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Groveton falls in bi-district

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Groveton ISD logo 250By Tony Farkas
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NACOGDOCHES — For the lack of a touchdown, the postseason hopes of the Groveton Indians were dashed after a 35-28 loss to Shelbyville in the bi-district round of the 2A playoffs on Friday.

Coaches said the boys played hard, but came up just short of winning the game, a tough feat considering the weather.

Still the tandem of Tanner Steubing and Bryon Thomas proved formidable, with Thomas racking up 203 yards on 26 carries and posting 3 TDs.

Steubing completed 12 of 15 passes for 164 yards and 1 TD.

For receivers, Jackson Cathey pulled in 8 catches for 120 yards and 1 TD; Billy Thomas had 2 catches for 30 yards; and Bryon Thomas had 2 catches for 14 yards.

On the ground, Bryon Thomas had 26 carries for 203 yards and 3 TDs; Tanner Steubing had 5 carries for 45 yards; Wyatt Snead had 2 carries for 27 yards; and Darius McQueen had 2 carries for 6 yards.

On defense, Wyatt Snead had 9 tackles; Tanner Steubing had 8 tackles, 1 caused fumble; Daiton Chandler had 6 tackles; Gunner Wilson had 6 tackles; Carter Cox had 4 tackles, 1 sack; Trystian Ard had 3 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 recovered fumble; Jackson Cathey had 3 tackles; Logan Townsend had 2 tackles, 1 sack; Darius McQueen had 2 tackles; and Brody Thorton had 1 tackle.

Apple Springs

The Eagles’ postseason was short-lived following a 61-12 loss to Bynum on Friday.

Apple Springs ended its season fourth in the district with a 4-7 overall record.

Head Coach Cody Moree said that although the season has ended, it was a great one. 

“For this group of seniors to put us back in the playoffs and overcome all the adversity they had as younger students is truly remarkable,” he said. “Eagle Football is back and we plan to stay a while.”

Quarterback Dakota Campbell completed 13 of 26 passes for 145 yards and 2 TDs, both of which were caught by senior Connor Kaufman.

Defensive leaders were Noah Thompson with 10 tackles, Bradyn Kaufman with 7 and Andrew Pion with 6

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Eagles, Indians head to postseason

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AppleSprintsISDTRINIDAD — Despite a loss in the last game of the season, the Apple Springs Eagles will head to the playoffs.

The Eagles were downed by Trinidad 53-48 on Friday. Still, they will play Bynum on Friday at Allen Academy in Bryan.

Additionally, Dakota Campbell crossed the 2,000-yard mark for the season after Friday’s efforts, completing 14 of 23 passes for 304 yards five touchdowns, as well as rushing rushing for 32 yards on three carries.

Also on offense, Zeth Dugat caught 2 passes for 105 yards and 2 TDs and ran for 58 yards on 7 carries and 2 more TDs; Ryan Phillips rushed for 8 yards and caught 2 passes for 48 yards; Bradyn Kaufman had 4 carries for 16 yards and caught 6 passes for 64 yards and a TD; and Connor Kaufman caught 2 passes for 86 yards and 2 TDs.

On defense, Dugat had 11 tackles; Bradyn Kaufman had 12 tackles and an interception; Andre Pion had nine tackles and a fumble recovery; and Noah Thompson had 24 tackles and a fumble recovery.

Groveton

The Indians won their final regular season game on Friday, stopping the West Hardin Oilers 41-6.

Groveton moves on to the postseason against Shelbyville. The game is set for 7 p.m. Thursday in Nacogdoches.

Against the Oilers, Tanner Steubing completed 4 of 10 passes for 33 yards, while Dax Parker completed 3 of 6 for 18 yards.

For receivers, Jacob Alexander had 2 catches for 33 yards; Billy Thomas had 2 catches for 12 yards; Darius McQueen had 1 catch for 8 yards; Bryon Thomas had 1 catch for 6 yards; and Jackson Cathey had 1 catch for 2 yards.

