Oct

13

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 13, 2012

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff

The Malakoff Tigers running game is become a dangerous weapon, as Lone Oak learned Friday night.

Coach Jamie Driskell’s Tigers rushed for more than 300 yards, including a four-touchdown, 160-yard effort from junior Damontes Dowell, to power a 41-20 victory over the Buffaloes.

And while Damontes Dowell provided the the zip, cousin Marcus Dowell and quarterback Tate Taylor added the boom with 90 and 70 yards respectively.

Taylor added 80 yards on 6-of-12 passing. Stephan Wolfe also had a 48-yard completion to Terrance Scott on a nifty reverse halfback pass in the second half.

Scott wound up with three catches for 77 yards.

The win was big for the Tigers, keeping them near the top of the District 7-2A standings at 2-1 (5-2 overall). Lone Oak fell to 1-1 in district (4-2).

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Oct

12

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 12, 2012

From Staff Reports

Once again, Malakoff and Eustace volleyball players will be teaming up to “Dig Pink.

Dig Pink is a national effort to “further breast cancer awareness, education and patient services.”

“We are once again teaming up with Eustace ISD to raise money and awareness for for the fight against cancer,” said Malakoff girls athletics coordinator Emily Martinez.

The two schools have been joining forces for the effort for the past three years.

Malakoff will be hosting a “Pink Out” at its next two home volleyball games, which are Friday, Oct. 12, and Tuesday, Oct. 16.

T-shirts are on sale for $12. There are two different designs available, one in pink and one in grey.

To purchase shirts, call the high school at 903-489-1527.

Oct

12

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 12, 2012

Malakoff homecoming court includes: back row from left, seniors Luke Dandridge, Wyatt Hunt, Tate Taylor, Cesar Garcia; third row from left, seniors Megan Dalrymple, Gina Cook, Sadie Woolverton, Korah Crockett; second row from left, juniors Deric Greenhaw and Georgina Salazar, sophomores Raylee Stearman and Stephan Wolfe; front row from left, freshmen Hannah Kimble, Alec Olsen, and Allie Dalrymple. (Michael V. Hannigan Photo)

It is homecoming day in Malakoff. Here’s the schedule for tonight’s events.

  • 4:30 p.m.: Volleyball. The Lady Tigers will be playing host to Faith Family and will also be celebrating Senior Night and Dig Pink.
  • 5 p.m.: The Malakoff Education Foundation will hold its tailgate kickoff.
  • 5:30 p.m.: The Homecoming Parade will go from in front of the Rock Building to the football field.
  • 6:50 p.m.: Homecoming Court will line up and be announced at the football field.
  • 7:15 p.m.: Crowning of the homecoming king and queen. (time is an estimate)
  • 7:30 p.m.: Football. The Tigers play host to Lone Oak.

The Malakoff Education Foundation also has several events planned, which you can read about here.

The Malakoff Young Farmers will be holding its Fall Stampede Saturday, Oct. 13. Read about that here.

Oct

11

Posted by : Press release | On : October 11, 2012

Malakoff McDonald’s owners Jeaneane and Kevin Lilly (left) present a donation to Malakoff Education Foundation President Ricky Armstrong. (Courtesy Photo)

The Malakoff Education Foundation (MEF) will hold a Homecoming Pregame Tailgate Event 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, next to Tiger Stadium.

The event kicks off the foundation’s fundraising campaign and will include live music, games and free hot dogs. The first 50 people to register with the MEF will win a free T-shirt.

Door prizes will include a $250 grand prize, donated by The Learning Express; a family fun pack, donated by LaQuinta Inn of Gun Barrel City and Movie Star Cinema, which includes hotel accommodations and a four-pace to a the movies; and popcorn and gift card from Jalopy Joe’s.

Check out the Malakoff Education Foundation website.

Oct

11

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 11, 2012

State Sen. Robert Nichols met yesterday with school superintendents from Cherokee, Anderson and Henderson counties to talk about education issues and the upcoming Legislative Session. I’m working on a story for next week, but two quick things I noticed: It looks like the meeting took place in Athens, and in the above photo distributed by the senator’s office, that’s Cross Roads ISD Superintendent Clay Tompkins (left) sitting next to Nichols.

– Michael V. Hannigan

Oct

08

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : October 8, 2012

From Staff Reports

The Malakoff Ex-Students’ and Alumni Association will be celebrating homecoming with a variety of events Oct. 12-14.

The Malakoff Exes Homecoming Parade will be held Friday, Oct. 12. Line up on Jackson Street, in front of the Old Rock Building at 5 p.m. The parade will start at 5:30 p.m., and will end at the high school. If you would like to participate in the parade, call 903-489-8118.

