WESTBROOK â€” It took only one half for Blackwell to defeat Westbrook on Fri-day in its season opener.
Thanks to the 45-point rule, it was over at halftime as Blackwell finished with a convincing 52-0 road win.
The Hornets had 294 total yards on 23 snaps in two quarters of work, as they finished the night with 222 yards rushing and another 72 yards through the air.
For Nolan Countyâ€™s three area football teams, success in their season openers will mean winning on the road.
For two of them â€” Roscoe and Highland â€” it will also be a chance to avenge a loss in their season opener against the same opponent this past year.
Todayâ€™s game at De Leon will also mark the head coaching debut for Roscoeâ€™s Jake Freeman, who returned to his home town after being an assistant at Sweetwater the past four years.
Two perennial Class 4A high school playoff teams make a return appearance at Mustang Bowl Saturday.
El Paso Del Valle and Everman play at 6:30 p.m. in the Bowlâ€™s first game of the year. They were part of the Sammy Baugh Classic last year, playing the finale with Everman winning by a score of 48-10, but will not be in the Classic this year.
Former Sweetwater High School athlete Joe Banyard had a strong performance in his preseason finale for the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night against the Tennessee Titans as the Vikings won 24-23.
Banyard ended the night with a team-high seven re-ceptions for 54 yards, inclu-ding an 11-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter which was his second score of the preseason. In addi-tion, the Vikingsâ€™ running back led the team in rushing as he carried the ball 13 times for 62 yards.
Banyard is trying to make the teamâ€™s 53-player roster to be announced Saturday.
THURSDAY, AUG. 29
Sweetwater freshmen and JV host Eastland at 5 and 6:30 p.m., respectively.
Roscoe JV hosts De Leon, time TBA.
Highland JV hosts Spur, 6 p.m.
Blackwell JV hosts West-brook, 7 p.m.
Sweetwater 7th and 8th grade teams at Snyder at 5 and 6:15 p.m., respectively.
FRIDAY, AUG. 30
Sweetwater varsity plays at Eastland, 7:30 p.m.
Roscoe varsity at De Leon, 7:30 p.m.
Blackwell varsity at West-brook, 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, AUG. 31
Highland varsity vs. Mot-ley County, 8 p.m., Jayton.
The final score was just 23-13 when Sweetwater opened its 2012 season by defeating Eastland at home in Shane Mobleyâ€™s debut as head coach.
But the teams combined for 710 yards, and with Sweetwater having a year to adjust to Mobleyâ€™s spread offense, that number could go higher in Fridayâ€™s season-opening rematch at 7:30 p.m. in Eastland.
After defeating Graham in five games, Sweetwater lost a 3-0 decision Tuesday against Breckenridge in a dual volleyball match that was played at Graham.
Kayla Chowning had sev-en kills, Maddie Berry five and Shaneese Brown, Kensi Chowning and Ziggy Collins four apiece against Graham as Sweetwater won 25-22, 18-25, 25-21, 15-25, 15-9.
But the Lady Mustangs couldnâ€™t stop Breckenridge, which won 25-22, 25-18, 25-17, forcing Sweetwater (7-11) to settle for a split.
Sweetwater High Schoolâ€™s volleyball team plays a dual match at Graham today after splitting its six games at a tournament in San Angelo over the weekend.
Sweetwater (6-10) had just one win in Fridayâ€™s pool play, but got bracket wins Saturday over Odessa High (25-22, 25-11) and Bronte (25-20, 25-15).
Sweetwaterâ€™s Bray Amos has been named as a wide receiver to the All-Big Coun-try preseason Super Team announced Sunday by the Abilene Reporter-News.
The 5-7, 160-pound jun-ior had 50 catches this past season for 652 yards. Sweetwaterâ€™s Isaiah McGee (defensive back), Kaegan Jeffrey (quarterback) and Kaleb Hoover (wide recei-ver) were listed as â€śothers to watchâ€ť by the newspaper, as were two other Nolan County athletes â€” Roscoe linebacker Vincent Pantoja and Blackwell defensive back Mason Magness.
TUESDAY, AUG. 27
Sweetwater freshman, jr varsity and varsity teams play dual matches vs. Breckenridge/Graham at Graham starting at 5 p.m.
THURSDAY, AUG. 29
Sweetwater freshmen will host Eastland (season opener), 5 p.m.
Sweetwater jr varsity will host Eastland (season opener), 6:30 p.m.
Roscoe jr varsity will host De Leon JV (season opener), time TBA.
Highland jr varsity hosts Spur JV (season opener), 6 p.m.
Blackwell jr varsity will host Westbrook (season opener), 7 p.m.