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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Plowboys Win Bi-District, Stop Quanah, 38-16

The Plowboys are Bi-District Champs.

The Plowboys won their opening playoff game on Thursday, but it wasn’t the cakewalk some might have expected, and they had to come from behind to do it. Since Quanah had just a 2-8 record on the season, many assumed it would be just a “warmup” for the more serious games down the road.

But that’s not what happened. The Plowboys had a game on their hands. On their first possession, a Quanah running back broke a tackle and ran 72 yards for a touchdown, and the Indians took a 6-0 lead. Later, they drove to the Plowboy 6-yard line but had to settle for a field goal, which made the score 9-0, which was also the score at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Plowboys got their first touchdown when Antonio Aguayo ran one in from the 25. The extra-point kick was blocked, and the score was 9-6. The Plowboy defense held the Indians to no score, and later in the quarter, Jax Watts hit Seth Wilcox with a TD pass covering 73 yards. Jake Gonzales ran the extra points, and the Plowboys had their first lead, 14-9, one they would never relinquish. That was also the score at halftime.

Late in the third quarter, the Plowboys extended their lead to 22-9 when Gonzales ran it in from the 5 and Wilcox ran the extra points.

That two-touchdown lead didn’t last long, though, as Quanah answered with a 73-yard pass play to narrow the score to striking distance at 22-16. Midway through the quarter, the Plowboys finished a drive when Gonzales ran it in from the 3, increasing the lead to 30-16 and finally putting the game out of reach for the Indians. The Plowboys’ final score came shortly before the end of the game when Aguayo scored on a 12-yard run, making the final score 38-16.

In his comments on the game to Abilene Reporter-News reporter Jordan Hofeditz, Coach Freeman said, “Our kids needed that. The last few weeks they’ve had some big scoring games and hadn’t had to play complete games. That’s a quality team. They were 2-8, but they played their tails off. That was good for us to get hit in the mouth and respond and overcome some adversity.”

Hofeditz named the Players of the Game as Antonio Aguayo and Seth Wilcox. He said the Turning Point of the Game was in the second quarter when the Plowboy defense held Quanah at the 9-yard line after a fumble on the Plowboy 17 and then answered with a 91-yard drive and touchdown to take the lead they held for the rest of the game.

Scoring by quarters:
                          1           2         3         4         T
Plowboys        0         14         8       16        38
Quanah           9          0          0        7         16

For the game, the Plowboys made 22 first downs to Quanah’s 11, and amassed 473 yards to Quanah’s 327. Both teams had 1 turnover, and the Plowboys had 111 yards in penalties to Quanah’s 60.

Jax Watts completed 15 of 25 passes for 247 yards and 1 TD.

Abilene Reporter-News sportswriter Jordan Hofeditz covered the game and wrote an excellent report complete with statistics and an interview with Plowboy head coach Jake Freeman. It appeared in print on Saturday, November 13, and online here.


Plowboys vs. Santo in Cisco tomorrow, November 18

This week the Plowboys will face their toughest opponent since the opening game with Hawley. The Santo Wildcats have a 10-1 record like the Plowboys and are ranked 9th in state in 2A-2, while the Plowboys are ranked 15th. The Wildcats’ only loss so far came at the hands of the Albany Lions, currently ranked 2nd in state 2A -2. So, once again the Plowboys will go into the game as underdogs, a role they have become accustomed to this year.

Santo’s wins have come against Rio Vista 14-12, Valley Mills 35-6. Itasca 46-6, Era 41-0, Bovina 43-6, Cross Plains 42-7, Hico 34-14, and Meridian 63-2. Their only loss was to Albany 33-6. Last week in their bi-district matchup, they defeated Petrolia 31-0.

The Wildcats are led on offense by quarterback Case Proctor and running backs Elijah Pennington and Billy Sandoval and on defense by Pennington and Sandoval.

Kickoff is tomorrow evening at 7:00pm in Cisco. Roscoe is home team.

Good luck and Go Plowboys!



At the most recent special School Board meeting, the Roscoe Collegiate ISD Board took action to hire Ronnie Kincaid as the interim superintendent beginning November 15. Mr. Kincaid and Mr. Wilson will work together until Mr. Wilson’s resignation is effective on January 31, 2022, which should provide for a smooth transition.

Kincaid Superintendent Consulting was also hired to conduct the search for the next long-term superintendent for RCISD.

