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Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2012 11:39 pm | Updated: 11:42 pm, Thu Sep 27, 2012.


Time, Date, Place: 7:30 tonight, Memorial Stadium.

Records: Seminole 2-2; Big Spring 4-0.

Last Week: Midland Christian 63, Seminole 14; Big Spring 51, Andrews 14.

Radio: KIKZ-AM 1250 (Seminole); KBYG-FM 106.3, KBYG-AM 1400 (Big Spring).

Internet: kikzksem.com (Seminole); kbygradio.com (Big Spring).

Last Season: Did not play.

Notes: The Indians wrap up a brutal nondistrict schedule with perhaps their toughest challenge to date before starting district play next week. Seminole’s previous four opponents finished a combined 37-10 last season and the Steers lost that many games all by themselves but have appeared to turn things around.“We knew they were going to be better,” Seminole head coach Chris Burtch said of Big Spring. “They returned 11 on defense and quite a few on offense. Anytime you can do that, you’re going to be better.” … Big Spring quarterback Tobyn Tannehill accounted for six touchdowns (3 passing, 3 rushing) last week as the Steers racked up 614 yards of offense against Andrews. The Big Spring defense held the Mustangs’ high-powered offense to just 200 yards total. … Seminole self-destructed against Midland Christian in its last outing, turning the ball over eight times and were shut out after scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter. “I don’t care who you’re playing, you’re not going to win like that,” Burtch said. “It’s not about who we’re playing, it’s about us. Really good teams have a tendency to expose things you need to work on the get better. We saw what we need to work on, and that’s what we’ll do.”… Indians quarterback Jacob Burtch threw for more than 200 yards and a touchdown in the loss, but also two interceptions. Hunter Weishuhn had 85 yards receiving. ... If they are to bounce back into the win column tonight, Coach Burtch said the Indians will have to focus on the two things that hurt his team last week. “We have to take care of the ball on offense and limit the number of big plays when we’re on defense,” Burtch said. “If we can do that, I think we’ll have a chance.”

Whitson’s call: Big Spring 35, Seminole 24. 


Time, Date, Place: 7:30 tonight, Mustang Bowl.

Records: Lubbock High 0-3; Andrews 3-1.

Last Week: Lubbock Cooper 29, Lubbock High 21; Big Spring 51, Andrews 14.

Radio: KKAM-AM 1340 (Lubbock); KACT-FM 105.5, KACT-AM 1360 (Andrews).

Internet: 1340thefan.com (Lubbock); kactradio.com (Andrews).

Last Season: Did not play.

Notes: After winning three straight games to start the season, the Mustangs experienced two losses in Big Spring. The first loss was suffered in the game’s opening half when dual-threat quarterback Shane Dolgener left the game with an injury, shortly after he had thrown a 50-yard touchdown pass on the Mustangs’ opening series. The second loss came at the end of regulation, when Big Spring walked off the Memorial Stadium field with a 52-14 victory. Losing the game was tough for Andrews head coach Ralph Mason; losing his star quarterback, who is ‘doubtful’ for this week, was even tougher. “Anytime you lose a player of his caliber it has a tremendous effect,” Mason said. “He’s been such a playmaker. You just can’t replace that.” … Backup quarterback Jace Hammack did an admirable job entering the game with little preparation, throwing for 94 yards and a second half touchdown to Jaime Vela. ”Jace did a good job coming into that situation,” Mason said. “He’s a good quarterback, he’s just inexperienced. But you have to prepare to handle any and all situations, so that’s what we’ll do.” … This week the Mustangs host a Lubbock High team that has lost 25 straight games dating back to Oct. 2009. Last week, Lubbock High came close to ending the skid, but saw a 21-19 halftime lead squandered into a 29-21 defeat. Mason said facing a team that is starving for victory is a dangerous proposition. “It’s definitely scary,” Mason said. “When you’re dealing with a team in search of a win, combined with the fact that we’re having to overcome some adversity, makes it a pretty scary deal. If you leave them in the game long enough, it gives them a whole lot more incentive. And they’re a very capable football team.”

Whitson’s call: Andrews 27, Lubbock High 21. 


Time, Date, Place: 7:30 tonight, Lobo Stadium.

Records: Fort Stockton 0-4; Levelland 3-1.

