Bluecat defense answered the Bangs challenge from there. After driving to the 14, Coleman forced Bangs' quarterback Colton Brewer into a pair of incomplete passes to end the threat.

"The defense was solid. They were stingy," said Elder. "The defense kept us in it until we got some offense going late."

Coleman managed to get is offense in gear later in the second. After a quarterback sack by Trey Sartain had forced Bangs to punt away its second possession of the second quarter, Harris put the CHS offense on his back.

Taking over at the Dragon's 44, junior Trotter Harris got Coleman moving back-to-back runs of 2 and 10 yards. Moments later, Xavier Nunez scrambled for three yards and pushed the Bluecats to the 11.

Coleman head coach John Elder turned the keys to the Coleman offense over Harris. He gave the ball on the next three plays, including a 2-yard plunge that put the Bluecats in the lead with 1:08 remaining in the first half. Sartain tacked on the 2-point conversion on the ensuing play and gave Coleman an 8- advantage.

Coleman's defense threatened to rip the turn out from under the Dragons' feet early in the third. Arnold scooped up a Bangs fumble at the Bluecat 33 and returned it to the Dragons' 4 before being pulled down.

The fumble recovery almost paid dividends. On Coleman's next play, Harris broke through the first wave of defenders and pushed his way toward the end zone. Unfortunately, the ball came free before he reached the end zone. Bangs scooped up the ball in the end zone to end the threat.

The fumble only delayed the Bluecats form taking control of the contest for a few minutes. After Bangs was forced to punt the ball away, Coleman put together an impressive 12-play 87-yard drive that ended with Harris crashing into the end zone just four plays into the fourth quarter.

Holloway and Jett Allen provided key plays for Coleman in the drive. With the team facing a 3rd-and-13 play form their own 10, Holloway caught a 20-yard pass from Denton Allen that gave Coleman a first down at the CHS 30. Moments later, Allen caught a 9-yard pass from Nunez on the final play of the third quarter to set up a 4th-and-1 play from the 50. One play later, Harris shifted the CHS offense into high gear by plowing his way to the BHS 48 for a first down.

Harris, who gained 101 yard on 20 carries, hit stride from there. He reeled off runs of 16 and 13 yards on the next two plays and moved the ball to the Bangs 19. One play later, he took a handoff around the right end for his second touchdown of the contest.

Harris' TD put Coleman on top 15-0 with 11:10 left in regulation.

As a team, Coleman rushed the ball 36 times for 186 yards.

The news didn't get any better for the Dragons from there. Sparked by a 24-yard tackle behind the line of scrimmage, the Coleman defense forced Bangs to punt from its own 10. Denton Allen negated much of the BHS punt by returning the ball to the Dragon 19.

Darrian Hunter and Allen made Bangs pay dearly from there. Using a pump fake that froze the defensive secondary, Hunter managed to slide past the Dragons' corner and into the end zone, where he pulled a 19-yard pass. Jett Allen tacked on the extra-point attempt and upped the CHS lead to 22-0 with 8:31 left in the contest.

Allen completed all four of his passing attempts and accumulated a team-high 83 yards passing.

Bangs avoided the shutout later in the fourth. Terick Flores scored on a 44-yard run with 4:31 left to pull the Dragons to within 22-16.

The 44-yard run turned out to be the biggest play of the contest for the Dragons. As a team, Bangs managed just 201 yards, including just 66 via the pass. 

Gallery of images from Bluecats vs Dragons

All photos by Chaey's Photography.

Bluecat Paw Painting

The Bluecat Booster Club sponsored a Bluecat Paw painting event on Sunday, October 2nd at Hufford Field. Parents, students, football players and cheerleaders were all invited to paint a paw and show their Bluecat spirit. 

ACE Fun Run Results

ACE Fun Run Results

Overall winners:          
1st place - Skylar Croft
2nd place - Cristian Martinez
3rd place - Kelan Sikes

Ages 6-11:                    
1st - Kelan Sikes
2nd - Jacob Ramirez
3rd - Alana Young

Ages 12-17:                  
1st - Skylar Croft
2nd - Cristian Martinez
3rd - Alex Crowder

Ages 18-25:                  
1st - Guy Watts
2nd - Shayla Rawls
3rd - Carson Keeney

Ages 26-40:                  
1st - Travis Rhoten
2nd - Moses Lira
3rd - Lee Morrison

Ages 41-59:                  
1st - Robert Biggers
2nd - Rhett Guthrie
3rd - Ross Guerrero

Ages 60+:                      
1st - Pio Caballes 

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Santa Anna Homecoming King & Queen

Queen - Jaylie Jones escorted by her father, Ray Jones.

