Led by the likes of Alik Brooks (7), Marlin was able to shut out Blooming Grove in its season opener last week.

Donnie Osborn hasn’t brought it up once since the game ended.

He knows his players are aware. They don’t need reminding, and it really won’t do any good to belabor the point.

The Teague football coach hasn’t discussed the fact that his team was shut out in the season opener at all.

“No, we haven’t discussed it,” Osborn said. “What we have talked about is that we don’t ever want to get beat physically again. That’s been our whole focus coming out of Week 1 and looking ahead to Week 2.”

Even in this wide-open age of football, shutouts take place every week, on every level. Several Central Texas teams were either on the giving (Hubbard, Marlin) or receiving (Troy, Teague, Mexia) ends of a blanking in Week 1.

When it’s your team that cooked up the bagel, the feeling differs vastly from the opposite. Hubbard coach Russell Anderson said that his defense should be brimming with confidence following a 26-0 opening win over Bartlett.

“Oh, absolutely, it’s a big deal,” Anderson said. “One of the things we said at the beginning of the season was that for us to have success as a football team, we were going to have to play defense and run the ball. To be able to do that in the first ball game is a great start.”

Osborn’s Teague team was very much in its Week 1 contest with Madisonville, trailing 10-0 midway through the fourth quarter, when things unraveled for the Lions. Rusty Nail’s Mustangs scored twice in the final six minutes on their way to a 24-0 win.

“One of the things we always pride ourselves on is running the football,” Osborn said. “That’s always a big key. But to be honest, Madisonville’s front four just whipped our butts.”

Whether you’ve been whitewashed on the scoreboard, or you’re the ones who pitched the shutout, time marches on. Whether you played well or you didn’t, each new week of practice offers a chance to get better, the coaches said.

Interestingly enough, Week 2’s schedule will include a confluence of shutout victims and heroes. Marlin, for instance, blanked Blooming Grove, 24-0, in its opener and will face Troy in Week 2, with the Trojans coming off a 33-0 loss to Salado. Hubbard is in the same situation, hosting Blooming Grove, following the Jaguars’ dusting of Bartlett.

And then there’s the Teague-Mexia contest, which pits a pair of teams that suffered shutout losses in their openers. Besides Teague’s humbling at the hands of Madisonville, the Blackcats took a 6-0 defeat on the chin to Athens.

“The best part of this week? Somebody is going to score their first points of the season,” Osborn said, laughing.

University’s slide not a record-breaker

It’s been a long, bumpy road for the University Trojans over the past several seasons.

University’s 45-7 loss to Austin LBJ in the season opener marked the Trojans’ 37th straight defeat. University last won a game on Sept. 27, 2013, against Joshua.

But the Trojans are nowhere near the Texas state record for futility. Houston’s Jefferson Davis High School holds that dubious distinction, with 80 straight losses — eight seasons’ worth of defeats — from 1985-93. Diamond Hill, a 4A school out of the Fort Worth area, carries the longest active losing streak in the state, with 63 straight.

The Central Texas record belongs to Class 1A Dawson, which dropped 43 straight games from 2011-15.

Cross country runners set for Midway meet

The weather has taken a slight turn for the cooler in recent days, a welcome development when you spend those days running around outside.

More than a thousand runners will try to take advantage in the Hewitt Kiwanis Invitational on Thursday at the Heart of Texas Soccer Complex, hosted by Midway.

“It’s a pretty good field, not the biggest we’ve ever had, but a good one,” Midway coach Ronny Boles said. “We’ve got the Waco High girls, both Corsicana schools, a lot of little schools, probably 36 schools in all.”

One runner who will look to keep up his current hot pace is Midway’s Cal Johnston. The senior charged to victory in the Belton Invitational his last time out, and is competing with a certain tunnel vision this year, Boles said.

“He’s a very focused young man,” Boles said. “He wants to get to state, which is hard to do in 6A, but he’s really focused. Obviously that’s a long way down the road, but he’s running well early.”

The sub-varsity races at the Hewitt Kiwanis Invitational will get rolling at 8:15 a.m., followed by the 1A-4A girls at 9:30. The 5A and 6A girls will follow at 9:45, and the all-classifications boys’ race will commence at 10:15.

