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Yellowjackets Dominate Eagles

Chester Football

by Wendy Whitworth

The Chester Yellowjackets made a spectacular showing against the Apple Springs Eagles Friday, October 31. The team came out on fire and never burned out.

The Yellowjackets scored on each of their first three possessions. The Eagles were able to push past the Jackets' defense on their third series of downs to score. The Yellowjackets would once again have possession and within a few plays, had scored another touchdown to make the score 28-8.

Chester immediately regained possession due to a forced fumble by Cord Neal that was recovered by Levi Watts. The Yellowjackets made it to about the five yard line, but were forced to turn over on downs. The Yellowjacket defense did their job and stopped the Eagles almost before they got started. The next series of downs would also bring another touchdown for the Jackets.

Keaton Whitworth did his job, pressuring the quarterback, which resulted in an interception by Billy Thompson. Thompson was able to make about a 50 yard touchdown run to make the score 40-8.

The Yellowjacket defense only allowed the Eagles to score two more times. The Yellowjackets, on the other hand, scored almost every time they had possession of the ball. The use of both their tight offense which consists of Keaton Whitworth, Cody Riley, Levi Watts, Colten Martin, Cader Powell and McKail Smith and their spread offense which consists of Chris Carter, Cord Neal, Colten Martin, Dakota Thomas, Clay Thomson and Jutty Vaughn, kept the Eagles guessing. The blocking efforts of these athletes paved the way for the numerous touchdowns scored. Defensive players, Keaton Whitworth, Billy Thompson, Cord Neal, Colten Martin, McKail Smith and Chris Carter definitely did their job by containing the Eagles to only three touchdowns. The Yellowjackets mercy ruled the Eagles at the end of the third quarter with a score of 67-22. This win assures the Yellowjackets a playoff spot. The Yellowjackets have a bye this week and will be anxiously awaiting the outcome of the Leverett's Chapel /Apple Springs game.

"To say that I was pleased with our effort tonight would be an understatement. We have been on the cusp the last five weeks of doing something like this. It was great to see the defense playing so well. Offensively we were able to mix up our formations, runs, passes and the kids executed well. I am excited for this group of seniors to be able to lead this team into the post season for the 1st time since 1992. It is something that our kids have worked hard for, and I think that this community deserves a playoff team. I hope that we can execute the same way throughout the next few weeks," said Coach Chris Fudge.

"This week was by far the best we have played on both sides of the ball, but even if we 45'ed Apple Springs, we can still play better," Comments Billy Thompson.

"I have a lot of confidence in my team. I know we will practice hard over the weeks until the first round of the playoffs. We will definitely put forth our best effort to obtain a win and continue to play," Keaton Whitworth said.

Eagles Fall Short to East Chambers

Three In A Row—Junior Dylan Hasson, Jr. (#62), and Seniors Marqui Jackson (#3) and Riley Shaw (#14), face off against East Chambers last week. (Ben Newman Photo)Three In A Row—Junior Dylan Hasson, Jr. (#62), and Seniors Marqui Jackson (#3) and Riley Shaw (#14), face off against East Chambers last week. (Ben Newman Photo)

By Jason Drake

The Woodville Eagle football team was defeated last Friday night to the Buccaneers last Friday night in Eagle Stadium. The loss dropped the Eagles to 5-4 on the season and 2-4 in district play. East Chambers scored three touchdowns in the first half to take a 21-0 lead heading to the locker room. The score remained the same until freshman David Whitehead threw a 58 yard touchdown pass to senior Marqui Jackson. Dawson Wainwright added the extra point to narrow the lead to 21-7 with 10:05 left in the game. East Chambers would tack on a final touchdown for a 27-7 final score.

Jackson and Ivan Lockhart led the Eagles' ground game with a combined 47 yards. Jackson completed four passes to Ivan Lockhart, Ashton Lockhart, Jamal Horn and Markalin Merchant. Defensively, sophomore Chris Castle led the Eagles with 12 tackles, five of which were solo tackles, and a quarterback sack. Matthew Wagner and Chris Traylor had five and four solo tackles apiece. Jamal Horn and Jacob Watts each recorded an interception, while Brock Waldie recovered a fumble caused by Ashton Lockhart.

