Final Analysis Week 10: Rusk, Troup, Alto earn playoff-impacting wins

Aaron Richardson (6), pictured in last week's game against Mount Pleasant, led the Tribe in rushing, carrying 13 times for 50 yards. Jacksonville (2-7, 1-5) will conclude its season at home Friday when Lindale comes to town.

MOUNT PLEASANT 33, JACKSONVILLE 27 — The Tribe lost a heartbreaker when Mt. Pleasant put together a goal line stand in the closing seconds to deny the Indians a touchdown. Jaylon Freeney caught a pair of touchdown passes covering 40 and 18 yards for Jacksonville (2-7, 1-5). Tribe quarterback Patrick Clater went 16-26-3 for 332 yards. Clater ran for two 3-yard touchdowns to cap off his evening. Jacksonville committed four turnovers, compared to the Tigers turning the ball over three times. The Tribe never led in the game, but rebounded to tie the game four occasions. Aaron Richardson led the Indians in rushing, carrying 13 times for 50 yards. Two Jacksonville receivers finished with over 100 receiving yards. Chris Carpenter had four grabs for 119 yards, while Freeney caught four passes for 101 yards. Bryson Tatum made 9.5 tackles to lead Jacksonville defensively, followed by Tyress Gipson with five. Steven Gallegos picked off a MP (4-5, 2-4) pass and Isaiah Mallard recovered a fumble for the Tribe.


RUSK 12, CANTON 7 — Rusk was able to rally late to fend off upset-minded Canton on Friday in Canton. With a win over Wills Point (7:30 p.m. Friday, Jim Swink Field at Eagle Stadium) the Red and Black can earn its second-consecutive District 7-4A-II championship. Jaylon Hall scored on a 2-yard touchdown scamper and Threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Isiah Ward to account for Rusk's points. Canton got on the board first, scoring about three minutes into the third quarter.


BROWNSBORO 35, BULLARD 34 — Thanks to a 28-yard field goal as time expired, Brownsboro was able to nip Bullard, 35-34, at Bear Stadium on Friday night. The Bears ended their regular season with a 2-8, 1-3 record. Bullard (2-7, 1-2) entertains Canton in its regular season finale on Friday. Bullard and Brownsboro are both still in the playoff hunt heading into the final week of the season in the five-team district. Tristen Shewmake threw four touchdowns in the loss to Brownsboro. Nic Hooley, who finished with five catches for 119 yards, reeled in scoring strikes covering 50 and 24 yards. Jaxson Elliott caught a 26-yard touchdown pass and Latrez Young hauled in a 12-yard touchdown grab.Young also scored on a 1-yard touchdown run that gave Bullard its first lead of the night, 7-6. Shewmake went 12-18-0 for 205 yards in the game and was also Bullard's leading rusher (15-82).


TROUP 52, WINONA 0 — The Tigers from Troup roared loudly Friday night at Tiger Stadium by rolling past Winona, 52-0. Calob Smith scored two touchdowns for the Tigers (5-4, 4-2) and netted 81 yards on 13 carries. Eddie Rojo went 7-7 on point after touchdown tries and kicked a field goal for the Tigers. Players of impact for Troup defensively included JJ Gossett (3 tackles, a fumble recovery, 2 quarterback sacks), Kayden Mahoney (10 tackles) and Brayden Vess (3 tackles, 2 interceptions and a pass break up). Gossett returned his interception 50 yards for a touchdown. The Wildcats dropped to 5-4, 3-3 following the defeat.


ALTO 57, HAWKINS 8 — Aaron Skinner carried 19 times for 254 yards and five touchdowns as Alto bombed Hawkins, 57-8. The No. 8-ranked Mean Sting are now 9-0, 4-0 and are scheduled to close out the regular season on Friday by traveling to Union Grove. Ja'Darius Bolton toted the rock 11 times and gained 80 yards for Alto, while Harmon West completed 11-15 passes for 141 yards. He threw one interception and one touchdown pass, which was snared by Skylar Atkins and covered 12 yards. Cayle Irvin (14 tackles, 2 tackles for loss) was the top tackler for Alto. Josh Castillo added eight stops and made three tackles for loss and West pitched in eight tackles.

BROOK HILL 38, HOUSTON PRO-VISION ACADEMY 6 — In a non-conference affair that was played at Herrington Stadium on Friday night, Brook Hill improved to 7-2, 2-1, by garnering a decisive win over the Warriors. Brook Hill led 32-0 at the break. Nico Flores and Nick LaRocca had two rushing touchdowns apiece for the Guard. Flores also picked off a Warrior pass and returned it 65 yards for a touchdown. Brook Hill's first score of the game came on a 2-yard run by Jake Shaffer. The Guard will wrap up regular season play with a visit to Cedar Hill-Trinity Christian on Friday.

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