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How does In-home Senior Care in Lometa, TX work?

Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.

At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:


How much does a senior's home truly mean to them? A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in Lometa, TX, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Healthy Living
Healthy Living

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.


For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

Cost and Convenience
Cost and Convenience

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in Lometa, TX gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care Plans

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

Veteran's Benefits
Veteran's Benefits

Aid and Attendance benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.

Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-Term Care Insurance

Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.

Private Insurance
Private Insurance

Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.

Life Insurance
Life Insurance

Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.

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During your Care Plan consultation with Always Best Care, your Care Coordinator will speak with you about in-home care costs and what options there may be to help meet your budget needs.

Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Lometa,TX understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

An assessment of your senior loved one


An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home


Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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14 of the best wineries near San Antonio worth visiting

When you think of sipping wine on a beautiful countryside with views as far as the eye can see, what do you picture? A Tuscany-style romantic date night for two? A Spanish excursion to a vineyard with the aroma of Tempranillo, and its robust flavors of dark fruits and a hint of spice? Whatever your choice of red, white or sparkling, you don't have to cross oceans to experience an ...

When you think of sipping wine on a beautiful countryside with views as far as the eye can see, what do you picture? A Tuscany-style romantic date night for two? A Spanish excursion to a vineyard with the aroma of Tempranillo, and its robust flavors of dark fruits and a hint of spice? Whatever your choice of red, white or sparkling, you don't have to cross oceans to experience an authentic glass of vino.

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In fact, the San Antonio area is brimming with your next adventure to wine country. We've rounded up some of the best San Antonio wineries just a short trip away, so you and your friends can create lasting memories.

Bending Branch Winery


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Bending Branch is known for its big, bold reds, perfect to pair with Tex-Mex and creamy, fruity whites. The winery has accumulated dozens of national awards throughout its years and snagged our YourSA reader's choice award for best winery. It's open seven days a week and reservations are encouraged for the tasting room. Cost is $30 per person.

Find it: 142 Lindner Branch Trail, Comfort, TX 78013

Fat Ass Ranch & Winery


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Fat Ass lives up to its name with its adorable donkey-theme branding. It's canned wine allows you to literally open a "can of whuup ass." The team also transforms their grapes into frozen sangria and ships its wines to 34 U.S. states. Fat Ass is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday only, and no reservations are needed. However, the winery does operate on a first come, first serve basis. Wine tasting is $10 per person.

Find it: 51 Elgin-Behrends Road, Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Fiesta Winery


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Seasonal wines, tropical inspired wines, dry wines, and fruity wines. Fiesta Winery has it all, including Fiesta-themed branding San Antonians love. You can choose six wines to taste at $20 per person plus tax. If you find something you like, you can order a glass and sit down and relax on the patio. You can also order brick oven pizza, a meat and cheese plate and sandwiches. The winery is open every day.

Find it: 18727 West FM 580, Lometa, TX 76853

Driftwood Estate Winery


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Driftwood offers selections, like Orange Wine and Texas-made Albariño, that you'll have trouble finding elsewhere. Dazzling sunset dinners are also hosted at the estate, including one with a Fiesta theme. Enjoy six tastings with a limited selection of wines for $20. There's also a bistro on site with a variety of food options including small plates, pizza and burgers. Just be sure to book your wine tasting reservation online before you arrive.

Find it: 4001 Elder Hill Road, Driftwood, TX 78619

Fall Creek Vineyards & Winery


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Renowned in the state, the sophisticated winery is one of the elders of the bunch. Its first vineyard was planted in 1975, and the accolades followed after the business became the first winery in the Texas Hill Country. It is open seven days a week and even accommodates overnight guests. The winery also offers food pairings such as hummus, cheese plate, pimento cheese, locally sourced chocolate and other snacks you can enjoy with your glass or bottle of vino. Book your tasting reservation online. Tastings are $20 per person.

Find it: 18059-A FM 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619

Messina Hof Hill Country


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Messina Hof's Fredericksburg location looks straight out of a Central European fairytale and offers the best of the most award-winning winery in Texas. Choose from the winery's standard tasting experience which includes five wines with a limited selection for $18 or select the premium wine tasting option for $28 which includes access to everything on the wine list. Reserve your spot in the tasting room online. The tasting room is open Tuesday through Sunday.

