FLASH STAFF REPORT
(December 6, 2015) — Jacobs Crawley finished in the money the third straight night Saturday as the Stephenville product continues to at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
Crawley jumped into a split of second and third in the average through three rounds when he took second place with a score of 83.5 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Lipstick N Whiskey. He earned $20,730.77 for the successful ride at the Thomas & Mack Center, where he was fourth in each of the first two rounds and has already earned $42,730.77.
Crawley is tied with CoBurn Bradshaw with 247 points on three head. Wade Sundell leads the saddle bronc with 249 on three.
There are still seven rounds to go – beginning with the fourth at 9 p.m. (CST) Sunday on CBS Sports – and Crawley has already moved into second in the world with $161,592.82 in season earnings, just $6,304.10 behind leader Cody DeMoss.
Erath County area heelers have been among the biggest stars in the team roping, and Travis Graves of Stephenille made sure that trend continued when he and heading partner Chad Masters earned $20,737.77 for placing second in 4.5 seconds Saturday. Stephenville heeler Jake Long and partner Coleman Proctor were right on their heels, taking third in 4.6 seconds for $15,653.85 each.
Stephenville cowboy Travis Woodard is heeling with Matt Sherwood at the finals and made the money a second straight night Saturday when they split the six hole with reigning world champs Clay Tryan of Lipan and Jade Corkill of Huckabay. All three local cowboys – and Sherwood – earned $2,115.38 each.
Tryan and Corkill are still atop the current world standings, but the two-time defending champs opened the door to challengers with a miss in the second round. Aaron Tsinigine and Ryan Motes are atop the projected world standings after winning two of the first three rounds.
In the current standings, Stephenville heeler Kory Koontz is fourth after placing in each of the first two rounds at the NFR. Graves is fifth, header Luke Brown of Stephenville and Huckabay heeler Kollin VonAhn are seventh, Lipan heeler Patrick Smith eighth and Stephenville heeler travis Woodard ninth. Heelers Paul Eaves of Huckabay and Long are 11th and 12th, respectively.
Marty Yates stayed in the average but didn’t finish in the money Saturday in the tie-down roping. Sterling Smith of Stephenville missed his calf.
Desdemona Saddle bronc rider Isaac Diaz pocketed money for the first time at these finals. He was sixth Saturday, earning $4,230.77 with 80.5 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Gold Coast.
Cort Scheer rode his bronc but didn’t make the money in the saddle bronc riding Saturdya, while four-time world champ Bobby Mote was bucked off in the bareback riding.
Area athletes are approaching the quarter million dollar mark entering the fourth round. They earned $67,692.30, pushing their three night total to $243,480.77.