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TCNS staff

APPLE SPRINGS — The Eagles proved tougher than the Falcons on Friday, as Apple Springs downed district rival Fannindel 53-36.

The win puts the team at 1-0 in district.

On offense, Zeth Dugat had 19 carries for 167 yards and 1 TD; Dakota Campbell had 7 carries for 73 yards; and Ryan Phillips had 3 carries for 16 yards and 1 TD.

Dakota Campbell completed 18 of 23 passes for 208 yards and 5 TDs.

Receiver Zeth Dugat caught 6 of 7 passes for 80 yards and 2 TDs; Bradyn Kaufman caught 4 of 4 passes for 38 yards and 2 TDs; Tanner Smith caught 2 of 2 passes for 8 yards; Connor Kaufman caught 3 of 4 passes for 49 yards; and Ryan Davis caught 3 of 6 passes for 33 yards and 1 TD.

On defense, Zeth Dugat had 6 tackles, Bradyn Kaufman 7, Noah Thompson 7, Ethan Randell 8, Connor Kaufman 4 and Andrew Pion 7.

Pion caused one turnover, Noah Thompson recovered one fumble and Connor Kaufman had a 40-yard interception for a touchdown.

The Eagles travel to Oakwood on Friday.


By Scott Womack
TCNS correspondent

NEW WAVERLY — With just three games left in the 2023 season, the Tigers took the short trip to New Waverly looking for what could possibly be their first win in two seasons, but the Bulldogs had a different plan.

The Tigers took the opening kickoff and were unable to make a first down and kicked to the Bulldogs. With their first drive of the evening beginning at the Tiger 45-yard line, the Bulldogs wasted no time in taking an early 7-0 lead.

Unfortunately for the Tigers, the Bulldog kick was mishandled and with recovery the Bulldogs needed only 34 yards to extend the lead to 13-0 with less than 7 minutes off the clock.

The Tiger offensive struggles continued throughout the first quarter and gave the ball back to the Bulldogs who added one more first quarter score and took a commanding lead of 20-0 after the first 12 minutes had ticked off the clock.

The second quarter saw the Tiger defense step up and cause turnovers and create turnovers on downs by timely defensive stands, but the offense failed to keep the ball away from the Bulldogs and the Tigers trailed at halftime by a score of 27-0.

The Tigers played with more determination in the second half and were able to find the end zone on a 10-yard run by Jammale Johnson and a 2-point conversion by Cole Hortman, but with the Bulldogs adding another touchdown to the score, the deficit was too large to overcome, and the Tigers lost 34-8.

The Tigers will host Warren Friday night for their last home game of the season, and will celebrate Senior Night and recognize senior football, cheer, band, cross country and trainers that will be graduating at the end of the year. The ceremonies will begin at 6:30 p.m. with kickoff at 7.


The Indians overpowered the Normangee Panthers on Friday, downing the team 56-19.

The win leaves Groveton 3rd in district with a 2-1 record

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