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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Plowboys Down Eldorado 33-27

Vincent Pantoja (30) heads for the Plowboys' first TD against Eldorado.
In a close game at Plowboy Field Friday night, the Plowboys broke into the win column by prevailing over a scrappy Eldorado team 33-27. The victory was important as it gives the team momentum moving into district play next weekend. The Plowboys, who had already shown an effective passing game, also relied on a powerful running game led by Vincent Pantoja, who amassed 203 yards on 26 carries.

Mixing the run and pass, the Plowboys moved quickly down the field on their opening drive, capped off by a four-yard touchdown run by Pantoja to put Roscoe up 7-0. But Eldorado responded with a drive of its own and on a 15-yard TD run tied the game at 7-7, which was also the score at the end of the first quarter.

Early in the second quarter, Brayden Beal hit a wide-open Javier Leaños on a 60-yard pass play that put the Plowboys up 13-7.  Once again, though, the Eagles answered with a scoring drive, ending with a 42-yard run when their back, Ochoa, turned the corner and raced down the left sideline for their second touchdown. Their extra-point attempt failed, and the score was tied again, this time at 13-13. Then the Plowboys put together another drive shortly before the half with Pantoja running into the end zone from one yard out. The extra-point attempt was supposed to be a Huidobro kick, but the holder, Beal, couldn’t set the ball in time, so he jumped up and ran it in for two points, and the Plowboys went into halftime with a 21-13 lead.

Roscoe got the first score of the second half when Beal hit Leaños on a 12-yard touchdown pass. The extra-point kick was no good, and the Plowboys led 27-13. The Eagles kept it close with another touchdown just before the end of the quarter. Their extra-point kick was good, and the score was 27-20.

The Plowboys scored first in the fourth quarter when Beal once again hit a wide open Leaños, this time from 14 yards out. The extra-point kick failed, but the Plowboys had a 13-point lead, 33-20. Then the Eagles put together a drive culminating in an 8-yard scoring pass. The extra-point kick was again good, and the lead was cut to six, 33-27, with between three and four minutes left in the game.

The Eagles, however, never saw the ball again as the Plowboys took the ensuing kickoff and moved the ball down the field, making first downs and in the process eating up the remaining time on the clock. The game effectively ended when Pantoja broke through the line on a fourth down to make a critical first down with just a little over a minute left to play. He could have run it in for a touchdown but purposely slid down on the Eldorado 17-yard line. The Plowboys then did a couple of kneel-downs, and the game was over.

Beal had another good passing night, completing 10 of 18 passes for a total of 144 yards and 3 TDs. The leading receiver was Leaños with 5 receptions for 110 yards and 3 TDs, and Pantoja was the leading rusher with 203 yards on 26 carries and 2 TDs.

The Plowboys have an open date this weekend. Their next game will be their district opener next Friday, October 9, with Miles in Miles.

Click the arrow below for video highlights of the Roscoe-Eldorado game (2:05). Then click bottom right-hand corner for full page view:



The Plowboy Mudbog will not be at the West Texas Wind Festival this year as it has in the past. Instead, it will be this Saturday, October 3, and all proceeds will go to the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department.

Registration for entrants begins at 9:30am Saturday morning at the northwest corner of the baseball field at Second and Sycamore Streets.  The driver entry fee is $30.

Entries will be in four classes:

1.    Street: 35” tires and under
2.    Modified: 36” to 39” with limited engine modification
3.    Super Modified: 36” to 39” with engine vac under 13”
4.    Open: 40” and over.

Since there’s an advantage in going last rather than first, each mud vehicle will make two runs, with the second run in reverse order from the first.

The public gate will open at 11:00am with the mudbog beginning at noon.  Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for kids from 8 to 14.  Children 7 and under are free.  All proceeds will benefit the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department, which will also run the concession booth.

Time permittting, there will also be a Plowboy Mudbog “Dash for Cash,” an entertaining event featuring kids running through knee-deep mud. There are also rumors that country singers Stoney LaRue and Brandon Jenkins, in town for a performance at the Lumberyard Saturday night, may participate in some way.