Mr. Ronnie Kincaid has over forty years serving in education with extensive experience as a teacher, coach, principal, superintendent, and executive director of the Region 14 Service Center. He has also helped find superintendents for nearly forty other school districts throughout west Texas. He is highly skilled, extremely professional, and of high moral character and integrity.

Please click here to access a questionnaire that we ask students, parents, teachers, staff, Board members, taxpayers, and community members to complete in order to help us in our search for our next Superintendent. The Board encourages and looks forward to your input.



The Plowgirls beat the Lady Cardinals in Hermleigh last night 36-32. Shauna McCambridge led the Plowgirls in scoring with 15 points, followed by Kaidy Ornelas and Cameron Greenwood with 6 each, Baleigh Deolloz with 5, and Carson Greenwood with 4.

McCambridge also led in rebounds with 10, followed by Ornelas with 4, Deolloz with 4, and Cr. Greenwood, Jacey Rodriquez, and Kirsten Welch, all with 1.

Scores by quarters:
1           2          3         4

Plowgirls            7         19        25        36

Hermleigh         9          11        21        32

The Plowgirls are now 2-1. Their first home game will be in the Special Events Center this Friday when they and the JV Girls take on Eula.
The JV game begins at 5:00 and the varsity game at 6:15pm.


On Thursday night, a Snyder man, 33, who was apparently stranded in Champion, knocked on Monte Richburg’s door and asked for a ride. Richburg reportedly agreed to give him one and left him for a moment, but when he came back the man was gone.

The suspect apparently decided to take the matter into his own hands because he then reportedly stole Richburg’s tractor out of the field with gang shredder attached and took off down the road, knocking over several mailboxes as he went and finally crashing into the guardrail at the creek on FM 1230.

Someone phoned the Roscoe Police, who notified the Nolan County Sheriff’s Department. The suspect was located at Stripes in Roscoe, arrested, and taken to the Nolan County Jail.


Plowboy Antonio Aguayo has been named Mr. Texas Football Player of the Week for Week 11 by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine, the premier source for high school football in the Lone Star State.

He was nominated for his performance against Hamlin with his 10 catches for 258 yards and 4 TDs receiving, a 36-yard field goal, and 5 for 5 kicked extra points.
The Mr. Texas Football Player of the Week web page is located here.


Jax Watts was named Big Country Homepage Built Ford Tough Player of the Week for Week 11.





DATE      OPPONENT                     LOCATION               VG          VB
Nov 6      Robert Lee                        Robert Lee                2:30         -----
Nov 9       Ira                                      Ira                              6:30         -----
Nov 16    Hermleigh                         Hermleigh                6:30         -----
Nov 19    Eula                                    Roscoe                       6:30        8:00
Nov 22    Post                                    Roscoe                       5:30         -----
Nov 23    Eden                                   Roscoe                      -----         5:30
Nov 30    Westbrook                        Westbrook               6:30         8:00
Dec 2-4  Highland Tourney            Highland                 TBA          TBA
Dec 7       Hamlin                               Hamlin                     6:30        8:00
Dec 9      Ira Tourney                        Ira                             TBA          TBA
Dec 9      Jim Ned Tourney              Jim Ned                   -----          TBA
Dec 14    Highland                             Roscoe                      6:30        8:00
Dec 17    Sweetwater                          Roscoe                     6:30        -----
Dec 17    Robert Lee                           Robert Lee               -----        6:30
Dec 20   Cross Plains                        Cross Plains             6:30        8:00
Dec 27   Anson Tourney                   Anson                        TBA        TBA
Jan 4      Roby                                     Roscoe                       -----       6:30
Jan 4      Girls - NO GAME                                                  -----        -----
Jan 7      *COLEMAN (girls only)   Roscoe                      6:30        -----
Jan 7      Baird                                     Baird                        -----        8:00
Jan 11    *MILES (girls only)           Roscoe                      6:30        -----
Jan 11     Spur (boys only)                Roscoe                      -----        8:00
Jan 14    *FORSAN                            Forsan                      6:30        8:00
Jan 18    *WINTERS                         Roscoe                      6:30        8:00
Jan 21    *COLORADO CITY           Colorado City          6:30       8:00
Jan 25    *COLEMAN                        Coleman                  6:30        8:00
Jan 28    *MILES                               Miles                         6:30        8:00
Feb 1      *FORSAN                            Roscoe                      6:30        8:00
Feb 4     *WINTERS                          Winters                    6:30        8:00
Feb 8     *COLORADO CITY            Roscoe                      6:30       8:00
Feb 11    *COLEMAN (boys only)    Roscoe                     -----        6:30
Feb 15    *MILES (boys only)           Roscoe                     -----         6:30
Feb 14     Girls’ Bi-District
Feb 17     Girls’ Area
Feb 21    Girls’ Regional Quarterfinals & Boys’ Bi-District
Feb 24    Girls’ Regional Tournament & Boys’ Area
Feb 28    Boys’ Regional Quarterfinals
Mar 3-5   Girls’ State Tournament & Boys’ Regional Tournament
Mar 10    Boys’ State Tournament

