Sunday, October 31, 2010

Strong fourth-quarter helps keep Bronchos' playoff hopes alive

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Odessa High has built a reputation as a football team that finishes.
Even in losses, the Bronchos have made a habit of playing well in the second half, a cue Odessa High has taken from its superstar running back, Bradley Marquez, who never slows down.Desperate to keep their playoff hopes alive, the Bronchos hit the afterburners Friday night. A fourth-quarter explosion by Odessa High blew away Permian 38-21 and eliminated the Panthers from the playoffs.
Permian (4-5 overall, 0-4 District 3-5A) struck first.

Bucked again: Hoover outlasts BJHS

Courtesy of Madison County Record.

It was everything it was billed to be, and more.
What was thought to be an offensive shootout turned out to be a defensive chess match, as the No. 1 Hoover Bucs outlasted the No. 3 Bob Jones Patriots, 20-13.
The Patriots (8-2, 7-0) scored on the first play of the fourth quarter on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Zach Freeman to Collins Moore to take a 13-6 lead, but the Bucs (10-0, 7-0) scored twice in five minutes and then forced the Patriots to punt twice before running out the clock.
“We’re not in to moral victories,” Bob Jones head coach Kevin Rose told his team following the game. “We’ve got to get over the hump.”

Four Nations = Credibility???

The credibility of the Four Nations concept is firmly under attack with the inclusion of both England and PNG questioned. This is especially so, after the Kiwis bounced the Kumuls 76-12 in a lopsided clash that has guaranteed the Kiwis a place in the final. England face Australia today in a desperate attempt to stay afloat in the tournament and also to save face for the tournament. It remains to be seen, and with the Aussies $1.10 favourites, doubtful that the Poms will be able to keep within four tries of the Australians.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Williams Out?

What does Panthers tailback DeAngelo Williams think the chances are he’ll play Sunday at St. Louis?

It’s difficult to know because Williams isn’t talking.

Williams, who sprained his foot on the game-winning drive against San Francisco, missed his second consecutive practice Thursday. And for the second consecutive day Williams avoided the media, telling a team official that he would talk after Sunday’s game.

Number 1 Ranked Hoover v Number 3 Ranked Bob Jones

Courtesy of Alabama 6A Football
The #1 Hoover Bucs travel to Madison, Alabama to face the #3 Bob Jones Patriots. Both teams come in winning their region championships and for one team Friday night, one team will gain more momentum heading into the playoffs. Last season in the 2009 playoffs, Hoover defeated Bob Jones 34-24 at Regions Park in a very close game.

Making Strides on the Road to a State Championship

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Experts will be the first to tell you that you can have the best coaches, the best players, and the best program in the state, but it doesn’t mean you will win a championship. If you ask those experts to tell you then what a championship program looks like, they will tell you to look for the kind of things that are happening right here at Bob Jones. Obviously the goal of each player and coach is to win a state championship, but on the way to that goal there are some clear mile markers you need to pass to see if your program is on track. First you need start winning a lot more Region games than you lose. Well it seems pretty clear that has been happening at Bob Jones.

Panthers and Bronchos looking to right the ship in Rumble at Ratliff

Courtesy of Odessa American
Fans started swarming to the locker room as soon as the final seconds ticked away.
Flush with the revelry of a possible program-defining win, an expectation-shaking performance that left some fans searching for a way to describe the game they had just seen.
At that point, Permian had just blown by Cedar Hill 53-42, a Metroplex power with loads and loads of athleticism and speed to burn.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Carolina 23 , 49ers 20

Admit it.
As the Carolina Panthers were imploding in the fourth quarter against San Francisco, you sat on your couch or in your seat at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday and counted the new and creative ways the Panthers would lose again.
But a funny thing happened on the way to 0-6.

Four Nations Contests?

The only hope for a diversion away from a New Zealand v Australia final in the Four Nations, was lost with an insipid performance from the English in going down to New Zealand 24-10. While the Pommy forwards toiled hard, they lacked spark and energy in the halves and were no match for the Kiwis. In the other game, Australia predictably accounted for Papua New Guinea 42-0. Never a chance, the Kumuls appeared overawed of the Kangaroos making unforced errors and left to defend for much of the game.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Permian 0-3, Make it Tough run to Playoffs

The Permian Panthers face an uphill battle to make the Playoffs this season in Texas 5A High School Football. They faced off against Midland Lee on Friday Night, with high hopes considering both sides 0-2 record. At the end of the day, Lee led all game to seal a 20-13 to leave Permian scrambling for air. Permian have suffered two consecutive under achieving years after coach Darren Allman had resurrected the Panthers Program and took up the Head Coach at Austin Westlake, who he took to the State Championship title game. He recently was announced at the Head Coach of the USA Under 19 National team. One thing for sure, he put Permian back on the map, but the last two seasons have seen them slide back off.

