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Woodsboro's celebrated author Billy Mack Porterfield has died

KYLE - Billy Mack Porterfield (1932-2014) of Wimberley died in Seton Hospital here on June 29, 2014.  A celebration of his life and career will take place on Sunday, July 27, 2014, in San Marcos at the Cheatham Street Warehouse, 2:00-6:00 p.m.


Billy Porterfield was a 1950 graduate of Woodsboro High, and also of Texas State (Southwest Texas State).  His wide-ranging career in writing, television production and newspaper reporting included stops in Houston, Washington DC , Dallas and Austin then finally in Wimberley.  


His extensive publications included LBJ Country (1965),  A Loose Herd of Texans (1978), Texas Rhapsody: Memories of a Native Son (1981), The Greatest Honky-Tonks in Texas (1983), and Diddy Waw Diddy: The Passage of an American Son (1994).


For a very fine obituary stating details of Billy's exceptional life go to: http://www.billyporterfield.com


Former Refugio Defensive Coordinator Coaches State's Best 2A Running Back


STEVE HERYFORD left Refugio in 2013 to become the head football coach at Seagraves in the South Plains of the Panhandle north of Midland and 18 miles northeast of Seminole on US Hwy 35.  Heryford had been the Refugio defensive coordinator since 2009, which included 2011, the year the Bobcats defeated Cisco 36-35 for the 2AD2 title.


Seagraves has a proud football tradition but had suffered through two consecutive three win seasons when Heryford arrived in the summer of 2013.  In his first year the Eagles went  9-5 in 1ADII, claiming impressive playoff wins over Springlake-Earth, Gruver and Booker  before their inexperience showed and they were blown away 52-0 by the division's state champion, Wellington.


Along the way in 2013 Heryford produced the state's best 1A running back, sophomore Cory Kyle.  For the season Kyle  (6'1", 185 lbs) rushed for 3,179 yards, scoring 43 TDs.  For Kyle's junior year, the Eagles will be competing in 2AD2 District 4 with Morton, Plains, Smyer and Sundown.


Heryford's move to Seagraves was a return to head coaching.  He arrived in Refugio in 2009 after directing the football program at Central High in San Angelo.  Previously, he had also head coached at Del Rio and Tahoka and been an assistant in Sonora, Magnolia and San Angelo Central.  He is a native of Midland.

Early Games (Non-District) That May Tell A Lot

That We Know Are Scheduled:

2A Division I: 

Ganado@RiceConsolidated,8/29;Hico@Crawford,9/5;Mart@Thorndale,9/19;CameronYoe@Refugio, 9/26;Centerville@Mart,9/26.

2A Division II:


New 2A Looks

LOOKS LIKE your typical Texas farm boy, right?  Think again.  He's atypical even in that regard.  The steer he's showing off is the Grand Champion of the 2014 Houston Fat Stock Show. If you're not yet impressed, would you believe he was a first team All-State linebacker in 2013, and is returning for his senior year in 2014-15? Who is he? He's Kelton Long of the Wellington Skyrockets, the 2013 1A Division II champions.  Kelton will move to quarterback for his senior season, while, naturally, holding down his linebacker position on defense.

Readers who watched the 1AD2 title game, in person or on TV, saw a superbly coached team demolish a very good Falls City eleven, 42-20. The Skyrockets are actually moving up two steps in the realignment for 2014, from the old 1A Division 2 to the new 2A Division 1.  And the luck of the alignment has them in the second toughest district in the new division, in which they will vie with Canadian, Stratford and a good Panhandle team to be the #1 playoff qualifier.

This young man is also a senior who for 2014 will be leading a very good team in District 1 of 2A Division II (same division in which are Woodsboro and Falls City). The reason we highlight him here is that he has an excellent shot at surpassing Travis Quintanilla's total career passing yardage. Hunter Lile will open the season against Amarillo JV just 3,100 yards short of Travis' record of 13,832 yards.  Last year, his third as the starting quarterback for the Booker Kiowas, he averaged over 300 passing yards per game.  Travis' other records of most TD passes (68) for a season, most TDs (10) in a single game, 5557 passing yards for a season, and 123 career TD passes - those all time state records should be harder for Hunter to reach. But anything's possible.

Booker is aligned in District 1 of Division II. Gruver will likely be their stiffest district competitor.  A pre-district home matchup with Wellington on September 19th should be a good indicator of the Kiowas' chances.

Mart Panthers, A Formidable Threat to Take Fifth State Title

RUSTY NAIL, Mart AD/HC, and linebacker son Collin (see below) hope "to nail" (excuse the pun) another state title for the Panthers.  After all, they're in a four year "title" drought; their last championship was won in 2010. Among coaches and sports writers who closely follow 2A football, the battle for the 2014 Division I title could be between two past rivals, the Mart Panthers and the Refugio Bobcats. 

D'Marcus Cosby is an outstanding junior running back and defensive back whose strongest contribution may be his play when Mart Panther opponents have the ball.  At 5'10" 190 lbs, he will likely cause a lot of headaches for teams trying to prevent the Panthers from taking their fifth state title.


Perhaps fortunately for Refugio, Mart will have to get by some tough teams in order to meet Refugio in the state championship game.  The Panthers have a great shot at claiming the Region II crown, but winning that, they would still have to defeat the winner of Region I, in which Canadian, Stratford, Stamford and Wellington compete.

Should the Panthers-Bobcats contest eventually take place in Dallas, Refugio fans have to hope that it will not be a repeat of the 2000 semi-final played between the two teams in San Marcos.Refugio led by two touchdowns at half-time, but the Panthers shut them out in the second half and won the game 21-20. All-Staters, Quan and Quincy Cosby (twins), led the Panther comeback.  

Quan Cosby was, of course, one-and-the same player who starred for the Texas Longhorns 2005-2008. D'Marcus is the cousin of Quan and Quincy.  Unlike the twins, D'Marcus gets to play home games in this modern stadium:

But here's perhaps the really hard news for Bobcat fans to worry about. D'Marcus is not considered to be the Panthers best player.  That would be quarterback De'Nerian Thomas, a first-team preseason All State choice of TEXAS FOOTBALL.  Also returning for the Panthers is three-time All State linebacker Collin Nail.

            Published by Andy Pate, e-mail:  drandypate@gmail.com; cell- 512.426.2427