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Tyler County Sports

Eagles shut out Crockett

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103022 Eagles OneEagle defender Jacob Hyder (5) wraps up Crockett running back Jonathan Lockhart as Tyquan Miller (21), Jaythan Traylor (20) and Tayvion Hunter (28) move in to assist. Photo by Larry Lamb

By Larry Lamb
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CROCKETT –  Scoring on offense, defense and special teams, the Woodville Eagles dominated the Crockett Bulldogs 44-0 in a district matchup Friday night in Driskell Stadium.

Woodville (7-2, 4-1) is idle this week before its district finale at home against Westwood on Nov. 4. Crockett (4-4, 1-3) travels to Westwood on Friday and hosts Diboll next week. 

The Eagles received the opening kickoff and got off to a shaky start when they coughed up the ball at their 41-yard line on the first play,

After forcing Crockett to punt, the Eagles took over at their 11 and converted two third-down situations on an 18-yard keeper by Ralon Williams and a 17-yard pass to TyMarious Walker. Facing third-and-15, Zayon Williams broke a 12-yarder but a fourth-down play came up short and Crockett took over on downs at the 35-yard line.

The Eagles finally got on the scoreboard with 1:43 left in the opening period. Taking over at their 37 on a punt, the Eagles completed a 36-yard screen pass to Zayon Williams and Jatavian Taylor took it to the end zone from 27 yards out. Kicker Cole Standley, back in the lineup after Tommy John surgery, put the Eagles up 7-0.
Late in the first half, a high snap on a Crockett punt gave Woodville the ball at the 16-yard line.

Taylor carried to the 5 and Ralon Williams scored on the next play with the offensive line pushing him into the end zone. The PAT was no good, leaving the Eagles with a 13-0 lead at the 1:59 mark.

After kicking off, the Eagles padded their lead when Jacob Hyder picked off a pass on Crockett’s first play and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown. Standley’s PAT gave Woodville a 20-0 advantage with 1:51 left in the half.

Crockett reached the Eagle 13 on its next series but an intentional grounding penalty and two quarterback sacks by Woodville preserved a 20-0 halftime lead.

After two second-half kickoffs by Woodville went out of bounds, the Eagles recovered a well-placed third attempt at the Bulldog 45. The Eagles didn’t waste any time and struck on a first-down pass from Williams to a wide-open Christian Bean. The PAT was good for a 27-0 lead just nine seconds into the third quarter.
Crockett started its next series in a deep hole at the 3-yard line and picked up one first down before having to punt. The Eagles then drove to the Crockett 14, where they turned the ball over on downs.

Crockett’s misfortunes continued when Jacob Hyder recovered a fumble in the end zone. The PAT put the Eagles up 34-0 at the 7:24 mark in the third quarter.
Another fourth-down stop gave Woodville the ball at Crockett’s 42 and the Eagles stretched their lead to 41-0 with 11:12 left in the game. Nick Ruiz carried for 11 yards on the first play of the fourth quarter, setting up a 5-yard touchdown run by Taylor on the next play. Standley tacked on the extra point.

After a long punt return by TyMarious Walker to the Bulldog 36, the Eagles reached the 10 yard-line on the running of backup quarterback Dustin Barlow and running backs Hayden Hunter and Ronnie Douglas.

With 2:55 left, Standley booted a 27-yard field goal and the defense kept Crockett out of the end zone to preserve the shutout.

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Tyler County Football Week 6

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Colmesneil starts district against Lions

By Chris Edwards
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LOVELADY – The Colmesneil Bulldogs are starting district-level play this week. They will treked over to Houston County to take on the Lovelady Lions Friday.

The ‘Dogs have had plenty of time to prep for Friday and for their district campaign, as last week was a bye for the team. Colmesneil will go into Friday’s game with a 3-2 record, so far. The Lions, who are currently sitting at the top of the UIL 2A Region III District 12 standings are undefeated.

Last season the Lions walloped the ‘Dogs to the tune of a 55-6 final score. This season, however, fortunes might be changing, with improved performances on both sides of the ball for Coach Cody Day’s squad.

The last time the Bulldogs played, against Cushing, it was a close call, with the ‘Dogs narrowly coming up short on a 20-23 final score.

Lovelady’s last opponent, Leon, got the short end of a 50-7 shellacking by the Lions. This will be Lovelady’s entry into district, as well. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at the Lions’ Den in Lovelady.

Eagles take down Pirates 42-14

WOODVILLE – It was Robinson vs. Robison last Friday as Coach Ty Robinson’s Eagles knocked-off Coach Miles Robison’s team of Pirates.

