One team is on its way. Other: Hey, they exist and you don’t question it.
Regardless of the method, both West Rusk and Overton will participate in the playoffs.
Western rusk: It seems that other teams that come to stay in the house that is Zone 9-3A, Division Two can just leave the key under the mat when they leave, because that house belongs to the West Rusk Raiders.
The Raiders proved it again Thursday night, playing an early night due to expected thunderstorms on Friday. Coach Nick Harrison and the Raiders put in a phenomenal performance from running back Noah Murphy, who rushed for 202 yards and five touchdowns and led his team to a 49-42 win over Edgewood, and another area championship.
The Raiders are now 8-2 overall, and finished unbeaten, with a 6-0 record. This is the end of the regular season. West Rusk will begin the Class 3A Class 3A, Division II University Intercollegiate League (UIL) Division II playoff Friday at 7 p.m. in Pittsburgh against Paul Pewitt, a first-round, or two-district game.
Before the playoffs could begin, the Raiders had to win a fairly big game Thursday night at home, at Bruce Bradshaw Stadium on campus. Edgewood has eight wins in this contest, only losing once.
That would change.
In addition to Murphy’s MVP performance of the week, quarterback Andon Mata was 8 out of 13 for 159 yards and two touchdowns, one to Jimmy Harper and one to Keyshawn Lewis. Mata also ran for 73 yards. Lewis had hit twice for 37 yards and score; Harper had a four for 89 yards and a point.
Will Jackson had two catches for 33 yards, one of which was 29 yards that set up the game’s tee.
Overton: The score reads that Overton lost the regular season final by an overwhelming margin at home, 51-14, to the Tenaha Tigers, and it did.
But this result does not indicate the achievement of the Mustang this year: a return to the UIL Class 2A qualifying after a long absence, 2016, to be exact.
Overton is 2-8 and heads to postseason, by virtue of a win over Mount Enterprise in his District, District 11-2A, Division Two (Mount Enterprise went 0-5, and Alto was ineligible for the playoffs). But three of Overton’s losses were a total of 11 points.
“We’re just trying to change this thing, get it going in the right direction,” Overton coach Justin Arnold said. “Sure, 2-8, we would like to have a much better record. And we’ve played a lot of close matches. But there are a lot of kids who are picking up basketball at the moment and want to keep playing (in the football playoffs). And this is a step in the direction Right. We’ll take it.”
Overton will face Lovelade next Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Nacogdoches ISD in the first round of the UIL Class 2A Qualifiers.
Tatum 63, Atlanta 27In Atlanta, Kilgore native coach Whitney Keeling led the Tatum Eagles to the Class 3A playoffs in his first season.
Jefferson won District 6-3A, Division I, but Tatum finished second, scoring 6-4 overall and 4-1 in district play. The Eagles will move to the 3A playoffs next week.
Braden Mimbs scored the first touchdown in the game against Atlanta to give the Eagles an early lead, then tied Atlanta at 4 yards by Peyton Harrison. But Tatum led 35-27 in the first half, and did not concede any result after the end of the first half in favor of the rabbits.
Gladwater 41, white oak 35: The other piece of the puzzle that Sabine would need to make the playoffs – if the Cardinals could beat Jefferson – was Gladwater losing at White Oak.
It didn’t happen either. But it came close.
Gladewater had to reclaim a direct kick in the final moments of the match to secure the win. Dafont Powers scored for Gladiator just over a minute ago on the left, but Grayson Thompson and Noah Carter made two quick passes to White Oak, making up 3 yards for a touchdown by Azriel Sosa who picked up the Rognix within six (41-35). Sosa scored 19 seconds before the end of the match.
White Oak tried the side kick, but the Bears recovered, and knelt down the clock. Gladewater will take last place in the playoffs at 6-3A, DI, meaning that Jefferson, Tatum and Gladewater are the four playoff teams in the area. Sabine and White Oak are the ones who will lose.
Jacksonville 44, Henderson 35: Speaking of lost, two of the three teams that won’t be in the playoffs in Zone 9-4A, Division I — the District with Kilgore Bulldog — are Jacksonville and Henderson, and they met Friday night at Henderson as a regular end of the season.
Henderson earned two points in an 11-yard touch pass from Jacoby Robinson to his brother, Jamal Robinson, with 9:27 left in the game, for the Lions to get two points, 37-35. But Jwaylon Kennedy broke a free on the return right after a 75-yard comeback for the score that put the Indians back to nine, and the eventual bottom line.
Henderson finished the season 1-9, scoring 1-5 – their only win, which came in zone play, was over Athens, the other team that missed the zone playoffs. Jacksonville finished the season, his first at this level after the UIL reorganization, with a 3-7, 2-4 aggregate record in the playing area.
Gilmer 44, Pittsburgh 14: Gilmer finished his regular season undefeated, winning his district with a 30-point win on the road in Pittsburgh.
The Pirates went 2-8 this year and will miss the 4A, Division II playoffs. Gilmer scores 9-0 overall, winning all five games in his area.
Quarterback Kadun Tennyson was 12 of 21 for 136 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for touchdowns and 37 yards. Will Henderson and Ashton Haynes led a fast attack that folded over 300 rushing yards.
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