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Eagles may have a hard time climbing in the poll

The Holliday Eagles may have trouble moving up too fast in the Class 2A rankings this year despite a great start with a win over tradition-rich Windthorst.
The reason is that No. 1 Daingerfield and No. 2 Arp look extremely impressive. I actually made Arp my No. 1 team on my ballot after a 51-7 victory over Omaha Paul Pewitt. Those boys from Omaha can usually play football so a score like that gets a voter's attention.
I try to give our area team's a voice anytime it's reasonable to do so. So my homer vote on Holliday is No. 3 in Class 2A. I just can't go higher than that just yet.
This is what my AP ballot looks like in 2A:
1. Arp; 2. Daingerfield; 3. Holliday; 4. Kirbyville; 5. Refugio; 6. Muleshoe; 7. Bushland; 8. Newton; 9. Altair Rice; 10. Lone Oak.

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Top 2A teams look strong

The Holliday Eagles may have trouble moving up too fast in the Class 2A rankings this year despite a great start with a win over tradition-rich Windthorst.
The reason is that No. 1 Daingerfield and No. 2 Arp look extremely impressive. I actually made Arp my No. 1 team on my ballot after a 51-7 victory over Omaha Paul Pewitt. Those boys from Omaha can usually play football so a score like that gets a voter's attention.
I try to give our area team's a voice anytime it's reasonable to do so. So my homer vote on Holliday is No. 3 in Class 2A. I just can't go higher than that just yet.
This is what my AP ballot looks like in 2A:
1. Arp; 2. Daingerfield; 3. Holliday; 4. Kirbyville; 5. Refugio; 6. Muleshoe; 7. Bushland; 8. Newton; 9. Altair Rice; 10. Lone Oak.

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2007 Playoffs

Who's moving towards a state title

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Munday running backs following blocks of strong offensive line

Zach Duncan/Times Record News
MUNDAY -- An offensive lineman's job is often thankless.
Not every battle in the trenches can be won. Missed assignments are noticed more than sealed blocks.
But the Moguls are thankful for the progression made by their offensive line this season.
Entering Saturday's Class A Division II state title game against Bremond, Munday is 25 yards away from rushing for an astonishing 5,000 yards this season, which calculates to 355 per game.

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Moguls, Tigers share uncanny similarities

Zach Duncan/Times Record News
When Bremond coach Jerry Hamrick discusses his football team, he doesn't spend much time searching for a comparison.
"Looking at Munday on film, it's almost like a mirror image," the 11th-year coach said of his Tigers. "Our offenses are very similar, our defenses are very similar and our talent is very similar."
Indeed, the resemblance between the two schools that will meet Saturday in Stephenville for the Class A Division II title is uncanny.

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Poynor named to APSE All-State first team

Henrietta offensive lineman Trey Poynor was one of five local athletes recognized Monday in the Class 2A Associated Press Sports Editor's all-state teams.
Poynor earned first-team honors for the Bearcats, while teammate Coty Jackson was an honorable mention selection at defensive back.
Holliday's Landrey Lemons (receiver) and Nocona's Brennan Dingler (linebacker) and Remy Stewart (defensive back) also earned honorable mentions for their play in the regular season.

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Eight Class A area players named to AP all-state team

Eight area Class A football players were recognized for stellar regular seasons on Sunday by the Associated Press Sports Editors.
Munday defensive lineman Jonathan Key was the lone first-team selection, and Moguls offensive lineman Junior Reyes was named to the second team, as was Windthorst's Brian Hoff (kicker) and Travis Veitenheimer (defensive lineman).
Honorable mentions included Archer City's Sam Smith (receiver), Quanah's Tevin Mitchell (running back) and Munday's Anason Jones (running back/defensive lineman) and Samuel Nunez (defensive lineman).

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Moguls cruise to state final, 47-0

By Daniel Youngblood, For the Times Record News

Saturday, December 15, 2007

SWEETWATER, Texas - Munday scored seven touchdowns Saturday against Sundown, but a safety would have won the game as the Moguls routed the Roughnecks 47-0 to advance to the Class A Division II state championship game.

Sundown entered the game unbeaten, thanks in large part to an offense that came in averaging more than 38 points per game.

But the Munday defense shut the Roughnecks' run-based offense down completely.

"We definitely respected their offense coming in and we were a little afraid of that running game," Munday coach Patrick Corcoran said. "I really didn't expect to shut them out."

It was clear from the onset that Sundown's game plan was to get running back John Heffley the ball early and often.

But Heffley, who came into the game with more than 1,300 yards, was never able to get untracked. After gaining 11 yards on his first carry, Heffley was held to just 26 on his last 15 touches, and had just two runs longer than three yards in that span.

Munday, meanwhile, had its zone read and option-based offense working to perfection.

Led by senior running back B.J. Dockins, who ran for 204 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries, the Moguls rushed for more than 400 yards.

"Everything starts with the work of our offensive line," Corcoran said. "Those guys did an outstanding job of creating holes for the backs, and our backs had the vision to turn those holes into long gains."

When the game was still in doubt in the first half, quarterback Steven Urbanczyk was effective throwing the ball downfield, completing four of six passes for 103 yards.

With a heavy wind at his back, Urbanczyk helped set up Munday's first touchdown when he found standout running back Anason Jones deep for a 44-yard completion to the 1-yard line.

Later in the quarter, Urbanczyk hit split end Jonathon Key in stride on a 41-yard bomb to the Sundown 31.

