|The gym was packed for Friday's pep rally.|
A bonfire in north Roscoe on Thursday evening kicked off the festivities. Cheerleaders and the Plowboy Band were on hand, and Army Sergeant Donald Kimbrell gave a pep talk to the football team as the blaze roared.
|Plowboy cheerleaders at the bonfire.|
The stands and sidelines were packed at Plowboy Field, and the players responded, jumping out to an early lead and never looking back as they put on a powerful passing show to beat the Baird Bears 47-6.
|Football Beau Jesus Leanos and Football Sweetheart Whitney Williams. (Photo courtesy of Debbie Nevins.)|
|Band Beau Antonio Gallegos and Band Sweetheart Danielle Dean. (Photo courtesy of Debbie Nevins)|
|Gordon Miles and Leslie Huff at the Lumberyard Friday night.|
|The Ratliff Library dedication on Saturday morning.|
Outside it rained until about eleven o’clock, causing the only damper of the day when the Homecoming Parade was called off. The decision turned out to be unfortunate as the sky cleared up later, and by what would have been parade line-up time the sun broke through to stay for the rest of the afternoon.
Nineteen ex-Plowgirls and eleven ex-Plowboys played in the Exes’ Basketball game in the Special Events Center later that afternoon. Each team was co-ed with boys against boys one quarter and girls against girls the next, and the Purple team wound up victorious over the White.
Individual class reunions were held in various locations on Saturday afternoon and evening, and there was another general gathering at the Lumberyard Saturday night. Once again, there was a large crowd, and music was supplied by exes and exes’ bands, beginning with an open mike session, followed by Whiskey Flats and then the Blackland Bullet Company. Exes attending the Lumberyard events were asked to donate $10 each to the Homecoming Scholarship Fund, and approximately $4000 was raised for the two nights.
All things considered, this had to be one of the best homecomings ever, and the Homecoming Committee, led by Katie Heaps, deserves our thanks for organizing and putting on such a successful event.
YOUNG FARM ESTATES HAS GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY
|Carl Childers speaks at the Young Farm Estates groundbreaking.|
The RCHS Plowboy Band was there, and so were the Plowboy cheerleaders and flag team, along with several local dignitaries from Roscoe and Sweetwater. Owner and developer Carl Childers spoke of his family ties to Roscoe, followed by words of support from Roscoe Mayor Pete Porter, City Manager Cody Thompson, and Director of Sweetwater Economic Development Ken Becker. Also participating in the ceremony were the Roscoe City Council, the RISD School Board, and the downtown Roscoe merchants and businessmen.
After the ceremony, a hot dog supper was served with chips and cold drinks. Kelly Etheredge was the organizer and MC of the event.
PLOWBOYS PLEASE LARGE HOMECOMING CROWD, ROLL OVER BAIRD 47-6
|Kevin Lavalais (19) catches a Cutter Davila pass.|
Although the victory turned out to be an easy one, the Plowboys paid a high price for it. Vincent Pantoja, Roscoe’s leading rusher and a major force on defense, broke his collarbone in the third quarter and will be out for an estimated six weeks, and Jesus Leanos, one of the leading receivers, suffered a high ankle sprain in the second quarter. His return will be assessed on a week-to-week basis.
Baird opened by methodically driving the ball down the field deep into Plowboy territory before turning the ball over on downs. That first drive was the high point of the evening for the Bears, however, as they were unable to defend against the Plowboy passing attack. The Plowboys responded quickly with several completed passes, and Vincent Pantoja ran the ball in from the two for the first touchdown of the evening and a 6-0 lead.
The Plowboys scored twice more in the first quarter, once on a 37-yard Cutter Davila pass to Jesus Leanos and once on a 29-yard Davila pass to Shelton Toliver on a fourth and ten. At the end of the first quarter Roscoe was up 21-0.
The Plowboys were never seriously challenged after that. In the second quarter, Davila threw two more touchdown passes to Toliver, the first for 27 yards and the second for 42. At halftime the score was 35-0, and for all practical purposes the game was over.
Roscoe opened the third quarter with another touchdown on a 12-yard Pantoja run. The Bears answered with their first score of the evening to make it 41-7. Then Max Nemir closed out the scoring for the Plowboys with a 40-yard run in the fourth quarter.
