West Rusk remained unbeaten, and the district in which Kilgore plays had a couple of upsets Friday night.

West Rusk-Arp: Coach Nick Harrison’s West Rusk Raiders moved to 6-0 on the season, and 2-0 in District 9-3A, Division II, with a 28-12 win at Arp on Friday.

West Rusk quarterback Andon Mata completed 9-of-15 passes for 174 yards and connected with Omarion Anthony for three touchdowns. Anthony finished the night with seven catches for 131 yards, the three touchdowns, and an interception as a defensive back.

Also for West Rusk, the running game came up huge: 186 yards on the ground, led by Tate Winings, who had 145 yards on 17 carries.

Noah Murphy added a touchdown for the Raiders’ defense on a fumble return for a score.

West Rusk hosts Winona next Friday night; that’s the Raiders’ homecoming game.

Palestine-Chapel Hill: This is the game most District 9-4A, DI fans found a surprising result: Palestine 30, Chapel Hill 27, final.

Just two weeks ago, Chapel Hill had been voted a top-five team in the Dave Campbell’s Texas Football state 4A poll, and Palestine had lost 35-6 at Kilgore.

But Chapel Hill was shocked a week ago by Lindale. And if that was a shock, this was a tremor.

Palestine’s Wildcats went up early, then held off a big Chapel Hill second-half comeback for a 30-27 win.

So Chapel Hill, who along with Kilgore and Lindale had been a favorite to win the district, suddenly finds itself in next-to-last place with a 1-2 district mark. Only Athens, at 0-3, is worse.

And Chapel Hill faces Kilgore, who has been on a roll lately, next week here at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium.

Against Palestine, two early interceptions thrown by Tyler Jones gave the Wildcats a lead that, as it turned out, Chapel Hill couldn’t overcome. The Bulldogs did make a second-half comeback behind a freshman quarterback, Demetrius Brisbon, and got close, but ultimately lost, 30-27.

Lindale-Henderson: Something similar happened at Henderson, where Lindale – who many left for daed after a sub-par non-district performance – continued to surprise, upsetting Henderson, 28-21, and is now 3-0 in district play.

From M. Roberts Media’s account of the contest:

Lindale erupted for 28 points in the first half and went on to beat Henderson 28-21 Friday in a District 9-4A game.

The Eagles improve to 4-3 overall and 2-0 in district with the win. The loss drops Henderson to 4-2 on the season and 1-1 in district.

Lindale got the scoring started thanks to Judson Long’s 29-yard touchdown grab four minutes into the game.

Two minutes later, Cason Watts caught a 35-yard touchdown pass to double the Eagles’ lead. Lindale’s Coleton Widemon recovered a Lions fumble two plays into the next drive, and the Eagles went up 21-0 after one quarter.

Patrick Daniels’ 5-yard run in the second quarter made it 28-0, and the score stayed there at the break after Henderson’s Yacorus Porter picked off a pass in the end zone on the final play of the half.

The Lions found the end zone with 9:53 to go in the third quarter on an 11-yard pass from Jacobe Robinson to Tobiaus Jackson.

Dallas Alexander had an 8-yard touchdown run later in the quarter to make it 28-14 going into the fourth.

Robinson then connected with Jamal Robinson on a 73-yard touchdown pass with 1:26 left for the final points of the game.

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