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District 4-2A Division I (2017)

Postby HawleyRocks » Thu Jan 05, 2017 5:51 am

Well I guess it's never too early to start the New Year...

Best wishes & Happy New Year (2017) to District 4-2A Division I.

Anson
Forsan
Hawley
Post
Stamford

May this year be as competitive and more than 2016... Good Luck to all schools...
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Re: District 4-2A Division I (2017)

Postby HawleyRocks » Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:45 am

This Is Where We Ended Up For 2016:
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Re: District 4-2A Division I (2017)

Postby HawleyRocks » Thu Jan 05, 2017 2:19 pm

Here Are The MaxPreps Numbers For Our District with Outgoing Graduating Seniors & Remaining Roster...
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Re: District 4-2A Division I (2017)

Postby HawleyRocks » Thu Jan 05, 2017 2:26 pm

Anson & Forsan are going to feel it next year with high roster losses to graduation...

Hawley, Post, & Stamford look to have the largest returning rosters, with the nod going to Post having such a high number of returning players.

Any thoughts???
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Re: District 4-2A Division I (2017)

Postby Windthorstfan » Thu Jan 05, 2017 3:36 pm

You never know!!! Mr Paul in Bremond went from 5'4 to 6'0 between his freshman and sophomore years. Cade Baker is going to be difficult to replace but I know Anson's JV stomped us.

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Re: District 4-2A Division I (2017)

Postby HawleyRocks » Thu Jan 05, 2017 5:52 pm

Windthorstfan wrote:You never know!!! Mr Paul in Bremond went from 5'4 to 6'0 between his freshman and sophomore years. Cade Baker is going to be difficult to replace but I know Anson's JV stomped us.


Yes losing Cade will be huge, and Anson's JV does have some size on it... So, you never know as you said...
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Re: District 4-2A Division I (2017)

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TXHSFB 303: The toughest schedules in Texas high school football
TAKING A DEEP DIVE INTO THE HIDDEN STORYLINES OF THE 2016 TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SEASON.
January 5, 2017
by Greg Tepper

Over the course of January, TexasFootball.com presents The TXHSFB 303, a deep dive into the hidden storylines in the 2016 Texas high school football season. Have an idea for an angle? E-mail DCTF managing editor Greg Tepper.

Today: The toughest schedules in Texas high school football

There are no easy roads to walk in Texas high school football. You may have a cupcake here or there on your schedule, but eventually, you’ll run into some fearsome competition. The quality depth that the Lone Star State boasts makes sure of that.

But not all roads are created equal — some teams face a tougher path than others. We can hem and haw all we want in the preseason (and we do!), but the proof is in the pudding; that is to say, we can find out after the season who actually played the toughest schedule.

So let’s do that. I dug up the opponent win-loss records for every Texas high school football team in 2016. We could just compare those, and figure out which teams played the teams that won the most games, but there’s another element to it — we need to tease out the team in question’s record from the opponents’ combined record, since including them would punish good teams and benefit bad teams.

Let me explain with an example: El Paso Socorro had a tough year, going 0-10. Now, you could point to the fact that their opponents were a combined 66-44 (.600) on the year, and say “Hey! They played a pretty tough schedule!” But that 66-44 mark includes ten games against Socorro — all wins, obviously — and isn’t indicative of the opponents’ true strength. So, Socorro’s actualopponent’s record is 56-44 (.560) — still tough, but not as tough as first glance.

All of that is to say: I adjusted the opponents’ win-loss records to reflect each team’s strength of schedule independent of the team in question.

I’m also separating 11-man from 6-man for the sake of this study; because of the way districts are set up differently, they’re similar but perhaps not apples-to-apples, thus the separation.

(OK, one more caveat and then I promise I’ll get to the data: this only includes in-state teams. So, for example, Bishop Gorman [NV] is not included in Cedar Hill’s opponents, since it is disingenuous to credit Cedar Hill for playing a team that went and beat a bunch of Nevada teams.)

Now that all of that is out of the way, here’s the 20 toughest schedules in Texas high school football (11-man) in 2016.

Team (Record) Opp. W/L Opp. Adj. W/L Opp. Adj. Win %
The Woodlands (15-1) 132-61 131-46 0.740
Temple (12-4) 138-60 134-48 0.736
Pilot Point (2-8) 93-34 85-32 0.726
Hawley (8-4) 103-46 99-38 0.723
Crawford (14-2) 129-65 127-51 0.713
Abilene Cooper (8-5) 106-49 101-41 0.711
Silsbee (6-5) 90-41 85-35 0.708
DeSoto (16-0) 127-69 127-53 0.706
Yoakum (11-5) 134-66 129-55 0.701
Carthage (13-2) 126-67 124-54 0.697
Whitesboro (5-7) 100-46 93-41 0.694
Katy (10-3) 105-55 102-45 0.694
Cedar Hill (11-3) 101-56 98-45 0.685
Killeen Shoemaker (0-10) 74-30 64-30 0.681
Post (10-3) 103-57 100-47 0.680
Colleyville Heritage (10-4) 106-58 102-48 0.680
West Orange-Stark (16-0) 120-73 120-57 0.678
Schertz Cibolo Steele (14-2) 122-71 120-57 0.678
Cameron Yoe (11-3) 106-60 103-49 0.678
Manvel (13-1) 105-63 104-50 0.675

A lot of really good teams make this list, and it’s easy to see why — when you progress through the playoffs, you play better teams with (theoretically) better records. This is especially true for the three state finalists in the top five:

The Woodlands played 11-0 Sachse, 11-1 Austin Bowie, 10-3 Round Rock, 14-0 Allen and 14-1 Lake Travis in consecutive weeks in the playoffs. And that after playing Cy-Fair, Spring, Katy, Lufkin and Beaumont West Brook in the regular season, who combined for 45 wins between them.

