For a third straight year and the fourth time in five years, the Lady Cardinals are off to a 5-0 start.
The 19th-ranked Lady Cardinals rolled through the Midland Classic over the weekend, posting four wins. They defeated host Midland, 3-0, Western Texas, 3-0, Ranger, 3-1, and Blinn, 3-2.
The Lady Cardinals are scheduled to be at home tonight (at the Athens High School sports arena) to take on Temple in a non-conference match. The Lady Cardinals were 2-0 against Temple last year. Game time is 6 p.m. Admission is free.
Compared to last week, the Lady Cardinals have a light schedule this week. After Temple tonight, they travel to the Metroplex on Wednesday to face Brookhaven at 5 p.m.
Next week, they open conference play at Panola on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m.
Here are the records for the Lady Cardinals in the opening five games of the season in the history of the program:
2010 – 2-3
2011 – 1-4
2012 – 4-1
2013 – 2-3
2014 – 5-0
2015 – 1-4
2016 – 5-0
2017 – 5-0
2018 – 5-0
After dropping a 56-43 decision to No. 4-ranked Snow in the Battle In The Valley on Saturday at Bruce Field, the No. 7-ranked Cardinals turn their attention to SWJCFC action this week. Saturday, they take to the road to face New Mexico Military Institute. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.
The Cardinals spotted Snow a 24-0 lead before battling back and getting with a touchdown with 10:25 left in the game, 50-43. Snow responded with a 14-play, 85-yard drive to put the game out of reach.
Sophomore quarterback Colton Atkinson completed 24-of-41 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 62 yards on 18 carries and scored twice.
Artiss Henderson led the Cardinal ground game with 84 yards on 12 carries.
Dhailon Phillips and Brayten Kubecka caught four passes each to lead the receiving effort. Nathan Gaskamp, QT Barker, Trai Gardner and Phillips each caught a touchdown pass.
Punter Sam Aguliera averaged 49.8 on four punts.
Defensively, Jamir Williams, Joren Dickey and Jayrin Wilson had double-digit tackles with 12, 11 and 10, respectively. Wilson also intercepted a pair of passes.
The Cardinals are scheduled to return home on Saturday, Sept. 8, to play Tyler. Game time at Bruce Field is 7 p.m.