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Trojans end season with loss to Panthers

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Trojans Tavaress Chambers and Luke Monroe block for Easton Dean to gain yardage during the Bi-District game against Anahuac. Photo by Charles Ballard.Trojans Tavaress Chambers and Luke Monroe block for Easton Dean to gain yardage during the Bi-District game against Anahuac. Photo by Charles Ballard.

By Charles  Ballard
SJNT Correspondent 

 NEW CANEY — The Coldspring-Oakhurst Trojans finished the ’21 Football season with a winning record of 7-3, losing its first-round playoff game against Anahuac 30-6.

The Trojans other two losses were to Shepherd and Diboll. 

The Trojans managed to keep the Anahuac Panthers to only 3 points on their first set of downs. The first TD was produced by the Trojans, but the point after was blocked and the panthers managed to run back a 62-yard two-point conversion, Anahuac crept to within a point, and the momentum of the game changed. 

The Trojans just could not contain the Panther offense and could not penetrate through the defense either. The Trojans fought and tried to bring back a second half but just could not finish the fight. 

The final score was 30-6 giving the win to the Panthers and they will advance to the next round of play in the state playoffs.

Leading rushers were K.D. Bookman with 75 yards on 12 carries; and Easton Dean with 76 yards on 18 carries and 1 touchdown.

Quarterback Luke Monroe went 3 for 4 passing for 51 yards; Bookman had 2 receptions for 51 yards, and Dean had 1 reception for 20 yards

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Shepherd overpowered by Splendora

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SHEPHERD — Weather played havoc with the field and with Shepherd, handing the Pirates a 36-6 loss on Oct. 1.

Head Coach Miles Robison said a super muddy field led to a tough loss. 

“We had a couple of injuries early on that didn't help our secondary, and Splendora made big plays when they needed to,” he said. “We missed out on a couple of scoring opportunities because of penalties.”

Robison said Tanner Lacy has 95 yards rushing and the team’s only TD, and Landen Robbins also had some good carries from the fullback spot. 

“The defense played great at times, but gave up some big plays that led to TDs,” he said. “Our offense has been inconsistent and we have to be able to throw the ball some to loosen up the box.”

Robison said the Pirates will have to play mistake-free football to have a shot of competing in district. 

“Our kids continue to play hard, but miscues here and there have cost us a couple of games,” he said. “We have to make corrections because with Madisonville's speed, one mistake will be a touchdown for them. I believe we can be the more physical team, but that has to be proven on Fridays.”

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Coldspring blanks Tarkington

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Cam Shaw-Rucker (No. 4) slides off tackle for a nice yardage gain during the Friday night’s game against The Tarkington Longhorns, with a 51-0 win. (Photo by Charles Ballard.)Cam Shaw-Rucker (No. 4) slides off tackle for a nice yardage gain during the Friday night’s game against The Tarkington Longhorns, with a 51-0 win. (Photo by Charles Ballard.)

By Charles Ballard
SJNT correspondent

CLEVELAND — The Tarkington Longhorns never had a clue on how to handle the fast-acting Coldspring Trojans, and were held scoreless on Friday

The Trojans posted a 51-0 win over Tarkington.

The Trojans scored early and often. With just 9:45 on the clock in the first quarter, Eddie Brown rolled off-tackle for the first score of the night. The two-point attempt failed so the early score was just 6-0.

Later on in the first quarter, with just 2:43 left on the clock, the Trojans pushed another TD and this time the two-point attempt was successful, sending the score to 14-0.

Early in the second quarter the Trojans posted yet another TD, putting the score at 21-0. Coldspring scored twice more to send the teams into halftime with the Trojans leading 33-0. 

The second half was more of the same, leading to the final score of 51-0. Coldspring put up 423 rushing yards and 439 total yards on offense.

Leading rushers for the night are Eddie Brown, with 134 yards on 7 carries and 2 TDs; Easton Dean, 75 yards on 9 carries and 2 TDs; and Noah Vercher, 81 yards on 4 carries and 1 TD.

