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TABLE OF CONTENTS The Red River Sun Football Guide

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Bobcats face rebuilding season By Ginger Wilson The Red River Sun CHILDRESS — Graduation hit the Bobcats and hit them hard. The 2016 9-4 regional semi-finalists are facing the loss of seven starters on offense and eight on defense. There’s no doubt head coach Jason Sims and his staff have their work cut out for them this season, but an incoming class who all but destroyed the competition on junior varsity should help soften the impact of graduation. Coming off the best season since 2005, the Bobcats have a taste of a deep playoff run and would like to once again become a staple in the playoffs. Still eluding the Bobcats since 2007 is the district title; one they had in their hands last season before it slipped away in the fourth quarter against Canadian. Childress will have to make it through a rugged predistrict schedule before they set their sights on avenging last year’s loss to Canadian. The first district match-up will be on the Cats’ turf at Fair Park Stadium, a place Sims has yet to lose a game as head coach. Will the Bobcats overcome the loss of five all-state players and make another run in the playoffs? Time will tell. — The 2017 campaign starts off with a bang when Wade Williams brings his Wellington Skyrockets to town on

Friday, September 1. Wellington would like nothing more than to steal the Bobcats’ first victory on the new turf at Fair Park Stadium. A well coached and physical ball club, the Skyrockets hold the 4-3 advantage over Childress the past seven seasons. The Bobcats will have to play at the top of their game in order to kick off their season with a win. If quarterback Luke Williams (5’10, 155) gets loose, the Cats’ defense will have to find a way to contain him as well as wide receivers Cooper Richardson (6’, 170) and Arturo Tellez (6’1, 175). The defense will be led by defensive tackle Drake Welch (6’4, 230), linebacker Weston Wright (5’10, 175) and defensive end John Holcomb (6’4, 180). Finding a way to neutralize offensive lineman Trevor Roberson (6’11, 340) will be as big of a task for the Bobcats as Roberson is. — WELLINGTON Mascot: Skyrockets Colors: Red and White Head Coach: Wade Williams Returners: 6 offensive; 7 defensive Last Year: 26-21 Wellington District: 2-2A DII 2016 Record: 13-2 (4-1 district) Playoffs: State semi-finalist

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Coach Sims on Wellington: “They are probably the best team we will face early in the season. They have so many good football players as well as two potential DI lineman. They expect big things this year and are always f ired up to play us. It’s a rivalry game and they will put more on it because of the f irst game on turf. I expect for that to be a big ball game with a lot of fanfare. We want to win and they want to win. We don’t want to lose at Fair Park Stadium and will do all we can to try and win the game.” See BOBCATS Page 5

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— The Bobcats hit the road on Friday, September 8 to take on the 1-2A DI Panhandle Panthers. Also hit hard by graduation, the Panthers only return four starters on offense and five on defense. Panhandle will count on receiver Kaden Lynch to spark the offense. Last season, Lynch hauled in 22 passes for 160 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Also a key player on defense, the linebacker recorded 49 tackles in 2016. The Panther’s will rely on quarterback Braden Durst (6’1, 165) to run the offense while the defense will benefit from the play of defensive back Dusty Hugley (5’10, 150). After a sound 42-0 win over the Panthers last season, Childress should pick up their first road win of the season in Panhandle. PANHANDLE Mascot: Panthers Colors: Purple and White Head Coach: Dane Ashley

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RED RIVER SUN FOOTBALL GUIDE Returners: 4 offensive; 5 defensive Last Year: 42-0 Childress District: 1-2A DI 2016 Record: 7-4 (4-1 district) Playoffs: Bi-District finalist Coach Sims on Panhandle: “They are going to be better this year. There’s a lot of exceptions with the players returning. Coach Ashley is in his third year and has the players more engrained in his system. It will be our f irst road game. We will take a young team and see how they do on the road.” — On September 15, the Bobcats host the Iowa Park Hawks for 2017 Homecoming. Last year, the Hawks gave the Bobcats a stinging 37-24 loss and Childress hopes to repay the loss with a win in front of the home crowd. The Hawks return their best receiver in Billy Pearson (6’1, 175), who recorded 729 receiving yards for nine touchdowns last year. Pearson also plays a key role in the Hawks defense at defensive back. The Bobcats will have their work cut out for them on offense as the Hawks are salty on defense, especially with linebackers who combined for a total of 331 tackles last year. The Hawks return six players

on both sides of the ball and are picked to finish third behind Graham and Krum. IOWA PARK Mascot: Hawks Colors: Green and White Head Coach: Aubrey Sims Returners: 6 offensive; 6 defensive Last Year: 37-24 Iowa Park District: 3-4A DII 2016 Record: 9-3 (2-2 district) Playoffs: Area finalist Coach Sims on Iowa Park: “They will be a tough game just because of the size of their school and number of kids. They lost their backf ield and several big lineman, which makes us feel better because our JV beat their JV pretty good. The coach does a good job and they will be ready when they come here. I hate to have a good team here on our homecoming, but it’s our last home game before district play starts and I expect our kids will stay focused.” — Childress takes the first of two back to back long road trips on September 22 for a contest against David Wood’s Mule-

shoe Mules, one of the most traditionally sound programs in the Panhandle. The Mules are picked to win district 1-3A DI, which includes the likes of Shallowater and Littlefield. Although the Mules only return five players on offense and four on defense, there’s no doubt Wood will have the Mules ready to try and pay back a 45-28 loss at the hands of Sims’ Bobcats last year. A battle for the quarterback position will begin early in the season for Muleshoe, but should be all but ironed out by the time the Bobcats come to town. Childress will have to keep an eye on the Mules’ top defensive players, Moises Vasquez (5’9, 200) and Isaac Mendoza (5’9, 160) and play mistake free on the Mules’ home turf. MULESHOE Mascot: Mules Colors: Black and Gold Head Coach: David Wood Returners: 5 offensive; 4 defensive Last year: 45-28 Childress District: 1-3A DI 2016 Record: 8-5 (3-2 district) Playoffs: Regional semi-finalist See BOBCATS Page 7

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2017 Childress Bobcats Donna Statham for The Sun

Taking the field for the Childress Bobcats in 2017 are from left, kneeling: Coach Kolby Pool, Stone Smith, Creek Churchill, Roy Thomason, Seth Taylor, Mark Willis, Scout Smith, Aiden Allen, Blaven Dill, Zion Fuller, Sam Lathem, Custer Keys, Coach Sam Martinez; first row: Coach Bo Helm, Coach Richard Olson, Stephon Harris, Kaden Hunter, Luke Latimer, Isaiah Darter, Haggan Lott, Trent Willis, Grayson Stephens, Hunter Dowse, Jeffery Lucido, Jeff Engle, Miguel Salinas, Coach Brady Blake, Coach Rody Crim; middle: Head Coach and Athletic Director Jason Sims, Aric Vannoy, Maeson Narlock, Aric Furr, Trent Mayden, Cody Castor, Kolton King, Race, Fatheree, Oscar Juarez, Morgan Holcomb, Alex Contreras, Coach Kirk Stephens; back: Coach Jaime Carrasco, Jimmy Lucido, Carson Lambert, Tanner Mills, Weston Stone, Tate Wofford, Chris Leighton, Joe Dan Gambol, Jared Cummins, Cole Smith, Christian Longoria and Coach Matthew Olson.