Temple ran a gauntlet of their own in the playoffs, especially in the later rounds with 10-1 Port Arthur Memorial, 13-0 Manvel, 14-0 Richmond Foster and 13-2 Highland Park. They’re also buoyed by playing three 10-win teams in the regular season in College Station, Round Rock Cedar Ridge and Round Rock.

Crawford had a balance of tough regular season and brutal playoff opposition — the Pirates faced 9-3 Bosqueville and 11-3 DeLeon in the regular season (back-to-back weeks, even) and then had to get through 9-2 Collinsville, 12-0 Mart, DeLeon again and 12-2 Abernathy just to play 15-1 Refugio in the 2A DI title game.

But perhaps more interesting are the teams that didn’t get to AT&T Stadium — or, in some instances, even close. The story of Pilot Point is absolutely fascinating: of the Bearcats’ 10 opponents, only two won fewer than 7 games. That includes non-district matchups with undefeated state champion Gunter, 13-win Brock, 11-win Muenster and 10-win Krum, plus district matchups with 11-win Pottsboro and 9-win Howe. Pilot Point played the eventual champ Gunter and the defending champ Brock in consecutive weeks! Nobody can ever accuse Pilot Point coach Rob Best — who retired at season’s end — of scheduling soft.

Here are the five toughest schedules in each classification.

Class 2A DI

Team (Record) Opp. W/L Opp. Adj. W/L Opp. Adj. Win %
Hawley (8-4) 103-46 99-38 0.723
Crawford (14-2) 129-65 127-51 0.713
Post (10-3) 103-57 100-47 0.680
Kerens (4-8) 97-48 89-44 0.669
Shiner (8-4) 92-53 88-45 0.662

Class 2A DII

Team (Record) Opp. W/L Opp. Adj. W/L Opp. Adj. Win %
Wellington (13-2) 102-64 100-51 0.662
Iraan (15-1) 119-77 118-62 0.656
Bremond (16-0) 116-80 116-64 0.644
Dallas Gateway Charter (2-9) 88-47 79-45 0.637
Munday (12-2) 93-70 91-58 0.611

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Re: District 4-2A Division I (2017)

Postby HawleyRocks » Fri Jan 06, 2017 12:12 am

Pretty Interesting two schools out of our District - District 4-2A Division I
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Re: District 4-2A Division I (2017)

Postby bluedawg » Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:05 am

Would like to see the numbers on returning starters, I know Anson is losing Baker but also gonna miss at least 2 or 3 of their big play makers. Stamford's JV and Freshman teams had big years.

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Postby HawleyRocks » Sat Jan 07, 2017 6:45 pm

bluedawg wrote:Would like to see the numbers on returning starters, I know Anson is losing Baker but also gonna miss at least 2 or 3 of their big play makers. Stamford's JV and Freshman teams had big years.


Not sure for any other team in our district and I'm really not sure about us at Hawley either. At one point we had 7 starters out with injuries and over half of these were very serious, with most of our senior receivers out for the season. So we had a lot of younger guys that were pushed into 'grow up fast' mode... Some played well and others not so much, but who knows how this experience as a youngster will help them next year after another year of growth and an off-season. Who knows this could help us a lot for next year... It will certainly be interesting to see how these guys continue to mature and get better at their respective positions...

Other's will have to talk about the other teams in our district...
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Re: District 4-2A Division I (2017)

Postby HawleyRocks » Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:26 pm

Here are the All Big Country Team Members From Our District: (Unfortunately only three schools from our district are considered "Big Country" and these are: Anson, Hawley, & Stamford. Forsan & Post are not considered in this Abilene Reporter News - All Big Country Team.)


Congratulations to these Young Men....



Class 2A All-Big Country Football Team
Jordan Hofeditz , Abilene Reporter-News

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

QUAY STOKES
School: Hawley
Class: Junior
Height: 6-0
Weight: 180
Strength: He always plays hard and, as a three-year starter, is very experienced.

2016 Highlight: Coming off the team’s first loss of the season to Mason on Sept. 23, Stokes turned things up to another level in Hawley’s 48-21 victory over Seymour on Sept. 30. Stokes accounted for 586 yards and seven touchdowns (494 yards and 4 TDs through the air, 92 yards and 3 TDs rushing) and started the game by completing 15 of his first 17 passes of the game. That’s when Stokes set the bar in 2016.

Coachspeak: “Of course he’s in the basketball gym now and I think that’s good for him,” Hawley coach Mitch Ables said. “He’s a leader in the basketball gym and he’ll be a leader on the baseball field, that’s just kind of what he is. He’s not real vocal, but he leads by example and tries to show everybody what to do by what he does.”

Why he’s here: Stokes finished the regular season just shy of 3,000 yards through the air with 2,985, completing 184 of 300 passes with 35 TDs. He also rushed for 669 yards and nine TDs as the Bearcats won their bi-district playoff game before falling by one point to Abernathy in the area round.

DEFENSIVE MVP

ETHAN BACCUS
School: Anson
Class: Senior
Height: 5-8
Weight: 175
Strength: Baccus is tough, quick and an excellent competitor.

