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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Permian Basin notebook for Oct. 3

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Posted: Tuesday, October 2, 2018 6:41 pm

Since dropping a heartbreaker to Crane in Week 3, the McCamey Badgers have battled past Reagan County and Eldorado to put together a two-game winning streak.

Before beginning District 2-2A play in three weeks at Van Horn, the Badgers still have a few tough challenges ahead, including this week’s matchup at Alpine.

McCamey has been tested all year as it has had to battle though adversity early on.

“Well, it’s just continuing to put in hard work — that and being able to have the willingness to overcome adversity. That’s all it is,” McCamey head coach Fred Staugh said. “We’ve played hard.

“We’ve been mentally and physically tough, and that’s allowed us to play hard and get after it and that’s helped us in close ballgames.”

Senior running back Gunner Adams has been a huge component to the Badgers’ solid running attack.

“He’s run the ball really well,” Staugh said about Adams. “He’s made some tough runs, he’s made some big runs. It’s helped us out tremendously, that’s for sure.

“We’re focusing on Friday. That’s a good football team down there. I know it’s going to be a very tough game. Hopefully, the close games that we’ve won recently will help us be prepared for a tough game.”

RENEWED: Monahans-Pecos is one of the oldest rivalries in West Texas, and this season it enters its 87th year.

The Loboes-Eagles matchup has stood the test of time since both teams first met in 1931, though Monahans has had the most recent success, going 13-0 against the Eagles since 2004.

Pecos (1-4 overall, 0-1 District 1-4A Division II) hosts Monahans (3-2, 1-0) Friday at Rotary Field.

Last year’s edition was a competitive battle in which Monahans won, 28-21.

The Eagles will be trying to record their first win against the Loboes since 2001, when they earned a close, 13-12, victory. That was Pecos’ first victory in the series since 1982.

But the rivalry has been decidedly one-sided for the most part, as Monahans is 55-22-4 against the Eagles.

>> UNDEFEATED: Fort Stockton is one of 14 undefeated teams remaining throughout Class 4A.

The Panthers have enjoyed their first 5-0 start since 2011. In the latest Texas High School Coaches Association coach’s poll, Fort Stockton is still not ranked, but it has received four votes in the latest Region I rankings.

Fort Stockton travels to Snyder (3-1) for what should be an entertaining matchup this week.

Iraan is the most recent Permian Basin team to begin its season 5-0 and the Braves turned that start into a run to the Class 2A Division II State Championship game in 2016.

The Braves are at it again this season, currently one of 30 undefeated teams remaining in Class 2A. Iraan meets another undefeated team, Winters, Friday Friday at Brave Stadium.

The Braves are ranked second in the THSCA coach’s poll. This week, Iraan received two votes in the Associated Press poll.

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