Cowboy’s Sixshooter 11/14/18

I’m late getting this out, but better late than never.  Someday I’ll get done on a Tuesday afternoon.

 

1. Hay Springs vs Wilcox-Hildreth
7:00 PM Friday November 16
UNK Cope Stadium Kearney, NE

This is the big show in Nebraska.  I never expected either of these teams to be vying for the title, but what do I know?  Both stepped up their game at the right time- proving they are hungry.
The spreads have Hay Springs winning by two, but everyone knows I’m a sucker for the underdogs.  I’ll take Wilcox-Hildreth by 10.

 

2. Arickaree-Woodlin at Kit Carson
1:00 PM Saturday Nov 17

It’s no surprise that Kit Carson is playing in the Colorado semifinals.  They have been at, or near, the top of our Colorado rankings for most of the season.  Arickaree-Woodlin has been in the mix and seems to be peaking at the right time.  By the numbers, Kit Carson is a 16 point favorite but I think that’s a little conservative.
My pick- Kit Carson by 22.

 

3. Ropes vs Grady
7:30 PM Thursday Nov 15 at Borden County

Some people will see this as an unimportant game, but I bet you can’t convince these teams of that.  It is playoff time in Texas, and nobody wants their season to end.
To make things more interesting, Ropes’ power rating is only .02 points higher than Grady’s.  That makes Ropes the favorite by 0.  A neutral field playoff game with a zero point spread- how could you ask for a better matchup?
I’m taking Ropes, but I won’t be surprised if this one goes into overtime.

 

4. Paducah vs Aspermont
7:30 PM Friday Nov 16 at Guthrie

This is another Texas playoff game that could go either way.  Our spreads have Paducah as a two point underdog, but I think they can get the win.  Don’t go to this one if you need to be home early.
My pick- Paducah by 10

 

5. Walnut Springs vs Kopperl
6:30 PM Thursday Nov 16 at Hico

This is the only Texas UIL Division II game this week that expected to be competitive.  Kopperl is a solid team, and possibly more talented, but Walnut Springs has far more playoff experience.  Our numbers have Walnut Springs winning by 5, but I think they’ll win by more than that.
If you can’t make it to this one, you can listen live at http://mixlr.com/sixmania1

 

6. Union Hill vs Coolidge
7:30 PM Friday Nov 16 at Mabank

A huge first round game between top 10 teams in Texas UIL Division I.  #5 Union Hill is a 22 point favorite over #9 Coolidge, but I think it will be closer than that.  Coolidge earned their ranking, so don’t underestimate them.
I believe Union Hill gets the win, but they will have to bring their A game to do it.  Brad Kuza and I will be there to broadcast this one from the sidelines, and Brandi will be working her magic with a camera.  You can listen to the game at
http://mixlr.com/sixmania4

Aquilla Earns Playoff Spot by Defeating Rival

By Garrett Ross

 

What’s better than a high school football game, a rivalry high school football game.

When Aquilla and Abbott met on Friday the two Hill County schools had no love lost.  The rivalry is considered to be the second biggest at the sixman level, behind Strawn and Gordon.

Aquilla (5-5, 3-1) wasted no time in exerting their dominance over Abbott (4-5, 1-3) and defeated the Panthers for the second year in a row 46-0 in their regular season finale.

Jacob Felan broke loose for his second rushing touchdown of the game with 2:46 remaining in the first quarter. The 41-yard run put the Cougars ahead 28-0.

Aquilla was able to set the tone early in the first quarter, when Zack Winder made a 43-yard house call that put the Cougars up 6-0.

Winder and Felan teamed up to secure the victory with 3:40 left before halftime.

Felan found a hole in the Panthers defense and Winder threw him a 15-yard touchdown pass that put Aquilla ahead 46-0.

The victory ended the season for Abbott, but don’t be surprised if the Panthers get revenge next season.

Aquilla was able to secure a playoff berth as district 10-1A DI runner up behind Blum.

