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Wed
16
Aug
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Jackets put on the pads for practice

As a high school football coach, you know know for sure what you have until you put on the pads for the first time. After the Meridian Yellowjackets did just that last Friday, Jacket fourth-year head coach Chris Roberts liked what he saw.

After working out during the mornings last week, the Jackets will be working out in the afternoons this week leading up to their first of two scrimmages, traveling to Santo Friday to take on the Wildcats at 6 p.m.

“The first day in pads was fine, considering that it is the first day blocking and tackling,” Roberts said. “Everything is a process so it will get better. Saturday was just more group and team specific. It went about as good as can be expected at this point.”

Wed
16
Aug

Lady Cubs host tourney

After opening the 2017 Texas high school volleyball season with a hard-fought loss on the road against Hillsboro, the Clifton Lady Cubs notched their first win of the season when hosting the annual Clifton Lady Cubs Invitational Tournament last weekend.

Last Thursday, the Lady Cubs opened pool play by beating Palmer, 23-25, 25-18, 25-17, then promptly posted an impressive 25-13, 25-14 sweep of Kopperl before falling to Hico, 15-25, 25-22, 13-15.

In championship bracket play, Clifton opened with a 21-25, 16-25 loss to Hamilton before knocking off Kopperl for the second time, 22-25, 25-7, 25-11. Playing the Consolation Campionship, the Lady Cubs once again fell to Hico, 18-25, 23-25.

“This was a great opportunity for us to see a lot of different teams,” Clifton volleyball head coach Jason Williams said. “We came up short on a crucial game, but we learned a lot and have our sites set on preparing for district play.”

Wed
16
Aug

Clifton gears up for first test

After putting on the pads for the first time last Friday, the Clifton Cubs are ready for some football. And that’s exactly what the Cubs will get this Friday when Clifton travels to McGregor for the first scrimmage of the 2017 Texas high school football season on Aug. 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Clifton had 55 student-athletes going through four days of conditioning workouts in shorts, shirts and helmets before putting on the pads for the first time last Friday.

“Overall, I was pleased with what we did the first couple of days in pads,” Clifton football head coach Chuck Caniford said. “A lot of times, the number of mental errors increases when you put on the pads, but we didn’t really see that on Friday.”

Then after only one day of practice in pads, the Cubs went through an intersquad scrimmage on Saturday to get more of a live game look.

Wed
09
Aug

MERIDIAN YELLOWJACKS

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09
Aug

CLIFTON CUBS & LADY CUBS

Wed
09
Aug

Jackets take aim at post-season again

With the opportunity to achieve accomplishments that have not happened in Meridian for decades, the 2017 Yellowjacket football team took the field for the first time Monday as programs around the state began to prepare the upcoming high school football season.

Looking for their third consecutive playoff berth for the first time since 1984 and their third straight winning record for the first time since 2002, the Jackets will aim at lofty goals with three new coaches joining Meridian head coach Chris Roberts’ staff.

Joining Roberts, Ryan Moreau and Joe O’Hearn, Charlie Gomez will take over as the defensive coordinator and coach the secondary, Kory Toney will coach linebackers and assist with the offensive line, and retired former Meridian head coach Russell Roberts returns to assist his son by coaching the offensive and defensive lines.

Wed
09
Aug

Cubs take aim at title repeat

Certainly, there’s something to be said about consistency and continuity. And since Clifton Cub football head coach Chuck Caniford took over the program in 2014, he has established just that -- in more ways than one.

Not only did the Cubs advance to the playoffs for the third consecutive season under Caniford in 2016, Clifton returns its entire coaching staff returning for 2017-18 as the Cubs look to defend their District 10-3A, Division II title.

And when the Cubs took the field for the first practice of the 2017 Texas high school football season Monday evening, the impact of the culture Caniford has established in Clifton clearly stood out.

“Consistency and continuity are critical to building a program, so we feel like this is going to help us moving forward this year,” Caniford said. “Overall, I was very pleased with the first day. The kids were focused and had a strong desire to learn.

Wed
02
Aug
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Clifton Youth Baseball

Getting a taste of playing on a big league field, two Bosque County 10-and-under boys baseball teams were sponsored to play at the Texas Ranger Youth Ballpark beside Globe Life Park in Arlington June 6. The Clifton team was coached by Clay Cockrell and the Meridian team was coached by Jerry Cooper and the game ended in an 8-8 tie. Each team held individual bake sales and they held a joint carwash as fundraisers to rent the park, order t-shirts, buy tickets for the Ranger game and spending money at the ballpark. Due to a mix-up between the Rangers ballpark and the coaches, umpires were not on hand for the game. As a result, the ballpark will allow both teams to return for an official rematch in September.

Wed
26
Jul
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Cubs wrap up 7-on-7 strong

When it came to the second edition of the Bosque County 7-on-7 Summer Football League, the Clifton Cubs and the Meridian Yellowjackets saved the best for last.

After splitting the previous two encounters between the neighboring teams, the Cubs came from behind in the final six minutes of the game by converting a late interception into a quick score to take the lead before the defense rose to the occasion to secure Clifton’s dramatic 26-25 victory over Meridian last Thursday night at Jacket Stadium.

“It was, without question, our most successful summer of 7-on-7 since I’ve been here,” Clifton football head coach Chuck Caniford said. “What makes it even more exciting is that we rarely had our full group together. Different guys stepped up each week and found a way to be successful.”

That was never more true than in the final slate of games for the Clifton Cubs.

Wed
26
Jul
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Meridian closes out summer 7-on-7

When it came to the second edition of the Bosque County 7-on-7 Summer Football League, the Clifton Cubs and the Meridian Yellowjackets saved the best for last.

After splitting the previous two encounters between the neighboring teams, the Cubs came from behind in the final six minutes of the game by converting a late interception into a quick score to take the lead before the defense rose to the occasion to secure Clifton’s dramatic 26-25 victory over Meridian last Thursday night at Jacket Stadium.

“It was, without question, our most successful summer of 7-on-7 since I’ve been here,” Clifton football head coach Chuck Caniford said. “What makes it even more exciting is that we rarely had our full group together. Different guys stepped up each week and found a way to be successful.”

That was never more true than in the final slate of games for the Clifton Cubs.

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