High School Football Preview Capsules: Week 4

Chapel Hill senior LaDarian Hudson finds an opening on a first quarter run against Tatum last week at Bulldog Stadium in Chapel Hill. Andrew D. Brosig/Tyler Morning Telegraph via AP

Jacksonville Indians at Mount Pleasant Tigers

Where: Sam Parker Field, Mount Pleasant

When: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Jacksonville 2-1; Mt. Pleasant 0-3

Last Week's Results: Jacksonville 28, Hallsville 13; Sherman 42, Mt. Pleasant 14

Last Year's Result: Jacksonville 41, Mt. Pleasant 28

Quick Slant: The Indians have already equaled their win total from a year ago. Jacksonville is doing most of its damage on the ground, averaging 333 yards rushing per game with senior dual-threat quarterback Cameron High leading the way with 359 yards passing and 5 TDs to go along with 559 yards rushing and 7 TDs. Taqualan Thompson leads the defense with 15 tackles while senior Braden Horn has 11 solo stops to go along with a team-leading three sacks. Last week against Hallsville, the Indians controlled things throughout, building up an 18-point lead in the third quarter. Mt. Pleasant has struggled to put points on the board this season, averaging 16.3 per contest while allowing 43.6 per outing.

- Chris Parry

 

Whitehouse Wildcats at Sulphur Springs Wildcats

Where: Gerald Prim Stadium, Sulphur Springs

When: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Whitehouse 2-1; Sulphur Springs 1-2

Last Week's Results: Carthage 23, Whitehouse 13; Carthage Paris 36, Sulphur Springs 35

Last Year's Result: Whitehouse 66, Sulphur Springs 21

Quick Slant: Traditionally this game has produced big-time offensive fireworks. Whitehouse is coming off its first loss of the season at Carthage, but prior to that scored 28 and 34 points respectively in wins over Hallsville and Chapel Hill. The Wildcats defense is leading the way this season, allowing 15 points per game thus far. Senior Isaac Little leads the team with 31 tackles and has two of the Wildcats 13 sacks through three games. Whitehouse has also been turning teams over with six interceptions, and three fumble recoveries. Conversely, Sulphur Springs is allowing 42.3 points per game. The Wildcats have been on the wrong end of a one-point loss against Paris last week and the right end against Sherman. Junior QB Ryan Humphries is the maestro for the attack, completing 44 of 80 passes for 562 yards and 6 TDs with junior Simeon Taylor has favorite target with 17 catches for 290 yards and three scores.

- Chris Parry

 

Lindale Eagles at Terrell Tigers

Where: Terrell Memorial Stadium

When: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Lindale 1-2; Terrell 2-1

Last Week's Results: Van 56, Lindale 14; Terrell 45, Forney 16

Last Year's Result: Did not play

Quick Slant: On paper looking at comparative scores, this looks like a tough test for a Lindale team trying to snap a two-game skid. One of those losses was by a touchdown to Forney. The Eagles will look to turn it around on the road with QB Montana Meador leading the way. Meador enters with 562 yards passing and 6 TDs with Joe Noble (21-291, 2 TDs) and Cameron Sir Louis (18-211, TD) has main targets. On defense, Bryan Edwards (23 tackles) and Terrell Cooper (21 tackles) will pace the team which has limited opponents to 137 yards rushing per game. Terrell broke out offensively last week to score 45 points after averaging 23 in its first two games. Senior RB Elijah Mcqueen makes the Tigers go with 51 carries for 46 yards and 4 TDs. As a team, Terrell is rushing for 262 yards per game while passing for only 40.7 per contest. QB Tiyea Zanders has attempted 22 passes with 122 yards while also carrying 30 times for 101 yards and 2 scores.

- Chris Parry

 

Chapel Hill Bulldogs at Gladewater Lions

Where: Jack V. Murphy-Bear Stadium, Gladewater

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Records: Chapel Hill (1-2); Gladewater (2-0)

Last Week's Results: Tatum 20, Chapel Hill 7; Gladewater 56, Center 15

Last Year's Results: Did not play.

Quick Slant: Chapel Hill QB Jaxson Heckel, a sophomore, is 40 of 83 passing for 551 yards and two touchdowns with five interceptions. The Bulldogs' leading rusher is RB Andrian Minor (5-5, 240, 2 TDs) and the leading receiver is Austin Dobbs with seven receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown. Other players to watch for Chapel Hill are OL Jose Arreguin, OLB Kaleb Golden and FS Ladarian Hudson. … Gladewater has opened the season with back-to-back wins against Kilgore and Center. ...QB Cameron Callaway, Jr., has rushed for 232 yards and four touchdowns and completed 2 of 6 passes for 64 yards. The go-to guys in the Bears' running attack besides Callaway are RB Isaiah Davis (34-252, 5 TDs) and RB Darnell McKnight (41-199, TD). The ground-and-pound Bears have rushed for 820 yards and eight touchdowns in two games.… LB Bryson Oliver has been one the Bears' defensive leaders with 29 tackles, 5 sacks and 9 TFL. The defense is allowing opponents and average of 84.3 yards rushing and 148.7 passing yards per contest.

