Overton High School’s quest to get 2021 started off on a good note will have to wait a week.

Coach Justin Arnold’s Mustangs, on the road for their first three games of the season, played at Quinlan Boles on Friday night, but came home with a 31-6 loss.

The Mustangs (0-1) will play at Burkeville next Friday, Sept. 3, and at Simms-Bowie the following Friday, Sept. 10. Overton’s first home game is Sept. 17 against Big Sandy.

Also on Friday, defending District 9-4A, Division I champion Lindale – darlings of it seems like everyone a year ago – dropped its season opener at home to Kaufman, 39-36, and Kilgore’s next two opponents – Hallsville (next Friday night, at Hallsville) and Pine Tree (here at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium for homecoming, Sept. 10) – had results on the opposite end of the spectrum in their openers.

Hallsville lost to longtime KHS rival Henderson, 48-34, while Pine Tree shut out Texarkana-area program Liberty-Eylau, 25-0.

In other scores of interest, where no game report was immediately available, Forney topped Whitehouse, 21-20; Kilgore district rival Chapel Hill routed Greenville, 63-36; Tyler Legacy (formerly Tyler Lee) beat Lufkin, 37-17; another of Kilgore’s district opponents, Palestine, lost to Van, 45-16; and Arp beat Huntington, 47-21, in a game scheduled late in the week after Hughes Springs, Atlanta’s original opponent, developed COVID issues.

Kaufman 39, Lindale 36 (BY THE TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH): Daylon Dickerson caught a 9-yard TD pass with 32 seconds on the clock as Kaufman rallied for a 39-36 win over the Lindale Eagles on Friday at Eagle Stadium.

Jacob Seekford led Lindale with seven catches for 122 yards and two touchdowns. QB Sam Peterson hit on 22 of 27 passing attempts for 279 yards and two touchdowns.

Kasey Villarreal led Lindale with 78 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries.

Pine Tree 25, Liberty-Eylau 0 (BY THOMAS BINGHAM / LONGVIEW NEWS-JOURNAL): Pine Tree overcame an early battle with Liberty-Eylau to win its 2021 high school football season opener 25-0 at Pirate Stadium on Friday night.

The Pirates earned their fourth straight season opening victory and their first shutout since a 27-0 topping of Athens in 2000.

Both defenses gave the opposing offense plenty of trouble before halftime. That started with the turnovers that they forced, which included Pine Tree recovering a pair of Liberty-Eylau fumbles and Liberty-Eylau intercepting two Ja’Daylon Jones passes.

The units also kept the other team in check because they didn’t allow a score until the 1:25 mark of the second quarter. Liberty-Eylau’s Cal Jones entered his fourth carry of the game with 27 rushing yards, but lost control of the ball. Pine Tree’s Tyrese Jones immediately picked up the ball and returned it to the one-yard line. That set up Ethan Morgan, who punched the ball into the end zone on the next play. His first rushing touchdown of the game gave the Pirates a 6-0 lead, but his team was limited to that score for the time being after a missed extra point.

Liberty-Eylau tried to respond, but Jones missed a 33-yard field goal attempt as time expired in the half. Morgan finished the game with 137 rushing yards.

Pine Tree entered the second half with a tight lead, but turned to its run game to pull away in the second half. It included 55 rushing yards in the third quarter, and an eight-yard touchdown run by Ah’Niylon Taylor that made it a 12-0 game. The Pirates were unsuccessful on their two-point conversion attempt.

Jones also felt Pine Tree’s defense more as the game went on. That was evident in the closing seconds of the third quarter and the opening moments of the fourth period. The Pirates’ pressure forced him into losses of 15 yards on back-to-back plays, including having to recover the ball at his team’s own one-yard line after a snap miscue.

Pine Tree took advantage of the great field position and scored on Derrick Williams’ one-yard touchdown run. The Pirates nailed the extra point to go up 19-0 with 11:47 left in the game, but they weren’t done scoring.

Morgan had a 62-yard run and later a six-yard touchdown run to give his team a 25-0 lead at the 6:53 mark of the final quarter.

Pine Tree receiver Lukas Branson finished the outing with 106 yards on six receptions. In the loss, Liberty-Eylau quarterback Jaydin Hampton finished 12 for 19 for 71 passing yards.

Tatum 68, Center 26 (BY JACK STALLARD / LONGVIEW NEWS-JOURNAL): Kendric Malone had a hand in six Tatum touchdowns as the road-warrior Eagles rolled to a 68-26 win over the Center Roughriders in the season opener for both teams on Friday.

The Eagles built a 14-0 lead after one quarter on touchdown passes of 35 yards from Malone to Kendall Williams and 9 yards from Malone to Remington O’Bryan.

