Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

September 5, 2013

High School Football Week 1: Area previews

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress




Rusk Eagles (0-1) at Crockett Bulldogs (1-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday, Monte Jack Driscoll Stadium

Coaches: Ted Patton, Rusk; Joe Kettler, Crockett

Last Week: Terrell 16, Rusk 6; Crockett 35, Lexington 34

Next Week: Eustace at Rusk; Crockett at Trinity Christian-Addison

Quick Take: The Eagles out gained the Tigers 243 to 191 total yards, put could not manage to score an offensive touchdown...Rusk's only points came on a 15-yard pic six by Jay Johnson that was the game's first score...Terrell held the Eagles four times on fourth down last week...Defensively, the Eagles performed well against the Tigers...Crockett's high-powered offense should put the Eagle defenders to the test...Look for improvement on the offensive side.


White Oak Roughnecks (1-0) at Bullard Panthers (1-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday at Panther Stadium

Coaches: Gerry Stanford, White Oak; Shannon Wilson, Bullard

Last Week: White Oak 39, Redwater 3; Bullard 21, Quitman 20

Next Week: Spring Hill at White Oak; Diboll at Bullard

Quick Take: William Baker and Brent Henderson stuffed a Quitman 2-point try inside the final minute to preserve the Panther win last week...With the 'Necks sniffing the Class 2A top 10, look for the Panthers to receive a tougher test this week...White Oak returns a a bevy of seniors off of a team that finished 9-3 in 2012...The 'Necks returned seven starters on each side of the ball...Connor Mebane answered the bell both offensively and on the defensive side last week...Mebane went 9-11,0 – 151 and 1 TD at QB...He also had seven tackles and an interception...Jared Alsobrook and Drake Daly led Bullard with nine tackles apiece a week ago...Hats off to the Panther defense for allowing just 36 yards passing last outing.


Troup Tigers (0-1) at West Rusk Raiders (0-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday at Bruce Bradshaw Stadium, New London

Coaches: Dennis Alexander, Troup; John Frazier, West Rusk

Last Week: Quinlan-Ford 28, Troup 21; Harleton 36, West Rusk 25

Next Week: Troup at Quitman; West Rusk at Big Sandy

Quick Take: The Tigers suffered an upset last week and it's probably safe to say that practices were not too much fun in Tiger Country this past week...Look for the Maroons to have most of the wrinkles ironed out this go around...If the defense can come around this week, this one could get ugly...Troup allowed Quinlan-Ford to rack up 320 yards on the ground a week ago...Tiger QB Blake Lynch went 6-13 for 94 yards and 2 TDs...He also had an 80-yard touchdown scamper called back in the first stanza.

Groveton Indians (0-1) at No. 8 Alto Yellowjackets (0-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday at Yellowjacket Stadium

Coaches: Kevin Parker, Groveton; Paul Gould, Alto

Last Week: Trinity 30, Groveton 6; Elkhart 36, Alto 35

Next Week: Hull-Daisetta at Groveton; Alto at Tenaha

Quick Take: A few burps and hiccups felled the Mean Sting last week against a good Elkhart team to spoil the opening of the Paul Gould era...Turnovers plagued the 'Jackets last week, with the Elks scoring 16 points in the final 2:18 to wrestle the win away from Alto...Despite the loss the 'Jackets rushed for 388 yards with Zac Sturns leading the way with 196 on 18 carries...Groveton showed little to get excited about last week, so expect the Yellowjackets to recover and give Gould that first win as a head coach this week