Area football teams will try to build on their success tonight

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

The Nolan County high school football teams outside Sweetwater have not lost a game in four weeks, when Highland and Roscoe both fell in Week 2.
And Highland’s 27-24 defeat came against a county rival, Blackwell, off to a 5-0 start this year. Roscoe lost to Stamford — also 5-0 and currently the No. 9-ranked team in Class 2A.
Highland, 4-1, rebounded from its loss to Blackwell to win its last three games vs. Bronte (54-6), Loraine (49-0) and Robert Lee (62-14) by the 45-point mercy rule. It will go for its fourth consecutive win today when it visits Panther Creek (2-2) at 7:30 p.m. for what is its final non-district game.
Blackwell beat Newcastle (58-12) and Lueders-Avoca (56-8) by the 45-point rule and rallied past Hermleigh 64-35 last Friday. Roscoe, after dropping its first two games to Hawley (21-49) and Stamford (29-53), has rebounded to defeat Miles 41-29 and Munday 12-0 before an open date this past week.
Roscoe plays 4-1 Gruver today at 7 p.m. at Plainview in what will also be its final non-district game and Blackwell will be at home to take on Veribest (2-3) at 7:30 p.m. Blackwell still has one non-district game left after this week.
Roscoe starts district by hosting Hamlin (5-0) on Oct. 12, but before that will be taking on a good Gruver team that advanced to the Class 2A, Division II regional semifinals this past year and so far this season has lost only once, falling to Stinnett West Texas 34-29. Gruver’s wins have come against Texhoma (Okla.), Sunray, Shamrock and Amarillo Highland Park by an average of 44 points.
This week was scheduled originally as an open date, but the game with Gruver was put on the schedule after Roby, which is in Roscoe’s district, cancelled its game with the Plowboys due to low numbers. Roby's district game today with Baird will be its only one against a varsity team; the Lions' other district games will be against JV squads.

Highland's Nolan Montgomery (24) is pictured running in last week's non-district game against Robert Lee.
Photo by Kevin Wright