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Shepherd ends season with loss

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111722 shepherd footballCoach Kedrick Harrison of the Shepherd Pirates said, “We have learned a lot this year and plan on using it today against the Orangefield Bobcats and in future years to come. Photo by Charles Ballard

By Charles Ballard
SJNT correspondent

HOUSTON — Shepherd’s postseason ended with a 55-12 drubbing from top-ranked Orangefield in the bi-district level of 3A playoffs on Thursday.

Orangefield was undefeated in district, and it was apparent as they scored on their first drive of the game.

Less than 3 minutes later, the Bobcats scored again, and racked up a third TD four minutes after that.

Early in the second quarter Pirate Preston Stephens posted the first TD for Shepherd, sending the game into halftime with the Bobcats in control 21-6.

The second half was more of the same, as Orangefield scored 34 more points to Shepherd’s 6, sending the Orangefield Bobcats to the next round of the UIL Playoff.

The Pirates showed H.D. Green with 120 yards and 1 TD in 19 carries. Stephens had 18 carries with 86 yards and a TD. Green also went 5-for-12 for 85 yards in the air.

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Diboll falls to Coldspring

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103022 coldspring footballMalachi Piles (No. 78) blocks out the Jacks during the Diboll-Coldspring district game. Kelvin Harden Jr. grabs the first toss of the night and sets up the first TD for Coldspring. Photos by Larry Lamb

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COLDSPRING — The Trojans improved their district record with a 20-19 win over Diboll on Friday.

Coldspring drew first blood by scoring first against the Diboll Lumberjacks; it did not take long, however, for the Jacks to find the end zone.

The score remained knotted at 6 until late in the second quarter, and with 27 seconds left on the clock that the Jacks posted another score.

The Trojans did not show aggression until their quarterback received a late hit out of bounds on the home side of the field, sending him out of the game. Hunter Mullins took over at quarterback, and the game momentum changed drastically.

The Trojans managed to post a quick TD during the last part of the fourth quarter, and the Lumberjacks were held scoreless to keep the squeaker win at home.

The Trojans had 246 offensive yards on 60 plays.

On the ground, Tyga Parker had 34 yards on 16 carries; K.J. Harden had 22 yards on 3 carries; and Luke Monroe had 71 yards on 13 carries.

Monroe went 4-for-8 in the air for 58 yards, including a 30-yard reception by Harden.

The Trojans will board the busses and head up 150 to the Shepherd Pirate Stadium for the “Battle of San Jacinto” this week for the last of the district games.

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Trojans end up 2-0 in district

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100622 coldspring footballKelvin Harden Jr. (No. 1) was just too fast for the Crocket Bulldogs and managed to post multiple TDs during the district game on Friday night. Angel Castillo (No. 21) attempts to bring down Kelvin Harden Jr. (No. 1) of the Coldspring Trojans as Harden scores for the Trojans. Photos by Charles Ballard

By Charles Ballard
SJNT correspondent

CROCKETT — The Coldspring Trojans are now 2-0 in district after the win over the Crockett Bulldogs with a score of 42-30.

The Dogs managed to take the opening kickoff and score with-in the first few seconds of the game, but the Trojans regrouped and managed to shore up the defensive line.

As the first quarter wound down and the second quarter started, the Trojans posted their first score and was able to get a two-point conversion and took the lead in the game with a score of 8-7. The lead never was relinquished throughout the night.

The score got close several times, but the Trojans managed to keep their focus on their game plan, which was working well. Coldspring received the half time kickoff and posted very good yardage during the second half of the game.

Overall there were 350 offensive yards on 52 plays — 339 yards on the ground. Tyga Parker had 185 yards on 22 carries, while K.J. Harden had 114 yards on 17 carries. Jamarion “Cookie” McGowen had 31 yards on 5 carries.

There were 11 passing yards from Luke Monroe with a 100 percent catch rate.

This week the Trojans will be facing a very good team the Woodville Eagles. The Eagles only district loss was to the Lumberjacks of Diboll with a score of 14-21. Woodville has an overall record of 4-2 with losses to Franklin and Diboll and wins over Newton, Liberty, Orangefield and Shepherd.


The Pirates lost to Woodville 42-14.