So, make plans now to attend and contribute to a worthy cause! For more information, see the Plowboy Mudbog Facebook page, or contact Felix Pantoja at 325-514-8384.



The MEEK Community Blood Bank bus will be in front of the Special Events Center at the Roscoe School on Friday from 9:00am to 2:00pm to take blood donations from all healthy volunteers.



Runners set out on a previous Fun Run.
In conjunction with Roscoe’s Annual West Texas Wind Festival on Saturday, October 17, Roscoe Elementary School will be hosting a 5K Run and 1 mile Fun Run to raise money for the ABC Fund.

Start times are 10:00am for the Fun Run and 10:30am for the 5K Run. Both will begin at the Roscoe ISD Special Events Center on 7th Street.

Registration fee for the 5K run is $25 for all participants and $15 for the Fun Run (children younger than first grade are free).

Participants may register in person at the Roscoe Elementary School office, online at, or at the event between 9:00 and 9:45am. They may also mail their registration forms along with a check to P.O. Box 129, Roscoe, TX 79545.

All participants who register by Wednesday, October 14, will receive a T-Shirt. Prizes will be awarded to the first place male and female finishers. Medals will be given to the top three overall finishers. Showers will be available after the race.

For more information, contact the Roscoe Elementary School office at 325-766-3323.



Stoney LaRue
Another huge crowd is expected at the Lumberyard Saturday as two “Red Dirt” icons, Brandon Jenkins and Stoney LaRue, return to Roscoe. Both were instrumental in developing the “Red Dirt” sound in the late nineties in Stillwater, Oklahoma, along with Cody Canada and Jason Boland.

Brandon Jenkins
Noted country singer/songwriter Brandon Jenkins will take the stage at around 8:00pm. His songs “My Feet Don’t Touch the Ground,” “Why Did We Ever Say Goodbye,” “Down in Flames,” “Finger on the Trigger,” and others have also been sung by other artists and are familiar to lovers of the Red Dirt sound.

He will be followed at about 10:00 by Stoney LaRue and his band, the Arsenals. His 2005 CD, The Red Dirt Album, reached the Billboard sales charts its debut week, and in 2006 he released the best seller Live at Billy Bob’s. More recently, he has achieved acclaim for his 2011 CD, Velvet, and his latest album, Aviator, released last October, has received accolades in Nashville as well as Texas. It climbed to number 17 on the US Country Music Chart and 15 on the Indie Chart.

A new album, Us Time, is due for release on October 16, so he may sing a few of his new songs at the show.

For reservations or more information, phone the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.



The sunset at Friday evening's football game.
Two unusual events happened this past week. One was the Super Moon which went into a full eclipse Sunday evening and became a “Blood Moon” for a while. People in Roscoe missed a clear view of the eclipse’s very beginning because of some high clouds but got a perfect view afterwards. It was quite a sight to see, and I couldn’t help but think about what kinds of alarm it must have raised in the old days to people who had no idea what was going on.

Almost as unusual as the moon’s changing appearance was the almost total, and at times total, lack of wind we had a couple of days here in the “Wind Capital of the World.” At the football game Friday evening, the flag at the south end of the field hung completely limp the entire game. In fact, all day Friday was almost completely devoid of any breezes, as was Sunday and yesterday morning. Today the forecast is for more near calm until tonight when winds from the southeast will pick up to 5-10 mph.

There was no rain again this past week as the weather was once again similar to the weeks before. There was a trace of precipitation on Saturday but it wasn’t even enough to get the sidewalks wet. Afternoon temperatures were in the upper eighties all week with highs of 89°F on Friday and Saturday and 87° or 88° otherwise. Lows were in the mid-sixties.

The forecast is for more of the same until Sunday when a mild front moves through and drops the afternoon high to about 82° and the morning low to about 62°. There is a 20% chance of rain through the weekend with partly or mostly cloudy skies. The long range forecast is for a 40% chance of rain next Wednesday.


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