By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter
EAST TEXAS – The area football teams continued on their quest towards greatness last Friday night and while they didn’t fare quite as well in Week One, many of the teams showed they may have what it takes to play well into November.
The Sandies came out against the Groveton Indians and hit them right in the mouth as they jumped out to a 14-0 lead. Unfortunately for the hometown fans, Groveton got it cranked up and flew past the Sandies by a final score of 64-42.
The Crockett Bulldogs were playing their second consecutive game at Monte Jack Driskell Stadium and for the second consecutive week, the Dawgs left the stadium with a victory. It was a bit of revenge from last year as Crockett topped the Diboll Lumberjacks by a final score of 27-14.
Rounding out the Houston County teams, the Lovelady Lions walloped the Anderson-Shiro Owls by a final score of 48-20. It was the season opener for the Lions after they came up one game shy of the championship last year. It was also the first game the Lions played under new AD/Head Coach Jon Lowery.
In Anderson County, the Elkhart Elks took one on the chin as they fell to the Leon Cougars by final score 49-7. The Elks just couldn’t seem to get it going offensively as Leon held them to barely 200 yards of total offense.
While offense was at a premium in Jewett, there was no problem finding any offense in Jacksonville as the Palestine Wildcats and Jacksonville Indians hooked up in a barn burner with the Wildcats coming out on top by score of 49-40.
The Frankston Indians broke into the win column on Friday night as they won a defensive slugfest over the Sabine Cardinals in overtime by a final score of 14-7.
Not to be forgotten the Cayuga Wildcats were on the road as they took on the Wortham Bulldogs in Wortham. The Wildcats did not treat their hosts very well as they demolished them by final of 40-7.
The Westwood Panthers were off this week, but another group of Panthers just down the road from Westwood was in action. The Oakwood Panthers welcomed the Covington Owls to town on Friday night and sent them packing after a 52-6 beat down.
In other area action, the Madisonville Mustangs fell to the Woodville Eagles by a score of 28-14 and the Trinity Tigers also lost to the Hearne Eagles by a score of 26-20.
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