Area Roundup: Rusk travels to Spring Hill in search of first win

Alto running back Je'Darius Bolton finds a huge hole to run through after taking a hand off from Will Dixon during the Mean Sting's 50-0 win over New Diana last week. Alto is scheduled to travel to Garrison (1-1) on Friday.

Rusk Eagles (0-3) at Spring Hill Panthers (1-2)

7:30 p.m. Friday at Panther Stadium in Longview

What to Watch For — Spring Hill collected its first win of the season last week by going on the road and shutting out White Oak, who has lost several key players to injury, 27-0. SH will look to keep that momentum going this week against the winless Eagles. Last week the Rusk defense was forced to go up against Palestine's wing-t offense. This week Rusk will have to focus on stopping the pass. SH quarterback Gage White went 9-of-17 for 301 yards last week, with Jay Rockwell hauling in five of those passes for 176 yards. Despite its 1-2 record, the Panthers,who are 0-2 at home this year, are a dangerous team as SH played Bullard tough in Week 2, before falling, 36-28. As for the Eagles, Rusk has scored just 30 points the past two weeks. The Red and Black will have to figure out a way to put a few more points on the scoreboard to have a chance to win this week.


Bullard Panthers (1-2) at Chapel Hill Bulldogs (1-2)

7:30 p.m. Friday at Bulldog Stadium in New Chapel Hill

What to Watch For — Defensively Bullard played well last week in a 16-14 overtime loss to Hallsville. The Panther “D” will face a balanced offense this week — the Bulldogs have racked up 448 total yards on the ground this year and have thrown for 457 yards. If Bullard can put the brakes on running back Khalon Griffin, a Rice commit, the Panthers could find themselves on the good end of the scoreboard late Friday evening. Griffin has carried 52 times for 386 yards and has scored 5 TDs so far in 2019. The Dogs' win came in Week 1 when Chapel Hill dismantled Crandell, 42-0. The Hallsville defense kept the Panthers' dual threat QB, Tristen Shewmake, well below his season averages in yardage last week — the senior completed 15-of-32 passes for 165 yards (0 TDs, 1 INT). Chapel Hill may just borrow a page or two out of the Hallsville defensive game plan, so hopefully Bullard will need to anticipate that fact.


Alto Yellowjackets (3-0) at Garrison Bulldogs (1-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday at Bulldog Stadium in Garrison

What to Watch For — A tip of the hat is in order for the Yellowjacket defense after posting its second shutout in as many weeks in the 50-0 win over New Diana last Friday evening. The Jacket offense got a lot of kids involved in the action in front of the homecoming crowd. Alto will have to avoid a let down ton Friday and the Mean Sting can not get hung up on Garrison's .500 record. Garrison outlasted Crockett (38-32) on Sept. 6 and lost by a TD to a tough San Augustine outfit last week. The Bulldogs have won the last two meetings against Alto by an average score of 42-28, so that should be all the motivation that the Yellowjackets need to give their best effort this week.


NOTE: Jacksonville, Troup and Brook Hill have open dates this week.

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