​​​​​​King - Blaine Beal escorted by his mother, Lori Beal.

Panther Creek Homecoming King & Queen

Panther Creek Homecoming King & Queen

King: Cole Tovar & Queen: Cassandra Alonzo. 

Coleman High School Homecoming King & Queen

Coleman High School Homecoming King & Queen

King: Darrian Hunter & Queen: Cady Gentry. 


Bulldogs top Bluecats in a Thriller

<br>Bulldogs top Bluecats in a Thriller

by Daniel Stovall  

The Hufford Field lights were shining bright Friday night for the Bluecats final tune-up before district play.  Neither the Bluecats or the Clyde Bulldogs disappointed the huge Homecoming crowd on hand to see these highly ranked teams battle it out.  The Bulldogs outlasted the Bluecats 29-22, handing Coleman their first loss of the season.   Both teams scored on their opening possessions of the ballgame and continued to go toe to toe.  At the end of the first 24 minutes of play, the halftime score was knotted at 14-14.  Senior QB Bryson Hammonds and Senior RB Riley Harris scored the first half touchdowns for the Bluecats, while Bulldog Senior QB Tanner Riley accounted for both Clyde TD's, one through the air, the other on the ground.

The Bluecats received the second half kick-off and began what would prove the be the critical drive of game.  They drove the length of the field, taking 18 plays and almost all of the third quarter only to turn the ball over on downs at the Bulldog 14 yard line.  The Bulldogs took over and ended the third quarter executing their up tempo offense efficiently.  18 plays and 86 yards later, the Bulldogs broke the tie with a Payton Burton one yard run.  

The Bluecats found themselves down, but not out in the fourth quarter.  On the second play of the next drive, Hammonds broke a 46 yard run deep into Bulldog territory.  A few plays later, he would head for the corner of the end zone, dive from the five toward the pylon, only to take a big hit at the goal line by a Bulldog defender.  The Homecoming Hufford Field crowd went silent as the Bluecat QB did not get up.  After several excruciating minutes, he was helped off the field.  At that point, the head referee held up both hands to signify that he had indeed gotten in for the score bringing the Bluecats within one.  Head Coach John Elder called a time-out and decided to go for two and the potential win.  The 'Cats broke the huddle in the Power-I and Riley Harris plunged in to put Coleman up 22-21.  The only problem: there was still over four minutes to go in the quarter.  

The Bulldogs got the ball on their own 23 and began what would be the game winning drive.  10 plays later, Burton would score his second TD of the game.  After the two point conversion, the Bulldogs had their winning margin, staying undefeated on the year.  

After a week off, the Bluecats will begin district 4-3A Division II play at Dragon Stadium in Bangs on October 7th at 7:30.

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PC Cheerleaders

PC Cheerleaders

Cheering on the Panther Creek Panthers this year are the 2016 PCHS cheerleaders and mascot.

Guadalupe Campbell, Emily Hoelscher, Brogen Faries (mascot), Gracie Cole and Haley Barnett.

Bluecats hang on to beat Brady!

Bluecats hang on to beat Brady!
Photos courtesy of Chaey’s Photography.

by Daniel Stovall 

It was a true classic last Friday night at Bulldog Stadium as Coleman and Brady renewed their rivalry on the gridiron.  After a hard fought 48 minutes of football, the Bluecats came out with a 28-19 victory, improving to 4-0.

The Bulldogs started the scoring at the end of the first quarter as Caleb Turnell plunged across from the one, on a quarterback sneak capping off a nine play, 72 yard drive.  However, a mishandled snap led to a missed extra point and the Bulldogs led 6-0.

As the second quarter began, the Bluecat offense came to life.  They answered the Bulldog long drive with one of their own, ending with a touchdown, as senior QB Bryson Hammonds scampered in from the 16 yard line.  An offsides penalty on the Bulldogs allowed the Bluecats to go for two from the one and a half.  They called on the bulldozer formation and Riley Harris followed the big bodies in for the pivotal two points and an 8-6 lead.

The Bluecat passing game led the way the rest of the half, as Coach Elder's offense opened it up.  Hammonds hit junior TE Jett Allen for 47 yards, then Darrien Hunter for a 24 yard Bluecat touchdown.  On the ensuing Bulldog possession, junior DT Dave Wakefield wrestled a loose ball away from a Bulldog lineman and the Bluecats took over deep in Bulldog territory.  Hammonds found Hunter again for 24 yards and a critical first down inside the five.  Hammonds pushed across the QB sneak from the one and the Bluecats headed to halftime with a two touchdown lead.