2016 Highlight: When a player puts together the season that Baccus did on defense, it's hard to pinpoint one game that stands out. But he seemed to be in on every play when the Tigers needed him. Consistency was the key to Baccus’ success in 2016 as he stepped up when it mattered the most.

Coachspeak: “He just has a nose for the football and knowing where to be at the right time,” Anson coach Chris Hagler said. “His tackles had to lead most places in the state, I can’t think, pound-for-pound who was a better linebacker than him. His tackles (total) is what steps out and grabs you. He’s a great kid. He’s always tending his business. He doesn’t say two words when you see him. But he’s a kid who definitely speaks through his actions. We called him the quiet assassin.”

Why he’s here: Baccus finished the regular season with an astounding 145 tackles with 18 coming in the opposing backfield. With three sacks and one interception from his linebacker position, Baccus forced offenses to account him, and even then was still able to make the play.

FIRST TEAM
* — unanimous selection

OFFENSE

QUAY STOKES
Quarterback
Hawley
6-0, 180, Junior
Stats: Completed 184 of 300 passes for 2,985 yards and 35 TDs, while adding 669 yards and nine scores rushing.

ZACH BURT*
Wide receiver
Hawley
5-9, 160, Senior
Stats: Caught 43 passes for 912 yards and 13 TDs. He also added one TD rushing.

TRELL THOMSON
Wide Receiver
Anson
5-7, 170 Senior
Stats: Had 54 catches for 957 yards and 11 TDs.

EDWARD ORNELAS*
Offensive line
Hawley
5-9, 210, Senior
Stats: Graded at 97 percent with 14 pancake blocks and three sacks allowed.

KOLE SMITH
Offensive line
Hawley
6-1, 220, Junior
Stats: Graded at 96 percent with 12 pancake blocks and seven sacks allowed.

DEFENSE

JESSE SITES*
Defensive line
Hawley
6-1, 190, Senior
Stats: Had 78 tackles, including 59 solo, with 26 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and 11 quarterback pressures.

ETHAN BACCUS*
Linebacker
Anson
5-8, 175, Senior
Stats: Finished with 145 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, three sacks and one interception.

CHRIS JONES
Linebacker
Anson
5-11, 180, Junior
Stats: Had 127 tackles with nine for loss and nine sacks, while recovering three fumbles and blocking two kicks.

TRELL THOMSON*
Defensive back
Anson
5-9, 170, Senior
Stats: Finished with 93 tackles, three tackles for loss, six pass breakups and eight interceptions.

ALEX THORN*
Defensive back
Anson
5-9, 152, Junior
Stats: Had 84 tackles with five interceptions, three fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and 10 pass breakups.

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

CADE BAKER
Quarterback
Anson
6-3, 170, Senior
Stats: Completed 151 of 247 passes for 2,293 yards and 20 TDs. He also added 888 yards and 15 TDs rushing.

CADE FRAZIER
Wide Receiver
Hawley
6-2, 185, Senior
Stats: Had 832 yards and seven TDs on 51 receptions.

DAMION LEON
Offensive line
Hawley
6-1, 300, Junior
Stats: Graded at 92 percent with 18 pancake blocks and seven sacks allowed.

DEFENSE

BRANDON PADILLA
Defensive line
Anson
5-7, 235, Junior
Stats: Finished with 59 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, four sacks, three fumbles recoveries and one defensive TD.

HONORABLE MENTION

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Wesley Gonzales, Sr., Stamford

Running back — Mason Davis, Sr., Anson; Steve Johnson, Jr., Stamford

Receiver/tight end — Shane Guerra, Sr., Hawley; Ethan Baccus, Sr., Anson; Lonnie Applin, Jr., Stamford

Offensive line — David Galvan, Sr., Anson

DEFENSE

Linebacker — Jason Soliz, Jr., Anson; Guy London, Sr., Stamford; Lonnie Applin, Jr., Stamford

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Postby HawleyRocks » Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:31 pm

Quay Stokes finished the regular season just shy of 3,000 yards through the air with 2,985, completing 184 of 300 passes with 35 TDs. He also rushed for 669 yards and nine TDs as the Hawley Bearcats won their bi-district playoff game before falling by one point to Abernathy in the area round.

Quay finished the year without our three top senior receivers and his numbers suffered because of this greatly. We were without them for the last three district games and both of our playoff games.
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Postby HawleyRocks » Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:12 am

District 4-2A Division I (2017)

Anson
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Stamford
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Postby HawleyRocks » Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:17 am

Okay, I'm going to be a little selfish here, but I think you will understand... Hawley lost a big fan about a month ago... My dad passed and went home to be with the Lord, he was 83 years old...

Dad was a Big fan of Hawley Sports, both girls and boys and supported each of them equally in going to their games and promoting equal spending for each while he was on the Hawley School Board.

Dad was on the Hawley School Board for 24 years of which he was Board President for 21 of those years. During this time they built 15 buildings on the Hawley ISD Campus, so his legacy will certainly live on. Rest in Peace Dad as we move forward without you this year... Gone but not forgotten...


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Postby HawleyRocks » Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:21 am

I was asked that I only post complete stories if it was from the Newspaper or TV Websites, so I will meet this request this year as I do not want to cause any problems for our website...


