Before the score: Friday capsules

Published on Thursday, 8 November 2012 23:24 - Written by Shane Stark

Jacksonville at Corsicana

Where: Tiger Stadium, Corsicana.

Records: Jacksonville 4-5 (2-2 in District 16-4A); Corsicana 3-6 (2-2).

Last Week’s Results: Jacksonville 27, Lindale 23; Whitehouse 54, Corsicana 28.

2011 Result: Did not play.

Quick Hit: Both teams have already locked up postseason berths as No. 2 seeds. Jacksonville will represent the league in Division II along with Whitehouse and Corsicana will be in Division I along with John Tyler. With starting quarterback Carter McCown out because of an injury suffered against John Tyler, D.D. Franklin filled in nicely against Lindale, completing 19 of 25 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 65 yards. According to Indians head coach Chris Taber, it will be a game-time decision about whether McCown will return to the lineup. Corsicana dominated on the ground in the 26-point loss to Whitehouse, finishing the night with 69 carries for 373 yards.

Shane’s Pick: Jacksonville.

Next Up: Jacksonville, TBA; Corsicana, TBA.

Nacogdoches at Lindale

Where: Eagle Stadium, Lindale.

Records: Nacogdoches 0-9 (0-4 in District 16-4A); Lindale 1-8 (0-4).

Last Week’s Results: John Tyler 50, Nacogdoches 7; Jacksonville 27, Lindale 23.

2011 Result: Did not play.

Quick Slant: Both teams hope to the head into the offseason in victorious fashion after combing for 17 straight losses this season. Lindale has battled injuries throughout the year after going 10-2 and winning a 3A district title in 2011. This marks the first time since 2007 that Lindale will not be going to the postseason; this is only the third time the Eagles won’t be going since 1997. Nacogdoches, meanwhile, hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2006. In the loss against Jacksonville, Lindale gave up a go-ahead touchdown with 4:31 remaining in the fourth quarter to deny the Eagles an upset victory. Nacogdoches played John Tyler tough in the first half last week (trailed 21-7 at the break), but gave up 29 points in the third quarter for the big loss.

Shane’s Pick: Lindale.

Next Up: Nacogdoches, season complete; Lindale, season complete.

Kilgore at Gilmer

Where: R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium, Kilgore.

Records: Kilgore 8-0 (5-0 in District 16-3A); Gilmer 8-1 (5-0).

Last Week’s Results: Kilgore 14, Henderson 10; Gilmer 57, Bullard 39.

2011 Result: Did not play.

Quick Slant: The outright district championship will go to the victor, but the playoff seedings have already been set with fourth-ranked Kilgore representing the league in 3A Division I and Gilmer set to be the league’s top seed in 3A Division II. This is an old school vs. new school matchup; Kilgore is still based out the I-formation on offense with Cooper Coldiron at quarterback, while Gilmer was one of the area’s first teams to move to the spread some years back. Kilgore might be looking for a little payback against the Buckeyes after falling 70-29 in the last meeting between the teams (2009). A key matchup will be Kilgore’s defense against Gilmer’s offense; the Bulldogs are giving up only five points a game, while Gilmer is averaging 37 points an outing behind quarterback Tanner Barr and running back Kris Boyd, among others.

Shane’s Pick: Kilgore.

Next Up: Kilgore, TBA; Gilmer, TBA.

Athens at Brownsboro

Where: Bear Stadium, Brownsboro.

Records: Athens 3-6 (2-2 in District 15-3A); Brownsboro 5-4 (2-2).

Last Week’s Results: Athens 42, Mineola 13; Canton 35, Brownsboro 13.

2011 Result: Brownsboro 32, Athens 30 (OT).

Quick Slant: The winner between the Henderson County rivals will earn the district’s final playoff spot and represent 15-3A in 3A Division I. Canton and Van, who are playing for the district championship tonight, have already locked up the Division II field. Athens has turned it on of late after losing six of their first seven games, earning back-to-back wins against Mabank (31-7) and Mineola (42-13). Even the Hornets’ most recent loss came in impressive fashion; 34-27 against Van three weeks ago. Brownsboro, meanwhile drew Canton and Van in back-to-back weeks and thus enter the matchup riding a two-game losing streak after falling a combined 105-43 against the teams.

Shane’s Pick: Athens.

Next Up: Athens, TBA; Brownsboro, TBA.

Bullard at Spring Hill

Where: Panther Stadium, Longview.

Records: Bullard 6-3 (2-3 in District 16-3A); Spring Hill 3-6 (1-4).

Last Week’s Results: Gilmer 57, Bullard 39; Spring Hill, open.

2011 Result:

Quick Slant: Bullard was eliminated from the postseason with the loss to Gilmer. The Panthers could still end up tied with Henderson at 3-3 in the district standings, but are on the wrong end of the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Lions. Bullard fell behind 15-0 during the first two minutes against Gilmer, but battled back and pulled to within 43-39 with less than 11 minutes remaining in the game. Despite the loss, Panthers running back Brentavian Henderson continued to impress while accounting for 105 yards and two touchdowns. Quarter Colton Mebane finished 13 of 21 for 190 yards and a touchdown, while linebacker Zack Holladay registered 12 tackles (six solo) to lead the Panthers stop unit.

Shane’s Pick: Bullard.

Next Up: Bullard, season complete; Spring Hill, season complete.

Malakoff at Winnsboro

Where: Red Raider Stadium, Winnsboro.

Records: Malakoff 7-2 (4-1 in District 7-2A Division I); Winnsboro 6-3 (5-0).

Last Week’s Results: Malakoff 28, Quitman 14; Winnsboro 58, Kemp 28.

2011 Result: Did not play.

Quick Slant: A Malakoff victory over Winnsboro could leave three teams tied atop the district standings, should Eustace take care of business against Red Oak. Eustace’s only loss came in 40-16 fashion against Winnsboro, while Malakoff’s setback came 30-16 against Eustace. Should Malakoff lose and Lone Oak beat Eustace, then Malakoff and Lone Oak would both be tied for the third at 4-2 with three teams advancing to the postseason. But Malakoff would hold the tiebreaker advantage in that scenario, thanks to the Tigers’ 41-20 victory against Lone Oak on Oct. 12. Winnsboro would lock up the district title with a win and receive a first-round bye in the postseason.

Shane’s Pick: Winnsboro.

Next Up: Malakoff, TBA; Winnsboro, TBA.

White Oak at Jefferson

Where: W.F. Lockett Stadium, Jefferson.

Records: White Oak 7-2 (3-1); Jefferson 7-2 (2-2).

Last Week’s Results: White Oak 44, Sabine 13; Tatum 31, Jefferson 14.

2011 Result: Jefferson 35, White Oak 30.

Quick Slant: If Troup and Tatum both win tonight and finish 4-1 in district, the winner of this game will advance to the postseason and the loser will stay home. But if losses are experienced by Troup (vs. Sabine) and Tatum (vs. Sabine), a tiebreaker scenario would then go into effect to determine the playoff representatives. White Oak simply needs to beat Jefferson to advance. White Oak quarterback Dylan Gale has completed 90 of 172 passes for 1,691 yards and 17 touchdowns this season, while receiver Jansen McCurdy has caught 35 passes for 908 yards and 13 TDs. Jefferson is led by standout running back Deion Williams, who has 149 carries for 1,301 yards and 21 touchdowns this season.

Shane’s Pick: White Oak.

Next Up: White Oak, TBA; Jefferson, TBA.