Resident plans to decorate downtown for Christmas

”I just felt like God was telling me to do something.”

That force is what’s driving Sherri Taylor to decorate the streets of downtown Boyd for Christmas this year.

Lighting Up the Town

LIGHTING UP THE TOWN – Sherri Taylor strings Christmas lights in downtown Boyd Monday. Taylor is leading an initiative to decorate the businesses in the city for Christmas and is asking for volunteers to help set up in December. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

“I remember looking around and thinking, ‘Why haven’t we decorated for Christmas in this town in a while? Somebody should do something,'” she recalled. “And then I heard that little voice go off in my head, saying, ‘You know, maybe you should do something.'”

Taylor said that divine spark inspired her to create the “Christmas in Boyd” Facebook page, which she set up as a way to get Boyd businesses involved in decorating their storefronts and donating Christmas decorations. She’s also planned for one business to put on a sale for each of the 12 days leading up to Christmas, and she’s more than halfway there.

The page has 379 “likes” in less than a month, with many Boyd citizens collaborating with one another for decorations.

A tree lighting is scheduled for Dec. 13 at the Boyd Medicine Store, and Taylor is still talking to other businesses along the downtown strip on Texas 114 to see if they want to participate.

“Some stores, like Sonic and Subway, are corporate, so the people that work there are all for it, but we’re still waiting on the corporate approval [for special sales],” Taylor said. “But the mom-and-pop stores are all behind us. It’s really exiting.”

Taylor, a former special education teacher, said she always put off the decision to start Christmas in Boyd because of work. She recently retired and is taking care of her grandchildren, but she said this year was as good as any to get started.

“I just really and truly felt that this year we needed it,” she said. “I believe in Jesus Christ, and I’m not ashamed that I believe in Jesus Christ, and I just felt like we needed to do something to honor Him this year.”

Taylor is quick to point out, though, that the events are for everyone, not just Christians.

“It’s not just for people who go to church; it’s for the entire community,” she said.

Currently, The Home Pot, Rock Island Boutique, Munn’s Ace Hardware, Family Dollar, Southern Delight, Young’s Plumbing and The Movie Store have all pledged to hold special sales during the 12 days of Christmas as part of the event.

To donate Christmas decorations or help with Christmas in Boyd, call Sherri Taylor at 940-577-0600.

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Football: Turnovers sink Yellowjackets in area round

Football: Turnovers sink Yellowjackets in area round

On a wet, sloppy day, in a game delayed three hours by lightning, the Boyd Yellowjackets came in as two-touchdown underdogs to Shallowater Saturday in Abilene.

That’s exactly how it ended, 49-35.

Fatherly Hug

FATHERLY HUG – Boyd assistant coach John Basting gives his son, Jackson, a hug after his final game for the Yellowjackets. The senior wide receiver left it all on the field, making several highlight-reel catches as well as playing defense and nearly breaking a kickoff return. Messenger photo by Kelly Basting

Shallowater scored the first 21 points at Abilene’s Shotwell stadium, but the pesky Yellowjackets refused to go away, battling back behind quarterback Clay Barnett, strong running from Qualynn Wells and some highlight-reel plays by receivers Jackson Basting and Xavier Kyle.

Boyd fans have some highlight-reel plays to remember as they head into the winter.

The Mustangs’ opening drive took 15 plays and ran 7:35 off the clock, ending in a touchdown. Looking up into the rain, Boyd fumbled the ensuing kickoff and four plays later Shallowater was up 14-0 before Boyd’s offense walked onto the field.

The ‘Jackets got two first downs, but came up a yard short on a fourth-down play and the ball went back to Shallowater at the Boyd 46. It took them only two plays to score and it was 21-0 early in the second quarter.

From that point on, Boyd won the game – they just could not dig out of that early hole.

The Yellowjackets’ next drive was an epic 9-minute, 38-second, 22-play affair – including three fourth-down conversions. The long play was a 15-yard pass to Kyle. Barnett scored from four yards out to put Boyd on the board, but Spencer Pellegrini’s PAT kick was blocked.

Pellegrini recovered his own on-side kickofff, however, and the Boyd offense came right back on the field. But on the first play, Barnett’s pass bounced high off the receiver and was picked off – the first of three Shallowater interceptions on the night.

Boyd received the second-half kickoff, but a third-and-seven pass was intercepted by a diving Jake Johnson and the Mustangs took only four plays to make it 28-6.

As they would all night, Boyd battled back, scoring the next two touchdowns. The first came courtesy of some major heroics by senior receiver Jackson Basting.

After a seven-yard completion, officials tacked on 15 for a face mask penalty. Five plays later, on a fourth-and-10 at the Shallowater 42, Barnett launched a deep ball that Basting leaped for. Tipping it away from three defenders, he secured it, then spun and slashed his way into the end zone, dragging tacklers with him.

Barnett hit Judd Smith on the try and it was 28-14.

On the next Shallowater series, a big tackle by Basting helped force a punt and the Yellowjackets quickly launched a 7-play drive that featured an 11-yard run by Barnett, a 35-yard pass to Basting and a 14-yard slash up the middle by Wells.

Barnett scored from the 1 and the extra-point kick was missed.

Shallowater answered quickly, however, as Contreras found big receiver Preston Scaff for 50 yards. Running back Cooper Ogle scored from 7 yards out on the first play of the fourth.

The next Boyd drive faltered, but the defense got a stop and forced another Shallowater punt. Starting at their own 25, Boyd launched an 11-play drive highlighted by passes of 8, 13 and 37 yards to Kyle and a 14-yard completion to Judd Smith.

There were also, of course, two fourth-down conversions, including the scoring play in which Barnett put his head down and plowed defenders into the end zone.

Kyle made a spectacular catch for the two-point conversion, hanging onto the ball even though a vicious clothesline hit left him lying on the turf for a few minutes.

Boyd was back within a touchdown at 35-28 with 3:10 left in the game.

But two key plays, 17 seconds apart, put the game out of reach.

Shallowater fell on a short kickoff at its own 49, and Ogle finally broke free of the pesky Boyd defense for a 51-yard touchdown on the first play. His longest gain prior to that had been 12 yards.

After the Yellowjackets started again from their own 37, Shallowater’s Johnson picked off another Barnett pass and sailed untouched into the end zone. With 2:42 to play, suddenly it was 49-28.

But the Yellowjackets weren’t through.

After a 15-yard penalty on the kickoff for excessive celebration following the pick-six, Boyd’s Basting took a short kickoff and ran it back 30 yards, reversing direction, picking his way behind blockers to the Shallowater 36.

A few plays later, on – what else? – a fourth down, Barnett rolled left then threw back right across the field to Basting, who got to the 7 for a first-and-goal. On the next play, Barnett lofted the ball to Kyle who leaped at the back of the end zone and got his feet down for Boyd’s final touchdown with a minute to play.

Pellegrini’s kick put the final margin on the board.

Statistically, Boyd dominated the game, with 23 first downs to Shallowater’s 17 and 392 total yards to the Mustangs’ 288.