Find it: 9996 US-290 East, Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Pedernales Cellars


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The winery specializes in Spanish and Rhone style wines. The cellars offer live music, food truck visits and wine club parties. It's open every day, and reservations are required for all tasting experiences. You can also order a cheese plate. Estate tastings are $25 plus tax, and on weekends, the winery offers its Reserve Menu for $40 plus tax.

Find it: 2916 Upper Albert Road, Stonewall, TX 78671

William Chris Vineyards


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There's a reason we named the winery No. 1 in all of the Hill County in 2019. Though it produces mostly reds, it also has multiple whites and rosés available. The popular tasting room in Hye is a remodeled, historic farmhouse, which pairs perfectly with its old world style sips. Tastings are $30 per person, and reservations are required for all experiences. You can also book The Vineyard Table Experience for $75 per person for a more "elevated experience" with food pairings. The winery is open daily.

Find it: 10352 U.S. Highway 290, Hye, TX 78635

Narrow Path Winery


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This family-run winery is popular with locals and tourists alike and offers a wine club. Growing everything from Tempranillo to Roussanne grapes, Narrow Path produces all of its wines in small batches. You won't go hungry while visiting either. Its tasting room serves up seasonal meat and cheese plates, fresh baked breads and made-to-order sandwiches. Appointments are required for Saturday and Sunday tastings.

Find it: 6331 S Ranch Road 1623, Stonewall, TX 78671

Saint Tryphon Farm & Vineyard


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Blends made at this farm — named for the Roman and Eastern Orthodox Saint — are bottled without added sulfite preservatives. While focusing on sustainability, Saint Tryphon Farm and Vineyard's wines don't skimp on taste. Tastings are offered next to its 1890s Boerne homestead and cost $25 per person for five sample wines. The winery is open seven days a week, and reservations are recommended. Walk-in's are accepted based on availability.

Find it: 24 Wasp Creek Road, Boerne, TX 78006

Duchman Winery


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Duchman draws inspiration for its 100% Texas-made products from Italian wines. The winery was named one of the 20 most picturesque wineries in the country, complete with oak shaded tables for guests, landscaped areas with Texas-native plants and ivy covered Italiante inspired buildings. Tastings are available every day and reservations are highly encouraged, especially if you plan to visit on the weekend. Enjoy six wines for $17 per person with a selection of small bites for an extra cost.

Find it: 13308 FM 150 West, Driftwood, TX 78619

Grape Greek Vineyards


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The upscale Grape Creek offers a Tuscan-inspired tasting room, landscaped patios, fountains and terraces. Enjoy a classic tasting for $30 per person, which includes a flight of wines. Experience the wine-making process first hand for $45 per person, which includes a tour and tasting. The vineyard is open daily, and online reservations are strongly encouraged. Walk-ins are based on availability.

Find it: 10587 East U.S. Highway 290, Fredericksburg, TX 78264

Heath Sparkling Wines


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Grape Creek's sister business, Heath, is the first winery in the state that specializes in sparkling wine. Because it's so new, Heath currently offers four sparkling wines: three whites and one rosé. Tasting costs $35 per person with seasonal small bites. Reservations are also recommended, and walk-in's are subject to availability. The winery is open daily.

Find it: 10591 US-290, Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Becker Winery


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The beautiful Becker Winery is housed in a 19th-century stone barn reproduction building and offers one of the largest selections of wines among Hill Country wineries. Select six wines for this tasting for $25 per person. Then, pair your wine with a cheese plate for an extra cost. You can also book a private tour and tasting for $40 per person. The winery is open daily.

Find it: 464 Becker Farms Road, Fredericksburg, TX 78624

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Lampasas has ‘best seat’ to see 2024 solar eclipse

Officials preparing for event now, as huge crowds are predicted in townImageBodyAlthough April 8, 2024, seems far away to most, for eclipse chasers — or umbraphiles — it will be here quicker than the speed of light.The date is the expected occasion of the 2024 Great North American Eclipse, and scientists are pointing to Texas as the premier place to view it. Lampasas is front and center as one of the places to be.According to Astronomy.com’s top 20 best places in the continent to view the ...

