Nov

22

Posted by : admin | On : November 22, 2017

James Ray Cryer

Special to The News
ATHENS–After entering a plea of guilty in October, James Ray Cryer, Jr., 42, was sentenced by Judge Dan Moore of the 173rd District Court in Athens, to life in prison for Aggravated Sexual Assault. Cryer was also convicted of Unlawful Restraint, for which he received a sentence of 10 years.
Henderson County Sheriff’s Deputy Keon Mack, jailers Clayton Teel and Brittney Owens, along with the victim testified at the Nov. 8 sentencing hearing.
On Aug. 10, 2016, Cryer was “working security” at the Exxon game room in Dogwood City located in Smith County. Also present at the game room was a 60-year-old Frankston woman, who Cryer approached, asking for a ride home. After directing her into the Briarwood Bay subdivision, he directed her to a darkened street, where he grabbed her by the hair and held a knife to her throat, forcing her to perform a sexual act. He then ordered her to drive to a different location, where he intended to abuse her further.
As she drove slowly down the street, Henderson County Sheriff’s deputy Keon Mack passed the car going the opposite direction and noticed the car’s slow speed and failure to lower its lights from high beam. After turning around he also observed a defective tail light for which he initiated a traffic stop. When he got alongside the driver’s side window, Mack noticed the woman was extremely nervous and when asked if everything was OK, she whispered the words, “Help me.”
Recognizing the woman was possibly in danger, Mack had her step out and move to the rear of the vehicle, so she could tell him what was taking place. Shortly after that, he got Cryer out of the car, removed the knife and placed him under arrest.
The woman, visibly shaken and upset, told the deputy several times that he had saved her life, a belief which she reiterated to the court.
Both Teel and Owens testified about threats Cryer had made while in the Henderson County Jail. In particular, he had made the statement that if he got a life sentence, he would kill one of the [expletive] guards.
Assistant District Attorney Jessica Bargmann, who prosecuted the case for the State, introduced Cryer’s prior convictions for Aggravated Criminal Mischief, Sexual Assault, Unlawful Possession of a Deadly Weapon in a Penal Institution, and Possession of a Prohibited Item in a Correctional Facility. He was sentenced to 15 years for his first Sexual Assault in 1993 and while in prison, he received two additional felonies, resulting in his incarceration for a total of 23 years.
Cryer had been out for only 10 weeks before committing this assault.
Bargmann said that the sentence brought peace to the victim and justice for the community. “James Cryer has a long violent history, and a life sentence is the only way to ensure the continued safety of the public,” she said.
District Attorney Mark Hall commended Bargmann for an excellent job presenting the case, and was gratified that the court assessed a sentence that will keep Cryer in prison, and away from other potential victims for at least 30 years.
“When a person has been in prison over half his life, and then commits another violent crime immediately after getting out, you know that he can’t adapt to society. James Cryer is back where he belongs.”

Nov

22

Posted by : admin | On : November 22, 2017

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By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
GARLAND–The Trinidad Lady Trojans pushed their way to this moment all season long, and this is what they had played for since their season started in August, a chance to play for the UIL State Volleyball Championship.
They were one step away coming into Wednesday, Nov. 15 as they faced off against the Blum Lady Bobcats at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland.
The Lady Bobcats had made their way to the State semi-finals with victories over Buckholts, Kopperl, Bryson, and Tioga before facing Trinidad.
The Lady Trojans had a first-round bye after winning their district. They defeated Leggett, Chester and Fruitvale, winning all nine sets in the first three rounds before battling to the end, winning 3-2 over Miller Grover to advance to the semi-finals.
It started out as back and forth between the Lady Trojans and the Lady Bobcats early on.
The Lady Trojans then found a spark and went on a run to take a 14-5 lead before Blum took a timeout.
The Lady Bobcats battled their way back late, tying the contest 23-23 after a 18-9 run.
With the support of the fans in the stands, the Lady Trojans scratched out the last two points to take a first set victory, 25-23.
The Lady Trojans seemed to have trouble with communication in the second set, losing points on mistakes, and eventually falling to the Lady Bobcats 25-17, knotting the sets 1-1.
The Lady Bobcats then jumped on Trinidad early, taking a 5-0 lead, forcing Lady Trojans Head Coach Tina Sawtelle to take a timeout and try and regather some momentum to push Trinidad in the right direction.
The Lady Trojans battled back late, getting to within three points at 23-20, but were unable to come back and defeat Blum as they went onto a 25-20 win in the third set.
The Lady Trojans now had their backs against the wall, facing elimination and possibly looking at the end of their season.
The Lady Bobcats held an early 3-2 lead before the Lady Trojans tied up the fourth set, and them promptly took the lead 5-4.
The Lady Bobcats then proceeded to go on a 10-5 run to take a 14-5 lead. The Lady Trojans clawed to within 18-12, but couldn’t overcome Blum as they fell 25-15 in the fourth and final set.
Erica Airheart led the Lady Trojans with 18 kills and had 16 digs.
Hallie Airheart finished with nine kills and eight digs.
Tori Moody led the Lady Trojans with 20 digs and had two assists.
The Lady Trojans season came to an end after winning their first district championship and going on a long playoff run, making it to within one win of play