Wells rushed for 120 yards on 28 carries, but most of his yardage came up the middle as Shallowater’s pursuit prevented him from turning the corner and getting out into space.

Barnett’s passing filled the void, however, as he completed 14 of 22 for 222 yards. Basting had four catchs for 105 yards, Kyle had seven catches for 94 yards and Smith caught three balls for 23 yards.

Counting the on-side kick recovery, each side lost a fumble – but the three interceptions proved the critical difference for the Yellowjackets.

Shallowater, with an 11-1 record, moves on in the playoffs, while Boyd finishes its season 5-7.

Looking for Space

LOOKING FOR SPACE – Speedy runner Qualynn Wells looks for an opening in the Shallowater defense Saturday. Wells gained 120 yards, most of it up the middle as the Mustangs worked hard to keep him from turning a corner. Messenger photo by Kelly Basting


Shallowater … 14 … 7 … 7 … 21 … – … 49
Boyd … 0 … 6 … 14 … 15 … – … 35


Shallowater, 4:25, Cooper Ogle 2 run, Sammy Mitchell kick

Shallowater, 2:51, Ogle 4 run, Mitchell kick


Shallowater, 10:59, Jake Johnson 10 run, Mitchell kick

Boyd, 1:21, Clay Barnett 4 run, kick blocked


Shallowater, 9:37, Johnson 16 run, Mitchell kick

Boyd, 6:45, Jackson Basting 42 pass from Barnett, PAT Judd Smith pass from Barnett

Boyd, 2:04, Barnett 1 run, kick failed


Shallowater, 11:56, Ogle 7 run, Mitchell kick

Boyd, 3:10, Barnett 1 run, PAT Xavier Kyle pass from Barnett

Shallowater, 2:59, Ogle 51 run, Mitchell kick

Shallowater, 2:42, Jake Johnson 37 interception return, Mitchell kick

Boyd, 1:00, Kyle 7 pass from Barnett, Pellegrini kick


First Downs … 17 … 23
Rushes/yards … 34/193 … 28/170
Passing yards … 95 … 222
Total yards … 288 … 392
Passes C/A/I … 3/3/0 … 14/22/3
Penalties/yards … 6/65 … 4/20
Punts/avg. … 2/48 … 0-0
Fumbles/lost … 1/1 … 1/1


Rushing: Shallowater, Cooper Ogle, 20/132, 4 TDs; Boyd, Qualynn Wells, 28/120

Passing: Shallowater, Chris Contreras, 3/3/0, 95 yards; Boyd, Clay Barnett, 14/22/3, 222 yards

Receiving: Shallowater, Preston Scaff, 2/59; Boyd, Xavier Kyle, 7/94, TD, Jackson Basting, 4/105, TD

Dragging Him Down

DRAGGING HIM DOWN – Boyd linebacker Reece Jordan latches onto Shallowater ball carrier Cooper Ogle during Saturday’s area-round game in Abilene. Ogle rushed for 132 yards but got 51 of it on one carry late in the game. Messenger photo by Kelly Basting

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Boyd middle school graduates first D.A.R.E. class

Close to 100 Boyd Middle School sixth graders graduated from the district’s first D.A.R.E. program Friday morning.

Making the Right Decision

MAKING THE RIGHT DECISION – Boyd Police Chief Greg Arrington shakes the hand of a sixth grader at the D.A.R.E. graduation Friday at Boyd Middle School. About 100 students were recognized for their completion of the program. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a national initiative started in 1983 as a way to “teach students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives,” according to the group’s website.

It’s a program that Boyd Police Chief Greg Arrington had wanted to bring to his community for a long time.

“I taught D.A.R.E. for 13 years, and I thought it would be a good thing to bring back to the school here,” Arrington said. “Superintendent (Ted) West and I sat down and decided that we needed to get an officer in the classroom, and we started researching things, and all roads led back to D.A.R.E.”

Arrington said the curriculum for the class had changed a lot since he last taught it, and he had to get re-certified to be an instructor.

“The last curriculum mainly focused on [drug] abstinence, like ‘Don’t do this; don’t do that,’ and the new curriculum focuses more on decision-making processes and how to apply that to any aspect of life,” Arrington said.

The decision-making process – Define, Assess, Respond, Evaluate – is something that everyone can use, whether they are deciding whether or not to do drugs or deciding to do something more benign, like choose which school they want to go to, Arrington said,

Members of the Decatur, Rhome, Boyd and Bridgeport police departments attended the ceremony, as did Wise County Sheriff David Walker, Precinct 3 Constable Doug Parr and County Judge J.D. Clark, who gave the commencement speech.

Clarks Choices

CLARK’S CHOICES – Wise County Judge J.D. Clark speaks to a group of D.A.R.E. program graduates Friday about the importance of making the right choices, with illustrations from his own life. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

“One of the biggest freedoms you’ll ever have is the freedom to make your own choices,” Clark told the new D.A.R.E. graduates. “You are defined by the choices that you make.”

After the success of this year’s program, Arrington said he hopes it will continue next year.

“The teachers love it, and the kids love it, so hopefully we can do this again,” he said.

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Boyd dual-credit class prepares students for real world

In Ken Mitchell’s dual-credit environmental biology class, the learning goes beyond the classroom.

Mitchell’s 15 students, who receive four hours of college credit for the class through Weatherford College, spend most of their time doing projects instead of other types of homework.

Caught Up in a Web

CAUGHT UP IN A WEB – Boyd High School seniors Anthony Spinelli, Caitlyn Ray, Richard Brown, Megan Boyd, Chandler Hammon and Christina Civis stand among the food web project their class made for Ken Mitchell’s dual-credit environmental biology class. Other students in the class not pictured are: Skylar Anderson, Cameron Clark, Taylor Pappajohn, Dillon Rose, Sofia Scott, Cailen Smith, Sequoia Smith, Alex Stone and Mason Whitt. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

“There’s three things I feel they should know beyond content and that’s time management, working with others and how to solve a problem,” Mitchell said.

Right now, the students are working on an animal stamp project, where they have one sheet of paper to display information about various endangered species – without using words.

“The only words they’re allowed to have on there is the Latin term for the classification of the animal’s name, and that’s it,” Mitchell said. “It’s forcing them to think outside the box, and it’s amazing what they’re coming up with.”

Thinking outside the box is something Mitchell encourages with his other classes, too – especially when it comes to ways to teach younger children about science, like they did at the STEMania event a few weeks ago.

There, many of his students used rubber gloves and Crisco in an experiment to teach fourth graders about whale blubber.

With examples like that, it’s easy to see how Mitchell’s enthusiasm as a teacher carries over to his students. But, the 11-year Boyd ISD veteran said he didn’t originally set out to mold young minds.

“My dad was a teacher for 34 years, and after seeing what that life was like, I said to myself, ‘I’d never become a teacher,'” Mitchell said.

