The open dates, unless there are more forced by COVID-19, are done, and the football programs at the Rusk County schools are all set for games this weekend – big games, in all three cases.
Overton, 0-3 in district play, is on the road at Cushing Friday night at 7 p.m.; West Rusk, having won two straight, both in district, visits Winona at 7:30 p.m. Friday; and the Leverett’s Chapel Lions six-man program plays the Kryptonite to every six-man team in the area, going on the road to face Union Hill Friday night at 7.
Leverett’s Chapel: Coach Andy Bates’ Lions are 4-1, and had an open date last Friday, preparing for the program that’s won the District 10-4A, Division I six-man championship the last few years, in Union Hill, near Gilmer.
Union Hill is 6-0, and hasn’t scored less than 46 points in a game all season. The Bulldogs come off a 92-46 beat-down of the Covenant Classic Cavaliers last weekend, in which quarterback Tre Venters threw just four passes – but three of them went for touchdowns. Zac Hatcher also threw for a score, and collectively, the Bulldogs’ offense ran for a whopping 592 yards and averaged 17 yards a carry – six-man football is much more wide-open, leading to more offense, less defense and gobs and gobs of yards and points.
Hatcher had 419 of it – to go with seven touchdowns.
LC’s last outing was Oct. 2, against Oakwood, a 63-13 Leverett’s Chapel win. LC got 157 yards rushing from Jonah Shepherd, who scored five touchdowns in the wide-open six-man game. He also had a catch for 35 yards. Darren Brown had a 65-yard touchdown catch, and added five carries for 34 yards.
De’Quincy Brown had two catches, including a 21-yard score, and Demarion Brown had a 67-yard kick return for a touchdown. Alexis Chavez was 5-of-9 in passing for 184 yards and three scores.
Overton: Coach Justin Arnold and his Mustangs just want to stop the snowball – the one rolling downhill that seems to have just gotten bigger with a tough schedule.
The Mustangs (1-5 overall, 0-3 in District 11-2A, Division II play) visit Cushing on Friday.
Last week, Overton dropped a 42-8 decision at home to Mount Enterprise, the first win of the season for the Wildcats. ME had 354 rushing yards, 185 of those yards belonging to Landon Andros, who also scored three times. Blake Lewis had 110 yards and two scores of his own.
Overton’s score came on the first play of the fourth quarter, a pass from Derrick Ishee to Jaqulyn Brown for a 37-yard score, and then the two-point conversion.
Overton did get 75 yards from Shaun Garcia in defeat.
Cushing is 4-2, although one of its losses was by just a touchdown (7-0 in the season opener against Somerville). Since then, the Bearkats have been impressive, winning all but one of their last five games. In the four wins, Cushing has averaged 47 points, including a 60-0 win over Mount Enterprise two weeks ago.
West Rusk: The Raiders’ non-district schedule was a pretty tough run.
But the last two weeks, West Rusk has beaten a couple of old rivals (Troup and Arp) and has some wind under its sails.
The Raiders are 2-3 overall, but 2-0 in District 9-3A, Division II play. Winona has one win all season, a 26-6 win over Quitman two weeks ago. Last week, the Wildcats lost to Troup, 24-15.
In a 42-6 win over Arp last week, the Raiders got a 12-yard touchdown run early in the game from quarterback Andon Mata, another touchdown from Mata in the second quarter, and a touchdown and 63 yards rushing from Jamal Ford. Carson Martin had an interception, and James Greenalch also ran for a touchdown.
Mata also had a 60-yard touchdown pass to Peyton Lyon, and Alexis Magallanes went 6-for-6 in extra point kicks.
West Rusk hosts Harmony next Friday night.