* = District Game

Head Girls’ Coach: Shella Arnwine            
Assistants: Heather Greenwood, Lacey Gregory, Veronica Cuellar
Head Boys’ Coach: Joe Rackley                      
Assistants: Shawn Speck, Kevin Lavalais
Athletic Director: Jake Freeman                    


This morning's sunrise.
We had some mild weather over the weekend with highs of 75°F on Saturday and 70° on Sunday, but even those highs are warmer than usual. The average daily high for November is 66° and the average low is 40°. 
Since then, it’s been really hot for November. Both Monday’s and yesterday’s highs topped out at 86°. I heard the weatherman on TV say that the 86° yesterday was a record daily high for Abilene, so I checked for Roscoe.

According to the Weather Channel website, the 86° high on Monday broke Roscoe's November 15 record of 84° by two degrees, and yesterday’s 86° similarly topped the old record of 82° by four degrees.  In addition to the heat, we’ve also experienced some strong southwest winds for the past few days.

All that is due to change today, though, starting at around eleven this morning when the wind shifts to the north and the temperature begins to drop. Today’s high will be around midday at 70° and will steadily fall this afternoon to about 58° at sundown with a brisk north wind--and to 36° or so when the sun comes up tomorrow morning, also with a north breeze. As my brother David used to say, “I love fall in west Texas. It’s my favorite day of the year.” So, get your jacket out of the closet and have it ready because you’ll need it when you leave the house tomorrow morning.

The high tomorrow will be about 60° under partly cloudy skies, and Friday will begin a warming trend with a high of 67°, followed by Saturday back to 79° and Sunday to 77°. Lows will be in the mid-thirties tomorrow, back in the forties on Friday, and in the fifties on Saturday.

Once again this week, neither rain nor that first freeze is in the forecast.


Funeral services for Suzanne Martinez, 65, of Roscoe will be at 3:00pm Saturday, November 20, at McCoy Chapel of Memories with Rev. Phillip Litton officiating. Interment will follow at Roscoe Cemetery under direction of McCoy Funeral Home.

Suzanne was born June 23, 1956, at Loraine to the late Albert and Alice (Mendez) Morales. She married Ralph Martinez in 1995 at Sweetwater. Suzanne worked for U.S.G. as a forklift operator for 19 years and was a lifelong resident of Nolan County.

She is survived by her husband, Ralph Martinez of Roscoe; two brothers, Victor Morales & wife Lulu of Sweetwater and Leroy Morales of Houston; seven sisters, Martha Dillard of Enid, OK; Mary Hardin & husband Horace of Abilene; Penny Lara & husband Leonard of Sweetwater; Becky Alvarado of Roscoe; Rose Morales of Roscoe; Liz Lara & husband Fred of Victoria; and Mary Wren of Oklahoma.

She is preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Bobby Morales, Albert Morales, Joe David Morales and Victor Morales; and two sisters, Beatrice Ramirez and Alice Ronquillo.

Pallbearers will be Nathan Hartkopf, Eric Hartkopf, Kevin Harper, Jonathan Harper, Gabriel Galvan, Joshua Dillard, Aaron Morales and Emilio Morales.


A memorial service will be held at a later date for Barney James Barnett, 34, of Sweetwater with arrangements by Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home. His body was cremated. He passed away on Thursday, November 4, in Roscoe.

Barney was born on August 15, 1987, in Colorado City. He worked as an oilfield worder for Cholla Petroleum.

He is survived by his wife, Abby Barnett of Amarillo; son, Jacob Barnett; daughter, Riley Barnett, both of Amarillo; parents, Richard and Elizabeth Barnett; grandmother, Kay Barnett of Loraine; aunt, Lori Barnett of Loraine; numerous cousins, and mother-in-law, Ruth Ann Williams of Roscoe.  

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Barney Barnett.  


