Tray Epps

Tray Epps is recognized all across Texas now as this week's Built Ford Tough Texas High School football Player of the Week for Class 4A. Epps (21) broke school records for rushing yardage and touchdowns in a single game in Kilgore's 45-38 win at Chapel Hill last Friday.

Tray Epps is a legitimate two-sport superstar at Kilgore High School – football and soccer – and looked every bit the part last Friday night at Chapel Hill.

Epps – because of his unbelievable performance – has been recognized as the Built Ford Tough Texas High School Player of the Week for all of Texas 4A football.

Epps set single-game school records for rushing yards (401) and touchdowns (six) in the Bulldogs’ 45-38 win in Chapel Hill, allowing Kilgore to remain undefeated in District 9-4A, Division I. Epps not only scored six touchdowns, he was the only Kilgore player to score a touchdown in a game, the way it worked out.

He scored touchdowns on runs of 20, 35, 20, and 51 yards in the first half (a 28-7 KHS lead), and then saved his best two for last: an 85-yarder and then a 60-yarder to put the game away.

As reported in the News Herald over the weekend, Epps broke a touchdown record held by a few people – LaDarius Anthony, Bryant Mumphrey and Ja’Quorius Smith, who each had five (Anthony twice) – and then broke Anthony’s single-game record, which dated back to a game against Palestine in 2009. Anthony does still hold the career rushing yards record at KHS.

Epps, a senior, will try to help the Bulldogs win again this week, this time at home against Henderson on Friday night, a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

Joining Epps on the list of Built Ford Tough for UIL classifications this week are Bo Edmundson, quarterback at Lake Travis (6A); Keldric Luster, quarterback for Frisco Liberty (5A); Jourdanton quarterback Cole Andrus (3A); Jordan Landrum, a receiver/defensive back for Rosebud-Lott (2A); and Houston-St. Thomas quarterback Maddox Kopp (private school).

The Built Ford Tough awards are handed out after each week of play. It’s in its 15th year. The awards are not only for on-field performance, but also for classroom work and community work.

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