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    (MIKE WILLIAMS | THE GRAHAM LEADER) Defense ruled the night in the Steers’ 14-3 loss to Snyder in the area playoff Thursday night at Shotwell Stadium in Abilene. Neither team eclipsed the 150-yard mark in passing or the 100-yard mark in rushing.

It’s All Over: County teams lose in area playoff

One week after making history with bi-district championships by the Steers, Bobcats and Cubs, all three seasons came to an end last week in the area playoff. The Steers and Cubs lost Thursday night and the Bobcats’ season came to an end Friday night.

Snyder 14, Steers 3

The Graham Steers was the lone Young County team to enter their area playoff game as favorites according to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football. The Steers opened the game as five-point favorites. The offensive, whose running game had three straight games of over 250 yards, ran into a brick wall that was the Tigers’ defense.

After Tre Alveraz took the game-opening kickoff 71 yards, what happened next foreshadowed the remainder of the game. They struggled to move the ball. The Steers’ first offensive series started on the Snyder 29-yard line and ended on the Snyder 13-yard line and required a fourth-down conversion before Jarron Noble kicked a 30-yard field goal for the Steers’ final points of the season with 7:31 remaining in the first quarter.

It was on the defensive end where the Steers shined bright. The Steers held Snyder to touchdowns in the second and fourth quarters. The touchdown in the fourth quarter was after a Steers turnover on downs deep in Steers territory.

For the rest of the story, see the Nov. 24 edition of The Graham Leader.

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