Game On: Friday's high school football preview capsules


Lindale at Jacksonville

Where: Tomato Bowl, Jacksonville.

Records: Lindale 1-7 (0-3); Jacksonville 3-5 (1-2).

Last Week’s Results: Corsicana 40, Lindale 22; John Tyler 59, Jacksonville 7.

2011 Result: Did not play.

Quick Slant: Lindale has dropped seven consecutive decisions dating back to the season opener. The injury plagued Eagles gave up almost 300 yards on the ground to Corsicana, but young quarterback Cody Slice enjoyed one of his best performances yet — 19 of 25 for 228 yards and two touchdowns. Jacksonville, meanwhile, has played district favorites Whitehouse and John Tyler in back-to-back losses. The Indians were limited to less than 200 yards against John Tyler, with standout sophomore quarterback Carter McCown completing only 8 of 19 passes for 40 yards.

Shane’s Pick: Jacksonville.

Next Up: Nacogdoches at Lindale, Friday, Nov. 9; Jacksonville at Corsicana, Friday, Nov. 9.

Brownsboro at Canton

Where: Norris Birdwell Stadium, Canton.

Records: Brownsboro 5-3 (2-1); Canton 7-1 (3-0).

Last Week’s Results: Van 70, Brownsboro 30; Canton 42, Mineola 0.

2011 Result: Did not play.

Quick Slant: Brownsboro has turned things around this season after winning only once in 2011. But the Bears had one of their most lopsided defeats against Van, falling behind 49-12 in the first half. Bears quarterback Shelby Rogers still managed to complete 17 of 30 passes for 232 yards and three touchdowns, plus ran for another score. Canton has been on a roll since falling to Fairfield in the second game of the season. In the big win against Mineola, quarterback Chandler Eiland passed for three touchdowns and ran for two more.

Shane’s Pick: Canton.

Next Up: Athens at Brownsboro, Friday, Nov. 9; Canton at Van, Friday, Nov. 9.

Gilmer at Bullard

Where: Panther Stadium, Bullard.

Records: Gilmer 7-1 (4-0); Bullard 6-2 (2-2).

Last Week’s Results: Gilmer 59, Spring Hill 10; Henderson 24, Bullard 14.

2011 Result: Did not play.

Quick Slant: Gilmer has won six consecutive games since the loss to Plano Prestonwood, and will be trying to remain unbeaten in district entering next week’s season-finale clash against Kilgore. But the Buckeyes will be playing against an inspired Panthers team, which desperately needs a win to remain alive in the postseason race.

Shane’s Pick: Bullard.

Next Up: Kilgore at Gilmer; Bullard at Spring Hill.

Mineola at Athens

Where: Bruce Field, Athens.

Records: Mineola 3-5 (0-3); Athens 2-6 (1-2).

Last Week’s Results: Canton 42, Mineola 0; Athens 31, Mabank 6.

2011 Result: Did not play.

Quick Slant: Mineola, which had high hopes coming into the season, is still winless three games into district and faces an Athens squad that’s shown improvement during the past couple of weeks. Prior to beating Mineola for its first league win, Athens pushed league-leading Van to the brink in a 34-27 setback.

Shane’s Pick: Athens.

Next Up: Athens at Brownsboro, Friday, Nov. 9; Mabank at Mineola, Friday, Nov. 9.

Chapel Hill at Gladewater

Where: Jack V. Murphy-Bear Stadium, Gladewater.

Records: Chapel Hill 2-7 (1-4); Gladewater 3-5 (0-4).

Last Week’s Results: Kilgore 31, Chapel Hill 2; Gladewater, open.

2011 Result: Did not play.

Quick Slant: The defending 3A Division I champion Bulldogs end their season a week before the rest of the district, and will be hoping to build momentum for the offseason with a win. Chapel Hill has shown an ability to win big games this season, having beaten playoff favorite Palestine (34-14) and Spring Hill (52-33) in the second week of district. Gladewater looked like a playoff team in non-district as evidenced by a 3-0 start, but the Bears have lost five straight.

Shane’s Pick: Chapel Hill.

Next Up: Chapel Hill, season complete; Gladewater at Henderson, Friday, Nov. 9.

Henderson at Kilgore

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

Records: Henderson 5-3 (3-1); Kilgore 7-0 (4-0).

Last Week’s Results: Henderson 24, Bullard 14; Kilgore 31, Chapel Hill 2.

2011 Result: Henderson 35, Kilgore 7.

Quick Slant: Henderson jumped all over the rival Bulldogs in non-district last season en route to the 3A Division semifinals. However, Kilgore bounced back to reach the 4A Division II quarterfinals and now is ranked fourth by the Associated Press. Should Kilgore win and Gilmer beat Bullard to remain unbeaten in district as well, the outright 16-3A championship would be on the line next week when the teams collide in the season finale.

Shane’s Pick: Kilgore.

Next Up: Gladewater at Henderson, Friday, Nov. 9; Kilgore at Gilmer, Friday, Nov. 9.

Harmony at Troup

Where: Tiger Stadium, Troup.

Records: Harmony 5-3 (1-2); Troup 7-1 (2-1).

Last Week’s Results: Jefferson 36, Harmony 22; White Oak 38, Troup 28.

2011 Result: Did not play.

Quick Slant: Following big wins against Jefferson and Tatum, Troup’s stay in the state rankings was short-lived as the Tigers fell to White Oak a week ago. That left four teams — Troup, Jefferson, Tatum, White Oak — tied atop the district standings at 2-1 with only two games remaining. In the loss to White Oak, Tigers quarterback Blake Lynch passed for 177 yards and two touchdowns, plus carried the ball 17 times for 130 yards and a score.

Shane’s Pick: Troup.

Next Up: Tatum at Harmony, Friday, Nov. 9; Troup at Sabine, Friday, Nov. 9.

Edgewood at Alba-Golden

Where: Panther Stadium, Alba.

Records: Edgewood 8-1 (4-1); Alba-Golden 4-4 (2-2).

Last Week’s Results: Edgewood 33, Cooper 14; Alba-Golden, open.

2011 Result: Edgewood 14, Alba-Golden 7.

Quick Slant: Edgewood could lock up a playoff berth with a win against Van Zandt County rival Alba-Golden. The Bulldogs, who’ve won four straight since falling to league-leading Clarksville, handed Cooper its first district loss a week ago. Alba-Golden, which made the playoffs for the first time since 1988 last season, is coming off a bye week after falling 49-15 to Cooper on Oct. 19.

Shane’s Pick: Edgewood.

Next Up: Edgewood, TBA; Alba-Golden at Clarksville, Friday, Nov. 9.