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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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.
Jaguar rally falls 7 points shorts; Lee ends JC's season
Simply stated, turnovers are opportunities for the opposing team.
Jacksonville College's inability to cash in on Lee College's mistakes, particularly in the first half, ended up being too big of hurdle for the Jaguars to clear as Lee held on to beat JC, 105-98, in the opening round of the Region XIV Championship Tournament, which took place Wednesday night at Wagstaff Fieldhouse on the Tyler Junior College campus.
Workman, Maosa, Robinson pilot JC women to tourney win
Eleven Lady Jaguars broke into the scoring column in Jacksonville College's 57-43 win over Paris Junior College Wednesday in the first round of the Region XIV Championship Tournament, which is being played at UT-Tyler's Herrington Patriot Center.
Maiden soccer falls, 2-1, to rival Palestine
Jacksonville came out sluggish in the second half against Palestine Tuesday night at Wildcat Stadium and that spell of a lack of energy ended up costing the Maidens the match.
The Ladycats scored a lone goal in the second half to break a 1-1 halftime tie and then made it stand the rest of the waas palestien won, 2-1.
Jacksonville JV tennis team shows well in Nac
Highlighting the play by the Jacksonville junior varsity tennis team in the Nacogdoches JV Tournament, which was staged on Thursday, was a couple of consolation winning efforts.
Rusk trio qualify for girls state powerlifting meet
Rusk will be represented by three young ladies when the girls state powerlifting meet gets under way on March 14 in Corpus Christi.
Tribe Tennis: De La Rosa, Mireles excel in Nac tourney
Bryan De La Rosa and Lorena Mireles notched second-place finishes, respectively, in the Nacogdoches Tournament which took place on Friday.
Most of the matches were completed before the skies opened up; however a few competitions were not played in their entirety.
De La Rosa posted three-straight victories in boys “B' singles.
Jaguar tennis squad dumps D-II Dallas Baptist, 9-0
The Jacksonville College mens tennis unit gave an impressive performance in front of the hometown crowd Friday when they doused Dallas Baptist University (DBU), 9-0, at the Frances White Tennis Complex at Jacksonville High School.
Jacksonville Soccer Association gets set for opening day
The Jacksonville Soccer Association (JSA) will open the spring season on Saturday with a full slate of games scheduled to take place at the organization's complex on Byrd Road.
No. 5 Alto pounds Douglass, 22-0
The No. 5-ranked Lady Jackets from Alto smacked out 12 hits and took advantage of seven Douglass errors in a 22-0 win over Douglass at Lady Jacket Park Tuesday afternoon.
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