The Cougars will take on Newcastle (7-2, 4-0) in bi-district play on Friday.  The game is scheduled for 7:30 pm in Strawn.

Cowboy’s Sixshooter 11/7/18

It’s Championship week in some states, quarter-finals in Colorado and semi-finals in Nebraska.  That’s a great thing for fans, because teams will be playing like it is their last game- because it will be for some.

1. Kansas
Weskan vs Golden Plains
4:00 PM Saturday, Nov 10
Memorial Stadium, Dodge City KS

This is the big dance in Kansas.  Weskan is a one point underdog, but they seem to have been getting better all season.  Golden Plains surprised me by jumping to number one, and that tells me they are hungry.  I’ll take Weskan for the win.
I’m excited to see a Championship game that’s expected to be this close, and when I say “see” I mean it literally.  I’ll be in Dodge City on Saturday.  Bishop Norman will be with me for the broadcast and BrandiLoo and Bookworm will be there taking photos.  You can listen live at http://mixlr.com/sixmania3

2. Kansas
Pawnee Heights vs Ashland
1:00 PM Saturday, Nov 10
Memorial Stadium, Dodge City KS

Have you ever wondered who would win if the semi-final losers faced off?  Kansas fans don’t have to.  The championship game determines first and second places, this game decides third and fourth.
In their fourth game of the season, Pawnee Heights lost to Ashland 67-21.  They have shown immense improvement since then, and will come in to this game as a seven point favorite.  However, seven points isn’t much and on a neutral field anything can happen- but I’m still picking Pawnee Heights to win.
I will be at this one as well, and we will be broadcasting on the link above.

3. New Mexico
Elida at Animas
1:00 PM Saturday, Nov 10

Home field advantage in a championship game?  That seems odd to me, but I’m still learning the ins and outs of six-man outside of Texas.  Regardless of how it appears to me, Animas has earned it.  They have sat at the top of the New Mexico rankings for most of the season, and it’s likely they’ll finish there.
Elida has come on strong in the last few weeks, but I don’t think they can handle Animas.  The last time these teams met, Animas won by 34.  Elida is a 27 point dog this time, and I believe that will be reasonably accurate.
Rodney Ayers will be there taking photos.

4. Wyoming
Farson-Eden vs Burlington
12:00 PM (MT) Friday, Nov 9
War Memorial Stadium Laramie, WY

Burlington was number one in Wyoming for a while this year, then Farson-Eden took over.  They had an epic battle four weeks ago, and Farson came out on top 47-41. In fact, Burlington is the only team that has tested the Pronghorns.
There is a lot more on the line this week- it’s the state title game. Farson-Eden is a 22 point favorite, but they won’t take Burlington lightly.
I spoke with a member of Farson-Eden’s coaching staff, and he had this to say “Burlington is a good team when they are healthy- and they are healthy now.  They aren’t very deep, but they have two kids that are legit and three or four more that can play ball.  When we take care of the ball, great things happen.  We are physical and fast, but we turned the ball over four times the last time we played Burlington.  We can’t afford to make mistakes like that this time.”
I think our spread will be close on this game, and Farson-Eden will go home with the championship trophy.

5. Nebraska
Minatare at Hay Springs
5:00 PM Friday, Nov 9

It’s semi-final week in Nebraska.  Both games look to be great, but we’re predicting this one to be the better of the two.  Minatare’s only loss of the season was a 39-0 trouncing by Hay Springs.  Minatare has improved since then, and this time they are only four point underdogs.  I think they can beat the spread and earn a ticket to the big dance.

6. Colorado
Prairie at Arickaree-Woodlin
1:00 PM Saturday, Nov 10

Prairie is 7-3 for the season, but those losses came against teams that are still in it.  Two of the losses were reasonably close games.  The other was a humbling loss to Stratton-Liberty.
Arickaree-Woodlin is 7-2, and one of those was a loss, with a similar score, to Stratton.  Their other loss was also to a team still in the mix.
Our spreads have Arickaree by thirteen, and I believe they will win, but I’m expecting a closer game than that.