Officials preparing for event now, as huge crowds are predicted in town



Although April 8, 2024, seems far away to most, for eclipse chasers — or umbraphiles — it will be here quicker than the speed of light.

The date is the expected occasion of the 2024 Great North American Eclipse, and scientists are pointing to Texas as the premier place to view it. Lampasas is front and center as one of the places to be.

According to Astronomy.com’s top 20 best places in the continent to view the solar eclipse, Lampasas is ranked sixth, after Kerrville and Radar Base.

The top three locations are in Mexico. The final three viewing sites on the list are Plattsburgh, New York; Sherbrooke, Quebec; and Mars Hill, Maine.

So what is all the fuss about?

The last eclipse of its kind occurred in 2017, and one small Idaho town drew tens of thousands people to view it.

Local officials are planning for a massive turnout of about 100,000 enthusiasts in a town of just under 10,000 people.


In a solar eclipse, the moon gets in the way of the earth and the sun.

A total eclipse occurs when the moon appears at least as large as the sun. An annular eclipse occurs when the moon appears slightly smaller than the sun and cannot cover the sun completely.

According to NASA, what makes a total eclipse more view worthy is its dark silhouette.

Many enthusiasts, including retired Lampasas Middle School science teacher Dianna Hodges, recall "The Great American Eclipse of 2017,” which received considerable media attention.

It was the first total eclipse of the sun to be visible from the contiguous United States since 1979, the first since 1918 to go from coast to coast and the first total solar eclipse to be visible from the United States in the 21st century.

Joe Rao of Space.com said of the 2017 solar eclipse in an April 8 column that “it was also the very first time in modern history that the path of totality was visible solely from within the confines of the United States and no other country.”

An eclipse totality, when the moon “completely” covers the sun, occurs at best only in a narrow track on the surface of Earth. This narrow track is called the path of totality.

And that is where Lampasas comes in.

The narrow track for the 2024 eclipse perfectly strikes through the city limits, according to NASA researchers, and will miss larger cities like Waco, Killeen, Austin and San Antonio.


For the eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017, the maximum duration of totality lasted 2 minutes and 40 seconds — nearly a half-minute longer than the U.S. average.

But on April 8, 2024, the maximum duration of totality will last as long as 4 minutes and 26 seconds, mostly over southwest Texas, including Lampasas. That's 135 seconds longer than the U.S. average and 40% longer than the maximum duration of the 2017 eclipse.

This detail drew attention with articles from NBC, Space.com and Astronomy Magazine, and has landed Lampasas as one of the places to be in early April 2024.

County and local officials recently took notice of these eclipse articles, and a community task force was developed to address tourist economic impact, public safety and overall quality experience as they, too, predict a six-figure population turnout for the event.

The task force will meet every six months. It consists of representatives from the city of Lampasas, Kempner, Lometa, Vision Lampasas, Texas Department of Public Safety, Lampasas County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, along with state and county emergency management teams.

In a meeting at the courthouse Wednesday morning, Fire Chief Jeff Smith and Hodges led the discussion on how the eclipse can impact Lampasas.

Hodges presented an eclipse community planning report from Idaho. In 2015, similar word was given to Idaho officials that several small communities were in the path of totality.

The goal of the report was to “offer communities in Idaho tools to navigate” the months leading up to the 2017 eclipse. “It is not a question if people show up, but how many,” was one of the objectives in the manual.

The tone of Wednesday’s meeting was the same.

Hodges reported that hotels surrounding the city already are booked for the time around April 8, 2024, which falls on a Monday.

Smith noted that eclipse chasers do arrive at destination spots days before the event and leave abruptly afterward. He acknowledged the eclipse could bring some positive economic impact, but his job is “safety first.”

Lampasas is surrounded by three U.S. highways, and Smith predicted that could cause some major traffic congestion with eclipse chasers flocking to town.

