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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

RHS/RCHS 2016 Homecoming This Weekend

Roscoe High and Roscoe Collegiate High exes will gather in town this weekend to celebrate Homecoming 2016. Graduates from several decades will get chances to see old classmates and renew acquaintances with friends they once knew well and saw on a daily basis. And there will be plenty to do as this year’s Homecoming Committee has planned a number of activities, starting with registration and the pep rally Friday afternoon, a Potato Bake in the Cafetorium from 4:00-7:00, followed by the football game between the Plowboys and Early Longhorns at 7:30pm, and coffee and refreshments from 8:30-9:30 in the Special Events Center. After the game, RHS ex Anna Mae Smith Peptis will be singing at the Lumberyard until midnight.

On Saturday morning, the Roscoe Lions Club will host coffee and doughnuts from 8:30-9:30, followed by the Homecoming Parade at 10:00. Then from 11:30-1:30 a spaghetti lunch will be served in the Cafetorium. From 1:00-2:30 there will be a program, school tours, and a silent auction at the school, and from 2:30-4:00 shops will be open downtown for shopping, and the Roscoe Historical Museum will also be open. At 6:30 the classes of ’76 and ’86 will host an alumni reunion and dinner downtown open to all graduating classes.

Some individual classes will also be hosting parties Saturday evening, while at the Lumberyard, RHS ex Leslie Huff is bringing his band from Austin for everyone who loves to hear good music and maybe get in a dance or two.

In short, there should be lots to do and plenty of chances to have a good time reliving old memories and catching up with friends and acquaintances you haven’t seen in a while.

Here’s the final schedule:


            1:30-2:30 pm - Exes and Friends Reception and Registration at the Special Events Entrance. Hosted by RCHS Avid Class

            2:45 pm - RHS Pep Rally in the Old Gym

            4:00-7:00 pm - Potato Bake benefiting Girls Athletics in the Cafetorium

            7:30pm - ROSCOE PLOWBOY FOOTBALL -  Roscoe vs Early

            8:30-9:30pm - Exes and Friends Fellowship and Registration - Special Events Concession Area - Refreshments and catching up with old friends

10:00pm-12am - Lumberyard Entertainment – Featuring RHS Alumna: Anna Mae Smith Peptis.
 There will be a $5 cover charge to cover Homecoming Expenses.


            8:30am-9:30am - Exes and Friends Coffee and Doughnuts – Hosted by Roscoe Lions Club at Kelly’s Place, downtown corner of Broadway and Main Street

            10am - Homecoming Parade: Roscoe Now and Then
Parade Marshal: Jay Tarrant
            Parade route:  Broadway to Elm Street to High School

            11:30am-1:30pm - Spaghetti Lunch - $8
Hosted by Roscoe State Bank
Tickets available at all events and the door. Everyone is invited.
            1:00-2:30 pm - Program, School Tours, Door Prizes, Silent Auction and visiting with classmates.

             2:30-4:00pm - Visit Downtown: Tour Roscoe Museum and shopping.

             9pm-11:30pm - Lumberyard Entertainment featuring RHS Alumnus:
Leslie Huff and Austin's Elite
Cover Charge: $10

The Holiday Inn Express in Sweetwater is offering a discount rate for rooms Friday and Saturday. Call 325-235-3500 and reference  “Roscoe Homecoming.”

If you need any further information or have a reunion you would like us to post, please contact us by e-mail:

  The Homecoming Committee is always looking for new members.
 There are many ways you can help and not live in Roscoe.


Saturday, September 3, 10am

We are looking for float and other entries for the homecoming parade.

Theme is Roscoe Now and Then

Entries will line up on Gin Parking Lot (Front and Main Street) at 9:15am. The parade will begin at the corner of Main and Broadway, go west to Elm Street and will end at RCHS.

All entries are welcome – walking groups (scouts, dance, clubs, etc.) horses, music groups, pets, bicycles, floats, class floats, vehicles, golf carts, vintage cars, monster trucks and large machinery.

Call Teresa at 325-280-1960 for more information.



