Bullard and Palestine are both on three-game winning streaks, and both found their way into the latest installment of the #bEASTTexas Fabulous 15 following Week 8 of the high school football season.
Bullard (6-2) checks in at No. 14 in the Class 6A/5A/4A portion of the poll, while Palestine (5-3) is ranked No. 15.
Kilgore, who defeated Palestine by 21 points on Sept. 25, beat Chapel Hill in a wild District 9-4A, Division I contest last Friday night that saw Tray Epps set two new school rushing records, moved up from 12th to ninth. Coach Mike Wood’s Bulldogs (5-2, 3-0 in district play) host Henderson (2-4, 1-2) Friday night at 7:30.
Back to the poll. Bullard took a 49-21 win over Brownsboro on Friday. The Panthers are averaging 41.3 points per game during their three-game stretch.
Palestine went to defense for its third straight victory, outlasting Henderson 17-8.
Carthage was a unanimous No. 1 in the 6A/5A/4A poll, followed by Longview, Texas High, Pleasant Grove and Gilmer.
Daingerfield remained at No. 1 in the 3A/2A/TAPPS poll with 12 first-place votes. Malakoff (No. 3) and Mount Vernon (No. 5) each received a first-place vote. Gladewater and Waskom held on to the No. 2 and No. 4 spots.
Timpson (8-0) moved up four spots to No. 8 following its 56-14 win over San Augustine. Hawkins (8-0) also jumped four spots to No. 10.
No new teams entered the 3A/2A/TAPPS poll, but Tyler Grace Community (29 points) and Bullard Brook Hill (27 points) inched closer to joining the Top 15.
Notable games this week are White Oak (4-0) at No. 2 Gladewater, Henderson at No. 11 Kilgore, No. 3 Texas High at Mount Pleasant, No. 14 Paul Pewitt at No. 1 Daingerfield, No. 10 Pine Tree at No. 8 Marshall, Harleton at No. 4 Waskom and Winnsboro at No. 5 Mount Vernon.
Voters in the poll were Jack Stallard and Hayden Henry of the Longview News-Journal, Phil Hicks and Brandon Ogden of the Tyler Morning Telegraph, J. Scott Russell of the Panola Watchman, Nathan Hague of the Marshall News Messenger, John Krueger of the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel, Josh Havard of the Lufkin Daily News, Mitch Lucas of the Kilgore News Herald, Juwan Lee of the Palestine Herald-Press, Jay Neal of the Jacksonville Progress, Reagan Roy of CBS 19, freelance writer Joe Hale and Harlen the Sports Guy of the Friday Night Scoreboard Show.