Grace Community and Mineola have traded blows the past three years and the schools will meet on the gridiron once more tonight at Clyde-Perkins Stadium (7:30 p.m. kickoff).
In 2010 the Cougars won 62-28 before the Yellowjackets bounced back for a 28-21 triumph in 2011. Last year Grace claimed a 56-28 victory. Now Mineola will try to even the recent series at two games apiece.
Both teams come into the game off convincing Week Zero wins.
Mineola walloped Palestine Westwood 41-7 behind 137 yards and three touchdowns from running back Rhett Self. Grace overcame a slow start to beat San Augustine 46-33 as Kade Clayton racked up 279 yards and three TDs.
“I think they’re an improved ballclub over last year,” Grace coach Mike Maddox said of Mineola. “They’re balanced on offense; their offense looks like it’s really clicking. Their forcing unit is strong.”
While Clayton, who totaled more than 2,000 yards last season, will be a focal point on both sides of the ball, the Cougars will look to get their receivers going this week. Though new quarterback Chandler Nutt completed 7 of 11 passes, they all went to Jonny Spitzer.
“We just need to move the chains, take what they give us and just execute on our end and do the little things,” Maddox said. “We’re going to have to play a well-executed ball game.”
— Travis Yoesting
CRUSADERS HOPE TO CONTINUE STRONG START
Bishop Gorman, which finished 2-8 last season, seeks to avenge its first 2012 loss against Arlington Oakridge today at McCallum Stadium. The opening kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
The Crusaders, who will break out their new “Cru” home jerseys during the game, opened the 2013 season with a 48-9 victory last Saturday night at Grace Community’s Clyde-Perkins Stadium. It was their second-straight win against Beckville in the Tyler Football Classic, having won last season’s meeting 34-7.
But unlike last season, Gorman will look to avoid turning around and dropping their next six games. The first game during the skid came against Oakridge, a 70-27 outcome in the Metroplex.
Gorman quarterback Tristan Saint, his skill position players and the Crusaders’ new-look defense should make things more difficult for Oakridge (1-0), which topped Arlington Grace Prep 42-17 in the season opener. Saint passed for 301 yards and six touchdowns against Beckville, while the stop unit limited the Bearkats to 131 total yards and 37 total yards during the first half.
— Shane Stark
TROJANS LOOKING FOR FIRST WIN
After a rough beginning to the season, the All Saints Trojans are looking for better result the second time around.
The Trojans play host to Union Grove tonight at Mewbourne Field on the All Saints campus. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.
Last year, the Lions defeated All Saints 49-21.
“They are big and physical,” All Saints coach Mike Hall said. “They are pretty athletic. I don’t think they have the speed we saw against Timpson last week.”
Both schools were on the losing end last week — All Saints 55-7 to Timpson and Union Grove 32-0 to Maud.
The Trojans are led by quarterback Matt Brunson, running back Luke Lee, wide receiver Logan Bradford, tight end Loyce Brooks and linebacker Jack Hamm.
UG is led by senior linebacker Garrett Gibson as well as junior defensive back Tristen Thompson, sophomore running back Coleson Klein and junior offensive lineman Triston Adkins.
— Phil Hicks