- Joe Hale

 

Van Vandals at Palestine Wildcats

Where: Wildcat Stadium, Palestine

When: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Van 3-0; Palestine 3-0

Last Week's Results: Van 56, Lindale 14; Palestine 27, Fairfield 10

Last Year's Result: Van 45, Palestine 14

Quick Slant: One of the matchups of the week. Both teams enter on highs following unbeaten starts while taking down teams in higher classifications. Van begins with QB Garrett Moseley, the reigning Built Ford Tough Player of the Week thanks to his performance last week in a win over Lindale. Moseley passed for five touchdowns and rushed for another in the first half to finish with 225 yards passing and 82 yards rushing. Moseley enters this game with 539 yards passing and 8 TDs while also rushing for 406 yards and 7 TDs. He along with Vandals receivers Isiah Allred (13-237, TD), Holden Myers (11-207, 3 TDs) and Connor Houston (10-182, 5 TDs) have simply been too much for defenses to contain. Palestine counters with a defense that has allowed 19 points per game thus far, most of that coming in a 49-40 Week 2 win over Jacksonville. Senior QB Claude Rogers has passed for 434 yards and 4 TDs with senior RB Irric Deyon rushing for 231 yards and 3 TDs. Defensively, Van has three players (Jhamonte Milton, Karnelius Hamilton and Quinn Tinley) who have two interceptions a piece.

- Chris Parry

 

Mineola Yellowjackets at Brownsboro Bears

Where: Bear Stadium, Brownsboro

When: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Mineola 1-2; Brownsboro 0-3

Last Week's Results: Mineola 36, Wills Point 3; Bullard 35, Brownsboro 21

Last Year's Result: Did not play

Quick Slant: After starting the season ranked No. 1 in the state, Mineola got win No. 1 last week with a dominant effort over Wills Point. The offense goes through QB Jeremiah Crawford and RB Chantz Perkins, who have combined to rush for 951 yards and score 10 Ds thus far. The Yellowjackets will look to get more out of their passing game which has yielded 99 yards and 2 TDs with also 4 INTs through three games. Cameron Sorenson leads the Mineola defense with 35 tackles, 16 of those solo efforts and has also forced a fumble and recovered a fumble. After giving up a combined 82 points in two losses, Mineola held its last opponent to a field goal. Brownsboro has scored three or more touchdowns in its first three games, but the Bears are surrendering 43.6 points per game. Last week against Bullard, the Bears rushed for 354 yards in a loss and are averaging 223 yards rushing per game. Senior QB Jamal Bell enters with 427 yards passing and 5 TDs while also rushing for 290 yards and a TD. His two favorite targets are Kenneth Woods (10-191, 3 TDS) and Jake Conner (12-182, 2 TDs). The defense is led by senior Darren Elder, who has 37 tackles.

- Chris Parry

 

Pine Tree Pirates at Henderson Lions

Where: Lion Stadium, Henderson

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Records: Pine Tree 0-3; Henderson 3-0

Last Week's Results: Kilgore 46, Pine Tree 13; Henderson 71, Pittsburg 28.

Last Year's Results: Did not play

Quick Slant: Pine Tree QB Keshon Williams threw scoring strikes of 37 and 75 yards to Kenny Jackson and Trey Williams, respectively, but the Pirates failed in their bid to get into the win column for the first time last week against Kilgore under first-year Pine Tree head coach Kerry Lane. After a close season-opening loss to Jacksonville (31-28), in its last two games, the Pirates have been outscored an average of 48.5 to 19.5 by Pittsburg and Kilgore. Henderson marks the final non-district game for the Pirates, who kickoff the 16-5A schedule next week at home against Sulphur Springs. … Meanwhile, Henderson has started fast, posting 44 and 45 points against Atlanta and Tatum and 71 in a 71-28 victory over Pittsburg in which TCU verbal commit RB Lakendrick Vanzandt rushed for two first-quarter touchdowns and QB Trae Hall added a couple of rushing scores on runs of 80 and 14 yards and threw scoring completions of 36 yards to TCU commit Trestan Ebner and 40 yards to Tariq Gray. Vanzandt has rushed for 295 yards this season. In three games, Ebner has 14 receptions for 281 yards and five touchdowns and Hall has completed 27 of 40 passes for 336 yards. … Defensively, Henderson is led by Tre Blanton (32, 2 TFL) and Ty Blanton (28, 7 TFL).

- Joe Hale

 

Kilgore Bulldogs at Texas High Tigers

Where: Grimm Stadium, Texarkana

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Records: Kilgore (1-2); Texas High (3-0)

Last Week's Results: Texas High 48, Liberty-Eylau 39; Kilgore 46, Pine Tree 13

Last Year's Results: Kilgore 21, Texas High 17

Quick Slant: Kilgore snapped its two-game, season-opening losing skid last week, while Texas High sketched its season-beginning win streak to three in a row. … Texas High's Barry Norton is the Dean of East Texas coaches, beginning his 17th season at TH. … Norton will have a veteran at QB in Sr. Cade Pearson, who completed 97 of 175 passes for 1,538 yards and 16 TDs a year ago. Pearson will have a talented WR to throw to in Quan Hampton, who makes his 2016 debut after posting 22 receptions for 426 yards and five touchdowns last season. The Tigers also boast OL Dylan Raley, a two-year starter, as well as DT James Tarantino, DE Leonard Parks and FS Devontay Walker on defense. … In its win over Pine Tree, RB Melek Hamilton led the way with 153 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. QB Patrick "Buddy" Jackson added 75 yards rushing and 57 of that came on a scoring run. … Kilgore's Ragin' Red defense is led by LB Jamal Nobles (32 tackles), LB Sebastian Mumphrey (21), Rodney Coleman (18) and Demorrea Richardson (18). CB A.J. Henson returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown against Pine Tree. …. Kilgore holds a 17-11-2 edge in the series after its 21-17 victory in Kilgore last season. … Texas High won in 3 OTs 19-13 the last time the two teams played in Texarkana in 2014.

- Joe Hale

 

 

 

 

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