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.

Nov

08

Posted by : admin | On : November 8, 2017

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The News Staff Reports
MABANK—The community of Cedar Creek Lake is in shock as the story of a mother who murdered her two daughters in the early morning hours of Nov. 2 continues to unfold.
The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the arrest of 29-year-old Sarah Nicole Henderson, who is charged with capital murder in the deaths of her two daughters Kaylee Danielle Hall, 7, and Kenlie Alisabeth Pallett, 5, both students of Southside Elementary School in Mabank.
According to Hillhouse, EMS contacted his office at 11:29 p.m. Wednesday night Nov. 1, asking for assistance with a possible suicidal female at a residence outside Payne Springs. The caller called again and said he no longer needed assistance, so EMS cancelled the call seven minutes later. Deputies were already enroute and arrived at the residence, at 11:45 p.m.
Hillhouse said a male and female told deputies they were fine and no one was in danger or jeopardy.
Nearly three hours later at 2:24 a.m., the last call came from Jake Henderson, whose call to 9-1-1. was tearful, “My wife just shot her kids.” He said he went to bed after everyone else had, or so he thought. The next thing he knew his wife was standing over him saying, “Babe, I just shot the kids.” In tapes of the 9-1-1 calls, Henderson can be heard in the background saying, “Babe, what have I done?”
Hillhouse reported the children were dead at the scene. “The family was asleep other than the mother is what we’re getting in the investigation,” Hillhouse said.
The Texas Rangers, Child Protective Services and the DA’s Office are assisting with the investigation. 173rd District Judge Dan Moore issued a search warrant for the residence. Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Kevin Pollock conducted the inquest and the bodies were transported to American Forensics in Dallas for examination. A firearm was recovered from the home.
Neighbors were questioned by investigators searching for a motive. Speculation was that the couple was having some financial difficulties and that she failed to get a job after an interview. Neighbors reported that Henderson had often spoken harshly to the children. A candlelight vigil was held at their school Nov. 2 as teachers, parents and students struggled to cope with the loss. Tearful parents and children were interviewed by television news reporters.
According to obituaries, Kaylee and Kenlie were inseparable; the two were sisters and best friends. They enjoyed dancing, swimming and riding their bicycles. Kaylee and Kenlie loved cheerleading and having their pictures taken and showing their beautiful smiles. They loved playing and spending time with their best friends Nadia, Katie and Alyiah.
Mabank ISD Superintendent Dr. Russell Marshall transferred all school counselors to Southside Thursday to lend support to staff and students. Substitute teachers were brought in to relieve staff members most closely affected by the deaths. “All campuses are pulling together to help. It’s what our school family does,” he said.
Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said in an interview, “Everybody wants to know why. I’d love to know why, but sometimes you never find the real reason why.”
Henderson confessed to the killing of her two daughters and is being held on a $2 million bond.
A GoFundMe page was created Nov. 2 under “Funeral funds for KayLee and Kenlie.” Funeral services were held Nov. 6, 2017 at Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Chapel with a graveside service following at Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Park. A candlelight service will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12 at the Gun Barrel City Park Pavilion for the two sisters.