Parade Marshal Jay Tarrant: Then and Now.
The 2016 Homecoming Committee has chosen your friend and mine, Jay Tarrant, to be the Grand Marshal of this year’s Homecoming Parade. One of the nicest guys anyone could hope to know, he was chosen for his decades-long dedication to the Roscoe School District.

Jay served Roscoe Independent School District as a custodian for thirty years, retiring from his official duties in 1999. However, he continues to work part-time with the district during football, basketball, and track seasons, where he does whatever he’s asked and welcomes visiting coaches, players, and fans to the school.

Jay has lived his whole life in Roscoe. He attended Roscoe Elementary and Junior High and graduated from High School in 1965. After graduation, he attended SMU for two years, then returned to Roscoe. He was employed by Phil Haynes at H&H Feedlot before going to work for the Roscoe Schools in 1969.

He enjoys playing his guitars, researching family genealogy, and watching the History Channel.


The Lumberyard in Roscoe
Welcomes Two Roscoe Exes 
to perform September 2 and September 3


Anna Mae, a 1968 Roscoe High School graduate, has been singing since the age of 4. She has had a band for several years and performed at many functions throughout Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, New York & Florida. She currently lives in Brester, Kansas.

Saturday – 9:30-11:30pm

Leslie Huff grew up in Roscoe and is a 1972 RHS graduate. He was active in the Roscoe Band from 5th grade through graduation.  He had his own band throughout Junior High and High school.

He enjoys singing, songwriting, and playing many instruments.  He wrote and recorded “Population 1490,” a song about Roscoe. He has been a part of the Abilene, Austin, and Nashville music scene since 1975 and is currently an award-winning public and private school music educator.

He will be performing with the Austin’s Elite Band members:

            Kyle Brock – Bass Guitar
            Kevin Conway—Drums
            Rick Barden – Keyboard and Vocals
            James Trimmier – Saxophone
            Bill Browder – Guitar
            Lee Thomason – Trumpet

Make plans to attend both nights and enjoy some good music!!!


Saturday, September 3

The classes of 1976 and 1986 are co-hosting an RHS Alumni Reunion and Dinner. It is open to all graduating classes of Roscoe High School.
The dinner will be on Saturday, September 3, at Kelly’s Place on the corner of Main and Broadway in downtown Roscoe.The meal will consist of brisket, chicken, and sausage with all the trimmings, dessert, tea, coffee and water.

Ticket prices are $15 per person. We will start serving at 6pm.For those of you not interested in the meal, there will be snacks and plenty of room for visiting with classmates and old friends.
For more information, call Tim Thompson at 325-207-5597 or Teresa McFaul Watson at 325-280-1960.


Francisco Garcia (33) runs for good yardage in the first quarter.
This was a football game that lived up to its advance billing. The two teams, both playoff contenders last year and both predicted to be in the playoffs again this year, gave the fans at Plowboy Field Friday evening all the excitement they could ask for. According to all the pre-game information about them, the two teams were evenly matched, and that’s the way the game played out.

I was on the sidelines getting photos, and a man from the Abilene Reporter-News who was doing the same told me around the end of the first quarter, “The winner of this game may be the team that has the ball last,” and I had to agree with him. The lead went back and forth throughout the game, and the only time either team led by more than one touchdown was right before halftime when Roscoe went ahead by two, 35-21.

In the end, the only difference in scoring was the Plowboy’s final extra-point attempt that bounced off the right upright and fell just on the wrong side of the crossbar as Haskell came away with a one-point victory, 42-41.

It was a game the Plowboys could have won had it not been for three turnovers, each of them costly. The first came at the end of a long Plowboy drive to open the game. After moving all the way down the field with a good mix of passes and runs, the Plowboys thought they’d ended the drive with a touchdown when Francisco Garcia ran the ball over from the five. But a holding penalty on the play moved them back to the fifteen, and on the next play a Brayden Beal pass was intercepted by a Haskell defender who ran the ball all the way down the field for an apparent touchdown. The Indians were penalized for excessive celebration, but scored on the following play, and instead of the Plowboys being up by a touchdown, they were down by one.