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Last year: 37-0 Childress District: 5-3A DII 2016 Record: 10-3 (5-0 district) Playoffs: Regional semi-finalist DCTF Preseason State Rank: 16th 3A DII

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Coach Sims on Muleshoe: “Muleshoe graduated a lot of good talent at quarterback, linebacker and defensive end, but it will be a big ball game for us. They didn’t like losing to us last year and Coach Wood does an outstanding job with that program, so they will be ready to play us.” — The final pre-district test for the Bobcats will take place on September 29 in Henrietta. The Bearcats lost several key players at the end of the season, but return the 5-3A DII District MVP in quarterback Zack West. The Bobcats handily defeated the Bearcats last season and should be battle tested by the time they make the long trek east before getting a week’s rest. If last year’s JV outcome means anything, the Bobcats should pick up the road win before gearing up for their biggest game of the season versus the Canadian Wildcats. HENRIETTA Mascot: Bearcats Colors: Black and Gold Head Coach: Byron West Returners: N/A

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Coach Sims on Henrietta: “Henrietta returns their quarterback and they are selected to be good in Region II. It’s a long road trip for us and they are traditionally big. With us having a smaller team, we will have to fly around and play with speed. The coach has had a lot of success, but again, our JV fared very well against their JV. As we put our kids on the field by the point, the newness of varsity will have worn off and will be a good test for us going into district after our open week.” — There’s no doubt the Bobcats have had October 13 circled on their calendars since last year when Canadian edged the Bobcats out in a gut wrenching one point loss in Canadian. Childress and Canadian both return seven starters from last year’s teams who battled to the bitter end in the game that decided the district champion and this year will be no different. With last year’s JV game between the two rivals cancelled due to weather, you can guarantee a storm will be brewing at Charlie Johnston Field as Childress looks to exact revenge on the Wildcats. Canadian has won 24 straight district games

and the Bobcats haven’t won a district title since the seniors were in second grade. This game will come down to which team makes the fewest mistakes. CANADIAN Mascot: Wildcats Colors: Black and gold Head Coach: Chris Koetting Returners: two offensive; five defensive Last year: 18-17 Canadian District: 1-3A DII 2016 Record: 12-3 (5-0 district) Playoffs: 3A DII State semi-finalist DCTF Preseason State Rank: 5th Coach Sims on Canadian: “Just like last year, this game will be for a district championship. We have new faces and it is hard for me to foresee another team in our district playing at our level. Canadian is in the same spot as us. They have players to replace, just like us. Copley graduated and was a huge play maker for them. It will be interesting to see how they replace their starters. They have a new quarterback and are returning one of their big linebackers. They will be a good size team with some speed. We have them at home and I think that will be a big factor.” — Childress will head to Tulia on October 20

for the second district game of the season. The Tulia Hornets could be the surprise team in district 1-3A DII as they return seven starters on offense and eight on defense; the most in the district. Shawn Kelly (5’9, 150) returns as the signal caller on offense and has some speed if he decides to tuck the ball and run. Kelly’s favorite targets will be receivers Alfredo AVila and Kearse Chasco (6’, 170). The defense is anchored by Adrian Rodriguez (5’6, 160) who lauded 80 tackles last season. TULIA Mascot: Hornets Colors: Maroon and White Head Coach: Duane Toliver Returners: 7 offensive; 8 defensive Last year: 50-0 Childress District: 1-3A DII 2016 Record: 1-9 (1-4 district) Playoffs: None

Coach Sims on Tulia: “Tulia will be a little better than last year as they have more returning than any other team in the district. Their quarterback is dangerous and athletic. They are more familiar with the coach’s system now. I don’t believe it will be a blowout like it was last year since we have to travel to Tulia.” See BOBCATS Page 8

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— Childress hosts the Dimmitt Bobcats on October 27. After reaching the playoffs for the first time since 1976 last year, Dimmitt depleted all but one starter on offense and two starters on defense. A bright spot for Dimmitt will be their running back, Jose Salas (5’11, 210), who rushed for over 900 yards as a junior. Dimmitt is a young team who took a 70-21 pounding from Childress last year and didn’t fare much better with their JV. However, Dimmitt could gain some confidence after snapping their playoff drought last season, but will have to do so at Fair Park Stadium. DIMMITT Mascot: Bobcats Colors: Purple and White Head Coach: Steve Gunter Returners: 1 offensive; 2 defensive Last year: 70-21 Childress District: 1-3A DII 2016 Record: 6-5 (2-3 district) Playoffs: DII Bi-District finalist

RED RIVER SUN FOOTBALL GUIDE Coach Sims on Dimmitt: “Dimmitt lost the most starters, but return their running back. He will be the guy the offense leans one. They have a lot of skill positions to replace, but after being in the playoffs last year, that may have given them some motivation.” — The second of a two game home stand happens on November 3 when Childress takes on the Highland Park Hornets. The Hornets bring back five offensive and four defensive starters, most notably running back Zach Sellinger (5’8, 150). Stepping into the role of quarterback this season for the Hornets is Hunter Nicholas (6’1, 140). The Hornets are expected to finish last in the district race with new faces in key roles on a team who finished 0-5 in district last year. This will be the final time the Childress seniors play in the confines of Fair Park Stadium, so they should have the motivation to clinch the win. HIGHLAND PARK Mascot: Hornets

Colors: Green and White Head Coach: Craig Shores Returners: 5 offensive; 4 defensive Last year: 58-7 Childress District: 1-3A DII 2016 Record: 2-8 (0-5 district) Playoffs: None Coach Sims on Highland Park: “Highland Park is such a fluid community. You don’t know who will be there from year to year. This will be our last home game of the season and I expect our seniors will play well on their f inal night at home.”

— Childress will hit the road for the final district game on November 10 against an always sound Spearman Lynx team. The Lynx will be led by a new coach who will bring his spread offense to last year’s third place team. Rugby Rodman (5’7, 140) will run Whitten’s offense and will look to connect with receivers Rene Soto and Reece Shields. The Lynx have some depth in the running back position and should be solid on defense as Milan Sali-

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nas (5’6, 170) returns after a season where he recorded 81 tackles and nine sacks. Spearman would like nothing more than to upset the district race, which they could do with Canadian and Childress back to back. SPEARMAN Mascot: Lynx Colors: Purple and White Head Coach: Aaron Whitten Returners: four offensive; five defensive Last year: 58-0 Childress District: 1-3A DII 2015 Record: 7-5 (3-2 district) Playoffs: Area finalist

Coach Sims on Spearman: “I think Spearman is the most intriguing team in the district. They had a lot of success in track and have a new coach who will be changing systems. Coach Whitten is a spread guy and they will likely line up and be a true spread team. They have good football players and are always really physical. They played well last year up until our game, but I feel we had the advantage as it was the last game at Fair Park on the grass turf. This year we will travel to Spearman and I expect them to give us a good ball game and be a playoff team for sure.”

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Athleticism key to success on offense By Ginger Wilson The Red River Sun

CHILDRESS — Graduation emptied the Bobcats’ backfield, but they have a talented pool of players ready to step into leadership roles this season. Stepping in at signal caller this year is junior Luke Latimer, who ran the JV offense for the first five games of the season in 2016 until being moved up to varsity at the beginning of district play. Latimer quickly proved himself as a multi-faceted player last year and has the ability, speed and mindset to fill the leadership role on offense. “I have high expectations for Luke,” stated head coach Jason Sims. “He should have been on Varsity from day one, but I left him on JV for the first five games on purpose.”

Sims said the experience Latimer gained at quarterback will prove to be invaluable this year. “He developed experience throwing to kids he will be throwing to on Varisty,” Sims said. “When we put the ball in his hands once we moved him up, he made big plays for us.” Latimer is no doubt football savvy, quick and an all around good athlete. “I feel confident we could put him at any position on the team and he would be good.” As for the offense as a whole, Sims said they are unproven.