The Bulldogs made it very interesting in the second half, as senior QB Caleb Turnell was unstoppable.  He would score twice, but the Bulldogs could not convert a two-point conversion and after a Bluecat second half score by Hammonds the Bluecats came out on top, moving their pre-district record to 4-0 with the hard fought win.

Friday night, it's Homecoming as the Bluecats host the Clyde Bulldogs at Hufford Field.  Kick-off is at 7:30.  Get on out and Back the Blue!

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Panthers defeat the Indians

by Cameron Norris

Week four brought an early start, at 5:30, with very hot and humid conditions. You add the fact that the Panthers have only played to the half the last two games, and you're looking at an upset from the Paint Rock Indians.

Luckily, our Panthers overcame all of those factors and handed a very talented Indians team a 60-14 loss.

JC McDonald started the scoring with 25 and 33 yards touchdown runs. Matthew Morris scored on two touchdown runs of 64 and 43 yards. Cole Tovar added a 54 yarder and Arath Armendariz finished the offensive scoring with two touchdown runs of 3 and 5 yards.

The defense added a JJ Sternadel lateral fumble recovery (45 yard touchdown return). JC McDonald was 4 for 4 on extra point kicks and added two extra point passes. Defense caused 6 turnovers and recovered four of them.   Overall, it was a great team effort on both side of the ball. The Panthers need to clean up a few areas and get in better game condition if they plan on beating the undefeated Veribest Falcons for homecoming.  
           
                   1   2 3   4   F
Paint Rock 0   8 6   0 14
Panthers   24 23 0 13 60
Rushing: McDonald 5-77-2tds, Morris 6-170-2tds,Tovar 5-66-1td, Sternadel 8-26,Armendariz 3-9-2tds, Kennedy1-5
Passing: McDonald 3-6-36-1int., Jackson 2-2-4
Receiving: Harper 2-33, Hale 2-4, Sternadel 1-3
Record: 4-0 

Panther Creek places at Coleman XC meet

Panther Creek places at Coleman XC meet

At the recent Coleman Cross Country meet, Faith Goins, a Panther Creek 8th grader placed 9th. 

Panthers handle the Wildcats, move to 3-0

Panthers handle the Wildcats, move to 3-0

by Cameron Norris

Week 3 took our Panther Creek Panthers to Rising Star, Texas riding high off of a 2-0 start to the year.

Rising Star graduated eight seniors off of last year's regional semi-finals team, and adding a new coach didn't help the Wildcats either. The Wildcats were huge, but about two steps slower than our Panthers, leading to a lopsided 59-0 win.

Scoring was lead by JC McDonald's touchdown runs of 38 and 46 yards, while adding 48 and 58 yard punt returns for two more touchdowns. Cole Tovar had a 22 yard touchdown run, Matthew Morris had a 19 yard touchdown scamper, and JJ Sternadel added two more touchdown runs of 18 and 24 yards. A final touchdown was a two yard pass from Canyon Jackson to JJ Sternadel.

Our defense held Rising Star to -13 yards of total offense. Two easy first half wins in a row will have the Panthers trying to stay in full game shape (which could cause a major problem).

Next for the Panthers are the very big, physical and athletic Paint Rock Indians. If we don't bring our A game, we will be handed our first loss of a promising year.
                    1     2    Final
Rising Star  0     0     0
P.C.           26   33   59

Rushing: McDonald 3-93-2tds, Sternadel 4-50-2tds, Tovar 2-29-1td, Armindariz 4-26, Morris 2-16-1td
Passing: Jackson 1-1-2-1td
Receiving: Sternadel 1-2-1td
Record: 3-0

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Bluecats start fast, topple Post

Bluecats start fast, topple Post
Photo courtesy of Alexa Diaz.

by Daniel Stovall   
The Bluecats avenged last year’s only regular season loss with a 37-7 drubbing of Post last Friday night, at Jimmie Redman Memorial Stadium. Coleman took to opening kick-off at their own 34 and, in less than two minutes later, found the end zone. It took the ‘Cats just three plays as SR quarterback Bryson Hammonds went option left, 22 yards for the score. After a successful two-point conversion, the Bluecats led 8-0.