On the ground, Bryon Thomas had 7 carries for 176 yards and 4 TDs; Darius McQueen had 5 carries for 56 yards; Tanner Steubing had 3 carries for 63 yards; Ramello Wolfe had 3 carries for 31 yards and 1 TD; Jackson Cathey had 2 carries for 12 yards; Wyatt Snead had 1 carry for 30 yards; Keeghan Guerra had 2 carries for 10 yards; and Gunner Wilson had 1 carry for 10 yards.

On defense, Trystan Ard had 7 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 fumble recovery; Brody Thorton had 6 tackles; Dation Chandler had 6 tackles; Gunner Wilson had 6 tackles; Logan Townsend had 3 tackles, 1 tackle for loss; Wyatt Snead had 2 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 caused fumble; Phoenix Bowman had 2 tackles; Tanner Steubing had 2 tackles; Carter Cox had 1 tackle, 1 tackle for loss; Saint Reyes had 1 tackle; Landon Conley had 1 tackle; Armando Bautista had 1 tackle; and Ty Torregrossa had 1 tackle.

Trinity

The Trinity Tigers lost 58-6 in their final game of the season.

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Tiger places high at state meet

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Michael Dudley of Trinity placed 24th at the state Cross Country meet on Saturday. Courtesy photoMichael Dudley of Trinity placed 24th at the state Cross Country meet on Saturday. Courtesy photo

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ROUND ROCK — Michael Dudley ran to a 24th place finish as Trinity’s lone qualifier for the state Cross Country meet, held Friday and Saturday.

Dudley posted a time of 16:53.70.

Also, the Groveton Lady Indians team placed 13th overall at the meet, and Jannette Bautista placed 10th individually.

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Groveton girls take 3rd at regional meet

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The Groveton Lady Indians qualified for state after a 3rd-place finish at the Regional Championship.The Groveton Lady Indians qualified for state after a 3rd-place finish at the Regional Championship.

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HUNTSVILLE — The Lady Indians placed third while the boys placed ninth at the UIL 2A-6A Region 3 Championship on Oct. 23.

In the 2A race, Jannette Bautista led Groveton with a fifth-place finish. The girls’ team has qualified for the state meet, set for Nov. 3 in Round Rock.

Meanwhile in 3A, the Trinity boys placed 11th behind the ninth-place finish of Michael Dudley, who has qualified for the state meet.

Results

UIL 2A-6A Region 3 Championship 2023

Girls 2-mile Run

Team results: 3rd

Individual results (time, athlete, place)

13:19.91, Janette Bautista, 5th

14:12.26, Kayleigh Albus, 18th

14:47.70, Laney Peterson, 44th

14:47.88, Emma Alexander, 45th

15:00.68, Madison Hobbs, 49th

15:06.83, Noelis Garcia, 51st

15:50.89, Marie Gonzalez, 76th

Boys 5,000-meter run

Team results: 9th

Individual results (time, athlete, place)

19:44.53, Gabriel Constante, 46th

20:13.57, Austin Williams, 53rd

20:16.56, Landon Conley, 54th

20:23.48, Jack Sullivan, 60th

20:41.07, Armando Bautista, 69th

22:29.45, Cade White, 121st

22:38.37, Jake Plotts, 122nd

Trinity

Boys 5,000-meter run

Team Results: 11th

Individual results (time, athlete, place)

17:15.01, Michael Dudley, 9th

19:23.35, Cade Mauldin, 62nd

20:10.74, Alejandro Zavala, 96th

20:22.25, Dacorian Cooper, 101st

20:51.36, John Prarish, 116th

21:35.85, Erick Perito, 142nd

24:52.05, Christian Lopez, 179th

Apple Springs

UIL 2A-6A Region 4 Championship results

Boys 5,000-meter run

Team Results: 17th

Individual results (time, athlete, place)

20:58.53, Michael Diaz, 51st

23:28.32, Nathan Smith, 102nd

24:19.35, Zeth Dugat, 116th

24:45.51, Dakota Campbell, 121st

25:42.79, Greyson Hollis, 127th

38:44.78, Drake Pierce, 157th

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Groveton seniors celebrate with win

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Darius McQueen (No. 13) is tripped up on his way toward a touchdown.Darius McQueen (No. 13) is tripped up on his way toward a touchdown.

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GROVETON — Senior night is a gr

eat night for a football win, and the Indians delivered on Friday, downing Corrigan-Camden 56-34.