“We don’t know what we have until we see them play.” In the backfield with Latimer will be junior Kaden Hunter, who is a transfer f rom Wellington. Hunter rushed for over 300 yards during the regular season and picked up five touchdowns for the Rockets as a sophomore. Hunter’s size and speed will be a good fit for the Bobcats in the backfield. Joining Hunter will be sophomore Miguel Salinas, whose quickness and agility is reminiscent of his brother, Alfonso, who graduated last year. “We will be more dynamic if we can put

it all together, which will make us much harder to defend,” said Sims. Out wide for the Bobcats is senior receiver Joe Dan Gambol. Last year, Gambol demonstrated his ability to snag passes in various situations and has the speed to pick up a lot of yardage. He will be a reliable go-to for Latimer. Junior Haggan Lott will find time at the slot receiver position and comes off a stellar season on Junior Varsity. Lott, like his brother Bo, has quickness and speed that makes him a dangerous target. Other playmakers who Latimer will connect with are juniors Stephon Harris and Trent Willis, who will be rotating at the “x” position. Both are quick, athletic and more than capable of filling what graduation depleted. Senior Hunter Dowse and junior Isaiah Darter will also add strength and depth to the Bobcats receiving unit.

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Young Bobcats have big shoes to fill By Ginger Wilson The Red River Sun

CHILDRESS — There’s no denying the impact a deep playoff run has on a team. Especially on a team who hasn’t seen three rounds in over 10 years. For the 2017 Bobcats, the playoff run last season was an eye opener and one they’d like to replicate this season. Question is, will the inexperience and significant loss of starters be enough to overcome? Coach Jason Sims sure hopes so. “You cannot replace a kid with an identical kid when they graduate, so we are going to take the new group in and build the team to their strengths,” Sims said. “When you have different styles of quarterbacks and running backs, you morph your stiles to fit them.” Although the Bobcats are having to replace a lot of starters on both sides of the ball, Sims isn’t dismayed. “We feel like we are really still athletic. We will continue to do the things we have done in our spread offense with this group.” On the plus side for the Cats this year is the return of several lineman who saw quite a bit of playing time. “If you look at each unit, two of the five lineman are

back. Kolton King and Tanner Mills both return and got significant playing time.” Sims said it’s about putting together a good unit with what they have. Defensively, Childress will have to replace the likes of Felix Garza, Thomas Adams and Caleb Tucker. “We cannot replace Felix at middle linebacker,” stated Sims. “There was a reason he started for three years, but I have no doubt kids will step up this year.” Sims said one of those players is senior Aric Furr. “It’s in his blood,” Sims said of Furr whose father was All-State for the Bobcats in the 90’s. “He had a fantastic off-season, has been a leader and we expect a good season from him.” Replacing the entire defensive line will be a task for the coaching staff this season. “I don’t have another Rhett Buckley or Austin McCarty,” Sims said. “We just have to look for a different recipe with different players.” Sims likes the quickness of the defense, something carried over from last season. “We will be fast,” he said. “Jimmy Lucido has bulked up and gotten stronger as well as Maeson Narlock.” Sims continued saying, “Tate Wofford and Oscar Juarez are both coming back on the line and I feel they have a skill set that will benefit us.” The most wide open position at the beginning of two-

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a-days was at right defensive end. “We are bringing up Christian Longoria as well as Trent Mayden and Morgan Holcomb and have Isaiah Darter back at outside linebacker.” Sims said Darter will be one of the leaders on defense and proved himself as a sophomore last year. With linebackers such as Cody Castor, Miguel Salinas and Kaden Hunter, Sims said he sees some depth at those positions that will likely gel come district. Other players to watch on defense are Trent Willis, Aric Vannoy, Haggan Lott and Hunter Dowse. With a Junior Varsity who averaged close to 50 points per game last season making their way to Varisty, Sims has to like the team’s chances this season. “Winning breeds winning,” he said. “For the success they had, they know how to win.” Stepping onto the field on Friday night is quite a difference from a Thursday night Junior Varsity game. The fans, the band, and the atmosphere all change, but if the Bobcats can maintain the hunger they showed going undefeated last season on JV, they should surprise a lot of teams. “At the end of the day, if our offensive and defensive lines will step up, they are the key to winning and losing,” ended Sims.

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2017 Bobcat Captains and Coaching Staff

A new era begins...

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The 2017 Bobcat Coaching Staff is from left, Sam Martinez, Matthew Olson, Defensive Coordinator Richard Olson, Rody Crim, Jaime Carrasco, Brady Blake, Kolby Pool, Head Coach and Athletic Director Jason Sims, Bo Helm and Kirk Stephens.

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Bobcat Captains selected by the team for 2017 are senior Hunter Dowse, left, senior Aric Furr, senior Joe Dan Gambol and junior Luke Latimer.

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2017 Childress bobcat roster No.

Name

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Position

No.

Name

Class

Position

10 11 14 15 20 21 22 24 25 28 30 31 32 34 40 42 44

Stephon Harris Kaden Hunter Luke Latimer Isaiah Darter Haggan Lott Trent Willis Grayson Stephens Hunter Dowse Gunner Garrett Jeffery Lucido Jeff Engle Miguel Salinas Aric Vannoy Maeson Narlock Aric Furr Trent Mayden Cody Castor

11 11 11 11 11 11 11 12 11 11 11 10 12 12 12 10 11

WR/DB RB/QB/LB WR/LB WR/LB HB/S WR/CB WR/CB WR/CB WR/CB K/WR/S WR/DB RB/LB WR/S RB/MLB RB/OLB RB/OLB FB/LB

51 52 55 60 61 62 68 70 71 72 73 78 80 81 82 88

Kolton King Race Fatheree Oscar Juarez Morgan Holcomb Alex Contreras Raul Rojas Jimmy Lucido Carson Lambert Tanner Mills Weston Stone Tate Wofford Chris Leighton Joe Dan Gambol Jared Cummins Cole Smith Christian Longoria

12 12 11 10 11 11 12 10 11 12 12 12 12 11 12 11

OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/LB OL/LB OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB WR/DE

Head Coach and Athletic Director: Jason Sims Defensive Coordinator: Richard Olson

Assistant Coaches: Kirk Stephens, Bo Helm, Matthew Olson, Jaime Carrasco, Rody Crim, Brady Blake, Kolby Pool, Sam Martinez Athletic Trainer: Kerry Wood High School Principal: Paige Steed Superintendent: Rick Teran

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2017 Childress BoBCats FootBall sChedule Date

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Williams: A decade of dedication By Bev Odom The Red River Sun

WELLINGTON — Here we are in Wade Williams 10th year at Wellington already and 29th year in coaching. Obviously being his son, Luke’s senior year, his goal is to win another state championship. How are we going to get there? “I would like to think that my goal every year is to win a state championship,” stated Williams. “I think since we do not have a lot of depth it is to stay healthy and have a chance to win a state championship. We have to do a better job in special teams in order to have a chance to win another title. We lost two games last year, and in both of those games, we lost the special teams battle (two special teams touchdowns to Memphis).” What about your returning offensive linemen? “I think our offense has a chance to be successful,” he said. “I really feel good about our run offense behind Trevor (Roberson), Drake (Welch), Presley (Ridley), Issac (Valdez), Dylan Stephens, Andrew Self, Rowdy Duncan, Cesar Olvera, Colton Inman, Guy Linville and Trenton Cofer that may see some time on the O line. From our backfield you will see a lot of speed from Arturo Tellez, Luke Williams, Jalen Roland, Stran McLain, Oscar Rodriguez and JoJo McKnight. From the backfield to the wide-outs we have one of the most talented receiving

groups that I have coached, Cooper Richardson, John Michael Holcomb, Seven Wilbur, Weston Wright, Korbyn Tarver and Nathan Brown.” What about your returning defensive line with Trevor and Drake, and who will be backing them up? “Anchoring our defensive line will be Trevor, Drake and John Michael (Holcomb),” Williams noted. “Newcomers who I expect big things from are Colton Inman, Trenton Cofer and Stran McLain. In the secondary Arturo leads the way from his safety position and Jalen Roland has seen time at corner.” Trevor should be getting used to all this attention by now but seems to have a gentle, humble spirit. What can you tell me about his role in your team goals? “Trevor has had seven Division 1 offers,” replied Williams. “He spent some time this summer looking at some of those schools and has a pretty good idea of how it works. Trevor has settled down now and is beginning to think about the team and winning a state title.” Tell me about your newcomers? “On the offensive line we have added Rowdy Duncan,” Williams commented. “Rowdy played running back last year and his athleticism will benefit us. Andrew Self will play a tackle. Andrew was out with a broken collar bone most of last year. Guy Linville and Issac Valdez had good years on the JV. The backs and receivers are a very talented group Stran

