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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

2015 Plowboys Begin Football Workouts

Plowboys ran some pass plays at Tuesday morning's practice.
Are you ready for some football? Since Monday morning, this year’s edition of the Roscoe Plowboys is preparing for the 2015 football season with workouts at Plowboy Stadium. Practices are from 6:00-10:00am this week, but when school starts at RCHS next week, they will shift to after school.

Their first scrimmage is next Friday, August 14, with the Haskell Indians in Haskell. The following Friday, August 21, they will scrimmage Munday here in Roscoe as a final warmup for their season opener against Hawley on August 28.

Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, considered the authoritative publication for high school football in Texas, predicts the Plowboys will finish second in district to Winters, this year’s pre-season favorite. Here is how its writers see the District 6-2A-II teams winding up:

          1. Winters Blizzards
          2. Roscoe Plowboys
          3. Miles Bulldogs
          4. Menard Yellow Jackets
          5. Roby Lions
          6. Bronte Longhorns

However, Coach Jake Freeman and his Plowboys know that pre-season predictions are often wrong, and they are optimistic that Roscoe can take the title this year. This is the third year for the team to play in Coach Freeman’s system, so the players know how it works and are familiar with it. They are also an experienced team, returning ten starters on offense and eleven on defense.

With last year’s quarterback Cutter Davila lost to graduation, junior Brayden Beal will now take the reins and run the offense. Coach Freeman says the play calls will take advantage of Beal’s skills by including more run options and quick passes.

Players to watch include wide receivers Kevin Lavalais and Javier Leanos, running backs Vincent Pantoja and Max Nemir, linebacker Rafael Aguayo, and defensive end Ryland Madrid. Texas Football is projecting Pantoja to be the district’s offensive MVP.

The coaching staff this year includes the following:
          Jake Freeman – Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator
          Zane Graves – Offensive Coordinator
          Johnny Martin – Defensive Ends and Running Backs
          Chuck Cathey – Offensive Line and Defensive Tackles
          Jordan Morales – Wide Receivers and Secondary
          Ryan Dillon – Linebackers and Wide Receivers

And here is the Plowboys’ 2015 football schedule:

Date                   Opponent                               Site                   Time
August 14          Haskell (scrimmage)          Haskell             6:00pm
August 21          Munday (scrimmage)         Roscoe              6:00pm
August 28          Hawley                                  Roscoe              7:30pm
September 4      Hamlin                                 Hamlin             7:30pm
September 11     Junction                               San Angelo      7:30pm
September 18     Jim Ned (Homecoming)  Roscoe              7:30pm
September 24     Eldorado                             Eldorado          7:30pm
October 2            OPEN
October 9           *Miles                                   Miles                 7:30pm
October 16         *Winters                               Roscoe              7:30pm
October 23         *Roby                                    Roby                 7:30pm
October 30        *Menard                               Menard             7:30pm
November 6      *Bronte                                 Roscoe              7:30pm

Junior High / Junior Varsity
August 14          Haskell (scrimmage)         Haskell              5:00pm
August 21          Munday (scrimmage)        Roscoe               5:00pm
August 27          Hawley (JV)                        Hawley              6:00pm
September 3      Hamlin (JV)                       Roscoe               6:00pm
September 10    Junction                              San Angelo       4:00pm
September 17    Jim Ned                               Jim Ned            4:30pm
September 24    Eldorado                             Eldorado           4:30pm
October 1            OPEN
October 8          *Miles                                   Roscoe              4:30pm
October 15        *Winters                               Winters             4:30pm
October 22        *Roby                                    Roscoe              4:30pm
October 29        *Menard                               Roscoe              4:30pm
November 5      *Bronte                                 Bronte               4:30pm



The future James Wells Drive at Young Farm Estates.
The sale of lots in Phase 1 of the Young Farm Estates housing development on Roscoe’s north side will begin at 10:00am on Monday, August 17, at its office at 10 Cypress Street across from the Lumberyard. Lots will sell for $25,000 to $30,000.

