The Richland Springs Coyotes claimed their 6th straight District Championship this past Friday night by defeating the Rochelle Hornets by a score of 60-14.
This was a much improved and very good Rochelle Hornet team. They should have a lot to be proud of. The Hornets were a determined and focused team that took the Coyotes into the 4th quarter. This was the first time this season that the Coyotes have played in the 4th quarter! This game just might have served as a good wake up call to the Coyotes has they head into the playoffs.
After a scoreless 1st quarter, the Coyotes held onto a slim 16-6 lead at the half. The great halftime adjustments made by the Coyote coaching staff, seemed to make all the difference in the world. The Coyotes reeled off 4 touchdowns’s in the 3rd quarter, and then added two more in the 4th quarter. Tyler Ethridge completed 10 of 13 passes for 272 yards and three touchdowns. Tyler's touchdown passing record now stands at 211 for his career. Tyler also had a great game rushing the ball. He rushed 13 times for 123 yards which included three touchdown runs from 2, 21, and 36 yards out. Mark Williams was the leading receiver for the Coyotes by catching 5 passes for a total of 188 yards. That’s a little over 37 yards per catch, not too bad for Mark. Mark caught three touchdown passes from 24, 50, and 59 yards away. The Coyote kicking game was once again superb! This was a great team effort by everyone involved.
Next up the Lometa Hornets. This Lometa team has had a rough year, but they're in the playoffs and that’s what counts. Lometa will enter the game as the District 16 runner-up, behind Calvert. Lometa has a (6-4) record on the year. This Lometa team is a big bunch of boys. The Hornet offensive has been averaging 40 ppg, while their defense has been giving up 38 ppg. The Coyote offense has been unstoppable all year long. They have been averaging 69 ppg and the solid Coyote defense is only surrendering an average of 8 ppg.
The Coyotes must take one game at a time in their quest for their second straight state championship. The slightest stubble now will end their hopes. Game time is 7:30 pm. Cost is $5 per person. Coyotes will be on the home side of Rogan Field.
The Coyotes need your support this Friday night in San Saba. I just might catch some flak about my next comment, but so be it! The Coyote Fan base has seemed very lax and spoiled the past couple of seasons. This past week's game against Rochelle was a great example. When our kids were backed against the wall, they started waving their hands in a upward motion to indicate that they needed the Coyote fans to raise to their feet and get LOUD and show their SUPPORT!! There were only a sprinkle of fans that responded! It was down right embarrassing! The Coyote fan base should be twice as LOUD as any of our opponents! Our players and coaches have performed at their GREATEST level the past few years, so it’s about time the Coyote fans get up and do their part! The Rochelle fans were twice the fans the Coyote fans were this past week!
I challenge every Coyote fan for the rest of the year to get UP and get LOUD! Bring your blue towel to wave, bring your air horn to blow, bring your megaphone to yell through, bring something and get UP and get LOUD for our boys, especially when they are counting on us!!
Remember if you can not make it out to the game, tune your radio to 106.1 FM KBAL or log on to the world wide web at www.kbalradio.com. The very best of luck to our Coyotes as they start their run to state! My Pick: COYOTES - 64, Lometa 6. GO COYOTES GO!