McLain is a transfer from Hico and will see time at the FB position. JoJo McKnight is the guy that can play anywhere and you will see him at QB, RB and a Wide Out. Nathan Brown will come in at the wide out position. Look for Nathan to run the quick slant.” The fans always wonder how you choose the captains each week and don’t limit it to seniors? “I usually don’t put much thought in captains; I just try to make sure all the seniors get to be one and then start working my way down the list,” stated Williams. “I always use one to go out and do the talking and this one is the same one every game. In 2013 it was Klark Ashmore, 2014 Sonny Bohannon and last year it was Jose Tellez.” How does the WISD staff and administration back the Skyrockets? See SKYROCKETS Page 19

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“Wellington ISD staff are winners and if you don’t believe me, just look at their test scores,” Williams stated. “They always have the kid’s best interest at heart and communicate with the coaching staff on a daily basis. Everyone here is headed in the same direction. One of the reasons for this is Jermaine Cantu, our high school principal. Every decision he makes is based on what’s best for the kids and the community of Wellington. He loves football, and I think he would like to call a few plays! Kurt Ashmore, our superintendent has been there, done that and is always supportive of all athletic programs.” Tell us about the role of the Skyrocket Athletic Booster Club and their impact on the football program? “The Skyrocket Booster Club is an integral part of our program,” Williams said. “They have just gave $12,000 in scholarships to 15 seniors that graduated and another $15,000 for different equipment, shoes and apparel for our kids.” President Ashley Long, Vice President Janie Duncan and Treasurer Rodney Reeves lead the Booster Club as 2017-2018 officers. They invite fans to join them for Monday night meetings at 6 at the Rocket House for game highlights from the previous week’s action. Stop by their “Booster Barn” under the stands at Powell Field for Skyrocket apparel and souvenirs prior to home games. So let’s go Wellington, and add another chapter to Skyrocket history with a 2017 state football championship!

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2017 Skyrocket Schedule Preview With commentary from Head Coach Wade Williams

Childress Bobcats Sept. 1 – There Last year: 26-21 Wellington 2016 Record: 9-4 “Childress will be one of our most challenging games. We are on their new turf and a school that has twice as many coaches and players as we do. Always a great football game. Coach Sims and staff will be ready to go.” West Texas Comanches Sept. 8 – Home Last year: 38-32 Wellington (OT) 2016 Record: 7-4 “West Texas High should have beat us last year. We had to come back in overtime to win this one. This is coach Flower’s and his staff ’s group they have been waiting on.” Hollis Tigers Sept. 15 – Homecoming

Last year: 34-24 Wellington 2016 Record: 11-3 “Hollis is one of the best programs in Oklahoma; it is always a shootout. We will have to adapt to their triple option offense.” Tulia Hornets Sept. 22 – There Last year: 52-13 Wellington 2016 Record: 1-9 “Tulia is in their second year under Coach Dewayne Tolliver. Look for the hornets to be much improved. We will have to cover the pass in this one.” Panhandle Panthers Sept. 29 – Home Last year: 22-7 Wellington 2016 Record: 7-4 “A longtime rival of the Skyrockets, they are becoming more physical each year. This will be a battle.”

District 2-2A Division II Memphis Cyclones Oct. 13 – There Last year: 22-15 Memphis 2016 Record: 10-2 “Memphis Cyclones will be the most talented team that we play. They can break a long run at any time. Coach Brad Woods always has the Cyclones ready to play the Skyrockets.” Ralls Jackrabbits Oct. 20 – There Last year: 56-0 Wellington 2016 Record: 2-8 “Ralls will have a new system this year. If they get things going early, they will make a run.” Lockney Longhorns Oct. 27 – Home Last year: 58-0 Wellington 2016 Record: 3-7

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Crosbyton Chiefs Nov. 3 – There Last year: 58-7 Wellington 2016 Record: 6-6 “Crosbyton will have one of the best running backs in the state. They also have a new head coach. They will run the spread offense and try to create some natural holes for that running back.”

Clarendon Broncos Nov. 10 – Home Last year: 40-7 Wellington 2016 Record: 8-3 “Clarendon has a new head coach as well. He comes from Memphis so he is familiar with the Skyrockets. They are a lot like Memphis in that they have athletes all over the f ield. This should be a very exciting game.”

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2017 Wellington Skyrocket Football Roster No. 1 2 3 4 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 15 20 21 22 33

Name Trentan Cofer Mason Folk Korbyn Tarver Creed Riley JoJo McKnight Seven Wilbur Grant Field Nathan Brown John Michael Holcomb Jalen Roland Luke Williams Arturo Tellez Weston Wright Cooper Richardson Oscar Rodriguez Stran McLain

Class 11 9 11 10 11 11 10 11 10 11 12 11 12 12 12 12

Ht 6’0” 5’8” 5’8” 5’7” 5’10” 5’9” 5’10” 5’9” 6’4” 6’1” 5’11” 6’0” 5’10” 6’0” 5’10” 5’11”

Wt 185 150 145 140 150 145 150 150 175 180 160 180 170 175 170 180

Position RB/LB QB/LB WR/DB WR/DB RB/LB WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB TE/DB WR/DB QB/DB WR/DB TE/LB WR/DB RB/LB RB/LB

No. 44 50 51 53 54 55 60 64 65 67 69 71 72 73 77 79

NAME Trey Tillman Guy Linville Colton Inman Trevor Roberson Andrew Self Dylan Stephens Adrian Orozco Rowdy Duncan Cesar Olvera Presley Ridley Parker O’Rear Jesus Montelongo Issac Valdez Jose Tellez Drake Welch Keith Roberson

CLASS 10 11 11 11 10 11 10 10 12 12 10 11 12 10 12 10

HT 5’10” 5’10” 5’8” 6’11” 6’2” 5’10” 5’10” 5’10” 5’11” 5’10” 5’6” 5’11” 5’11” 5’9” 6’4” 5’8”

WT 145 180 155 334 180 170 170 165 170 170 200 225 195 175 245 345

POSITION OL/LB OL/LB OL/LB OL/DL OL/DE OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL

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2017 Wellington Skyrockets Courtesy photo for The Sun

The 2017 Wellington Skyrockets include from left, front: Cesar Olvera, Luke Williams, Presley Ridley, Oscar Rodriguez, Korbyn Tarver, Nathan Brown, Dylan Stephens; second row: Issac Valdez, Colton Inman, Adrian Orozco, Jalen Roland, Grant Field, Weston Wright, Stran McLain; third row: Rowdy Duncan, Jordan McKnight, Trey Tillman, Guy Linville, Creed Riley, Parker O’Rear, Seven Wilbur; back: Cooper Richardson, Andrew Self, Drake Welch, Trevor Roberson, John Holcomb, Arturo Tellez and Trenton Cofer.

