Rusk Eagles (3-0) at Athens Hornets (1-2)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Bruce Field in Athens
Coaches — Ted Patton, Rusk; Paul Essary, Athens
Last Week — Rusk 45, Eustace 6; Gladewater 25, Athens 14
Next Week — Rusk at Brownsboro; Athens at Palestine
Game Notes: Athens' only win came on Sept. 7, 21-7 against Chapel Hill...The Hornets will have to find a way to score more than the 12 points a game that they are averaging if they are to have a prayer in this one, especially given the fact that the Eagle defense is only allowing 8 points a game...Rusk won last year's meeting, which was a district contest, 38-3...Athens has only two winning seasons in the past 15 years...Rusk will be playing in the second of three-straight road games this week...Chaston Bennett was simply amazing in Rusk's hammering of Eustace a week ago...The senior RB/DB ran for 284 yards and three TDs while leading his squad with 19 tackles...Bennett has 39 stops for the year...Eagle QB Kody Stanley scored three TDs in last week's victory and has scored 42 points so far this year...The Eagles scored at least 7 points in each quarter a week ago including 13 in the second and fourth stanzas.
Huntington Red Devils (0-3) at Bullard Panthers (3-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Panther Stadium in Bullard
Coaches — Todd Hopkins, Huntington; Shannon Wilson, Bullard
Last Week — Splendora 21, Huntington 6; Bullard 14, Diboll 0
Next Week — Troup at Huntington; Kilgore at Bullard
Game Notes: This game has the potential to be a real mismatch, that is if Bullard can manage to avoid getting caught up in homecoming hype (or looking ahead to next week's district opener with Kilgore)...The Panthers are 4-0-0 all-time against the Red Devils...Bullard has won by an average score of 41-4 this year while Huntington has lost by an average score of 26-12...QB Colton Mebane should be a thorn in the 'Devils' side...The senior QB is 28-46-0 — 527 yards through the air...Mebane has tossed 6 TD passes in the first 3 games...His favorite target is Haden Bryant (14-330 5TDs)...Sal Gulliano has also shagged 6 passes for 83 yards...Brent Henderson (33-251, 4 TDs) is the Red and Blue's leading ground gainer...Mebane ranks 2nd (23-191 1 TD)...Zack Holladay had a dozen tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and a sack in last weeks win.
Brook Hill Guard (2-0) at Spring Hill Panthers (1-2)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Panther Stadium in Longview
Coaches — Terry Pirtle, Brook Hill; Bobby Chadwick, Spring Hill
Last Week — Brook Hill 24, Garrison 20; White Oak 22, Spring Hill 21
Next Week — Brook Hill at Tyler T.K. Gorman; Henderson at Spring Hill
Game Notes: After posting wins over a couple of UIL Class 2A schools (Frankston and Garrison), the Guard test a UIL Class 3A entity its week...Brook Hill had to rally in the closing minute a week ago to avoid and upset at the hands of the Bulldogs...Look for the Guard to be much more focused in this one, especially with district play starting next week...This will be the Guard's first road game of 2012...In Brook Hill's lone road scrimmage, the guard had no trouble in defeating Center, who is 3-0 now...This will be a bit of a homecoming for Pirtle as he previously coached at Longview Pine Tree...Chadwick is in his first year at Spring Hill after reviving a long-dormant program at Ore City...Spring Hill finished 2-8 in 2011, while the Guard won the TAPPS Division III state championship.
Troup Tigers (3-0) at Arp Tigers (2-1)
7:30 p.m. at Bill Herrington Tiger Stadium in Arp
Coaches — Dennis Alexander, Troup; Dale Irwin, Arp
Last Week — Troup 41, Quitman 0; Arp 42, Elysian Fields 14
Next Week — Troup at Huntington; Garrison at Arp
Game Notes: Bill Herrington Stadium has a listed capacity of 1,000 and it could be standing room only before the night is over as these Highway 110 rivals get back together to battle for gridiron supremacy for the first time in 4 years...Both of these clubs are known as the Tigers and both share the same colors of maroon and white...Troup coach Dennis Alexander won his 325th career game last week...Troup is a member of District 9-2A-I, while Arp plays in District 10-2A-II...Offensively, Troup has put 108 points on the scoreboard this fall, while Arp has scored 104...Defensively, Alexanders's defenders have surrendered just 20 points while Arp has given up an average of 20 points a game...Arp will have to figure out the secret to stopping, or at least slowing down, Troup's potent multi-prong rushing attack.