Last Week: Monahans 47, Fort Stockton 0; Levelland 31, Brownfield 7.

Radio: KFST-AM 860, KFST-FM 94.3 (Fort Stockton); KLVT-AM 1230 (Levelland).

Internet: kfstradio.com (Fort Stockton).

Last Season: Did not play.

Notes: After getting shut out last week, Panthers head coach Derrick Taylor is hoping for a better showing from his team. The Panthers managed just 62 total yards (32 rushing, 30 passing) of offense agaisnt Monahans while giving up 522 yards and six touchdowns. “I was really disappointed in the way we played (last week),” Taylor said. “But we have to refocus, put it behind us and press forward. There’s no reason to pack up your tent and leave just yet. There’s still a lot of football to be played.”… Tonight’s opponent will be another solid challenge for the Panthers, traveling to Levelland. The Lobos have won three of their first four games, only falling to perennial power Muleshoe thus far. … Taylor said the tough nondistrict slate is all in the plan for readying his team for the District 3-3A schedule that begins Oct. 12. “The kids completely understand what we’re going through is to prepare for that,” Taylor said. “We can see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Whitson’s call: Fort Stockton 21, Levelland 20. 


Time, Date, Place: 7:30 tonight, Cub Stadium.

Records: Pecos 3-1; Brownfield 1-3.

Last Week: Pecos 27, Crane 23; Levelland 31, Brownfield 7.

Radio: KIUN-AM 1400 (Pecos); KKUB-AM 1300 (Brownfield).

Internet: 98xfm.com (Pecos).

Last Season: Did not play.

Notes: Two streaking teams will take the field tonight at Cub Stadium. The Eagles (3-1), who have won their last three games, travel to face a Cubs’ team that has lost three in a row. Pecos head coach Chris Henson said Brownfield will not be a pushover. “They are a very scary team,” Henson said. “They’re explosive and they have some playmakers on offense. Their quarterback can run and pass, and they have a great tailback. We’re definitely not overlooking them at this point.”… You can be sure no one is looking past the Eagles either. Pecos trailed Crane late in the second half before rallying. Alvaro Dominguez “botched a kick return,” forcing the Eagles to start a drive on their own 3-yard line late in the final quarter. Ninety-seven yards later, he caught the winning touchdown. Henson said Dominguez just showed the resiliency of the Eagles. “We’ve just got some scrappy kids that are believing they can succeed,” Henson said. “It was huge for us to be able to come back and win that game.” … Pecos’ Josh Enmon ran for 214 yards and a touchdown.

Whitson’s call: Pecos 20, Brownfield 7. 


Time, Date, Place: 7:30 tonight, J.M. King Memorial Stadium.

Records: Lamesa 0-4; Greenwood 3-1.

Last Week: Clyde 50, Lamesa 14; Greenwood 42, San Angelo Lake View 7.

Radio: KBXT-AM 690 (Lamesa).

Internet: greenwoodrangersfootball.com (Greenwood).

Last Season: Did not play.

Notes: After stumbling in a Week 2 loss to Shallowater, the Rangers appear to have gotten right back on track. Kam Williams threw for 270 yards and four touchdowns to lead Greenwood past Lake View, he also ran for 74 yards and another score. Rangers head coach Shad Hanna said he could tell his team was ready to shake off its only loss and get right back to business on the field. “It was great to come out and execute the way we did against a good football team,” Hanna said. “That was huge for us.” … While Williams continued to put up big numbers on the season, Hanna credited the Greenwood receiving corps with coming up with big plays in the win over Lake View. “The one thing we did Friday night was we caught the ball really well,” Hanna said. “Kam is doing a great job running the offense and being a leader, but his receivers are also doing a great job catching the ball.”… For their homecoming game tonight, the Rangers welcome a Lamesa team that on paper looks like a big underdog, but Hanna knows better than to think any game on the schedule is an easy victory. “They have some talent,” Hanna said of Golden Tornadoes. “But they’ve had some bad things happen along the way this season. It’s scary to be facing a team that is fighting for that first win. Especially when it’s homecoming.” … Lamesa’s offense is averaging more than 32 points per game, despite not having made it into the win column this season. The Rangers’ offense averages 36 points per contest.

