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)
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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