Was there something in the air Friday night?

BarnburnerĀ­( noun)—An especially exciting sporting event such as a football or basketball game, typified by back and forth scoring and a great finish.

T here must have been some kind of magic touchdown mojo dust in the air over Central Texas Friday night as area teams turned scoreboard operators into IBM calculators and had sportswriters searching for more paper and a pencil sharpener.

Don’t know if I’ve ever witnessed what went down Friday evening with scoreboard lights spinning around like a slot machine in Vegas with three teams either approaching or crossing over the 80-point margin.

And surprisingly, not one of the inflated scores came from Calvert, where our area 6-Man squad Buckholts fell 52-44.

C’mon fellas, you gotta keep up. It’s embarrassing.

Over at Tigerland Field, the Tigers were on the wrong end of a 76-35 stampede by Liberty Hill.

At the same time down the road apiece in Rogers, the host team won an 84-58 shootout with Mart.

Over in Franklin, the hosts were extremely rude to neighbor Caldwell to the tune of an 80-34 victory.

Thorndale even got into the act, whipping Halletsville Sacred Heart 66-25.

Now, old timers will throw out the term “barnburner” when describing these high scoring affairs and they’d be right.

If you’re offensive minded, these venues were the places to be. You got your money’s worth and more.

You can take a look at the gaudy numbers of the Rockdale Liberty Hill elsewhere on this page. It took well over three hours to complete this rodeo.

One characteristic all these shootouts share is a fast start out of the gate. These teams played like they were late for a date.

Liberty Hill led Rockdale 58-24 at intermission. Rogers led 49-39 at halftime. Franklin led Caldwell 65-27 at the break.

Another common denominator in all three wins is that all three winners predominatly used the run to find paydirt— in this land of NASCAR.

Liberty Hill rolled up 611 yards on 81 carries. Franklin had nearly 500 yards on the ground.

Ninth-ranked Rogers—who did not attempt a pass or punt once—logged 783 yards on the ground on 78 carries.

Eagle running back Brody Malovets stepped off 368 yards and four touchdowns while teammate Carson Skala chipped in 279.

Caldwell has the week off which it desperately needs. The Hornets have allowed 260 points in four games, including 77 to Bellville and 69 to Robinson.

“Games like this are great for the fans,” said Rogers Coach Jeff Walker. “They’re not great for our defensive coordinator, but they’re exciting for the fans.”

The 5ive

Here are the highest scoring games in professional sports history:

NBA—The combined 370 points scored in the Pistons’ 186-184 triple-overtime win over the Denver Nuggets on Dec. 13, 1983 may never be broken. Four players scored over 40 points.

NFL—Washington Redskins 72, New York Giants 41 on Nov. 27, 1966. Sonny Jurgenson threw three touchdowns as the Redskins scored 24 points in the fourth quarter.

MLB—The highest scoring game took place back in 1922 when the Chicago Cubs edged the Philadelphia Phillies 26-23. The record for most runs in a game is 30, set by the Texas Rangers in 2007 when they battered the Baltimore Orioles.

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