But a stint teaching grad school geology at Tarleton State University, while he was getting his master’s degree laid the groundwork for a teaching career. After he graduated, Mitchell went to work in environmental science for the engineering firm Carter and Burgess in Fort Worth.

After a while, he said something didn’t feel right.

“Ever since I taught at the college, I kind of felt like that’s what I wanted to do, and so I took a leap of faith and it just went from there,” Mitchell said.

Originally from Springtown, Mitchell knew he wanted to teach in a smaller school district. When he found Boyd, he was instantly hooked. He started at Boyd Middle School in 2003 and spent nine years there before moving to the high school in 2012.

He said his favorite class to teach is the senior dual-credit class because of the different projects they do. His students echo that.

“He’s very enthusiastic – it’s very easy to get enthusiastic when he’s so passionate about his work, and he makes it really easy to be creative and make each project your own,” senior Richard Brown said.

Brown said he doesn’t want to go into a scientific field at all, but Mitchell’s environmental biology class is preparing him in other ways.

“It’s helping me with my GPA and basic college credits, and I like doing all the projects,” Brown said.

Other students, like Megan Boyd, use the class as a way to prepare for future careers. Boyd wants to go into marine biology and oceanography.

“We learn stuff other than the animal kingdom and biology, but I like learning about all of it,” Boyd said. “With other classes, sometimes I have to teach myself, but Mr. Mitchell makes it really easy to understand. He’s fun, but he also knows when to tell us to get to work.”

Mitchell said he enjoys watching his students push themselves to be better.

“I have a lot of perfectionists,” Mitchell said. “They’re harder on themselves than I am. You can say, ‘Hey, good job!’ and they’ll go, ‘No, no, I could’ve done more,’ and so they incorporate that on the next project, and each one gets bigger and better.”

That’s what he hopes will happen with the students’ futures as well – bigger and better.

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Boyd ISD Student Spotlights for Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Boyd Elementary School

Case Etter

Grade: 2nd

Parents: Ronald and Jill Etter

Favorite subject: Reading and math

Activities: Sports, chess and practicing reading and math.

Why this student was chosen: “Case is extremely bright and very mature. He is a great role model for his classmates and always willing to help with anything asked. He is on the UIL chess team and a straight A Honor Roll student.” – Principal Anke Bracey

Boyd Intermediate School

Giselle Patino

Grade: 5th

Parents: Jorge and Susana Patino

Favorite subject: Math

Activities: Drawing and reading

Why this student was chosen: “She is one of the most caring, kind and helpful students. She’s always willing to help other students and is very patient.” – Counselor Brenda Tilson

Boyd Middle School

Erinest Solley

Grade: 7th

Parents: Mother Robin Solley; grandmother Patricia Solley

Favorite subject: Science

Activities: Plays in the Boyd Middle School band, takes care of his rabbits and dogs. He also enjoys skateboarding, writing songs and drawing.

Why this student was chosen: “Erinest is a very respectful and polite young man. He is a pleasure to have on campus.” – Principal James McDonald

Boyd High School

Hannah Walden

Grade: 12th

Parents: Sam and Jennifer Dorsett

Favorite subject: English

Activities: Drum major, National Honor Society and One Act Play. In her spare time, she enjoys baking and reading.

Why this student was chosen: “Hannah is not only a great student at ‘The Boyd High School,’ who strives for excellence every day, she also leads the Green Brigade every Friday night at our football games. Hannah goes above and beyond what is asked of her, and she is a true leader at our school.” – Principal Scott Nedrow

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Football: ‘Jackets look for area title

Playing keep-away on offense and with a stingy defensive effort, the Boyd Yellowjackets claimed their first bi-district title since 2012 Friday night.

The Yellowjackets now get a date at 2 p.m. Saturday in Abilene in the Class 3A Division I Region I area round against District 2-3A champion Shallowater at Shotwell Stadium.

“We’ve got an extra day to practice and prepare,” said Boyd quarterback Clay Barnett. “We’ll be ready to go.”

Barnett and his offensive mates held onto the football most of the night last week in the 33-12 win over Brady. The Yellowjackets rolled up 491 yards, including 458 rushing.

“We executed and played hard,” said Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins. “Justin Milligan stepped in and ran the ball well. A big thing was we ran 20 more plays than they did. In the first half, we had 35 plays to their 16.”

Barnett, who rushed for a team-best 188 yards on 25 carries, gave credit to his offensive line.

“The line blocked really well,” Barnett said.

Defensively, the Yellowjackets held Brady to 292 yards. Sixty of Brady’s yards came on their opening score.

“We had one of our better games defensively,” Hopkins said.

Linebacker Adam Harkness led the Yellowjackets with seven tackles, including two for losses. The Boyd defense also forced a fumble that was recovered by Reece Jordan.

“We had a good week of work and strong focus,” Harkness said. “All of the front seven stepped up and played a solid game on defense.”

The Yellowjackets face a tough challenge in slowing down Shallowater, which beat Friona 42-6 last week.

Shallowater has won six straight since its lone loss to 4A Snyder.

“They are a good team. They were in the old 3A last year and went 13-1 and four rounds deep,” Hopkins said. “They had only one returning defensive starter but have a lot of tradition.”

Shallowater played its final few district games without starting quarterback Chris Contreras, who was out with a hand injury. He returned last week against Friona to rush for 82 yards and throw for a pair of scores.

“We expect he’ll be in Saturday,” Hopkins said.

Harkness knows his unit will need to play well.

“They are very athletic. We’ll need to be able to stop the run as well as we did against Brady,” Harkness said.


2 p.m. at Shotwell Stadium, Abilene

Notable: The Yellowjackets ran for 491 yards last week

Notable: Shallowater stormed past Friona in bi-district 42-6 to reach the area round.

Harris line: Shallowater by 8

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Lunch hour, road could use a little work

Listed below are a couple of my issues with Wise County.

No. 1: Those who work for government offices – city, county, state and federal – are sometimes referred to as “public servants.” But if one needs to go to some of these offices between the hours of noon and 1 p.m., the public is not being served. Some do not even post a sign that they are closed during this hour.

If these offices are there to serve the public and the public is paying their salary, then why can’t the lunch hour be staggered by the employees, so that the office is not closed? Just wondering if someone has the answer as to why everyone has to go to lunch at the same time.

No. 2: Farm Road 718 between Texas 114 and Newark has been improved. There is now a wide shoulder and turn lane and new stripes. Does this road have more traffic than Farm Road 730 between Boyd and Decatur? This road is easily one of the most dangerous in Wise County. There is no shoulder, and it is only re-striped when the stripes are completely gone.

This road has recently been resurfaced, and that’s good. But please, TxDOT (Texas Department of Transportation), widen this road. There is no place to move over to allow emergency vehicles to pass and no place to move to allow faster drivers to safely pass.

Surely FM 730 has at least as much, or more, traffic than FM 718. I challenge anyone to drive FM 730 between Boyd and Decatur, and for a very frightening experience, drive this after dark.

Mary Ann Hunn

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Football: Boyd batters Brady to advance

If they win their next playoff game, the Boyd Yellowjackets can even their season record at 6-6.

