West Rusk 42, Winona 0: The non-district schedule for West Rusk was a killer.
The District 9-3A, Division II schedule? Not as much of a challenge so far.
It was West Rusk’s third straight win, all in district.
Jamal Ford rushed for 125 yards and three touchdowns on just eight carries, and the West Rusk defense worked a shutout in a 42-0 win over Winona.
Will Jackson added 42 rushing yards on two carries and 46 receiving yards on two catches for the Raiders, who moved to 3-3 overall and 3-0 in district play with the win. Winona drops to 1-6 and 1-3.
Omarion Anthony caught six passes for 57 yards, and Andon Mata completed 13 of 19 pass attempts for 165 yards and a TD. Jimmie Harper and James Greenalch both added rushing TDs for the Raiders.
West Rusk hosts Harmony and Winona visits Arp next week.
Union Hill 46, Leverett’s Chapel 30: The biggest game of the year in this six-man district for three years running has been between these two teams, and unfortunately for Leverett’s Chapel, they came out on the wrong end again Friday night in Gilmer.
Still, Alexis Chavez had two rushing touchdowns, and completed 16-of-30 passes for 200 yards and had two passing touchdowns, as well. He finished with 26 yards rushing and on defense, had a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Also for LC (4-2 overall, 0-1 in district play), Jonah Shepherd had 56 yards rushing on nine carries, had eight catches for 156 yards and two scores receiving, and threw a pass for a 5-yard touchdown. On defense, Shepherd had 12 tackles, and an interception, total 112 return yards.
Mikey Dennis had three receptions for 28 yards and a score; Demarion Brown had 13 tackles and a forced fumble; Darren Brown had 14 tackles. De’Quincy Brown had eight, and two fumble recoveries. Jonathan Peery had a forced fumble and Decoreyeon Harper had a fumble recovery.
The Lions host Fruitvale next Friday night.
Cushing 53, Overton 0: Things got rough for coach Justin Arnold’s Mustangs at Cushing on Friday night, and the Mustangs are playing very short-handed, with a handful of players out with injuries, a couple out under COVID quarantine, and a few for a funeral.
Overton trailed 40-0 at halftime.
Overton (1-6) has an open date next week, so hopefully they’ll get a few of those players back in the lineup. The Mustangs have two games left in the season: at home against Joaquin on Oct. 30, and a road game at Lovelady Nov. 6, and both of those carry 7 p.m. kickoffs.
LINDALE 35, ATHENS 16: The Lindale Eagles overcame two first half turnovers and a bevy of creative plays by the Athens Hornets to notch their fourth consecutive win, 35-16 in a District 9-4A- Division I matchup Friday night at Bruce Field.
Lindale is now 4-0 in district play – the same district in which Kilgore plays. The Eagles have four district wins, Kilgore three, but Lindale finally has its open date this week, as Kilgore will host Henderson.
After that, Lindale will finish the season with Palestine and then a trip to R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium Nov. 6 for what could be a game for the 9-4A, DI championship, should Kilgore and Lindale both remain unbeaten until then.
It was a rough start for Lindale (6-2) as quarterback Sam Peterson was tackled in the end zone after a high snap on the first play of the game for an Athens safety. The Eagles made matters worse by fumbling on their second offensive possession. The Hornets took advantage with a 48-yard hitch and pitch play for a touchdown that gave them a 9-0 early lead.
The Eagles got on the scoreboard with a 62-yard bomb that was deflected by a Hornet defender and landed in the arms of Jacob Seekford for the touchdown. The Birds converted the two-point conversion to make the score 9-8 with 2:08 in the first quarter.
Athens (4-3, 0-3) took advance of another Eagle miscue midway through the second quarter when sophomore quarterback Ty Arroyo connected with Cedric Lowe from 42 yards to extend the Hornet lead to 16–8. The Birds would narrow the margin late in the second quarter on a seven-yard touchdown run by Jordan Jenkins. The two-point conversion failed and the Hornets maintained a 16-14 lead at halftime.
The momentum of the game changed early in the third quarter with the Hornets driving inside the red zone. Eagles defensive back and play maker, Arik Williams, stepped in front of an Arroyo pass and raced 95 yards down the sideline for the go ahead score. The Birds defense held the Hornets on the very next possession and took advantage of good field position by scoring on a three-play 26-yard drive. Jenkins raced in from 14 yards and the Eagles extended the lead to 28-16. Jenkins would score again from 24 yards to put the game out of reach 35-16 with 5:33 to go in the fourth quarter. The senior running back finished with 141 yards and three touchdowns. Meanwhile, Eagle quarterback Peterson threw for 135 yards and one touchdown.
The Hornets were led by Arroyo who had 78 yards rushing and 226 yards passing and one touchdown. Jecorey Roberts finished the evening with 68 yards on 16 carries. Jarred Duff was the leading receiver, hauling in eight passes for 102 yards.
Athens travels to Palestine next week while Lindale has a bye week before visiting Palestine.
Carthage 35, Jasper 18: With four straight games against ranked opponents — three of them on the road — the top-ranked Carthage Bulldogs have had a pretty tough row to hoe.
But they managed to meet every challenge put in front of them.
The Dawgs rode the legs of senior Mason Courtney to the tune of 179 yards and three scores as they knocked No. 4 Jasper from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 35-18 win.
Carthage is now 5-0 on the season and 2-0 in District 10-4A Division II. Jasper falls to 5-1 and 1-1. The Dawgs are at home for the next two weeks, taking on Rusk next Friday night.
Courtney definitely made his presence felt in the first half, rushing for 158 yards and three scores.
Longview 51, Meredith 28 (Thursday): Kaden Meredith was off and running from the start of Thursday night’s showdown between Longview and Beaumont West Brook.
Then, when it came down to it, the Lobo defense took over.
Meredith accounted for nearly 300 yards of total offense and the Lobo defense turned away the Bruins late as Longview closed out its non-district slate with a 51-28 win over West Brook at Abe Martin Stadium in Lufkin.
With the win, Longview moves to 3-1 on the year and heads into District 9-5A, Division I play at home against West Mesquite on Oct. 23. West Brook drops to 1-2 on the year and opens District 21-6A play on Oct. 23 at Galena Park North Shore.
Jack Stallard, Hayden Henry and J. Scott Russell each contributed to this story.