2017 Top Matchups: Abilene, Anson, Hamlin
By: David Robinett

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July 10, 2017

One of this year's Champions Classic at Shotwell Stadium, and so is this one. The state-ranked Anson Tigers and the state-ranked Hamlin Pied Pipers meet for the 92nd time in their history in Week One. The two communities are only 17 miles apart, so this rivalry means something to both schools. The Tigers own the series lead in this one with 49 victories to the Pied Pipers 39 and the two schools tied three times. More recently, Anson have won 6 of the last ten, including the last two in a row. This season, Anson and Hamlin are both ranked in the Texas Football Top 15. Anson is 11th in Class 2A Division I and is coming off a run to the state quarterfinals in 2016. Hamlin is 10th in Division II. Head coach Russell Lucas' bunch advanced to the third round. Both are district favorites. It's a great match up if it's the first meeting. It's even more intriguing because of the history.
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2017 Player to Watch: Quay Stokes
By: Mary Johnson

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July 14th, 2017 - Hawley head coach Mitch Ables doesn't have to worry about his starting quarterback for the third year in a row.
Quay Stokes has been the man since his freshman year, and he's a Player to Watch for the third year in a row. Mary Margaret has the details.

Quay Stokes is heading into his fourth year as the starting quarterback for the Hawley Bearcats, and this year he's ready to do it bigger than ever before.

"Every year is a blessing just getting to go out and play, every year," Quay Stokes said. "So going into senior year you try to make it as hyped as you can but I'm going to take it as just another season getting to play with the Hawley Bearcats on my jersey and getting to go out and play with my brothers."

Bearcat head coach Mitch Abels has seen the growth that Quay has made throughout the years.

"He's one of those guys that you kind of had to beg him to talk to the other guys, but he's grown into kind of being a vocal leader as well," Mitch Abels said. "He's one of those kids that has a lot of stuff going on after school but he has the guys over all the time and it's a pretty good friendship."

It's safe to say Quay has had a successful career in the maroon and white. Last season he had 31 hundred yards passing, over 900 yards rushing and 51 touchdowns, and he's coming up on the 10 thousand yard rush and pass club with 125 career touchdowns... and that's an honor that not many players in Texas high school football can say they have.

"That'd be awesome. All that credit needs to go to my coaches and my teammates," Stokes said. "My coaches help prepare each and every week and my teammates, they make my life a lot easier. I just have to say hut and they do all the hard work."

The Bearcats went to the second round of the playoffs in 2016, and Quay says they are determined to make a deeper playoff run in 2017.

"Our ultimate goal is to get back to that point and then when we get to that point, we'll overcome it. I hope me and my teammates just work hard each and every day to get there," Stokes said.

But what is Quay's ultimate goal for his legacy at Hawley?

"I hope I leave Hawley people thinking I'm just a great guy and I want to be the ultimate leader," Stokes said.

Quay Stokes, a BCH Sports Player to Watch.

Hawley's four year starting QB Quay Stokes is our first ever three time BCH Sports Player to Watch
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Re: District 4-2A Division I (2017)

Postby H.TIGFAN » Tue Jul 18, 2017 1:37 pm

This is the toughest district in 2017 top-2-bottom.

I think Forsan is the team to miss the playoffs this year.

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Postby Cottontop » Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:15 am

HawleyRocks wrote:Okay, I'm going to be a little selfish here, but I think you will understand... Hawley lost a big fan about a month ago... My dad passed and went home to be with the Lord, he was 83 years old...

Dad was a Big fan of Hawley Sports, both girls and boys and supported each of them equally in going to their games and promoting equal spending for each while he was on the Hawley School Board.

Dad was on the Hawley School Board for 24 years of which he was Board President for 21 of those years. During this time they built 15 buildings on the Hawley ISD Campus, so his legacy will certainly live on. Rest in Peace Dad as we move forward without you this year... Gone but not forgotten...


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Sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. Thoughts and prayers for you HawleyRocks

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Re: District 4-2A Division I (2017)

Postby dogfan1 » Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:55 am

Cottontop wrote:
HawleyRocks wrote:Okay, I'm going to be a little selfish here, but I think you will understand... Hawley lost a big fan about a month ago... My dad passed and went home to be with the Lord, he was 83 years old...

Dad was a Big fan of Hawley Sports, both girls and boys and supported each of them equally in going to their games and promoting equal spending for each while he was on the Hawley School Board.

Dad was on the Hawley School Board for 24 years of which he was Board President for 21 of those years. During this time they built 15 buildings on the Hawley ISD Campus, so his legacy will certainly live on. Rest in Peace Dad as we move forward without you this year... Gone but not forgotten...


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Sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. Thoughts and prayers for you HawleyRocks

So sorry to hear this. God Bless

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Postby HawleyRocks » Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:17 am

Thank you Both... Best wishes...
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2017 State LineMAN Challenge at Hardin-Simmons

Anson's Israel Delacruz lets out a yell while competing in the tug-of-war during the fourth annual State LineMAN Challenge on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at Hardin-Simmons' University's Shelton Stadium. Anson won the Division 3 championship. Thomas Metthe/Reporter-News
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2017 State LineMAN Challenge at Hardin-Simmons

Hawley linemen compete in the tug-of-war during the fourth annual State LineMAN Challenge on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at Hardin-Simmons' University's Shelton Stadium. Thomas Metthe/Reporter-News
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Postby HawleyRocks » Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:22 am

New LineMAN Challenge champions crowned at HSU

Jordan Hofeditz , Abilene Reporter-News

http://www.reporternews.com/story/sport ... 426202001/

Two new State LineMAN Challenge champions were named Saturday afternoon at Hardin-Simmons’ Shelton Stadium with Anson taking the Division III title and Division II going to Gatesville while Arlington High defending its Division I crown.

