Kilgore solid vs. Gilmer; scrimmage here Friday


Preparations continue for the 2017 season for Kilgore High School football, and those include one more preseason scrimmage.

The Bulldogs will host Hallsville Friday afternoon, here at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium, in the last football activities before they begin to count. Kilgore opens the season the following Friday, Sept. 1, at home against Nacogdoches.

Coach Mike Wood’s Ragin’ Red was originally scheduled to scrimmage at Hallsville this weekend, but it has been moved here. Admission is $2, with all proceeds to be donated to the Texas High School Coaches Education Foundation’s benevolence fund, monies contributed to athletes or coaches in times of need or emergencies.

Freshmen and junior varsity will begin at 5:30 p.m., with varsity to follow, around 7.

Wood got to see his team in action last Friday in a scrimmage at home against Gilmer. Kilgore scored three times on the Buckeyes, and Gilmer scored twice, all in the controlled portion of the scrimmage. Neither team scored in the live quarter that wrapped up the event.

Kilgore got a 55-yard scoring run from Isaiah Smith, a 65-yard run from quarterback Patrick “Buddy” Jackson and a touchdown pass from Jackson to Daniel Sifford. Kilgore’s defense played solid throughout, including an interception by Nesba Brown.

The Bulldogs have two starters back on the offensive line (Austin Adams and McKinnon White), as well as two more linemen who got playing time a year ago (Braden Grush and Coby Slayter). All four are seniors.

Graduation hurt Kilgore on the defensive side of the ball and in the backfield. Jackson returns, but starting tailback Melek Hamilton is gone, as is defensive back Mateo Meraz and lineman Kevin Tinney.

Starting receivers Jonathan Shepherd (an Oklahoma State verbal commit) and Deiontrae Wheat are both back.