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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

RHS/RCHS Exes Enjoy Homecoming 2021

The RHS Class of '71 celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.
There weren’t as many attendees as in homecomings past. Still, Roscoe High alumni from various locations and walks of life were in town for a fun time at Homecoming 2021 last weekend. There were various venues and ways to meet up with old classmates and plenty of activities to participate in.

Whether it was at the Friday pep rally, potato bake, evening coffee, or football game, or the Saturday morning coffee and donuts at the Community Center, the Homecoming parade, enchilada lunch and silent auction at school, the evening fajita dinner, cornhole tournament, or live music by the 419 Swing Band downtown, all provided opportunities for renewing old friendships and seeing former acquaintances for the first time in years.

Deserving special mention are some of the older alums who attended—Mava Adams Cooper, 94; Frances Althof Hughes, 92; and Herbert Williams, 92, all RHS graduates of the mid-1940s, and Dorothy Meares, 93, a former teacher at Roscoe for 30 years. A large group from the RHS Class of ’71 also came to celebrate their fiftieth anniversary.  

But whether old, middle-aged, or young, the common thread that binds us exes is the time we spent as teenagers in Roscoe and the memories of our formative years, the teachers we learned from, and our activities, accomplishments, infatuations, agonies, and shenanigans as we made the transition from childhood to the world of adults, along with the classmates we shared those experiences with. And it is always interesting to learn what’s happened to everyone and to find out what they’re doing now.

Our thanks go out to the Homecoming Committee, especially Connie McIntire Baize, and all the others who took the time and trouble to make this event a success. We also appreciate all the exes who made the effort to come back, reminisce with us, and once again touch base and make new memories.



Seth Wilcox (4) runs 34 yards for the Plowboys' first TD.
The Plowboys pleased a large homecoming crowd Friday evening as they pummeled the New Home Leopards 44-12 in a game that was close only for the first quarter. The Leopards, who were 3-1 coming into the game, were scrappy and played hard throughout, but the Plowboys were a better team and beat them down over the course of the contest.

Sophomore Seth Wilcox had his biggest game yet, making three touchdowns and causing a two-point safety, and senior Antonio Aguayo was instrumental in the victory with his hard running for one TD, a leaping 16-yard catch for another, and strong kicking, including a 27-yard field goal just before halftime. The entire defense also played a good game, shutting down the New Home offense until late in the fourth quarter. The Leopards’ only points before that came on an interception return.

The Plowboys started strong, making their first touchdown before two minutes were gone. After receiving the opening kickoff, they moved quickly down the field, and scored when Wilcox ran 34 yards for the touchdown. The Aguayo kick was good, and the Plowboys were up 7-0.  After New Home’s first offensive possession, which went nowhere, the Plowboys second drive was cut short when a Leopard intercepted a Plowboy pass and took it 38 yards for a touchdown. The extra-point kick was wide, but New Home was in the game at 7-6. Later, a second Plowboy touchdown was stopped by a fumble into the end zone that New Home covered, and the quarter ended with the score 7-6.

On the third play of the second quarter, the Plowboys completed a 39-yard pass to the New Home 3-yard line, and on the next play Wilcox ran for the TD, making the score 13-6. Then, after a Leopard punt, the Plowboys took the ball to the 16-yard line, where a touchdown pass to Aguayo made the score 19-6. Later, the Plowboys scored again when Watts completed a 5-yard pass to Ivan McCann to make the score 25-6. Then, on the last play before the half, Aguayo kicked a 27-yard field goal, making the halftime score 28-6 Roscoe.

In the third quarter, the Leopards received the kickoff and started on their 10. On their third play, Wilcox tackled the ball carrier in the end zone for a safety to increase the lead to 30-6. Later, the Plowboys got two more TDs, one an 8-yard run by Aguayo and the other a 19-yarder by Wilcox. At the end of the quarter, the Plowboy lead was 44-6.

New Home scored their only offensive touchdown of the game on the first play of the 4th quarter, and that was the end of the scoring for the evening, as the Plowboys won by a final score of 44-12.

Scoring by quarters:
                            1          2          3          4           T
New Home       6          0          0          6          12
Plowboys          7          21        16         0          44

The Plowboys dominated the statistics for the game just as they did the score. They had 313 total yards to New Home’s 35 with 152 of those passing yards and 161 rushing yards. Roscoe had 17 first downs to New Home’s 6. They also had more turnovers with 3, 2 of them interceptions and the other a fumble. New Home had only one, an interception in the fourth quarter. The Plowboys had 61 yards in penalties to New Home’s 5.