Nov

22

Posted by : admin | On : November 22, 2017

By Pearl Cantrell
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff City Council reacted positively to the first reading of a request from the Malakoff ISD School Board to annex property at the high school into the city.
Mayor pro-tem Tim Trimble explained the request was made to include the new high school for police protection. The property consists of two parcels each more than 40 acres in the Peter Tumlinson Survey.
Council members also adopted resolutions authorizing the application for two Community Development Block Grants through the General Land Office. If granted, the 1 percent match grants would replace and upgrade two sewer pipes going to the wastewater treatment plant. The second application pertains to a drainage improvement project on the east side of the community center.
Kenneth Coignet from Public Management, said the grants would total $986,000 and $936,000, or nearly a million dollars, each. “The General Land Office has made $17M available for projects connected to FEMA 2015 storm events. There’s no guarantee, but we can try.” The applications will be completed and sent out on Nov. 30, he said following the unanimous approval.
After a lengthy executive session, the council authorized city attorney Hank Skelton to issue a letter to Star Harbor attorney Kelly Myers stating the City of Malakoff does not wish to alter the Dec. 16, 2016 contract it offered to the City of Star Harbor.
The council took no action in open session regarding a public information request, but rather just consulted with its attorney on the matter in closed session.

Nov

22

Posted by : admin | On : November 22, 2017

Malakoff playoff FB #8 CMYK

By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
CROCKETT–The Malakoff Tigers headed to Monte Jack Driskell Stadium in Crockett Nov. 17 to face the Rockdale Tigers in a Bi-District playoff matchup.
The two teams faced each other last year in the third round of the UIL playoffs in Waco.
The Tigers came into last year’s playoffs on a tear after going an undefeated 7-0 in district play. Malakoff ended the season at 14-1.
Malakoff won the previous matchup in 2016 by a score of 27-14.
Malakoff would go on to face Yoakum, but lost 28-24, coming just one win shy of heading to AT&T Stadium to play for the State championship.
Malakoff came into the contest at 9-1 on the season, with Rockdale coming in at 8-3 overall.
Malakoff hoped to have a little magic from last season to help them prepare for their first-round contest on Friday.
Malakoff struck first on Friday night with a 13-yard touchdown reception by Ethan Snow from the arm of quarterback Judd Miller to take a 7-0 lead just over one minute into the contest.
Rockdale responded just three minutes later with a 5-yard rushing touchdown by Torry Locklin to tie the game 7-7.
Just before the end of the first quarter, Jaquaylnn Crawford picked up a 49-yard rushing touchdown for Rockdale to take a 14-7 lead before the second quarter.
Rockdale scored just nine seconds into the second quarter on a 45-yard pass to push their lead to 20-7 after a missed extra point.
Malakoff running back Zee Bailey responded with a four-yard run with 6:58 left to cut the lead to 20-14.
With 4:10 remaining, Locklin tacked on his second touchdown of the game for Rockdale on a 24-yard run. Rockdale would complete the two-point conversion to take a 28-14 lead.
Bailey was able to close the gap with a two-yard touchdown with 49 seconds remaining to cut the Rockdale lead to 28-20.
Rockdale would add a field goal to take a 31-20 lead into halftime.
Defense was the name of the game in the third quarter as Rockdale was the only team to score on a one-yard touchdown pass to boost their lead to 38-20 heading into the final quarter.
Miller took the ball into his own hands and picked up a 26-yard rushing touchdown for Malakoff to cut the deficit to 38-26 with 10:01 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Miller picked up another touchdown on a two-yard rush with 4:42 remaining to cut the Rockdale lead to 38-33.
Rockdale put the nail in the coffin with a late touchdown to seal the 46-33 victory over Malakoff.
Rockdale moves on to the Area round of the playoffs to face Woodville Friday, Nov. 24.
Malakoff won 54 games combined over the last five seasons.
Things turned around after Jamie Driskell arrived, carrying the team to an 8-3 record in 2009 after going 0-10 in 2008.
The Malakoff Tigers season comes to an end as they finish up 2017 at 9-2 overall under Coach Driskell.