Another concern is Lampasas ISD students, as the eclipse event is expected to happen across the city limits shortly before the school day concludes.

Others talked of planning events to coincide with the day of the total eclipse.

No action was taken Wednesday, however, as this was just one of many more meetings to come, officials said.

Concrete operations and logistics are expected to be on the agenda in an April 6, 2022 meeting – 24 months before the eclipse occurs.

For more information or to get involved in the planning, visit lampasaschamber.org.

Hornet Defense Stifles Indians, Lometa Improves to 2-0

Final Score: Lometa 45 – Cherokee 12 CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL FINAL SCORESGuest Article by:Mason HinesTwitter: @mason_hines57When the Lometa Hornets visited the Cherokee Indians Thursday night, there w...

Final Score: Lometa 45 – Cherokee 12


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Mason Hines

Twitter: @mason_hines57

When the Lometa Hornets visited the Cherokee Indians Thursday night, there were expectations of a fast-paced, high scoring affair. Both teams stalled on their opening drives, but Lometa opened the scoring with just over a minute left in the first quarter.

Cherokee would respond late in the second, but any momentum they might have garnered was short-lived, following a 46-yard touchdown by Lometa’s Luis Hernandez, and a two play, 74-yard drive at the end of the first half to leave the score at 21-6 in favor of the Hornets. Lometa would never look back, scoring three more times and only surrendering one score in the second half, leading to our final score of 45-12 in favor of Lometa.

Alonso Caso and Enrique Prado led the offense, both rushing for over 150 yards, and tacking on 5 total touchdowns between the two. Dyllen Workmon led the defense with 17 tackles and a pass breakup, and Prado had 2 fumble recoveries. Lometa improved to 2-0 and will play Buckholts (0-2) next Friday in Lometa for senior night. Cherokee fell to 1-1 and will play Sidney (2-0).



Enrique Prado – 8 attempts, 174 yds, 2 TDs

Alonso Caso – 7 attempts, 153 yds, 3 TDs

Luis Hernandez – 1 attempt, 46 yds, 1 TD

Tim Juarez – 7 attempts, 36 yds

Corbin Cline – 2 attempts, -33 yds


Enrique Prado – 2-4, 19 yds

Tim Juarez – 2-3, 15 yds

Corbin Cline – 1-6, 6 yds, 1 INT


Tim Juarez, 1 rec, 17 yds

Dyllen Workmon – 1 rec, 12 yds

Alonso Caso – 1 rec, 6 yds

DJ Smart – 2 rec, 5 yds


Dyllen Workmon – 17 tackles, 1 pass breakup

DJ Smart – 7 tackles, 1 fumble recovery

Alonso Caso – 5 tackles

Enrique Prado – 3 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries

Total Yards:

Lometa Total Yards – 416 yards

Cherokee Total Yards – 211 yards

District 14-1A Division I Season Preview

May and Jonesboro ruled this district a year ago. Besides their game against each other, all three of their other district victories were by mercy rule.It’s all tall task for Evant, Lometa, and Santa Anna to try and close the gap on two of the premier six-man squads in 1A Division I. However, while Jonesboro has plenty of talent returning, May has a lot of production to replace from a year ago. Could that cause a shakeup in the district standings this season?Here’s what to watch for in District 14-1A Divisi...

May and Jonesboro ruled this district a year ago. Besides their game against each other, all three of their other district victories were by mercy rule.

It’s all tall task for Evant, Lometa, and Santa Anna to try and close the gap on two of the premier six-man squads in 1A Division I. However, while Jonesboro has plenty of talent returning, May has a lot of production to replace from a year ago. Could that cause a shakeup in the district standings this season?

Here’s what to watch for in District 14-1A Division I.

Evant Elks

Head Coach: Brandon Young (2nd Season)

Last Season: 0-10; 0-4 in district

Evant Key Players and Storylines

Head coach Brandon Young’s first season didn’t go exactly to plan as the Elks lost all ten games, including nine by mercy rule.

This season, with just three starters returning on each side of the ball, he said he’ll have a young team with minimal experience.