Nov

08

Posted by : admin | On : November 8, 2017

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By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
TRINIDAD–The Trinidad Trojans offense exploded Nov. 3 as they blew past the Mount Calm Panthers on senior night.
The Trojans got on the board just 1:45 into the contest on a 25-yard touchdown by Josh Stamper to give the Trojans an 8-0 lead.
The Panthers responded just 11 seconds later on a long rushing touchdown to put the score at 8-7 Trojans.
The Trojans pushed their way into the Panthers’ red zone quickly. The Trojans finished off the drive with a five-yard rushing touchdown by senior Johnny Ayala to give them a 14-7 lead with 7:32 remaining in the first quarter.
The Trojans tacked on another touchdown on a 29-yard rush by senior Talon Sims to bump the lead up 20-7.
Senior Trojans quarterback Colby Snider then threw one of his three receiving touchdowns to junior Billy Quinn, good for a nine-yard score to give the Trojans a 26-7 lead with 1:44 remaining.
The Panthers added one last touchdown before the end of the first quarter to cut the Trojans lead to 26-13.
Ayala added his second touchdown of the game on a 23-yard rush just 11 seconds into the second quarter to give the Trojans a 32-13 lead.
Sims responded with his second touchdown of the game on a two-yard rush with 7:01 remaining to push the Trojans lead to 40-13.
A long passing play, companied with a horse collar penalty at the end of the play, set up the Panthers at the Trojans’ one-yard line. The Panthers finished the drive another rushing touchdown to cut the lead once again to 40-20 with 6:43 to go in the second quarter.
Ayala once again responded with a 26-yard reception for his third touchdown of the night to give the Trojans a 48-20 lead.
A long rushing touchdown cut the lead once again to 48-26 on a rushing touchdown with 2:18 remaining.
Stamper added his second touchdown of the contest just nine seconds later with a 30-yard rushing touchdown to make the Trojans lead 54-26.
Stamper took a 17-yard reception all the way to the end zone with 28 seconds remaining in the first half to make it 60-26 Trojans.
Defensive lineman Hunter Robinson finished off the first half with an interception for the Trojans.
Robinson picked up where he left off at the start of the third quarter when he caused a fumble that was recovered by defensive back Kaelab Eastman at the Trojans’ one-yard line.
Sims added his third touchdown of the night on a 34-yard rush to give the Trojans a 40-point lead with 6:09 remaining in the third quarter.
The game ended with 4:02 left in that same third quarter after an interception by Robinson that he returned 48 yards for a touchdown to send the Trojans to a 72-26 victory over the Panthers.

Nov

02

Posted by : admin | On : November 2, 2017

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The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–The Athens Hornets had a hard time containing Crandall Pirates running back Tyson Gatewood in a 49-21 loss Friday.
In the loss to Crandall (4-4, 2-2 in district), Gatewood finished the game with 23 carries for 224 yards and two touchdowns.
“He (Gatewood) has been good,” Athens coach Paul Essary said. “We have been playing against him for three years. He has been good all three of these years. He is a good athlete and plays hard. He is fun to watch if you are not trying to stop him.”
Essary said even with the loss, he was proud of how the guys fought during the game.
“They played hard for the last senior night on Bruce Field,” Essary said. “I am proud of them and they played hard. It is always sad when you lose a senior class because you have put so much work together with them. You want them to go out on a win. We have been fortunate here, and it may be the first one that we have not been successful on. They played hard, and I am proud of their effort.”
The contest was senior night for the Hornets as 12 players were involved in their final game at Bruce Field.
Athens (2-7 overall, 1-4 in district play) is open Friday, and wraps up the regular season Nov. 10 on the road at Brownsboro. The Bears defeated Terrell, 42-20, Friday in Brownsboro.
“We will work and try to get better for that last ballgame at Brownsboro,” Essary said. “In open week, we focus on ourselves with fundamentals and trying to get healthy. It could be the last game, and I don’t know what the playoffs look like. Regardless of what it is, it is another game and we want to do our best. The guys will work hard, and the coaching staff will work hard.”
Gatewood scored the game’s opening touchdown on an eight-yard run with 4:17 remaining in the first quarter.
Athens took a 14-7 lead late in the second quarter on two touchdowns following fumbled kickoff returns by Kaufman.
The first score came on an 18-yard run by quarterback Xavius Fulton with 6:36 remaining in the first half.
The second came on a 33-yard pass from Andrew McBride to Gary Lyons with 4:58 left. Dakota Anderson booted both PAT’s good.
Crandall quarterback Josh Redding then added a five-yard TD run to tie the game at 14 with 1:57 remaining in the first half.
In the second half, McBride capped off a nice drive with a one-yard plunge to give Athens a 21-14 lead with 8:54 left in the third.
Crandall then scored the final 35 points to put the game out of reach. The Pirates had a 34-yard pass from Redding to Keionte Robertson and a one-yard run by Redding to end the third quarter at 28-21.
“We battled with them for almost three quarters,” Essary said. “We gave up some big plays, and penalties hurt us at crucial times. You get a couple of penalties and it got us off track. We need to be driving the football.”
In the fourth, Gatewood had a three-yard run, a 52-yard pass from Steven Dearman to Hayden Pruitt and a 15-yard run by Doneric Rivers for the 49-21 finale.
“We made a few mistakes and gave up a couple of big plays tonight,” the coach said. “They were able to capitalize, and Crandall is a good football team. They are close to winning about six-or-seven games right now. They are as close as can be right now.”
Athens was led by Jerquindon Taylor with six carries for 60 yards, while McBride had 17 carries for 49 yards. McBride was 1 of 2 passing for 19 yards, with the lone pass going to Taylor.