But they’re 1-0 in the playoffs, after laying a 33-12 whipping on Brady Friday night in Granbury.

CELEBRATION TIME – Clay Barnett scored two of the Yellowjackets’ touchdowns in Boyd’s playoff win over Brady Friday night. Messenger photo by Kelly Basting

The Yellowjackets (5-6) fought back from behind to take a 10-6 halftime lead, then three minutes into the second half found themselves trailing again, 12-10 to the Bulldogs, who came into the game with an 8-2 record.

Five minutes later, junior quarterback Clay Barnett, who rushed 20 times for 180 yards, took the team on his back and gave Boyd the lead for good.

The big play of the drive was a 40-yard Barnett scamper on a fourth-and-five.

He was forced out of bounds at the Brady 8 and pulled down 5 yards out of bounds, drawing a penalty that put the ball at the 4. On the next play he spun out of a tackle and fell backwards into the end zone.

He ran the two-point conversion in untouched, and it was 18-12.

The next series was pivotal, as Brady came right back.

Quarterback Joe Scott Pace hit big receiver B.J. Hollis for a 45-yard completion as he wrestled the ball away from the defender and made it to the Boyd 25.

Hollis had eight catches for 163 yards.

After a holding penalty set the Bulldogs back, Pace hit Hollis again for eight yards, but he was submarined by Jackson Basting. Pace went to the air again, and Derrick McBee caught a 24-yard pass at the Boyd three, again ripping the ball away from the defender.

But an illegal motion penalty set the Bulldogs back, and a fourth-down pass was caught short of the goal line. Boyd got the ball at its own 2-yard line just after the fourth quarter started.

Two plays later, the Yellowjackets broke the game open. Barnett rushed for 8 yards, then on the next play he pitched the ball to Wells. The speedy runner – who sat out the first half as a disciplinary measure – turned the right corner, pushed away a couple of would-be tacklers and lit the jets. Ninety yards later, Boyd had a 26-12 lead.

Less than three minutes later, Wells had scored again, and the final margin was on the board.

Coach Brandon Hopkins was proud of his team but credited the defense with shutting down a talented Brady squad that brought plenty of big-play potential to the field.

“The defense played great,” he said. “They hit us with a couple of big plays on some passes, but we had a heck of a game on both sides of the ball. The defense really stepped up.”

Hopkins commended the running of Justin Milligan, who had 12 carries for 71 yards in the first half while Wells was on the bench. Milligan pulled up with a hamstring “tweak” late in the half, but the coach said he thought he would probably be available next week.

The coach gets a little grin when asked about his team’s record.

“Of the 10 games we’ve played this year, eight of those teams made the playoffs,” he said. “So we’ve been tested and it definitely paid off for us.

“This is the 12th year in a row we’ve been in the playoffs, and we just stepped up and played a heck of a game.”

He’ll savor it for a little while, then go to work figuring out Shallowater – the ‘Jackets’ next opponent in a game that will likely be played in Vernon.

High Honors

HIGH HONORS – The Boyd Yellowjackets hold their trophy aloft after the first-round playoff win over Brady Friday night. Messenger photo by Kelly Basting


Boyd … 0 … 10 … 8 … … 15-33
Brady … 0 … 6 … 6 … … 0-12


Brady, 10:45 – B.J. Hollis 60 pass from Joe Scott Pace, kick failed

Boyd, 6:06 – Spencer Pellegrini 28 field goal

Boyd, :35 – Clay Barnett 23 run, Pellegrini kick


Brady, 9:18 – Tim Jones 5 run, kick failed

Boyd, 3:50 – Barnett 4 run, Barnett PAT run


Boyd, 11:03 – Qualynn Wells 90 run, Barnett PAT run

Boyd, 8:01 – Wells 1 run, Pellegrini kick


First downs … 20 … 10
rushes-yards … 47-457 … 19-51
C-A-I … 2-11-0 … 15-26-0
Passing yards … 34 … 241
Total yards … 491 … 292
Punts-avg. … 2-18 … 2-37
Fumbles-lost … 2-2 … 3-1
Penalties-yards … 10-101 … 12-78


Rushing: Boyd, Barnett 20-188, Wells 11-163; Brady, Jones, 8-24; Boyd

Passing: Boyd, Barnett 2-11-0, 34 yards; Brady, Pace 15-26-0, 241 yards

Receiving: Boyd, Xavier Kyle, 2-19; Brady, B.J. Hollis 8-163

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Saturday Sports Buffet: Recalling ride to top – Decade later, memories remain fresh

After a 26-20 loss in the second round of the playoffs in 2003, Ian Ritchey and his Boyd teammates watched the Bangs team that ended their season reach the state title game before eventually falling to Garrison.

Rolling Over Opponents

ROLLING OVER OPPONENTS – The 2004 Boyd Yellowjackets steamrolled its non-district opponents 224 points to 74 and outscored district oppoenents by at least 45 points per game. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

“They rolled through the rest of the playoffs until the state championship,” Ritchey recalled. “Their closest game was against us. We looked at what we had coming back and knew we had the talent to be one of the best teams in the state.”

PUCKER UP – 2004 Boyd Yellowjacket quarterback Garrett Tidwell kisses the state championship trophy. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

With those seeds planted, the next fall the Boyd Yellowjackets grew into champions. The Yellowjackets dominated the regular season and rolled through the first four rounds of the playoffs before ending the year with a dramatic win for the school’s second state title and first since 1983.

“It was 21 years between the two. You begin to wonder if it was going to happen again,” said Boyd’s head coach for both titles, J.G. Cartwright.

“On that ’04 team, all the players were really intense. They were a close-knit team.” he said. “They played so confident. They felt all along they were going to win the state and did.”

That was evident from the first whistle of the season as the Yellowjackets won the opener 57-33, piling up 500 yards.

The Yellowjackets outscored their five non-district opponents – Bowie, Venus, Fort Worth Christian, Henrietta and Breckenridge – 224 to 74.

“We thought we had a tough predistrict schedule,” Ritchey said. “Henrietta was a good team, and we beat them. Breckenridge was an undefeated 3A team and we beat them bad. That was one of the other signs that this was a special group.”

The Yellowjackets’ foes in District 9-2A also had little success in slowing down the Boyd train. Boyd scored 45 points or more in every district game and allowed just 27 points in their league with two shutouts.

The Yellowjackets avenged a loss the year before to Jacksboro in the regular season finale with a 47-14 win. Boyd led the game 40-7 at halftime.

Behind quarterback Garrett Tidwell and their strong offensive line, the Yellowjackets continued to roll up big numbers offensively in the playoffs, beating Eastland 51-23, Troy 35-21 and Argyle 55-21.

“When we played Argyle in the third round, we played probably our best game all year,” Ritchey said.

Next up was a rematch with Henrietta, who the Yellowjackets beat 46-7 earlier in the season. After seeing Decatur upset by an Abilene Wylie team it had beat handily earlier in the season, Boyd wasn’t about to take the Bearcats lightly.