For the evening Baird actually had more first downs than the Plowboys with 24 to Roscoe’s 17. They also led in rushing statistics with 222 yards to Roscoe’s 209. But the big difference was in the passing yardage with Davila racking up 297 yards while completing 23 of 39 passes with no interceptions. Baird had only 19 yards, completing 2 of 10 attempts and 1 interception.
Pantoja led the Plowboys in rushing with 85 yards on 6 carries. Davila had 56 on 8 carries and Nemir 56 on 6 carries. Toliver led in receiving yardage with 139 on 6 catches, while Leanos had 61 on 3 and Kevin Lavalais 34 on 3.
The Plowboys' next opponent is Cross Plains in Cross Plains on Friday night. Like the Plowboys, the Buffaloes are 2-2 on the year and 1-0 in district. They are on a two-game winning streak after beating the Abilene Ravens 34-0 and Gorman Panthers 47-13.
US 84 OVERPASS AT “DESTRUCTION JUNCTION” FINALLY RE-OPENS
|Traffic is once again using the US 84 overpass east of town.|
The reparations, however, do not mean that the junction is any safer—it isn’t, as can be demonstrated by the fact that there have been three wrecks there in the past month. Although architects spent some time on the project, TxDOT (the Texas Department of Transportation) determined that it would be too expensive to make major changes, so with minor improvements “Destruction Junction” is essentially the same as it always was.
Additionally, the heavy truck traffic that detoured through Roscoe on Business US 84 for the past year has seriously damaged Cypress Street between the railroad tracks and the stop sign on Broadway. I am told that the State will repair the damage—as it should.
In any case, it’s nice that the detours are history—although the owners of Stripes might disagree—and the overpass is functional once again. Remember, though, that the area around that underpass is still dangerous, especially in rainy conditions, and take proper precautions when driving there.
PLOWBOY JV TROUNCES CROSS PLAINS JV 38-0
The Plowboy JV took the Cross Plains JV to the woodshed Thursday evening in Cross Plains, winning handily 38-0.
After a scoreless first quarter, Brayden Beal threw a two-yard TD pass to Isaiah Gonzales, and Juan Sanchez ran for a 2-point conversion, putting the Plowboys up 8-0. Later in the quarter, Beal hit Braiden Moore with a 17-yard touchdown pass, and Sanchez again ran for the extra points, and the Plowboys were ahead 16-0.
In the third quarter, Sanchez scored on a 13-yard run and made the extra points on a pass from Beal. Then, A. J. Renteria blocked a Buffalo punt, and Beal picked up the loose ball and returned it 38 yards for another Plowboy TD. Johnathon Cuellar ran for the extra points, and the score was 32-0.
Then in the final quarter, Cuellar broke free for a 48-yard touchdown run. The extra-point try was no good, making the final score 38-0.
The Plowboy JV will play Cross Plains JV again tomorrow, this time in Roscoe. Kickoff is at 6:30pm.
COMMUNITY CENTER HOSTS FREE MOVIES SATURDAY EVENING
There will be free movies at the Roscoe Community Center Saturday evening starting at 5:30pm. First up is a scary double feature for the kids: Friday Night Frights followed by Why Do Ghouls Fall in Love? Total time for both movies is an hour and a half.
Then, starting at approximately 7:15, the main feature of the evening will be Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, starring Benjamin Walker and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. A youtube preview of the movie may be accessed by clicking here.
Admission is free, but bring money if you want something from the concession. Possibilities include drinks, candy, and hot dogs. For more information, contact Roscoe Police Chief Felix Pantoja at 325-514-8384.
WEATHER REPORT: RAIN
|2.25 inches of rain fell in Roscoe Saturday morning.|
The front also brought cooler temperatures. The highs of around 90°F and lows of 65° or 70° that typified last week dropped on Saturday and Sunday to a high of 76° both days with lows of 55° and 58° respectively. Since then, it’s been sunny and warmer with Monday’s high of 86° and yesterday’s 88°.
The forecast is for highs in the upper eighties or 90° until Friday night when another cold front moves through, dropping highs to around 70° and lows down into the mid forties on Saturday night and the lower fifties on Sunday and Monday.
There is a 20% chance of thunderstorms as the front moves through.