Look for guard Hunter White to anchor the Elks in the trenches. He’ll provide a sturdy foundation for a backfield that has senior spread back Cason Ingram, junior quarterback Tanner Manville, and running back Cameron McGilvray, all key players in Young’s eyes.

Young said Evant must focus on the little things this fall. He believes that will help his team grow a little bit each day.

Expect Evant to take the field with a “full heart, clear eyes, can’t lose” mentality as the Elks look to embrace the role of the underdog in 2023.

Jonesboro Eagles

Head Coach: Eddie Gallegos (15th season)

Last Season: 11-2; 4-0 in district (Lost in State Quarterfinal to Irion County)

Jonesboro Key Players and Storylines

Jonesboro has a lot of pieces back from a team that went undefeated in district play for the fourth year in a row. Last year’s offensive MVP Caleb Christel graduated, but the Eagles return their five other offensive starters and also have three starters returning on defense.

Running backs Jacob Cisneros (560 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns) and Layden Nichols (497 rushing yards) are poised to step into the gap left by Christel in the backfield, while tight end Demarcus Acoff (543 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns) should continue to be Jonesboro’s biggest threat in the passing game.

The Eagles gave up just over 25 points per game on defense a year ago and will have leading tackler Garret Young (95 tackles) back at cornerback to anchor the unit. Meanwhile, at defensive end, Acoff will look to continue to make himself at home in opposing backfields after racking up 31 tackles for loss a year ago.

Jonesboro’s season came to an end in heartbreaking fashion a year ago as a missed extra point proved to be the difference in their 44-43 defeat to Irion County in the state quarterfinals.

However, for a team that has lost just four district games since Gallegos took over in 2009, the Eagles are prepared to bounce back with another strong year in 2023.

“Expectations are always high here, our kids realize that,” Gallegos said. “They know they have an opportunity to play deep into the playoffs, but we also know there is a lot of work in between now and then.”

Lometa Hornets

Head Coach: D.T. Torres (10th Season)

Last Season: 4-6; 2-2 in district

Lometa Key Players and Storylines

Lometa made the playoffs in both 2020 and 2021, but realignment did the Hornets no favor. The matchups against two of the top six-man programs in 1A Division I proved too much for the Hornets a year ago. They were 45’d by both May and Jonesboro.

However, this season, the Hornets do have some key underclassmen returning from last year’s squad.

Tin Juarez has graduated, but junior spreadback Jordan Livesay appears to be the next in line to take the keys to the Lometa offense. He was a second team all-district selection last year and threw for 224 yards and six touchdowns in Lometa’s season finale against Santa Anna. Junior tight end Colten Whitehead should help provide protection up front.

On the other side of the ball, Lometa has two promising players up front in linemen Lukas Smialus, a junior, and Stone Carr-Jones, a sophomore. Livesay will be Lometa’s last line of defense from his safety position.

Only three of Lometa’s all-district players from last season graduated. With plenty of young, key talent returning this year, it will be interesting to see whether last year’s experience will help them hang closer with the district’s top two teams this season.

May Tigers

Head Coach: Craig Steele (20th season)

Last Season: 8-2; 3-1 in district (Lost in bi-district to Irion County)

May Key Players and Storylines

Last year was the first time in six years that May failed to win its district title, Although realignment had a big role in that with fellow powerhouse Jonesboro joining the Tigers as a district bunkmate.

This season, May will have to contend with plenty of turnover if it wants to make its 11th straight playoff appearance. The Tigers have just three total starters coming back, one on offense and two on defense.

Braden Steele (482 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns; 865 passing yards and 11 touchdowns) should be the center piece for the Tigers this year. He earned first team all-district at both his spreadback and safety position last season.

Landon Cheatham is a player the Tigers are looking to take on a bigger role this season from his running back position (129 rushing yards and three touchdowns in 2022). He’s also a big threat on special teams after returning two kicks for touchdowns last season.

Meanwhile, alongside Steele on defense, junior Ben Harrell (72 tackles) should be another big player for the Tigers as he earned first team all-district as well last season.

