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LINDEN, Texas — Just as a rolling snowball can get bigger, Linden-Kildare looks to grow on success after its first win two weeks ago.

The Tigers (1-4, 1-1) are under interim head coach John David Russell after head coach Derek Simmons resigned. Linden-Kildare earned its first win of the season with a 40-30 victory over Union Grove two weeks ago.

"The kids were excited to get their first win," Russell said. "They've had to forfeit a couple, and it's been a real crazy year. The win was good for our morale and in getting things going in the right direction.

"We didn't turn the ball over in the win, and the kids played hard. It was a bit of strange situation because I came in on Monday, and they asked me to help. We had two great practices on Tuesday and Wednesday. The game was on Thursday, which made a short week. We are getting back into a routine."

Linden-Kildare hosts Beckville (4-3, 2-1) tonight at 7:30 p.m. in a District 9-2A, D-I tilt at Jack Hetherington Tiger Stadium.

"I feel like we have a good chance," Russell said. "They've won a few and we've won one. But if we can control the ball and not have many mistakes, then we'll have a good chance.

"Our offensive line should be dominating. They have at times, but they haven't put it together for four, full quarters yet. We could be very dominate on the line and control the line of scrimmage. Our guys are big and strong. It is a matter of getting them to focus, come off the ball and finishing on every snap. Our backs are excellent and all of them can run really well. We are looking to have manageable yardages on second downs."

The Tigers will look to have sustaining drives in order to keep their defense off the field. Linden-Kildare is focusing on controlling the tempo and the ball. The Tigers also look to eliminate big plays.


Northeast Texas games

Beckville at Linden-Kildare

Tatum at Atlanta

DeKalb at Paul Pewitt

Cumby at Maud

Waskom at Queen City

Daingerfield at Redwater

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