By my count, I’ve watched 7,216 hours of football this season. I’ve written 413 columns about it, in which I’ve picked 487 games, made 79 salient points, and cracked 977 jokes, of which about four of them were funny.

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KILGORE — Daveon Thomas hit for 18 points and Dantwan Grimes added 16 as the No. 4 Kilgore College Rangers defeated rival Tyler Junior College, 68-53, on Saturday in a Region XIV basketball game at Masters Gymnasium.

It was the longest playoff weekend ever in the NFL, and honestly one of the least exciting I’ve ever seen. Six games over three days, and about two-and-a-half of them were worth watching all the way through.

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Three Trojans were in double figures, led by Cullen Walker’s 24 points, as All Saints defeated Dallas Covenant, 63-31, on Friday in a TAPPS 4A District 2 basketball game at Brookshire Gym.

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BROWNSBORO — In a battle of District 14-4A contenders, the Canton Eagles rallied in the fourth quarter to edge the Brownsboro Bears, 36-33, on Friday.

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Dominika Ducal and Hadleigh Clark each scored two goals to help the Bullard Brook Hill Lady Guard to a 6-0 soccer win over Garland Brighter Horizons.

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LUFKIN — In a tight game throughout, Lufkin outscored the Lions by four in the second half to capture a 43-39 win over Tyler on Tuesday in a District 16-5A basketball game at LHS’ new gym.

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DALLAS — Word of Terry Lowry’s death came early Saturday morning as I was preparing to host my weekly golf radio show. It was expected but still sad to lose a friend, a high school classmate and a fellow golfer.

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BULLARD — The Brook Hill Lady Guard defeated the Grace Community Lady Cougars 4-2 on penalty kicks in a girls soccer match on Tuesday at Herrington Stadium.

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