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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

RCHS Royalty Crowned at Football Game

Football Beau Zeke Murphy and Football Sweetheart Lizzy Rubio.

Friday was Mum Night, and at halftime of the football game, the 2020-21 Roscoe Collegiate High School royalty was crowned. This year’s Football Sweetheart is Lizzy Rubio, and her Beau is Zeke Murphy. Nominees for Football Sweetheart were Alexis Arce, Gabriella Dyck, and Lizzy Rubio. Nominees for Football Beau were Kolten Hope, Juan LeaƱos, and Zeke Murphy.

Band Sweetheart Athena Newman and Band Beau Caleb Reed.

Band Sweetheart is Athena Newman, and Band Beau is Caleb Reed. Nominees for Band Sweetheart were Sydni Jackson, Mikayla Smith, and Athena Newman. Nominee for Beau was Caleb Reed.

FFA Beau Reese Kiser and FFA Sweetheart Marcella Saenz.
FFA Sweetheart is Marcella Saenz, and FFA Beau is Reese Kiser. Nominees for FFA Sweetheart were Marcella Saenz and Lisa Tollison. Nominees for FFA Beau were Antonio Aguayo and Reese Kiser.



Tyler Guelker returns kickoff for 70 yards and an apparent TD.
To say the game Friday evening got off on the wrong foot for the Plowboys would be a major understatement. Here’s what happened. 

The Plowboys received the opening kickoff, and on the third play of the game, Plowboy Jax Watts threw a short pass to Seth Wilcox, who took it down the left sideline 51 yards to the end zone for an apparent Plowboy touchdown. However, a flag for holding was thrown, and the play was called back. 

The Plowboys then drove the ball down to the Eagle 18-yard line. On the next play, just before the ball was snapped, a Seagraves lineman jumped across the line for a neutral zone infraction. Watts, thinking he had a free play, threw the ball to the end zone, where it was intercepted and returned 100 yards. However, there was some confusion, and none of the referees ever threw a flag for the obvious offsides, so instead of the Plowboys having the ball on the Seagraves 13, Seagraves was given a touchdown on the play and went up 6-0. 

Tyler Guelker then caught the following kickoff at the Plowboy 30 and returned it 70 yards for another apparent Plowboy touchdown. But once again, the Plowboys were called for holding, and the ball came back to the Plowboy 46. So, with less than half of the first quarter gone, the Plowboys had been in the end zone twice with both called back, and the referees had failed to throw a flag on an obvious Seagraves offsides infraction, which they instead ruled a Seagraves touchdown, and Seagraves was ahead 6-0—not a good start!

After the holding call, the Plowboys started on their 46, but on the second play Seagraves intercepted a Plowboy pass and drove to the Plowboy 28, where Smith ran it in for a touchdown. The two-point extra point try succeeded, and Seagraves led 14-0, the score at the end of the first quarter.

Shortly after the beginning of the second quarter, Smith broke through for another touchdown, this one a 68-yarder, increasing Seagraves’ lead to 20-0. Neither side was able to score for the remainder of the quarter, and at halftime the score remained 20-0.

In the third quarter, Seagraves received the kickoff and went on a drive that ended with Flores going the final 29 yards for a touchdown to up the lead to 26-0. The Plowboys received the kickoff and spent almost the entire remainder of the quarter on a long drive that started on their own 30 and ended with a one-yard touchdown pass from Watts to Antonio Aguayo. The two-point conversion try failed, and the score was 26-6, also the score at the end of the quarter.

Shortly after the final period began, Smith broke free for the final TD of the game, a 63-yarder that made the score 32-6. The final Plowboy drive ended on the Seagraves 5-yard line as time expired.

Scoring by quarters:
                             1          2          3         4           T

Seagraves         14         6          6          6          32
Plowboys           0         0          6          0           6

Jax Watts completed 16 of 32 passes for 101 yards, 1 TD, and 2 interceptions. Seth Wilcox and Kolten Hope led the receivers along with Antonio Aguayo and Zeke Murphy. The defense was led by Hope and Jordan Blain.

The Plowboys have an open date this weekend and will resume on October 16 when they face the Ralls Jack Rabbits at Plowboy Field to open district play.



Roscoe’s Cross-Country Meet was held on Saturday at Highland High School, and Roscoe came away the winners. The varsity Plowgirls and Plowboys both finished first, and so did the Junior High Plowgirls.

Varsity Plowgirl individual medalists were Jissel Rodriguez 1st, Katie Ornelas 2nd, Candy Ortega 3rd, Itzel Ortega 4th, Yaniez Aguilar 10th.

Varsity Plowboy individual medalists: Caleb Reed 2nd, Graham Gleaton 3rd, Aiden Hermosillio 5th.

Junior High Plowgirl individual medalists: Zoey Welch 2nd, Ava Burrell 3rd.

The teams are scheduled to participate in today's cross-country meet at Irion County.