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A smidgen of Wellington’s football history As described by Henry Sullivan in his 77 page typewritten 1998 documentary, “The Way it Was in Collingsworth,” in the section, School Systems of Collingsworth County

Wellington fielded its first football team in 1919. This team was coached by men who learned the game while serving in the U.S. Army during World War I. This early team was simply known as Wellington. Basketball had been played in the schools from the 1910s and the girls team was called the Hornets. It is thought that the school colors of gold and black were selected from the logo of the girls team. In 1928, it was decided that the Wellington Schools needed a name for their teams and the citizenry of the town and school submitted names which they felt were appropriate. The name submitted by a local dentist, Dr. J. Frank Johnson, SKYROCKETS, was chosen and became the logo of the Wellington schools in future years. It was a most symbolic selection for the space age. Gold and black remained the school colors until 1936. The first football field was located at the fairgrounds in the northeast part of Wellington on 1st Street. The gridiron was on ground which had been scalped by a grader and the 10 yard and goal lines marked with lime. The playing surface was native hard dirt. The first basketball court was located on the lots east of the present city hall. In the earliest days the school furnished a few of the uniforms and protective equipment for football. The earliest teams were furnished only pants and jerseys. Players usually played bareheaded with no pads. Later they furnished their own shoes made from work shoes to which had been added leather cleats. It was not until 1930 that the school began furnishing helmets and shoulder pads. Boils and athletic feet were rampant because of the lack of cleanliness in the locker rooms. If jerseys and other necessary equipment were ever washed, it was done by the players in the showers. See HISTORY Page 25

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"Rock Stadium" Powell Field has been replaced with modern facilities but remains Powell Field, named after Lee, Lloyd and Raymond Powell, outstanding Wellington football players in the 1920's. Once constructed in 1931, Skyrockets went through their daily drills with unbridled enthusiasm due to the new facility according to the Sept. 17, 1931 edition of The Wellington Leader Archives. Sixty years later, a ribbon cutting formally opened Wellington Powell Field’s new stadium seating prior to the Skyrockets vs. Mangum Tigers contest Sept. 13, 1991 as reported in the Sept. 12, 1991 Archives.

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In 1931, an ardent fan purchased acreage on land one block south of the property the high school was located on and presented it to the Wellington Independent School District for the purpose of the construction of a football field. The school board decided to name it for the donor but he declined and asked that it be named Powell Field to honor three brothers, Lee, Lloyd and Raymond Powell, who had been outstanding players in the mid-1920s. In 1931, because two other towns in the district had the same school colors as Wellington, it was decided to change the colors to red and black, the colors used by Texas Tech. The uniforms were red in color with black numerals. The numbers were difficult to read so a new coach, in 1936, persuaded the school board to change the school colors to red and white so that he would know players when they made mistakes on the playing field. Powell Field, when first put into use, had no bleachers for the spectators and only cables running 10 yards outside the field to prevent their encroachment on the playing

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Coaching staff has Williams’ back By Bev Odom The Red River Sun

WELLINGTON — The Skyrocket coaching staff and duties remain the same for 2017 according to Athletic Director/Head Football Coach Wade Williams. “Wellington has one of the best overall coaching staffs in the state of Texas,” he said. “The five guys on our football staff could very easily be head coaches in other programs. They always have my back. Those guys notice what needs to be done, and they get it done. We better get ready as other schools will be calling. Our girls staff is also one of the best I have been around in my coaching career. They definitely have a passion for what they do.” Wellington added Assistant Coach Kyle Timmons to the staff last year. “Coach Timmons has done a great job learning the ropes here at Wellington,” stated Williams. “I expect good things from him after a good year.” In his 7th year, Timmons is coaching the Skyrocket receivers and defensive secondary. He’ll also coaches the Junior High in addition to High School basketball, track and baseball and teaches world geography at WHS. Joe Jones coaches the Skyrocket defensive line and offensive line. He is in charge of the JV Rockets and helps with the Junior High. He will also coach basketball and track. He teaches social studies at WJHS. Coach Jones came to Wellington first in 2003 through 2005 and returned in 2010. He’s in his ninth year as a Skyrocket coach and his 27th year overall. See COACHING Page 27 Courtesy photo for The Sun

The Wellington Skyrocket Coaching Staff for 2017 remains from left, front: Lee Brandon, Kyle Timmons, Jeff Anderson; back: Mark Montgomery, Wade Williams and Joe Jones.

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Offensive Coordinator Jeff Anderson coaches the Skyrocket quarterbacks and defensive backs. He also help with the JV Rockets and Junior High and serves as the Skyrocket Head Baseball Coach. He teaches science at WJHS along with PE in the Elementary. Coach Anderson came to Wellington in 2008 when Williams arrived and is in his 10th year at Wellington and 11th year as a coach. Mark Montgomery coaches the Skyrocket linebackers and running backs. He will assist with the Junior High and will coach basketball and track too. He teaches math at WJHS. Coach Montgomery joined the Skyrocket staff in 2012 and begins his sixth year at Wellington and 11th year as a coach. Defensive Coordinator Lee Brandon coaches the Skyrocket receivers. He will also help with the Junior High. He leads the strength and conditioning and will also be the Head Track Coach. He teaches history, government and economics at WHS. In his fifth year at Wellington, Coach Brandon moved here in 2013 and is in his 11th year coaching. Longtime Manager Mike Burkhalter continues in his support role for the Skyrockets. So get ready, fans, for a fantastic 2017 Skyrocket performance from not only the players but the coaching staff as well. Staying active is an important part each day for every resident at WELLINGTON CARE CENTER. We offer daily exercise, crafts, games and music activities for our residents Local Talent welcome! Please call us today to come in and share your talent with our residents and staff

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Cyclones ready to defend title

By Ginger Wilson The Red River Sun MEMPHIS — In a stunning upset last season in Wellington, the Memphis Cyclones shocked the district with their 22-15 win over the Rockets. The Cyclones will have to replace seven offensive starters on a team who made it to the area round, but return seven starters on a stingy defense who only gave up an average of 13.2 points in district play. Memphis will have to focus on pre-district before their clash with Wellington on October 13 in a game which will likely once again decide the district champion.

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bulk of their starters, but will be looking for a signal caller to lead this year’s team. The defense will be anchored by defensive lineman Francisco Saenz (5’11, 285) who was one of the best defenders in the district last season. Saenz lauded 71 tackles and could pose a threat to the Cyclones young offense. Look for running back Zane Gunter (5’8, 170) to be the go-to on offense. OLTON Mascot: Mustangs Colors: Blue and White Head Coach: Ross Lassiter Returners: seven offensive; six defensive Last Year: 54-12 Memphis District: 2-2A DI 2016 Record: 2-8 (0-5 district) Playoffs: None — The Wheeler Mustangs come to town on September 9 and will be under the direction of a new coach this season, as well as looking to fill the majority of their starter positions on both offense and defense. The Cyclones ran all over the Mustangs last season and could take advantage of a team under a new system. The Mustangs will take advantage of a talented athlete in Gustavo Andrade (5’11, 170) and move him to the quar-

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terback position from receiver. Experience on the line should make the transition easier for Andrade, but Wheeler will have to try and find a way exact revenge for last season’s loss on the Cyclones home turf. WHEELER Mascot: Mustangs Colors: Black and Gold Head Coach: Returners: three offensive; four defensive Last Year: 44-8 Memphis District: 1-2A DII 2016 Record: 7-5 (4-1 district) Playoffs: Area finalist — The Cyclones travel to Shamrock for a rare Saturday game on September 17. The Shamrock Irish were winless heading into district last season, but managed to pick up two district wins for a playoff spot. The Irish return all but three on offense and six on defense. The bright spot for Shamrock is the return of their running back, Eckx Williams (5’9, 160) whose quickness and experience could help the Irish fare better in pre-district play. See CYCLONES Page 35

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SHAMROCK Mascot: Fighting Irish Colors: Green and White Head Coach: Jody Guy Returners: eight offensive; five defensive Last Year: 42-13 Memphis District: 1-2A DII 2016 Record: 2-9 (2-3 district) Playoffs: Bi-district finalist — On September 22, the Cyclones travel 60 miles east to face the Quanah Indians. After two seasons under David Fambrough, the Indians could be hitting their stride, especially with the return of nine offensive starters, including quarterback Mattew Day (6’, 190) and receiver Tyler Fambrough (6’3, 175). Fambrough will rely on experience with his squad this season, which is fairly experienced on defense as well in returning linebackers Trey Gomez (5’11, 230) and Ryan Alazin (5’9, 220). The Cyclones have a short road trip, but cannot overlook the Indians this sesaon. QUANAH Mascot: Indians Colors: Black and Gold Head Coach: David Fambrough Returners: nine offensive; six defensive Last Year: 34-14 Memphis