Nov

16

Posted by : admin | On : November 16, 2017

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By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Tigers entered senior night looking for one more tune-up against the Elkhart Elks before the beginning of postseason play.
The Tigers did just that, with their offense setting a school record for offensive output Nov. 10.
The Tigers busted out with a 15-yard rushing touchdown by R.J. Carr. After the successful PAT by Hector Romero, the Tigers took a 7-0 lead.
This would become frequent as Romero ended the night with nine successful extra points.
The Tigers tacked on seven more points on a 54-yard reception by Jaquaylon Hart after a great pass from quarterback Judd Miller to take a 14-0 lead.
Zee Bailey picked up a 44-yard touchdown on a long run, followed by a 39-yard rushing touchdown by Hart.
Bailey added his second of the first half on a short three-yard run to push the Tigers’ lead even higher.
Ethan Snow caught a 51-yard pass from Miller, Hart picked up his second touchdown of the first half on a 60-yard reception and Dedric Davis got his first touchdown on a seven-yard run to get the lead to 55-0 by the time the second quarter ended.
Carr picked up his second touchdown on a two-yard run, followed by Jamicah Gregg’s first touchdown of the night.
Davis ended the offensive outburst for the Tigers on a 65-yard rushing touchdown to carry the Tigers to their largest victory in school history, defeating the Elks 75-0.
The Tigers finish the regular season at 9-1 overall and wrapped up District 9-3A Division I play with a 6-1 record. Malakoff finished tied with Teague and West for first in the standings.
They head into the playoffs with a share of their 11th district championship in school history.
The Tigers begin postseason play with a third-round rematch from 2016 against the Rockdale Tigers (7-3, 5-1 district) Friday, Nov. 17 at Monte Jack Driskell Stadium in Rockett at 7:30 p.m.

