RUSK — Due to continued power interruptions in Rusk brought on by Hurricane Ike, the Eagles’ game slated for Friday at Fairfield has been postponed to Oct. 3, according to Rusk head football coach Ted Patton.

“We did not have classes until Wednesday, and we lost a couple of days of preparation so it would have been very difficult to be ready to play a football game Friday,” he said. “Both schools had Oct. 3 open, so we (mutually) agreed to move the game to that day.”

The Eagles (0-3) will now have a few extra days to prepare for their homecoming clash with Bullard, set for Sept. 26.

The junior high contests between Rusk and Fairfield will be played as originally scheduled at Fairfield while the freshman and junior varsity games will be played tonight in Rusk.

Bullard looking to bounce back at Troup

BULLARD — The Panthers, 38-21 winners in their opener against Palestine Westwood, will be looking to hit on all cylindars once again after a sub-par effort last week. The Panthers fell to undefeated Athens, 28-0, to slip to 1-1 on the year — as they prepare to face Troup (0-3) at Tiger Stadium.

According to Panther head coach Jim Taylor, his team came out lifeless and struggled to play up to their capability in their loss to Athens.

“We came out and did not play well as a team,” Taylor said. “We sputtered around on both sides of the ball really. We played in a doldrum and played flat against a good football team.”

Troup, coached by John Eastman, won nine games in 2007, but is off to a slow start after facing three stiff opponents this year.

The Tigers lost to last season’s Class 2-A state runner-up, Elysian Fields, in Week 0, followed up by a one-point defeat to an improved Sabine squad, before being derailed at Tatum (41-14) in their most recent outing.

Quarterback Ryan Nichols and feature back Cody LePelley direct the Tiger offense behind one of the biggest offensive lines in the area.

“They (Troup) are big up front, very strong, and they have played a good schedule,” Taylor said earlier in the week. “Those linemen come off the ball well and their running backs know what to do when they get the ball; they can mix it up.”

Bullard will be looking for signal caller Charlie Moore to dial up a top effort once agaiin. The Louisiana-Monroe commit threw for 214 yards in his team’s victory over Palestine Westwood.

Leading the Panthers receiving group is Daniel Howard and Brandon Beavers.

“We have to play the game at our level and get after it,” Taylor said.

After their long recess ’Jackets ready to rumble

ALTO — The Yellowjackets are no doubt ready to return to doing what they do best — win football games.

After having last week’s long-anticipated tilt with Arp scratched courtesy of Hurricane Ike, Alto has had to contend with severe hardships due to a high degree of damage left in the wake of the deadly storm in the area — power forced the cancellation of classes through at least Wednesday and had not been fully restored by early Wednesday afternoon at the school.

The Yellowjackets, coached by Keith Gardner, will look to go above the .500 mark for the first time this season with a win over Frankston.

Alto was upset in their opener by San Augustine, but recovered Sept. 6 to slam Garrison 48-6.

The Indians (1-2) enter the battle after getting their first taste of victory, a 21-7 decision over Quitman last week at home.

Frankston scored 21 unanswered points in that game as Detrick Smith ignited the Indians on scoring scampers of 45, 75 and 53 yards on his way to a 221-yard game for head coach Sam Wells’ Tribe. Wells served as an assitant coach at Elysian Fields last year.

The Indians’ defeats came to Cayuga (ranked fourth in Class A) by a 48-20 margin in Week 0 and to Brownsboro, 48-19, the following week.

Alto, currently ranked seventh in the Associated Press Class-A poll, continues playing in front of the home folks next week as Grapeland comes to town for the final non-district contest for the Yellowjackets.

The Frankston game was originally set to be the ’Jackets’ homecoming, but due to recovery efforts, those festivities have been delayed until Oct. 10, according to Alto school officials.

Brook Hill entertains Grace in back yard brawl

BULLARD — A well-rested Guard tackles their neighbors to the north, Grace Community School, Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Herrington Field.

Brook Hill has played only one game this year, a 28-7 win over Hawkins to begin the year.

The Guard was slated to host San Augustine last week, but due to travel concerns brought on by the approaching Hurricane Ike, the Wolves were not able to make the trip.

Tyler Baker and Luke Molidor paced the Guard offense in the win over the Hawks, while Ross Nichols came up with a fumble recovery and an interception on the defensive side for Brook Hill.

The Cougars (2-1) edged Eustace 36-28 in Week 0 before suffering thier only blemish, a 7-point loss to Grapeland the following week.

Grace won in a rout, 46-14, over Malakoff in their most recent tilt.

Cougars quarteback Taylor Stanley tossed four touchdown passes last week while throwing for 184 yards as Grace jumped out to a 30-6 advantage at intermission before coasting home with the win.

Both teams have plenty of newcomers that should see considerable playing time as Brook Hill has just nine seniors on the roster, one more than the Cougars.

Jim Klaczak guides the Guard while Grace is coached by Mike Maddox.

Brook Hill stays in town to host Big Sandy next week.

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