But through three quarters, Boyd’s dream season appeared to be coming to an end in the semifinals as Henrietta took a 22-17 lead into the fourth quarter.

“We beat the heck out of them in the preseason and as much as weren’t looking past them, we didn’t play as well as we needed,” Cartwright said. “They played great. We were behind at half and then stepped up a notch.”

Tidwell scored a pair of touchdowns in the final 4:37 to lift Boyd to the 32-22 victory. The first came after Adam Guevara’s interception.

The win put Boyd back into the title game for a second time in five years.

The Yellowjackets had lost to Mart and future University of Texas star Quan Cosby in 1999 in a driving rain.

Going into the state championship against Newton, the Yellowjackets knew they had their work cut out for them.

Boyd was also dealing with mounting injuries. Running back Chase Hall had missed the Henrietta game with a sprained ankle. Ritchey was playing with an injured knee that kept him from practice.

Cartwright admitted they were the walking wounded.

The week of the title game was also filled with strange happenings.

“It had rained quite a bit, and we practiced at Northwest through the playoffs but the week of the title game they had to have their field,” Cartwright said. “Our field was wet and all mud. There wasn’t any place to get any footing.

“There was one play we wanted to run out of the spread with Garrett and Chase. Our last workout, we found a spot where we could go over the play and spent five minutes on it. We then ran that play five or six times for big yardage in the game.”

It was the Boyd defense that faced the big test of slowing down Newton’s potent rushing attack that had more than 4,300 yards.

“We made a few adjustments and went out for our first defensive workout,” Cartwright said. “The plan didn’t look as good as we hoped. We then went back and redid things, and it paid off.”

The two teams fought to a scoreless tie at halftime.

In the second half, Tidwell tossed a 76-yard touchdown pass to Taylor Ponder and later a 27-yarder to Hall. Newton responded to both scores and tied the game at 14 with 8:39 left.

Boyd kicker Pete Lugo broke the tie with a 31-yard field. Ritchey then forced a fumble on the next possession.

“Unfortunately, they got it back one last time,” Ritchey said. “We were just trying to tackle them and keep them inbounds. It was a crazy last two minutes. The clock just can’t move fast enough.”

The Yellowjackets would make that final stop and seal the title.

“It was exciting. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Ritchey said. “It’s something I remember the rest of my life.

“I’ll always remember reaching the small goals, going to practice with my friends. They were more than friends – like brothers.”

Ritchey also got a chance to share the title with his father Phillip Ritchey – a Boyd assistant at the time. His younger brother Bradan was also called up for the playoffs.

Ritchey now coaches linebackers and special teams for his father at Big Springs, which is in the playoffs this season.

Tidwell beat out Colt McCoy, a senior at Jim Ned, for the 2A Player of the Year award after the 2004 season. Tidwell rushed for 1,870 yards and 35 touchdowns and added 2,228 yards passing with 28 touchdowns.

He went on to become an All-American at Angelo State as a return specialist.

Cartwright retired in 2012, coaching his final game in 2011. He finished with a record of 274-122-5.

Ten years later, he still fondly remembers the Yellowjackets’ final state title.

“There was radio broadcast of the state title game. I get that tape down every two or three years and listen to it,” Cartwright said. “It’s still exciting.”


  • After the crazy ending the night before with the losing team kneeling on the ball to seal a playoff spot, I was treated to another surreal ending Friday in Graham. The Decatur Eagles put aside a rough opening eight minutes and played the best 39 minutes of their season against their best opponents to get into position to win. And as one person typed “engrave the trophy” on our live blog, a 14-point lead evaporated in less than a minute. Graham, with all the momentum, took the game and 4-4A Division I title in overtime. As Decatur coach Mike Fuller pointed out this week, about 10 things had to go perfect for Graham, and they all did. But it made for another entertaining night in this crazy season
  • Speaking of crazy years, not many fit the plot of a “Friday Night Lights” drama better than the Eagles’ playoff opponent – Stephenville. The Yellowjackets started the year ranked No. 1, suffered a setback in a thriller and then lost their four-star quarterback Jarrett Stidham and will enter the playoffs relying on their backup quarterback
  • Taking a team to the playoffs after an 0-10 season the year before is hard to do once. Amazingly, Bridgeport coach Danny Henson has now done it twice. In 1993, he took over a program that was winless the year before and guided it to the third round of the playoffs. After last year’s injury-filled 0-10 campaign, his Bulls went into the postseason Friday at 7-3
  • Joe Randall’s impressive season of 1,808 yards and 26 touchdowns has him within striking distance of rare territory – 5,000 career yards. He enters the playoffs with 4,610
  • Much has been made about the expanded playoff field in recent years. But while there are plenty of critics of four teams going into the playoffs, it’s by far no guarantee that programs will be in the postseason. Only Boyd in Wise County has a playoff streak longer than two years. The Yellowjackets are working on a 12-year streak
  • Few streaks are as impressive as what David Park’s Lady Eagles cross country team has accomplished in the past decade. The Lady Eagles, who finished second in 4A this year, have finished on the podium the past seven years and recorded a top-three finish in nine of the past 10 years
  • Watching the Decatur Lady Eagles volleyball team warm up Tuesday, I had to send out this tweet: “I envision volleyballs having nightmares about being hit by Caroline Lowery.” I imagine opposing teams have the same nightmare. She entered Friday averaging 3.9 kills per set
  • A few weeks ago, I put in this space that the Big 12 would be left out of the College Football Playoff. Well, now TCU is ranked fourth and has a chance to solidify its spot. I don’t see how they don’t now end up in a semifinal
  • This week’s rankings sparked a heated debate with TCU being ahead of a Baylor team it lost to. I have no problem with TCU being ranked ahead. There is precedent. In 2008, Oklahoma finished ahead of a one-loss Texas team that beat them. What I took from the committee’s rankings this week is the value of non-conference scheduling. TCU gets elevated by its win over a currently ranked Minnesota team. I do wonder what will happen if Minnesota, who ends the year with Ohio State, Nebraska and Wisconsin, loses out
  • That’s all for today. On the road to Snyder and Mineral Wells. I will need more coffee.

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Basketball: Sissies win season opener

The Bridgeport Sissies held Millsap to just three points in the third quarter – 16 after halftime – on the way to a 41-38 victory Tuesday.

“It took a team effort on the defensive end to get the job done,” said Bridgeport coach Dallas Taylor. “We made some critical defensive adjustments at halftime that our kids did a good job of executing.”

Bailey Thompson led the Sissies with 12 points. Lauren Stowers added eight and Gabby Mindieta five.

“Our bigs did a good job of blocking out and winning the battle of the boards against a team that was bigger,” Taylor said.

The Sissies jumped out to a 12-9 lead in the first quarter and led 26-22 at the break. Bridgeport outscored Millsap 5-3 in the third quarter to take a 31-25 advantage.

Millsap cut the deficit to three in the final frame.

