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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Plowboys' Season Ended on Wink's Fourth Quarter Comeback, 36-28

It was a tough way to end the season. Playing in Big Spring in the bitter cold and outplaying Wink for most of the game, the Plowboys faltered in the fourth quarter, and the Wildcats played just well enough to win 36-28 with two late touchdowns.

The game started off right for the Plowboys.  On the second play from scrimmage, Kevin Lavalais took a  Cutter Davila pass and raced into the end zone to complete a 70-yard pass play.  After a successful Eric Huidobro kick for the extra point, the Plowboys were ahead 7-0.  Wink came right back, though, with a 41-yard touchdown pass.  However, their extra point attempt failed, and the score was 7-6.  Before the quarter was over, Vincent Pantoja broke loose on a 46-yard run, which with another successful extra-point kick put the Plowboys out front, 14-6.

In the second quarter the Plowboys drove all the way to the Wink 16-yard line only to see the ball knocked from Davila’s hands all the way to midfield where a Wildcat recovered it.  Wink then drove down the field for their second touchdown and, with a successful two-point conversion, tie the game at 14-14.

Max Nemir returned the ensuing kickoff 34 yards, and shortly thereafter Davila hit Lavalais with another scoring pass, this one for 31 yards.  Huidobro’s extra-point kick was again good, and at halftime the Plowboys led 21-14.

Wink received the second half kickoff and drove the ball down the field for another Wildcat TD, and with a successful 2-point conversion moved ahead of the Plowboys for the first time by the score of 22-21.  However, the Plowboys once again answered.  On a fourth and 3, Davila hit Nemir with a 31-yard pass play for another score.  The extra-point kick was good, and the Plowboys were back in front 28-22.

Then came the fateful fourth quarter.  Wink regained the lead on a 52-yard run and a two-point conversion to go ahead 30-28.  Roscoe couldn’t get any drives going, and Wink did, scoring another TD to go up 36-28.  Wink’s defense then took over and held the Plowboys off for the rest of the game.

It wasn’t the best way to end the season, but the Plowboys went farther this year than most people ever thought they would.  Despite being picked to finish last in district by Texas Football magazine and others, they wound up tied for second and won the tie-breaker to be the official runner-up to Winters, the district champs.  They also made the playoffs for the first time since 2010 and in doing so put the program back on a positive track.  Let’s hope their success carries over to next year’s team and even greater accomplishments in the future.



Sam Ortega shoots a free throw in last night's game with Colorado City.
In a game played at home last night, the Plowgirls played with spirit but showed early season form as they fell to the Lady Wolves from Colorado City, 51-36.

The Lady Wolves jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter, but the Plowgirls fought back and by the end of the quarter had narrowed the margin to one, as Colorado led 10-9.  Then in the second quarter the Plowgirls outscored the Lady Wolves 12 to 9 to lead at the half by two, 21-19.

In a low scoring third quarter the Lady Wolves regained the lead and at the end of three were up 27-24.  The fourth quarter was all Colorado, however, as they outscored the Plowgirls by ten to win the game, 51-36.

High scorer for the Plowgirls was Mia Herrera with 12, followed by Olivia Saddler with 11, Selena Perez 6, Danielle Dean 4, and Sam Ortega 3.

In the early game, Colorado’s JV team beat the JV Plowgirls 30-14.  Roscoe scorers were Acebedo and Trevino, both with 5, and Wilkinson and Whitley, both with 2.

The Plowgirls’ next games will be at the Lueders-Avoca tournament Thursday through Saturday while the JV Plowgirls play at a tournament in Cross Plains.  They will both return to play Westbrook here at home next Tuesday.

The Plowboys will also play their first basketball game of the season against Westbrook here next Tuesday.  The JV Plowgirls start at 4:00, the JV Plowboys at 5:15, the varsity Plowgirls at 6:30, and the varsity Plowboys at 8:00.



Thanksgiving Dinner at the Community Center last year.
If you want to enjoy a good Thanksgiving dinner but not the hassle of fixing it, or if you just want to visit with friends after church, the solution to your problem is at the Roscoe Community Center, which is hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner with turkey, dressing, and all the trimmings this Sunday, November 23, from 11:00am to 3:00pm.

There is no charge for the dinner, but donations will be accepted, and all are invited.  Along with the Thanksgiving Dinner, there will also be a bake sale.



Snowfall on Sunday afternoon. 
This past week has been generally cold and windy, and on Sunday we got our first snow of the year.  It didn’t last long, but it created havoc while it did.  It was preceded by enough precipitation to freeze over the highways with black ice and cause numerous wrecks on I-20 all the way from here to Abilene and points east.  In one case, a woman who totaled her car just south of Roscoe wound up spending the night at the Plowboy Center Lodge.  Her husband, who drove out from Dallas, reported that I-20 looked like a “war zone” with cars turned over or in ditches, wrecks with multiple vehicles, and so on.  By the next afternoon, however, the snow and ice were all gone except in a few shady spots.

The days this past week warmed up somewhat in the afternoon sun—it got up to 64° Saturday afternoon for the week's high.  But the nights and early evenings were either chilly or downright cold, especially when it was windy.  The low was 21° on Sunday and none of the daily lows for the week were above freezing.  Wind chills were often way below that.

A warming trend is forecast for the rest of this week with a 58° high this afternoon and highs in the sixties through Sunday.  Lows should be in the forties and fifties through Saturday.  

 On Friday night and Saturday, there is a 50% chance of rain. 



Services were held at the First Baptist Church for Willard McFaul, 85, on Saturday, November 15, followed by interment in the Roscoe Cemetery.  His last train departed this earthly station on Wednesday, November 12, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.

His journey on the rails of life began on July 20, 1929, in Kaufman County, Texas. In 1945 he reached his destination, Roscoe, where he lived the remainder of his life. He was a 1947 graduate of Roscoe High School. He and his high school sweetheart had a long, happy marriage of 65 years. They were married on November 25, 1948. Willard worked over 40 years on the railroad. He began his career with the Roscoe, Snyder and Pacific Railroad where he worked 33 years. He then worked eight years for the Texas Northwestern Railway Co. in Sunray, Texas, and several years for National Railcar and Eagle in Roscoe. He enjoyed pheasant hunting on the Texas Plains and deer hunting in Colorado. His greatest joy in life was bringing a smile, a chuckle or hardy laugh to friends, family, even strangers, with a joke or humorous story. Someone once said that Willard was the Will Rogers of his era. “He never met a man he did not want to like.”  He was a member of the First Baptist Church, where he welcomed folks each Sunday morning with a warm handshake, a bulletin, and a funny saying. He was also a member the Sweetwater Men's Bible Class and was a Mason who had received his 50 year pin.

He is preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, and two sisters. He cherished the journey with those he leaves awaiting their ticket into heaven: wife, Emily McFaul of Roscoe; son Wayne McFaul and wife Annette of Gilmer, Texas; daughter Susie Alford and husband Jerry of Roscoe; daughter Cathi McFaul of Mansfield, Texas. Also, four grandchildren: Justin McFaul and wife Lindsey, Misti DeLoera and husband Armando, Jonathan McFaul and wife Jamie, and Jerad Alford and wife Candace, as well as nine great grandchildren and a trainload of friends and family. Surely now he is “satisfied with the status quo.”

Pallbearers were Justin McFaul, Jonathan McFaul, Jerad Alford, Armando DeLoera, Bryan Heaps, and Tommy Frierson.


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