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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Plowboys Show Inexperience in Loss to Hawley

Plowboy Matthew Cuellar runs for good yardage against Hawley.

The Roscoe Plowboys kicked off this year’s Sammy Baugh Classic in Sweetwater with a game in Mustang Bowl on Thursday against the 2A Hawley Bearcats, a team they had always beaten in the past. 

The Plowboys played hard and at times showed promise, but their inexperience on offense was evident as they fumbled nine times and lost six, while on defense their tackling suffered all evening from failure to wrap up ball carriers when they had them in their grasp.

No team can win when they exhibit repeated shortcomings in those two aspects of the game, and the Plowboys were no exception, losing by a final score of 45-7. 

Hawley scored first on a 31-yard run by Keagan Fernandez to go up 7-0, but the Plowboys came right back with a long drive to the Hawley ten-yard line before turning the ball over on a fumble. 

Then, in the second quarter, Plowboy back Luke Rovig broke free for a 79-yard touchdown run, followed by an Eric Padilla extra point, and the score was tied 7-7.  To that point, the Plowboys looked every bit the equal of the Bearcats, and the game portended to be a good one.

Unfortunately, that proved to be the high point of the evening for the Plowboys as Hawley responded with a couple of touchdowns, aided by Plowboy fumbles and poor tackling, and by halftime Hawley was up 21-7.

The second half was not a pretty sight with repeated Plowboy fumbles followed by Hawley scores.  The Bearcats scored three touchdowns in the third quarter and another one in the fourth.  In the process, they rolled up 455 rushing yards for the night.

Life doesn’t get any easier for the Plowboys as they travel this Friday to play the Stamford Bulldogs, one of the most powerful Class A teams in this area with a 2-0 record and victories over Munday 47-21 and Anson 48-0. 



As the Hard Times reported back in May, the City of Roscoe has received funding through the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs to administer a program offering financial support to low-income homeowners who fulfill certain conditions for building new homes in Roscoe. 

In brief, the award provides up to five homeowners up to around $80,000 each to tear down their old, substandard home and replace it with a new one, provided the new home is the owner’s primary residence and other conditions are met.  The state provides the financing and the owners pay back what their income allows. 

The application period for involvement in the program begins on Friday, September 9, and ends on October 9 with applications available for pick up at the Roscoe City Hall. 

The City will host a public hearing and application workshop next Thursday, September 15, from 4:00-6:00pm at the City Hall.  All homeowners interested in applying for the program are encouraged to attend the workshop, which will provide program information and assist with completing the application materials. 

Financial assistance will be granted to the first five households to (1) complete and return the application information, (2) provide all requested information to verify eligibility, (3) meet all eligibility requirements, and (4) agree to participate in the program.   

Special advance arrangements can be made for persons with special needs or for persons needing alternative times or locations by calling City Secretary Donna Parker at 325-766-3871.  



The end of last week was more of the same old weather we've been getting all summer--highs over 100° and lows around 79° or 80°.  But then on Sunday a norther rolled in and since then has amazingly dropped lows down into the low sixties and high fifties and highs into the low and mid eighties.  It is only 68°F as I write this.  The forecast for next week is for steady warming, but highs are still projected only to be in the low nineties. 

Perhaps fall is coming after all.  Now, if we could just get some rain . . . .

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