Kilgore and Henderson could meet in tiddlywinks on the 50-yard-line here at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium, and people would likely pay admission to see it.

Kilgore soccer faced off against arguably their biggest rivals in two games in the last four days: the boys met at Henderson, in the Lions’ new stadium on Friday night, and the girls faced off here at R.E. St. John on a damp Monday. The final scores from the game were the same, but with different winners: the Bulldogs topped Henderson, 1-0, but the Lady ‘Dogs lost to Henderson by the same score.

Coach Tom Wait’s Bulldogs were to host Lindale on Tuesday night, in a game that would be played following the print deadline for this issue of the News Herald, and go to Palestine on Friday for a 5 p.m. junior varsity start, varsity to follow.

The Lady Bulldogs, coached by Todd BonDurant, had an open date on Tuesday, but are scheduled to host Palestine this Friday, beginning at 5 with the JV game, then varsity.

Both Kilgore teams open district play next Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Sabine.

In the ‘Dogs’ win over Henderson last Friday, Tray Epps scored three minutes into the game off a long throw-in by Efrain Mojica.

Fans of both programs are hoping they’re in store for lengthy playoff runs – both Kilgore soccer programs have had state-level success. The Bulldogs have been one of the state’s best programs for a decade and won a 4A state title in 2017, and the Lady Bulldogs have been to the state tournament twice in the last four years.

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