But while Munday dominated the stat book in the first half, outgaining the Roughnecks 207-53, the Moguls led by just two scores heading into the break.

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Panthers lose QB, title game to Alto, 22-0

Zach Duncan

Times Record News

MIDLOTHIAN, Texas - Alto's Tarlandus Mitchell rushed for 134 yards on Saturday afternoon and threw two touchdowns.

Seymour's Hayden Holub never had an opportunity to outduel the Yellowjackets' quarterback.

Holub went down with a knee injury in the first quarter of the Class A Division I championship. Despite a stoic effort by the Panthers’ defense, No. 1 Alto pulled away for a 22-0 victory.

It's the Yellowjackets (14-0) second consecutive state championship, running an impressive winning streak to 28 games. Seymour ends its best season in school history at 10-4.

"I'm so thrilled these kids get to experience this," Alto coach Keith Gardner said. "It's great to win, and it's great to be a part of this."

Alto's defense limited to the Panthers to only 25 yards of offense and four first downs as the Panthers looked overmatched without its vibrant quarterback.

Seymour's defense was almost as impressive. Yards were tough to come by for an Alto offense that entered the matchup averaging 47 points a contest.

"There wasn't a play that we didn't give them everything that we had," Seymour coach David Fambrough said. "Our kids did a great job of fighting, and we stayed in the game.

"Our kids are going to play with heart until the last second, regardless of the situation."

Linebacker Ross Peters made several tackles, including three for losses, and was the team's leading rusher with 46 yards. The defensive line of Blake Slaggle, Landon Studer, Cole Martin and Morgan Newbold also helped keep Alto at bay.

Cade Williamson, who replaced Holub at quarterback, never could get in a rhythm, and the blustery wind didn't help. His 18-yard completion to Zack Hardin with 4:06 remaining in the third quarter was Seymour's first first down.

Leading 8-0 at the half, the Yellowjackets put the game away with a pair of second-half touchdowns, both coming off interceptions.

Marcuse Gasaway picked off Williamson and retuned it 27 yards to Seymour's 38-yard line four minutes into the half. That led to Brandon Thacker's 20-yard touchdown pass from Mitchell.

The game-clincher was vintage Alto football, as the Yellowjackets engineered a 14-play, 70-yard drive lasting almost nine minutes and ending with Lance Low's 5-yard touchdown run.

"You want to keep your offense out of the field and move the football," Gardner said. "Our linemen and running backs did a good job of hanging onto the football and being patient and moving the sticks."

Seymour had a chance to draw first blood, when Jon Morgan recovered Gasaway's fumble on the opening kickoff at the 19-yard line.

But Holub was sacked on second and third down, and the Panthers were forced to punt.

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Panthers have one final step

Zach Duncan/Times Record News
Seymour has defied expectations in making the deepest playoff run in school history.
But there's still one important piece of the puzzle left to take care of.
The Panthers (10-3) will be playing for their school's first state title in the Class A Division I championship game at 3 p.m. today in Midlothian.
Standing in their way has been Class A's most successful team the past two years -- No. 1 Alto (13-0). The Yellowjackets are not only the defending state champions, but they also have won 27 consecutive games.

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Moguls know one play could make the difference

Andy Newberry/Times Record News
Sundown and Munday have made big plays all year long. That's evident by their unbeaten records.
The Roughnecks and Moguls have suited up 27 times and won every time -- by a combined score of 1,158-218.
But Munday coach Patrick Corcoran knows that at this time of the year it's the little plays that make all the difference.
And with the credentials of Sundown and Munday, it looks as if a few plays could spell the difference in today's Class A Division II state semifinal matchup at 2 p.m. at the Mustang Bowl in Sweetwater.

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Perfect fit:First-time head coach has Seymour in finals for first time in history

By Zach Duncan

Friday, December 14, 2007

David Fambrough stands in a hallway of the Seymour field house, chatting away on his cell phone.

Immediately after the conversation ends, another call comes in regarding his family's ticket needs for the big game.

Once he slips the phone into his pocket, Fambrough sits down with a media member requesting an interview, one of many he'll gladly grant in the coming days.

Before long, he's addressing his team in the locker room before practice begins.

The week leading up to a state championship game is a whirlwind experience for any high school football coach.

For Fambrough and the town of Seymour, it's almost like a dream.

The Panthers have never played in a championship football game. Fambrough had never been a head coach before.

It's as if the stars aligned on the Baylor County town, providing it with unmatched success and memories that will last a lifetime.

"It hasn't hit me yet, but I'm sure it will at some point," Fambrough said. "It's been a great ride, and I'm having a blast."

The job

The ride began when Seymour Superintendent John Baker chose to look in a different direction for the school's football coach, reassigning Doyle Browning after three seasons at the helm.

Baker hoped a change would provide a spark in the program. Immediately, resumes from across the state poured in.

Among those applicants was Fambrough, who became one of six finalists brought in for formal interviews.

Fambrough had spent the past eight seasons as the offensive coordinator at Pflugerville Connally, but wanted to take the next step in his profession. He interviewed at quite a few schools, but nothing had panned out.

"I wasn't just looking for a job," Fambrough said. "I was looking for the right job and the right fit."

Seymour offered Fambrough the gig, and he dove right in.

"He brought the total package," Baker said. "We felt like we weren't taking a big risk. Growing up in a football program (his father Tom coached at Bridgeport and Keller, among other schools), we knew he knew what he was getting himself into."

Among the qualities that Baker said won him over was the way Fambrough presented himself and a "maturity beyond his years."

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