Wednesday, November 10, 2021

City Council Meets, Sets Transition Goals

Carl Childers addresses the Council at yesterday's meeting.
At its monthly meeting in City Hall yesterday evening, the Roscoe City Council got its first report from interim City Manager Jack Brown, received an update on happenings at Young Farm Estates, heard the monthly report from the Police Chief, and passed a number of agenda items.

Carl Childers of Young Farm Estates, who is now on the board of the Big Country Sports Hall of Fame, reported that former Roscoe High School track star Elmer Gray will be inducted into the Hall at this year’s meeting. He went on to report that a couple of Abilene builders have expressed interest in building some houses at Young Farm Estates, although nothing is definite yet. He added that the gypsum plant in Quanah will be moving its operation to Sweetwater, which will bring many families to Nolan County, and Roscoe could be a beneficiary.

Interim City Manager Jack Brown then gave his initial report to the Council. Brown, who grew up in Roscoe and was the City Manager here from 2001 to 2008, is now the City Manager of Roby. He has agreed to help Roscoe on a part-time basis until the town can get a new permanent City Manager.

He said that City workers had spent considerable time recently working with leaks, particularly the big one downtown under the bricks on Cypress, which involved an 8” line. He also said the City is currently short of cash and would see about selling some City equipment to ease the problem.

He has been working with eHT Engineers of Abilene to run Roscoe’s water treatment plant because no current City worker is qualified to do that job. He expressed full confidence in eHT’s ability to run the plant but noted that it would be expensive.

He is also working with the TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) and the TWDB (Texas Water Development Board) to get the City in compliance with state rules and requirements. The City is currently lacking in several areas, and the two state environmental agencies have set up a series of points that the City can immediately begin working on to get Roscoe back into compliance. He says the process can be completed much quicker this way than he had initially anticipated.

Police Chief Felix Pantoja then gave the Police Report for October, saying that the City had a light month as regards Police activity. They handled only 37 calls and made one arrest. He did mention a gun threat that occurred at the school and expressed concern that it had been mishandled, not because of anything that happened but because of what could have happened.

Cemetery maintenance man Skeet Kimbrell asked for an extension of a month of maintenance at the Roscoe Cemetery because there has not yet been a freeze, but, given the City’s current financial crunch, was turned down.

The Council then authorized a resolution adopting policies in connection with the American Rescue Program, a federal program that will bring in $157,000 a year to the City for improvements.

The Council tabled until next month a new credit card policy for City employees as City Attorney Zollie Steakley wanted to make sure of the legalities in doing so before making the move.

The Council also passed an ordinance recognizing January 23-29 as School Choice Week.



On October 18, 2021, the Roscoe Collegiate ISD Board of Trustees and superintendent Andy Wilson approved a mutually agreed upon separation, which will be effective no later than January 31, 2022. 

The RCISD Board of Trustees would like to thank Mr. Wilson for his hard work and dedication over the years and wish him well in his future endeavors. A search for an a new superintendent will begin soon.



The 2021 Plowboys, District 5-2A-II Champions, begin their playoff run tomorrow in Post with a bi-district matchup with the Quanah Indians. 

The Indians are from District 6-2A-II and finished 2-3 in district play. They are 2-8 on the year. Their victories were over Munday 42-14 and Electra 41-27, their losses to Haskell 22-6, Lubbock Christian 46-22, Wheeler 24-18, Ralls 48-8, Clarendon 49-27, Archer City 42-20, Seymour 41-28, and Olney 38-20.

They are led on offense by QB Michael Garza, wide receivers Brennan Thomas and James Honea and on defense by LB Jacob McGary and DB Honea.

Kickoff is at 6pm tomorrow in Post.



The Plowboys wound up their regular season schedule Friday evening with an easy victory over the Hamlin Pied Pipers at Plowboy Field, 61-0.

Scoring by quarters:
Plowboys         15        52        52        61
Hamlin              0         0          0          0

Quarterback Jax Watts completed 17 of 18 passes for 436 yards and 6 TDs, and Antonio Aguayo led all receivers with 9 catches for 288 yards and 4 TDs. Seth Wilcox had 2 catches for 96 yards and 2 TDs, Ivan McCann 2 for 17, Parker Gleaton 1 for 16, D. Moore 1 for 3, and Lupe Leanos 1 for -3.

Aguayo led the rushers with 3 carries for 50 yards, followed by Gavin Martinez with 7 for 21 yards, Jake Gonzalez with 8 for 19 and 2 TDs, and Seth Wilcox with 3 for 14.