A rain delay and some slightly wet conditions made things a little harder on the competitors, but facing adversity and overcoming it is part of battling in the trenches. The players and teams able to do that the best, usually come out on top.

“Whenever you get a chance to do this, especially with linemen, they kind of like the nasty weather," HSU coach Jesse Burleson said. "So, when we were sitting there looking at it, we were thinking this was a great opportunity, not only to get out here and do this and teach them it’s OK to recalculate. If something bad happens or you’ve got a delay in your game or whatever, you’ve got to come back out and compete. I think it was good for everybody involved.”

After the rain cleared, the event got off with 30 teams split into three divisions competing in 10 different events culminating with the tug of war. Anson took third over fourth-place Coleman, while Hawley won the tug of war championship against Stockdale. All Saints won the Division II competition and Midland Lee at Division I.

Abilene High's Dante Cuffy won the Division I Speed Kills award, while Hamlin's Jared Woods took Division III Speed Kills honors.

Pretty much everyone but the linemen compete at 7-on-7 competitions during the summer while the linemen work out. This is a chance to get them together and get some competition of their own going while doing some different things.

“The skill players, they can do 7-on-7 all summer long, so they get to compete on top of their workouts,” Burleson said. “These guys, all they’re doing is working out. They’re lifting and running and those kinds of things. So, whenever we get a chance to get them to come out, especially as a team, and compete it’s even better. That’s why we love it, a chance to get the big guys out here and get after it.”
Anson won the Division III championship with 48 points, 12 more than a three-place tie for second between Marion, Jim Ned and Hawley. Coleman, last year’s champions, finished fifth. Gatesville finished with 65 points to lead Division II, All Saints came in second with 59. Brownwood took fifth with 34 points.

Division I champion Arlington High had the most team points out of all divisions with 79, to beat San Antonio O’Connor by 16 points. Abilene High tied for sixth with 18 points.

As a former offensive linemen, this type of competition is something Burleson has done for a long time. After he got to HSU and was able to grow the event, it has come together well with a lot of hard work.

“This is, honestly, a dream I had back when I was coaching high school football,” said Burleson, who is entering his seventh year as HSU's head coach. “We’ve been doing this for over 15 years. We’ve just taken it and expanded it doing the qualifiers and the state championship. It does take a lot of work behind the scenes, but it’s worth it whenever you see the opportunities that these guys have. Their parents are out here and right in the middle of it. They’re not sitting in the stands. They’re right there beside their kids. It’s a special event.”

With July less than a week away, the football season is quickly approaching. The teams will get back to their own work continuing summer schedules before the fall preparation begins. But Saturday was a chance to get some of that intangible work done.

“You can see what guys lift and what they run and all that stuff,” Burleson said. “But whenever you see them come out here and compete, it might back been tug of war and they fell down and they’ve got to get up and scramble. You can find the guys that have that competitive spirit. Any time to get a chance to do that we’re going to take advantage of that.”
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Postby HawleyRocks » Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:28 am

Tigers leading the pack into the 4-2A DI district season for 2017
Dave Campbell's Texas Football preview


http://www.ktxs.com/news/tigers-leading ... /586202388

Chris Wilner

Jul 12, 2017

ABILENE, Texas - As we begin to wrap up our Dave Campbell's Texas Football district previews, we hit class 2A with just 26 days until the start of fall camp.

In district 4 of DI, it’s all about the Anson Tigers, picked 11th in the preseason top 20 poll.

Chris Hagler's team made the fourth round for the first time last season before falling to Abernathy, and now with preseason defensive MVP pick Chris Jones back along with 12 starters -- the Tigers will need its younger offense to step up if they should make a run for back-to-back district titles.

Just to the south of Anson, we find Hawley, who returns now-4th year starting quarterback Quay Stokes.

Stokes’ incredible career now has him nearing the 10,000 rush and pass career yard milestone, and heading into 2017, was picked as preseason offensive MVP.

Mitch Abeles and company have 14 veterans back on a team that struggled at the end of the year with injuries, as it has its eyes on furthering last year's area round exit.

And then there’s Stamford, who had almost a brand new team last year – coming off a winless district season.

But Ronnie Casey's Bulldogs have all its men back from the rebuild year, including top returnee Lonnie Applin who will play both ways, as the 2013 state title winners look to turn things around this season.

Dave Campbell’s Texas Football – Preseason Rankings
4-2A DI
1. Anson
2. Post
3. Hawley
4. Forsan
*5. Stamford
*- projected to miss playoffs
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Postby HawleyRocks » Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:30 am

Top Matchups: Anson & Breckenridge featured

By: David Robinett

July 18, 2017

http://www.bigcountryhomepage.com/sport ... /768570121

In the final week of the season, Anson travels to Post for what Texas Football Magazine expects to be the district championship game. Post is picked first, and Anson is right on their tail in second place. Anson came out of no where in 2016 and advanced all the way to the Class 2A quarterfinals. Twelve positions are filled with starters coming into the new season, and seven of those are on the defensive side of the ball. The returners know they can beat Post because they did last year. The Tigers dominated the Antelopes to the tune of 48-21. That victory seemed to catapult head coach Chris Hagler's team to their five week run in the postseason. We find out if they can do it against this year on November
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Postby bluedawg » Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:07 am

Anson lost most of their big play makers including their star QB, they will be hard to replace. Just don't see them coming out on top in district.