The fun was just beginning for the Bluecats. After Post running back AJ Reed’s 44 yard run was called back on a backfield penalty, Bluecat defensive tackle, SR Dylan Robles, made a big hit in the backfield on Post QB, AJ Escobedo, jarred the ball lose, and fell on it deep in Antelope territory. Just a few plays later, the Bluecats were in the end zone again, and after tacking on another two-point conversion, it was 16-0.

The ensuing Post possession feature another fumble. This time, Escobedo mishandled the snap and the Bluecats pounced again. SR devensive end, Trey Sartain, recovered the fumble and the offense was in business, plus territory, again. With the short field, the Bluecats drove down inside the 10. Hammonds went razzle dazzle on a broken pass play, breaking the pocket to his right, dodging Antelope defenders as he cut back to the left, ran all the way across the field and darted in, on a five yard scamper. After missing the extra point, the Bluecats finished the first quarter with a 23-0 lead.

Time and time again, the Bluecat defense stood strong. The defensive line of Trey Sartain, Walt Arnold, Dylan Robles, Quinton Hammonds and Brendon Gilbreath stood tall time and time again, holding star Antelope RB, AJ Reed, to less than 100 yards on the night. The constant pressure never allowed the Antelopes to get going, forcing three turnovers on the night, as the Bluecats ran their record to 3-0.

It’s another road trip this Friday night, as the Bluecats go to Bulldog Stadium to take on Brady. Game time is at 7:30.

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Coleman Outlasts Comanche, move to 2-0

by Daniel Stovall

“It’s not who plays the best, it’s who plays the best the longest.”  The pre-game quote from Bluecat head coach, John Elder, summed up Friday night’s 24-10 Bluecat win before it even started.  With two late touchdowns, the Bluecats pulled away from the Indians and begin the year 2-0.

Like a heavyweight title bout, the Bluecats and Indians traded punches for much of the first half.  With under three minutes to go in the second quarter, Indian head coach Stephen Hermesmeyer reached into his bag of tricks for a halfback pass.  JR receiver Trevor Higginbotham got behind the Bluecat secondary, and HB Kade Mercer’s pass was right on target.  Even though the Bluecats recovered to pull down Higginbotham at the five, Mercer was able to punch in the first score of the night three plays later.  After the extra point, the Bluecats found themselves trailing for the first time this season 7-0.

The Indian lead was short-lived, and any doubt Bluecat fans had about how they would respond to the first real adversity of the new season was quickly erased.  QB Bryson Hammonds popped the option play 43 yards on the second play of the ensuing possession and the Bluecats were within one.  On the extra point, the Bluecats went into the “Bulldozer” power-I formation and SR running back Riley Harris followed fellow SR’s Cayden Steffey and Trey Sartain into the corner of the end-zone for the 2 point conversion.  The Bluecats led 8-7 and would never trail again.

The toe-to-toe battle continued into the second half at Hufford Field.  As the game wore on, the Bluecat defense once and again stood up to every test.  SR defensive end Walt Arnold led the way time and again making plays in the Indian backfield earning a game-ball from Head Coach Elder.  “Coach Thompson (Defensive coordinator Weldon Thompson) kept making great calls and putting me in position to make plays,” said Arnold after the game.

The Bluecats stretched the lead to nine late in the third quarter on a nifty 40 yard TD run from JR running back Terren Holloway.  After a 27 yard Alfredo Cervantes FG pulled the Indians back to within one score, the Bluecats sealed their second win of the year on a Riley Harris one yard plunge after another big run inside the Indian five by Hammonds.  Cayden Steffey twisted his way in for the final two points of the game and the 24-10 Bluecat win.

The first road trip of the season is up next for the Bluecats Friday night.  Coleman travels to Post to take on the Antelopes at 7:30.  If you are unable to make the trip, Bluecat football can be heard on KPSM 99.3, or go to Colemnnews.com and look for the “listen live” button at the top of the front page to hear Bluecat football streaming live.

Photos courtesy of Chaey's Photography.

Panther Creek beats Robert Lee

by Cameron Norris

Panther Creek beat Robert Lee last Friday night in P.C. 28-22 to start the 2016 season off on the right foot. The Panther were a 42 point underdog going into last week game with Robert Lee ( coached by P.C.'s own, Shay Avants). Panthers set the tone with two consecutive defensive stops. Late in the first quarter, JC McDonald threw a 13 yard pass to Lane Kennedy for a 8-0 lead. Robert Lee answered with a touchdown run in the second quarter. Two wide open dropped touchdown passes by the panthers let the steers stay in the game, tied 8-8 at half. The two teams both scored in the third quarter with P.C. missing their 2 point kick, making the score 14-16 at the end of the third. The Panther's lone third quarter score was a JC McDonald 5 yard run. Then, JC McDonald ran a 27 yard touchdown and kicked the two point conversion to take a 22-16 fourth quarter lead. Robert Lee responded to tie the game at 22-22. Jordan Hale blocked the extra kick to keep it tied. With two minutes left, Matthew Morris scored on a 6 yard around the end touchdown for a 28-22 lead. Panthers defense came up big again with a tackle on their own one yard line as time ran out on the Steers.