Cowboy’s Sixshooter 10/31/18

Here are six games that I would love to see.  Unfortunately, I can only pick one- if you attend one of the others, I would love to hear your thoughts.

1. Alabama
Victory Christian vs Chilton Christian
7:00 PM Friday Nov, 2 at Clay County Christian

We expect Victory Christian to win by 45 or more- for good reason.  Not only are they are undefeated, they haven’t allowed a single point all season.  Yes, you read that right.  Victory has lived up to their name. Their closest game was a 46-0 win.  They defeated Chilton Christian 55-0 early in the season.
With that said, you’re probably wondering why I’ve included this one.  I have three words to explain it- State Championship Game.
If you can’t attend, you can listen to Shad’s live broadcast at http://mixlr.com/sixmania1
C.J. Kline will be doing interviews and video clips while Bookworm Photography (Rena Parks) will complete our coverage.

2. Kansas
Pawnee Heights at Weskan
3:00 PM Friday Nov, 2

This is a semifinal game with a 10 point spread.  Weskan is favored to win, and they have home field advantage- but the last time they faced Pawnee Heights, they lost.  It was a close game, 39-37, and I expect this one to be similar.  I’m going against the spreads on this one and picking Pawnee Heights.

3. Texas
Milford at Coolidge
7:30 PM Friday Nov, 2

This a huge game. Both are top 10 teams in Division I, and this game will determine first and second place in district.  Milford is a 23 point favorite, but don’t let that turn you away from this game.  Coolidge has the ability to keep it closer than that- and possibly win if they can capitalize on any Milford mistakes.
I think Milford wins it, but it should be a fun game.
Jenson Gainer will be broadcasting this one on http://mixlr.com/sixmania2
I will be doing video clips, and BrandiLoo will provide us with great photos.

4. Nebraska
Harvard at Cody-Kilgore
2:00 PM Friday Nov, 2

Cody-Kilgore kept their Hope’s alive with an upset victory last week.  Unfortunately for them, they will face Nebraska’s #2 team this week.  Harvard has been in the top five most of the season, and I don’t see them losing this week.  Cody-Kilgore is a 23 point dog, but I think they’ll put up a tough fight and may keep it closer than that.

5. New Mexico
Carrizozo at Elida
1:00 PM Saturday Nov, 3

I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a semifinal game with a four point spread- until now. Carrizozo is the favorite, but I don’t believe that can pull it off. I expect Elida to use the home-town support as motivation to win.
Rodney Ayers will be at this one taking photos for us.

6. Texas
May at Gorman
7:30 PM Friday Nov, 2

This one should determine first and second places in Division 1 District 14. May was doing well earlier in the season, but it looks like they peaked too soon. Gorman has been a solid upper mid-level team all year. Our spreads have Gorman by 1, but I think they get a much more decisive victory.

Kade Scott Record Night Ends In Pawnee Heights Victory

By Garrett Ross

 

Rozel- Cheylin sophomore Colton McCarty had a historic night as he lead the way for the Cougars with 12 total touchdowns; however his performance was the second best of the night.

Pawnee Heights senior Kade Scott led the Tigers to a 118-85 victory over Cheylin in the opening round of the playoffs, with 14 total touchdowns and he had two more that were negated by penalties.

When the madness finally came to an end, Scott owned the Kansas State Record for most touchdowns scored in a game, or did he?

The state of Kansas doesn’t consider six-man football a sanctioned sport, so these historic performances will never be acknowledged within the state records.

“Kade shouldn’t be penalized because of the size of school he attends. 11 man, 9 man, 8 man, 6 man, every player wears a helmet, shoulder pads, pants, cleats, and they proudly wear the jersey that says their schools name,” said Pawnee Heights head coach Jeff Chambers. “14 touchdowns by a young man deserves to be recognized.”

“To me, football is football! We are a small community, but it’s like a family here. I wouldn’t trade that for anything.”

The two teams were tied at 19 when the first quarter ended, but Pawnee Heights would lead the remainder of the game.