Nov

16

Posted by : admin | On : November 16, 2017

IMG_2222 Athens FB #37 Nathan Sims CMYK

The News Staff Reports
BROWNSBORO– The season finale between the Athens Hornets and Brownsboro Bears turned into a shootout at Bear Stadium Friday.
With eight seconds remaining in regulation, the Hornets scored the game-winning touchdown as Nathan Sims rumbled in from 22 yards out. Anderson booted the PAT through for the 49-42 finale.
The one and only pass for the Hornets came with 1:29 remaining as Andrew McBride found Xavius Fulton for 85 yards. The extra point by Dakota Anderson tied the game at 42.
“Yes, I expected the pass and our entire coaching staff expected the pass. We told the kids too, but when you are dealing with 16 to 18-year-old kids, they don’t do what they are always coached to do,” Brownsboro coach Greg Pearson said. “We know with 1:50 left and having to go 90-yards, that they were going to throw a pass. We had three guys who were definitely supposed to play loose, and one of them definitely didn’t.”
Athens coach Paul Essary said following the game-winning touchdown by Sims, he knew things were looking good for his group.
“I really did think the momentum was shifting,” Essary said. “Some of the coaches thought we may have to throw the ball. I said, all we have to do is pop it, and we popped it and got it going. The line did a great job of blocking and the running backs did a good job of faking it. Xavius did a good job and when you get the ball in the air, X will catch it. Andrew did a good job of play action sitting back there and threw it out there, and the rest is history.”
The Hornets finished with a record of 3-7 overall and 2-4 in District 8-4A play. The Hornets ended a four-game losing streak with the victory.
“We are at least tied for fourth place and the points got us again,” Essary said. “We are there and with a young team they will keep fighting and we will have a great offseason. I am so happy for these seniors who played their hearts out. These underclassmen played their hearts out. I love them to death and I am going to miss them, and I am proud of them.”
Brownsboro improved to 5-5 overall and finished district play at 2-4. They will be the No. 4-seed in the playoffs scheduled for next week.
“We do get to put the pads on Monday and get to play Thursday night,” Pearson said. “Maybe we can correct these mistakes. From what I am understanding, it will be Liberty Eylau at 7 p.m. at Pine Tree. We found a way to get in and now we have to find a way to get a win.”
Brownsboro opened the scoring with 6:56 remaining in the first as Kevon Thompson scored on a 20-yard run.
Bears senior running back Saul Williams added to the lead with a six-yard run with 10:08 remaining in the first half.
Athens then cut the deficit to 14-6 as Sims scored on a six-yard run. The Hornets bobbled the snap, and missed on the two-point conversion.
Thompson scored his second touchdown of the game, this time from 15-yards out for the 20-6 lead. The Bears missed the two-point conversion attempt.
Sophomore Jerquindon Taylor wrapped up the first half scoring with a 41-yard touchdown run. Dakota Anderson booted the PAT good for the 20-13 deficit.
“I tell you I knew that Athens and Brownsboro would come out and it would be a slug fest. It was, and my hats off to Athens,” Pearson said. “Their coaching staff and kids did a good job. We had a chance to put them away with a two-score lead, and their kids bounced back and fought and continued to fight.”
In the third quarter, Thompson scored from six yards out to give the Bears a 15-point lead at 28-13 with 10:31 remaining.
Athens responded with a 37-yard run by Fulton, and a 29-yard run by McBride to tie the game at 28. On McBride’s touchdown, Athens went for two as Fulton ran in the conversion.
In the fourth quarter, Woods scored on a five-yard run to make the score 35-28 with 8:09 remaining.
McBride then tied the game with a four-yard run with 5:29 remaining. Thompson then added a 44-yard run to make the score 42-35 Brownsboro with 2:18 remaining in regulation.
“It was a typical Brownsboro and Athens football game. We had two rivals, and it was a slug fest,” Essary said. “I thank the good Lord that we won the game. We played our hearts out, and I know Brownsboro played their hearts out. They are two well-coached teams and two well played teams. Both teams played hard, physical and relentless. I am proud of them and what better way to end the season than with a win.”

Nov

16

Posted by : admin | On : November 16, 2017

The News Staff Reports
HENDERSON COUNTY–Voters across the state agreed to change the Texas State Constitution in seven propositions with fewer than 5 percent of registered voters casting ballots Tuesday. No statewide or county offices were on the ballot and few municipalities school districts or other taxing entities appeared either. .
The seven state propositions included:
• an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market value of the residence homestead of a partially disabled veteran or surviving spouse if the homestead was donated by a charity for less than the market value. Prop 6 is similar but is applied to the surviving spouse of first responders who are killed in the line of duty
Prop 2 makes refinancing a home easier with more choices, which covers agricultural homesteads and lines of credit.
Prop 3 limits the service of appointed officials by the governor, restricting it to the legislative session.
Prop 4 allows the legislature to require a court to notify the attorney general o a challenge brought against a state statute, so the AG has opportunity to deend the statute.
Prop 5 authorizes the 10 Texas major league sports franchises that had charitable foundations to conduct charitable raffles. Prop 5 would expand that number to include hockey, basketball, football, baseball, soccer, motorsports, golf teams and minor leagues, as well as major leagues.
Prop 7 is similar as it allows credit unions and other financial institutions to award prizes by lot to promote savings.

Nov

16

Posted by : admin | On : November 16, 2017

Christina Roberts pins a commemorative ribbon on World War II Veteran Jesse Garrett. All the veterans attending the service were presented with ribbons, thanking them for their service.

Christina Roberts pins a commemorative ribbon on World War II Veteran Jesse Garrett. All the veterans attending the service were presented with ribbons, thanking them for their service.