The proven talent in May might be a little light heading into this season/ But with the Tigers have had under Craig Steele during his 20 years, expect the wheels to be turning at full speed by the time district play rolls around in October.

“Our younger kids are going to have to really step [up] because our expectations don’t change from year to year,” Steele said. “Expectations will be to make a run in the playoffs, and I think we’re capable of it if we can stay healthy and the younger kids develop like we expect.”

Santa Anna Mountaineers

Head Coach: Jose Luna (2nd Season)

Last Season: 4-6; 1-3 in district

Santa Anna Key Players and Storylines

Jose Luna will be leading a young Santa Anna team in 2023 as the Mountaineers return just three starters on each side of the ball.

Wide receiver Jacob Jimenez is Santa Anna’s most notable returnee. He was a first team all-district nomination after catching 27 passes for 635 yards and 15 touchdowns.

He’ll be a welcome presence for a Mountaineer offense that must replace its starting quarterback and running back from last season.

Defensively, the Mountaineers will boast sophomore linebacker Brandon Walker (44 tackles). He was one of just two freshmen to earn a District 14-1A Division I accolade in 2022.

A year ago, perennial contenders Jonesboro and May 45’d the Mountaineers in district play. However, Santa Anna was able to hang within a couple scores of a Lometa team that had been on the rise.

With tough district opposition looming, Luna hopes his team will use its six-game preseason slate to its advantage this fall.

“We will be looking to replace a lot of key pieces from last year,” Luna said. “We will be young in certain spots but are hoping to gain experience and be ready to compete in district play.”

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Friday night roundup: Ethridge leads Richland Springs to 3-0 start

Braxton Ethridge had a hand in six touchdowns to lead Richland Springs to a 68-22 win over Lometa on Friday.Richland Springs, ranked No. 2 in Class 1A Division II, improved to 3-0 with all three wins on the road. Lometa fell to 1-2.Ethridge was 8-of-12 passing for 167 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. He also had 11 carries for 126 yards and two TDs.Keston Lusty added five carries for 45 yards and two scores.Ethridge's 20-yard TD pass to Jayden Sutherland with 5:59 left in the fourth ...

Braxton Ethridge had a hand in six touchdowns to lead Richland Springs to a 68-22 win over Lometa on Friday.

Richland Springs, ranked No. 2 in Class 1A Division II, improved to 3-0 with all three wins on the road. Lometa fell to 1-2.

Ethridge was 8-of-12 passing for 167 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. He also had 11 carries for 126 yards and two TDs.

Keston Lusty added five carries for 45 yards and two scores.

Ethridge's 20-yard TD pass to Jayden Sutherland with 5:59 left in the fourth quarter ended the game early due to the 45-point mercy rule.

Richland Springs will have an open date next week before playing Coolidge in Jonesboro on Sept. 23.

San Angelo TLCA 36, Winters 34

The TLCA Eagles edged Winters at home Friday to improve their record to 2-1.

It's the first time TLCA has won multiple games in a season since 2017. The Eagles entered this year on a 26-game losing streak.

Despite a 7-6 loss last week to Odessa Compass Academy, TLCA's offense is averaging 28 points per game. The Eagles also lit up the scoreboard in a 42-36 win over Ozona in Week 1.

TLCA will visit Ingram Moore next week, while Winters will host Miles.

Reagan County 16, Crane 6

The Reagan County Owls picked up their first win of the season Friday at home against Crane.

Reagan County managed only 143 yards of total offense, compared to 268 yards for Crane, but the Owls made the game's biggest plays.

Angel Martinez returned a fumble 44 yards for a TD to give the Owls a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter.

A.J. Avalos kicked a 38-yard field goal to give Reagan County a 10-6 lead at halftime.

Jarrett Brown threw a 27-yard TD pass to Martinez midway through the third quarter, and Reagan County's defense pitched a second-half shutout.

The Owls' defense forced four turnovers, but Reagan County's offense turned the ball over three times as well.

Brown was an impressive 17-of-22 passing, but it only covered 102 yards and he was intercepted twice.

Reagan County will visit Iraan next week.

Christoval 27, Colorado City 7

The Cougars got their second road win of 2022, beating the Wolves in a 2A nondistrict game.