During the third quarter Pawnee Heights held a 78-59 lead over Cheylin, and Scott and McCarty were putting on a show. Coach Chambers realized he watching something special at that moment.

“It was in the third quarter that I realized we were watching something that hasn’t happened in a long time,” said Chambers. “Kade is a special young man, and I am honored to coach such an amazing athlete. He’s a young man that just plays the game because he loves the game.”

Scott carried the ball 33 times for 501-yards and 11TD. He was 5-7, 50 1TD through the air and he hauled in 4 receptions for 90-yards and 2TD. He also returned a kickoff for a TD.

On the defensive side of the ball, Scott finished the game with 7-solo tackles and 5-assisted tackles.

McCarty carried the ball 29 times for 252-yards and 7TD. He was 15-36, 226 5TD through the air and added 2-solo tackles and 8-assisted tackles and 1INT on defense.

“Kade has been very special to this team for all 3 years, Colton is just a sophomore and is an amazing young man as well,” said Chambers. “Watching both of them play that game was something that just was, I don’t know if I could describe it.”

“Coach Chris Walden (Cheylin HC) and myself were talking after the game and we both agreed that if those two young men were on a team together, Holy Cow what a team that would be. But the next statement was also true, in that Kansas 6- man football has some great kids on every team and they deserve to be recognized for just that!”

Cowboy’s Sixshooter 10/24/18

Playoffs have started in some states.  In others, teams are still fighting for a playoff spot.  Many games mean far more than just a win, or loss, on a team’s record.  Get out there and cheer for a team.  They need to know their efforts have been noticed- even if they don’t make the playoffs.

1. Kansas
Moscow at Golden Plains
6:00 PM Thursday Oct 25

These teams faced off earlier this year, and Golden Plains came out on top 53-25.  They are 12 point favorites in this rematch, but it’s tough to beat a team twice in the same season.
Moscow has only lost two games, by a total of 17 points, since their loss to Golden Plains- and both of those teams are still in it.  I’m taking Moscow by 8.

Note: Kansas has three playoff rounds. Only six teams make it, and two of those get a bye in round 1.

2. Alabama
Chilton at Conecuh Springs
7:00 PM Friday Oct 26

This is the semi-final round in Alabama, and these teams matchup pretty well.  Chilton lost to Conecuh Springs by four earlier this season, but they have improved.  This time Conecuh Springs is a 17 point underdog. I think Chilton can pull it off, but I expect the score to be a lot closer than that.

3. Texas
White Deer at McLean
7:30 PM Friday Oct 26

McLean has been sitting in the top spot of our national rankings for most of this season.  They have earned a mercy rule win in all but one game.  This team is big, strong, and have some speed.
White Deer is at number seven, and they have plenty of speed.  Their only loss was on a wet field and came at the hands of another highly ranked team.
It’s an interesting matchup.  To win, White Deer will have to find a way to get into open field where their speed has an advantage.  That’s going to be a challenge because McLean’s defense is tough.
Our spreads have McLean winning by 45.  I think that’s likely, but I won’t be surprised if White Deer makes this one last four quarters.

4. Colorado
Fleming at Idalia
7:00 PM Friday Oct 26

We have seen a lot of movement in the Colorado rankings this season because of close games between upper level teams.  This one could create more movement. In our state rankings, Fleming is at number four and Idalia is at six.  Only three points separate them, so it’s anybody’s game.  I’m going with the underdog and picking Idalia to win.

5. Nebraska
Cody-Kilgore at Deshler
3:00 PM Friday Oct 26

This is a first round of the Nebraska playoffs, so it’s a huge game for both teams.  Deshler is a 10 point favorite, but I’ll always be a fan of the underdog.  I don’t know enough about either team to justify my pick, but I’m making it anyway.  My gut says Cody-Kilgore gets the win in a very close game.

6. Texas
Amherst at Whitharral
7:30 PM Friday Oct 26

Sixmania spreads show Whitharral as a zero point favorite.  The actual number is 0.07 points.  Basically, these teams are so closely matched that anything can happen.  Whoever comes up short in this one probably won’t make the playoffs.  I’m going to take Whitharral in barn-burner.

