The more things change, the more they really do stay the same.

Both Kilgore High School soccer programs, which have dominated their districts the last decade, opened up District 15-4A play with what one would consider convincing wins on Tuesday night: the Bulldogs shut out Tatum, 4-0, here at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium, and the Lady Bulldogs went on the road for an even more thorough 10-0 win, with Emma Taylor leaving with four goals of her own.

Both were to play at Waskom following the print deadline for this edition of the News Herald; see an update on those games this weekend on the sports section at

On Tuesday night, Kilgore hosts Spring Hill, a 5 p.m. girls start with boys to follow, and on Friday, the Bulldogs are at Carthage, starting at 5 p.m. with the junior varsity. The Kilgore girls are here against Carthage next Friday, also starting at 5 with JV.

Kilgore 4, Tatum 0 (boys): Tray Epps, who would go on to sign a football letter of intent with Stephen F. Austin University the next day, grabbed two goals in this one, with Adrian Estrella and Jacob Contreras each getting one.

Daniel Estrella was in-goal for the shut-out for coach Tom Wait’s Bulldogs.

Kilgore 10, Tatum 0 (girls): Coach Todd BonDurant’s Lady ‘Dogs are finally getting healthy, and Tatum felt the brunt of that earlier this week.

“Overall, I thought we played well,” BonDurant said. “We’re still trying to get back in the swing of things. This (was) the first game with all the starters back.”

Emma Taylor had the four goals, as mentioned, and also had three assists. Estrella Galvan had a hat trick, three goals. Madison Alford had two and Heavenly Cardwell had one. Also, Samantha Rodriguez, Cristina Rosas and Ximena Galicia each had an assist.

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