Jax Watts completed 13 of 17 passes for 152 yards and 2 TDs along with 2 interceptions. Leading receivers were Seth Wilcox with 3 for 69 yards, Antonio Aguayo with 7 for 67 yards and one TD, Lupe Leaños with 1 for 6, and Ivan McCann with 1 for 5 and 1 TD.

Wilcox led rushers with 6 carries for 69 yards and 3 TDs, McCann had 6 for 45 yards, Jake Gonzales had 8 for 41, and Aguayo had 8 for 25 and 1 TD.

Plowboys vs. Sudan in Sudan Friday

After two home games, the Plowboys are once again on the road this week as they take on Sudan this Friday. The Hornets are struggling this season and appear to be just about where the Plowboys were this time last year. With their 26-20 defeat by Crosbyton this past week, they are now 0-5 on the season with losses to Olton 38-26, Sundown 40-0, Farwell 62-0, and Stamford 46-20.

If the Plowboys come to play and take care of business as they should, this one could be over early.

Kickoff in Sudan is at 7:00pm.



Football Sweetheart Jacey Rodriquez and Football Beau Antonio Aguayo.
The 2021 Homecoming royalty was crowned at halftime of Friday evening’s football game. This year’s Football Sweetheart is Jacey Rodriquez, and her Beau is Antonio Aguayo. Nominees for Football Sweetheart were Shauna McCambridge, Kaylea Perez, and Jacey Rodriquez. Nominees for Football Beau were Antonio Aguayo, Xavier Lopez, and Jacob Gonzales.

FFA Sweetheart Cameron Greenwood and FFA Beau Jacob Stegge.
The FFA Sweetheart is Cameron Greenwood, and her Beau is Jacob Stegge. Nominees for FFA Sweetheart were Carson and Cameron Greenwood. Their escorts were Jacob Stegge and Conner Sanders.

Band Beau Conner Sanders and Band Sweetheart Jane McAnally.
The Band Sweetheart is Jane McAnally, and her Beau is Conner Sanders. Nominees for Band Sweetheart were Jane McAnally, Athena Newman, and Mikayla Smith, and Band escorts were Lee Barnhill, Marcus Espinoza, and Conner Sanders.  

Flower bearers were Leah Seals, Amarachi Ughanze, and Sawyer Moses. Crown bearers were Ian Cruces, Niko Evans, and Braxton Rackley.



The RCHS Cross-Country team at the Mae Simmons course in Lubbock.
The varsity Plowgirl and Plowboy runners competed at the Lubbock ISD Invitational Cross-Country Tournament on Saturday.

The Plowgirls placed 12th out of 28 teams. Top runners were Zoey Welch, who finished 12th, Jissel Rodriquez 30th, and Yaniez Aguilar 66th out of 185 runners.

Top finishers for the Plowboys were Graham Gleaton at 32nd and Brayden Covington 50th out of 122 runners.

Next up for the team is the District Meet in Coleman next Monday, October 4.


KTXS-TV made Plowboy Antonio Aguayo its Big Country Player of the Week for his performance against Christoval.

And an article on the Big Country Homepage, "Roscoe is off to a great start," was posted on Thursday, September 23. It may be accessed by clicking here.

The KTXS-TV article and video on Antonio Aguayo as KTXS Player of the Week may also be accessed by clicking here.



In the United States, new cases and hospitalizations keep on declining except in a few northern states, such as Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Maine, with the worst outbreak in Alaska.  

In Texas, the numbers continue to drop. As of yesterday, 9,551 Texans were hospitalized with Covid-19, compared to 11,210 last week and 12,973 two weeks ago. The number of new cases also fell again this week with a 7-day average of 4,008 fewer than last week. The number of active cases in Texas has also fallen to 253,666 from the 290,799 last week, and more ICUs are available than at any time since early August.

The number of deaths, however, continued to increase slightly with a seven-day average of 31 more deaths than last week.  

In Taylor County, hospitalizations have dropped enough for Hendrick Health to move its dial from Level 6 Emergency to Level 5 Critical. The number of active cases is also slightly lower at 2,327 compared to 2,525 a week ago. In Abilene, there are 72 Covid-19 hospitalizations, 21 less than week’s 93, with 22 of those in the ICU compared to 30 a week ago. Taylor County reported 5 more Covid-19 deaths Monday, which makes 37 so far for the month of September.