District: 7-2A DII 2016 Record: 3-8 (2-4 district) Playoffs: Bi-district finalist — On September 29, the Cyclones face the Abernathy Antelopes. The Cyclones only regular season loss last season came at the hands of the Abernathy Antelopes, who all but crushed the competition on their way to the semi-finals in 2016. Look for the Antelopes to make noise again in 2A DI as they return all but three players on both sides of the ball, including quarterback Bryson Daily (6’1, 190) and defensive back Zachary Ponciano (58’8, 150). Daily is a dangerous player on offense, racking up 2,700 total yards in 2016 and is DCTF’s Preseason Offensive MVP. The Cyclones will have a tough game on their hands at Cyclone Stadium before the open week and will hope to head into the open week without any key injuries. ABERNATHY Mascot: Antelopes Colors: Maroon and White Head Coach: Darrell Daily Returners: eight offensive; eight defensive

Last Year: 26-7 Abernathy District: 2-2A DI 2016 Record: 12-3 (5-0 district) Playoffs: State semi-finalist DCTF Preseason State Rank: 5th 2A DI — You couldn’t ask for a better atmosphere for the opening district game than two teams battling it out for the district championship. Last year, the Cyclones upset the Skyrockets in Wellington to bring home the first district title for Memphis since 1996 and Wellington will be eying revenge for the loss this season. Wellington boasts one of the biggest offensive linemen in the state in Trevor Roberson (6’11, 340) as well as agile quarterback Luke Williams (5’10, 155) who wants to return the title to Wellington his senior season. Receivers Cooper Richardson (6’, 170) and Arturo Tellez (6’1, 175) are dangerous targets and could pose a problem to an off guard Memphis defense. Expect a playoff atmosphere in Memphis come October 13. Winner takes the district.

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— The Lockney Longhorns will host the Cyclones on October 20 and hope to fare better than last year when Memphis handed them a 52-0 loss. Lockney is young in the backfield with the quarterback position up in the air. If the Longhorns can find a suitable fit for that position, it will give receiver Bryson Walker (5’11, 155) an opportunity to snag some passes and find the end zone. The Longhorns will have to seal up their defense or the Cyclones will take advantage of it and put points on the board.

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On October 27, the Cyclones will face the Crosbyton Chiefs, who could be a dark horse for the district title. Although Crosbyton is picked to finish fourth in district 2-2A DII, anything can happen on any given Friday night. The Chief ’s biggest threat is running back Tim Childers (5’10, 180) who earned All-State honors for his perforce in 2016. Childers rushed for 2,692 yards and recorded 41 touchdowns on a team that was booted in the area round. The Chiefs return a solid defense as well with the likes of defensive back Roman Rendon, defensive lineman Maurice Carr (6’1, 180) and linebacker J.J. Vasquez who lauded 76 tackles last year. With nine returners on both sides of the ball, Crosbyton could be the surprise team of the season in the district and should

CROSBYTON Mascot: Chiefs Colors: Red and White Head Coach: Colby Huseman Returners: nine offensive; nine defensive Last Year: 52-25 Memphis District: 2-2A DII 2016 Record: 6-6 (2-3 district) Playoffs: Area finalist — On November 3, Memphis will make the short trip west to face the Clarendon Broncos. The Broncos were the team to beat last season heading into district play with a perfect record, but settled for a third place finish after losses to Memphis and Wellington. The Broncos will have to replace several key players on both sides of the ball, but return two of their biggest weapons at running back and quarterback. Daquawne Oliver (5’9, 170) returns in the backfield and can be gone in a few steps. Damarjae Cortez (5’6, 130) leads the offense again this year and can run the ball just as good as he can throw it. Last season, Cortez put up 1,578 total yards along with 18 touchdowns. Replacing the likes of Seth Greer won’t be easy for the Broncos on the line, but if their offensive and defensive lines can gel by the time district rolls around, they could make for an interesting race in 2-2A DII. CLARENDON

Mascot: Broncos Colors: Maroon and White Head Coach: Clint Conklin Returners: five offensive; five defensive Last Year: 30-14 District: 2-2A DII 2016 Record: 8-3 (3-2 district) Playoffs: Bi-district finalist — November 10, the Cyclones play their final district game of the season against Ralls. The Ralls Jackrabbits struggled last season, going winless in district play. This season, the Jackrabbits return quite a bit of experience and will hope to use that to their advantage. Lineman Pedro Villarreal (5’7, 190) is the Jackrabbits strongest returner and Ralls will look to him to be a leader on and off the field. Ralls has to find a quarterback who can run the offense as well as someone to get the ball in the end zone. Without a solid backfield, Ralls will likely find themselves once again at the bottom of the district race in 2017. RALLS Mascot: Jackrabbits Colors: Maroon and White Head Coach: Kevin Sherrill Returners: seven offensive; seven defensive Last Year: 37-12 District: 2-2A DII 2016 Record: 2-8 (0-5 district) Playoffs: None

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Cyclone offense to have new look By Ginger Wilson The Red River Sun

MEMPHIS — The Cyclones may have taken a hit on offense with the loss of seven starters, but head coach Brad Woods is utilizing the talent he has to fill key roles. The most notable change on offense is at the quarterback position where receiver Clifford Byrd (6’, 170) has been named the signal caller. One of Byrd’s strong suits is his speed and overall athleticism. Left-handed quarterbacks are uncommon, but Byrd has shown great promise in his new role with the Cyclones. “I think Clifford is going to be a really good fit for our new style of offense,” said Woods. “He can do whatever we ask of him and we have high hopes for Clifford.” Replacing all-time leading rusher David Dickson could be Andrew Alexander (6’, 190) or Tim Anderson (5’11, 165), both who had successful seasons in 2016.

“Andrew will see a lot of time at running back and we will lean on Tim a lot, too,” stated Woods. Woods plan is to change up the offense to play to their strengths, which is size and strength on the offensive line. “We will be a heavy run team this year,” he said. “We are big and strong up front and we will use that to our advantage.” The Cyclones will not give up the pass, as Woods feels confident Byrd will be effective on sprint outs and bootlegs. “We’d love to hold the ball for five to seven minutes at a time and I feel we have the players in place to do that.” Woods said the offseason was good for his team, with several athletes taking advantage of the summer workout program. “Our kids have a great attitude and that has shown in their participation in our summer program,” he said. “It’s been the best since I’ve been here.”

When asked what he felt like being ranked 15th in the pre-season poll, Woods said, “Once you line up and play, polls don’t really matter.” He continued saying, “It’s nice to be recognized, but we still have to go out and work hard every practice and game.” Woods knows repeating as the district champion will be a task in the Cyclones’ district. “Wellington has tradition and Wade (Williams) is a great coach,” he said. “You cannot buy what tradition gives you. They are well coached.” Woods said the game between the Cyclones and Rockets last year came down to special teams. “We were fortunate to get two special team scores and when Memphis and Wellington play, you can guarantee it will always be a playoff type atmosphere.” The rest of the district will be under new head coaches, with Clarendon head coach Clint Conklin Wood’s former assistant.

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Cyclones return stout defense By Ginger Wilson The Red River Sun

MEMPHIS — The Memphis Cyclones enter the 2017 campaign on a high note after winning the first district championship in 20 years. Although the Cyclones face replacing key positions on offense, their defense returns seven starters with experience, size and speed. “We have seven of our guys back and should be good, if not better than we were last year,” said head coach Brad Woods.