The Tigers will take on Lone Oak at 7:30 p.m., with the homecoming king and queen crowned before the game.

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Sep

22

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : September 22, 2012

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff

The Malakoff Tigers, playing shorthanded, could not find an answer for Palestine Westwood’s Keke Hicks Friday night as the Panthers handed Malakoff its first loss of the season, 34-30.

Hicks rushed for 124 yards, passed for another 126, and scored all five Westwood touchdowns as he accounted for more than 80 percent of the Panthers’ offensive output for the night.

His final touchdown was a 21-yard scoring strike to Dra Ross with just 33 seconds left in the game to give the Panthers the win.

The loss drops the Tigers to 3-1 on the year. Westwood improved to 2-2.

While Hicks played great for Westwood, a subplot on the Malakoff sideline was the list of injured. The Tigers entered the game with four two-way starters out because of injury (Tate Taylor, Jesse Ochoa, Demontes Dowell, and Thomas Acol-Kekauoha), and lost starting linebacker and kicker Cesar Garcia early in the game.

For most of the game, the Tigers were able to overcome their injuries.

Sophomore Stephan Wolfe started his first game at quarterback for the varsity and was very efficient running the team. In the first half, he was 5-of-8 passing for 118 yards, and threw for one touchdown and ran for another.

Dariuhn Jackson was Wolfe’s main target, catching three passes for 100 yards and a 25-yard touchdown. He also ran for an 11-yard score.

Marcus Dowell shouldered the load at running back, picking up 97 yards on 21 carries and scoring twice.

The Tigers roared out to a 30-13 lead midway through the third quarter, but seemed to tire as the Panthers scored 21 unanswered points to finish the game.

The referees also seemed to tire in the fourth quarter, and had great difficulty administering the game. Multiple times, the head referee signaled one team for a penalty and then marched off yardage against the other team without explanation. The officials threw their flags 11 times in the final quarter, hitting Malakoff for 15-yard penalties five times.

Although the Malakoff defense struggled with Hicks, the Tiger defenders continued their ball-hawking trend by forcing the Panthers into two turnovers, fumbles recovered by Keonte Ross and Emanuel Gonzalez.

Special teams also got in on the turnover fun on the game’s opening kickoff when Philippe Ruiz recovered a loose ball.

Malakoff will be be home again next week, looking to get into the win column against Grand Saline. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Sep

15

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : September 15, 2012

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff

KERENS — The Malakoff Tigers forced five turnovers and picked up more than 350 yards on the ground in their 44-28 win over Kerens Friday night.

Malakoff (3-0) has won the last four meetings between the traditional rivals. This year marked the 74th edition of the Trinity River Rivalry.

The Tigers, down 28-27 midway through the fourth quarter, broke the game open when they scored two touchdowns and a safety in 1:09 of game time.

Kerens (1-2) had broken on top early in the fourth quarter when Kevin Townsel intercepted Tate Taylor and danced down the sidelines for a touchdown. It was the Bobcats’ first lead since early in the first quarter.

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Sep

08

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : September 8, 2012

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff

WAXAHACHIE – It looked like the Malakoff Tigers stayed on the bus for the first eight minutes of the opening game of the Dale Hansen Classic Friday night, spotting Italy a 15-0 lead.

It might have been the worst stretch of football played by the Tigers during the Coach Jamie Driskell era, with the Malakoff offense gaining nine yards, no first downs and a lost fumble in two possessions, while the defense gave up 135 yards and two touchdowns to the Gladiators.

Then Malakoff showed up. Actually, that is an understatement. The Tigers physically dominated Italy, pounding the Gladiators along both lines of scrimmage on their way to a 64-36 blowout win.

“We showed a lot of character and we kept our head in the game,” Coach Jamie Driskell said afterward. “It is a game of momentum and we fought back to get it and we held on.”

Not just held on, but put up the fourth-highest point total in school history and the most points since a 70-point outburst in 1990.

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Aug

24

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : August 24, 2012

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff

The City of Malakoff has increased its annual mosquito spraying program because of the threat of the West Nile virus.

An outbreak of West Nile virus in Dallas County has killed 10 and left more than 200 sick this year. Last week, the first case in Henderson County was confirmed in Eustace.

Malakoff Public Works Director Tim Whitley said the city sprays for mosquitoes every year, but usually only about twice a month. For the last month, the city increased that to twice a week, and Whitley said they were planning to spray three times this week.

“We’re just trying to do the best we can for our city,” Whitley said.

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