Nov

02

Posted by : admin | On : November 2, 2017

By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Tigers continued their impressive winning streak, defeating the West Trojans at home Oct. 27.
The Tigers struck first just four minutes into the first quarter on a touchdown pass to take a quick 7-0 lead.
The Trojans answered just four minutes later with a three-yard rushing touchdown to tie the game 7-7.
Malakoff turned over possession on downs after a missed field goal with two minutes remaining in the opening quarter.
The Tigers would come back after a punt by the Trojans, adding a touchdown with less than a minute remaining to take a 15-7 lead into the second quarter after a successful two-point conversion.
The Trojans came right back with a 77-yard rushing touchdown with nine minutes remaining in the second quarter to cut the Tigers lead to 15-14.
An interception thrown by the Tigers gave the Trojans possession on their own 10-yard line.
They took over six minutes off the clock on their offensive drive, finishing it with a 15-yard rushing touchdown with around a minute to go in the first half to take a 21-15 lead.
The Tigers would not go quietly into halftime as they started on their own 25-yard line after the Trojans kickoff.
The Tigers drove the ball downfield 75 yards in less than a minute, finishing off the drive with a rushing touchdown to take a 22-21 lead into halftime.
The Tigers opened the third quarter with a field goal just under three minutes in to push their lead to 25-21.
The Tigers would hold the Trojans off the board in the third quarter as they headed towards the final 12 minutes of the contest.
The Tigers added another rushing touchdown under two minutes in to take a 32-21 lead over the Trojans.
The Trojans finally pushed their way into Tigers’ territory, culminating in a nine-yard rushing touchdown with just over three minutes to go, cutting the lead to 32-27 after a failed two-point conversion.
The Tigers recovered the onside kick from the Trojans and took possession at the 50-yard line.
The Tigers tacked on their last touchdown of the night, followed by a two-point conversion to take the 40-27 victory over the Trojans.
The win is the 20th straight regular season win for the Tigers, with Malakoff winning 38 of their last 40 regular season games overall. The victory pushes their perfect record to 8-0 overall this season and 5-0 in district play.
With the defeat of the Trojans, the Tigers sit all alone in first place in 3A-1 Region III District 9. West and Teague are now tied for second place with 4-1 records.
The Tigers will travel to Teague to take on the second-place Lions (6-2, 4-1 district) Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
The Tigers then return home for parent night Nov. 10 and finish up the regular season against the Elkhart Elks before preparing for the playoffs.

Oct

19

Posted by : admin | On : October 19, 2017

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By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
TRINIDAD–The Trinidad Trojans defeated the Exel HomeSchool Lions Oct. 14 in their annual homecoming game.
Senior Trojans running back Talon Sims kicked off the offense for the Trojans with a rushing touchdown just over one minute into the first quarter to give the Trojans an 8-0 lead.
Twelve seconds later, on a carry by a Lions player, defensive back Marcello Shofner ripped the ball from the carrier’s hands to give the Trojans possession.
Caleb Bannister finished off the drive with a five-yard touchdown just 42 seconds later to give the Trojans a 16-0 lead.
Linebacker Eli Arnold recovered another fumble for the Trojans defense as they took over with 5:16 remaining in the first quarter.
Sims tacked on another touchdown 19 seconds later to push the Trojans lead to 22-0.
Sophomore wide receiver Hunter Robinson added a touchdown of his own to give the Trojans a 30-0 lead with 3:39 remaining in the first quarter.
Robinson picked up an interception with 1:48 remaining to give the Trojans possession.
Johnny Ayala ran 60 yards for his first touchdown of the night, pushing the lead to 38-0 with 1:16 remaining in the first quarter.
Josh Stamper and Kaelab Eastman both added touchdowns for the Trojans 20 second apart in the last minute of the first quarter to take a commanding 50-0 lead into the second quarter.
The Lions finally got on the board on a rush touchdown with 4:53 remaining in the second quarter to make the deficit 50-6.
The Trojans would score their final touchdown of the night on a kickoff return by Robinson to finish off a mercy-rule 56-6 victory after just two quarters of play.
Senior quarterback Colby Snider finished 1/3 for 38 yards passing and one touchdown.
Stamper led the way with seven carries for 153 yards rushing for the Trojans, including one touchdown.
Ayala had one rush for 64 yards and one touchdown.
Trojans senior Sims finished with three carries for 32 yards and two touchdowns against the Lions.
The Trojans finished the contest with 327 total yards of offense in just 20 minutes of play.
The Trojans go into their bye week at 5-2 overall this season. They begin their district schedule when they return against the Milford Bulldogs (6-0) Oct. 27 at home.
The Trojans finish the season against Mt. Calm Nov. 3 at home and on the road at Oakwood Nov. 10.