Head Coach Miles Robison said it was a close game in the first half — 22-14 — but turnovers began to plague the team.

“Woodville was a very good football team and we made too many mistakes to beat a team as talented as them,” Robison said. “Defensively we made some big stops but couldn’t capitalize on a good field position on several possessions.”

In the 4th quarter Woodville pulled away with some big plays to cement the win, while the Pirates went scoreless.

H.D. Green had 87 yards rushing and 2 TDs, and Preston Stephens had 75 yards rushing. Defensively Gage Murphy, Roman Gonzales, and Alberto Tovar had good nights.

The Pirates face Palestine Westwood at home Friday.

“Their record doesn’t reflect how talented they are,” Robison said. “We need to execute and play a good game Friday in order to beat them.”

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Lady Trojans lose squeaker

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092922 lady trojan vbElla Phillips (No. 4) for the Lady Trojans pops a kill shot against Onalaska during the Tuesday night’s district game. Alana Harden (No. 11) serves an ace against Onalaska on Tuesday night during a district game. Photos by Charles Ballard

By Charles Ballard
SJNT correspondent

COLDSPRING — While the Lady Trojans showed a tremendous amount of improvement and almost took the game, two points were the difference and Onalaska went away with a 3-2 win on Sept. 20.

The first two games went to Onalaska with a score of 25-20, and 25-18, but the next two were a different game for the Lady Trojans, who downed the Lady Cats 25-19 and 25-17.

During the fourth game the lead changed many times, starting at a score of 7-7, then 13-13 and again at 21-21. The Trojans managed to topple the Cats in the last few score with a couple of great serves.

The teams were tied in the fifth game at 15, but the Cats had two great serves that set the win and the district game back to Onalaska.

On Friday, the Lady Trojans fell to New Waverly 3-1, with scores of 23-25, 18-25, 26-24 and 9-25.


On Friday, the Lady Pirates lost to Anderson-Shiro 3-0, with scores of 15-25, 20-25 and 14-25.

On Sept. 20, the team lost to New Waverly 3-1.

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Trojans blank the Red Devils

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092922 trojan footballCadyn Barton (No. 9) and Luke Monroe (No. 8) getting ready for the Huntington Red Devils. Noah Vercher (No. 5), junior running back and defensive specialist, grabs Elijah Mansfield before he can get a first down. Photos by Charles Ballard

By Charles Ballard
SJNT correspondent

COLDSPRING — The Coldspring Trojans came back from a disappointing loss to post a 40-0 win over the Huntington Red Devils on Friday to open district play.

The Trojans were on the scoreboard in just a matter of minutes, setting the tempo for the entire game; with 9:10 on the clock, the Trojans posted the first of 6 TDs of the night.

The defense held the Red Devils to 3-and-out, creating more opportunities for the offense, as the Trojans scored again 4 minutes later. Then again with 3:12 on the clock, Coldspring scored again, sending the game into the second with the Trojans leading 20-0.

With 7:14 on the clock in the second quarter the Trojans add another 6 points to their score, making it 26-0.

The Trojans managed to hold the Red Devils to only a few first downs.

The team posted a total of 342 yards on offensive on 37 Plays; total rushing yards for the night was 305 yards. Tyga Parker led the team with 174 yards on 12 carries, followed by K.J. Harden with 73 yards on 13 carries, and Cookie McGowen with 27 yards on 5 carries.

Total passing yardage was 37; Harden caught 1 for 27 yards; Dirk Daigle pulled in 1 for 10 yards; and quarterback Luke Monroe went 2-for-2 for 37.


The Shepherd Pirates rallied to a 32-26 over the Crockett Bulldogs on Friday.

Head Coach Miles Robison said the Pirates started the game down 20-0, but the team kept fighting.

“We made some good adjustments at halftime and scored 16 points in the fourth quarter,” he said.

On offense, the line did a great job, which allowed H.D. Green to run for 133 yards and 2 TDs. Also contributing were Preston Stephens, who had 136 yards rushing and 2 TDs.

Defensively, the Pirates were led by Sheldon Ferguson and Alberto Tovar, and the defensive line took to the field in the second half and dominated and swarmed to the ball.

“It was a great team effort and our kids showed a lot of character by not shutting it down early,” Robison said.

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