Spurger Volleyball hits winning streak

The Spurger Pirates 2014 Varsity Volleyball pepping up before the game.  (Kelsey Sheffield photo)The Spurger Pirates 2014 Varsity Volleyball pepping up before the game. (Kelsey Sheffield photo)

by Kelsey Sheffield

Both the Junior High and High School volleyball had a successful, impressive week! The Varsity volleyball team had a dominant week, when they won back to back district games. The Junior High girls also have created an impressive winning streak of being undefeated, thus far.

The Varsity volleyball has had a rollercoaster of a season from big wins, to heartbreaking losses. Their inconsistency struck concern in their hopes of making the playoffs, but the girls took charge in working towards that goal. October 14, the Lady Pirates ruled over the Chester Lady Yellow Jackets with a sweeping 3-0 game. That momentum of such a big win lit up the want to win in the girls to carry them through another victory, on October 17, against the Leggett Pirates. The Spurger Lady Pirates are hoping to finish with the same results in their efforts of the upcoming games. October 24, the Junior Varsity and Varsity will play in Colmesneil at 4:30. The last home game of the season, and the Junior Varsity's last game, will be against Burkeville on October 28. Seniors of the Lady Pirate Volleyball team will also be recognized before the games begin.

The Junior High Lady Pirates have yet to be defeated! After an intense win against San Augustine, on October 13, the girls continue to hold their perfect season title.

November 8, will be the community-wide tailgate to kick off the beginning of this year's basketball season. Following the tailgate, the Varsity basketball boys will be playing against Spurger alumni at 7 p.m. Any previous Spurger graduates who wish to participate need to contact the High School office at 409-429-3464.

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Barclay’s three touchdowns lifts Eagles

(Ben Newman photo)(Ben Newman photo)

by Jason Drake

The Woodville Eagles faced the Anahuac Panthers last Friday night in a key match-up for the Eagles to make the play-offs. The Eagles were coming off back to back road losses against Kirbyville and Buna. Last week the Eagles were home where they have been perfect all year long.

Woodville won the opening toss and elected to kick-off and receive the ball first in the second half. Jarius Foster recovered the opening kick-off at the 47 yard line of Anahuac after a pooch kick by Dawson Wainwright. The Eagles would take advantage of the turnover traveling 53 yards on seven carries, capped off by Delante' Barclay's 25 yard touchdown run. Wainwright connected on the extra point giving the Eagles the early7-0 lead with 9:26 left in the first quarter. The score would remain 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.

On the first play of the second quarter, Barclay scored his second touchdown for nine yards on second down and seven. Wainwright's point after touchdown sailed through the uprights extending the Eagles' lead to 14-0 with 11:55 remaining in the second quarter. Anahuac scored their only touchdown on a quarterback draw for nine yard narrowing the lead to 14-7 with 10:06 still on the clock until halftime. The Eagles answered the Panthers touchdown with one of their own on the next play from scrimmage. Woodville started their drive 1-10 from their own 36 yard line. Anahuac jumped off-sides give giving the Eagles 1-5 from the 41 yard line. Barclay scored on a 59 yard run for his third touchdown in the first half. Wainwright's extra point increased Woodville's lead to 14 points with 9:40 left on the clock until intermission. Kris Traylor recovered an Anahuac fumble before halftime erasing any momentum the Panthers had going into the locker room.

Neither team managed to score in the third quarter keeping the score 21-7 heading into the final period. Ivan Lockhart scored the final touchdown to ice the game 28-7 on a 25 yard run on 2-15. Wainwright connected on his fourth extra point with 2:51 left in the game. The win improved the Eagles' record to 5-2 on the year and 2-2 in district play.

Marqui Jackson completed 16 passes on 20 attempts for 174 yards. Ashton Lockhart was the leading receiver with six catches for 70 yards. Jackson completed passes to seven different receivers including Ashton Lockhart, Ivan Lockhart, Julius Midkiff, Aaron Garess, Brock Waldie, Aaron Mitchell, and Chandler Button. Mitchell and Button had three receptions apiece.

Barclay was the leading rusher with 121 yards on 14 carries and three touchdowns. Barclay, along with Jackson, Ivan Lockhart, David Whitehead, Markalin Merchant and Ashton Lockhart rushed for 254 yards on 38 carries.

Traylor was the defensive standout for the Woodville Eagles with 13 tackles and a fumble recovery. Chris Castle played extremely hard with eight tackles, three of which were for losses. Riley Shaw sacked the quarterback twice and Whitehead once in the contest.

The Eagles will travel to Kountze Friday night with kick-off set for 7:30. The middle school teams will travel to Kountze Thursday, while the JV will be home to host the Lions.

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Yellowjackets Rout the High Island Cardinals

Colten Martin makes the sack during Friday night play in High Island. (Wendy Whitworth photo)Colten Martin makes the sack during Friday night play in High Island. (Wendy Whitworth photo)

by Wendy Whitworth

The Chester Yellowjackets faced the High Island Cardinals Friday, October17 in High Island. After a blowout win in their season opener, the Yellowjackets have had a tough go losing five out of the six played games. This win over High Island was exactly what the Yellowjackets needed. The Yellowjackets' tight offense came out strong to immediately put six on the scoreboard. This offense continued to work hard throughout the game. The Yellowjacket defense on the other hand, needs to play a little catch-up. They are not working to their full potential to make the tackles. High Island's offense was able to move by them to score quite a few points. The Yellowjackets are a very talented team that just needs some fine tuning. The Yellowjackets were able to pull off a win against the Cardinals 38-31. Billy Thompson had an excellent defensive game with six solo tackles, five assists, two forced fumbles and one interception. Cord Neal had four solo tackles and four assists; Colten Martin had four solo tackles, two assists, had six carries for 22 yards, received a pass for 14 yards and returned a fumble for a 75 yard touchdown. McKail Smith had ten carries for 114 yards, one touchdown, two solo tackles and one assist. LaDarius Kirkwood had three solo tackles and two assists, Cader Powell received two passes for 56 yards, and Jutty Vaughn rushed 207 yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns, had one solo tackle and one assist. Keaton Whitworth threw three passes for 53 yards, had four solo tackles and two sacks.