Oct

19

Posted by : admin | On : October 19, 2017

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By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
EUSTACE–The Malakoff Tigers defeated the Eustace Bulldogs on the road Friday, Oct. 13.
The Bulldogs defense started off well with an interception just 1:52 into the first quarter by Ethan Austin.
Just seven seconds later though, the Tigers recovered a fumble by the Bulldogs offense to set them up inside the red zone.
The Tigers cashed in on a three-yard rushing touchdown by running back Zee Bailey on the next play to take a quick 8-0 lead after the two-point conversion.
The Bulldogs once again had trouble controlling the ball as they fumbled, allowing the Tigers an 18-yard touchdown return by junior Caleb Adams to push their lead to 16-0.
After a long drive down the field, the Bulldogs got on the board with a 28-yard field goal with 4:28 remaining to cut the deficit to 16-3.
The Tigers struck again with a nine-yard rushing touchdown by Bailey with just under two minutes remaining in the first quarter to take a commanding 24-3 lead.
The Tigers began the second half just the same with another rushing touchdown by Bailey, his third of the game, just under four minutes in to take a 30-3 lead.
The Bulldogs struck back with an 11-yard rushing touchdown by quarterback Alejandro Sanchez, who took the brunt of a lot of hits from the Tigers’ defense.
The Tigers came right back a minute later, tacking on another touchdown, this time courtesy of quarterback Judd Miller, to push their lead to 37-11 with 3:35 remaining in the second quarter.
Wide receiver Andreas Garrett added one more touchdown for the Tigers before the end of the first half to take a 45-11 lead into halftime.
After a blocked punt by Adams, the Tigers pushed across seven more points on a three-yard receiving touchdown by Garrett to bump their lead up to 52-11.
The Tigers added another touchdown on a 17-yard run by R.J. Carr before Sanchez picked up another touchdown for the Bulldogs with :10 left in the third quarter to cut the lead to 59-18.
After a kickoff was bobbled by the Tigers, the Bulldogs regained possession in Malakoff territory.
Sanchez would pick up his third touchdown after a huge 39-yard run to cut the lead to 59-25 with 10:04 left.
The Tigers pushed across their final score with 2:29 remaining to take a 66-25 win over the Bulldogs and remain undefeated in 2017.
The win pushes the Tigers to 6-0 on the season, while the Bulldogs drop to 3-3 after starting the season 3-0.
The Tigers sit in a tie for first place in 3A-1 Region III District 9 with West with both teams holding perfect 3-0 district records.
The Tigers have scored 154 points this season while only allowing 45 in six contests.
The Tigers will put that perfect 6-0 record on the line when they face off against Westwood (1-5) Oct. 20. With a loss by West, the Tigers could take over sole possession of first place.

