Hallsville at Nacogdoches
Records: Hallsville 3-1; Nacogdoches 2-1.
Last Week's Results: Hallsville 56, Lindale 28; Carthage 44, Nacogdoches 40.
2012 Result: Hallsville 40, Nacogdoches 12.
About Hallsville: The Bobcats have won three consecutive after opening the season with a 58-28 loss to Whitehouse. They put their most complete effort together last week, passing this season's previous season-high scoring by 18 points and accumulating almost 400 yards of offense while taking advantage of five Lindale turnovers.
About Nacogdoches: After beating archrival Lufkin two weeks ago, the Dragons almost pulled off another shocker in the four-point loss to 3A top-ranked Carthage. But they gave up the game-winning score with only 24 seconds left to suffer their first loss, during which Hunter McClellan passed for 234 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing for a score.
Next Up: Marshall at Hallsville, Friday, Oct. 11; Pine Tree at Nacogdoches, Friday, Oct. 4.
Pine Tree at Lindale
Records: Pine Tree 2-1; Lindale 1-3.
Last Week's Results: Pine Tree, idle; Hallsville 56, Lindale 28.
2012 Result: Pine Tree 28, Lindale 21.
About Pine Tree: Despite a 56-7 loss to Kilgore two weeks ago, the Pirates still lead their district in average offense at 490 yards a game. The Pirates are second to Mount Pleasant in passing with 1,134 yards. Pirates quarterback Dalvin Manns has completed 58 of 91 passes for 1,134 yards and nine touchdowns to go along with 165 yards and four scores on the ground.
About Lindale: The Eagles have been looking to correct mistakes following last week's big loss to Hallsville. They put the ball on the ground three times and lost all three fumbles while also throwing six interceptions. Running back Delenis Garrett finished the night with 23 carries for 199 yards and two touchdowns, while quarterbacks Nash Walters and David Slice combined for 130 yards with two interceptions.
Next Up: Pine Tree at Nacogdoches, Friday, Oct. 4; Whitehouse at Lindale, Friday, Oct. 11.
Palestine at Athens
Records: Palestine 3-1; Athens 4-0.
Last Week's Results: Chapel Hill 62, Palestine 27; Athens 49, Rusk 0.
2012 Result: Palestine 49, Athens 0.
About Palestine: The Wildcats' bid for a perfect season came to an end in overwhelming fashion against Chapel Hill, which ran the ball 53 times for 535 yards. The Wildcats also would like to get their offense going this week after being limited to just over 200 yards against the Bulldogs, which won the total yardage battle by more than 400 yards. Running back Ben Luckett finished the game with 16 carries for 78 yards and two touchdowns.
About Athens: The Hornets still have a chance to finish the season perfect and Palestine figures to be one of the biggest obstacles on the way to doing so. The Hornets have run for more than 1,300 yards in four games and backs Logan Fuller and Devin Hall, who have combined for 997 yards and 13 scores on the ground. On defense, Athens is giving up only 171 yards a game and averages a TD a game.
Next Up: Pittsburg at Palestine, Friday, Oct. 4; Athens at Canton, Friday, Oct. 11.
Chapel Hill at Henderson
Records: Chapel Hill 2-2; Henderson 1-3.
Last Week's Results: Chapel Hill 62, Palestine 27; Henderson 40, Jacksonville 20.
2012 Result: Henderson 24, Chapel Hill 6.
About Chapel Hill: The Bulldogs ran for more than 500 yards for the second consecutive season last week, led by quarterback Andrew Black's 155 yards and five touchdowns rushing performance. Wesley Thompson followed with 95 yards and two TDs, while Jesse Mumphrey stepped off 87 yards and a score to represented a ground effort that featured six players finishing with more than 50 yards. The Bulldogs entered the night with back-to-back losses to 4A No. 3 Whitehouse and 3A No. 1 Carthage, but got back on track against then-unbeaten Palestine.
About Henderson: Henderson earned its first win under coach Phil Castles against its former district rival, Jacksonville. In the win, quarterback Zane Boles passed for 263 yards and three scores while also rushing for a TD. The Lions led by 26 points in the second half.
Next Up: Gilmer at Chapel Hill, Friday, Oct. 4; Henderson vs. Gilmer, Saturday, Oct. 12, Longview HS.
Gladewater at Gilmer
Records: Gladewater 2-2; Gilmer 4-0.
Last Week's Results: Gladewater 46, Atlanta 34; Gilmer 54, Daingerfield 27.
2012 Result: Gilmer 21, Gladewater 13.
About Gladewater: The Bears ended a two-game losing streak with the win against Atlanta. The Bears put their ground game to good use, finishing the night with 404 yards led by James Reese's 20 carries for 170 yards and three touchdowns. He scored on runs of 55, 59 and 1 yards. Marcello Jackson contributed 113 yards and three scores to the effort.
About Gilmer: The 3A second-ranked Buckeyes have been rolling so far, thanks in large part to quarterback Tanner Barr. The senior has completed 68 of 93 passes for 1,261 yards and 16 touchdowns to go along with two interceptions. Senior Jaidon Parrish and junior Desmond Pollard have 18 catches each to lead the receiving corps. Pollards leads in the other receiving categories with 398 yards and six touchowns.
Next Up: Spring Hill at Gladewater, Friday, Oct. 4; Gilmer at Chapel Hill, Friday, Oct. 4.
Mineola at White Oak
Records: Mineola 3-1; White Oak 4-0.
Last Week's Results: Mineola 28, Quitman 20; White Oak 30, Ore City 0.
2012 Result: White Oak 35, Mineola 33.
About Mineola: Freshman quarterback Jeremiah Crawford gave Mineola another boost last week, finishing the game with 13 carries for 141 yards and two touchdowns. Chantz Perkins scored a couple of big touchdowns from 35 and 46 yards to give the Yellowjackets breathing room, the second increasing their lead to 28-13 with 10:02 left in the fourth quarter. Perkins averaged 13.9 yards a carry for the night.
About White Oak: The Roughnecks have dominated all four opponents so far this season, earning their first shutout of the year against Ore City after downing Redwater 39-3, Bullard 35-14 and Spring Hill 36-3. White Oak running back Miley Lakin has 483 yards and seven touchdowns rushing this season.
Next Up: Van at Mineola, Friday, Oct. 11; White Oak at Tatum, Friday, Oct. 11.
Hawkins at Winona
Records: Hawkins 4-0; Winona 3-1.
Last Week's Results: Hawkins 48, Cumby 0; New Diana 55, Winona 6.
2012 Result: Winona 36, Hawkins 13.
About Hawkins: The Hawks have flipped the script after last season's two-win campaign, which featured a 1-3 record during the first month compared to a 4-0 mark this season. In the win against Cumby, Gary Roden accounted for four touchdowns with three coming by way of rushing and another on a 69-yard punt return.
About Winona: After beginning the season 3-0 on the heels of last year's memorable run to the postseason, the Wildcats struggled last week in the 49-point defeat. The Wildcats have been looking to improve a defense that allowed more than 300 yards on the ground against New Diana.
Next Up: Garrison at Hawkins, Friday, Oct. 4; Winona at Garrison, Friday, Oct. 11.