Whitson’s call: Greenwood 40, Lamesa 21. 


Time, Date, Place: 7:30 tonight, Estes Memorial Stadium.

Records: Kermit 1-3; Monahans 1-2.

Last Week: Kermit 12, Eldorado 7; Monahans 40, Fort Stockton 0.

Radio: Audio feed on Suddenlink channel 3 in Kermit and Monahans, KPTX-FM 98.3 (Kermit); KIUN-AM 1400 (Monahans).

Internet: 98xfm.com (Kermit and Monahans).

Last Season: Did not play.

Notes: Kermit head coach Coby Owen and Monahans’ Mickey Owens both had an extra pep in their step this week while preparing to face off tonight at Estes Memorial Stadium. Kermit picked up its first win, rallying in the second half to come back and beat Eldorado 12-7. Xavier Quiroz and Jantzen Michel each scored in the Yellow Jacket victory. “When you win, it’s always easier to come to work the next day,” Owen said. “It was great for morale and the kids had a lot of energy in practice this week. The win had a little to do with it, but so did playing Monahans. We’re excited and we look forward to the challenge.”… The Loboes are also coming off their first win of the season, a shutout over Fort Stockton. “Anytime you get a win it’s a good feeling,” said Owens, who led Monahans to the Class 3A Division II state semifinals last season. The Monahans coach said one of the keys for his team this week will be maintaining an even keel of emotions coming off a big, lopsided victory. “You have to bring them up when they’re down and you have to bring them back down when they get to feeling to good about themselves,” Owens said. “Kermit is a good football team. The thing that’s been hurting them is turnovers. But they’ve moved the ball up and down the field on every ooponent they have played.” … The Loboes moved the ball to the tune of 522 yards of total offense against Fort Stockton. Rogelio Saucedo led the charge rushing for 119 yards and three touchdowns. Owens said his team is beginning to put it all together, after starting the season with a tough slate. “We felt like the kids played really well (Friday),” Owens said. “We saw improvement, and we really have the past couple of weeks. It was nice for them to be rewarded for their hard work.”… Owen said Kermit finally caught a few breaks in the win over Eldorado. He said he hopes the Yellow Jackets can build on that when they travel into hostile territory to face Monahans tonight. “We’re looking forward to the challenge of not only playing one of the best teams in West Texas, but one of the best in the state,” Owen said. “We’re going to have to put our best game together in all three phases, and play hard for 48 minutes.” … Kermit and Monahans last played in 2003 as members of the same district. Kermit dropped from Class 3A to 2A in the 2004 UIL realignment a few months later.

Whitson’s call: Monahans 31, Kermit 20. 


Time, Date, Place: 7:30 tonight, El Ave Stadium.

Records: Forsan 4-0; Crane 2-2.

Last Week: Forsan 25, Jim Ned 21; Pecos 27, Crane 23.

Internet: myelave.com (Crane).

Last Season: Did not play.

Notes: The Golden Cranes will try to rebound from consecutive losses. After scoring more than 100 points while winning their first two games to open the season, the Cranes have managed just 39 total in losses to Ozona and Pecos. Scoring might be even harder to come by if Crane is without standout running back Pookie Woods, who was injured in Friday night’s 27-23 loss to Pecos. Woods was averaging 11 yards per carry this season, rushing for 362 yards and six touchdowns on just 33 attempts. Head coach Naldo Esparza was unable to be reached for comment. … Forsan enters the game unbeaten, outscoring the opposition by an average of just more than 10 points this season, including a 30-27 season-opening win over Coahoma and last week’s 25-21 victory over Jim Ned. Brendan Roman and Trevor Burchett each scored two touchdowns to lead Forsan over the Indians.

Whitson’s call: Crane 17, Forsan 14. 


Time, Date, Place: 7:30 tonight, Benny Douglas Stadium.

Records: Alpine 4-0; Muleshoe 3-1.

Last Week: Alpine 69, Anthony 0; Muleshoe 41, Lubbock Roosevelt 14.

Radio: KVLF-AM 1240 (Alpine); KMUL-AM 830 (Muleshoe).

Internet: bigbendradio.com (Alpine); muleshoesportsnetwork.com (Muleshoe).

Last Season: Did not play.