The Eagles will travel to Warren for the final district game of the season. The Eagles need a victory over the Warriors and a Kountze defeat by Anahuac by 21 points to earn the final play-off spot. The Junior varsity will host the Warriors Thursday, while the middle school teams travel to Warren. The eighth grade will be attempting a run at a perfect undefeated season. The middle school girls will open their basketball season as well as they face the Huntington Lady Red Devils on Thursday.

Spurger Pirates at Cross Country Regionals

Varsity Boy’s Regional Cross Country Team  (Left to Right: Nathan Sheffield, Zack Fisher, Jayvon Fontenot, Chase Shook, Chance Shook, and Randall Marcum.)Varsity Boy’s Regional Cross Country Team (Left to Right: Nathan Sheffield, Zack Fisher, Jayvon Fontenot, Chase Shook, Chance Shook, and Randall Marcum.)

by Kelsey Sheffield

The Spurger Pirates Cross Country team, once again, advanced to the Region IV Regional Cross Country meet. This year, the Varsity boys traveled to Humble, TX to compete on November 1, for a shot at State.

Although none of the boys made the cut to advance to the State meet, the Pirates each competed at a very worthy level.

The 5k race consisted of a total of 143 Varsity runners, for our team of six to run alongside. In 57th place, senior Jayvon Fontenot was the first of the Spurger Pirates to cross the finish line. Fontenot ran the race in a time of 19:59. Senior, Nathan Sheffield, ran one of his better times, with a time of 21:04, which earned him 85th place. Less than a minute behind Sheffield was freshmen, Zack Fisher. Fisher took 94th place with a time of 21:27.

The Shook brothers both finished within thirty seconds of one another. In 103rd place, freshmen Chase Shook finished with a time of 22:05, followed by his brother, freshmen Chance Shook, with a time of 22:33. Junior, Randall Marcum finished the Pirates strong in 138th place. Marcum finished in a time of 25:15.

The Spurger Pirates Represented Spurger High with Pride and are looking forward to continue to grow with the members that will run in the years to follow.

Basketball is here! All Spurger Pirate Basketball fans are encouraged to be a part of the community-wide tailgate hosted at Spurger High on November 8, from 12 noon until 3 p.m.. Following the tailgate, the Spurger Basketball teams will play Spurger Alumni for their Moonlight Madness game.

November 11, Junior Varsity and Varsity boys and Varsity girls will have their first game and scrimmages. Junior Varsity and Varsity boys will be playing in Warren at 4:30 p.m. Varsity Girls will play in West Sabine at 6 p.m. Spurger High School will host the first annual Mr. Mac Classic Tournament on November 13-15, for Varsity girls' basketball. The Spurger Lady Pirates will take part in competing in this tournament. Come support Spurger Pirate Basketball!

Warriors JV football tames Wildcats for district title

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by Doug Glosson

The future is looking bright for football in Warren as the junior varsity team was able to win district 23-3A by beating the Kirbyville Wildcats last Thursday 36-22. The Warriors will play Woodville on Thursday November 6, but that game will not have an effect on the district title. Warren started out scoring on the night with a rushing touchdown by Tyler Murphy, and a two-point conversion, to go up 8-0. On Warren's next offensive possession, quarterback Andrew Gordon took it up the middle for another rushing touchdown to put Warren up 14-0. This score held up into the third quarter before Kirbyville scored on a 35 yard rushing touchdown to cut the lead 14-8. Both teams turned the ball over on their next possessions before Warren started to pull away in the fourth.

With 7:33 left in the game, Warriors running back Ethan Owens scored on a 35 yard rushing touchdown to go up 22-8 over the Wildcats.

On Kirbyville's next possession, Warren's Gary Loving turned an interception into a 50 yard touchdown putting Warren up 30-8. With 3.23 left in the game, Kirbyville was not done as they score on a 25 yard rushing touchdown to cut into Warren's lead 30-14. Warren's Ethan Owens' 45 yard run to the 25 yard line set up their final rushing touchdown by Tyler Murphy; Warren up 36-14.