Bryon Thomas proved almost unstoppable on offense, racking up 3 TDs against the Bulldogs.

Tanner Steubing completed 5-of-8 passes for 144 yards and 1 TD.

For receivers, Billy Thomas had 2 catches for 114 yards and 1 TD; Bryon Thomas had 1 catch for 12 yards; Jackson Cathey had 1 catch for 10 yards; and Jacoub Alexander had 1 catch for 8 yards.

On the ground, Bryon Thomas had 18 carries for 221 yards and 3 TDs; Tanner Steubing had 6 carries for 30 yards; Darius McQueen had 5 carries for 32 yards and 1 TD; Wyatt Snead had 1 carry for 5 yards and 1 TD; and Ramello Wolfe had 4 carries for 2 yards.

On defense, Logan Townsend had 4 tackles, 3 tackles for loss and a blocked punt; Darius McQueen had 3 tackles, 1 pass broken up, 1 fumble recovery for 1 TD; Daiton Chandler had 3 tackles, 1 fumble recovery for 1 TD; Trystian Ard had 4 tackles; Wyatt Snead had 3 tackles, 2 tackles for loss; Gunner Wilson had 5 tackles; Tanner Steubing had 3 tackles, 2 tackles for loss; Haiden Elliot had 3 tackles; Ty Torregrossa had 2 pass broken ups, 1 interception; Armando Bautista had 3 pass broken ups, 1 tackle; Carter Cox had 1 tackle; Phoenix Bowman had 2 tackles; Ryan Cathey had 1 tackle, 1 pass broken up; Brody Thorton had 1 tackle; and Austin Williams had 1 tackle, 1 sack.

Apple Springs

The Eagles lost to Oakwood 50-18 on Friday.

In the game, Dakota Campbell went 16 of 29 passing for 269 yards and 3 TDs, while Zeth Dugat caught 8 passes for 72 yards; Bradyn Kaufman caught 4 passes for 96 yards and a TD; Tanner Smith caught 2 passes for 14 yards and a TD; and Connor Kaufman caught 2 passes for 87 yards and a TD.

On the ground, Campbell carried 4 times for 66 yards; Dugat carried 11 times for 41 yards; and Bradyn Kaufman carried 3 times for 16 yards.

Defensive leaders were Dugat with 12 tackles; Andrew Pion with 11 tackles, fumble recovery; Noah Thompson with 11 tackles and a fumble recovery; Connor Kaufman with 9 tackles and a forced turnover; and Ethan Randell with 4 tackles, an interception and 2 blocked extra points.

Trinity remains winless

By Scott Womack
TCNS correspondent

TRINITY — The final home game of the season was Friday night, and the Tigers honored the soon to be graduating senior athletes, cheer, dance and band members.

Prior to kickoff, Air Rescue landed on the field and delivered the game ball to Senior Ethan Ramsey, who spent months in the hospital with a severe blood clot in the brain during his sophomore and junior years.

The Tigers began the game with the ball and took one minute to score on a 48-yard run by Jameel Johnson. Leading for the first time this season, the Tigers kicked the ball to the Warren Warriors and good special teams play, had them starting from their own 16-yard line. Seven minutes later the Warriors scored and with the extra point, took a 7-6 lead over the Tigers.

The Tigers took 2 ½ minutes for a 54-yard drive capped by a 19-yard touchdown run by Jameel Johnson and the 2-yard conversion by Cole Hortman gave the Tigers a 14-7 lead. The next offensive play by the Warriors tied the game with a 53-yard run and ended and exciting first quarter with a 14-14 tie.

The Tigers were stopped on their next possession at the Warrior 25-yard line, but the Tiger defense was unable to keep them out of the end zone and the Warriors marched the ball 75-yards to take a 20-14 lead over the Tigers. Both defenses were able to make crucial stops and the Warriors took the lead into halftime.

The second half was not favorable to the Tigers as they were unable to get the early explosiveness on offense back and the defense was unable to find a way to stop the Warriors from scoring.

The Tigers final home game of the 2023 season ended with a 34-14 loss.

Trinity’s final game will be on the road against Anderson-Shiro on Friday.

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