Sports

Wed
13
Sep

Lady Cubs look for district win

Coming off a District 19-3A opening loss at Whitney, the Clifton Lady Cub volleyball team will be looking for its first district win this week.

After hosting Groesbeck Tuesday following press time, the Lady Cubs will visit Bruceville-Eddy at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Against Whitney last Friday, Clifton lost in straight sets, 18-25, 14-25, 15-25. The Lady Cubs (0-1 in district, 4-19 overall) lost their final non-district tuneup Sept. 5 in a hard-fought five set match to Frost, 21-25, 25-15, 19-25, 25-22, 9-15.

For Clifton, Katelynn Sadler contributed four blocks and three kills, Audrey Anderson three aces and 25 digs, Stephanie Schmidt five kills and 36 digs, Chelsea Ballesteros four kills and 33 digs, along with Elena Luna five kills and 21 digs

“The fifth game loss was tough,” Clifton volleyball head coach Jason Williams said “We learned a lot and got fired up out of a slump in the fourth match.”

Wed
13
Sep

Cubs shock 4th-ranked Crawford

In a game that produced a playoff atmosphere at Cub Stadium, the battle between Class 3A Clifton against Class 2A, Division II’s fourth-ranked Crawford delivered everything high school football fans hope to see -- a seesaw, hard hitting contest and a dramatic finish.

Fortunately, the Cubs handed the hometown fans a thrilling 21-20 non-district victory by holding off the talented Crawford Pirates last Friday night.

Clifton’s senior running back Marc Gutierrez scored twice while rushing for a game-high 237 yards, while sophomore Riley Perry ran for another touchdown to lead the Cubs.

“We are extremely proud of our guys and the toughness they showed throughout the game,” Clifton head coach Chuck Caniford said. “We talk a lot about responding to adversity in our program, and we responded every time Crawford made a play on Friday night. I think the grit that our guys showed was the difference in the game.”

Wed
13
Sep

Meridian falls at home to Riesel 36-17

Riesel Rises

After playing playoff caliber teams in back-toback non-district games at home, the Meridian Yellowjackets hit the road this week looking for their first win in the 2017 Texas high school football season.

After opening against TAPPS powerhouse Waco Reicher Catholic Academy, the Jackets continued its non-district gauntlet with 2016 playoff qualifier Riesel as the Indians handed Meridian a 36-17 loss at Jacket Stadium last Friday night.

“I was disappointed in the loss,” Meridian head coach Chris Roberts said. “We are a work in progress. I think we got better, but I think that we still have a ways to go. It all has to be clicking by the time district starts on Oct. 13.”

Longtime Chilton head coach Robert Little had the Indians (1-1) ready to play after Meridian posted as thrilling 24-20 victory over the Indians last season.

Wed
13
Sep

Morgan wins again, downs Penelope, 50-36

After a rough opening weekend to the 2017 Texas high school football season, Bosque County teams showed a glimpse of gridiron glory last week as Class 3A Clifton upset state-ranked Crawford and Morgan posted its second consecutive victory.

Area football fans also witnessed their first in-county showdown of the season as the Iredell Dragons showed why they deserved to be pre-season favorites to defend their 2016 district title.

IREDELL 76

KOPPERL 26

After Kopperl returned the opening kickoff 70 yards for the touchdown and scored again to take a 14-7 lead early in the first quarter. But from that point on, it was almost all Iredell as the Dragons posted a convincing 76-26 non-district victory last Friday night.

Morgan Whitfield scored four touchdowns and Adrian Benitez completed all four passes he threw for 87 yards and a score to lead Iredell (1-1).

Wed
06
Sep

Holy Reicher, Jackets!

Coming into the 2017 Texas high school football season opener, the Meridan Yellowjackets knew they were still a work in progress.

That didn’t keep the Jackets and their faithful fans from hoping to post a victory last Friday night though. But TAPPS perennial powerhouse Waco Reicher Catholic Academy jumped out to an early 21-0 lead and cruised to a convicing 41-14 victory over Meridian last Friday at Jacket Stadium.

“Reicher is a tough opponent for sure,” Meridian head coach Chris Roberts said. “Going in, we knew that we needed to eliminate their big plays and limit our mistakes, and we were not able to do that.

