Treasure of the Sierra Blanca wins the 1-9 sweepstakes

We finally have a winner in the "when will a 1-9 team make the playoffs" sweepstakes.

Albeit in the 6-man ranks, Sierra Blanca—a Division II team—blazed to a 1-9 record to earn its spot in the Texas high school football playoff bracket.

And, check this out, as a reward for winning a single game, the Vaqueros were rewarded with a bye.

As the late University of Texas basketball coach and philosopher Abe Lemons would say, "You won one more game than a dead guy."

Coached by Brent Henderson and out of District 8, the Vaqueros defeated Dell City 52-42 in the second-to-last game of the season.

Now, this report is not meant to poke fun at the Vaqueros. Coach Henderson and his bunch faced a tough schedule and played hard.

Two of their three district games were on the road and sometimes they have to ride the yellow dog for hours to get to a game.

Just last year, they went 7-3 and were a quarterfinalist team, so they know how to win. Quarterback Adam Ramirez was all-state last season.

It is however, meant to poke fun at the system that allows it to happen.

How did it happen? Sierra Blanca—which is located about two hours east of El Paso—is in a four team district and went 1-2 to finish third. It was 0-7 against non-district opponents.

They will face the Dawson- Ackerly Sands winner next week. Both those teams are 9-1.

Which brings me to my annual query, what good is it going to do for those Sierra Blanca kids (or any losing team in any classification) to go out and be humiliated by a superior team?

Don't understand it, never will

Should Sierra Blanca capture a state title, its record would be 6-9.


There are 45 teams with losing records entering the playoffs this week, which is way up from the 28 that did so last season. Three of those teams received first round byes. So much for winning district.

Those teams include Manor, Pampa and McCamey (2-8 each) along with 3-7 Paris North Lamar and Forestburg and Quinlan Ford (both 3-6).

Farwell made the playoffs with a 3-2 record.

There are 49 teams in the bracket with 5-5 marks, an increase of 20 teams from 2008.

My candidate for best/worst game? Easy. It's pits two former titans against each other— Duncanville vs. Plano. They're both 4-6.

Best game? Right here in Class 3A has No.1 Gilmer against former Top 10 resident Jasper.

Feel good story of the year goes to Lampasas, which after losing 20 straight, made the playoffs this season at 4-6.

You may remember earlier in the year, Rockdale had a little trouble with the Badgers, salvaging a 7-6 victory.

The 5ive

Here are five rock and roll groups that incorporated the flute into their music:

1. Jethro Tull—Leader Ian Anderson's iconic figure is one leg propped up on the other forming a triangle while playing his flute.

2. Legs Diamond- Underground heavy metalers lead singer Rick Sanford played the flute in his high school band.

3. Heart—Ann Wilson, the best voice of her generation, also played the flute.

4. The Marshall Tucker Band—These country rockers put Jerry Eubanks' flute solos right up in front of the twang.

5. AC/DC—Okay, okay, they didn't use a flute, but they did have bagpipes, thanks to Scottish-born lead singer Bon Scott.

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