The Cyclones run a five man front and have several all-state potentials returning from a defense who only allowed an average of 13.2 points per game, are linebacker Andrew Alexander (6’, 190) and defensive lineman Broaddrick Logan (5’11, 270). Alexander recorded 110 tackles last year while Logan picked up 73 and 18 sacks. Look for the duo to once again provide the Cyclones with momentum on defense. “Andrew and Broaddrick have done everything we’ve asked of them and more,” Woods said. “I believe we have several guys who have all-state potential and am looking

forward to seeing what they do for us.” DaRay Odhams (6’2, 170) returns for the Cyclones after a good season in 2016 at the linebacker position. “We didn’t get DaRay until mid-season and his first game was versus Wellington. We were very impressed with him and expect him to have a good season.” Other defensive players to keep your eye on this season for the Cyclones include linebacker Matthew Haase (6’, 220), cornerback Victor Garcia (5’9, 160), lineman Randy Cox (6’2, 215), back Tim Anderson (5’11, 165), lineman Steven Miller and linebacker Oscar Adame.

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The 2017 Memphis Cyclone Captains, as selected by the team include from left, kneeling: Victor Garcia, Steven Miller; back: Broaddrick Logan, Randy Cox and Clifford Byrd Jr.

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The 2017 Memphis Cyclone coaching staff is from left, David Jurado, Kevin Alexander, Head Coach and Athletic Director Brad Woods, Jared Casas and Matthew Nix.

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Name Ben Gonzalez Clifford Byrd Jax Ferrel Victor Garcia Cruz Torres Genaro Ceniceros Christian Lockhart DaRay Odhams DeOtis Richardson Tim Anderson Randy Cox Oscar Adame Andrew Alexander Lupe Zuniga Matthew Haase Miguel Zuniga Wesley Pate

Ht. 5’11 5’10 5’10 5’7 5’4 6’0 5’9 6’2 5’9 5”8 6’2 5’7 5’11 5’10 5’11 5’8 6’1

Wt. 155 150 165 150 125 160 150 178 145 175 220 150 185 240 218 180 165

Class 11 12 9 12 11 9 9 12 12 10 11 10 11 10 12 9 10

Pos. WR/DB WR/DB RB/LB WR/DB WR/DB QB/LB RB/DB DB/WR WR/DB RB/DB RB/LB WR/ RB/LB OL/DL OL/LB OL/DL OL/LB

No. 55 56 56 58 60 64 65 66 68 70 72 77 78 79 80 99

Name Marcus Hicks Coy Laury Isaac Zamora Broaddrick Logan Jace Bristol Ernie Arras Will Montgomery Matthew Miller Fabian Rodriguez Ronnie Martinez Ben Koepke Jadan Sexton Javan Valle Logan Deatherage Casen Morris Steven Miller

Ht. 6’3 5’10 5’8 5’9 5’11 5’8 5’6 5’11 5’10 5’9 5’10 6’2 5’8 6”2 6’2 6’0

Wt. 370 235 200 245 220 220 160 220 220 180 235 275 245 370 180 225

Class 12 12 9 11 9 10 9 9 11 9 11 10 9 10 9 12

Pos. OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DB OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL TE/LB TE/DL

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Cyclone Football through the years... *Information via Lone Star Football Network

Since 1913 the Memphis Cyclones have played 106 different teams, including four teams from Oklahoma and one team from New Mexico. Most played opponent: Wellington (92 times) Record: 37-52-3 Wellington Largest losing streak to one school: 37-52-3 Team: Wellington Last time played: 2016 Teams who have never beat the Cyclones: Archer City (2-0), Burkburnett (1-0), Clovis, NM. (1-0), Hale Center (3-0), Hedley (3-0), Hooker, Okla. (2-0), Lubbock Christian (2-0), Miami (3-0), O’Donnell (1-0), Oakwood (1-0), Petersburg (1-0), Plainview JV (1-0), Price Catholic (2-0), Ralls (3-0), Rankin (1-0), Rotan (1-0), Sayre, Okla. (4-0), Smyer (2-0), Turkey (6-0), West Texas High (2-0), Wichita Falls City View (2-0), Wichita Falls Notre Dame (1-0) Teams the Cyclones have never beat: Albany (0-1), Borger (0-1), Dalhart (0-1), Elk City, Okla. (0-2), Farwell (0-1), Hamlin (0-1), Hart (0-1), Holliday (0-2), Knox City (0-2), Lamesa (0-1), Morton (0-1), Munday (0-2), New Deal (0-1), Pampa (0-4), Plains (0-1), Post (0-1), Seagraves (0-2), Spur (0-2), Sundown (0-1), Tuscola Jim Ned (0-1), Vernon (0-5)

Record against Red River Sun area: Memphis vs Hollis (8-1-1)

Memphis vs Childress (14-27-1)

Memphis vs Wellington (37-52-3)

Last time played: 2006 Last time played: 1993 Last time played: 2016 Longest win streak: Memphis 1961, 2002, Longest win streak: Childress 1986, 87, Longest win streak: Wellington 1936, 37, 03, 04, 05, 06 88, 89 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49 Largest margin of victory for Memphis: Largest margin of victory for Memphis: Largest margin of victory for Memphis: 1961 (50-6) 1925 (48-0) 1924 (96-0) Largest margin of victory for Hollis: 1948 Largest margin of victory for Childress: Largest margin of victory for Wellington: (33-0) 1969 (59-6) 2009 (68-6)


Away games locale Spearman Merritt Panhandle Amarillo Clarendon

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By the Numbers

1 32 25

The number of district games lost by Childress in a span of 11 years. The only district game Childress lost was in 1974, the only year they didn’t advance to the playoffs in the 70’s.

Number of consecutive district wins by Wellington. The streak began on November 9, 2007 against Shamrock and ended October 17, 2014 versus Canadian.

Number of rushing touchdowns recorded by David Dickson in 2016. Dickson holds the all-time rushing record in Memphis.

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Tigers prepared for 2017 season By Everett Brazil, III The Red River Sun

HOLLIS — The Hollis Tigers hit gold in 2013 with their first football state championship, and are eager to recapture that glory in 2017. Victories are won individually, on the field, however, and the players are working hard each practice and workout session to be prepared for each opponent throughout the season. Head Coach Zach Josey returns for his second season with the Tigers, along with fellow coaches Joe Harbert, Patrick Bronn and Trent Shelby. Josey and the coaching staff are still working to solidify positions, but he has already seen improvements over the previous season. “As a whole, we’ve got a lot of holes to fill, and kids to move around, but the kids are working hard, and we’re looking competitive,” he said. “We’re a lot better off than we were at the same time last year, and a big part of that is me knowing the kids a whole lot better, and knowing their strengths and weaknesses, and part of that is the kids working hard, and summer pride (workouts).” Some of the players are likely finding themselves in a new position this year, but Josey is confident that the movement to those new places could benefit the team. “We’ve had some kids get into different roles. Kids that worked hard and paid their dues, and they knew that time was coming, and it’s come, and they have a chance to contribute to the team,” he said. From a schedule standpoint, the Tigers have played most of the teams in the past, including rivals Wellington Skyrockets and Mangum Tigers. The players are taking the season one game at a time, and are not underestimating their opponents. “We’re not going to take anybody lightly. We have our overall goal of winning District. If you win District, you get a chance to win State Championship,” he said. “We, as coaches, have a new team to prepare for (each week). We try to stay healthy, and try to do our best job to put our kids in a position to win.” They are also looking to bolster the special teams, which can help win games with field goal kicks. “I think, in my opinion, one thing we’re going to have to get a lot better at is special teams. I’ve got faith that the kids will buy into it, like last year, and we’ll be one of the better special teams games,” he said. Josey is confident in the Tigers’ abilities, and is ready to start winning games. “Overall, we feel we’re as competitive as anybody, and our kids take pride, so I look forward to a fun season, and lots of kids getting to play, and more big games. I feel like our kids are ready to go.”