“Our experience played a huge role in the game tonight,” Taylor said. “We were able to maintain our composure in several situations that could have resulted in us handing Millsap the game. It was good to finish on top of this one.”


The Northwest Lady Texans made 14 steals and suffocated Boswell on the defensive end for a 68-38 win in their season opener Tuesday.

Alexus Brigham, the Wise County Newcomer of the Year in 2013-14, turned in a huge game with 21 points and six steals. Brigham was 7-for-9 from the field, including hitting two of her three 3-point attempts.

Tara Crumpton added nine points and Bre Hardin eight.

Northwest shot 53 percent from the field and hit seven 3-pointers.

The Lady Texans jumped out to a 12-5 lead and never looked back. Northwest went on a 19-8 run in the second quarter and led 31-13 at halftime.

The Lady Texans continued to pull away in the second half, building a 45-22 advantage going into the fourth quarter. Northwest added 23 in the final frame.


The Slidell Lady Greyhounds came out on the short end Tuesday in a matchup of top-10 teams in the Texas Association Basketball Coaches’ preseason Class A poll.

No. 5 Lipan opened the game on a 22-6 run and went on for a 63-31 win over No. 9 Slidell.

“Lipan is very good,” said Slidell coach Cody Vanover. “They have been the best team in the region for the last several years. They do a great job of keeping the ball on one side of the floor defensively and forcing you into a trap.

“We did some good things. Now, we need to build on those and be better Friday.”

After falling down early by 16, Slidell cut the deficit to 28-14 at halftime. Lipan then went on a 19-6 run in the third quarter.

Kylie Franklin led Slidell with 13 points. Caitlin Pruett added nine and Kayler Talamantes four.


The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets started the season Tuesday with a 53-23 win over North Hills.

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School district awards bid

The Boyd school board discussed future facility renovations at their meeting Monday night, allotting budget money for an agriculture facility and softball field renovations.

A bid for construction of the ag barn would not come in for another few days, Superintendent Ted West said. The board would have more discussion on the building at a future meeting, although $37,500 has been earmarked in the budget for it.

The softball field is on its way to renovation after the board unanimously approved a $22,548.60 landscaping bid from North Texas Hydromulching and Services. The company will excavate and replace 2 inches of topsoil, install a new sprinkler system in the outfield and lay new sod on the field.

The board unanimously voted to amend the budget to accommodate the bid.

A motion to install new copiers at every campus was unanimously approved as well. West explained that the contract the district has on its current copy machines is set to expire soon, and he would like to replace them with new ones.

An analysis was done on how the schools used the printers. Over the last nine months, West said, Boyd ISD has run 257,124 black-and-white copies and 2,533 color copies, putting a strain on the four-and-a-half-year-old copiers.

The new contract would eliminate two copy machines, cutting it back from 10 to eight, and would start a five-year, three-month contract with brand-new Ricoh copiers. The motion passed unanimously.

The board also:

  • heard findings from the Highly Qualified Teaching Report, which stated all four campuses were 100 percent highly qualified under the standards of the “No Child Left Behind” act;
  • met for two hours in closed session to discuss personnel matters and property; and
  • honored the Boyd High School cross country team for its finish at the state championships at Round Rock.

The board’s next meeting is 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, at 600 Knox Ave. and is open to the public.

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Cross country: Martinez sprints onto medal stand

With 100 meters to go in his last cross country race, Boyd’s Marco Martinez went into a dead sprint to the finish line.

Sprinting to Finish

SPRINTING TO FINISH – Boyd’s Marco Martinez strides to the finish line Saturday in the 3A final. Messenger Photo by Mack Thweatt

The closing kick allowed the Boyd senior to hold on to ninth place and bring home a medal in the 3A final at the University Interscholastic League cross country championships at Round Rock’s Old Settlers Park.

Martinez finished the 5K course in 16:36.22.

“This means everything to me,” Martinez said. “This is what I’ve worked for.”

The state medal was Boyd’s first boys’ cross country medal since Mark Miller took sixth in 1995 – when the UIL championships were held in Georgetown.

“I’m so happy for him,” said Boyd coach Oscar Hernandez. “Going in, he said, ‘If I’m a little better I can get in the top 10.’ We thought he’d need to go 16:40, and he did under that. I couldn’t be more proud of him.”

Martinez ran a steady race, working his way into the top 10 in the final mile.

“I knew I wasn’t going to get first,” Martinez said. “I tried to stay on a steady pace.”

Getting to the Stand

GETTING TO THE STAND – Boyd’s Marco Martinez earned a medal with his ninth-place finish in the 3A final. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

He moved up to 10th coming off the levee and battled with Whitesboro’s Nic Butts and Luling’s Isaac Castillo for the final two spots on the medal stand. Martinez left Butts in the final 200 meters, then edged Castillo at the finish line.

“The finality of the race urged him on,” Hernandez said. “As the races get bigger, he gets better.”

Boyd’s Nathan Martinez finished 58th in 17:45.82.

“He’s hungry for next year,” Hernandez said about the junior. “He knows what he has to do. It’ll be his turn to carry on the tradition.”

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Football: Boyd returns to postseason

The Boyd Yellowjackets move into familiar territory Friday – the playoffs.

The Yellowjackets are in the postseason for the 12th straight season. Boyd, the third-place team out of District 4-3A Division I, faces the runner-up from 3-4A Division I Brady in a bi-district tilt Friday in Granbury at 7:30 p.m.

After facing a tough non-district schedule, Boyd went 3-2 in district to punch their playoff ticket.

“Our predistrict schedule was tough,” said Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins. “We’re not playing bad. We’re playing extremely hard. Negative plays have hurt us some. But if we continue to play hard, I like our chances.”

The Yellowjackets fell to Brock in the regular season finale last week 49-14. Brock broke the game open with 21 points in the fourth quarter.

“It was 28-14 in the fourth and then the wheels fell off,” Hopkins said.

Brady went 8-2 in the regular season and 5-1 in their league.

The Bulldogs are averaging better than 5 yards per carry behind leading rusher Tim Jones. Joe Scott Pace has thrown for more than 1,300 yards at quarterback.

“They will be a good test for our defense,” Hopkins said. “They use three different backs. Their quarterback also runs the ball well. They have a 6-4 receiver that can jump up and get the ball.”

Hopkins expects the Boyd offense, behind Clay Barnett and Qualynn Wells, to make plays against Brady’s 3-4 defense.

“It should be a good matchup for our offense,” he said.

Barnett enters the playoffs with 1,197 yards passing and 886 rushing. Wells has 1,566 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns.

BOYD (4-6) VS. BRADY (8-2)

at 7:30 p.m. at Pirate Stadium in Granbury

Notable: The Yellowjackets are in the playoffs for the 12th straight season.

Notable: The Bulldogs beat Brock, the 4-3A I champion, 26-21 in the season opener.

Harris line: Brady by 14

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Tractor operator dies in accident

Tractor operator dies in accident

A man operating a tractor at a construction site at a private residence near Boyd was killed Wednesday morning when the tractor tipped over.

