Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

October 10, 2013

High School Football: Area Roundup Week 6

Rusk, Troup and Alto to open district play

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress


Rusk Eagles (2-3, 0-0) at Fairfield Eagles (6-0, 0-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday at Eagle Stadium in Fairfield

Head Coaches: Ted Patton, Rusk; John Bachtel, Fairfield

Last Week: Carthage 44, Rusk 7; Fairfield 55, Glen Rose 7

Next Week: Palestine at Rusk; Fairfield at Groesbeck

Quick Take: Last week Rusk took on the No. 6-ranked team in Class 3A; this week the Red and Black must face the No. 7-ranked team to open conference play...Rusk faces another gigantic hurdle, but the experience that the team got in last week's game should go a long way in preparing the R-Eagles for this week's test...Rusk's defense must rise to the occasion as Fairfield has scored 50 or more points four times this year...Fairfield averages 491 total yards a game.


Gladewater Bears (3-3, 1-1) at Bullard Panthers (2-2, 0-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday at Panther Stadium in Bullard

Head Coaches: Jarrod Baugh, Gladewater; Shannon Wilson, Bullard

Last Week: Gladewater 41, Spring Hill 10; Kilgore 49, Bullard 7

Next Week: Kilgore at Gladewater; Bullard at Chapel Hill

Quick Take: Bullard will be looking to snare its first league win on Friday against a solid, although not over powering Bear unit...Gladewater has already equaled last season's win total, so Baugh has the Bears headed in the right direction...The Panthers need another good showing from Dillon White, who rushed for 96 yards in last week's loss to state-ranked Kilgore...Micah Hughes led Bullard in tackles last week, with five...If Bullard can get the passing game going, look for good things to come the Panthers' way.


Troup Tigers (4-1, 0-0) at Jefferson Bulldogs (3-2, 0-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday at W. F. Lockett Stadium in Jefferson

Head Coaches: Dennis Alexander, Troup; Derek Simmons, Jefferson

Last Week: Both teams were idle last week.

Next Week: Tatum at Troup; Jefferson at Sabine

Quick Take: Simmons is in his first year as head coach of the Bulldogs...Jefferson returns six starters on each side of the ball...Bulldogs' wins have been over Elysian Fields, Hooks and Texarkana Pleasant Grove, who have combined to go 4-12...Coach Alexander said that his team needs to be more efficient and tie up some loose ends as they head into district and if they don't they will not win very many games...Jefferson will have to find a way to stop Troup QB/LB Blake Lynch, who has been a beast thus far this season...This one could be a high scoring affair...With No. 5 Tatum looming on the horizon next week, the Tigers can't afford to get into a hole early on in the conference race.


Alto Yellowjackets (3-2, 0-0) at Cushing Bearkats (1-4, 0-0)

7:30 .m. Friday at J. F. Whitaker Stadium in Cushing

Head Coaches: Paul Gould, Alto; Bill Jehling, Cushing

Last Week: Both teams were idle last week.

Next Week: West Sabine at Alto; Shelbyville at Cushing

Quick Take: Cushing has won just seven games in the past six years and has not beaten Alto since 1992...The Yellowjackets, who played their best football of the year two weeks ago in defeating Trinity 31-14, have given up just six points to the Bearkats in the last five meetings...New coach Jehling has the responsibility of reviving a down trodden Bearkat football program...This one has all the makings of another lopsided win by Alto.



TCA Cedar Hill Tigers (3-2, 0-2) at Brook Hill Guard (3-2, 2-0)

Head Coaches: Mike Helmer, TCA_Cedar Hill; Bobby Brasher, Brook Hill

Last Week: Grace Community 49, TCA-Cedar Hill 25; Brook Hill 42, Dallas Shelton 0

Next Week: Prince of Peace at TCA Cedar Hill; Brook Hill at Dallas Christian

Quick Take: A tough non-conference schedule seems to have played in favor of the Guard as Brook Hill comes into this test after earning a pair of loop victories in as many weeks...Meanwhile the Tigers have opened conference with two losses...TCA-Cedar Hill has scored 40 or more points twice this year, so the Tigers cannot be completely discounted, even though Brook Hill, at least on paper, appears to be the superior team...Brook Hill has had success mixing things up on offense and has shown it can win games via the run or pass.