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Hollis Tigers season at a glance Altus Junior Varsity Bulldogs Sept. 1, Away Altus is a 5A school. They run similar offensive plays, so it should be a good battle. Texhoma Red Devils Sept. 2, Home 2016 Record: 3-7 Texoma uses an older offensive strategy, The Single Wing, which isn’t used much anymore. While they didn’t play great defense in 2016, they should still be a tough fight. The game is at home so it will make it easier for the Tigers. Wellington Skyrockets Sept. 15, Away 2016 Record: 13-2 Wellington may be the hardest team of the season. Many players are returning, players who helped the team to the Semi Finals last season, so it should be a fight.

Hinton Comets Sept. 22, Home 2016 Record: 2-8 First District game. They have good offensive linemen, but they are a younger team, so it will be interesting to see how they stand against Hollis. Sayre Eagles Oct. 6, Home 2016 Record: 0-10 The Eagles have a new coach, which could mean new offensive and defensive systems. They also are younger, but a lot of the players have quite a bit of talent this year, making them a better team over 2016. Merritt Oilers

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2016 Record: 4-7 Many players graduated, but the quarterback and several linemen and a running back are returning. They are young as well, but it could be a struggle.

Cordell Blue Devils Oct. 19, Home 2016 Record: 8-4 Like Merritt, many good players graduated, but many returning players also have a lot of talent. Over the past few years, Cordell has been a contender against Hollis, and it may be again this year, especially for District Championship. Watonga Eagles

Oct. 27, Home 2016 Record: 9-3 The team graduated several important players, including the quarter back, four receivers and two running backs. However, several big players are returning, including offensive linemen and running backs. Even with a new coach, they could still be a contender for District Championship if they players step up.

Mangum Tigers Nov. 3, Away 2016 Record: 6-4 Mangum has historically been Hollis’ biggest rival in Oklahoma, a rivalry that culminates in the winning team taking home the Mayor’s Trophy. While Hollis has taken home the Trophy for several years, Mangum could take it this year, especially as they are hyped to win District. They have a returning quarter back, and several new players from Hobart and Tipton. It could be a HollisMangum battle for District Championship.

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Tigers to focus on passing game for 2017 By Everett Brazil, III The Red River Sun

HOLLIS — The offense is one of the most important parts of the game, as it is where touchdowns are scored for the team. The Tigers were working to bolster the offense for 2017, including putting more emphasis on passing, in an effort to win games. “Offensively, we’ve got to get a little more consistency. We’ve got to get more consistency up front, and that consistency comes from practice, and playing games. It

happens when guys will come together more as a group,” said Coach Zach Josey. The 2016 season played more running plays, especially with Erick Ruiz, who scored many touchdowns as a starter. But he also excelled as a quarterback in the second-string team, leading the coaches to place him up front as starting quarterback. Other players will also see more passing time, including Jamal Byrd, as wide receiver. “This year, we may not be as explosive as we were last year, and sometimes, we’re putting more emphasis on the passing game,” he said.

Josey sees a few weaknesses going into the season, but they should easily be able to overcome them. “We’re a little low at depth on offense. We’re waiting for kids to step up and fill some (positions),” he said. They feel, however, they will be able to overcome those weaknesses to have a strong offensive to score touchdowns. “I feel running game, passing game that kind of depends on what the other team is doing. We want to get the ball in the players’ hands, and (let them) do what they do,” he said.

Tigers to play strong defense in 2017 By Everett Brazil, III The Red River Sun

HOLLIS — Games are won with touchdowns, which is why it’s important to have good passing and running plays in the book. Defense also plays a highly important role as strong players prevent the opponents from scoring, leading the Tiger coaching staff to put a strong emphasis on defense for the 2017 season. Head Coach Zach Josey has always promoted good defense on his teams. “Everywhere I’ve ever been, we will rely on our defense to get us to where we want to go,” he said. “Offensively, we want to be efficient, we want to score, but we rely on our defense to

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change field positions.” Josey saw great defense for 2016, which tremendously helped them not just through playoffs, but also win big games during district games. “Last year, the defense stepped up big. We didn’t want to get in a shootout, we didn’t want to beat someone 50-49. We want to be a mistake-free team,” he said. Josey sees limited weakness with the defense, primarily players in an unfamiliar position, having to learn to play in a new spot, and as they overcome it, they should be in a strong defensive position to help win games. “The only real weakness I see on defense right now is kids adjusting to new positions, but I feel as they get more experienced, those things will clear themselves up,” he said.

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2017 Hollis Tiger Roster No. 1 9 10 11 12 13 20 21 22 23 24 27 33 34 50 51 52

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No. 55 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 70 71 72 75 79 80 81 82

Name Caleb Garrett Ray Hernandez A.J. Goodwin Jesse Espinoza Zane Gray Austin Sampier Tyrell Johnson Moses Reyes A.J. Vasquez Lorenzo Salinas Mark Baeza Cooper Scott Amadis Williams Zayne Jimenez Xavier Ingram Christian Orona

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Hollis Tiger Cheerleaders

Ashley Robinson for The Sun

The 2017-2018 Hollis Tigers Cheerleaders. Front row left, Hadli Shelby, Mia Reyes and Mikal Macias. Middle row, Jaqueline Salgado, Jasmine Hale, Kenzie Horton and Jasmine Orona. Back row, Sierra Salizar, Harlie Whisenant, Kendi Faulks, Madison Rollins and Taylor Robinson.

We support you all the way

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Hollis Tigers

We support our Champion

Hollis Tigers 580-688-3586 • 302 W Broadway, Hollis Okla.

We Love Our Tigers! Broadway Mini Stop 917 W. Broadway Hollis, Ok

Robinson Agency Insurance & Tag Office Be fierce!

Go get ‘em, Tigers! Hollis Livestock Commission (580) 688-9213 will be closed


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We proudly support our Hollis Tigers!! Harmon County Farm Bureau Kerrick Hunter, Agent Shelby Monroe, CSR 200 W. Broadway 580-688-3381

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HOLLIS TIGERS


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Hollis TigerS in action!

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Go TIGERS! You’re

We support the Fighting Hollis Tigers!

#1 Robinson Agency

Insurance & Tag Office 511 E. Broadway • Hollis, OK


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Go Tigers, Go!

Proud to support the

Hollis Tigers! Heflin Cabinet Shop 117 E. Broadway • Hollis • (940) 537-1031

Have Another Great Season

TIGERS! Mot ley Gin, Inc. 218 S. 2nd Street P.O. Box 106 • Hollis, Oklahoma • 580-688-2595

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Rooting for the Tigers!

Shear Design (580) 688-CUTS

Wishing All the Tigers the Best of Luck this Season from the Staff at

Hollis Flowers & Gifts 210 West Broadway–Hollis, OK • 580-688-9225


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Go Tigers, Go!

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We Support the Hollis Tigers Gordy’s Auto Spa Your One Stop, Auto Care Shop! (580) 235-9911

Tear ‘Em up Tigers!! James R Moore, Attorney 202 W. Broadway Street (580) 688-9255

Go Tigers!! We’re behind you all the way!

GO • FIGHT • WIN Tigers

Harmon County Abstract 202 W. Broadway, Hollis OK (580) 688-9255


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ARE YOU REALLY

GOING TO WALK AROUND

TEXAS IN TENNIS SHOES?

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Redeem this coupon for 10% off at the Outlet Store.

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From kickoff to the last second score, we have you covered! Best of luck to all area teams!


Here’s to those who keep the fans on their feet on Friday nights!

The Red River Sun The Floyd County Hesperian-Beacon 888.400.1083 The Post Dispatch The Knox County News-Courier


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Top Notch and football make a great combo! Good luck area teams!

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Wishes area teams the best in 2017! 7769 US 287 Childress 940-937-3693

940-937-8658

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Once a Bobcat, always a Bobcat! Larry Johnson Class of ‘73 Turk Nelson Class of ‘73

Brett Parr Class of ‘72

Best of luck, Bobcats!

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