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The Malakoff Tigers went to Wylie Stadium on a rainy and windy Black Friday to face the unbeaten Pottsboro Cardinals in the regional semifinals. The game was delayed for two hours due to lightning and storm activity in the area.

The Trinidad Trojans went to Penelope on Friday for a bi-district matchup against the Calvert Trojans in a rematch of last year's bi-district game, which Calvert won, 48-14.

JACKSONVILLE — The Athens Hornets opened their second straight playoff appearance on Friday in Jacksonville, taking on the six-time state champion and 4A powerhouse Carthage Bulldogs in the bi-district round.

After winning their first two district games, the Trinidad Trojans traveled to rival Oakwood for a showdown to determine the district champion.

The Cross Roads Bobcats closed their season with a game Friday at the Cayuga Wildcats.

The Eustace Bulldogs hosted the Madison Trojans for a district contest as the Bulldogs sought a playoff spot.

For what was Henderson County's most exciting game on the last day of the regular season, the Mabank Panthers, looking to clinch a playoff spot, traveled to Midlothian's Don Floyd Stadium to face off with the Heritage Jaguars.

One word comes to mind when watching the 2019 Dawson Bulldogs – methodical.  The Bulldogs run the football extremely well, pass when they need to, and just pound on their opponent until the opponent wears down.

Just ask Dawson’s latest victim, the blue and white Bulldogs from Wortham.  Dawson rushed for 223 yards on the night, completed only one pass on one attempt for 63 yards, and claimed the number two seed in District 11-2A DII, beating Wortham, 28-12, on Senior Night at Ed Mitchell Field in Dawson.

The Mildred Eagles played their hearts out Friday night in their final game of the 2019 season.

They went into the game not assured a playoff spot no matter what they did. They had opportunity after opportunity to give up, to quit, but they kept fighting until the bitter end. These Mildred Eagles lost tonight 41-33 to the Edgewood Bulldogs. 

OAKWOOD -- Oakwood’s Panther six-man football team has big goals for this season -- the first of which was to repeat as District 13-1A-Div 2 champions.  Standing in the way were the Trinadad Trojans, also ranked high in the six man polls.  When the teams lined up Friday night at Panther Stadium, the Trojans had twice as many players suited up, and a decided advantage in size. But this game proved the old adage:  It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog. The Panthers fought BIG, and ultimately whomped up on the larger team, 73-28, ending the game by the Mercy Rule with 1:18 left on the fourth-quarter clock. 

CAYUGA – The Cayuga Wildcats handled business at home with a 34-14 victory over the winless Cross Roads Bobcats. The playoff scenario was simple for the Wildcats Friday night – win and they're in. The win sets Cayuga up with a matchup against the Alto YellowJackets next week.

The Eustace Bulldogs and Malakoff Tigers got together in Malakoff on Friday for a district contest.

The Kemp Yellowjackets traveled to Dallas A+ on Friday and took on the Knights.

Rivalry games are supposed to be close games, where you can never quite tell what is going to happen. This year’s game between the Mildred Eagles and the Blooming Grove Lions did not disappoint. The Mildred Eagles won 40-27

When the final story of the 2019 Hubbard Jaguar football season is written, a common theme throughout the story will be frustratingly close.

The Jaguars added another chapter to that story with a painful 26-20 overtime loss to the Wortham Bulldogs to eliminate Hubbard from the playoff chase and send Wortham and Frost into the postseason, along with Dawson and Mart.

The Sandies became the first team in Grapeland since 1979 to win back-to-back district titles following their 35-0 domination of West Hardin Friday. Head coach Terry Ward said last wee’s experience against The Woodlands Christian Academy was “humbling” and he wanted to build some momentum be…

ELKHART -- There was a lot riding on the Elks’ home game Friday. They needed a win over Coldspring-Oakhurst to clinch a playoff spot, not mention getting revenge for COHS’ denying them that privilege last year. The weight of the game was palatable ... and Coach Jason Fiacco’s Elks came to the contest hungry. But they would have to do it without starting quarterback Cade Starr, sidelined with concussion protocol after an injury in the Crockett game last week. Stepping up to fill his shoes were junior RJ Moore and freshman Cale Starr – Cade’s brother.

Turns out there wasn't that much difference in Ennis and Corsicana, after all.

If Ennis QB Collin Drake misses the bus, or gets stranded on I-45 on the way to Corsicana, the Tigers are the district champs today.

The Athens Hornets and Mabank Panthers squared off at Panther Stadium on Friday evening for a district showdown as both were seeking their second district win.

The Brownsboro Bears were down to their last shot at a chance for the playoffs. The Bullard Panthers needed one win in their last two games to be in the playoffs. The Bears Jorge Vicente’ kicked a 28 yard field goal as time expired for a 35-34 victory. Bears coach Greg Pearson said,”Oh my gosh, what a win. Two teams played their hearts out tonight.”

The Malakoff Tigers hosted the Dallas Madison Trojans on Friday in a battle of 2-0 district teams for sole possession of first place.

The Eustace Bulldogs snapped their six game skid on Friday as they hosted Dallas A+ Academy and routed the Knights, 44-6, as they got back to flexing their offensive muscles.

The Cross Roads Bobcats went to Jewett on Friday to visit the Jewett Leon Cougars.

HALLSVILLE – Cold rain, and brisk winds were the Co-MVP’s at Bobcat Stadium on Friday night, as weather chased away the team bands and all the pre-game ‘hoop-la’ making it a strange, pre-Halloween setting.

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James Odom, born December 16, 1931 in Mixon, passed away Saturday, January 4, 2020 in Jacksonville. He was 88 years old. A funeral service is scheduled at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville. Rev. Wayne Thompsom will officiate. Mr. Odom will be laid t…