ARP - The Arp Tigers and the Tatum Eagles opened the season at Arpâ€™s Bill Herrington Tiger Stadium in what many figured to be a high scoring game. It ended up being a game decided on turnovers which cost the Arp Tigers two chances to punch the ball into the end zone.
Tatumâ€™s Jachais Jenkins scored the only rushing TD for the Eagles on a 3-yard run early in the first quarter. Tatumâ€™s offense was led by quarterback Obadiah Jones who threw for 94 yards including a 24-yard TD pass to Jamaurie Wilson midway in the second quarter. Cedric White led the Eagles on the ground with 101 yards.
The Tigers were led on offense by quarterback Dakota Shores and running backs Demontrae Wade, BJ Brager and Lorenzo Wallace. The Tigers turned the ball over four times to the Eagles on two fumbles and two interceptions.
The Arp Tigers defensive unit flexed its muscles throughout the game by holding the Eagles to just two scores and 246 yards of total offense.
The Eagles face the Henderson Lions next Friday in Henderson while the Arp Tigers travel to Hughes Springs to take on the Mustangs at 7:30 p.m.
LONGVIEW 35, LUFKIN 16
LONGVIEW - Longview opened the season at Lobo Stadium with a 35-16 win over Lufkin in the season opener.
Junior Keilyn Williams started the night with a 98-yard kickoff return, giving the Lobos a quick 7-0 lead just 14 seconds into the game. Williams later added a 58-yard run, setting up a touchdown that made it a two-possession game.
Defensively, a host of contributors bent but didnâ€™t break, recording six stops on the plus side of the field, including holding Lufkin to a field goal on a run-heavy drive that featured 18 plays to open the second half.
Using a heavy rotation up front on the line, the Lobos were able to send Lufkin junior quarterback Kewone Thomas scrambling for most of the night, especially in the second half.
Longview rolled out all three quarterbacks, seniors Jordan Lawson and Aâ€™Darius Carter and sophomore Haynes King. All three played well, coach John King said.
Carter finished with a pair of punch-in touchdowns on runs of four and three yards. He went 4-for-4 through the air for 53 yards as the Lobos combined for 17 pass attempts.
In the second half, it was typical Lobo football with the run game, led by a strong showing from junior Jessie Anderson as the primary back. Anderson finished with 125 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown right up the middle.
Haynes King capped the night for a 48-yard touchdown pass to Kamden Perry on the sophomoreâ€™s first varsity attempt.
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ATHENS 6, MEXIA 0
ATHENS - For just the second time in the nine-year career of coach Paul Essary, the Athens Hornets won the season opener.
The Hornets opened up the year with a 6-0 victory over the Mexia Blackcats.
The Hornets (1-0) had 149 yards in the first half, compared to 19 for the Blackcats.
The first touchdown came on a 6-yard run from sophomore Jerquindon Taylor with 2:44 remaining in the first half. Taylor finished with 17 carries for 67 yards.
With time running out in the game, Athens sophomore defensive lineman Rowdy Godwin tackled Mexia quarterback Travion Carter to seal the victory for Athens.
CARTHAGE 49, GLADEWATER 7
CARTHAGE - Keaontay Ingram did major damage in limited action, and defending Class 4A Division I state champion Carthage opened the 2017 season with a 49-7 win over the Gladewater Bears on Friday at Bulldog Stadium.
Ingram carried five times for 137 yards and scored twice in the first half, and didnâ€™t play in the second half as the Bulldogs cruised.
Gunner Capps completed 9 of 12 passes for 125 yards and two scores, hitting Dewaylon Ingram from 32-yards out and connecting with Dee Bowens on a 42-yard scoring strike. Dewaylon Ingram finished with three catches for 32 yards.
Carthage opened the scoring with a 42-yard TD pass from Capps to Bowens, and Montario Wilson tacked on the PAT for a quick 7-0 lead.
Ingramâ€™s 65-yard scoring jaunt later in the quarter made it 14-0, and the Bulldogs stretched the lead to 21-0 by driving 45 yards in six plays and scoring on a Capps-to-Dewaylon Ingram 3-yard TD strike.
The Bulldog defense got into the scoring act before the half when Quinton Owens recovered a fumble and raced 60 yards for a TD and a 42-0 lead at the break.
Chad Westâ€™s 42-yard TD run in the third made it a 49-0 contest before the Bears got on the board with a 3-yard run by quarterback Danny Badger.
The contest was called with 6:26 left in the fourth due to an injured player.
Zelsnick Hawley carried 20 times for 87 yards in the loss for Gladewater.
Gladewater will host Kilgore, and Carthage will entertain Liberty-Eylau next Friday.
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HENDERSON 36, ATLANTA 0
HENDERSON - Five Lions got into the scoring act, and the Henderson defense pitched a shutout on Friday as Henderson rolled to a 36-0 win over Atlanta.
Henderson built an 8-0 lead in the first quarter on an 8-yard run by Keshoyn Alexander and a two-point conversion run by Trae Hall.
The Lions erupted for 21 points in the second stanza on a 3-yard run by Kourtland Jackson, a 45-yard scoring jaunt by Lynn Freeney and a 52-yard interception return by Ty Blanton.
Hallâ€™s 1-yard run capped the scoring with 9:03 to play.
Freeney finished with 81 yards on 10 carries. D.Q. Murphy added 91 yards on 11 totes.
Jawan King rushed for 78 yards in the loss for Atlanta.
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SPRING HILL 52, TROUP 23
TROUP - Spring Hill rushed for five touchdowns and the defense forced five turnovers in a 52-23 rout over Troup in the season opener for both teams on Friday.
On its opening possession, Spring Hill drove 61 yards in 11 plays. Quarterback Gage White rushed for 35 yards. Kiante Stoker finished the drive with a three-yard touchdown run.
After forcing Troup into a three-and-out, White hit Morgan Bradford for a 38-yard pass. Zach Tulpa rushed for 19 yards to the two-yard-line. Stoker scored his second rushing touchdown - which put the Panthers ahead 14-0 with 6:54 left in the first.
Four of the Panthersâ€™ six possessions ended with a touchdown.
Troup (0-1) struggled possessing the ball in the first half - as it fumbled three times - with Spring Hillâ€™s Jace Tiller returning one for a 31-yard defensive touchdown. The Tigersâ€™ only score was a result of a fumble by Spring Hill. Trent Allen rushed for a four-yard touchdown which cut Spring Hillâ€™s lead to 21-7 early in the second quarter.
The Panthers scored the next 24 points in the first half. Tulpa rushed for two touchdowns. White connected with Dayson Adaway for a 16-yard touchdown.
Late in the first half, Troup didnâ€™t touch a kickoff by Spring Hill â€“ which gave the Panthers the ball at the Tigers 27. A pass for a loss of yards allowed the Tigers to hold Spring Hill to a field goal â€“ which Efren Barcenas nailed from 35 yards.
Spring Hill returns home to face Brownsboro. Troup will look for its first win next week at Ore City.
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