The Eagles hosted the Shepherd team and beat them 42-14 in a game that saw the losing team holding tight in the first half, with the score 22-14 at halftime, but devolving due to turnovers in the second.

A turnover on downs halfway into the third quarter worked toward a scoring advantage for the Eagles. An interception on the next play by Eian

Haynes, junior RB, for a rushing TD put more numbers on the board.

With three minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Hayden Hunter, scored a rushing TD to finalize the score for the night.

Defensively, overall, the Pirates made some big stops but was no match for the Eagles. Big plays by Woodville in the fourth quarter meant that the Pirates went scoreless for the rest of the game.

Shepherd’s Robison called the Eagles a very good football team,” and added that the Pirates “made too many mistakes to beat a team as talented as them.”

The now 4-2 Eagles will take on the Coldspring-Oakhurst Trojans this Friday. The Trojans are riding high after a 42-30 win over Crockett last week and a perfect district record, so far. The Eagles have only one district loss, to Diboll, and are sitting at third in the 3A Region III District 9 standings.



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Spurger XC runners seize victory

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092922 warren volleyballAllie Tillerson slams the ball in the Warren victory over Buna last Monday. The girls also recently defeated Kirbyville, and played East Chambers on Tuesday. Photos courtesy of Warren ISD yearbook staff

By Autumn Le Bouef

CHESTER – Spurger Pirate cross-country runners got the win at the Chester meet last week.

The Pirate varsity boys’ teams returned to Spurger as the first-place team. The junior varsity boys also brought home the
gold, and the junior high boys team tied for second.

Spurger cross-country com- peted in Chester at Camp Ta-Ku-La on Wednesday and the varsity boys had all competitors in the top 10.

Senior Jose’ Jimenez placed second in the varsity race followed closely by Joshua Grissom in third; Luis Jimenez in fourth; Landon Heim in fifth and Colton Fredieu came in ninth place.

For the JV race, Logan Alvis took first place, followed by Ryder Callaway in third and Gage Gray in ninth place. The junior high boys also had a first place finish by Zech Grissom, followed by Dawson Heim in 14th. Running for Varsity girls, Searra Clark had a third place finish. The Pirate runners also participated at the Woodville meet on Satur day.

Results from that meet are unavailable at press time. On Wednesday, the runners took part in a meet at Zavalla High School, and coming up, they will run in the Lufkin Coke Classic at Lufkin High School on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

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‘Jackets to face Apple Springs for homecoming; Lady Jackets earn more wins

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By Jana Rayburn

The Chester Yellowjackets traveled to Houston on Saturday to take on the Emery Weiner Jaguars. The Jackets fought hard all four quarters, but the Jackets ended up losing 54- 68. Kessler Romo ended the game with 40 yards rushing and 103 yards receiving, with a total of four touch- downs.

Keighen Green carried the ball nine times for 97 yards. Green also had two receptions for 37 yards with two touchdowns.

Rick Carlton had a 59-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Coach Justin Hilliard said, “All in all, it was a great game. Emery is ranked #1 in the state in TAPPS and are the de- fending state champions. To come in and push them and have the lead with 6 minutes left shows the determination this Chester team has to win.”

The Yellowjackets will host the Apple Springs Eagles on Friday, Sept. 30, which is Homecoming for the Chester Yellowjackets. This Apple Springs team has a winning record this season. Their quarter- back is very accurate and athletic. They also have a 350 lb. fullback that moves well and is tough to bring down. Hilliard added, “This will challenge our ability to play assignment football and to execute on the offensive side of the ball.” Kickoff between the Jackets and Eagles will be Friday at 7 p.m. The Homecoming Queen will be crowned during halftime.

The junior high Yellowjackets traveled to Conroe to face the Con- roe Northside Lions last Thursday, Sept. 23. The Jackets lost 39-66. Kasen Citrano had an impressive second half, scoring two touchdowns in the third quarter.

Hilliard said, “Overall, the team is learning. We aren’t quite at the same level as other teams, but we are growing and competing every week.”

The junior high played at Apple Springs on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m.

Yellowjacket cross-country

The Yellowjacket cross-country teams hosted a meet at Camp Ta- Ku-La on Wednesday, Sept. 21.

High school boys medalists were Travis Zulpo, Kai Hilliard, Jack Ray- burn, Kevron Green, and Chase Bertrand. Kyli Handley was the top high school girl runner with a 17-minute 2-mile run. Junior High top girl runners were Hailey Purvis, Sadie Garsee, and Carlen Sluga, all within 15 seconds of each other. The top junior high boy runner was Russell McDonnald. Coach Crystal Muncrief was so appreciative of everyone who helped out with the meet and supported the athletes.