The Covid-19 numbers remain fairly stable in the Big Country although there have been increases in some area counties. The big Covid-19 news this week, however, was the White House announcement that President Trump, along with several members of his staff, tested positive for the coronavirus. There was concern for his health for a couple of days, but he is out of the hospital now and is reported to be doing much better.

On a national scale, Texas has fallen to number 22 in numbers of new cases per capita, while states whose numbers weren’t that bad in July are now the Covid-19 hot spots. These include Wisconsin, North and South Dakota, and Utah. Texas is showing a slight increase in the number of cases, 395 more than a week ago, and hospitalizations, 117 more than a week ago. But the numbers have diminished from the July peak, and they are small for such a large state.

More locally, however, Taylor County is showing a steady increase in its number of active cases. It now has 519 compared to 463 a week ago and 385 a month ago. Many of the new cases are coming from the universities in Abilene, particularly ACU, which doubled its number of active cases over the weekend from 22 to 44. However, the county’s number of hospitalizations is about the same with 24 yesterday compared to 25 last week and 20 a month ago. Abilene hospitals have had 58 total Covid-19 deaths with 16 of those coming in the past month.

Nolan County reports 22 active cases, up 4 from 18 last week. Mitchell County has 14 active cases, 3 up from 11 last week, and Fisher County has 1 active case, the same as last week.

Scurry County’s numbers continue to rise. There are now 112 active cases (97 last week). That’s 15 more than last week and 40 more than two weeks ago. They are also reporting 3 additional deaths since last week for a total now of 11.

Other problem counties are Howard and Lubbock. Both have shown considerable increases recently. The escalating Lubbock numbers are not linked just to college students. On Friday Lubbock Health Authority leader Ron Cook said, “Our numbers in Lubbock, our positive cases are really exploding, our hospital ICUs are at or near capacity, and it’s clearly evident that we’re not doing a good job of wearing a mask and social distancing.” Lubbock’s community spread numbers have doubled to over 5,100.

Here are the Big Country’s county totals for the year as of yesterday (with a week ago in parentheses): Howard, 933 (823); Erath, 887 (880); Scurry, 773 (646); Brown, 593 (580); Jones, 577 (577); Comanche, 317 (309); Runnels, 283 (278); Nolan, 278 (260); Eastland, 196 (182); Stephens, 138 (136); Knox, 104 (92); Mitchell, 101 (91); Callahan 98 (94); Coleman, 81 (77); Haskell, 72 (69); Fisher, 70 (66); Coke, 53 (53); Shackelford, 29 (34); Stonewall, 16 (14); Kent, 9 (9); Throckmorton, 9 (8).
Selected west Texas counties yesterday (with a week ago in parentheses): Lubbock, 12,766 (11,764); Midland, 3,987 (3,759); Ector (Odessa), 3,254 (3,155); Tom Green (San Angelo), 2,339 (2,261); Wichita (Wichita Falls), 1.989 (1,797).

Texas now has had a total of 743,284 cases (773,435 a week ago), 71,611 of them active (67,570 a week ago), and 16,111 total deaths (15,604 a week ago).



Sunday's sunset.

The October weather so far has been a stretch of clear skies and sunny days with hardly a cloud in the sky since the new month began. Temperatures have been mild, and in general the weather has been pleasant, not too hot and not too cold.

The high temperature for the past week was yesterday’s 89°F, and the low was Friday morning’s 53°. Other daily highs ranged from 78° to 87°. The wind was up a bit Monday, but it has also been completely calm at other times with most days having light to moderate breezes. In short, we’ve had some nice mild fall weather for over a week now.

The forecast is for more of the same although a bit hotter in upcoming days. Today’s high should reach 90°, tomorrow’s 88°, and Friday’s 89°, with a summer-like weekend with highs of 93° on Saturday and 94° on Sunday. Lows during this five-day stretch will all be in the low to mid-sixties. On Monday, a cold front will move through and lower the high to 82° and the low to 55° with the following days even milder.

There is no rain in the forecast.



A private service will be held at a later date for Martha Lee (Marty) Johns of Maryneal with McCoy Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. She passed away Saturday, October 3, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital.

Marty was born September 3, 1950, at Ballinger to the late Milton J. and Martha Jo (Lewis) Wood. She attended Sweetwater schools and had worked for Rycroft Vending Company and as a cook at Reagan Junior High School. She lived in Nolan County all of her life. She married Walter Gene Johns on July 13, 1968, in Sweetwater.

Marty is survived by her husband of 52 years, Gene of Maryneal; sons, Jimmy Johns and wife Mitzie of Roscoe and Ricky Johns of Maryneal; grandchildren, Kelsi Johns of Temple and Jordan Johns of Roscoe; sisters; Sherry Secrest and husband J.W. of Sweetwater and Ida Faye Cheshire and husband Ronny of California; and brother, Johnny Wood and wife Linda of Clyde.

She is preceded in death by her sisters, Linda Gilgore and Micky Lowry. 

Marty loved her family very much and loved living on the ranch at Maryneal.




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