HS Football Hall of Fame reveals 2018 ballot

Waco High’s Ken Casner, Temple’s Brad Dusek and Mart’s John Garrett are among the former Central Texas standouts who made the ballot for the 2018 class of the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame.

Additionally, Waco ISD athletic director Johnny Tusa, formerly head coach at Waco High, made the list of coaching candidates.

Nominees are separated by the decade in which they played, with one player from each decade being voted in each year. Additionally, two coaches are chosen, as well as the Dave Campbell Contributor to the Game honor. ESPN 1660’s David Smoak is among the special contributors up for consideration.

The class will be voted on by a statewide committee of sportswriters, coaches and members of the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame board. The new inductees will be introduced in December at the UIL state championship football games.

Here’s a look at the entire ballot:

1950s & Before

  • Ray Borneman, Houston Lamar
  • Bobby Cavazos, Kingsville
  • Jerry Mays, Dallas Sunset
  • Johnny Genung, Wichita Falls
  • Charley Taylor, Grand Prairie Dalworth
  • Buddy Kellar, Smithville
  • Ken Casner, Waco High


  • Norman Evans, Donna
  • Ken Houston, Lufkin Dunbar
  • Gene Upshaw, Robstown
  • Gary Keithley, Alvin
  • Dickey Morton, Dallas Kimball
  • Riley Odoms, West Oso
  • Bobby Weunsch, Houston Jones
  • Brad Dusek, Temple


  • Pat Rockett, San Antonio Lee
  • Putt Choate, Coahoma
  • Rick McIvor, Fort Stockton
  • Hosea Taylor, Longview
  • Jon Rhiddlehoover, Abilene Cooper
  • Lawrence Sampleton, Seguin
  • Ken Washington, Port Arthur Lincoln
  • Byron Linwood, Pittsburg


  • Tony Jones, Grapeland
  • Ty Allert, Houston North Brook
  • Larry Centers, Tatum
  • Tommy Jeter, Deer Park
  • Willie Everett, Daingerfield
  • James Shibest, Aldine MacArthur
  • Michael Horace, Groveton
  • Kent Tramel, Corsicana


  • Jason Bragg, Stephenville
  • Alan Faneca, Lamar Consolidated
  • Ketric Sanford, Corsicana
  • John Garrett, Mart
  • John Norman, Midland Lee
  • David Warren, Tyler
  • Plez Adkins, Bartlett
  • Kliff Kingsbury, New Braunfels
  • Bethel Johnson, Corsicana


  • Jonathan Gray, Aledo
  • Cedric Griffin, SA Holmes
  • Joe Pawelek, Smithson Valley
  • Roy Miller, Kileen Shoemaker
  • Greg McElroy, South Lake Carroll
  • Nathan Vasher, Texarkana
  • Garrett Gilbert, Lake Travis

Eddie Joseph Coach Honor

  • Johnny Tusa, Waco
  • Chad Morris, Bay City, Lake Travis
  • T.J. Mills, Sealy
  • Bob Shleton, Buda Hays
  • Scott Phillips, Groveton, Waxahachie
  • Lynn Etheredge, Tomball
  • Dennis Alexander, Daingerfield

Dave Campbell Contributor to the Game

  • Carl Padilla, Media
  • Jack Moss, Athletic Administration
  • David Smoak, Media
  • Maury Salinger, Media
  • Bruce Hardy, Stadium Manager
  • Bob West, Media
  • John Heidtke, Media

StatsPlus returns on Tuesday

The Trib will begin publishing its StatsPlus package in Tuesday’s paper, showcasing the top statistical performers in Central Texas high school football as well as district standings.

Coaches are encouraged to submit their statistical leaders to the Trib by emailing Krista Pirtle ( or Brice Cherry ( by Mondays at noon.

Rosebud-Lott, Whitney QBs up for award

A pair of Central Texas quarterbacks are up for the Mr. Texas Football Player of the Week honor.

Rosebud-Lott’s JaQuarion Johnson and Whitney’s Devin Wilson both made the 11-player cut after monster outings in Week 1. Johnson ran for 325 yards and five touchdowns, plus added 13 tackles and a pass breakup on defense, in Rosebud-Lott’s 34-29 win over Florence last Friday.

Wilson, meanwhile, flexed both his arm and leg muscles, accounting for 412 passing yards, 102 rushing and five touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 48-26 victory over Godley.

Fans can vote on the honor at

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