Christoval’s ground game powered the Cougars to the win as Ketcher Joiner rushed for 152 yards and a TD and Manuel Riojas rushed for 134 yards and two TDs. Offensive lineman Sevastian Salinas was credited with eight pancake blocks to lead the way.

Cayden Carpenter threw a TD pass and also was the Cougars’ top receiver with six catches for 53 yards.

Brock Ratliff had two tackles for loss while Tristen Alvarado had eight solo tackles and a TFL to lead the Christoval defensive effort.

The Cougars (2-1) will try to get their first home win of the season but it will be a tough test when they host Mason on Friday. It will be the first meeting with the Punchers since 2012.

Sonora 24, Eldorado 7

The Broncos held Eldorado to just 153 total yards and got back in the win column on their home field.

Jaime Buitron passed for 132 yards and two TDs and rushed for 125 yards and a TD as Sonora improved to 2-1. Hunter O’Banon added 52 yards and a TD on the ground. Edgar DeLuna caught two passes for 100 yards, both going for TDs.

Jose Contreras had a pick-six to open the scoring for the game as Eldorado led 7-0 to end the first quarter.

Sonora travels to Alpine on Friday while Eldorado (1-2) looks for its first win since opening week with a home game Friday against undefeated San Saba.

Garden City 61, Midland Trinity 0

The Bearkats, ranked No. 4 in 1A DI, dominated Trinity in a nondistrict game in Garden City.

Preston Dehlinger had six carries for 151 yards and two TDs as the Kats led 54-0 by the end of the first quarter.

Garden City held Trinity to -26 total yards, owing to a -55 rushing deficit.

Logan Seidenberger passed for 75 yards and two TDs while Mason Walker caught a TD pass and scored on an interception return.

Garden City (3-0) travels to May Friday. The Tigers (3-0) are ranked No. 3 in the state and are coming off an 81-58 shootout win over previously undefeated Knox City.

Irion County 57, Roby 0

The No. 9-ranked Hornets got their first halftime win of the season, blanking the Lions in a home game.

Trevin Coffell threw for 72 yards and three TDs and had a 75-yard interception return for a TD to lead the Hornets.

Jordan Harrison, Colton Lawdermilk, Wyatt Morris and Parker Posey each had TD runs for the Hornets while Bo Morrow, Fred Mayberry and Tyler Henderson each caught a TD pass.

Irion County (3-0) hosts Highland on Friday.

Robert Lee 48, Baird 36

The Robert Lee Steers are off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2018 after defeating Baird at home Friday.

Robert Lee led 40-14 at halftime and 48-20 in the fourth quarter before Baird had two touchdowns and a safety in the final 4:09.

Brayden Sherwood rushed for 125 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries, and he returned an interception for a TD.

Denver O'Dell added 115 rushing yards and two TDs on 15 carries for the Steers.

Jose Heredia had 13 tackles and Logan Clifton had 12 tackles to lead Robert Lee's defensive effort. Ryan Mendoza forced a fumble and had a fumble return for a TD.

Robert Lee will travel to Blackwell next week.

San Marcos Baptist Academy 68, Menard 57

Menard's Joel Guerrero rushed for 405 yards and six touchdowns on 35 carries in a shootout loss Thursday at home.

Guerrero also had 19 tackles to lead the Yellowjackets' defense. Wyatt Terrell had 18 tackles and returned a fumble for a TD.

Menard (1-2) will visit Bronte next week.

Other scores

Miles 56, Water Valley 0

Vernon 23, San Angelo Lake View 12

Abilene Cooper 41, San Angelo Central 38 (OT)

Wall 3, Jim Ned 0

Coleman 56, Brady 24

Bangs 53, Grape Creek 6

Mason 42, Ozona 7

Bronte 35, Veribest 12

Stamford 32, Ballinger 14

D'Hanis 21, Junction 6

Rochelle 51, Paint Rock 6

Sterling City 83, Abilene TLCA 19

Westbrook 59, Rankin 58

Blanket 50, Eden 0

Paint Creek 40, Lohn 29


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