The showdown between West Rusk and Waskom last week wasn’t all that much of a showdown.
The Raiders beat former district rival Waskom, 35-19, last Friday night, and are now 2-0 on the season. West Rusk is back home again Friday night, hosting Harmony.
Coach Nick Harrison has two games under his belt, both wins, and has got to be wondering when things are going to get hard. The Raiders had another good performance last week from quarterback Jaylon Shelton, who had two touchdowns on the ground and finished with 147 yards rushing.
Tyrell Moore actually led the Raiders with 155 yards and also scored a pair of touchdowns, and the Raiders’ defense got 12 tackles from Jimmie Harper.
Things didn’t go nearly as well for Harmony in a heartbreaking 41-38 loss to Elysian Fields. Harmony actually trailed 34-6 late in the third quarter and then roared back. But Isaac Edwards will likely be something for the Raiders to deal with. He finished just shy of 300 yards rushing against Harmony (289) and scored four times.
Harmony will need to do better defensively slowing the run of the Raiders. Elysian Fields finished with 312 yards on the ground, including 138 and three touchdowns from EF quarterback Ryan Wilkerson. Harmony also had butterfingers, fumbling the ball away five times.
The Eagles still have several holdovers from last year’s team that went 7-0 as District 10-3A DII champions, and lost in the second round of the playoffs. They are still coached by former Pine Tree head coach Tim Russell.
West Rusk’s two wins have both been over former district opponents (Arp and Waskom). The Raiders have just two more non-district games (Harmony on Friday, and then at Palestine Westwood on Sept. 20) before District 8-3A, Division I play starts.
And it won’t be easy. West Rusk starts on the road at Mineola (Sept. 27) and then hosts Gladewater Oct. 4. Sabine is much better and figures to be a big test Oct. 18.