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Ballinger, Miles win; Winters drops 3rd game

Staff Writer
Runnels County Register
Winters sophomore Aidan Leamon carries the ball against the Bangs Dragons.

A full recap of Runnels County and other area teams will be in the newspaper on Thursday.

It was another exciting Friday in Runnels County high school football. The Ballinger Bearcats (3-0), as many expected, defeated the 0-3 Colorado City Wolves 34-2. The sole points for the Wolves came on a safety with less than a minute to go in the game. Ballinger’s Aiden Busenlehner lined up in the backfield for a direct snap inside the Bearcats’ own 5-yard line. The ball sailed over Busenlehner’s head for a safety. Other than that, the game was played almost flawlessly by the Bearcats.

The Miles Bulldogs (1-2) earned their first victory of the season by traveling to Roscoe and defeating the 0-3 Plowboys, 29-7. The Bulldogs played a strong game on both sides of the ball as they earned 1st year head coach Jason Wilhelm with his first victory as a Bulldog.

The Winters Blizzards (0-3) fell at home to the unbeaten (3-0) Bangs Dragons, by the score of 42-19. Many felt that the 3A Dragons would come in and rough roughshod over a struggling Winters team, but the game was much closer than the score would indicate. The first half of the game ended with Bangs up only 14-6. The Blizzards made several key stops while they also forced Bangs to make mistakes, mainly in getting penalties. As the first half was winding down, Bangs was focused on getting off the snap of the ball quickly and committed several false start penalties on one possession. It was the Blizzards’ defense that was forcing the normally disciplined Dragons’ squad into those penalties. The defense was getting off the snap quickly and forcing issues in the Dragons’ backfield.

The Dragons regrouped during an extended halftime due to the game being the Blizzards’ Homecoming. The second half of the game saw the Dragons get their penalty troubles under control as they put 28 points on the scoreboard. Winters got the ball into the end zone once during the second half. The game ended with a 42-19 Bangs victory. If anything positive can be said for the Blizzards, it’s that they left everything on the field. They played hard the entire game and get a powerful team in check for 2 quarters.

Some other scores around the area:

Merkel 21, Hawley 35.

Sweetwater 60, Lake View 42

Monahans HS 6, Big Spring 28

Olney 8, Goldthwaite 48

Milsap 27, De Leon 20

Hico 0, Hamilton 66

Menard 6, Ropes 33

Munday 22, Crosbyton 52

Baird 47, Gordon 56

Cross Plains 16, Haskell 20

Christoval 22, Sonora 14

Eldorado 34, Coahoma 59

Junction 50, Iraan 8

Stephenville 45, Salado 61

Miles 29, Roscoe 7

Roby 54, Bronte 6

Ira 66, Eden 18

Loraine School 0, Westbrook 49

O’Donnell 6, Sterling City 58

Santa Anna 68, Rising Star 22

Veribest 32, Robert Lee 33

Blanket 51, Lingleville 6

Blum 70, Gorman 23

Blackwell 22, Highland 42

Wall 6, Cornerstone Christian 24 (non-UIL)

Harper 14, Tom Moore 27

Cisco 14, Breckenridge 0

China Spring 35, Brownwood 14

Alpine 20, Wink 38

Colorado 2, Ballinger 34

Grape Creek 42, TLCA 12

Bangs 42, Winters 19

Brady 12, Coleman 15

Anson 44, Dublin 28

Early 7, Comanche 35

San Saba 32, Mason 0

Ballinger Bearcats' sophomore Nathan McDuffee played well on both sides of the ball. Here he epitomizes the Bearcats' effort against the Colorado (City) Wolves. Frame 2