In the second quarter, Jackson Richardson returned a punt 42 yards for the Eagles, and Malone connected with Jayden Boyd on a 14-yard scoring strike.

Malone had a 70-yard touchdown pass to O’Bryan, a 31-yard touchdown run and a 13-yard TD pass to Williams in the third period, with Jacoby Norris racing 59 yards for another score.

Quentin Harmon had touchdown runs of 1 and 25 yards in the fourth stanza to complete the blowout for Tatum.

White Oak 20, Harleton 16 (BY LANDON ANDERSON / LONGVIEW NEWS-JOURNAL sports correspondent): Cayson Siegley tossed three touchdown passes, and White Oak’s defense came up big late as the Roughnecks held on for a 20-16 win over the Harleton Wildcats on Friday at Wildcat Stadium in the season opener for both teams.

Harleton scored late and was driving for a potential go-ahead score before Rylan Friddell broke up a pass in the end zone as time expired to seal the victory for White Oak.

The Roughnecks broke a scoreless deadlock early in the second quarter, taking advantage of a muffed punt by Harleton to set up a short scoring drive from the Wildcats’ 18-yard line.

After Noah Carter made the recovery to put the Roughnecks in business, Siegley tossed a 13-yard touchdown strike to Dalton Morgan on the second play of the drive. The extra point failed, but White Oak led 6-0 with 9:10 left in the second quarter.

White Oak later used a Siegley pass to Dylan Creager to keep a drive alive, and then Siegley scrambled and connected with Holden Hodges for a 25-yard TD pass and a 12-0 lead with 5:28 left in the half.

Harleton had one solid drive in the opening half, moving 58 yards with the ball before the Roughnecks’ Julius Maddox came up with an interception to stop the march.

Both teams tacked on eight points in the third to give the Roughnecks a 20-8 cushion heading into the final stanza.

Harleton got on the board with 6:40 to play in the third when Jayden Johnson did some scoop-and-score action, picking up a fumble and racing 80 yards. Taber Childs added the 2-point conversion for the Wildcats to make it a 12-8 contest.

The fumble came after White Oak had gone on an 11-play drive.

A minute later, the Roughnecks were back on the board when Siegley connected with Sam Dusek in traffic for a 12-yard TD strike. Siegley then hit Luke Baker for the two-pointer and a 20-8 lead with 5:43 left in the third.

Harleton scored and converted for two with 4:58 left in the contest to pull to within 20-16, and had a late chance before Friddell came up with his big play to salvage the win.

The Wildcats scored on a 3-yard touchdown run by Van Ring and Childs added the two-pointer to cap a 65-yard drive. Zander Stroman had catches of 20 and 32 yards on the drive.

Harleton later got the ball on its own 29 with 45 seconds left and one timeout in the bank. The Wildcats picked up 24 on a pass from Carson Brown to Childs and 9 on a toss from Brown to Cameron Johnson, but the next attempt was knocked away in the end zone by Friddell to end it.

White Oak will host Ore City next week. Harleton plays host to Beckville.

Carthage 27, Crosby 24 (Thursday; By RYAN SILAPAN / THE PANOLA WATCHMAN):  In a game where the pendulum swung back and forth on both sides of the ball, it was special teams play that made the difference.

More specifically it a special play that made the difference.

After the Carthage Bulldogs fought nearly all game to finally take a lead, it was taken from them with 1 minute, 52 seconds left in the game following a Quincy Jones 17-yard touchdown run.

However that deficit didn’t last for very long as on the ensuing kickoff return man Noah Paddie took the kickoff and raced 98 yards down the left sideline to pay dirt as Carthage defeated Crosby 27-24 in an epic come-from-behind victory on Thursday night at New Caney High.

Carthage (1-0) was extremely conscious about making sure to hold onto to the ball even more than usually after committing five first-half turnovers, four of which were lost fumbles.

Senior Javarian Roquemore started the game for Carthage and played nearly the first half, throwing for 135 yards and an interception while completing 10 of his 16 pass attempts.

Surratt said prior to the game that Roquemore and junior Connor Cuff would split reps behind center and Cuff got thrown right into the fire, taking over when the Bulldogs were trailing 17-0.

Crosby (0-1) got on the board when Tyler Cooper recovered a Roquemore fumble after being sacked and raced 75 yards for a touchdown with 8:18 left in the first half.

Following a Carthage 3-and-out, Crosby struck on the first play of their next offensive possession when quarterback Cyrin Myles hit Kameren Kirkwood, who took the wide receiver screen 50 yards to pay dirt.