The high school and junior high teams will travel to Zavalla for a meet on Wednesday, Sept. 28.

High school races start at 1 p.m., and junior high races will begin at 3:30 p.m. The teams will have a week off for the Tyler County Fair but will use that off time to practice and get ready for the district meet, which will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at Camp Ta-Ku-La.

Lady Jacket Varsity Volleyball

This was another great week for the Lady Jacket Volleyball program. In the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association State Volleyball poll, the Lady Jackets came in ranked #13 in the 1A division. The week started off with a dual match for the Varsity Lady Jackets as they put their undefeated home record on the line versus Apple Springs and Good Samaritan. These two matches would also be the final tune-ups before they enter district competition. In the first match against Apple Springs, the Lady Jackets played arguably their most dominant set of the season as they blitzed the Lady Eagles 25-4 in game one. During that game, Lauren Citrano got the Lady Jackets off and flying as she served 9 points in a row to put the squad in a comfort- able lead. In game two, Kyli Handley led the charge from the service line by serving for 6 points.

Lily Read put down seven kills, Emma Byrd had 10 assists, and Kinsley Barnes led the team with five digs. The Lady Jackets took game two 25-18. In game three, the Lady Jackets dismantled the Lady Eagles 25-9. Kaylee Tolar led the Lady Jackets in serving this game, serving 3 aces. Lily Read had 4 kills. Emma Byrd, Lauren Citrano, Blakeney Whitworth, and Kinsley Barnes all contributed to the offensive at- tack. The back row was protected by Abby Grimes, Saydi Handley, and Kyli Handley as they made sure Apple Springs could find no gaps in the defense. The Lady Jackets took on Good Samaritan for the second match of the night. The Lady Jackets were still hot from the service line in game one as Kinsley Barnes served 7 points from the line. Lily Read dominated by putting down 12 kills in game one. That could very well be a school record for kills in a single game. Emma Byrd was also on fire with 15 assists. Kaylee Tolar chipped in with two kills and Blakeney Whitworth got a block. The Lady Jackets took game one 25-14.

Game two was much like the first game as the Lady Jackets won it 25-11. Lily Read got 7 more kills. Emma Byrd served two aces and added 6 more assists. Kaylee Tolar picked upa huge block during game two. Abby Grimes, Saydi Handley, and Kyli Handley each had four digs. Game three saw the Lady Jackets finish the Lady Hornets off with a 25-18 win for the 3-0 sweep. The follow- ing statistics are for the two games combined. Lauren Citrano and Kyli Handley each served 13 aces, Lily Read had 38 kills, Emma Byrd had 50 assists, and Kyli Handley had 23 digs. On Friday, the Lady Jackets opened up district play against the Burkeville Lady Mustangs, sweeping them 3-0 with scores of (25-9), (25-6), and (25-15). The Lady Jackets were led by Lily Read with 21 kills, Emma Byrd with 14 assists, Kaylee Tolar with 6 aces, and Kyli Handley with 15 digs. Coach Patrick Sluga had this to say about the win, “I’m glad we were able to go on the road and get that very important first dis- trict win. It’s always tough to win on the road and to come in here and dominate like we did says a lot about these girls. Sluga also added, “We are at the ‘taking it one game at a time’ part of the season. Each one of our opponents will get our full re- spect and we will be focused solely on them until our match with them is complete”.

Sluga believes this mentality will help the Lady Jackets achieve their goal for district, which is to be un- defeated District Champions.

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‘Dogs win homecoming game against Overton

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092222 Colm HC Game TossFormer State Rep. James White does the coin toss for Colmesneil’s homecoming game. Photo courtesy of Colmesneil Athletics

By Chris Edwards
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COLMESNEIL – In Bulldog Country, homecoming night proved a good game and a good win for the ‘Dogs.

The ‘Dogs hosted the Overton Mustangs at Taylor Field.

Colmesneil AD/HC Cody Day said he was proud of his team. “We got better this week,” he said.

The ‘Dogs pulled a 36-24 win against the Overton team. Colmesneil ran a total of 41 plays for 383 total yards (135 passing, 248 rushing).

Top players were QB Reed Best, with 138 passing yards and Jayden Shamblin with 176 rushing yards.

Friday’s win puts Colmesneil at a 3-1 overall record, and Overton drops to 1-3 with their loss.

This Friday, the ‘Dogs have one final non-district home game before hitting the road next week. They will play Cushing at Taylor Field.

Day said Cushing will be a challenge. “They do a great job running the option,” he said. Last year, Cushing came out on top of their match against Colmesneil, 40-14. Both teams are sitting at 3-1 records so far.

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