Cowboy’s Sixshooter 10/17/18

This is a tough week for fans looking for competitive games.  I’m sure there will be a few upsets and surprises, but most games are likely to be lopsided.

1. New Mexico
Grady-San Jon (3-4) at Floyd (2-4)
3:00 PM Friday Oct 19

Grady-San Jon is the favorite, but only by 0.30 point.  Basically, this should be the best match-up this week.  With an average of 42 points per game, Grady-San Jon has shown that their strength is on the offensive side of the ball.  Unfortunately, they are allowing an average of 60 points per game.
Floyd’s averages are 45 points allowed, but only 26 scored.  At first glance it looks like Floyd should be the underdog, but I looked past the surface.  They have several mutual opponents, and Floyd’s defense has held them to lower scores.  I’m going with the underdog in this one.

2. Texas
O’Donnell at Grady
7:30 PM Friday Oct 19

Some will see this as the game to determine third place in Division I District 6, but it could be more than that.  Winning this game will keep playoff hopes alive.  O’Donnell is a one point favorite, but they play at Grady.  I’m expecting a barn-burner, and mistakes could make the difference.  This is a tough call, but I think Grady will get the win.

3. Colorado
Briggsdale at North Park
1:00 PM Saturday Oct 20

North Park is a four point underdog, but there are things we can’t figure into the spreads.  This game has an important variable that will likely prove our spreads wrong- it’s North Park’s Homecoming.  This should be a fun one to watch.

4. Kansas
Pawnee Heights at Rolla
7:00 PM Friday Oct 19

This isn’t a game to watch if you’re looking for a hard-fought game.  However, Pawnee Heights is the favorite to win it all in Kansas, so it is a game to watch if you want to see one of the best six-man teams in Kansas.

5. Wyoming
Guernsey-Sunrise at HEM
3:00 PM Friday Oct 19

Undefeated HEM is a fourteen point favorite, but Guernsey-Sunrise isn’t a pushover.  The Vikings of Guernsey-Sunrise have only lost two games this season- both losses were to highly ranked teams.  With it being late in the season, both will be hungry for a big win, so fans should be in for an exciting game.  I’ll take HEM in this one.

6. Texas
Wellman-Union at Meadow
7:30 PM Friday Oct 19

Meadow is a three point dog, but they play at home and this game could have playoff implications.  If our rankings are accurate, the winner of this one will likely take second place in district.  That gives both teams a huge reason to win, so this one should be great for fans.  Wellman-Union gets are hard earned win.

Wildcats Outrun Greyhounds in District Game

By Garrett Ross

The spreads aren’t always right, and on Friday they proved to be wrong. Crowell (6-1,1-0) entered district 3 DI play as 8-point underdogs to Knox City (3-4,0-1), but the Wildcats came away with the victory 95-73.

While there were plenty of positives for the Wildcats to point to on film, one area of improvement will stick out and that’s penalties.

Crowell finished the games with nine penalties for 100-yards, while Knox City had just one penalty for 15-yards.

Crowell never trailed in the game and their offense put up 703-yards on 51-plays.

Seth Bearden was phenomenal in the passing attack for the Wildcats.  The sophomore sensation was 14-18, 366-yards and 8-TD’s.

Knox City had plenty of success in the passing games as well.

Abraham Nevarez picked the Wildcats defense apart, but it wasn’t enough to secure the victory.

Nevarez was 18-31, 210-yards, 5TD’s and 2INT’s in the passing game, while carrying the ball 26 times for 217-yards and 4TD’s.

While both defenses struggled to make a stop, it was the keen playmaking ability of Michael Reeves that set the Wildcats apart.

Reeves was able to pick off Nevarez twice to help set up Wildcat scores.  Those two interceptions ultimately won the game for Crowell.

Knox City won the time of possession and the Greyhounds converted 50% of their third and fourth down conversions.

