EDITOR'S NOTE: Updates with performances from West Rusk and Overton games.

Mineola has had some great wins in its recent football history.

Friday night was not one of them.

West Rusk went to Mineola and delivered the Yellowjackets a 45-13 stinging, giving the Raiders back-to-back wins. Coach Nick Harrison’s team opened the season with a loss to Malakoff, but since then, they’ve outscored their opponents 100-20.

The Raiders (2-1) will host Tatum, a very attractive-looking non-district game, next Friday night at Bruce Bradshaw Stadium before opening district play at Arp on Sept. 23.

Against Mineola, quarterback Andon Mata went 13-of-22 for 269 yards, and had two touchdowns. He also had 66 rushing yards. Jimmie Harper had only 6 yards rushing, but scored three times. Noah Murphy led the Raiders in rushing with 135 yards on 14 carries, and scored a touchdown. Tate Winings had a score and 57 yards on 13 carries.

Geremiah Smith had four catches for 83 yards and a touchdown, and Harper had four for 75 yards. Ty Harper had two catches for 68 yards; Keyshawn Lewis had two for 18 yards, and Carson Martin had a catch for 25 yards.

Kicker Baylee Hughes was 3-of-6 in extra points.

Defensively, Calvin Mason led the way, with three sacks and nine tackles, and Ty Harper, who had three interceptions. Murphy also had nine tackles, and had two for loss. Cole Jackson, just a sophomore, had eight, and two for loss. Xander Mason had eight tackles, and also had one for loss. Jaxon Farquhar, Brayden Walker and Travion Anthony all each had a sack.

Geremiah Smith and Wesley Griffin also each had an interception.

Overton: The Mustangs visited Simms-Bowie Friday night, fresh off their first win of the season, and almost got another, falling just short.

Overton scored with two minutes left in the game, and got the two point conversion to get within two, but couldn’t get the lead. Bowie held on for a 38-36 win.

Coach Justin Arnold and the Mustangs (1-2) are on the next two weeks, as well, at Colmesneil this coming Friday, and then at Linden-Kildare on Sept. 23. They have an open date Sept. 30, visit Cushing Oct. 7, and then come home finally to play Tenaha Oct. 14.

For Overton in the loss to Bowie, quarterback Bryce Still, just a sophomore, was 13-of-19 for 297 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Jaxon Hawkins was ridiculous in the game for Overton, with 199 yards and two touchdowns on eight catches, averaging 25 yards a catch. Jayden Edwards, a sophomore, had five catches for 98 yards and also had two touchdowns.

Anthony Merritt led the Mustangs in rushing with 56 yards on six carries. Alexis Rodriguez Alonso had a 10-yard touchdown run. Still finished with 38 yards on 15 carries, and Hawkins had two carries for 14 yards. Edwards had a carry for a yard.

Leverett’s Chapel: The Lions started the season with always-tough Union Hill. And since then, they’re undefeated.

The latest win: a 47-44 road win at Dallas Lutheran on Friday night.

The Lions (2-1) will host Fruitvale this Friday at 7:30 p.m., have an open date Sept. 23, and then host Oakwood Sept. 30 – that’s LC’s homecoming game this year.

Check back here at kilgorenewsherald.com later for more on Leverett’s Chapel’s win.


Lindale 30, Van 27 (By BRANDON OGDEN, Tyler Morning Telegraph) – In Van, the Vandals outscored Kilgore district rival Lindale 20-3 in the second half, but the Eagles forced a turnover by the Vandals with 1:16 left in the game to hold off their rivals for a 30-27 victory on Friday night on Mal Fowler Field at Van Memorial Stadium.

Van forced Lindale to punt with 2:01 remaining, and the Vandals took over on their own 19 with 1:52 to play. On third and 15, Christian King got to Van quarterback Jaxon Moffatt and hit him just as he was about to attempt a pass. The ball got loose, and Lindale’s Cory Watts came up with the fumble recovery.

The Eagles just had two take two knees from there to pick up the road victory on the Vandals’ homecoming.

Lindale opened the game with a 3-yard touchdown run by Colter Maya to take a 6-0 lead with 7:29 left in the first quarter.

On Van’s opening drive, the Vandals had third and 10 when Moffatt connected with Caden Rowe, who sprinted down the field for a 91-yard touchdown to give the Vandals a 7-6 lead.

Lindale answered with a 2-yard touchdown run by Clint Thurman to go up 13-7 with 3:50 left in the opening quarter.

Less than two minutes into the second quarter, Patrick Daniels got free for a 26-yard touchdown run to make the score 20-7.

Lindale got the ball at its own 20 with 1:31 left in the first half, and Thurman immediately completed a 33-yard pass to Ethan Moriarty, and a 38-yard run by Daniels put the Eagles deep into Van territory before Thurman connected with Brett Maya for a 9-yard touchdown pass with 35 seconds left in the half to take a 27-7 lead at halftime.

Van scored on its opening drive of the third quarter with a 25-yard pass from Moffatt to Garrett Florey to cut the score to 27-13 with 6:29 left in the third quarter. Lindale came right back inside the Van 10, but Florey got an interception and had a 17-play drive that lasted seven minutes and ended with a 9-yard touchdown run by Brayden Bradshaw to cut the score to 27-20 with 8:29 to play.

Lindale got a 36-yard field goal by Seth Baggett with 5:51 left to put the score at 30-20. Van came back with a 7-yard pass from Moffatt to Bradshaw to cut the score to 30-27 with 3:37 to play. The onside kick was unsuccessful.

Daniels had 126 yards on 18 carries for the Eagles. Colter Maya ran for 70 yards on 12 carries.

Rowe had six grabs for 191 yards for Van. Moffatt was 17 of 28 for 212 yards and three touchdown passes.

Lindale (2-1) will host Gilmer on Friday. Van (2-1) will play at Paris.

Chapel Hill 69, Greenville 20 (By RYAN GALLACHER, M. Roberts Media correspondent): Chapel Hill put on a fireworks show in the first half of Friday’s game to secure its first win of the season.

The Bulldogs started the game on a 42-0 run following a Darius Dean pick six, on its way to beating the visiting Greenville Lions, 69-20.

Sophomore quarterback Demetrius Brisbon led the way for the Bulldogs (1-3) scoring three passing touchdowns in the first quarter to three different receivers before running in another before the half. He finished with six total touchdowns on the night.

Brisbon was on his game Friday, but so were the rest of the Bulldog pack, forcing several three and outs, while also blocking a punt on special teams.

Tyson Berry, who caught a pair of Brisbon’s touchdowns, is beginning to emerge as the go-to guy for the young quarterback this season.

Sophomore running back Rickey Stewart spent the night gashing the Lion (1-2) defense for chunks of yardage, finding the end zone once and keeping the chains moving for coach Jeff Riordan’s offense.

Stewart’s running also kept the defense fresh, who kept the Lions’ dual-quarterback system at bay outside of a couple late touchdowns.

The win will give the Bulldogs a bit more confidence as they get into the meat of their schedule, traveling to Nacogdoches next week.

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Mitch Lucas is the sports editor for the Kilgore News Herald, and has been since June 1, 2002.