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September 19, 2012

Area Roundup: Troup journeys to rival Arp for marquee matchup; Can Eagles and Panthers improve to 4-0?

JACKSONVILLE — 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.

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