The man, from Decatur, was not identified pending notification of next of kin in Mexico and positive identification. His name was still not available from investigators Friday.

Deadly Accident

DEADLY ACCIDENT – Wise County Sheriff’s deputies and investigators work the scene of a fatal tractor rollover Wednesday morning near Boyd. It was reported the man was clearing brush with his John Deere backhoe when it rolled on its side, crushing him. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Wise County Sheriff’s Investigator Josh Reynolds said the backhoe tipped over on its side, pinning the operator underneath. He died at the scene.

Reynolds said there does not appear to be anything suspicious about the accident, which happened just after 10 a.m. at 1221 CR 4371 north of Boyd.

It appeared the man was part of a work crew clearing brush and digging out a pond. Other workers called for medics.

The cause of the accident is not known, but it had been raining for about 24 hours prior to the accident, possibly making the ground soft.

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Meeting Previews for Saturday, November 8, 2014

DECATUR CITY COUNCIL – When they meet at 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall, the Decatur City Council will consider a rate increase request from Progressive Waste Solutions for residential and commercial garbage service for 2015. Also on the light agenda is a request to close some streets for the Chamber of Commerce’s “Moonlight Madness” parade Saturday, Dec. 6, and a couple of appointments – Brian Bosworth as a reserve police officer, and Murvelle Chandler to the Zoning Board of Adjustment. The meeting is open to the public.

BOYD SCHOOL BOARD – The Boyd school board will meet 6:30 p.m. Monday for its regular meeting. The board will hear an update on construction of the ag barn and will discuss softball field renovations and improvements, as well as budget amendments to cover those expenses. The board will also hear a report on the No Child Left Behind, NCLB, Highly Qualified Report.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS – Wise County commissioners meet twice next week. The first meeting – 9 a.m. Monday – will include the discussion of putting together a hiring committee for the newly created systems coordinator position. (See related story on page 1A.) Commissioners will also consider revising county committees, and they will tend to regular business, including consideration of bids, roadway and construction joint venture project agreements and plats. The second meeting is 10 a.m. Wednesday to canvass the votes from the Nov. 4 election. The agenda also says commissioners will accept the resignations of County Judge Glenn Hughes and Precinct 4 Commissioner Gary Potts. Commissioners will turn around and appoint people to fill those posts, most likely the winners of Tuesday’s election. Both meetings will be held in the third-floor conference room of the Wise County Courthouse. They are open to the public.

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Football: Brock Eagles fly past Boyd

The first quarter of Boyd’s 49-14 loss to Brock Friday night was as even as the game would ever get, with both teams only scoring one touchdown each in the first 12 minutes of play. Brock scored first on a 29-yard run from Leddy French, and Boyd responded with a 15-yard run from Qualynn Wells.

Then the second quarter happened.

Brock scored an unanswered 14 points in the second quarter, both from less than five yards from the end zone. Matthew Thornton ran it in from a yard out early in the quarter, and French stepped into the end zone from 2 yards away with four minutes left in the half. He would go on to have 111 yards on 24 carries. For Boyd, Wells was held to 56 yards on 10 carries.

Thornton scored from a yard away again in the third quarter, making it 28-7. Boyd finally answered back with less than a minute left in the third when Clay Barnett scored on a 12-yard run. Barnett was held to 94 yards passing on the night.

The fourth quarter saw three Brock scores- a one-yard Tyler Gray run, a 28-yard Seth Boleman-Micah Thornton reception and a 16-yard Boleman pass to Titus Gossett.

Boyd had 276 yards of total offense to Brock’s 351, but both teams earned a lot of yards in penalties. Boyd picked up 11 penalties for 123 yards, while Brock had eight penalties for 65 yards.

Justin Milligan let the Yellowjackets in rushing with 85 yards on five carries.

Seth Boleman led Brock in passing with 139 yards.


Boyd … 7 … 0 … 7 … 0 … – … 14
Brock … 7 … 14 … 7 … 21 … – … 49


Brock – 6:05, Leddy French 29 run, Klayton Marr kick

Boyd – 4:06, Qualynn Wells 15 run, Spencer Pellegrini kick


Brock – 9:34, Matthew Thornton 1 run, Marr kick

Brock – 4:06, French 2 run, Marr kick


Brock – 9:56, Thornton 1 run, Marr kick

Boyd – 0:58, Clay Barnett 12 run, Pellegrini kick


Brock – 9:13, Tyler Gray 1 run, Marr kick

Brock – 5:57, Seth Boleman 28 pass to Micah Thornton, Marr kick

Brock – 1:26, Boleman 16 pass to Titus Gossett, Marr kick


First Downs … 8 … 13
Rushes-Yards … 22-182 … 45-165
Passing Yards … 94 … 186
Total Yards … 276 … 351
Comp-Att-Int … 17-7-1 … 12-7-0
Punts-Average … 4-42 … 1-40
Fumbles-Lost … 0 … 0
Penalties-Yards … 11-123 … 8-65


Rushing: Boyd, Justin Milligan 5-85, Qualynn Wells 10-56; Brock, Leddy French 24-111

Passing: Boyd, Clay Barnett 17-7-94-1; Brock, Seth Boleman 11-6-139-0.

Receiving: Boyd, Xavier Kyle 4-67; Brock, Micah Thornton 4-101

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Cross Country: Two Boyd runners earn state invites

In the week leading up to the 3A Region II race, Marco Martinez and his Boyd teammates practiced at the Lynn Creek Park course in Grand Prairie twice.

Saturday, the added practice paid off.

CROSSING THE LINE – Boyd’s Nathan Martinez stretches across the finish line Saturday. Messenger Photo by Mack Thweatt

Martinez waited out the leaders, who set a blazing pace, and held on to finish fourth in 16:40.57 and earn his first trip to the University Interscholastic League cross country championships.

“It means everything to coach [Oscar Hernandez] and me,” he said. “It was glorious because I’ve worked so hard.”

Trent Phelps of Edgewood won the race in 16:17.64. Kemp’s Jesus Perez took second in 16:19.

The leaders hit the first mile in a 4:50. Martinez was five seconds back at the mile post but hung in with the leaders.

“It was hard but it helps we’ve run here,” the Boyd senior said. “I was making sure I kept my pace the same and to pass as many people as I could. I was able to pick it up a little at the end.”

Marco will be joined at state by Boyd junior Nathan Martinez, who finished 12th in 17:11.39. After the runners from the four advancing teams were taken out of the field, Martinez was the fifth individual.

“It was my hardest kick of the season,” Nathan Martinez said. “I went 100 percent. I used some tactics. I started slow on the first loop and the second loop I was able to fly by people.

“It feels amazing to go to state. I’ve been working hard all season to get this opportunity.”

Boyd came one spot from sending the entire team to Round Rock, finishing fifth with 182 points. Edgewood won the region crown with 82. Pottsboro was second with 94, and Harmony Science third with 114. Whitesboro took the final state spot with 151.

