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TEXAS HIGH

LAST WEEK: The Tigers won their homecoming game, 49-10, against Forney.

THIS WEEK: Texas High (3-0) are open before starting District 9-5A, Division II play.

OFFENSIVE STANDOUTS: WR Rian Cellers caught five balls for 116 yards and three touchdowns, and QB Brayson McHenry connected on 23-of-29 passes for 368 yards and five touchdowns. RB Braylon Stewart rushed 18 times for 90 yards and two TDs, Caden Miller had seven catches for 69 yards, and Tre Roberts and Clayton Smith had scoring receptions.

DEFENSIVE STANDOUTS: LB Javarious Tyson recovered a fumble on the first snap of the game, and LB Jackson Halter had an interception on the Jackrabbits' second offensive play. Christon Surratt had five tackles — four behind the line of scrimmage — to lead the defense. Jaylen Green and Tyson had four stops apiece, and Kameron Thomas, Clayton Smith and Halter added three tackles each.

COACH GERRY STANFORD'S COMMENTS: "We've seen a lot of improvement, and we've talked with our kids that we want to peak at the right time. We're hoping that peak is more around the (Game) 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 area. There's still a lot of improvement we can accomplish.

"The Forney score shouldn't have been 10; it should have been three. There's still thing we have to do a better job with. Our run game was not as crisp tonight, and defensively there's areas we can shore up. Offensively, in short-yardage situations we've got to continue to improve. We tell the kids all the time, 'you've got to be your own worst critic; we, as coaches, will be your biggest fans.'"

—Josh Richert

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ARKANSAS HIGH

LAST WEEK: The Razorbacks came from behind to knock off Hot Springs Lakeside, 21-14, in the Rams' homecoming game.

THIS WEEK: Arkansas High (4-0, 2-0) has a bye week.

OFFENSIVE STANDOUTS: RB Torie Blair scored the go-ahead TD with a 1-yard score with 4:57 remaining. Blair rushed 25 times for 105 yards, and QB Braylon Bishop had 15 carries for 94 yards and two touchdowns. Jamarious Johnson had two catches for 8 yards, as the Hogs struggled in the passing game.

DEFENSIVE STANDOUTS: LB Graydon Martin had an interception and a game-clinching fumble recovery late to allow the Razorbacks to run out the clock. CB Naijah Taylor also had an interception to go along with his team-leading nine tackles. Tylee Green added eight stops, and LB Eric Flowers and Koby Hall added seven stops apiece. Christian Torres had six tackles.

COACH BARRY NORTON'S COMMENTS: "We knew going in that Lakeside would be a defensive ballgame; they do a good job on defense. It was a very competitive game, and there were some great situations we had to work through during the game. We're proud of how our kids handled it.

"We had some mistakes; we had a special teams mistake that we typically don't have. A mishandled snap on a punt gave them great field position and a chance late, but our defense got it stopped. We were able to run the clock out for the win.

"It was a very good performance from our football team, from a competitive standpoint. We still have a lot of work to do, and we'll continue working on getting better."

—Josh Richert

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PLEASANT GROVE

LAST WEEK: Pleasant Grove opened District 8-4A, Division II play with a 48-9 win over Pittsburg.

THIS WEEK: The Hawks host North Lamar.

OFFENSIVE STANDOUTS: Logan Johnson led a rushing attack that rolled up 323 yards with his 12 totes for 73 yards and a TD. Nick Martin had nine rushes for 61 yards, and Imahd Hicks eight for 49. Martin and Hicks each scored twice.

DEFENSIVE STANDOUTS: Landon Jackson sacked the quarterback, caused a fumble, scooped it and scored a touchdown on a 58-yard return. Reece Elrod had a pick-6 that went for 25 yards. Nick Martin led the defense with eight tackles — six solos — Corban Franklin and BJ Rayfield each added seven stops, Ahmajay Carter had six, and Gage Stivers and Corbin Shine had five apiece.

COACH JOSH GIBSON'S COMMENTS: "A lot of kids are playing as hard as they can, but there are others who don't do that. We had great defensive pressure. Kids played well. (Reece) Elrod had a huge play on defense, and he has played well in the last two games. We will see some growth and success from him in the future. Those are the things that are going to make our team better.

"Landon (Jackson) had an exciting play. He gets a strip sack, picks up the fumble, side steps, gets a stiff arm and stays in bounds. It was an unbelievable play by Landon. Everyone was celebrating and rightfully so; that was a big-time season play. He will be able to tell his grandkids about that play someday.

"We are going to continue to work hard, do some soul searching and a little honesty about where we're at. Then we will see what we can do to get better, and we'll figure that out."

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LIBERTY-EYLAU

LAST WEEK: Liberty-Eylau blanked North Lamar at R.L. Maddox Stadium, 22-0.

THIS WEEK: Liberty-Eylau (4-2, 1-0) will host Spring Hill (3-3, 0-1) for Homecoming at Harris Field.

OFFENSIVE STANDOUTS: RB Damian Henderson led the Leopards offensively with 17 carries for 126 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 7.4 yards per carry. QB JJ Hampton completed 19 of 30 passes for 182 yards. WR TJ Gray caught four passes for 72 yards. WR Chris Lewis caught four passes for 44 yards and also finished with two carries for 47 yards.

DEFENSIVE STANDOUTS: DB Marshad Handy led the Leopards with two interceptions and two tackles. Handy took one of his interceptions 65 yards for a touchdown. DB Steven Turner and DB Keeunue Shepard each collected a interception for the Leopards defense. Turner also added five stops during the game. DL Darrion Crabtree finished with seven tackles, LB Takylan Hampton, Shawn White and Nathan Gamble each collected five stops apiece against the Panthers.

COACH DEWASKI DAVIS' COMMENTS: "It was one of those nights. The mindset was tough and our guys had a lot to overcome. It kinda got tough on our kids. We have to just learn to overcome things like that because things aren't always going to workout for you sometimes. In the third quarter, we told the guys to remain focused and poised. That's exactly that they did.

"Our defense pitching the shutout meant a lot to our guys. It means a lot to be able to do it on this level and especially in a district game. It spoke volumes for our defense. We awarded our entire defense as players of the game, because they did what they had to do.

"Marshad is a talented young man. He's been struggling catching it a little bit but at the same time, he just keeps working. He's really come along as a good defender for us. He's a really good lockdown guy too."

—Earl Gill

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