Notes: The Fightin’ Bucks face their toughest challenge of the season when they make the 300-plus mile trek to Muleshoe tonight to square off with the Mules (3-1). The Bucks are not concerned with the lengthy bus ride to get to Benny Douglas Stadium. “It’s far, but our kids are used to traveling,” Alpine head coach Stacey Martin said. “Sometimes it’s just what you have to do. We’re used to driving everywhere as it is now anyway.”… One thing that does concern Martin though, is the Muleshoe offense, which averages more than 520 yards per game. “We have to stop their running game,” Martin said. “They’re a spread team, but their offensive line is one of the best I’ve seen in a long time. They’re going to try to control the line of scrimmage, but we’re going to have to get in the backfield and make some plays. … Muleshoe head coach David Wood, who is in his 17th year at the school, has some concerns of his own with the Alpine offense. The Bucks’ dual-threat quarterback Evan Moore has already accouted for more than 1,000 yards of offense and 16 touchdowns this season. “We’re going to have to play consistent defense and control that quarterback,” Wood said. “He’s a scrambler and he’s a thrower, and he makes things happen. We’ll have to have two guys on him at all times, and I think the key to our success will be making sure he doesn’t get loose.”… Alpine concludes its nondistrict slate against the Mules, and will have a bye next week before kicking off district play with Sonora on Oct. 12.

Whitson’s call: Alpine 28, Muleshoe 27. 


Time, Date, Place: 7:30 tonight, Wildcat Stadium.

Records: Iraan 2-2 overall, 0-0 District 5-1A Division II; Wink 2-2, 0-0.

Last Week: Reagan County 29, Iraan 0; Wink 35, Seagraves 14.

Last Season: Iraan 41, Wink 6.

Radio: KCKM AM-1330 (Monahans).

Internet: kckm1330.com.

Notes: Iraan and Wink come into tonight’s District 5-1A Division II opener with the same records but are certainly entering with different with different attitudes. The Braves are coming off a shutout loss while the Wildcats have won their last two matchups. … “They play real well defensively and have a good, solid core on defense,” Iraan head coach Mark Kirchhoff said. “They’re real explosive on offense and the quarterback is good and do a good job running the ball well.” … Turnovers were the downfall of the Braves last week against Reagan County, Kirchhoff said. Iraan’s Zeth Hernandez was unable to get in a rhythm, throwing for 59 yards and two interceptions on 4-of-14 passing. As a rusher, Hernandez was neutralized, as well, running for 22 yards and four carries. “We just need to be more consistent,” Kirchhoff said. “We played good in spurts against Reagan County but hurt ourselves by committing turovers.” … Wink head coach Andy Hrncir has said his defense has played strong over its last two games, holding opponents to an average of seven points per game. The reason? Good tackling. “It’s something we stress everyday in practice,” Hrncir said. “We know we have to tackle against Iraan, that’s the bottom line, especially with their option-read offense and strong offensive line. If they break a couple of tackles, they’ll score.” … Linebacker Troy Miller leads the Wildcats defense with 46 total tackles, including 16 in last week’s win at Seagraves. Teammate Aaron Halterman also recorded an interception for Wink, which will be playing its homecoming game tonight. … Offensively, Hrncir said he will look to Jordan Sonnier to create plays for the second week in a row. Sonnier, a junior, accounted for five touchdowns, four running and one receiving, and ended with 131 total yards of offense. … “The kids are fired up and ready to play,” Hrncir said. “It’s homecoming and they want to play well.”

Lumberjack’s lock: Wink 30, Iraan 20. 


Time, Date, Place: 7:30 tonight, Eagles Stadium.

Records: McCamey 2-2 overall, 0-0 District 5-1A Division II; Van Horn 1-3, 0-0.

Last Week: McCamey 42, Stanton 21; Van Horn 14, Tornillo 0.

Last Season: Van Horn 36, McCamey 34.