“We got two out and everyone PR’ed,” said Boyd coach Oscar Hernandez. “It’s still the best season at Boyd. We were right there and it came down to the fifth guy.”

Aaron Hammett came up just short of a state bid with his 20th-place finish in 17:31.

“I feel bad for Aaron, to miss it by two spots,” Hernandez said.

Cameron Hammett took 46th in 18:18.20. Aaron Roberts-Wright was Boyd’s fifth runner in 117th in 20:05. Ford Keaton was 129th in 20:21.

Paradise took eighth with 229 points.

“I’m very proud of them,” said Paradise coach Cody Chandler. “If they didn’t run their PR, they ran a season best.”

J.D. Pearson led the Panthers, finishing 21st in 17:36.67. He missed out on a state spot by three runners.

“I ran my best time, but so did everyone else,” Pearson said.

Joseph Eisen turned in a 17:58 for 33rd. Landry Norwood finished 36th in 18:06. Dalton Sanders ran 19:10 for 78th. Spencer Forsyth was Paradise’s fifth runner in 86th in 19:23.

Garrett Schneck was 88th in 19:25, and Sam Robinson 102nd in 19:47.

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Football: Boyd battling for playoff seed

The Boyd Yellowjackets punched their ticket to the postseason Friday with a victory over Breckenridge to keep their playoff streak alive.

“It’s 12 straight years and 16 of 18,” said Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins. “It’s a good deal for the school.”

Now, what seed the Yellowjackets will enter the playoffs out of District 4-3A Division I as is up in the air entering the regular season finale against current league leader Brock.

Boyd can go to the playoffs as any of the four seeds, depending on the outcomes of its game and the Ponder and Breckenridge tilt.

“We know we’re in, we won’t know until after the game as what,” Hopkins said. “We can win and be district champs and still end up as the third seed.”

Boyd will likely be one of the top three seeds. It will only drop to fourth if they lose to Brock, Breckenridge beats Ponder by 7 and the Yellowjackets lose two coin flips.

Boyd locked up its playoff berth by, rallying from a 13-point deficit in the first quarter.

“The kids battled hard and fought back,” Hopkins said. “The first two drives, we couldn’t do anything or stop them.”

Quarterback Clay Barnett led the comeback, throwing for three touchdowns and running for another. He went 15-for-24 for 277 yards.

The Yellowjackets will need another big game from Barnett Friday against an aggressive Brock defense that crowds the line of scrimmage.

The Boyd defense will also be tested by the Brock offense that has averaged 40 points per game in district play. Brock’s Leddy French ran for 188 yards last week against Paradise.

“They run a lot of toss and smash,” Hopkins said. “They have a good tailback.”

Hopkins pointed out this will be the third straight year that the Yellowjackets have played for a league title.

“The first two years, we didn’t get the job done,” Hopkins said. “Hopefully, this time we will.”

BOYD (4-5, 3-1) AT BROCK (8-1, 4-0)

7:30 p.m. at Eagles Stadium

Boyd: Harris Rating 211

Notable: The Yellowjackets have made the playoffs 12 straight years.

Brock: Harris Rating 218

Notable: Brock is looking to win district in its first UIL season.

Harris line: Brock by 10

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Axtien and Azrael Delgado

Anthony and Valorie Delgado of Boyd announce the birth of twins.

Their daughter, Azrael Delgado, was born Oct. 22, 2014 and their son, Axtien Delgado, was born Oct. 23, both at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

Azrael weighed 5 pounds, 2 ounces and was 19 3/4 inches long. Axtien weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces and was 18 inches long.

They have one brother: McCain Cantrell, 11.

Grandparents are Sue and Jeff Lemieux of Boyd.

Great-grandparents are Agnes Mayhew Pretty Momma and Manuel Delgado.

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Football: ‘Jackets clinch playoff spot

Clay Barnett’s 5-yard run with 7:06 left in the game put Boyd back in front of Breckenridge 33-26.

The Boyd defense made that lead hold up in a wild affair Friday night at Yellowjacket Stadium.

Jackson Basting’s interception with 3:27 left at the 22-yard line stopped Breckenridge’s attempt to regain the lead. Basting returned the pick for a score but it was called back by a penalty.

The Boyd defense forced three turnovers – two of them were interceptions.

The victory sealed a playoff spot for the Yellowjackets (4-5) and kept them alive for the 4-3A Division I title. Boyd can claim the title with a win at Brock next week.

Boyd fell behind 13-0 in the first eight minutes of the game.

A Qualynn Wells touchdown run from eight yards out cut the Breckenridge lead to 13-7.

After Omar Aguilar hit a 12-yard field goal for Breckenridge early in the second quarter, Boyd struck with a pair of touchdown passes from Barnett before halftime.

Barnett hit Basting for a 37-yard touchdown. He then connected with Xavier Kyle for 33 yards to put the Yellowjackets up 19-16.

Barnett threw for 277 yards, completing 15 of his 24 attempts.

Aguilar’s second field goal tied the score at 19.

Boyd grabbed the lead with Basting’s second touchdown catch from Barnett with 3:31 remaining in the third. A missed extra-point allowed Breckenridge to take a 26-25 lead with 11:54 left.

The Yellowjackets put together one more drive to pull out the win.

Boyd finished with 370 yards. Wells ran for 89 on 18 carries.

Breckenridge’s Austin Dooley rushed for 108 yards on 13 rushes.


Boyd … 7 … 12 … 6 … 8 … – … 33
Breckenridge … 13 … 3 … 3 … 7 … – … 26


Breckenridge – 8:42, Cade Cornett 20 run; Omar Aguilar kick.

Breckenridge – 4:56, BRady Tennison 6 run; kick failed.

Boyd – 1:37, Qualynn Wells 8 run; Spencer Pellegrini kick good.


Breckenridge – 11:16, Aguilar field goal.

Boyd – 3:24, Caly Barnett 37 pass to Jackson Basting; PAT failed.

Boyd – 1:01, Barnett 33 pass to Xavier Kyle; PAT failed.


Breckenridge – 8:26 Aguilar field goal.

Boyd – 3:31, Barnett 22 pass to Basting; kick failed.


Breckenridge – 11:54, Cornett 7 pass to Quinton Ellis; Aguilar kick.

Boyd – 7:06, Barnett 5 run; Barnett pass to Basting good.


First Downs … 13 … 12
Rushes-Yards … 32-93 … 42-246
Passing Yards … 277 … 28
Total Yards … 370 … 274
Comp-Att-Int … 15-24-1 … 2-11-2
Punts-Average … 3-21 … 2-25
Fumbles-Lost … 1-1 … 3-1
Penalties-Yards … 8-70 … 8-70


Rushing : Boyd – Wells 19-89, Breckenridge – Austin Dooley 13-109.

Passing: Boyd – Barnett 15-24-2 for 277, Breckenridge – Cornett 2-11-2 for 28.

Receiving: Boyd – Kyle 6-112, Breckenridge – Brandon Hunter 1-15.

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