By Jay Neal
Rusk Eagles (4-3, 0-1) at Palestine Wildcats (4-2, 1-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Wildcat Stadium in Palestine
Coaches — Ted Patton, Rusk; Lance Angel, Palestine
Last Week — Fairfield defeated Rusk, 35-13; Palestine was idle
Next Week — Rusk is idle; Palestine at Groesbeck
Game Notes: The Eagles are in a must-win situation this week as they take on a Wildcat team that will be looking to score a Cherokee County Daily Double — PHS has already defeated Jacksonville this season...Rusk will most likely be without the services of QB Kody Stanley who was injured last week...If Stanley can't go, look for Chase Stanley to get the call under center...RB Chaston Bennett, the team's leading rusher, is listed as probable this week after missing the last two games due to an ankle injury...Rusk has lost its last three games and has been hit hard by the injury bug...The 'Cats are 1-2 at Wildcat Stadium this season.
Chapel Hill Bulldogs (2-5, 1-2) at Bullard Panthers (5-1, 1-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Panther Stadium in Bullard
Coaches — Thomas Sitton, Chapel Hill; Shannon Wilson, Bullard
Last Week — Chapel Hill defeated Spring Hill, 52-33; Bullard defeated Gladewater, 26-6
Next Week — Kilgore at Chapel Hill; Bullard at Henderson
Game Notes — With Henderson and Gilmer coming up after this week, the Panthers need a win Friday to have a realistic chance at making the playoffs out of District 16-4A...Bullard held Gladewater to 111 total yards last week... Zack Holladay led the Panthers in tackles (12, 7 solo) while JP Hendrix added 4.
Brent Henderson leads Bullard in the rushing department (61-435, 10 TD)...Bulldog runners tallied an impressive 411 yards, collectively, in last week's victory.
Troup Tigers (6-0, 1-0) at Tatum Eagles (5-1, 1-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Eagle Stadium in Tatum
Coaches — Dennis Alexander, Troup; Andy Evans, Tatum
Last Week — Troup defeated Jefferson, 26-21; Tatum defeated White Oak, 28-21
Next Week — White Oak at Troup; Tatum at Sabine
Game Notes: The winner of this one would have an early advantage on the winning the district title...The all-time series is tied 3-3 between the two schools, but Tatum has won the last three meetings...Each team has defeated Arp by exactly 20 points this year...Tatum will have to to be able to stop the run, something they struggled to do in their only loss (vs. Center, 43-30). Troup has answered every challenge presented to them this year...Troup hasn't started 7-0 in six years...Tiger QB Blake Lynch passed for nearly 300 yards in last week’s win.
Dallas Christian Chargers (6-0, 3-0) at Brook Hill Guard (5-1, 3-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Herrington Stadium in Bullard
Coaches — Mike Wheeler, Dallas Christian; Terry Pirtle, Brook Hill
Last Week — Dallas Christian defeated Car. Prince of Peace, 56-0; Brook Hill defeated CH-Trinity Christian, 33-24
Next Week – Dallas Shelton at Dallas Christian; Brook Hill at Parish Episcopal
Game Notes: The Guard will probably be facing the toughest defense they have seen all season...The Charger defenders have allowed just 56 points this season...Dallas Christian has already defeated Parish Episcopal, so with a win this week the Chargers would be the favorite to take the TAPPS Division II, District 2 title...On the other hand, if Brook Hill could pull a victory out of the fire, next week's game with Parish Episcopal could be for the league bragging rights.
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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
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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
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Rusk trio qualify for girls state powerlifting meet
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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
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No. 5 Alto pounds Douglass, 22-0
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