By Denise York
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS–The East Texas Arboretum and Botanical Society welcomed a crowd to the Annual Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 10, where veterans, families and friends paid honor to veterans past and present.
Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders welcomed the veterans and family members and thanked those who journeyed out to support and honor the veterans. “I think about our freedoms, freedom of religion, right to bear arms, the right to assemble and our freedom of speech,” Sanders said and then asked the veterans who were able, to stand. “This is why we have these freedoms, the reason we can smell the sweet smell of freedom in this country.”
He went on to say, “This nation was founded on freedom, but it has taken the great sacrifice of these men and women to preserve our freedom.”
Athens Mayor Monte Montgomery gave the invocation and led the pledges to the American and Texas flags. Boy Scout Troop 343 members Gabe Carbajal and Ethan Kobelia posted the colors.
Second-generation U.S. Marine Veteran Michael Goodman who served two tours of duty overseas, said, “Today is a double honor for me as it is the official birthday of the Marine Corps., founded in a tavern 242 years ago.”
He went on to say, “As veterans, we took an oath to defend the constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic and to date, no one has delivered us of that oath.” Goodman pointed out that 7.3 percent of the population has served in the armed forces and 20 million veterans are alive today. “It is the mission of these veterans to carry the torch of freedom and pass it down to future generations, to be keepers of the oath.”
Goodman quoted Thomas Paine who said, “Those that want to reap the benefits of this great nation must bear the fatigue of supporting it.”
Featured speaker Representative Lance Gooden was unavailable to speak since he was at a hearing fighting against the forced annexation of Kaufman County land by the city of Mesquite. Athens City Councilman Ed McCain stood in his place, praising Gooden for his accomplishments in the past legislative session including reduced fees for license to carry permits and tax relief for disabled veterans.
McCain told the story of two Marines in his life, his grandfather and his brother. Colonel Warren McCain, his grandfather, who joined the Marine Corps in 1942, shortly after Pearl Harbor, after having served in the Army and getting his education. He went on to fight in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam. “He lived the American Dream, born in the dustbowl and went on to defend his country honorably. He is buried at Arlington Cemetery. This was always a huge source of pride for our family.”
A few months after Sept. 11, McCain’s brother Ryan felt the call to serve his country. McCain had taken on a fatherly role with his brother, so he was the one who took him to the recruiting depot and stood at Parris Island as he graduated.
“One day he called me and said he was going to Afghanistan. At that moment when the most important thing in my life was threatened, I began to understand the sacrifice. The message I would like to give our millionaire athletes who play children’s games on Sunday, is that if you felt for an instant, that terror I felt, you wouldn’t kneel during our National Anthem.”
McCain’s brother served his country and is now an air traffic controller.
South Athens Elementary fourth-graders, led by teacher Barbara Railsback, entertained the crowd with patriotic songs including a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem and “America the Beautiful.” Boy Scout Troop 343 presented a commemorative wreath from the Daniel McMahon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Nov

