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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.

Wed
23
Aug

Dove hunting season looks promising

SMELL THE GRASS

It’s time to get your shotguns ready. This year, dove hunting season could be something special, in more ways than one.

For the first time since dove conservation measures were established in Texas nearly a century ago, hunters statewide will have an opportunity to pursue the popular game birds during the first weekend of September.

While the traditional Sept. 1 opener will still be limited to Texas’ North and Central Dove Zones, hunters in the southern region of the state will be able to join in the action the following afternoon thanks to an expansion of the Special White-winged Dove Area across the entire South Dove Zone. Previously, these early four days of dove hunting were restricted to an area roughly west and south of San Antonio and Corpus Christi.

Wed
23
Aug

Jackets learning on the run

For the most part, the first scrimmage of each Texas high school football season is more like a glorified dual practice than an actual game. Scripted and formatted, coaches are usually looking for specific things from various players rather than working on game situations.

With that said, it’s usually hard to gauge what a team will really look like once the regular season begins. Such proved to be the case when the Meridian Yellowjackets scrimmaged with the Santo Wildcats last Friday night.

“In some ways, it went well,” Meridian football head coach Chris Roberts said. “And in other ways, not as good as we would have liked. The good thing is now we know where we need to focus in on this week. Overall, I was pleased with our effort.”

Wed
16
Aug
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Jackets put on the pads for practice

As a high school football coach, you know know for sure what you have until you put on the pads for the first time. After the Meridian Yellowjackets did just that last Friday, Jacket fourth-year head coach Chris Roberts liked what he saw.

After working out during the mornings last week, the Jackets will be working out in the afternoons this week leading up to their first of two scrimmages, traveling to Santo Friday to take on the Wildcats at 6 p.m.

“The first day in pads was fine, considering that it is the first day blocking and tackling,” Roberts said. “Everything is a process so it will get better. Saturday was just more group and team specific. It went about as good as can be expected at this point.”

Wed
16
Aug

Lady Cubs host tourney

After opening the 2017 Texas high school volleyball season with a hard-fought loss on the road against Hillsboro, the Clifton Lady Cubs notched their first win of the season when hosting the annual Clifton Lady Cubs Invitational Tournament last weekend.

Last Thursday, the Lady Cubs opened pool play by beating Palmer, 23-25, 25-18, 25-17, then promptly posted an impressive 25-13, 25-14 sweep of Kopperl before falling to Hico, 15-25, 25-22, 13-15.

In championship bracket play, Clifton opened with a 21-25, 16-25 loss to Hamilton before knocking off Kopperl for the second time, 22-25, 25-7, 25-11. Playing the Consolation Campionship, the Lady Cubs once again fell to Hico, 18-25, 23-25.

“This was a great opportunity for us to see a lot of different teams,” Clifton volleyball head coach Jason Williams said. “We came up short on a crucial game, but we learned a lot and have our sites set on preparing for district play.”

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