Merle Anthony Avenue a great idea

I’m on board with the unofficial campaign for Merle Anthony Avenue. One reader proposed it in the “Letters to the Editor” section of our paper on Sunday, and I think his idea is a good one. Being the old fart that I am, I have been fortunate enough to actually be friends with some of…

No McCoy-Shipley rematch

Just got to Bearcats Stadium in Aledo, and we’re about 10 minutes until gametime. And we just got word Wimberley knocked Brownwood out of the playoffs, 24-17. So if Graham wins tonight, they’ll be playing Wimberley. I think Steers fans were really looking forward to avenging their only loss of the season. Too bad it…

This week's playoff predictions

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. After this weekend, we’ll be at the midway point of the playoffs, and it’ll be interesting to see which teams we have left. Want to know one trait that every team has right now. Great QB play. Our area’s best three quarterbacks this year have been Graham’s Case McCoy,…

Send “Sack Zach” picks to my email

I guess our web guy who puts up the weekly matchups is out of town this week. Maybe he’ll be back by Friday and the Week 14 games will go up then, but I have no idea. So — and I know this is a pain — but just email me your picks to duncanz@timesrecordnews.com.…

WOW! Bushland QB to miss Henrietta game

There I was looking up for stuff about Bushland and discovered this article on the Amarillo Globe-News website. Sounds like Sawyer Cornelius is going to miss the game this Saturday. He hurt a tendon on his non-throwing hand on Monday and had surgury Tuesday. Huge blow for the Falcons, who still are a very,very good…

Unreal weekend

As a teenager, my favorite movie was Chris Farley’s “Tommy Boy.” So it’s only fitting I use a quote from that move to describe my Saturday. “I swear I’ve seen a lot of stuff in my life, but that… was… AWESOME.” Where to begin? The madness that occurred late in the Henrietta game? Or how…

Quick thoughts from Thursday/Friday's games

I’m checking in from a Fairfield Inn in Abilene, where I and fellow TRN sportswriter Andy Newberry covered football games in the area last night. But we’ll soon be leaving for Mineral Wells to watch 11-0 Henrietta play Comanche. After that, I’ll be busting it back to Abilene with KFDX photographer Ben Coker to see…

Second-round playoff matchups

It’s the second week of the playoffs, although several teams will be making their postseason debuts. And I can see a lot of these games going either way. Which is how the playoffs should be, right? Here’s my thought’s on this week’s schedule:

The Cowboys don’t suck; they just sucked yesterday

I had only been here at work about three minutes this morning when I heard a woman in the classified department declare: “The Cowboys suck!: And then the woman whom she was talking to replied: “I turned it off.” Hello, Monday morning. Knees are jerking all over the place. No, the Cowboys don’t suck. Only…

I was pretty much right on the money

I should have purchased a lotto ticket over the weekend. Go back and read my bi-district playoff predictions blog. I’m pretty good about being wrong much of the time (especially in arguments with the wife, or so I’m told), but not last weekend. In every game, I was right on the money. If anything, I…

Jacksooner wins "Sack Zach"

Four people had perfect 5-0 records this first weekend of the playoffs. And based on the tiebreaker, I would have won the T-shirt. But Jacksooner was the next closest on the point-total tiebreaker, so we’ll declare him the winner. So Jacksooner, e-mail me at duncanz@timesrecordnews.com so we can get you a “Football Freak” T-shirt. Here…

Jacksooner wins “Sack Zach”

Four people had perfect 5-0 records this first weekend of the playoffs. And based on the tiebreaker, I would have won the T-shirt. But Jacksooner was the next closest on the point-total tiebreaker, so we’ll declare him the winner. So Jacksooner, e-mail me at duncanz@timesrecordnews.com so we can get you a “Football Freak” T-shirt. Here…

Bi-district playoff predictions

Last postseason wasn’t a good one for 5-2A. They were swept by 6-2A. Two of the outcomes weren’t surprising — Clyde and Cisco were ranked and they beat Bowie and Henrietta, although the Jackrabbits and Bearcats didn’t go down without a fight. The real stunner was district champ Holliday falling to third-place Merkel. Before I…

PigskinPrep's playoff predictions

Pigskinprep.com always releases a bracket once the playoffs starts, and forecasts every round based on each team’s current rating. Obviously, I’m posting this as something that I found interesting. It wouldn’t surprise me a bit if some of our teams go further than expected. So here’s how our area teams are expected to fare, based…