Oct

12

Posted by : admin | On : October 12, 2017

The News Staff Reports
VAN–For one half of football Friday, the Athens Hornets gave state-ranked Van a scare.
In the second half, the Vandals responded as they left Van Memorial Stadium with a 56-38 victory over the Athens Hornets.
“I am very proud of our kids. If you were at the game, you saw a group of Hornets that played their hearts out,” Athens coach Paul Essary said. “We improved in some areas, and got some areas we have to improve. They exposed some weaknesses that we have got to get corrected before next week. Overall, I am pleased with the effort and intensity, class and character that we showed.”
Van is the No. 9-ranked team in Class 3A in the Associated Press football poll. The Vandals are 6-0 and 2-0 in District 8-4A, Division I play.
The Athens Hornets are 2-4 overall. They are 1-0 in district play following a 35-7 victory over the Mabank Panthers last week.
Athens returns to action Oct. 13 hosting the Kaufman Lions for Pink Out Night. The Vandals return to action next week at Brownsboro.
In the loss to Brownsboro, Athens scored the opening touchdown of the game as Xavius Fulton capped off a nine-minute drive with a five-yard run. The Hornets went for two as Jordan Mayhall scored for the 8-0 lead.
Van responded back as Garrett Moseley scored on a one-yard run. Calen McKinney booted the PAT good with 11:56 remaining in the first half.
Athens put together another strong drive as Fulton scored his second touchdown of the game on a one-yard run. Dakota Anderson booted the PAT good for the 15-7 lead.
Van showed off its explosive passing game as Gus Brewer hauled in a 27-yard pass from Moseley to cut the deficit to 15-14 with 8:41 remaining.
But once again, Athens responded right back as Fulton found tight end Rowdy Godwin wide open for a 29-yard touchdown. The score gave Athens a 22-14 lead with 7:59 remaining.
Van then scored the final 14 points of the first half on two long pass plays. Brewer hauled in a 41-yard reception with 5:40 remaining. Elijah Rankine then wrapped up the scoring with a 60-yard reception for the 28-22 halftime lead.
Van had the first four touchdowns of the second half on a 71-yard reception from Moseley to Bray Doring, an 8-yard reception from Moseley to Doring, a 14-yard run by Moseley and a 67-yard reception from Liam Nelson to Brewer for the 56-22 lead.
Athens capped off the scoring with a 53-yard touchdown run by Andrew McBride and a two-yard run by Mayhall.
The Hornets had two-point conversions on a pass play from McBride to Gary Lyons, and a McBride run.
“We shot ourselves in the foot a couple of times in getting some penalties. Defensively, we gave up some big pass plays, and we can’t do that,” Essary said. “We can’t give those plays up, and the quarterback is good and made the right decision at times. The receivers ran great routes, and they are the No. 6-ranked team in the Harris Poll for a reason. But I think this showed we are a good ball club as well.
“With the overall team effort, we executed pretty good tonight. We have to get better before next week.”

Oct

12

Posted by : admin | On : October 12, 2017

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By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Tigers kept their winning streak going Oct. 6 as they defeated the Groesbeck Goats on homecoming night.
The Tigers came into the game on a four-game winning streak, including winning their first district contest against Whitney Sept. 29.
The Tigers dominated the first two quarters, taking a 21-0 lead into halftime.
They tacked on that same amount in just 12 minutes in the third quarter, bringing a 42-0 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Tigers were outscored 14-7 by the Goats in the fourth quarter, but the Tigers won their homecoming game by a resounding score of 49-14.
They held the Goats to 290 total yards of offense while tying for most points in a game this season. The only other time the team has scored 49 points was in a win over Tyler Grace Sept. 22.
The loss drops the Goats to 3-2 overall with a 1-1 district record.
The Tigers remain perfect this season at 5-0, including a 2-0 record in district play.
They sit tied atop the 3A-1 Region III District 9 standings with West as the only teams to start district 2-0. The Tigers are the only team with an overall perfect record, with West and Whitney sitting at 4-1.
The Tigers head off on the road as they face the Eustace Bulldogs (3-2, 0-2 district) Friday, Oct. 13.

Oct

12

Posted by : admin | On : October 12, 2017

Bryce Cook (left) and Tyler Spillman

Bryce Cook (left) and Tyler Spillman

By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS–The Trinity Valley Community College football team is mourning the deaths of two Cardinal players who were killed in a head-on crash Monday morning.
Freshmen Tyler Spillman and Bruce Cook were heading back to Athens early Monday morning when they collided head-on with an 18-wheeler.
According to the Department of Public Safety, the wreck happened on FM 488 around 3:45 a.m. north of the Fairfield area. They had been in the Houston area and left around midnight. They both had a team meeting at 9 a.m. Monday morning, followed by practice at 10:45 a.m., according to their coach, Brad Smiley. Players were allowed to go home that weekend since they had an open date on the schedule, he added.
Spillman and Cook were traveling northbound on FM 488 in Freestone County, approximately one-and-a-half miles north of FM 416, when their vehicle crossed the center median and into the path of a southbound 18-wheeler tanker truck which burst into flames upon being struck head-on, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The driver of the 18-wheeler was taken to Navarro County Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
Spillman and Cook were pronounced dead at the scene.
For the year, Spillman had five tackles and 1.5 sacks as a defensive lineman. Cook had five tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one pass broken up.
Both young men were from Spring. Spillman graduated from Klein Collins High School and Cook graduated from Westfield High School.
TVCC released a statement on their Facebook page remembering both players and what they meant to the team as well as the campus.
“We are saddened by the news that Cardinal football players Bryce Cook and Tyler Spillman have passed away. Their leadership on our football team and overall presence on our campus will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bryce’s and Tyler’s families, friends and teammates during this difficult time.”