Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

September 19, 2012

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

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress

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.

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.