Bob Jones Wins District Title

From Madison County Record

Braden Hager must be the Decatur Red Raiders’ worst nightmare.
For the second year in a row, Hager nailed a last second field goal, this time in overtime, to defeat the Red Raiders, 24-21, to clinch the Class 6A, Region 8 title.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Carolina Off the Bye

The Carolina Panthers, sitting at 0-5 in the AFC South, come off the bye week and will face the 1-5 San Fransisco 49ers. The 49ers broke their duck with a 17-9 victory over the Oakland Raiders. The Panthers will be hoping to break their duck, but the victory over the Raiders who were sitting at 2-3, will be a confidence boost for the 49ers. The Panthers need to convert their running game into a victory soon, or they face another season sitting on the sidelines at Playoff time.

Four Nations : Ho Hum

The Four Nations is kicking off this weekend and it is really hard to get into it at the moment. Aussies take on PNG at Parramatta Stadium, in front of about 10,000 based on current ticket sales, while England had an 18all draw with NZ Maori's in a less than convincing trial. The Kiwis had a huge win over Samoa in their warm up test, so the prelude has been less than anticipatory. Lets hope that once the Nations kick off, some excitement has been built.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Patriots pound cross-town rival Sparkman

Thanks to Madison County Record.
Friday, October 15, 2010
The Bob Jones Patriots defeated the rival Sparkman High School Senators 48-17 at Sparkman, Friday, Oct. 15 to set up the decisive Class 6A, Region 8 championship game against Decatur at home next week.
The game started off shaky for the Patriots, but the team redeemed itself as the game went played out.

Permian misses chances to beat Abilene Cooper

With Thanks from Odessa American Online.
Permian had one last chance.
One last chance to capitalize, to turn a game full of missed opportunities into a win.
But Abilene Cooper, the team on the other side of the ball, has already developed a penchant for making big plays in crunch time.
Cougars nose guard Joe Dillard sacked Landry Serrano to force the game-sealing fumble Friday in Permian’s 34-27 loss to Abilene Cooper in District 3-5A action at P.E. Shotwell Stadium.
“I thought we had the game,” Panthers defensive end Tra Fay said. “We had the ball in the last minute, I thought we were going to score.”

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Bob Jones continues strong play at Buckhorn

Saturday, October 9
Bob Jones continues strong play at Buckhorn

, October 08, 2010 10:47 p.m 
MADISON - Bob Jones made it a point Friday night to show that it’s no pushover when it comes to stopping the run.
Or finishing out a game.
Linebacker Darius Tibbs had the grass stains, the sweat and the limp to prove it.
The fourth-ranked Patriots bent at times, but not enough to break in a 28-14 Class 6A, Region 8 victory over visiting Buckhorn. A week after allowing Huntsville to erase a big fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime, Bob Jones buckled down in the key moments, intercepting a pair of second-half passes that effectively took the steam out of the Bucks.

Permian 7 Midland Bulldogs 41

October 8th- The Permian Panthers were unable to rebound from a series of turnovers, mistakes,  and missed opportunities, dropping a 41-7 decision to Midland High in the District 3-5A opener on Friday. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 10-0 lead on the strength of a 63 yard touchdown run by Tyler Middleton, and a 42 yard field goal by Jake Forrester. Greg George gave MOJO a chance to score with a 42 yard run to the Bulldogs’ 4-yard line early in the second quarter. But a procedure penalty negated a Tra Fay touchdown catch, forcing a 29-yard field goal attempt that sailed wide left. On the next possession DeAnthony Fay finally put the Panthers on the board with a 74-yard touchdown run. The Bulldogs answered with a 13 yard touchdown pass for a 17-7 lead at the half.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

High School Scores IN

 High School Footy Scores are in and more detailed reviews will follow. The Permian Panthers playing in 5A Texas Ball, have been humiliated 41-7 by the Midland Bulldogs, while in Alabama 6A Football, the Bob Jones Patriots continued their successful season defeating Buckhorn 28-14 in Military Appreciation Night in Madison Alabama

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


Permian kicks off the district schedule this Friday when they host Midland High. Leading the Bulldog attack is speedy running back Tyler Middleton (5’ 11”, 180#, 4.4). A three year varsity player, Middleton has rushed for 668 yards and 13 touchdowns in five games. Taking the snaps for Midland is QB Jake Holifield. Stepping in for injured starter Kierre Woods Holifield has done a fine job, throwing for 296 yards and four touchdowns in three games. Holifield is also effective carrying the ball, with 151 yards and a touchdown. Defensively the Bulldogs have size up front, with Tyler Tatum (6’ 0”, 262#)  and Dutton Watson (6’3” 240#) leading the way.

Still Hasn't Happened

I had a dear friend accost me last week and swear black and blue that a friend of hers, had heard it directly from the Australian Federal Police that the text message sent around was true and that the AFP had put the media ban out so as not to disrupt the Grand Final Week. She showed me a "leaked" email as well. Monday was to be the big day. We are still waiting. We are going through and hearing about some interviews, but the "word" does appear to be slightly out. As one of the many that received the SMS, I am surprised at how put out, the ones that didn't receive it have felt aggrieved that they wern't included. Need less to say, we hope that the findings are not found, our great game does not deserve a betting scandal. However, while we are in bed with the devil, these issues will always surface.