Plowboy quarterback Jax Watts has been named the Capital Farm Credit Big Country Player of the Week on the Big Country Preps website, That’s quite an honor when you consider all the great high school players in the area.

He was cited for his completion of 17 of 18 passes for 436 yards and 6 TDs in Friday’s game against Hamlin. On defense, he had 4 tackles, 2 pass breakups, and an interception.

Roscoe Head Coach Jake Freeman also noted his growth as a player and team leader over the course of the season.

Congratulations, Jax, and keep up the good work!



Shauna McCambridge and Plowgirl Head Coach Shella Arnwine.

The Plowgirls dropped their first game against Robert Lee on Saturday, 44-33. However, Shauna McCambridge got her 1,000th rebound as a Plowgirl, which has to be some kind of record. She was also ranked #2 on post for Big Country Preps preseason picks.

Robert Lee 44 = Plowgirls 33

Scores by quarters:
Robert Lee       9          21        32        44
Plowgirls          8          13        26        33

Plowgirl scoring: Shauna McCambridge 13, Kaidy Ornelas 11, Cameron Greenwood 5, Bayleigh Deolloz 4. Rebounds: McCambridge 14, Cm. Greenwood 4, Deolloz 2, Cr. Greenwood 2, Jacey Rodriquez 2.    

Then last night, they won an easy one against Ira, 66-17.

Plowgirls 66 - Ira 17

Scores by quarters:
Plowgirls          14        29        50        66
Ira                        1          6         14        17

Plowgirl scoring: Cameron Greenwood, 20, Carson Greenwood 12, Shauna McCambridge 10, Jacey Rodriquez 6, Kaidy Ornelas 4, Bayleigh Deolloz 4.

2021-2022 Plowgirl Roster

No.       Name                               Class    Position
00        Jacey Rodriquez               Sr        Guard|
05        Kaidy Ornelas                   So        Point Guard
10        Jissel Rodriquez                So        Guard
11         Bayleigh Deolloz               Fr         Guard
13         Kirsten Welch                   Jr         Guard
14         Carsten Greenwood         Jr         Guard
23        Mia Lavalais                      Jr         Guard
24        Cameron Greenwood       Jr         Forward
30        Shauna McCambridge     Sr         Post  

Head Coach: Shella Arnwine
Assistant Coaches: Heather Greenwood, Lacy Gregory, Veronica Cuellar
Managers: Vonnie Watts, Jalin Freeman, Ferron Smith



By now most of you know I have been in and out of the hospital for the past couple of weeks. As an immunocompromised old person, I was first in line for vaccination back in January 2020. I completed the second shot the first week of February and went the entire year Covid-free.

However, it does happen that some people catch the bug even when vaccinated, and four weeks ago I woke up to find I had Covid. This began an ordeal that I am still dealing with. I won’t bore you with the details, but I was hit hard with fever, nausea, dizziness,
inability to eat, passing out three times, and an irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation) that only made matters worse.

I was in Rolling Plains hospital for a couple of days, released for a day or so, and then re-admitted when my condition deteriorated. Back in the hospital, my heart resumed normal rhythm, and I have been slowly improving since then. I got out of rehab on Saturday and am now back home with one of my daughters, who is here to help me out until she returns to upstate New York on Friday.

When Covid hits hard, it weakens the body considerably, and the energy and stamina level go way down. So, even though I am getting better every day, the road to full recovery is going to take a while. In the meantime, I am planning to resume posting the Roscoe Hard Times, but it may not be as thorough as usual. I doubt I’ll be attending the high school games, P-Tech meetings, and other school functions like I normally do. The same goes for town events such as Christmas Open House or the car show I recently noticed on Facebook. However, I will try to post all the important news so people can keep up with what’s going on in Roscoe.



It’s now that time of year when daylight savings time ends, cotton farmers hope for the year’s first freeze to defoliate their cotton for them, and heating and cooling the home is essentially unnecessary.

Most recently, days have been nice and warmer than average for this time of year. Saturday’s high was 76°F and then Sunday, Monday, and yesterday all peaked at 80°. Lows were in the fifties at 52°, 58°, snd 56°, perfect for people who like to sleep with their bedroom window open.

Today’s forecast is for a high of 83°--not your average November weather—with strong southwest winds of 20-30mph, gusting into the 40s. Then the wind will shift to the north tonight, and tomorrow’s high will reach only about 70° under clear skies. The remainder of the week will be sunny with highs in the seventies, lows in the forties, and moderate breezes.

Neither rain nor that first freeze are in the forecast for the coming week.



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