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Postby Windthorstfan » Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:29 am

HawleyRocks wrote:By: David Robinett

Anson came out of no where in 2016 and advanced all the way to the Class 2A quarterfinals.That victory seemed to catapult head coach Chris Hagler's team to their five week run in the postseason.

Sheesh, reporters that try to embellish things make my blood boil!!! Evan Ren was all over them last year leading up to the season so not sure they came out of nowhere. They went three rounds deep in 2015...As a quarterfinalist last year they had a 4 week run not 5.

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Postby HawleyRocks » Mon Jul 24, 2017 4:49 pm

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HawleyRocks wrote:By: David Robinett

Anson came out of no where in 2016 and advanced all the way to the Class 2A quarterfinals.That victory seemed to catapult head coach Chris Hagler's team to their five week run in the postseason.

Sheesh, reporters that try to embellish things make my blood boil!!! Evan Ren was all over them last year leading up to the season so not sure they came out of nowhere. They went three rounds deep in 2015...As a quarterfinalist last year they had a 4 week run not 5.


I agree with you for sure... And what is sad about this is the fact that David Robinett has been around for a long time and should know better... [-x
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Postby HawleyRocks » Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:46 am

I posted these numbers for our district at the end of the season...
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Postby HawleyRocks » Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:52 am

When I look at this graph it looks like Anson and Forsan was hit the hardest by graduation... It also looks like Post and Stamford have a lot to be excited about in the numbers they have returning that will be seniors and juniors this year... Of course it remains to be seen how this district plays out and the other item I do not know is, how many of what graduated from each school were contributing players or starters...
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Postby HawleyRocks » Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:29 pm

Well, it is official...

Here is the new Hawley Bearcats Helmet for 2017... Go Bearcats...


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Postby PurplePunch » Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:21 pm

HR - I hadn't read that you lost your dad last month. That's tough, and even more so when he's a good man who did so much for his community, it's schools, and it's kids. As a retired superintendent I know good board members are angels sent from above, and 24 years of service is above and beyond.
I lost my dad when I was 32 and he was 57. I still miss him. God bless you.

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Postby Pigskin Swammy » Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:43 am

good looking helmet

sorry for the loss!
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PurplePunch wrote:HR - I hadn't read that you lost your dad last month. That's tough, and even more so when he's a good man who did so much for his community, it's schools, and it's kids. As a retired superintendent I know good board members are angels sent from above, and 24 years of service is above and beyond.
I lost my dad when I was 32 and he was 57. I still miss him. God bless you.


Thank you for your kind words, Dad will be truly missed at Hawley that is for sure... Our first home game will be an emotional time for me as I am sure there will be lots of comments before and after the game when our fans see me there without Dad... The last two years have been hard getting him from the gate and into the stands with his failing health, and he worried that he was too much of a burden, but I never minded going and getting him and bringing him to the games. I would call ahead and get us inside the gates at away games and I always had my two boys and several of the guys I graduated with that helped me get Dad into his desired place in the stands. Dad always liked to sit up high so that he could see better and while it took some doing, we as a group never minded doing it for him. Yes, our first few games will be bittersweet, but I also know he's in a better place and no longer in pain... Thank you again...
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Postby HawleyRocks » Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:45 am

Pigskin Swammy wrote:good looking helmet

sorry for the loss!


Hey Sir, thank you for your comments on Dad...

Yes, the new helmet is certainly different, but another good look...

Thank you again...
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Postby HawleyRocks » Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:47 am

Anson father-son duo, veteran returners eager to keep momentum going

Chris Wilner
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Anson Tigers building on '16 momentum

ANSON, Texas - The last stop on day number two of the KTXS 2-a-day tour was to the town of Anson. A program coming off its deepest playoff run as an 11-man school – the regional final.

That momentum is surely carrying over to this season, as the Tigers aim for new heights in 2017.

“We use it as motivation, but we don’t like to live off the past,” said senior Chris Jones. “We get this new team now and we go on and do what we do best – just adjust.”

With key two-way star and preseason district 4-2A DI MVP ones back for his senior season, Anson has its work horse – along with Jackson Heidenheimer, Elijah Moser, and Nick Tanner helping leading the way.

“All those guys are three-year starters coming back and that’s big for leadership moving forward,” explained Tigers head coach Chris Hagler.

And the defense? It's the Tigers most veteran group featuring Brandon Padilla who had 101 tackles in 2016, and Jason Soliz, who had 6 interceptions.

The offense, however, is a bit younger, but has familiarity. Head coach Chris Hagler's son Drew now has the title of QB1, replacing the graduated Cade Baker, as the man taking the reins.

“I Just told him, hey let's have fun,” said coach Hagler at Tuesday’s practice. “That's the bottom line of the story -- let's go have fun, and he's doing that right now.

I told him it's your time, and you know, not to put a lot of pressure on yourself,” Hagler added. “He's gonna have lots of big moments ahead, but he had a lot of big moments last year getting thrown into some of those games, but I think that's going to make him better in the long run."

Anson opens the season Friday, Sept. 1 at home against Hamlin.
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Postby HawleyRocks » Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:02 am

Stamford coach Ronnie Casey talks about the keys to Bulldogs success

Stamford coach Ronnie Casey talks about the keys to the Bulldogs success this season.

http://www.reporternews.com/videos/spor ... 104483088/
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Postby HawleyRocks » Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:06 am

Anson, Hawley hit the field on Day 4 of fall football practice

http://www.reporternews.com/picture-gal ... 104481908/

(This is just pictures.)