The Difference between AFL and the NRL

The presentations of the winners from the NRL and AFL Grand Finals, clearly shows who does it better. The winners is the AFL, were paraded with each player waiting till to get called, giving the crowd the opportunity to cheer for each player, the crowd favourites and the like. The NRL resembled a Grade 4 lunch line. The other area was in the Captain/Coach and player of the match acceptance speeches. The AFL took these seriously and were professionally done, the NRL sounded like Red Necks with their WHOOs and Lets Party, themes. The game deserves better.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

0-4 Smithy's Record

Brian Smith and the Roosters have had a great season. My question is simply this. Will Brian Smith go down as the NRL coach who made the most Grand Finals, without winning one. He certainly does have a great record, but the monkey on his back is quickly becoming the size of the Gorilla that tagged around behind the Dragons. Regardless of your personal thoughts about Brian Smith, his record is one that has him listed as a great coach. The missing bit is a Premiership.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Aussie Squad Named for Four Nations.

The Australian Squad has been named for the Four Nations with some minor surprises. Todd Carney, the Roosters Five Eighth has been selected, as has Dean Young and Chris Lawrence. Brent Tate has been named for novelty purposes, while Canberra's David Shillington deserved his selection. The team is: 
Kangaroos squad: Darren Lockyer (capt), Sam Thaiday, Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, David Shillington, Paul Gallen, Greg Bird, Anthony Watmough, Cooper Cronk, Billy Slater, Cameron Smith, Kurt Gidley, Matthew Scott, Willie Tonga, Jarryd Hayne, Petero Civoniceva, Luke Lewis, Darius Boyd, Brett Morris, Dean Young, Todd Carney, Nate Myles, Brent Tate, Robbie Farah, Chris Lawrence.

Grand Final Replay

I just watched the replay of the Grand Final on Fox and some observations need to be made. The Roosters had a tremendous first half, but the Dragons patience set the game up for them. Both teams were guilty of some panic in the first stanza, but the Roosters panicked more. The Roosters got the rough end of the stick with some decisions, costing them momentum and potentially the game. The Dragons dominated the second half, as only they can. They deserved the win, and Ben Hornby was the most dominant player on the field.

Dragons RED V Forever

What an emotional day. The Dragons destroyed the Fairytale Roosters, as so often happens to faiarytales, and the emotion was evident, both in the players and the fans and members. Snowy and Curly fell into each others arms in a man-hug for the ages. The relief was evident. Finally, after 31years the Dragons are the Premiers.Wayne Bennett maintained his amazing record as a NRL Head Coach with 7-0 in his favour, while Brian Smith at 0-4 kept the monkey.

Jason Nightingale was huge, Dean Young was fantastic, Jeremy Smith was everywhere while captain Ben Hornby played the best Captains Knock in a long time. Not sure how Darius Boyd came up with the Clive Churchill over these guys. But he played well as usual.Thoughts on the game was that each of the first tries should not have been awarded, but the Roosters showed greater signs of panic than the Dragons in the first half. The game was won with the battle hardened Forwards, who benefited from the tight game the Tigers gave them, compared to the Chooks, who didn't take anything out of the Tigers defensive playbook.

I have been feeling all week, the Dragons had points in them. They showed it.

Drought finally broken as Dragons reign in Roosters in wet

From League HQ
Glenn Jackson October 4, 2010
THE one positive about a drought is that when the rain finally comes, there ain't a feeling like it - the longer you wait for something the better it is. As the rain came last night, St George Illawarra won a premiership - choke on that.
The Dragons are a peculiar lot. They rarely show emotion, their off-field demeanours being like their on-field ones, dare we say boring

St George-Illawarra Dragons are 2010 NRL Premiers


Written by: Joe McCord
Oct 3, 2010 7:50pm

The St George Illawarra Dragons have won the 2010 Grand Final with an emphatic 32 points to 8 victory over the Sydney Roosters in teeming rain in front of a massive ANZ Stadium crowd of 82,334 screaming fans.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Dragons 2010 Premiers

Dragons Win 32-8. More info from to follow. Too Much Drinking to be done.

The Day of the Dragons Dawns

The Day of the Dragons, Our date with Destiny Dawns, and Snowy and Curly are feeling a bit dusty, but still with their dream. Go you Good Things Dragons

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Whew, Bob Jones up in OT

, October 01, 2010 11:40 p.m.
MADISON – With the game on the verge of slipping away for good, fourth-ranked Bob Jones turned to the best of its multiple play-makers.
Collins Moore came through.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Denials All Round

Last Night's Footy and Matty Johns Show was showcased by denials on the Betting Scandal that has enveloped rugby league. For once, we would hope that Gallop is true to his word and that this is actually correct.b

@TheFooty Podcast Episode #001

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