"We had some amazing blocking. We would not have made as many points without the blocking. Our tight is the strongest part of our team" said Levi Watts.

"We went to High Island determined to win. If we keep playing like we did against the Cardinals, without a doubt, we will go to the playoffs. We showed High Island that you cannot judge a team by their record" added Hayden Stanford.

"We played as hard as we possibly could Friday against High Island. We still have work to do on both sides, but this was the best we have played defensively. We are going to work hard in practice this week and get ready for Leverett's Chapel" comments Billy Thompson.

The Lady Jackets face Apple Springs Friday, October 24 there and Groveton on October 28 at home.
The Yellowjackets host Leverett's Chapel Friday, October 24 at 7:30.

Senior Night activities will be pre-game beginning at 7:00.

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Lady Warrior Volleyball sweeps Kountze

(Doug Glosson photo)(Doug Glosson photo)

by Doug Glosson

Volleyball - All three Lady Warrior volleyball teams celebrated pink out last Friday night by sweeping Kountze in straight sets. Varsity kicked off the night with their first district win taking down Kountze in three sets (25-15, 25-23, 25-23). Ashlynn Whisneant led in kills with nine to go along with two blocks. Savannah Gore had six kills and two blocks, Shelby Hall had 5 kills while Bergandie Conner had three. Assist leaders were Mollie Applewhite with 12 and Autumn Sims with eight. Junior Varsity was down by eight in their first set but was able to freeze Kountze at 23, coming back to win 25-23. The Lady Warriors took that momentum into the second set winning 25-18. Topping the stats for the night were Emily Glosson with one block and six kills, Brielle Johnson with five digs and five kills, Kenzie Harper with five aces; Katie McCluskey and Rachael Lee had multiple assists apiece. Not be outdone, the freshman team won as well in straight sets (25-10, 25-18). The atmosphere was not as exciting for the Lady Warriors earlier in the week as all three teams were beaten by Deweyville. Up next, the Lady Warriors travel to Anahuac on Friday October 24 and are at home for the last game of the season against Hardin on October 28. Games start at 4:30.

Football – Last Friday, the Warriors varsity football team was unable to stop Kountze's offense as they came away with a loss at home 14-54. Junior Varsity traveled to Kountze, coming away with a tie 14-14. The Warriors got down early due to a rushing touchdown and a pick six by Kountze, but was able to make the adjustments to come back in the second half with two touchdowns by Ethan Owens. Warren's seventh grade beat Kountze 42-22, while the eighth grade was not as fortunate losing 16-40. This week Warren's varsity and Jr. High teams will travel to Anahuac while JV will be at home.

Cross Country – At the Chester pre-district meet/invitational last Wednesday, attended by 14 different schools, Mallory Walters placed second out of 53 runners in the varsity girls division and Justin Robertson placed 19 out of 78 runners in the varsity boys division.

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Middle school Eagles pound the Wildcats

Ashton Lockhart runs the ball during the varsity Eagles’ Friday game against the Kirbyville Wildcats. (Ben Newman Photo)Ashton Lockhart runs the ball during the varsity Eagles’ Friday game against the Kirbyville Wildcats. (Ben Newman Photo)

by Jason Drake

The Woodville Middle School football team traveled to Kirbyville last Thursday for third district game of the season. Both seventh and eighth grade entered the game undefeated on the season.

In the seventh grade game the Eagles opened with ball first. Kaden Young led the Eagles' offense deep into Kirbyville's territory before an interception stopped the drive. Kirbyville held on to the ball for the next ten minutes taking the early 6-0 lead with two minutes left in the half. Young scored on a 64 yard giving Eagles an 8-6 lead. The score would remain until the Wildcats scored at the end of the third quarter to take the 12-8 lead. Jaylon Hyder scored on the next drive to tie the game at 14-12. Kirbyville hit a pass in the corner of the end zone to take the 18-14 advantage. Both teams scored back and forth with Kirbyville leading the game 24-20 with less than two minutes left in the game. Woodville stopped Kirbyville on four downs and received the ball on the 20-yard line with less than a minute left. Young scored a touchdown on a 60 yard run with 18 seconds left in the game. Woodville recovered the onside kick to secure the 28-24 victory.

The Wildcats put up little resistance in the eighth grade game as the Eagles walked away with a 42-0 lead. Zachary Martin rushed 152 yards on 12 carries and five touchdowns. The final touchdown came on a 36-yard fumble recovery. Marcus Broom scored the other touchdown. Broom threw 5-6 for 56 yards. Defensively, Broom and Martin led the Eagles with nine tackles apiece. The win improved the Eagles district record to 3-0 and 6-0 on the year. The Eagles will host Anahuac Thursday at Eagle Stadium. The seventh grade will kick off at 5 p.m. and the eighth grade will begin around 6:15.
The junior varsity will travel to Anahuac Thursday, while the varsity will be the home team Friday night at 7:30. The Eagles are hoping to use their home field advantage after back to back losses to Buna and Kirbyville on the road. The Woodville Eagles are 4-2 on the season.

The Lady Eagles will travel Friday and Tuesday as the face Newton and Central Heights. These are games two and three of Woodville's four straight road games in district. The middle school girls have a bye on Monday.

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