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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Menard No Challenge for Plowboys, 62-0

Francisco Garcia races into the end zone for a TD in the first quarter.
This is a game that probably shouldn’t have been played. Last year, Menard and the Plowboys were both undefeated in district when they met in Menard to decide the championship. And, although the Yellowjackets were a pretty good team otherwise, they couldn’t cover the pass, and the Plowboys beat them handily, 49-13. But that was last year, when they were a senior-heavy team. This year, they are rebuilding and came into Roscoe with an 0-5 bunch that might be a good match for our JV boys. In short, it was no contest.

The Plowboys scored the first two TDs before many fans had found a place to sit. On their first possession, Francisco Garcia broke through the middle and ran 41 yards to paydirt, and after a Juan Solis extra-point kick, the Plowboys were up 7-0. After the kickoff, the Plowboys intercepted a pass and were right back in business. They quickly moved down the field, Garcia went over from the 5, and with another Solis kick Roscoe was up 14-0. Fewer than four minutes were gone on the clock, and the Plowboys had already made clear who would win this game. A short time later, they scored again on a 13-yard pass from Brayden Beal to Jose Ortega, and the first quarter ended with the Plowboys ahead 21-0.

The second quarter was no different. Garcia scored two more touchdowns, running through large holes and breaking tackles, and Diego Garza made two more, both on 13-yard passes from Beal. The defense held the Yellowjackets to only two first downs for the entire half, and the halftime score was 49-0.

The Menard coaches threw in the towel, and in the 11-man version of the mercy rule agreed to let the clock run without stopping for the entire second half. Consequently, the half was quickly over but not before the Plowboys scored two more TDs to make the final score 62-0.

Scoring by quarters was as follows:

Roscoe             21        28        7          6 – 62
Menard              0          0       0          0  –  0

Francisco Garcia led all Plowboy rushers with 135 yards on 12 carries, Jayden Gonzales had 58 on 4 carries, Nick Limones 1 carry for 31, Diego Garza 4 for 7, Brayden Beal 1 for 3, and Jose Ortega 1 for 2. Passing, Beal completed 11 of 15 passes for 228 yards, 0 interceptions, and 4 TDs; and Gonzales had 1 for 1 for 20 yards. Ortega led Plowboy receivers with 4 catches for 118 yards and 2 TDs, Garza had 4 for 81 and 2 TDs, Limones had 1 for 20, Garcia 2 for 19, and Junior Martinez 1 for 10.

On defense, Clemente Aguayo and Tristan Brooks led all tacklers, each with 6, while Tait Fullwood had 5. Several others had 2 and many others 1.

Roscoe is now 2-3 on the year.

Roscoe plays its first district game against Roby in Roby on Friday. It should be a soft opening because like Menard, the Lions are struggling this year. They are currently 0-5 and lost to Springlake-Earth 27-0 last Friday. Their closest game so far was a 34-32 loss to Ranger on September 9.

Kickoff is at 7:00pm. Please note that because of the distances between the schools this year, all district games will begin at 7:00 instead of 7:30.



Nick Pantoja celebrates beside his '87 Lincoln Town Car after winning the "Twisted Metal Mayhem" Demolition Derby in Belton.
Nick Pantoja and Caleb Dean have won first and second place respectively in a field of eighteen at the recent “Twisted Metal Mayhem” Demolition Derby at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton. The event was a feature of the 2016 Central Texas State Fair.

Besides the champion’s trophy and belt buckle, Pantoja also brought home the 1st Place Cash Prize of $2500. His sponsors were VP Tire Company, Vaquero Analytical Services, Sweetwater Collision Center, A-1 Auto Parts, and I-Deal Motors.

Nick Pantoja, Champion, and Caleb Dean, Runner-Up, at the Demo Derby.
Dean, who finished second, came away with a trophy and a $1000 Cash Prize. His sponsors were VP Tire Company, A-1 Auto Parts, and Vaquero Analytical Services.

The two will next try their luck at a demolition derby in Amarillo.



The Roscoe Police Department is investigating an alleged attempted kidnapping that occurred at approximately 4:00pm on Wednesday, September 28, at Roscoe School. An Elementary School student stated to Roscoe Police that a skinny, white male with long, black hair in a ponytail attempted to carry the student away from in front of the school cafeteria area. The student said that the suspect was not in a vehicle.

Police Chief Felix Pantoja called in help from other law enforcement agencies, including the Nolan County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Public Safety, Sweetwater Police Department, and TSTC Police Department, to help locate the suspect and provide extra patrol for the safety of the community.

The student could not provide additional information nor have any witnesses come forward in this incident. The case is still under investigation.

Also, on Friday night, September 23, the Roscoe Police Department received a call saying students were on top of the school buildings. Upon arrival, Officer D. Summers located and detained four juveniles. He then contacted a school representative, who requested he arrest them and file charges.  He then contacted the legal guardians of each. The juveniles were cited and then released to their guardians.



The Charlie Daniels Band put on a great show for over two thousand people at the Lumberyard Saturday night. The weather was just about perfect, and Charlie Daniels, who will celebrate his eightieth birthday later this month, played his fiddle, sang, and performed with an energy that belied his age.

This video is of his signature song, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” It was his final song of the show.



The Hoppers

The nationally famous gospel singing group, The Hoppers, will be coming to First Baptist Church in Roscoe on Sunday, October 16. The show will start at 6:00pm. Please feel free to join us for this exciting event!

This Southern gospel group, formed in 1957 in Madison, North Carolina, has performed around the world and been featured on the Gaither Homecoming Tours. They were recently inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

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Roscoe Elementary School will hold its annual Fall Festival in front of the Elementary School from 5-7pm on Friday, October 21, just before the Plowboy football game with Seagraves at Plowboy Field.

As usual, there will be a number of exciting games where participants can win prizes of various kinds. These will include bingo, guess what, cake walk, Plowboy football toss, pick a pumpkin, horseshoes, ping pong toss, and many others.

There will also be face painting, a tattoo booth, a bounce house, and a snack bar where customers can buy grilled hot dogs and homemade ice cream.

Tickets are $1, $5, $10 or $20.



The Roscoe Community Center will sell hot dogs, frito pies, and nachos as well as sweet treats and cold drinks during the Wind Festival on October 15. They will also have some games for the kids much like the ones at festivals where they purchase tickets to be used in the games. All proceeds will go to the Community Center renovations fund.

The Center wants to thank everyone who supported them by attending the Chili Dinner last Friday night!

The Community Center also plans to raffle off a hunting gun as well. The tickets will be sold now through November. More details will be provided next week.

The Community Center will have its regular session board meeting this coming Monday, October 10, at 7:00pm at the Center. We still need volunteers!



A new day in old Roscoe.

When we got the big rain and cool spell recently, I heard several people say they hoped the sun would come back out and warm everything up. Those who did got their wish this past week—because that’s exactly what happened. Since Saturday, highs have been in the eighties and skies have been sunny. Yesterday afternoon, the high reached 89°F, today’s should hit 92°, and tomorrow’s should be around 89°. Lows will be in the sixties.

However, on Friday everything will change, and we’ll back into cooler and rainier weather as a cold front arrives. The high Friday will reach only about 65°, and there will be a 60% chance of rain on Friday morning. Once the front moves through, though, the sun will come back out and temperatures will once again rise to afternoons of 80° or more with morning lows in the lower sixties.


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