In the final minute of the game, Kirbyville rushed for a 55 yard touchdown, but it wasn't enough as Warren takes the game and the district title.

Varsity football was not as fortunate Friday night as they fell to Kirbyville 12-66. In junior high action, Warren's seventh grade was unable to score, losing to Kirbyville 24-0. Eighth grade lost a tough but close one 32-36. Next up for the Warriors, Varsity takes on Woodville in Warren on Friday while JV will be in Woodville and junior high in Warren on Thursday.

Volleyball – Hardin Lady Hornets proved that they deserve their eighth straight district title as they sweep all three Lady Warriors teams last Tuesday in the final game of the regular season. The Warren community wants to thank both coaches and players for all their hard work and dedication on a great season.

Basketball – The Lady Warriors junior varsity and varsity basketball teams will scrimmage Hampshire-Fannett Lady Horns on Saturday November 8 in Warren starting at 10 a.m.

Bulldogs lose to Iola, Lady Dogs ‘On Fire’

Cole Johnson passes the ball during Friday’s Bulldogs/Iola game.  (Kathy Gobert photo)Cole Johnson passes the ball during Friday’s Bulldogs/Iola game. (Kathy Gobert photo)

By Alicyn Mirtcham

Volleyball
The Colmesneil Lady Dogs are on fire! Having defeated Leggett in three games with scores of 25-15, 25-7, and 25-16, the Lady Dogs dominated with 15 kills, 8 serving aces, and a total of five serving runs allowing the girls to clench the district championship! Running undefeated all district, the fierce Lady Dogs have earned a spot in the playoffs. In preparation for playoffs, the Lady Dogs played a warm up game Saturday, November 1 in Hemphill. The Lady Dogs put up a strong fight, but fell just a little short to their opponent. Taylor Barker and Treasure Jackson had 7 kills, and Nature Jackson and Treasure Jackson had 2 double blocks.
Coach Amber Rainy said, "The girls got to see some good competition and what they need work on to prepare on for the playoffs."
The Lady Dogs will have a Bi on Tuesday night for winning District. They will play the winner of the game between Centerville and Kerns, who play Tuesday, November 4. The Lady Dogs will either play Friday or Saturday of this week, times and location are to be determined early this week.

Cross Country
The Lady Dogs and Bulldogs cross country teams made their way to Humble for the Regional Cross Country meet last Saturday, November 1. Both the Bulldogs and Lady Dogs gave it their all at the regional meet. The girls placed 23rd as a team with Rylee Smith leading the pack, followed by Alicyn Mitcham, Bayleigh Thedford, Krista Harris, and Madison Bryan. The Bulldogs came in 20th as a team. Leading was Colt Brown, followed by Kameron Lindsey, Blaine Turner, Cole Johnson, Kaleb Lindsey and Colt Edwards. Both teams performed well, and hope to advance to Regionals next year.

Fishing Team
The Colmesneil Fishing team will be fishing at Lake Sam Rayburn on Saturday, November 8. Colmesneil will have seven teams entered for the tournament. "We are really excited to get to be a part of this program," member Mallory Monk said. The goal, besides to fish for the tournament, is to qualify for the championships. The Fishing team would not be possible without the hard work, dedication, and support from Teresa Patrick. The Colmesneil Fishing team thanks you!

Football
The Bulldogs held Senior Night last Friday night, October 31 on Taylor Field, which was also the last home game for some of the Bulldogs who battled Iola. Starting the game off with Chris Thedford kicking the ball, the Bulldogs put on their game faces. Kaleb Lindsey got an 80 yard touchdown off a kickoff return. Colt Brown had a nice 15 yard pass, and Jermany Wooten also scored a touchdown. The score after the first quarter was 14-14. Looking optimistic after the 1st quarter, the bulldogs gave it their all, but they could not keep up with Iola. The final score of the game was 74-14. The Bulldogs final game will be in Burkeville Friday November 7 at 7 p.m. Come out and support this hard working group of boys!