Thursday, October 30, 2014

2014 Cinch Roping Fiesta

Over the weekend I got to cover a local event that I've not been to in several years and I figured since I had some time this year, I'd go and check it out. The Cinch Roping Fiesta is an event put on by the San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo Association where 40 of the top ropers in the country come to compete in calf roping, double mugging and steer roping. I love covering events that the SASSRA puts on for two reasons:

1. The events are a lot of fun with tons of action going on.
2. The SASSRA staff are some of the best people in town. They are willing to work with the media and help to accommodate us in every way possible. I want to give a huge shout out and thanks to Justin Jonas, Brittni Kaczyk and Tom Thompson. These three and their staff are first class people.

Like I said before, I haven't covered this event in quite some time and I wanted to come out and to get some roping photos. We have three weeks of rodeo action in the February and the Roping Fiesta is a nice little mid-year refresher until then.

San Angelo is truly a roping kind of town with a long and storied history of hosting some of the best competitors in the world. This year the fiesta celebrated its 61st anniversary. The power, speed and skill of these ropers is truly something to behold. They way they maneuver not only their horses but the rope is pure artistry. And it makes the event that much better when the weather cooperates as well. The temperature was a little on the toasty side, upper 80s to low 90s, but if you sat on the right side of the outdoor arena you could catch a little breeze.

The big event on Saturday, along with the 40 ropers doing their thing, was the Zesch and Pickett Match Roping event between Cody Ohl and Tuf Cooper. Cody Ohl is a world champion calf roper and a legend in his own right. Tuf Cooper is young and is really making a name for himself on the roping circuit. I have no doubt that he too will one day be considered a legend of the sport. Ohl was the winner of last year's match and again won it this year. If you're ever in town during the third week of October this is one event you won't want to miss.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

College Football: Angelo State vs. Eastern New Mexico

So, this last weekend I found myself with some extra time on my hands and I decided to help out with some of the assignments we were going to cover. Did I really need to be there, no, our staff was more than capable of handling it on their own. But, I figured it couldn't hurt to have a few more photos in the archive and perhaps an extra gallery of images on the website. One of those assignments was the football game between our local university, Angelo State, and Eastern New Mexico. This would be the first time this season, and probably my only chance, to cover the Rams at their new stadium.

The Rams have been putting together a nice season, heading into this game against ENMU they boasted a season record of 4-2. Last year ENMU played the spoiler as they came back from a 28-point deficit to stun the Rams. This year was a bit different as the Rams held steady to take the Lone Star Conference win 41-20. The Rams' offense, defense and special teams all got in on the scoring bandwagon to help secure the win.

Now the Rams are in a position to take the No. 2 seed in the LSC playoffs in two weeks, but competition is tight as they are in a four-way tie. ASU will finish out their regular season this Saturday against Tarleton State in Stephenville and it could be a make-or-break game to see who ends up in the playoffs.

Monday, October 27, 2014

2014 Friday Night Football Week 9: Central vs. Odessa High

Okay, so lets get on with Week 9 of the high school football season. I was to cover the Central High School Bobcats' game against Odessa High in a District 3-6A match-up at San Angelo Stadium. The great thing about this game was that it had a kickoff time at 4:00pm so I was going to be able to cover the entire game and not miss any action because I was editing photos like I did last week in Midland. Being able to shoot an entire game always seems to be a little less stressful, probably because there's no pressure of being under deadline and having to send photos back to the office.

The Central defense was going to have a true test this week against the Odessa running attack of junior running back Sebastian Galindo and quarterback Nick Adams. Heading into this game Central has only allowed three runners to break the 100-yard mark this season, so containing Galindo and Adams was a high priority and key to coming away with a victory.

Unfortunately, the Central defense wasn't able to hold the Odessa ground attack as both Sebastian Galindo and Nick Adams hit the 100-yard mark.

But, it didn't matter.

Fortunately, the Central defense was able to contain just about everything else Odessa could throw at them. The Bobcats stopped Odessa on fourth down three times in the first half. Yes, Sebastian Galindo finished the game with 149 yards rushing and Nick Adams finished with 109. But the rest of the Odessa High offense could only muster a mere 76 yards. An offense needs more than just two players contributing if you want to win a game. The Central defense worked superbly and at halftime Central lead 24-7.

The Central offense also had a great game putting up some big numbers. Quarterback Braden Hucks and the Bobcat receivers were controlling the game on the offensive side of the ball posting a total of 348 yards through the air with 236 of those yards coming in the first half. The biggest impact of the night in the receiving ranks for the Bobcats came from senior Landon Sawyer, who had 11 catches for a staggering 198 yards of offense. It was the best night of receiving Sawyer has had in his three-year varsity career and the second-best night for a Bobcat receiver in school history. Marc Campos holds the single game receiving record with a 210-yard game against Lubbock Coronado back 2008.

When it was all said and done, Central had a great game taking the the win with a final score of 40-14 and now boast a 7-1 record for the season and a 3-0 record in District 3-6A play. There are just two more weeks left in the regular season and Central is well on their way to securing another district championship.