Area Roundup: Troup journeys to rival Arp for marquee matchup; Can Eagles and Panthers improve to 4-0?
Rusk Eagles (3-0) at Athens Hornets (1-2)
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Great East Texas Shootout: Maidens no match for No. 2 Lady Mustangs
Martin's Mill, the No. 2 ranked team in Class I-A-I, spanked Jacksonville, 43-23, in an opening round of the Great East Texas Shootout in Brownsboro Thursday afternoon.
Jaguars look to put together 40-solid minutes in the Valley Friday
Jacksonville College's Jaguars will close out the fall semester by traveling to Athens this evening for a rare Friday night Region XIV skirmish against No. 16-ranked Trinity Valley Community College.
The game will be both school's final action of 2013.
New Summerfield boys trounce Panthers by 72 points
Case Wilkerson, a 6-foot-5 sophomore post, poured in 25 points on 11-21 (52.4%) shooting from the field to propel the Hornets of New Summerfield to a 109-37 blowout victory over East Texas Christian Academy of Tyler Tuesday night at Hornet Gymnasium.
The Hornets improved to 5-3 with the win, while ETCA fell to 0-8.
McCown named NFC Offensive Player of the Week
Jacksonville native Josh McCown has been named as the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 14 of the NFL campaign.
McCown, the 34-year-old Chicago back-up quarterback, connected on 27 of 36 passes for 348 yards and four touchdowns (no interceptions) in Chicago's 45-28 thrashing of Dallas on Monday.
Lady Hornets get 21 from Saurez to blast ETCA, 37-16
Tanya Saurez, New Summerfield's sophomore point guard, gave East Texas Christian Academy fits on both ends of the floor Tuesday night, with the Lady Panthers inability to keep the quick and speedy Saurez in check having a lot to do with New Summerfield being able to etch out a 37-16 decision over the young ladies from Tyler.
Athens strikes fast to top Tribe, 80-59
Athens' Anthony Sanders was the District 15-3A Most Valuable Player last season.
He is making a case to earn that honor once again as a four-point play by Sanders ignited Athens to 80-59 victory over Jacksonville Tuesday evening, which gave the No. 23-ranked Hornets their fourth victory of the season over a Class 4A team.
16-4A All-District football team: Two Indians selected for First Team honors
Here's a look at the 2013 16-4A All-District football team, as selected by a vote of the league's head coaches.
Brook Hill knocks off Bullard 43-34 to win town bragging rights
In a low scoring affair, Brook Hill hopped out to a 23-13 halftime lead over cross town rival Bullard and then made the advantage stand as the Guard (5-1) put away the Panthers, 43-34, Saturday on the final day of the Tommy Young Boys Varsity Classic, which was hosted by Brook Hill.
The Guard moved to 5-1 with the victory, while the Panthers slipped to 5-2 on the year.
McCown has career game as Bears drub Dallas, 45-28
As a young boy growing up in Jacksonville Josh McCown followed the Dallas Cowboys, just as many East Texas youth have done for decades.
On Monday night the Dallas Cowboys had the opportunity to check out McCown, who was making his fifth-consecutive start as quarterback of the Chicago Bears.
And what the Cowboys saw from the 34-year-old McCown could have very easily had a nauseating effect on them.
Region XIV Women: Lady Jaguars close semester with win at Bossier
On a unseasonably cold December Saturday in Bossier City, the Jacksonville College Lady Jaguars warmed things up inside the Health and Physical Education Complex at Bossier Parish Community College by roasting the Lady Cavaliers, 71-56, giving head coach Leasa Ailshie her first-career Texas Eastern Conference victory.
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