“We knew that there would be some first game jitters. Overall, we competed well, we just made too many mistakes on both sides.”

Reicher Catholic rolled to 458 yards total offense with a balanced attack, rushing for 216 yards while throwing for 242 more.

Wed
06
Sep

Cubs dealt Hillsboro blues

As the 2017 Texas high school football season began last week, the Clifton Cubs wasted no time finding out what it takes to play with the big boys. And after getting tested in their season opener, it won’t get any easier for the Cubs this week as Class 2A, Division I’s second-ranked Crawford Pirates come to town.

Playing the Class 4A, Div. II Hillsboro Eagles last Friday at Cub Stadium, Clifton jumped out to a 14-0 lead early in the second half. But then, the Eagles took flight and soared to three unanswered touchdowns to complete an impressive 20-14 come-from-behind victory over the Cubs in a non-district matchup.

“Hillsboro has a good football team with some dynamic playmakers,” Clifton football head coach Chuck Caniford said. “I thought we played well early in the game, but we let too many opportunities slip away from us. We were in the red zone three times on offense in the first half and only came away with seven points.

Wed
30
Aug

Jackets ready to open 2017 season

Meridian hosts Waco Reicher Friday

While the Meridian Yellowjackets stand ready to open the 2017 Texas high school football season under the lights this Friday night, fourth-year head coach Chris Roberts considers his team still a work in progress.

And that’s exactly how he plns to use the five non-district games for leading up to the beginning of District 10-2A, Division II competition Oct. 13.

So after the Jackets played a tough DeLeon Bearcat squad in their final scrimmage before the regular season opener against Waco Reicher at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Jacket Stadium, Roberts considered it just one of the many building experiences that lie ahead.

“I thought that we started a flat, but we seemed to get it together and finished well,” Roberts said. “We still have many things to improve on, but we are making progress.

Wed
30
Aug

Cubs open season at home

Are you ready for some football? After their final scrimmage last Thursday, the Clifton Cubs certainly looked ready to defend their District 11-3A, Division II title.

But before they begin with that task, the Cubs will play four tough non-district games, beginning with Class 4A Hillsboro at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Cub Stadium.

In its final tuneup for the 2017 Texas high school football season, Clifton dominated the Class 2A Hico Tigers, a team picked to return to the postseason this year.

“I was very pleased overall with how we played,” Clifton football head coach Chuck Caniford said. “I thought we ran to the ball really well on defense. We made some big plays in both the running game and the passing game on offense.

“We definitely got better this week and that was our primary goal. We have a group of kids that is going to play hard from whistle to whistle and when you have that you’ve got a chance to be successful.”

Wed
23
Aug

Lady Cubs struggle

As the saying goes, you win some and you lose some. Unfortunately for the Clifton Lady Cub volleyball, there was way too much of the latter last week.

Coming off a solid performance in their own tournament Aug. 10-12, the Class 3A Lady Cubs dropped eight straight matches last week, running into a buzz saw of higher classification teams at the Glen Rose Tournament last Thursday-Saturday.

“We had a rough week,” Clifton volleyball head coach Jason Williams said. “We are a young team and made some basic mistakes. How we handle those mistakes and move on is what our focus will be. We are addressing those skills in practice to get those young players used to the speed and skill of varsity level.”

Lady Cub Katlynn Sadler delivered four kills and Audrey Anderson contributed 16 digs as Clifton fell to Dublin in straight sets, 16-25, 17-25, 15-25, on the road last Tuesday.

Wed
23
Aug

Cubs accomplish first goal

After putting in two weeks of hard work and hitting on each other for over a week, the Clifton Cubs were excited to finally get to face an opponent on the field.

But when the Cubs hit the road to face McGregor for their first scrimmage of the 2017 Texas high school football season last Friday, Clifton encountered all they could handle.

After struggling a bit early to get up to game speed, the Cubs went toe-to-toe with the Bulldogs in what amounted to a spirited, heavily scripted dual practice.

“Overall, I was pleased with the scrimmage,” Clifton football head coach Chuck Caniford said. “We have one goal when we scrimmage and that is to leave the stadium better than we were when we arrived, and I think we definitely accomplished that goal.

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