Knox City will be on the road Friday for a district matchup with Northside.  Crowell will have a bye this week.

Cowboy’s Sixshooter- Games to Consider

There are several games that have piqued my interest, but I’ll give you six that you should consider watching if you can.

1. Texas
Bronte at Eden
7:30 PM Friday Oct 12

Eden starts district play as a five point favorite with home field advantage.  Bronte will be looking to redeem themselves for last week’s loss.  This should be a slobber-knocker.

2. Alabama
Clay County Christian at Victory Millbrook
7:00 PM Friday Oct 12

Victory Millbrook is averaging 62 points per game, and they have not been scored on.  Clay County is number two, but they are still 35 point underdogs.  It will be interesting to see if Victory can dominate once again.

3. Colorado
Stratton-Liberty at Arickaree-Woodlin
7:30 PM Friday Oct 12

Another #1 vs #2 battle with a high point spread.  Stratton-Liberty is a 32 point favorite, but they haven’t allowed anyone to stay that close.  Arickaree-Woodlin may be the one team in Colorado that can hold them back.

4. Kansas
Moscow at Pawnee Heights
7:00 PM Friday Oct 12

Moscow is holding on to the #2 spot in Kansas, but they’ll have to work to keep it.  This week they are only eight point favorites over #5 Pawnee Heights.  I expect this one to be a barn-burner as both teams are hungry for the win.

5. Nebraska
South Platte at Creek Valley
7:00 PM Friday Oct 12

Expect a nail-biter with this one. These teams are so evenly matched that there is only a one point spread- in favor of Creek Valley.  However, if either team can find a way to win by 30 or more, it could be enough to propel them into the Nebraska top 10.

6. New Mexico
Vaughn at NM School for the Deaf
3:00 PM Thursday Oct 11

Neither of these teams are highly ranked, but we expect this game to be competitive.  Vaughn is an eleven point favorite, but six-man fans know that isn’t much of a spread in our version of football.  This one is intriguing to me for another reason as well.  I’m curious what type of signal the officials use to call a play dead.  The whistle won’t do it.  If you can help me out with this, please do.

Cowboy’s Sixshooter 10/10/18

Farson-Eden vs Meeteetse
Photo by Darin Scheer

Here are some things going on in the six-man world that I find interesting.

1. A few teams are dominant in their home state.  Stratton-Liberty CO, Victory Millbrook AL, and Farson-Eden WY are all at least 30 power rating points higher than the second place team in their state.  Animas NM and McLean TX are both more than twenty rating points higher than the teams below them.
I would love to see these teams play each other.

2. I’m always wondering how accurate our national rankings are. I know they are pretty close within each state, but what about state versus state?  I think I have finally found a way to answer that question.  I am setting up an event for Labor Day weekend of 2020.  Hopefully, I can get nine or ten games- all being other states vs Texas.  Several teams have been invited, including Farson-Eden WY, Paint Rock TX, Victory Millbrook AL, Jayton TX, Lake Author NM, Powers OR, Gordon TX, Harvard NE, Leakey TX, Pawnee Heights KS, and Borden County TX.  A few have given tentative verbal commitments, but I am still waiting to hear from others.  More teams will be invited soon- from North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, Montana, and Texas, so stay tuned.

3. In Kansas, less than ten rating points separate the number one team from the number five team.  It doesn’t look like anyone will have an easy road to a championship win.

4. Victory Millbrook (Alabama) hasn’t had an opponent good enough to test them this year.  Their coach badly wants to see how good they really are.  I’m not sure it’s a wise choice, but he wants to take on a highly ranked Texas team the weekend of November 10.  Is anyone willing?

5. No one has been talking about Sterling City (Texas), but they are now sitting in the state’s number eight spot.  If the Eagles continue winning, they won’t be flying under the radar much longer.

6. The Harvard Cardinals have worked their way to the top of the Nebraska rankings.  They are only three and a half points ahead of the number two team, but this week’s spreads won’t give anyone the ability to take the top spot away from them.