I also thought this was an interesting grouping as these two schools are such big rivalries. It made me wonder if they were trying to push some buttons by grouping these two schools pictures together... But hey, I might just be reading too much into it.... :-??
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Hawley coach Mitch Ables talks about the keys to Bearcats success

Hawley coach Mitch Ables talks about the keys to the Bearcats success this season.

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Postby HawleyRocks » Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:17 am

Four-year starter Stokes ready to put knowledge to the test for Bearcats

Senior has been QB1 since freshman year

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Stokes ready for his 4th and final...

HAWLEY, Texas - Time flies by, and for Hawley senior Quay Stokes, the 2017 season will mark his last in the Bearcat uniform. But he's certainly not satisfied yet.

Friday afternoon, the pads were popping for Hawley, as the program prepares to respond following a much earlier than anticipated exit in the postseason.

QB1 Stokes knows all too well about responding and learning from the previous season. The young man has been Hawley's starter since he was a freshman. Now four years of being in the varsity system, its almost night and day from when he began.

"I couldn't have gotten any worse than when I first started,” Stokes said at Friday’s practice. “There was only one way and that was up.”

Now three years later, Stokes has amassed quite the resume. Entering the 2017 season, the QB is not far away from the 10,000 career rush/pass yardage mark to go along with 125 career touchdowns. Impressive to say the least.

“I didn’t think really much about it, but that’s not something I really look into,” he said. “My main goal is to be a leader on this team and do my best to put my team in position to win. If it happens, great. If not, great. I’m just glad I get to play football as a Hawley Bearcat.”

He’s grown up before our very eyes, and with a solid group behind him, Stokes’ maturity is set to shine this season.

“Ever since my freshman year I've always tried to come in everyday and work as hard as I can and get ready for another day," he said.

Senior Dylan Frazier added, “He's just a really good leader. Like he knows what to do and he always gets us in control."

Mitch Ables has coached Quay for the last four seasons, and now, not only knows his athletic ability, but his football IQ has the program impressed.

“It's like having another coach on the field,” smiled coach Ables. “He's been here for four years and he's just as good of a coach as we are right now."


Quay Stokes Watch For Passing Yards & Rushing Yards. Quay's totals for three years are 6502 yards passing and 2142 yards rushing for a total of 8644 yards, only 1356 yards a way from 10,000 total yards...

Last season his Junior year, Quay had 3106 passing and 922 yards rushing...
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Anson coach Chris Hagler talks about the keys to the Tigers success

Anson coach Chris Hagler talks about the keys to the Tigers success this season.

http://www.reporternews.com/videos/spor ... 104482824/
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Lessons from rough 2016 will help Stamford this year

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Stamford ready to learn from 2016...

STAMFORD, Texas - The 2016 season was a rare one for the Stamford Bulldogs, and not for good reason.

Stamford went 2-8 overall and did not make the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

"Last season was a learning experience for us," said senior offensive and defensive lineman H.D. Lewis. "There's a lot more than football to the game.

"We all learned how to be better teammates to each other. I think we all learned a little bit about each other, and what it takes to work with each other a little bit better. We learned what didn't work and we know how to fix that."

But now those players that were young are a year older, and with added experience. Eight starters return on both offense and defense for head coach Ronnie Casey's team.

"[Last season] wasn't quite too fun," said senior tight end and linebacker Lonnie Applin. "There were a lot of younger people stepping up and I think it was just a learning stage for us. I think, now this year coming back, we're looking really good."

Stamford will feature a gifted pair of running backs with Steven Johnson and R.J. Smith.

"Those are big parts of our team," said Applin. "Those guys are really something. they have a lot of talent."

Going through a last place finish in District 4-2A Division II has toughed the Bulldogs. Lewis described them as fighters.

"The reason I say that is because of how much adversity we've been through throughout the years."

Stamford will open the season against powerhouse Brock on Friday, Sept. 1 at home, then play at well-respected Munday a week later.
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I had these numbers sent to me for our district... I hope they are correct.... Windthorstfan ??? LOL

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Postby Windthorstfan » Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:43 am

HawleyRocks wrote:I had these numbers sent to me for our district... I hope they are correct.... Windthorstfan ??? LOL

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These numbers are from the 2016 Realignment
These are the enrollment numbers based on last years TEA reports

Anson 248 (70 Srs, 63 Jrs, 54 Soph, 61 Fr) they graduated a class of 38 last year
Post 231 (56, 56, 48, 71)
Hawley 225 (56, 47, 65, 57)
Forsan 195 (38, 46, 56, 55)
Stamford 184 (44, 46, 45, 49)

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Postby HawleyRocks » Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:36 pm

Windthorstfan wrote:
HawleyRocks wrote:I had these numbers sent to me for our district... I hope they are correct.... Windthorstfan ??? LOL

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These numbers are from the 2016 Realignment
These are the enrollment numbers based on last years TEA reports

Anson 248 (70 Srs, 63 Jrs, 54 Soph, 61 Fr) they graduated a class of 38 last year
Post 231 (56, 56, 48, 71)
Hawley 225 (56, 47, 65, 57)
Forsan 195 (38, 46, 56, 55)
Stamford 184 (44, 46, 45, 49)


Hawley's Number was 207 or 208 today, and rejecting transfers right and left... :ymapplause: :ymapplause: :ymapplause:
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Postby HawleyRocks » Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:37 pm

Stamford looking to rebound in 2017

By: David Robinett
Posted: Aug 17, 2017

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August 17, 2017 - STAMFORD, Texas -- The Stamford Bulldogs are coming off their worst season since 2005 with just two wins overall and no wins in district last year.