In our four-county area, all four counties have shown improvement over last week. Nolan County now reports 52 active cases, 101 less than last week’s 153; Mitchell County reports 9 active cases, 38 fewer than last week’s 47; Fisher County has 8 active cases, 1 less than last week’s 9; and Scurry County has 146 active cases, 39 less than last week’s 185. Nolan County reports 50 total Covid-19 deaths, 2 more than last week and with 13 of those coming this month.

Roscoe Collegiate ISD has no infected students or staff and only 3 students in quarantine—the same as last week.  Two are in Early Childhood and the other is in Elementary.

Here are the estimated active cases of the Big Country’s counties (compared to last week’s number in parentheses): Brown, 272 (411); Howard, 197 (292); Scurry, 146 (185); Stephens, 126 (108); Erath, 78 (155); Jones, 54 (50); Nolan, 52 (153); Coke, 46 (52); Eastland, 32 (45); Comanche, 25 (38); Callahan, 19 (35); Haskell, 17 (13); Coleman, 14 (5); Runnels, 10 (9); Mitchell, 9 (47); Fisher, 8 (9); Stonewall, 7 (2); Shackelford, 5 (4); Throckmorton, 4 (0); Knox, 2 (1); Kent, 1 (2). The total of all these counties is 1,124, a drop of 502 from last week’s 1,626. Last week also had a drop from the previous week, so the numbers continue to go in the right direction in the Big Country.

Selected west Texas counties’ estimated active cases (with last week’s in parentheses): Lubbock 4,894 (5,175); Ector (Odessa) 1,834 (1,945), Wichita (Wichita Falls) 1,747 (2,114); Midland 1,706 (2,266); Tom Green (San Angelo) 1,070 (1,648). Last week’s total for these more populated counties was 13,235. Now it is 11,251, a drop of 1,984. So, these more populated counties are also moving in the right direction.  



Yesterday's sunrise.

After the previous week’s heat capped off by the 104°F day last Monday, this past week has been a welcome transition to some cooler weather and the first real indication that the seasons are changing.

The high for the week was Saturday’s 91°, followed by Sunday’s 90°, but the other days all had highs in the eighties, and what was even more noticeable was the coolness of the late nights and early mornings, when daily lows dropped into the fifties. Along with the milder temperatures, the skies were cloudier than usual although never completely overcast.

We were even given a chance for rain yesterday, and a cloud bank did build up to the south and southeast. Unfortunately, it moved east of us.

Today, the forecast is for clear, sunny skies and a high of 95° with southwest winds, but that all changes tomorrow afternoon when there is an 83% chance of thunderstorms with potential for heavy rainfall. That rainy forecast extends into Friday when the high is projected to be only 79° under cloudy skies with a 59% chance of rain. Saturday’s high will be slightly warmer at 82° but with the chances for precipitation diminishing to 40%. Sunday should be sunny with the rains moving elsewhere and only partly cloudy skies. The high for it and the following days will be only around 80° as we move into fall.

Here's hoping the forecast for rain is right.



Funeral services for Eloy Lomas, 56, of Roscoe were at 10:00am Monday, September 27, at McCoy Chapel of Memories with Pastor Lester Cavitt officiating. Interment followed at Sweetwater Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home. He went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 23, at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo.

Eloy was born in Del Rio on January 12, 1965, to Abraham and Juanita Lomas along with eight brothers and one sister. He married Mary Arredondo Lomas on October 17, 1987. They welcomed three sons together. He was a jack of all trades whether doing carpentry, mechanic work, or just hard labor. His passions were fishing and being a husband, dad, grandfather, and friend. He was always willing to help out anyone in need. One of his most important loves in life was serving God.

Eloy leaves behind his wife, Mary Lomas; three sons, Eloy Lomas, Jr., Eric Lee Lomas and wife Maricela Lomas, and youngest son, Roman Scott Lomas; eight grandchildren, Noel, Aiden, Zion, Joseph, Nariah, Serenity, Leilani, and Eliana Lomas.

He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Joe and Steve Lomas; one sister, Rosa Elva Lomas; and two children, Olivia and Matthew Lomas;

Pallbearers were Brandon Speed, Salvador Zapata, Brian Lomas, George Jennings, Royce Jennings, Julian Ruiz, and Alex Ruiz.



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