Score by quarters
       12 3 4    final
RL 0 8 8 6    22
PC 8 0 6 14  28
Passing: JC McDonald 5-10-83-1TD
Receiving: Hayes Harper 1-50
Matthew Morris 2-26
Lane Kennedy 1-13-1TD
Rushing: Matthew Morris 13-81-1TD
Cole Tovar 6-18
JC McDonald 10-57-2TD
Lane Kennedy 2-6
JJ Sternadel 2-19

Bluecats roll the Indians!

by Daniel Stovall   

The Coleman Bluecats opened the 2016 season Friday night at Hufford Field with a convincing 37-0 victory over the Jim Ned Indians.  From the opening gun, the Bluecats dominated.  They took the opening kick-off at their own 36, then after 10 consecutive runs and a couple of penalties, Bryson Hammonds raised up and hit Darrien Hunter in the corner of the end-zone on a 19 yard pass for the first Bluecat score of the season.  After Riley Harris ran in the 2 point conversion, the Bluecats led 8-0.  The drive covered 64 yards and took half of the first quarter clock.  

The Bluecats dominated the line of scrimmage behind the experienced offensive line featuring seniors Trey Sartain, Dylan Robles, Walt Arnold, Cayden Steffey, and Dave Wakefield.  Backs Terren Holloway, Denton Allen, and Bryson Hammonds followed the big hogs through big holes all night.  The first play of the second quarter saw Denton Allen take advantage of one of those big holes as he took the hand-off and went untouched 82 yards for the second Bluecat touchdown.  By the end of the half, the Bluecats had a commanding 30-0 lead.

Bend, but don’t break was the defensive motto all night against the Indians.  Using timely stops, the defense held the Indians out of the end-zone for the shut-out.  The closest the Indians came to getting their first score of the 2016 season went for naught when the Dylan McCoy pass to Connor Akins flew just out of the back of the end-zone resulting in a turnover on downs.  

The win sets the stage for another showdown next Friday night as the Bluecats host the Comanche Indians at 7:30.  The Indians defeated Ballinger 35-14 Friday.  Come on out and Back the Blue!

Photos courtesy of Chaey's Photography.

Bluecat football has officially started!

The 2016-2017 football season is now underway. The Bluecats, coached by John Elder, started practice for the season on Friday, August 5th. 

Coleman Youth Association 8U Baseball Team headed to the TTAB State Tournament

The Coleman 8U Bluecats beat the Brownwood Nationals, last Friday, July 15th, in the District Championship game. This victory clinched the boys a trip to the TTAB State Tournament, in Rusk, TX.   To help off-set some of the expense for the parents, there will be a kickball/softball tournament this Saturday, July 23rd. The tournament will be at the Coleman Little League fields, starting at 8:00 AM. There is a $150 entry fee, per team. To enter your team, or for more info, call (325) 220-1223.   There will be prizes awarded for first and second place. Also, the concession stand will be open, and there will be a bake sale.   A bbq sandwich sale will be held Friday, July 22 starting at 11:00 am at the Ivy & Co. building (corner of Commercial & Santa Anna Ave.). For $7 you can get a sandwich, potato salad and a drink. Add homemade icecream for just $1 more; or purchase just the ice cream for $2. Delivery can be set up for businesses; large orders are available upon request.   Saturday, at the Coleman Farmer’s Market, there will be a bake sale booth as well.   All proceeds go to the Coleman Bluecat 8U Baseball team.  

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Coleman Youth Association 8U Baseball Team headed to the TTAB State Tournament
Coleman 8U Bluecats coached by Douglas Salas and Bo Torres. Good luck boys! 

Rosales places 7th in DownUnder 5k

Marie Rosales, Coleman, placed 7th place overall, 5th in the 16 & under team and 1st of the Texas competitors, in the Girls DownUnder 5K race in Brisbane, Australia.

July 2, 2016 she ran in the 5.k challenge in the Gold Coast marathon. 

Rosales places 7th in DownUnder 5k
Marie (left) and Terry Dulin.