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12/17/05-Abilene

Stratford Deals Big Sandy Heartbreaker In Championship Game

The Big Sandy Wildcats tried to stake their claim on the 1A championship. They faced a team with an identical 14-1 record, Stratford.
The two went back and forth and it came down to the last minutes of the game.
In the first, after Big Sandy recovered an Elk fumble, Deroderrick Strickland hit Zach Massingill who went in for the touchdown.
Big Sandy went for two, taking the 8-0 lead.
But The Elks came back.
Stratford's Hunter Buckles found some room and was in for the touchdown. It was 8-7 Big Sandy.
Elks took the lead when Brady Bell took the handoff and powered in for a touchdown.
Elks led 14-8 at the half.
It would be the second half when Big Sandy made their push. In the third, Deroderick Strickland on the quarterback keeper took the ball around the left end and sprinted for the touchdown, tying the game 14-14.
In the fourth quarter Brandon McCleveland scored and Big Sandy went up 20-14.
However, the Wildcats could not hold off Stratford. Hunter Buckles threw to Case Crabtree for the game winner.
The final score, the one point difference, Stratford won 21-20. It was a dissappointing loss but as Big Sandy Coach Scott Callaway said not a dissappointing performance.
"Wish we could have another opportunity to play them but you only get one chance," Callaway said. "They made plays when they had to. We just loss to a good football team. I'm going to miss this senior class group that I'm loosing but I'm proud of my football team. I would line up with them again and play with the again."

Maya Golden reporting, mgolden@kltv.com
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