Fairfield Eagles (3-3, 0-0) at Rusk Eagles (4-2, 0-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Eagle Stadium in Rusk
Head Coaches — John Bachtel, Fairfield; Ted Patton, Rusk
Last Week — Glen Rose defeated Fairfield, 45-6; Carthage defeated Rusk, 54-14
Next Week — Groesbeck at Fairfield; Rusk at Palestine
Game Notes: In this 19-3A opener, Rusk, the top scoring (204) team in the league will face off against the conference team (Fairfield) that has allowed the second-most points (170)...Fairfield won its first-three games of 2012, but has dropped its last-three tilts...With a road game in Palestine next week, Rusk needs a win in this one to avoid digging themselves into a hole early...Bachtel is in his first year as head coach in Fairfield...If Chaston Bennett is unavailable (ankle injury), look for Ray Foreman and DJ Glenn to attempt to spell Bennett.
Bullard Panthers (4-1, 0-1) at Gladewater Bears (3-3, 0-2)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Bear Stadium in Gladewater
Head Coaches — Shannon Wilson, Bullard; Jerrod Baugh, Gladewater
Last Week — Kilgore defeated Bullard, 24-14; Spring Hill defeated Gladewater, 10-6
Next Week — Chapel Hill at Bullard; Gladewater at Kilgore
Game Notes: Bullard will be playing its first conference road game this week and will be looking to bounce back after losing for the first time this season last week...Gladewater opened the year red hot, winning its first-three games, but has since cooled off considerably...A Bear loss would almost assure Gladewater of missing the playoffs.
Jefferson (5-0, 0-0) at Troup (5-0, 0-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Tiger Stadium in Troup
Head Coaches — Jerry Bennett, Jefferson; Dennis Alexander, Troup
Last Week — Both teams were idle last week.
Next Week — Sabine at Jefferson; Troup at Tatum
Game Notes: Coaches Bennett and Alexander go back a long way and are among some of the more highly regarded mentors in the state...Between them they have three state championship rings (Alexander has two)...This game will feature two offensive powerhouses going head-to-head (Troup has scored 190 points this season, while the Bulldogs have scored 180 points)...Jefferson's Deion Williams carried 20 times for just over 200 yards and scored 4 TD in his team's 49-20 butchering of Class 3A Pleasant Grove on Sept. 28...Defensively, Troup has proven it can stop the run...Appears as though the Tigers, with the likes of Blake Lynch, Marcus Davis and Seth Gibson may have too many weapons for the Bulldogs to account for.
Brook Hill Guard (4-1, 2-0) at Cedar Hill Trinity Christian Tigers (2-3, 0-2)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Charles Baldwin Stadium in Cedar Hill
Head Coaches — Terry Pirtle, Brook Hill; Mike Helmer, Trinity Christian
Last Week — Brook Hill defeated Dallas Shelton, 54-22; Grace Community defeated Trinity Christian, 48-7.
Next Week — Dallas Christian at Brook Hill; Trinity Christian at Parish Episcopal
Game Notes: The Tigers have won three state championships since 1991 and the Guard are the TAPPS Division III defending state champions...Trinity Christian will be celebrating homecoming this week...The Tigers' wins have been over Dallas HSAA North (42-32) and over Life Oak (27-12)...Brook Hill's only loss came to UIL Class 3A Spring Hill (29-17)...The Tigers are tied with T.K. Gorman for last in the district standings...Guard quarterback Will Weathers passed for five touchdowns and ran for two more in his team's victory a week ago.
Cushing Bearkats (1-4, 0-0) at Alto Yellowjackets (4-1, 0-0)
7:30 p.m. at Yellowjacket Stadium in Alto
Head Coaches — Danny Robey, Cushing; Keith Gardner, Alto
Last Week — Both teams were idle last week.
Next Week — Cushing at Grapeland; Alto at Pineland West Sabine
Game Notes: Alto is accustomed to winning big over Cushing and it doesn't appear that that will change in 2012 as the teams appear headed in opposite directions.
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Eagle 9 drop decisions to Carthage
Baseball teams from Rusk and Carthage did battle Friday and Saturday by playing a single game in each community.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, the results was the same as the Bulldogs ran their worksheet to 7-6 on the year by beating Rusk 2-0 in Carthage Friday night and 6-0 Saturday afternoon at Eagle Park.
Indian baseball loses twice in Quitman tourney
After starting off the Quitman Tournament with a pair of wins, the Jacksonville baseball Indians' luck changed Friday and Saturday when the Tribe came up short, losing 13-3 to Mount Pleasant Chapel Hill, and tumbling 10-7 to the host Bulldogs from Quitman on Saturday.
Boys Powerlifting: Rosales, Turner to represent Rusk at state meet
Leo Rosales and Jeremy Turner of Rusk have punched their respective ducats into the upcoming state powerlifting meet.
Crimson Tide's Littlejohn moves to 5-0 with 1st SEC win
Rusk High School product Sydney Littlejohn, a true freshman at the University of Alabama, moved to 5-0 on the year Saturday when she earned her first Southeastern Conference victory of her career.
Prep Soccer: Hawkins boots Brook Hill girls to another state championship
Brook Hill successfully defended its TAPPS DIII girls's soccer state title on Friday by slipping past Austin Vertas 1-0 at Awty International School.
Elise Hawkins was the unlikely hero for the Lady Guard. The senior defender scored what turned out to be the only goal of the match around the 12-minute mark of the final period.
35-4A Soccer: Jacksonville girls down Lady Hornets, 1-0
Jacksonville's Fightin' Maidens collected a District 35-4A triumph Friday night at Tomato Bowl without even scoring a goal.
Yes that's right, because Lufkin Hudson knocked in the only goal of the match — an own goal — with 12:58 to play in the match.
After the Maidens (7-7-2, 6-2-1 District 35-4A) almost scored on their own, the ball deflected a few feet out in front of the Hudson goalkeeper and in the made rush to clear the ball already Hornet accidentally knocked the ball into the Jacksonville goal.
16-3A Softball: Springer fans 13 as Bullard stops Spring Hill, 4-1
Kristie “Coco” Springer, a Texas Woman's University signee, struck out 13 Spring Hill batters Friday night to help propel Bullard to a 4-1 win in a District 16-3A tilt that was played in Longview.
Prep Baseball/Softball Roundup: Rusk's Raiborn tosses no hitter
High school baseball and softball roundup for games played mid week.
Lady Jaguars' season ends with 84-73 to No. 1 Trinity Valley
A disastrous defensive first half put the Jacksonville College Lady Jaguars in a hole that they could not claw themselves out of Friday afternoon in a semi-final game of the Region XIV Championship Tournament at Louise Herrington Patriot Center.
After allowing the No.1-ranked Lady Cardinals (31-1) to shoot at a 62.2-percent (23 of 37) clip in the first 20 minutes of play, the Lady Jags (17-14) found themselves down by 20 points, 54-34, at intermission.
Girls Powerlifting: Bullard qualifies 5 for upcoming state meet
Bullard finished second as a team at the Girls Region 3 Division 2 Powerlifting Meet last weekend at Crandell High School, but more importantly qualified five young ladies for the Texas High School Womens Powerlifting Association State Meet, which takes place late next week at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi.
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