West Rusk got its first win of what has been a tough 2020 schedule on Friday night, as the Raiders opened their District 9-3A, Division I slate on the road at Troup – and left with a 43-20 win.

The big gun of the night for the Raiders was running back James Greenalch, who ran for 227 yards and a pair of scores. Jimmie Harper had a rushing touchdown as well as a touchdown pass in the win for West Rusk (1-3), who had a 33-6 halftime lead.

Andon Mata was 14-of-24 for 153 yards and a touchdown. Omarion Anthony had five receptions for 69 yards and Will Jackson had 33 rushing yards, and 43 receiving.

The Raiders are off next Friday, Oct. 2, and are back in action at home against Arp on Friday, Oct. 9.

Carthage 42, Gilmer 14: This matchup of the top two teams in the #bEastTexas poll didn’t play out that way on the football field.

Carthage scored 28 first-half points in its first game since defeating Kilgore on Aug. 28, and cruised to a win. And next up: a game against another 4A power, Pleasant Grove.

That was the first loss of the season for Gilmer, who drops to 4-1. Carthage is just 2-0.

Gilmer came back from a 21-point deficit earlier this year, but there would be no comeback here.

Carthage tailback Mason Courtney had 186 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries. Kai Horton went 18-of-26 for 265 yards and three scores.

In defeat, Gilmer quarterback Brandon Tennison went 16-of-33 for 237 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw three interceptions.

Greenville 34, Henderson 18: Another team that hadn’t played a lot of football lately, in part thanks to the COVID-19 virus, was coach Phil Castles’ Henderson Lions.

This road trip to Greenville also didn’t go the way the Lions would’ve liked for it to have gone.

Greenville got three touchdown runs from quarterback Brandon Stephenson, and he also threw for a pair, to send the Lions home unhappy.

Henderson got a touchdown run late in the third quarter and a two-point conversion, both by D’Cameron Walker, to cut it to 14-11, but Greenville turned it on after that. Stephenson scored on a 2-yard run and then a 4-yard run, pretty much pushing the game out of Henderson’s reach. Henderson did score again, a 1-yard run by Yacorus Porter.

Henderson is 1-2 on the season.

Lindale 62, Mabank 21: Kilgore is off next Friday, too, after winning its District 9-4A, Division I opener at Palestine, 49-28, on Friday night (see that story online now on the sports front), and the Bulldogs’ next opponent – Mabank, on Oct. 9 – didn’t fare too well in its district opener.

Lindale quarterback Sam Peterson had five touchdown passes — two to Jacob Seekford and one each to Evan Alford, Case Brooks and Jordan Jenkins — in this win for the Eagles, another future Kilgore opponent.

Peterson went 14-of 18 passes for 254 yards. Jenkins had 164 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 15 carries, and Lindale is now 3-2 overall and 1-0 in district play. Kilgore faces the Eagles in the final regular season game for both teams in November.

Gladewater 42, Tatum 21: The Bears followed a win at Kilgore last week with a double-up of Tatum at home.

Tristan Holmes and D.J. Allen hooked up five times through the air, and Gladewater picked up a 42-21 win over Tatum Friday here at Jack V. Murphy-Bear Stadium.

Holmes had scoring passes of 15 and 48 yards to Allen. Kendric Malone countered with a 13-yard scoring strike to Kendall Williams late in the second quarter to cap a 9-play, 70-yard drive that made it a 14-7 contest, but the Bears weren’t done.

Holmes went up top again to Allen, and this time the scoring play covered 76 yards with just 26 seconds left in the half for a 21-7 Bear halftime cushion.

After Malone hit Quiston Sheffield on a 63-yard scoring toss in the opening minute of the third, Holmes and Allen connected on scoring tosses of 89 and 69 yards followed by a 2-yard run from Jakeven Hardeman to give Gladewatera comfortable 42-14 lead.

Malone’s 24-yard TD run for Tatum capped the scoring.

Tatum (2-2) is idle next week. Gladewater (4-2) will visit New Boston, who dropped a high-scoring game at Sabine on Friday, 48-38.

Chapel Hill 37, Athens 25: Another one of Kilgore’s district rivals, Chapel Hill, ran its record to 4-1 with this win at Athens in the district opener for both teams.

Cameron Ford had two touchdown runs of 37 yards in the first half, and added another touchdown run late for the “other” blue-and-yellow Bulldogs.

Kilgore visits Chapel Hill on Friday night, Oct. 16.

Temple 40, Longview 13: In a game that was televised and played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, the Longview Lobos would love a reboot.

In their season opener, unfortunately, Longview – which led 13-10 at halftime – couldn’t quit shooting itself in the foot. The Lobos, two years removed from winning a state title in that same venue, had four turnovers, including three fumbles, in the loss, and allowed Temple 30 points in the second half.

Longview also was flagged 17 times for 142 penalty yards.

The Lobos went with two quarterbacks, Jordan Allen and Landyn Grant, both sophomores, in the contest.

Tyler Legacy 70, Lufkin 32: In a somewhat shocking result, the former Tyler Lee High got a huge night from Jamarion Miller, who had 347 yards and four touchdowns on just 16 carries, and Tyler Legacy won its first-ever game under that name, a surprising 70-32 win over Lufkin at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium in Tyler.

Legacy had 649 total yards, and 502 on the ground. Bryson Donnell ran for 121 yards. Caleb Berry carried 30 times for 210 yards and Jordan Moore passed for 229 yards in the loss for Lufkin.

Texas High 41, Tyler 21: The night before, on Thursday, it was the opposite end of the spectrum, as the former John Tyler High School Lions dropped their first game as simply the Tyler High Lions, to visiting Texas (Texarkana) High.

The Tigers got 168 yards and three touchdowns from Braylon Stewart and two additional touchdowns from Vontrey Anderson.

Kameron Medlock had 72 yards rushing for Tyler.

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