First impressions were great. The closing act was impressive. For a long enough stretch in between, though, Monterey was uncharacteristically out of sorts Saturday in a District 3-5A showdown with Amarillo High.
The senior running back ran for 72 yards and caught three passes for 48 more with a pair of touchdowns in a 27-16 win against Clovis.
Flying high can be a precarious place to be for a high school team. That sense of accomplishment from a badly needed breakthrough performance can be like a heavy dose of sugar for a 3-year-old. The crash can be tougher to deal with than the climb.
He came up with two huge stops -- one on 4th down -- to help shift momentum to the Pirate sideline in time for a 4th-quarter rally.
When Lubbock-Cooper wandered into unfamiliar territory with three straight District 3-5A losses to begin that portion of the schedule, there was some understandable frustration.
AMARILLO -- Monterey took care of business on Tuesday, rolling past Palo Duro 25-13, 25-17, 25-15 to stay in first place in the District 3-5A standings.
Braxley Oaks turned in a big performance to help Lubbock Christian notch a four-set victory over Idalou on Tuesday. The Lady Eagles outlasted the Lady Wildcats 25-21, 17-25, 25-12, 25-10.
Three frontrunners have emerged in the early stages of the 2019 District 3-5A season, with Monterey, Amarillo High and Randall all unbeaten after the first few weeks.
AMARILLO -- Where Isaac Alonzo runs doesn’t seem to matter a whole lot. Because the Lubbock High junior has made a habit of finding his way to the front of the pack no matter where the race might be.
Coronado continued its climb back in the District 3-5A race for a playoff spot by dusting Lubbock High on Friday, 25-18 25-15 26-24.
Growing pains are part of every new season, particularly with a team featuring some new faces in key places. A lot of those on-the-job lessons can be camouflaged by talent, which Coronado has plenty of.
WOLFFORTH -- Frenship possesses a generous level of pure talent to beat a lot of opponents with a go-through-the-motions approach.
Jermiah Dobbins set a goal before the season, one that is going to require a lot of work to reach.
Volleyball moves back onto center stage Tuesday, with a matchup of two District 3-5A teams hungry for a league victory and Frenship seeking to continue its surge in another tuneup for District 2-6A action.
Big wins last week kept Lubbock-Cooper and Estacado on an upward arc this week when the new Dave Campbell Texas Football state rankings were unveiled.
Four Lubbock teams have made it through the first two weeks unscathed. Which 2-0 start is the most head-turning?
AMARILLO -- Lubbock-Cooper went north looking for its first District 3-5A victory on Saturday but came up empty-handed. The Lady Pirates fell to Randall 25-19, 25-15, 23-25, 25-10.