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Winning the bell secures bragging rights for an entire year, not only for the players and coaches but also for the school and community.

Staff photos — Rod Aydelotte

This isn’t the typical Cameron Yoe football team that fans have become accustomed to watching for nearly a decade.

Since 2010, the Yoemen have posted a winning record through the first five games of the season five times. In 2011, Cameron Yoe started out 1-4. Three years later, the Yoemen started 2-3.

For the first time since that 2014 season, Cameron Yoe (1-4) has dropped four games.

After defeating Bellville, 40-14, to open the 2017 campaign, the Yoemen have dropped four in a row. The first loss came to Gatesville, 31-26. Then came a 21-14 loss to China Spring before a 30-29 overtime defeat by Bay City. Cameron Yoe then opened district play last week with a 31-25 loss to McGregor.

Against the Hornets, who are 5-0, Gatesville took a five-point lead with less than 90 seconds left in the game. Cameron Yoe scored with 48 seconds left, but the touchdown was waved off after an illegal shift penalty was called. The Yoemen fumbled on the next play, and the Hornets recovered the ball to seal the win.

Against the Cougars, who have been ranked or have received votes in the Class 4A Associated Press high school football poll every week this season, the Yoemen defense played well despite having trouble containing Tyrick James. Cameron Yoe scored with 30 seconds left but failed to recover an onside kick.

Against Bay City, which is ninth in this week’s AP poll in Class 4A, the Yoemen trailed by as much as 17-0 before they fought to tie the game at 23 at the end of regulation. Cameron Yoe scored in overtime but the two point conversion attempt failed.

And against McGregor, which picked up its biggest win in the tenure of first-year head coach Judd Thrash, the Yoemen didn’t have an answer for Houston commit Johnathan Phenix, who rushed for 220 yards.

The start hasn’t been what people expected from a Cameron Yoe squad ranked No. 1 in the preseason AP Class 3A high school football poll. But the season isn’t over yet. History could repeat itself.

The last time a Yoemen football team dropped four games, they won the state championship (2014).

Players of the week

A big part of McGregor’s win over Cameron Yoe a week ago was Tanner Ledesma. His 104-yard interception return for a touchdown, which gave the Bulldogs an early 7-0 lead, helped Ledesma pick up the Trib’s Defensive Player of the Week honor.

Ledesma received 309 votes to win the award. He was far ahead of the rest of the pack as West’s Romeo Hernandez and Tayvis Coleman finished tied for second with 84 votes

McGregor’s Johnathan Phenix, who ran all over the Yoemen, was 45 votes shy of winning the Offensive Player of the Week. He finished with 316 votes but was topped by Travion Carter of Mexia with 360 votes.

Carter completed 12 of 19 passes for 242 yards and ran 10 times for 62 yards for a total of three touchdowns in Mexia’s 35-12 victory over Caldwell.

Abbott’s Kadyn Johnson picked up the Six-Man Player of the Week nod for the second time this season. Johnson finished with five carries for 151 yards and four touchdowns as Abbott defeated Cranfills Gap, 45-0.

Bachert commits to Texas State

Keziah Bachert, a 5-foot-8 guard and junior at Midway, verbally committed to continue her basketball career at Texas State.

Bachert received honorable mention all-district honors last season. This summer, Bachert played with Elite III out of Dallas. She played alongside the Super Centex Player of the Year Mystique Womack and LaVega standout Ta’Nayia Norwood. Bachert, however, injured her knee late in the summer and underwent surgery.

“As anyone who has or will go through the recruiting process knows, it is truly an honor,” Bachert wrote in an email. “I’ve learned so much from all the coaches I’ve spoken to and the colleges I’ve visited. All of them have been top-notch. ... After prayerful consideration, discussing with my family, coaches, and mentors, I have great peace and excitement to announce I’m committing to play basketball and attend Texas State University. Thank you to everyone who has supported, helped, and guided me in this process, the best is yet to come.”

Midway to honor HOF inductees

Midway will honor its 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame class on Friday. The ceremony will take place during pregame of Midway’s home contest against Harker Heights.

The class is comprised of baseball’s Brian Lane, the 2009 Midway girls basketball team and former head football coach Kent Bachtel and his wife Jamie.

Lane competed on the varsity level his entire high school career and received alll-district honors as a sophomore, junior and senior. Lane was named the Super Centex Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore in 1984 before being named the Super Centex Player of the Year as a senior. He was also all-state his junior and senior seasons.

Lane finished his Panther career with 40 home runs, 131 RBIs along with an ERA of 1.2, 259 strikeouts and an overall record of 23-4. He continued his career at Texas before he was selected in the third round of the 1987 MLB Draft by the Cincinnati Reds. Lane played professionally from 1987-92 and made all-star teams in both A and Double-A ball. He retired from baseball in 1992.

The 2009 girls basketball team is also being inducted after winning the program’s seventh state championship. Led by coach Teri Morrison, and assisted by Todd Monsey and Shatina Lewis, Midway went 35-4 and was ranked 48th nationally by ESPN.

Seven of the student-athletes competed at the collegiate level, including four at the Division 1 level. Cokie Reed was a McDonald’s All-American and Delisa Gross was a McDonald’s All-American nominee. Reed and Gross were also TABC and TGCA All-State players. Krissica “Spoon” Harper was named as a TGCA All-Star.

Kent and Jamie Bachtel arrived at Midway in 1983, and Kent was named head football coach in 1986. During his 24 years as head coach, Bachtel compiled a record of 155-104-1. In 1992, the Panthers won their first outright district championship in 30 years before advancing to the state semifinals in 1997 and 1999.

Bachtel was named Super Centex Coach of the Year in 2008. During his last two seasons, his teams went 21-5.

His wife, Jamie, often served as team mom, baking brownies and other goodies for the teams and staff.

After his retirement in 2009, Bachtel helped part time with his son, John Bachtel, who is the head coach at Fairfield, helping the Eagles go 15-1 and reach the state championship game in 2013.

Kent Bachtel died in November 2015 after a battle with cancer.

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