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Settle down, KHS fans; the 'Dogs will get it right

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OK, yeah, it’s tough sledding right now for the Kilgore High School Bulldogs.

We’ve seen this before. It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes, the hard work, the effort and the drive just can’t overcome some mistakes, some penalties, and flat-out bad breaks.

Pine Tree is up next for Kilgore, and if there’s been a tonic that’s been a miracle-worker for the last 27 years, it’s been facing the Pirates. Kilgore hasn’t lost to PT since the Bush administration, and I mean, the FIRST Bush administration. Now that is not to say it can’t happen. It happened, in reverse, with volleyball this week – the Lady Pirates used to own volleyball in East Texas, and Kilgore struggled to keep them on the court for 30 minutes. But Tuesday night, Kilgore volleyball swept Pine Tree, the first win in the series for KHS since before the current seniors were even born.

That’s what this Kilgore football team wants to avoid this week. The goals: stay healthy, eliminate mistakes, get rid of costly penalties, make plays, shake it up together and blend it for a win.

Some random thoughts of mine this week…

• Is it just me, or does it seem like the current U.S. Open (tennis) has been going on since like May?

• After watching the NFL’s Thursday night opener (Atlanta at Philadelphia), I came to a conclusion: nice guy, but Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan is VASTLY overpaid. I think MEG Ryan could have played as well as he did Thursday. He went 21-of-43 for 251 yards, but that’s less than half of his passes, and almost all of that (10 catches for 169 yards) to Julio Jones.

• Come out and see volleyball Tuesday. Kilgore High School’s Lady Bulldogs are starting District 16-4A play Tuesday night at home against Henderson. Kilgore has made the playoffs two of the last three years. If they finish in the top four, they’ll go back in a few weeks.

If you doubt me that Kilgore is improving, check this out: Kilgore swept Pine Tree – as in former East Texas volleyball power Pine Tree – on Tuesday night. That was Kilgore’s first volleyball win over the Lady Pirates THIS CENTURY.

I’m challenging you guys – calling you out, if you’re a KHS student – to come out for this and be loud. By the way, if you’re a Kilgore Middle School volleyball player, show up and you get in free of charge.

I’m not a let’s-fire-the-coach guy, not at all. But if Tulsa somehow goes into Austin and beats Texas today, the seat under the fanny of UT coach Tom Herman is going to begin getting warm.

On a similar thought from the other end of the spectrum: if Texas A&M somehow manages to beat Clemson today – i.e., if the Tigers get collectively hit by a bread truck, or something – the folks in College Station are liable to build a statue to new coach Jimbo Fisher before the end of the month. Fisher is a fine coach. He’s an old, old buddy of Alabama coach Nick Saban, was Saban’s right-hand man for many years. I imagine he picked up a thing or two along the way.

My thoughts on Dallas-Carolina today: If the Cowboys can get 130 yards rushing and two touchdowns from running back Ezekiel Elliott, frustrate Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, and not turn the ball over, they have an excellent chance of beating the Panthers.

That’s kind of like saying, if I can start the car, I have an excellent chance of getting to work Monday, huh? For the record, I like Dallas to go at least 10-6 this season, but I think this will be one of the six. I’m thinking Carolina 27, Dallas 20.

A few other NFL predictions for this weekend: the 49ers fall at Minnesota; New England tops Houston; New Orleans beats Tampa; Green Bay beats Chicago (again); and Pittsburgh escapes Cleveland, literally, after the Browns play them tough.

If you don’t have a church home, and you like a friendly church, come see us at Highland Park Baptist Church on Highway 259 tomorrow, the big church going out of town. Longtime pastor Bro. Riley Pippen is the guest and will bring the message, and morning worship starts about 10:50 a.m. Hope to see you there.

God bless, have a great week, and Bulldogs-Pirates next Friday.

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