Other notable rushers were Luke Monroe, Andy Tyson, Jaden Sparks and Max Irving.

In the air, quarterback Luke Monroe went 1-of-2 for 16 yards

Next week is the district’s bye week, after which district play will start against Trinity. 

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Pirates fall to Lumberjacks

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The Shepherd Pirates varsity football team. (Courtesy Photo)The Shepherd Pirates varsity football team. (Courtesy Photo)

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DIBOLL — The Shepherd Pirates, one of only a few teams playing last week, lost a last-minute substitution game on Friday 26-12.

Head Coach Miles Robison said that while the team moved the ball well, they had some costly turnovers in the form of interceptions.

“I thought our kids played well considering we weren’t originally scheduled to play Diboll,” he said. “We were excited to play a game when many area teams had to cancel because of COVID. I also I thought playing a quality football team like Diboll would only make us better.”

Robison said the team still is making some mental mistakes, but has shown improvement over past two weeks. 

“Our defense gave up a couple of long TD runs the first half, but made good adjustments in the second half,” he said.

The Shepherd Pirates Players of the Week for the 44-14 win over Tarkington are (from left) H.D. Green for offense, with 75 yards rushing, 117 yards passing and two TDs; the Hit of Week Award winner Landon Robbins; and Preston Stephens for defense, with four tackles and two sacks.The Shepherd Pirates Players of the Week for the 44-14 win over Tarkington are (from left) H.D. Green for offense, with 75 yards rushing, 117 yards passing and two TDs; the Hit of Week Award winner Landon Robbins; and Preston Stephens for defense, with four tackles and two sacks.While quarterback H.D. Green went 1-11 with two interceptions in the air, he carried the ball 20 times for 131 yards and scored the team’s two TDs.

Junior Tanner Lacey carried the ball 11 times for 94 yards, with one run racking up 33 yards.

For defense, Alberto Tovar pulled in the team’s only interception, and led with five solo and two assisted tackles. He was followed by Eli Wyatt, who tackled five solo and one assisted, and Preston Stephens with 3 and 2.

Both teams now stand at 1-1 overall.

Barring any last-minute cancellations, the Pirates face the Coldspring Trojans at home on Friday, and Robison said it should be a good game.  

“They’re big up front, and have couple of good backs,” he said. “We’ll be working on plan to hopefully slow down big plays and control the football to keep our defense off the field.”

A new middle school game has been added for Shepherd/Coldspring as well, which will be at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, at Coldspring. 

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Pole vaulter heading to state

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042921 track copyCOURTESY PHOTO Troy Fortenberry clears the bar on his leap during the Region 3 3A Track Meet in Waco on Saturday. Troy heads next to the state meet next week.

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WACO — Coldspring-Oakhurst Trojan Troy Fortenberry will represent the district in the state track meet next week.

Fortenberry placed second in the pole vault with a leap of 12’6 at the Region 3 3A meet, held Friday and Saturday at Midway High School in Waco.

Region 3 Track Meet

Boys Results

400 meters

Curtis Parker, third, 50.95 finals (50.34 prelims)

300-meter hurdles

Troy Fortenberry, 16th, 48.40 (prelims)

4x400 relay

Jared Curry, Reagan Roberts, Gavin Trejo, Curtis Parker, sixth, 3:30.37 (fourth, 3.31.77 prelims)

Shot put

Dante Eldridge, sixth, 44’ 2.75

Pole Vault

Troy Fortenberry, second, 12’ 6.

Carter Currie, eighth, 11’

Girls

100 meters

Miya Ellis, 14th, 13.22 (prelims)

Shot put

Shanaya Gilbert, third, 35’ 8.25

Alexis Moore, 11th, 30’ 5

High jump

Amanda Ready, fourth, 5’ 2

Triple jump

Alexis Chandler, seventh, 33’ 9.75

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