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Local High School Advances

by Josh Richert | September 23, 2022 at 12:45 a.m.



TEAMS: Hallsville (3-1) at Texas High (1-1)

KICKOFF: 7 p.m., Tiger Stadium in Grim Park.

LAST YEAR: The Tigers rallied to beat Hallsville, 37-24.

LAST WEEK: The Bobcats fell to Kilgore, 40-2, and the Tigers topped Tyler Legacy, 27-3, for their third straight win.

GAME FACTS: The Tigers moved up to No. 4 in the 5A, Division II state poll this week. It's Homecoming for Texas High, which is also honoring its 2003 state championship team. The Bobcats' 3-game win streak was snapped last week against Kilgore, and Hallsville is scoring 36.8 points while allowing 34.3 points per game. The Tigers average 38.5 points and give up 24.8 points per game.

TEXAS HIGH'S GERRY STANFORD'S COMMENTS: "They big thing that we're telling our kids is, 'Hallsville is coming here to watch you play; that's what they want to see.'

"It's really about us getting prepared for a 3-1 Hallsville that's got one of the best teams they've had in a long time. They're very dynamic in all phases of the game, and so it's going to be a great atmosphere in front of our home crowd for Homecoming."

RADIO: : KTFS 107.9 FM, 6:30 p.m. pregame.




TEAMS: Arkansas High (1-2) at Magnolia (3-0)

KICKOFF: 7 p.m., Panther Stadium.

LAST YEAR: The Panthers won, 53-24.

LAST WEEK: The Razorbacks were open, and Magnolia topped Wynne, 21-7.

GAME FACTS: This is the 5A-South opener for both teams. Magnolia is averaging 35 points on offense and allowing 13.3 points on defense through three games. Arkansas High is averaging 17.7 points and giving up 32.3 points per game. AHS has been shut out once and has one shut out during non-conference play.

AHS' TREY OUTLAW'S COMMENTS: "We always talked about three seasons: non-conference, conference and playoffs. As off this week, everyone is zero-an-zero. It doesn't matter if you went 3-0 or 0-3 up to this point, everyone has an equal chance to make the playoffs and win the conference championship. That's the message we're giving our kids.

"We have a tough conference, obviously. Magnolia's a tough team to open up conference against, especially one that runs an offense like the flexbone that your kids don't see everyday. It was beneficial to have a bye week to be able to prepare for them."

RADIO: Real Country 98.7 FM, pregame 6:30.




TEAMS: Pleasant Grove (3-1) at Paris (1-3)

KICKOFF: 7:30 p.m., Wildcat Stadium.

LAST YEAR: The Wildcats won, 31-14.

LAST WEEK: The Hawks beat Frisco Memorial, 63-28, and Paris earned its first win, 45-13, over Van.

GAME FACTS: PG has won two in a row. The Hawks are scoring 36.5 points and allowing 24.3 points per outing, and the Wildcats snapped a 3-game losing skid with last week's win. Paris is scoring just 16.5 points while giving up 34 points per game.

PG'S JOSH GIBSON'S COMMENTS: "Paris is always extremely athletic but started the season slow. They played a really good Van team, and they just stymied them and blew them out. It's like a completely different Paris team from the first few weeks. They're a fairly young team, but they're athletic and pose issues with matchups. It's going to be a good game.

"The thing we're looking for this week is just to play a physical football game leading into the bye week and our district schedule. We're looking for physicality on both sides of the ball to shut down their run game and to impose our will (on offense). Our whole message is physicality, physicality and to win in the trenches."

RADIO: FOX Sports 97.1 FM, 1400 AM, pregame 7




TEAMS: Liberty-Eylau (4-0) at Sulphur Springs (3-1, 0-0)

KICKOFF: 7:30 p.m., Gerald Prim Stadium.

LAST YEAR: Teams did not play.

LAST WEEK: The Leopards edged Atlanta, 16-14, and the Wildcats defeated Van Alstyne, 45-15.

GAME FACTS: Since 1968, Liberty-Eylau trails Sulphur Springs 12-16-2 with their all-time records. This is the final non-district game for both schools. With a win, the Leopards will make school history, starting a football season at 5-0.

L-E'S DEWASKI DAVIS' COMMENTS: "We have to make sure we can contain the quarterback and limit their explosive plays on the defensive side of the ball. The quarterback can make plays on the ground and through the air. They also have a big offensive line that we're going to have to wrestle with, which is nothing new. Their new coach has given those kids a new mindset. They're going to push us in a lot of areas. We just need to continue to do what we've been doing.

"We're going to have to really play over there. They pose some challenges. This is our last non-district game, so we want to see our game elevate in a few different areas. We want to cut the number of penalties we're getting, raise our execution level and protect the ball more. This is our last tune up and we're not going to take it lightly. We have some things to clean up before we start district."


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