A preview of the subdivision will be held on Tuesday, August 18, in the Lumberyard from 6:00 to 9:00pm. For more information, call Roscoe City Hall during business hours at 325-766-3871.



The site of the injection well under construction in north Roscoe.
A waste-water injection well approved by the Texas Railroad Commission is being dug on Roscoe’s north side next to the Smartt Move LLC offices, just east of the Young Farm Estates property.

The well, owned by Cord Johnson of Granbury, will cost somewhere between $1,400,000 and $1,700,000 and be from 4400 to 7700 feet deep when completed. It will have a modular office next to it and will employ local workers where possible.



The Roscoe First United Methodist Church is sponsoring a free swim party with food at the Roscoe City Pool tomorrow, Thursday, August 6, from 7:00 to 9:00pm.

Everyone is invited. Bring your family and friends and meet new friends as we get ready to start a new school year!



School starts back for Roscoe Collegiate ISD this coming Monday, August 10. The early start is due to the need for the high school to coordinate its graduation dates with Western Texas College in Snyder.

Drivers should be aware that children will be walking to and from school next week and that school zone regulations will be in effect.



Meet this year’s football team, coaches, cheerleaders, and band at the Plowboy Preview behind the east stands at Plowboy Field next Thursday, August 13, at 7:00pm. Burgers, chips, and drinks will be available.



Beau Taylor & Spur 644 at the Lumberyard.
Beau Taylor & Spur 644 will play at the Lumberyard Friday evening, and on Saturday the featured band is Wildfire.

Next Friday, August 14, the Lumberyard will host another big show when Billy Bob Thornton (of Sling Blade fame) and his band, the Boxmasters, come to town. Opening bands are Zane Williams and Cody Jinks.

For reservations and more information, contact the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.



Yesterday's sunset.
The Roscoe area has seen a lot of unusual weather this year, but this past week was just about as typical as you can get for late July and early August—and the forecast is for more of the same.

There was a 30% chance of rain on Saturday when a mild front blew through, but nothing ever materialized. Then on Monday morning there was a brief teaser that lasted just long enough to get the ground wet, but that was it. Otherwise, highs were in the upper nineties, lows in the mid-seventies, skies mostly clear, and winds from the south or southeast—just what you would expect for this time of year.

Temperatures will actually be a little hotter in the coming days. Highs are projected to be around 102° through Sunday with lows in the mid to upper seventies. Prevailing winds will be from the south, and there is no rain in the forecast. It’s August in west Texas.



Funeral services were held on Friday, July 31, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Sweetwater for Juan (JJ) Solano, Jr., 23, who passed away on July 27 at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. Interment followed at Roscoe Cemetery.

JJ was born on October 24, 1991, in Abilene. He was a graduate of Roscoe High School, where he was a member of the Spanish Club, Drama Club, Roscoe Plowboy Band, and Color Guard.  He was awarded 1st place solo in music at UIL. He attended Texas Tech University for the past 3 years and was a Zumba instructor there. He was a member of Holy Spirit Parish Church and had worked at the Stripes store in Roscoe for the past five summers.

Survivors include his parents, Adelita Solano of Sweetwater and Juan Solano, Sr., of Roscoe; brother, Jeremy Ray Solano of Roscoe; sister, Alexis Marie Solano of Roscoe; paternal grandfather, Guadalupe Solano of Rogers, Texas; aunts, Delia Beltran of Sweetwater, Dalia Rodriguez and husband, Antonio, of Kenedy, Eulalia Anchando of Rogers, and Angela Jeske of Rogers; uncles, Ray Mendez of Odessa, Felix Solano, Jr., of Rogers; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents and his paternal grandmother.

Pallbearers were Antonio Rodriguez, David Reyes, Tavares Hines, Elliott Beltran, A.J. Renteria, and Ray Mendez.


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