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PLEASANT GROVE

LAST WEEK: Pleasant Grove stymied Paris, 35-7, on Friday at Wildcat Stadium.

THIS WEEK: The Hawks (2-1) travel to Carthage to take on Silsbee (1-0) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

OFFENSIVE STANDOUTS: RB Logan Johnson rushed for 129 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown. RB Nick Martin amassed 93 yards on 14 totes and a TD. RB Hayden Koller totaled 60 yards on 13 carries, while sophomore RB Trent Kelley and QB Jalen Woodside each had a rushing touchdown. TE Landon Jackson caught a 25-yard TD pass from Woodside.

DEFENSIVE STANDOUTS: DL Cameron Weekly had 1.5 sacks and eight tackles, including two for a loss. OLB Jackson made seven stops and was in on a sack. DL Torey Phillips had four tackles and a sack, while ILB Gage Stivers made seven tackles.

COACH JOSH GIBSON'S COMMENTS: "I think the way we won confirmed that we are a pretty good football team. The team never panicked after the Argyle game. We knew how good and talented Argyle was going into that game. The win showed how talented we are too.

"One thing we wanted to do was to take a step a grow. We want to get better each week. We took a big step and played physical, confident football. I was pleased with how dominant our team played. Paris has a good football program. We had over 400 yards of offense, or right at it, and we held them to just 33. So the total yards stat for each team, for me, was both surprising and pleasing."

—Brian Tyl

 

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LIBERTY-EYLAU

LAST WEEK: Liberty-Eylau beat Jefferson on the road, 49-14.

THIS WEEK: Liberty-Eylau (1-1) will host Atlanta (0-3) at Harris Field.

OFFENSIVE STANDOUTS: RB Damian Henderson led the Leopards with nine carries for 119 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 13.2 yards per carry. RB Takylan Hampton added three carries for 20 yards and a score, averaging 6.7 yards per touch. FB Darrion Crabtree contributed one carry for one yard and a score for the Leopards in the game. QB JJ Hampton completed 11 of 15 for 140 and one interception. WR Semaj Rose had three receptions for 17 yards. Rose also returned two kicks for a touchdown, one being called back on a late penalty, ending the night with 140 all-purpose yards.

DEFENSIVE STANDOUTS: LB Takylan Hampton added two tackles with a interception and DT De'Von King led the Leopards defensively with seven stops. DB Tracy Revels collected four tackles and DB Rose took a punt 48 yards. LB Keyvuntae Featherson finished with five tackles, while DT Crabtree added a sack, five tackles, interception and touchdown defensively for the Leopards.

COACH DEWASKI DAVIS' COMMENTS: "We added a few wrinkles to our offense, which paid dividends for us last week.

"Damian runs really well. He made some things happen for us and that opened up the offense. People are so worried about him getting off to a fast start. When you have a go-to like that, it kinda takes the pressure off some of the other players.

"Semaj really had a coming out party for us. He showed everyone what he really could do. He's really fast and a athletic guy. He's a fearless returner. He also made some good plays for our offense. When he scored the touchdown that was called back, he was approaching the 200 yard mark for all-purpose yards.

"We like playing field position football. Our defense was able to get some stops for us, that gave us really good field position. Ian Jones did a heckuva job punting the ball for us, which we were able to pin the in. We let them get outside of our coverage one time, but our guys made up for it defensively."

—Earl Gill

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