Following a Bulldogs fumble, the Cougars got another score when kicker Trevor Helburg nailed a 44-yard field goal to put Crosby up 17-0 with 5:28 left in the first half.

Feeling his team needed a momentum boost, Surratt gambled on 4-and-6 from Carthage’s own 29-yard line and the Bulldogs executed when Cuff hit Kadariane Bell for a 12-yard reception.

On the next play, Cuff hit Montrel Hatten for a 59-yard bomb that Hatten took to the house to put Carthage on the board, now trailing 17-7 with 4:07 left in the first half.

“We go for it,” Surratt said of aggressiveness on going for it on fourth down. “This year if we’re struggling, I’m not against the punt if we are really struggling, and in the first half we punted two or three times but our punt unit did pretty good. We’ll go for it anywhere on the field, but that’s only if we are playing decent offense.”

Crosby led Carthage 17-7 going into halftime.

Carthage — the reigning back-to-back Class 4A District II champions — came out like different team in the second half, committing no turnovers and only two penalties for 15 yards.

Omar Medrano hit his first of two field goals, the first being a 33-yarder to cut Carthage’s deficit to 17-10 with 7:33 in the third.

The Bulldogs would tie the game 17-17 when Cuff hit Braeden Wade for a 23-yard touchdown on 4-and-6 on the first play of the fourth quarter.

In relief duty, Cuff threw for 267 yards and two touchdowns on 14-of-21 passing.

Hatten led all receivers in catches and yardage in the game as the junior had 10 catches for 206 yards, including the 59-yard touchdown reception.

Wade had four catches for 96 yards, including a touchdown, while Bell had 56 yards receiving on five catches in the win.

Cuff wasn’t worried about the 17-0 deficit when he got called to enter the game in the second quarter.

Jones rushed for 112 yards on 14 carries, including a touchdown, and Myles threw 99 yards, including a score on 8-of-20 passing and added 27 yards rushing on 14 carries for Crosby

Lewis had a sack and Camden Foster a fumble recovery for Carthage.

Cooper had two fumble recoveries, including the score and two sacks, while Braden Wight had a pair of sacks also for the Cougars.

Tyler 24, Texas High 10 (BY PHIL HICKS / TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH): It was not the result the Tyler Lions wanted to start the season, but the squad hung tough with the Tigers of Texas High.

Montrell Wade had a spectacular catch from quarterback Eli Holt, but it was not enough as the Lions fell to the Texarkana school 24-10 on Friday in the football opener for both teams at Tiger Stadium at Grim Park.

Texas High was led by the hard running of Braylon Stewart, who rushed for 162 yards and one touchdown on 32 attempts. Last year in Tyler, Stewart rushed for 179 yards and scored three touchdowns on 17 carries.

Stewart, who is being recruited by numerous schools, scored on a 6-yard run in the first quarter to give the Tigers a 14-3 lead.

The Lions offensive line actually kept Tigers defensive end Derrick Brown in check at times as the Texas commit had one sack.

Derrick McFall started at QB for the Lions, hitting 2 of 3 for minus 1 yard. He rushed for six yards on three carries. He later caught three passes for 26 yards, but left the game for what appeared to be a cramp.

Holt came on and hit on 9 of 21 for 83 yards, including a 36-yard TD to Wade, who leaped high in the air at the goal line and brought the football down. Holt had an interception (Tyriq Robinson).

Holt had the longest run of the night for Tyler with a 28-yarder to start the third quarter.

Texas High gained 385 yards (246 rushing, 139 passing) and 21 first downs. The Lions had 128 yards (46 rushing, 82 passing). The Lions had five first downs.

Tyler took a 3-0 lead on a 34-yard field goal by Saul Perez with 10:44 on the clock in the first. Texas High came back with two TDs in the first quarter, a 7-yard run by QB Brayson McHenry and the 6-yard run by Stewart. Austin Miller had both PATs.

On the first play of the second quarter, Holt hit Wade for the TD pass. Perez’s PAT brought Tyler within 21-10.

The only scoring in the second half was a 22-yard field goal by Miller.

The Lions return to action next Friday when they meet crosstown rival Tyler Legacy at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium. Tyler is the home team. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

The Tigers were scheduled to meet crosstown rival Arkansas High, but the game was canceled due to a spike in COVID-19 in the Texarkana area. Texas High is looking for an opponent.

De’Marion Dewberry recovered a fumble for the Lions after Jace Sanford stripped Texas High quarterback Brayson McHenry. Wade had a couple of key tackles, including throwing Stewart for a two-yard loss. Xavier Tatum tipped away a couple of passes and Ladarius Franklin had a sack.

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