Notes: The McCamey football team will start its District 5-1A Division II schedule the same way it ended it, with a game against Van Horn. This year, though, the teams will play two games because of the district’s round-robin format. … Badgers head coach Chris McWilliams hopes tonight’s outcome does not mirror last season’s loss. “We went into the game knowing we won a share of the district title and I think we came out flat,” McWilliams said. “The kids still remember that game and I think it will remind them to not get off to a slow start again.” … The Badgers started strong in their previous game by scoring 21 points against Stanton thanks to a few big plays by the offense. Stanton and McCamey went into halftime tied at 21-21 before quarterback Jordan Zarate threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Bubba Greer that gave the Badgers the lead for good. Zarate ended the game throwing for 174 yards and three touchdowns on 7-of-9 passing and rushing for another score. Greer caught six balls for 170 yards, three touchdowns and chipped in an interception and three tackles on defense. “We spent some time working on those passing plays out of the Wing-T formation in practice,” McWilliams said. “Now we’ve got some good looks from it in games, and Bubba has been executing.” … Van Horn head coach Brian Gibson said he hopes his defense, which has played better over the last two games, can put a wrench in the Badgers offense. “We have to match their physicality on defense and offense,” Gibson said. “We can’t turn the ball over and give them a short field. That’s what hurt us early on, turning the ball over and giving up the big play. They do a good job of scoring when they have a short field.” … Steven Chalambaga has rushed for 306 yards and one touchdown to lead Van Horn's offense and also has 44 tackles to lead the defense.

Lumberjack’s lock: McCamey 28, Van Horn 14. 


Time, Date, Place: 8 tonight, Mustang Stadium.

Records: Marfa 2-2; Fort Hancock 2-1.

Last Week: Marfa 48, Sierra Blanca 44; Fort Hancock 48, El Paso Immanuel Christian 6.

Last Season: Did not play.

Notes: Marfa head coach Jeff Jones said this week’s nondistrict game against Fort Hancock will be his team’s toughest test. Jones said the Shorthorns, who are adjusting to six-man football after being dropped down, focused on playing against a spread formation instead of contending with the tight formation. “They like to spread out the football and that’s been a problem for us on defense,” Jones said. “We’ve worked on that formation specifically in practice, but it’s something you can’t mimic until the play the game. It will be a true test of how well the kids have learned assignment football and how to play six man.” … On the other side of the field, Fort Hancock is dealing with a couple of injuries on the offensive side of the ball. Junior quarterback Ernie Sanchez turned his knee last week and will unavailble, according to head coach Danny Medina, while freshman Jason Hinojosa will step into the starting role tonight. … “We’re going to try and mix up the run and pass, help him out on offense,” Medina said of Hinojosa. “I’ve always thought that Marfa had a good group of athletes. It’s just a matter of time before they figure out the six-man game. When that happens they’ll be tough to beat.” … Marfa’s Warren Acosta played the biggest role last week by tossing the go-ahead, 30-yard touchdown pass with 4:58 left in the fourth quarter to give his team the win against Sierra Blanca. “We didn’t know if he would play for us because he thought his family was moving,” Jones said. “He ended up missing two-a-days and was working his way back into football shape. He’s been a great addition.” … Jones said he will also expect running back Robert Morales to have a strong game following his performance against Sierra Blanca, in which he returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown, passed for 77 yards and one touchdown on 4-of-4 passing and rushed for 74 yards.

Lumberjack’s lock: Marfa 35, Fort Hancock 16. 


Time, Date, Place: 7:30 tonight, Bart Coan Field.

Records: Balmorhea 3-1; Fort Davis 2-2.

Last Week: Balmorhea 48, El Paso Faith Christian 13; Sanderson 51, Fort Davis 30.

Last Season: Did not play.

Radio: KALP FM-92.7 (Alpine).

Internet: bigbendradio.com.

