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.

Shad’s – Shootin’ from the hip. Rankings

Shad Kline

10/4/2018

There have been a lot of questions about rankings lately.  Namely the question of “how can the team we beat be ranked higher than we are”.  Well, there are a couple of things that can cause that to happen.  I will try to explain the best that I can.

Injuries.  A team may lose power rating points if they have injuries and do not live up to the spread that their previous power rating gave them.  It would only make sense that if you have an injury or injuries that you are not as good without the player as you would be with him.  This is even more true when that player is a key player.  A prime example of this is Borden County and Union Hill.  Borden County beat Union Hill in week 1.  However, Borden County has since suffered several injuries to key players and are not as good without those players as they were in week 1.  Borden County has started dropping rating points and have found themselves with a lower power rating than Union Hill and therefore are ranked lower than Union Hill.  That’s not to say that Borden County can’t move back up when all of their players get healthy, they can and most likely will do just that.

Inconsistency.  Some teams just are not consistent.  They may play very well one week and then follow the next week with a very bad performance.  This is a common occurrence.  It could be that the previous week was a rivalry game and the boys played to the best of their ability.  On the flip side, maybe the starting spread back broke up with his girlfriend and just didn’t play up to his potential for the game.  The team that best fits this description is Aquilla.  I’m not trying to pick on the Cougars here, but we know what they are capable of and they don’t always show it on the field.  It is very hard to find a teams true power rating if they don’t play with any sort of consistency at all.  I fully expect Aquilla to win over Jonesboro this week, however my ranking system has Jonesboro as the 45 point favorite.  This is causede by several reasons, but one of the biggest ones is Aquilla’s inconsistency on the field.

Inaccuracy.  This one is all on me.  I may have very well had a team completely wrong at the beginning of the season.  The system will eventually take care of it, but rating adjustments are capped by the 45 point rule and will not adjust more than that.  I choose to keep it this way so that a team doesn’t get “bonus” points for running the score up, or lose points for putting in their underclassmen when the game is close to the mercy rule.  I make adjustments to power rating during the off season based on information that I get out of DCTF magazine, calling the coaches or info found on message boards.  I have no doubt that I don’t have ALL of the information needed.  I make a guess based on what I have and let the system correct itself.  It always does.  At the end of the year, the state champion in each League and each division is always sitting at the #1 spot in that division.

Incomplete information.  The rating system is a living document.  It will change weekly.  I like to tell people that the games determine the ratings, not the spreads determine the games.  I’ve had people tell me after a game, “We showed you, you were WRONG”.  I usually let them have their fun with it, but in all actuality, it’s not that I was wrong, it’s that I didn’t have all of the information yet.  The score of a game is information that I need in order to get my rankings and rating more accurate.

The X factor.  I will never have my rating numbers 100% accurate.  How boring would that be anyway.  There will always be a team that wins regardless of how much of an underdog the system has them at.  Who knows what drives these kids on any given Friday?  I sure don’t.  If it were a perfect system, then I would get all of the games right.  I haven’t done it yet, (Well, except when there were very few games, such as semifinals week.), and I don’t expect to.  The X factor is just a part of the game and can bring excitement to the field that maybe some weren’t expecting.  Quite honestly, I don’t want to know the X factor, even if I could.  I want there to always be that “What if?” that can happen on any game any time anywhere.  Keep me on my toes and keep me excited to go to a game!

Rankings are not important.  They provide a platform to compare teams, give the local coffee shops and message boards something to argue over, and maybe sometimes can be used by the coach as a motivational tool.  Other than that, try not to read too much into them.  If you get too caught up in the rankings, you may very well be missing out on the best part of being a sixman fan, and that is the action on the field.  Not every player will be a superstar, but almost every player will have their special moment on that field.  Try not to miss it.

