Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Local Sports

October 9, 2012

District 16-4A action to begin on Friday

JACKSONVILLE — District 16-4A's playoff representatives will be determined based on the outcomes of the conference tilts, which are scheduled to begin on Friday night and run for the next five weeks.

Having won just 43.3-percent (13-of-30) of its non-district games collectively, a case can be made that the circuit is not as strong as many perceived it to be a few weeks ago.

Whitehouse, at 5-0, is the league's only undefeated squad, with John Tyler (4-1) being close behind.

The Fight'n Indians of Jacksonville sit 2-3 and figure to be in the thick of things as league plays gets under way.

What is a shock to many is the fact that Corsicana (1-4), Lindale (1-4) and Nacogdoches (0-5) have a combined 2-13 record.

“I think there are a lot of people that are surprised at Corsicana's record,” Jacksonville head coach Chris Taber said. “But when you look at some of the teams that they have lost to, it's not so surprising. They still have a real good football team.”

Corsicana has lost to Denton Ryan and Sulphur Springs, two clubs that appear on the path to the post season in their respective districts.

“With only five district games, we can't afford to go and play at level that is not at our best,” Taber said. “There isn't any second chances when you only have five district games. We've got to be ready to play at a high level each night if we expect to win.”

     This week's games

Jacksonville (2-3) at Nacogdoches (0-5) — Despite being outscored 155-54 this season, the Dragons came close to earning a win last week in coming out on the short end of a 28-21 verdict against Pine Tree. “Nacogdoches would have won last Friday night except for a couple of late turnovers,” Taber said. “They have the size and the playmakers, and I feel that they are getting close to putting everything together. When that light bulb goes off, watch out.” With Whitehouse on deck, the Tribe desperately need to open conference play with a win against the last-place Dragons.

Lindale (1-4) at Whitehouse (5-0) — Lindale will be looking to end a four-game losing streak when it takes on the district's hottest team. Lindale's lone win came over Chapel Hill (31-14) in Week 0. Included in the Wildcats' bag of wins are quality decisions over Sulphur Springs (38-33) and Carthage (29-27). Lindale appears to be outmatched in this one.

John Tyler (4-1) at Corsicana (1-4) — If Corsicana can find a way to get things fixed on defense — the Bulldogs have given up 167 points, more than any other team in the district — then, look out, but until that happens things will continue to be unpleasant for the Navarro County Blue and Gold. Meanwhile, the Lions, who were ranked No. 1 in the state for a week, will be looking to avoid another upset, such as was the case when JT fell, 26-21, to Lancaster in Week 1. A big boost to Corsicana's chances would be rain on Friday, as the Lions showed their dislike for the wet stuff in a 20-10 win over Nuevo Leon, Mexico two weeks ago.  

 

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • 07-31-greene +photo.jpg Bullard's Greene collects 2 hit in Pensacola loss

    Brodie Greene, a product of Bullard High School, clubbed a pair of singles and drove in a run Monday night, but it wasn't enough to give his Pensacola Blue Wahoos a victory.

    The Mississippi Braves pounded Pensacola, 6-2, at Trustman Park, in a Southern League (Class AA) game.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07-31-FB + foto.jpg Fightin' Indians' new district stacked with quality

    Any Jacksonville Fightin' Indian football fans that have not taken note of the Tribe's new conference home — District 16-5A — will probably want to take a few minutes and get familiar with a league that has been labeled as perhaps “the deepest (Class 5A) district in the state” by at least one expert in such matters.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07-31-D-II + 2 images.jpg Trio of former local prep standouts playing for top 10 D-II schools

    Three former local and area high school football phenoms will be playing for NCAA Division II top 10 teams this fall.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • I07-31-07-29-VB + foto.jpg High school volleyballers to hit ground running Monday

    High school gymnasiums around the area will be hubs of volleyball activity beginning Monday, when fall camp opens for all teams.

    In fact, the entire week will be jammed packed with dig, set and spike activities.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07-29- Josh + foto.tif McCown says he likes direction Tampa Bay is heading in

    Josh McCown expects the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to be better this season. He's just reluctant to speculate how much.

    The 35-year-old quarterback is beginning his 13th NFL training camp, though it's his first as a team's projected starter since he was with the Arizona Cardinals in 2004.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • I07-29-VB + foto.JPG Prep volleyballers to return to the gym Monday

    Volleyball season for local and area high school teams will get under on Monday with the opening of the respective fall camps.

    Most of the clubs will take part in scrimmages or playdays in late week before opening the regular season the following week.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07-29-Patton + foto.jpg Patton about to start his 7th season in Rusk

    My how time flies.

    When the Rusk High School football team trots out to Eagle Stadium on Monday morning to open fall camp, Ted Patton, Rusk's athletic director and head football coach, will be kicking off his seventh season at the helm of the Eagle program, which makes him the most tenured football coach in the Cherokee County/Southern Smith County area.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07-26-Brown + foto.jpg Junior golf: Brown claims a pair of 3rd place finishes this week

     The summer junior golf tour schedule is now in the home stretch and Jacksonville's Cameron Brown is closing like a freight train.

    Brown played in two tournaments this week and came in third place in each, while going up against some top-caliber junior golfers from the Metroplex.

    On Monday and Tuesday, the son of Dean and Mary Carol Brown, played in a Texas Junior Golf Tour (TJGT) stop at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney where he shot rounds of 73 and 71 to earn third place out of a field of 54 boys.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • JJHS logo.png Forrest picked to guide Fightin' Maiden volleyball

    Jacksonville High School will have a new head volleyball when fall camp opens up on Aug. 4.

    Jan Forrest, a veteran high school coach who calls Borger, Texas home, has been promoted from the Jacksonville Middle School coaching staff into her new position.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07-26-Minter + photo.jpg Guard-ex Minter helps USA win tourney in the Netherlands

    Spurred on in part by the efforts of A. J. Minter, a former diamond star at The Brook Hill School, the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team was able to nail down the championship of the 27th edition of the Haarlem-Honkbal Week.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo