AREA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Monahans, Fort Stockton to meet in a battle of two undefeated teams

Andrews begins district on a strong note

There wasn’t a major slump from the Monahans football team in last week’s 49-13 win over rivals Pecos on the road.

Coming out of a bye-week, Monahans head coach Fred Staugh wanted his players to get back up to speed as quick as possible after having a Friday off the week prior.

While it did take a quarter for the Loboes to get going, those concerns quickly died down by halftime after scoring 35 points alone in the second quarter for a 42-13 halftime lead.

“I thought the kids did a good job,” Staugh said. “We had a good practices during the open week. Then on Friday, for whatever reason, we did start slow but they battled back and played well in the second quarter and for the rest of the game. I thought they handled it pretty well.”

Friday’s win was the start of District 1-4A Div. II play as the Loboes improved to 6-0 overall, 1-0 in district.

Their undefeated record will be put to the test this week when Monahans faces another unbeaten side with Fort Stockton (6-0, 1-0) in a 7 p.m. contest Friday at home.

“Fort Stockton is big and physical,” Staugh said. “They’re well-coached. We’re going to have to put together a complete game and play our best. That’s our goal every week. We have to put our best team out on the field like we do every week. I know those guys are coming to town, wanting to get a win in Monahans. Our guys are going to have to play.”

The Loboes’ offense has continued to put points up on the scoreboard. The lowest point total Monahans has scored this season was in the 43-22 win over Synder back on Sept. 15.

After a slow first quarter, the Loboes started clicking and did enough damage in the second quarter.

“Well, I think part of it is, we tend to play fast so we scored on our possessions and then they made some mistakes,” Staugh said. “One of them came at the end of the first half where they fumbled on our 28 and we capitalized and scored on the last play of the half. We clicked on all cylinders in the second quarter which helped us going into halftime with the lead.

Our kids played hard. They pursued the ball. They tackled well. We’re pretty explosive offensively. I thought our kids were really focused on the task at hand and they did a good job.”

>> GOOD START: The Andrews Mustangs got the start they needed to begin play in District 2-4A, Div. I with a 63-7 victory over San Angelo Lake View Friday in San Angelo.

With the Mustangs (4-3, 1-0) in a five-team district, the win could prove crucial down the stretch.

For now, the Mustangs will be looking ahead to Lubbock Estacado (5-1, 0-0) in a 7 p.m. contest Friday at Mustang Bowl.

Estacado is coming off a bye week with its last game coming in a 49-14 win over Sweetwater on Sept. 30.

>> GETTING IT DONE: Compass Academy won its first District 1-3A Div. II game of the season with a 69-0 blowout over Tornillo Saturday at Ratliff Stadium.

The win puts Compass at 3-4, 1-2 while Tornillo fell to 0-6, 0-3.

Since 1-3A Div. II uses a double-round robin format, the Cougars will be starting the second half of district play with a 7:30 p.m. Friday road game at Alpine (3-4, 2-1).

The Bucks defeated the Cougars in their last meeting, winning 28-21 on Sept. 22 at Ratliff Stadium.