Notes: Balmorhea is on a three-game winning streak after losing its season opener to Rankin. Defense has been the key, head coach Vance Jones said. “We’ve been tackling a lot better since the beginning of the season,” Jones said. “I really can’t single out any one player because the whole defense has played well.” … Balmorhea’s defense is missing one of its starting defensive backs, Chance Virdell, who dislocated his elbow two weeks ago against Marfa. Jones said his squad will need to play well in terms of assignment football against Fort Davis. … “They’re a very tall and athletic football team,” Jones said. “They’ve had some bad luck as of late but they still play hard.” … Already down a few players due to injury, Fort Davis head coach Jess Roberts said he hopes his squad can match Balmorhea’s physical style of play on the offensive and defensive line. “They’ve won three in a row and will be a tough test for us,” Roberts said. “We’re down to our third-string players in some positions.” … The Indians’ Hunter Hurley (pulled quadriceps), Quenton Mathes (ankle) and Julian Lara (ankle) will be game-time decisions, Roberts said. Elijah Hernandez, who injured his shoulder earlier this season, will not suit out tonight, according to Roberts. “Those losses have really hurt us on offense and defense,” Roberts said. “We had to bring in a new batch of young kids who were getting their first snaps in.” … Those new players will have to deal with a Balmorhea offense that has found its groove. Joshua Matta, who made the position switch from the backfield to split end leads the Bears on offense. Jones said Matta has made Balmorhea’s play-action passes more dangerous because of his ability to beat defenders on the run. “He’s been a big target for our quarterbacks,” Jones said. “He doesn’t have great speed but enough to get open.” … Roberts said he is worried about the Bears’ deep-play threat but is more concerned about his team’s overall health. “It’s our homecoming game and you’d like to get a win but you have to look at the overall season and keep guys healthy,” Roberts said. “We can’t lose any more players at this point.”

Lumberjack’s lock: Balmorhea 35, Fort Davis 33. 


Time, Date, Place: 7:30 tonight, Longhorns Stadium.

Records: Grandfalls-Royalty 4-0; Loop 3-1.

Last Week: Grandfalls-Royalty 58, El Paso Jesus Chapel 0; Loop 44, Lorenzo 14.

Last Season: Did not play.

Notes: Joe Helms said Grandfalls-Royalty may face its most difficult challenge tonight against Loop. “Just going by the film, they provide a lot of matchup problems because they like to mix up their formations on offense,” Helms said. “Our guys are going to have to stay focused the entire game because they don’t stick win one formation for a full series.” … The Cowboys are no slouches, either, winning their four games by outscoring opponents 213-8. … “It’s been a concerted effort on both sides of the ball,” Helms said. “I told the guys when I first got here that there is no better feeling than to stop someone in six-man football. You stop their momentum and give you offense a short field to work with.” … Loop head coach Brad Bell said he hopes his offense can play well against the Cowboys’ stifling defense, which has three shutouts. Bell said he will rely on his quarterback Jasiel Ontiveros, who has thrown 10 touchdowns, to make good decisions when he throws or runs the ball. But, more importantly, Bell said he is looking for his defense to step up and play solid. … “We’re just looking to not give up the big play,” Bell said. “Grandfalls has scored on a lot of one- or two-play series and I’m hoping our defense can push that back to nine or more plays. Maybe force them to make a mistake.” … The Loop defense will look to slow down Cowboys running back Jr. Marquez, who ran for 230 yards and four touchdowns last week. … Bell said he will look to middle linebacker Randy Krahn, who leads the team with 34 tackles and has forced five fumbles this season. “They have a really strong running game,” Bell said. “We’re going to have to try and force them turn the ball over, play aggressive.”

Lumberjack’s lock: Grandfalls-Royalty 45, Loop 20. 


Time, Date, Place: 7:30 tonight, Red Devil Stadium.

Records: Sanderson 2-2; Rankin 3-1.

Last Week: Sanderson 51, Fort Davis 30; Rankin 50, Meadow 36.

Last Season: Did not play.

Notes: Sanderson and Rankin come into their nondistrict matchup following wins last week. Sanderson erupted for 19 points in the fourth quarter to earn a 51-30 home victory against Fort Davis. “I really think the kids are happy after coming off a pretty tough win,” Sanderson coach Jerry Garza said. “I felt like they were trying to throw the deep ball on us and we took away those routes and kept the receivers in front of us. I thought they baffled them a little.” … With the win, the Eagles are on a two-game winning streak which Garza attributes to an improved effort on defense. Sanderson has allowed 34.5 points in its last two games. Prior to that, the Eagles were allowing an average of 50 points per game. … Rankin will test the defense with three skill players — Dalton Michum, Aaron Castillo and Nathan Braden — that can stretch the field and run the ball. “You really have to pick your poison with that team,” Garza said. “If you try to focus on Dalton, their quarterback, they may have someone else step up in their place.” … Rankin is coming off a 50-36 win at Meadow. Rankin head coach Shannon Williams was unavailable for comment this week.

Lumberjack’s lock: Rankin 42, Sanderson 38.

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