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PARIS, Texas — Pleasant Grove's junior varsity and ninth-grade football teams posted football wins over host Paris Thursday night.

The Hawks' junior varsity won 20-7, and the freshmen were 35-28 victors.

Three players scored to power the Hawk JV squad. Marquis Cornelius scored in the first quarter on a 3-yard touchdown run, and Colin Manning added a 4-yard TD run to give Pleasant Grove a 12-7 lead.

Joseph Bailey also scored on a 4-yard run, and Garrett Harrison passed to Brett Spivey for the 2-point conversion and a 20-7 final margin.

Ahkhari Johnson bolted loose on a pair of long runs and Kaden McFadden added two touchdowns to ignite the Hawks' ninth-grade win.

Johnson raced 65 and 50 yards for his two scores, and McFadden weaved his way for TDs on runs of 12 and 3 yards. Johnson also ran for a 2-point conversion.

Brenton Clark kicked three extra points for the Hawks.


Leopards throttle Bulldogs

TEXARKANA, Texas — Liberty-Eylau Middle School blanked Jefferson, 44-0, in the eighth-grade football game.

TJ Steward led the Leopards with five touchdowns and a 2-point conversion, while teammate JuJu Matlock added a touchdown.

Kavion Hall and Jaquan Joshon each finished with eight tackles apiece for LEMS.

LEMS beat Jefferson in the seventh-grade game, 30-8.

Duane Prevo and Byron Sanders scored two touchdowns apiece for the Leopards.

Victor Shaw added a 2-point conversion for LEMS.


Hornets slip past Lions

NEW BOSTON, Texas — Hooks' Dontravious Coulter had a rushing touchdown, and Braden McDonald added a 2-point conversion to spark the Hornets' eighth grade to an 8-6 victory over New Boston in middle school football.

Hooks (1-1) was stout on defense, forcing three turnovers. Hudson Davis had an interception and Zachary Larose and Ben Phillips forced a fumble.

The Hornets' seventh-grade team had an easier time, winning 28-6. Jamarion Smith had a pair of rushing touchdowns for the 2-0 winners and Ripken Birdwell added two passing touchdowns and a 2-point conversion.

Blaze Connell and Landon Harrison caught touchdown passes, and Connell tacked on a 2-point conversion.

Defensively, Connell recovered two fumbles, and Juan Herrera and Holden Butross forced fumbles.



North Heights goes 2-1

MAGNOLIA, Ark. — North Heights won two out of three tennis matches against Magnolia.

The Panthers won the ninth-grade match, 25-20, 25-19. Jenna Dupree led the Lady Piggies with 12 points.

North Heights won the eighth-grade contest, 25-10, 25-22. The winners were paced by Jenna Dupree and Mayhli Drum with 12 and nine points, respectively.

The Piggies posted a 25-9, 25-5 decision in the seventh-grade game. Jewel Smart served 14 points and Jaydence Williams served nine, including four aces.

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