This year, head coach Ronnie Casey returns eight starters on both sides of the ball and twenty lettermen are back.

There is a lot to build on, and the players are confident things will turn around in 2017.

Caden Mathis said, "I don't think we're going to be an underdog. Last year's team was a completely different team. We've grown up a lot, and we played Post last year within 6 points, and they did really well after that, so we're going to be coming. We're going to be ready, and I don't think anyone should count us as an underdog."

Noah Horn said, "I think we've got a lot of motivation coming off of last season, and I think we all just really want to fight and do better, so I think we'll do a lot better this season."

Lonnie Applin is one of the leading returners.

He scored five touchdowns on offense and delivered 87 tackles on defense for Stamford.
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Re: District 4-2A Division I (2017)

Postby HawleyRocks » Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:39 pm

VIDEO: Hawley's Mitch Ables talks about what his team is showing so far

http://www.reporternews.com/videos/spor ... 104705680/
VIDEO: Hawley coach Mitch Ables talks about what his team is showing so far Evan Ren

VIDEO: Stamford coach Ronnie Casey speaks about his team's progress

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VIDEO: Stamford coach Ronnie Casey speaks about his team's progress. Evan Ren

VIDEO: Anson coach Chris Hagler shares his likes, dislikes

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Re: District 4-2A Division I (2017)

Postby HawleyRocks » Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:41 pm

Lions and Bearcats duel in first scrimmage of 2017

Posted: Aug 18, 2017

Albany and Hawley squared off on Friday in the first scrimmages for either team this season.

http://www.ktxs.com/news/lions-and-bear ... /606620610
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Re: District 4-2A Division I (2017)

Postby HawleyRocks » Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:45 pm

Anson expects even more success in 2017

By: David Robinett
Posted: Aug 18, 2017

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August 18, 2017 - ANSON, Texas -- The Anson Tigers come into the 2017 season of their longest run in the playoffs in 90 years by advancing to the fourth round of the playoffs.

A lot of that team is back, so they have high hopes again this year.

The Anson Tigers have a new dynamic in 2017 that includes several players with lots of varsity experience and players with none. It's a tricky dynamic, but the seniors seem to like their new role.

Jason Saliz said, "It's pretty easy to come along with them because we're able to coach them up on the go, and it's easier to build chemistry with them because we've been in the system longer, and we we've known what's going on longer than they have."

Nick Tanner said, "It's fun to have new people out there, I mean the young kids are out here working hard just as hard as the people that have started for three years before them, so as long as they're working hard, it's fun to play with them."

Even with all the new faces, this Anson team is picked to win their district, and that's different than last year when they were picked last in the preseason rankings in their district. Now of course that was before their historic playoff run, so this year they got a target on their back.

Saliz said, "We feel like we have more to prove this year than we did last year. We have a huge target on our back this year, and teams are wanting to come after us more than they ever have before. You know we just made the longest run in school history."

Chris Hagler said, "As a coaching staff, we're just trying to do our best to emphasize to these guys that, look, this is a tough deal and that ole target on your back started out maybe a little smaller than what it is. It's a lot bigger now."

So what does that do for the players?

Salize said, "It definitely gives us a chip on our shoulder, so we just want to go out there and prove to the fans and to the people on the other teams that we are the best team."

And the coaching staff wants the guys to know that that bigger target is a testament to what they've done.

Hagler said, "You've done well, so you just got to build on that and make sure all those little things that we talk about are still in place day to day."

The Tigers return most of their defense and coach Hagler likes the offensive line, but with all the sophomore on the team coach Hagler wants to make sure to push them, but not press.
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Re: District 4-2A Division I (2017)

Postby HawleyRocks » Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:59 pm

Hawley is back with experience in 2017

By: Mary Johnson
Posted: Aug 23, 2017

http://www.bigcountryhomepage.com/sport ... /796855904

August 23rd, 2017 - In 2016 the Hawley Bearcats suffered some key injuries that kind of put them off during the season, but those injuries are the exact thing that gave the guys now some much needed experience, so combine that with the four-year starting quarterback, and there's a lot of excitement around this Hawley Bearcat team.

Mitch Ables said, "A lot of guys that are playing this year are those guys that had to play last year, so I think that gives us an advantage. Hopefully that gives us experience to go from there."

Quay Stokes said, "We got to have the mindset of, somebody's got to step up, so I think with the injuries that we suffered last year, I thought we did very well doing that, and if we can carry that over I think we'll do very well."

Michael Delagarza said, "We got the four year starter coming up. We've got, a lot of us played last year due to injuries, and I feel like we're just, we've all been there and we know what's coming up."

Ables said, "We've got a lot of young guys that are stepping up in roles, so we've just got to get them up with everybody else and hopefully move on from there."

Stokes said, "Each and every one of us come out and competing just trying to get ready and try and get ready for the regular season. Have a lot of competition, a lot of guys with good upbeats to them. It's been great."

The Bearcats are in a tough district with Anson, Stamford, Post, and Forsan, but they are excited for it. They like the way things are going, so far.

The Bearcats start the 2017 season next week at home against Munday.
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