The second came early in the second half. Right before halftime, the Plowboys scored on a 17-yard Beal run and went up by two touchdowns, 35-21. The Indians received the second half kickoff but were stopped and forced to punt. Once again, the Plowboys drove down the field into Haskell territory, and if they’d scored again, they would have gone ahead by three TDs, which might have been enough to put the game out of reach, but a second interception also killed that drive just like it had the opening one. The Indians then went on to score the first touchdown of the second half and were right back in the game, down only by seven, 35-28. From that point on, they seemed to have the momentum for the rest of the second half.

The third came with only two minutes left in the game. The Plowboys were down by a point, 42-41, but had driven into Haskell territory. On a fourth and seven, Beal went back to pass but was forced to scramble to avoid the pass rush. He changed directions and sprinted to his left where he saw an opening and managed to move the ball past the first-down marker, but when he was tackled, the ball was knocked loose and a Haskell defender recovered. The Indians then proceeded to make a first down and were able to run out the clock to secure the victory.

Despite the outcome, the Plowboys showed a lot of promise. They were able to move the ball consistently against a good team, and several of the players had good games. The offensive line looked generally solid, and Francisco Garcia showed with several strong runs that he will be a force this season. For the evening he had 4 TDs and a total of 231 yards rushing on 29 carries. Beal had a rough night, but he will be back. He can pass and also run, and receivers Jose Ortega, Diego Garza, Nick Limones, and freshman Junior Martinez, who scored the Plowboys’ first TD on a long pass reception, should develop into a fine receiving corps.

The defense will have to tighten up both on pass defense and against the run as the six touchdowns scored against them indicates. There were several missed and broken tackles, and they had trouble against the sweeps that Haskell relied on. But it was after all the first game of the season, and the Plowboy coaches will be working with them to make the necessary improvements.

One surprise of the evening was the play of Haskell’s Alec Roewe, who despite playing his first game ever at quarterback, had an almost flawless evening, rushing for 186 yards and 3 TDs while passing for the three others with 13 completions of 18 attempts. We’ll have to wait and see how the season plays out, but if he keeps it up, Haskell could turn out to be better than predicted.

(Note: After writing this paragraph, I see that the Abilene Reporter-News named Roewe the Big Country Player of the Week Monday for his performance against Roscoe.)

Scoring by quarters:

Haskell             14          7        7          14
Roscoe               7        28        0            6

The Plowboys can get on the winning track Friday night against Early at Homecoming. The Longhorns are 3A-Div. I, so they are a considerably larger school than Roscoe (2A-Div. II), but they fell to Bangs (3A-Div. II) Friday night 34-8. So, whatever the Plowboys lack in student population and probably size, they’ll be looking to overcome it with ability and determination.

Kickoff is at 7:30.

An Abilene Reporter-News article about the Haskell-Roscoe game is accessible by clicking here.



Police Chief Felix Pantoja reports that Christopher Devon Boyd, who has been on the run since being charged with sexual assault of a minor in Roscoe in July, is now in custody after being located and arrested in Travis County.

Before the arrest warrant for sexual assault was issued, Boyd was free on bond on a capital murder charge from an incident that occurred in Snyder in 2013.



August evening sky
The weather this past week has been pretty much the same as the week before: cooler and more humid than usual, along with lots of clouds and good chances for precipitation but nothing more than a few light showers here and there. Here in town we had four brief showers, the largest being the .24” that fell on Friday and the other three all less than a tenth of an inch, although more fell in other locations. Still, farmers and ranchers in this area are still waiting for a substantial rain, such as some that have recently fallen in the panhandle and other parts of west Texas.

The good news is that chances for a good rain are still possible through Saturday. Today’s chances are set at only 20%, but that goes up to 60% for tomorrow and Friday and 50% on Saturday.

The high temperature since last Wednesday morning was Wednesday afternoon’s 92°, and the low was Friday morning’s 66°. The only other high to reach 90° was Thursday’s 91°. Since then, the highs have been in the mid to high eighties with lows at 68° or 69°, and that should continue through Saturday. Humidity will remain above average, between 65% and 70%.


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