Bullard Panthers (6-1, 4-1) at Henderson Lions (4-3, 3-2)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Lions Stadium in Henderson
Head Coaches — Shannon Wilson, Bullard; Dickey Meeks, Henderson
Last Week — Bullard defeated Chapel Hill, 42-41 (OT); Henderson defeated Spring Hill, 42-14
Next Week — Gilmer at Bullard; Henderson at Kilgore
Quick Facts: The loser of this game will have major difficulty in earning one of the three playoff spots out of District 16-3A...The Lions are 0-2 at Lions Stadium this year...Henderson has also defeated Chapel Hill (24-6) this season...Holden Bryant intercepted Chapel Hill's 2-point try in OT to preserve the Panther triumph last week.
White Oak Roughnecks (5-2, 4-1) at Troup Tigers (7-0, 2-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Tiger Stadium in Troup
Head Coaches — Gerry Stanford, White Oak; Dennis Alexander, Troup
Last Week — White Oak defeated Harmony, 34-0; Troup defeated Tatum, 14-10
Next Week — Sabine at White Oak; Harmony at Troup
Quick Facts: Troup trailed 10-0 going into the final period last week...White Oak can not be overlooked as the Roughnecks are probably Troup's last real regular-season test...Troup is ranked No. 9 in this week’s AP Class 2A poll.
Brook Hill (5-2, 3-1) at Parish Episcopal (6-1, 3-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Gene and Jerry Jones Family Stadium in Dallas
Head Coaches — Terry Pirtle, Brook Hill; Scott Nady, Parish Episcopal
Last Week — Dallas Christian defeated Brook Hill, 38-0; Parish Episcopal defeated Dallas Shelton, 44-0
Next Week — Grace Community at Brook Hill; Dallas Shelton at Parish Episcopal
Quick Facts: PE's only loss came at the hands of Dallas Christian (42-35)...The Panther defense has pitched back-to-back shutouts and has three this year...PE's offense averages just south of 44 points a game, which is tops in TAPPS Division II, District 2...At least three teams will make the playoffs out of each district, with the Guard entering the game tied with the Panthers for second.
Grapeland Sandies (2-5, 1-1) at Alto Yellowjackets (6-1, 4-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Yellowjacket Stadium in Alto
Head Coaches — Jerry Richards, Grapeland; Keith Gardner, Alto
Last Week — Grapeland defeated Shelbyville, 19-2; Alto defeated West Sabine, 40-26
Next Week — Grapeland at Shelbyville; Alto at San Augustine
Quick Facts: This one has “Trap Game” scribbled all over it for the Mean Sting, who are coming off an impressive win last week and have a tough San Augustine team to face next week...Alto moved up to No. 8 in this week's AP Class A poll...The 'jacket offense has scored 101 points in the past two weeks.
Area football roundup: Troup fights to stay perfect while Bullard, Brook Hill battle to stay alive in playoff picture
Bullard Panthers (6-1, 4-1) at Henderson Lions (4-3, 3-2)
- Local Sports
Alto softball shoots up to No. 1 in latest state-wide poll
While the Alto Lady Jackets were taking on Pollok Central, a state-ranked Class 3A team, Tuesday evening in a warm-up scrimmage, the new Texas Girls Coaches Association Class A softball team was released.
In that newly minted poll, the Lady Jackets took command of the No. 1 spot for the first time this season.
Alto (20-3), the undefeated District 21-A champions, displaced Beckville (29-2) from the top spot.
Lady Tigers zap Winona, 11-0, to settle into playoff mode
Troup's Lady Tiger softball team sent its three seniors off in fine fashion Friday night by walloping Winona, 11-0, at Lady Tiger Park.
The win locked up the District t 18-2A championship for Troup, and marked the fourth-straight season that the Lady Tigers have won the district crown.
Tribe soccer sends 4 to 35-4A first team; Melchor District Offensive MVP
Martin Melchor of Jacksonville High School was voted by the District 35-4A boys soccer coaches as the circuit's Offensive Most Valuable Player.
Melchor is the all-time leading scorer in Tribe soccer history. He will continue his academic and athletic career at Coastal Carolina University (NCAA, Division I) following his graduation from JHS later this spring.
JUCO Tennis: Jaguars hold at No. 13 in latest ITA poll; women up one spot
In the latest International Tennis Association junior college polls that came out on Thursday, the Jacksonville College Jaguars held steady at No. 13 in the nation while the Lady Jags moved up one spot to No. 24.
Bullard ace strikes out 14 in warm-up game
The Lady Panthers of Bullard nailed down their 20th win of the season on Monday by humbling Harelton, 10-2, in a warm-up game that was played at the UT-Tyler Softball Field.
The Lady Panthers will take on Athens in a Class 3A, Region II bi-district best-of-three series that gets under way beginning at 6 p.m. Friday at Grand Saline High School.
The teams will travel back to Grand Saline for a noon game on Saturday, with a Game 3 (if needed) to follow the second contest.
Alto boys win area track championship
Alto earned 181 points to easily out distance second place Timpson (147) to win the team title of the Class A District 20/21 Area Meet that was hosted by Shelbyville High School late last week
Troup to tangle with Jefferson in bi-district
Troup will open post season play by taking on Jefferson's Lady Bulldogs at 7 p.m. Friday at LeTourneau University in Longview.
New Summerfield qualifies handful for regionals
Four individuals plus a relay team from New Summerfield High School earned berths in the Class A, Region II Championships, to be held in Palestine later this week.
Jacksonville College soccer finds a honey hole at Pine Tree High
In fishing a honey hole is a spot in a body of water that has proven to be ideal for catching fish.
Jacksonville College head soccer coach, Rafael Gonzalez, has found his talent honey hole at Pine Tree High School in Longview.
Rusk grinds out 4-2 win over Jacksonville
Rusk got in its playoff mindset early as the Eagles prevailed over Jacksonville by a score of 4-2 on Saturday afternoon at Eagle Park.
- More Local Sports Headlines
- Alto softball shoots up to No. 1 in latest state-wide poll