Cowboy’s Week 5 Travels

I rarely write about my travels to and from games, but this is a long, eventful, trip. I’ll mention the games, but this is more about the weekend than the games.
We intended to leave home at 9:00 AM on Friday, but I was called in to work. I made it back home at 11:30, and my wife and daughter still weren’t ready. An hour later, we finally got on the road. I had planned to take photos in every six-man town we passed through, but when you’re running three and a half hours behind schedule, that’s not really possible.
Photos, and shout-outs were done in Trent and Hermleigh, but we had to skip Borden County because we didn’t have time. We arrived in O’Donnell less than an hour before game time- just early enough to talk to the coaches for a few minutes.
I fired up my broadcast just before game time- and got a call from Bishop while I was on air. He was in May to broadcast their game with Zephyr, but cell towers were down so he was having a lot of problems. He managed to get the broadcast started, but less than ten minutes later he lost all service and he had to shut it down.
Things went smoothly for my broadcast of the O’Donnell vs Anton game. The Screamin Eagles got sent home early by Anton, but overall they are young and showed potential. On the other hand, Anton played a good game. The Bulldogs look to be capable of making a decent playoff run.
Saturday morning I was reminded why Allsups isn’t the greatest place to eat supper. We hit the road anyway because we had a four hour drive to Dell City. It seems strange, but the fastest way from O’Donnell Texas to Dell City Texas is through New Mexico.
I need to back up a little. My daughter usually drives a 4×4 pickup. Somewhere between Lamesa and Seminole, she straddled a dead hog- but we were in my wife’s car. Needless to say, that wasn’t a wise choice and the smell made it imperative to find an undercarriage wash in Hobbs NM. Luckily, we have friends there and they directed us to a good carwash. After visiting with our friends for a few minutes, we got back on the road.
After a few stops to take senior photos of my daughter, and one for my wife to pee in a concrete teepee, we rounded Guadalupe Peak and turned back North towards Dell City.
Dell City’s field isn’t fancy, but I’ve never seen a prettier background. When looking across the field from the home side, you can see Guadalupe Peak. The excitement of a game, and the peacefulness of the mountains is an interesting combination.
We received a very warm welcome from the home team players and coaches- and they gave me a helmet signed by the team.
Before the game, I interviewed the team captains. After the interview I told them to give me a show. It took them a while to build momentum, but when they did, they used it to earn a mercy rule win.
Places to stay the night are scarce in that area, so we decided on Odessa. Countless oil field vehicles, drill rigs, and four hours of road time after leaving Dell City, we were finally able to rest for the night.
The trip home on Sunday was reasonably calm. We took photos in Garden City, Sterling City, and Robert Lee. After 1217 miles, 56 hours, two football games, photos at five other schools, and senior photos along the way, we made it home safely.
I love weekends like this.

Crowell Gets By Claude

By Garrett Ross

 

After a promising start to their inaugural sixman campaign, the Claude Mustangs have lost two straight games; Claude (1-2) fell to Crowell (4-1) on the road Friday 36-22.

Crowell relied on the playmaking abilities of senior Michael Reeves to carry them to victory.  Reeves ran for two touchdowns and threw for two touchdowns, while adding an interception on the defensive side of the ball.

“Michael is a gamer, he does a great job for us,” said Crowell head coach Tom McVey.  “He just seems to know when he needs to rush for extra yards or throw the ball.”

The Wildcats held Claude scoreless in the first quarter and they only allowed one Mustang touchdown per quarter for the remainder of the game.

The first two scores of the game came on runs of 14-yards and 1-yard by Reeves, Seth Bearden connected on both PAT attempts.

The Mustangs scored their first touchdown of the game with 7:57 remaining in the second quarter.

Simon Rodriguez would fumble the ball, but his teammate Jakob Weinheimer was able to recover the loose ball for a touchdown; Weinheimer would connect on the PAT.

Crowell was able to get the last score of the first half, when Reeves connected with Russkin Turula on a 22-yard strike with :22 remaining in the second quarter.

Claude would block the Bearden PAT attempt, but they would head into halftime down 22-8.

The Mustangs would close the gap early in the third quarter on a 33-yard touchdown run from Nash Stapp; once again Weinheimer drilled the PAT.

Crowell was able to gather their composure and put together two touchdown drives that extend their lead to 36-16 with 2:55 remaining in the third quarter.

Reeves would hit Colt Gerhardt on a 6-yard touchdown pass and Turula would find the end zone on a 38-yard run.

The Mustangs got the lone touchdown of the fourth quarter, when Weinheimer found Travis Lowry on a 3-yard pass.

Claude will continue their outlaw schedule next week at Higgins (2-3), while Crowell travels to Bryson (2-3) for their final non-district game, both games begin at 7:30pm Friday.