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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Region XIV Women: Lady Jaguars close semester with win at Bossier
On a unseasonably cold December Saturday in Bossier City, the Jacksonville College Lady Jaguars warmed things up inside the Health and Physical Education Complex at Bossier Parish Community College by roasting the Lady Cavaliers, 71-56, giving head coach Leasa Ailshie her first-career Texas Eastern Conference victory.
McCown and Bears to collide with Cowboys on Monday Night Football
Jacksonville's Josh McCown will be leading the Chicago Bears into a Monday Night Football (7:30 p.m., ESPN) meeting against the Dallas Cowboys this evening.
The game will take place at what promises to be a frigid Soldier Field in Chicago. Temperature at kick off is predicted to be about 17 degrees with a west wind of nearly 20 miles per hour howling through the facility as well.
Football Capitol of Kansas Bowl: Rusk's Bennett runs for 117 yds. in TJC win
Former Rusk High School standout Chaston Bennett showed glimpses of his old self as he led Tyler Junior College in rushing and to a 47-21 win over Garden City (Kan.) Sunday afternoon in the Football Capitol of Kansas Bowl, played in Pittsburg, Kan.
Region XIV Men's Hoops: Tyler rallies in final half to clip Jacksonville 73-70
Tyler Junior College rallied in the second half to beat Jacksonville College, 73-70, in a Region XIV contest that took place at the Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse Saturday afternoon.
The Jaguars (4-8, 0-3 Region XIV) led 35-31 at halftime, but TJC took the lead for good at the 15:24 mark of the second half when Todd Eaglin drained an uncontested trey from straight away that made the score 42-39 in favor of the Apaches (8-2, 2-1).
BH-Tommy Young Classic: Bullard downs Troup; Guard upset by Grace
Day 2 of of the Tommy Young Boys Varsity Classic at Brook Hill Friday produced a pair of entertaining contests.
Jacksonville goes 4-0 in Madisonville Tournament
The Jacksonville Indians not only only posted a 4-0 record in the Madisonville Tournament on Thursday and Friday, but they won in a convincing manner as the Tribe had an average margin of victory of 22 points.
Coach Mark Alexander's Tribesmen will carry a 6-2 record into Tuesday's game at Athens. Varsity tipoff should take place around 7:30 p.m., following junior varsity and freshman games.
Fightin' Maidens double up Hawkins
Jacksonville unleashed some nasty defense on the Hawkins Lady Hawks Friday afternoon and as a result the Fightin' Maidens were able to dish out a 51-26 defeat to Hawkins in Jacksonville's final game of the Hawkins Tournament.
GONE FISHING WITH JERRY MILLER
Frank Lusk is one of the most patient and thorough worm fishermen I have fished with. We live in a time when everybody is in a hurry. You’ve probably heard the statement, “Hurry up, I don’t have all minute!” That’s how a lot of fishermen fish – in a hurry.
Personally I like to chunk and wind, throw and go, and burn up the water with my lures. I’m in a hurry to catch bass. When bass are active these methods work. But what do you do when you are in an area that is known for holding good size bass but they are reluctant to bite? Simply put, you slow down and then slow down some more.
Prep Hoops Roundup: Jacksonville, Bullard girls perform well in tourney play; Guard rout Tigers
Her's a quick look at the high school basketball action from Thursday that involved local and area teams.
Old Man Winter alters Jacksonville athletic schedules
Several alterations to the Friday-Saturday Jacksonville High School basketball schedules have been made due to the possibilty of hazerdous travel conditions this weekend due to a winter storm event.
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