08

Posted by : admin | On : November 8, 2017

Chuck Oram
By Pearl Cantrell
The News Staff Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Though not exactly a wish come true, Vietnam veteran Chuck Oram got to pilot a helicopter for a 30-minute cruise around Cedar Creek Lake Oct. 25. What’s so remarkable about this, is the former Army Chinook helicopter pilot is nearing 83 years of age and hasn’t piloted a craft since the 1990s.
However, the long-held desire kept within his heart unspoken could not be suppressed while among the warmth of friends and neighbors from Wood Canyon Waters, most of whom are former military officers.
“This all happened because I said, ‘Damn, I sure would like to get back in a Chinook again,’” he said. His friends took his desire as their mission. Though they couldn’t acquire the twin rotor Chinook, so heavily relied upon during the Vietnam War, they got their friend back into a helicopter.
Col. Charles “Chuck” Oram served 27 years in the U.S. Army as an aviator of fixed wing and helicopters and trained as a Ranger. He completed one tour of Korea and two in Vietnam. He joined the military after two years of college because he was uncertain as to where to focus, hoping the experience would give him clarity. He thought two years of service ought to do it. And he was right. The military afforded him the opportunity to serve and excel with distinction. No wonder he missed being a part of something bigger than himself.
Friend B.J. Hall knew a Dallas businessman who frequently flew his own helicopter to keep up with his many construction projects around the state. When Mark Jacobson heard about the mission, he didn’t hesitate to make his Robinson 44 craft available to the Army aviator.
All this came as a complete surprise to Oram, who thought he was just “talking out loud” while among friends. His wife, Sue, orchestrated a regular event of the occasion, setting up hot coffee and doughnuts at the Gun Barrel City Park Pavilion, along with photos and memorabilia from his military career. The volunteer fire department cleared the pad for the surprise flight, and Oram was taken out for breakfast with a drive through the park on the way back, where the whole neighborhood was assembled to greet him and watch his takeoff.
Unfamiliar with the controls of the small craft, it took a little while for him to achieve lift off. Oram said that while the adventure wasn’t even close to the five-crew member Chinook, “it was a lot of fun. And Sue really liked it.”
The most spectacular mission in Vietnam for the Chinook was the placing of artillery batteries in perilous mountain positions inaccessible by any other means, and then keeping them resupplied with large quantities of ammunition. As part of the 101st Airborne Division, Oram’s Chinook battalion would supply munitions to active combat zones and fly out the wounded. Chuck served midway through 1966 to 1967 with eight months stateside and back again for another year in 1968.
He and his crew rescued another Chinook crew that had been shot down in the An Lo Valley, and for that, Chuck was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism or extraordinary achievement during an aerial flight. He also received air medals for meritorious achievement during an aerial flight. One of these was performed by airlifting a plane from Savannah, Ga. to Atlanta for maintenance (see photograph).
As with any new piece of equipment, the Chinook’s introduction presented a major problem of “customer education”. Commanders and crew chiefs had to be constantly alert that eager soldiers did not overload the temptingly large cargo compartment. The Chinook soon proved to be such an invaluable aircraft for artillery movement and heavy logistics that it was seldom used as an assault troop carrier. Some of the Chinook fleet was used for casualty evacuation, and due to the very heavy demand for the helicopters, they were usually overburdened with wounded. Perhaps the most cost-effective use of the Chinook was the recovery of other downed aircraft.Oram was one of the older aviators during Vietnam being in his 30s, he said. After Vietnam, Oram continued his military career and completed his education with a degree in business from the University of Nebraska. In 1980, he was offered an assignment in Europe, which he declined for family priorities and took retirement, at age 46. He was recalled to active duty during the Iraq Operation Freedom to organize aviation maintenance for a year, then retired for the last time.
Afterward, Raytheon asked his assistance in developing a strategy to win some military contracts. He worked for the firm for a year and then retired to the lake, full time.
Though he and Sue have been very active in the POA over the years, these days Chuck focuses on his health with the three Bs: breathing deeply, balance and brain engagement. He works out at the gym four to five times a week.
He and wife Sue have been married for 61 years, produced two daughters and have five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. They have been residents of Cedar Creek Lake for 32 years.

Nov

08

Posted by : admin | On : November 8, 2017

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By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
TEAGUE–The Malakoff Tigers lost their first game of the 2017 season on Nov. 3 against a very tough Teague Lions squad.
The Lions had more than a few long drives set up by either great passes or great blocking.
The Tigers struggled on the offensive side with three interceptions from quarterback Judd Miller.
In the end, the Lions came out on top of the Tigers 35-14 as Malakoff’s impressive winning streak came to an end.
The Tigers came into the game at 8-0 this season, and on a 20-game winning streak dating back to 2015.
The Lions offense exploded for 380 rushing yards and finished the night with 517 total yards of offense.
The Tigers finished with 326 total yards of offense against Teague.
The Tigers struggled to convert on third down against the Lions, going 3/11 on Friday night.
The loss drops the Tigers record to 8-1 overall with a 5-1 district record.
They are currently tied with both Teague and West for first place heading into the final week of the regular season.
The Tigers come home and honor their seniors in their final regular season game Nov. 10. They face off against the Elkhart Elks (3-6, 1-5 district) as they prepare for the upcoming postseason.
The Tigers went five rounds deep into the playoffs in 2016, coming just one win shy of a trip to AT&T Stadium in Arlington for the 3A State Championship game.
The Tigers defeated Troy, Kirbyville, Rockdale and Cameron Yoe before falling in a close contest, 28-24 to Yoakum. Yoakum lost to Mineola in the championship game.