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Week Seven: Rough Start to Third Quarter

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By Will Johnson

Messenger Reporter

EAST TEXAS – It was a rough week for the area football teams as only two of the ten squads covered were able to walk off the field with a win. The 11th team, the Madisonville Mustangs, had a bye this week.

Starting in Houston County, the Lovelady Lions welcomed the West Sabine Tigers to Lovelady for the Lions’ Homecoming. The Lions started off slow, but turned it on in the second half as they blistered the Tigers by a score of 52-20. The win moves the Lions’ record on the season to 5-0 and 1-0 in district.

The Crockett Bulldogs were on the road this week as they traveled to Newton for a battle of Top Ten teams in Class 3A. The Dawgs fell behind early by a score of 28-7 and simply could not came all the way back as they fell to the Eagles by a final score of 42-21. This was the first loss of the season for the Bulldogs who have a 5-1 overall record and a 0-1 record in district.

The Grapeland Sandies were also on the road this past week and while they led early against the Overton Mustangs, the Sandies found themselves down by a TD at halftime. Grapeland kept the game close but wound up on the wrong end of the score as they fell to the Mustangs, 40-26. The loss evens the Sandies overall record at 3-3 and makes their district record 0-1

In Anderson County, the Palestine Wildcats jumped ahead of the Bullard Panthers early and led at halftime by a score of 17-13. Palestine shut out Bullard after the break and won by a final score of 38-13. The win makes the Wildcats’ overall record 4-3 and 1-2 in district.

The Elkhart Elks continued their recent struggles against the Teague Lions as they were held scoreless last Friday, 27-0. The loss evens the Elks’ season record at 3-3 and makes their district record 1-2.

The Westwood Panthers also went down to defeat as they fell to the Groesbeck Goats, 45-7. The loss extends the Panthers’ losing streak to five games, however, this was the first game they have not been competitive. Their previous four losses came by a combined 27 total points. The loss makes the Panthers 1-5 on the season and 0-3 in district play.

The Cayuga Wildcats lost a tough road game against the Union Grove Lions as they fell by a final score of 32-23. The loss brings the Wildcats season record to 2-4 and 0-1 in district play.

The Frankston Indians made a valiant comeback attempt after they found themselves trailing 28-0 at halftime against the Garrison Bulldogs. The Indians managed to cut the lead to seven, but couldn’t get any closer as they fell by a final score of 35-28. Frankston falls to 3-3 on the season and 0-1 in district.

In other area action, the Trinity Tigers fell to the Woodville Eagles by a final score of 46-0 and the Oakwood Panthers lost to the Jonesboro Eagles by a final score of 60-12.


Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.