By Rollin Hadsell
News Staff Writer
MIDLOTHIAN–The Malakoff Tigers just keep rolling.
After a perfect 10-0 season, the Tigers set yet another record in keeping their winning ways going in a 47-14 rout of Troy at MISD Stadium in Midlothian on Nov. 11.
The Tigers scored the most points they have ever scored in a playoff game, eclipsing the 45 points they scored in a win over Grandview in 1990.
With the win, the Tigers move on to face the Kirbyville Wildcats in the area round tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Dragon Stadium in Nacogdoches. Kirbyville defeated Hempstead 41-35 to advance.
It only took the Tigers three plays to score on their first possession. After a four-yard run by Breashawn Williams and a false start penalty, the Tigers went to the air. Quarterback Judd Miller connected with wide receiver Tyler Russell on a 92-yard touchdown pass. The extra point attempt was blocked, leaving the score at 6-0.
After a three-and-out by Troy, the Tigers took over on their own 28 yard line. On this possession, they did most of their damage on the ground. Q.T. Barker had a 20-yard run, Jaquaylon Hart ran for 10 yards, and then Williams finished off the drive with a two-yard touchdown run as well as the two point conversion to put the Tigers up 14-0 with 4:08 left in the first quarter.
The defense helped to do its part in the win on the next possession, as the defense forced and then recovered a fumble at the Trojan 35-yard line. Four plays later the Tigers had a 17-0 lead on an Everardo Garcia 22-yard field goal.
The Tigers added to their lead early in the second quarter when Williams scored on a five-yard run. A 46-yard pass from Miller to Russell set up the score.
Troy finally broke through on its next drive. The Trojans went on a 12-play 62-yard drive, capped off by a one-yard touchdown run from Riley Seiter. Anthony Avila added the extra point for a 24-7 score. After the Trojans forced the Tigers to punt on their next possession, Troy cut the margin to 10 on a 35-yard scamper from Tyler Welch on a reverse. The Avila extra point made the score 24-14 with 2:18 left in the half.
The Tigers would not let the Trojans get any closer, exploding for 16 points in the last two minutes of the half.
Malakoff started its next possession at its own 38-yard line. It only took one play and 16 seconds for the Tigers to put another score on the board. Miller hit Hart with a short pass, and the receiver dodged and weaved his way into the end zone from 62 yards out. Garcia’s extra point made it 31-14 with 2:02 remaining in the half.
The defense stepped up again when Chase Busch stepped in front of a Troy pass for an interception.
The Tigers would fumble on the next play however, giving the ball to the Trojans at their own one yard line.
The defense again was up to the task, tackling Seiter in the end zone for a safety and a 33-14 lead.
On the kickoff by the Trojans, Russell struck again, taking the kickoff back 59-yards for a touchdown and a 40-14 lead heading into halftime.
The final points of the game would be scored in the third quarter. Miller threw his third touchdown pass of the game, connecting with Hart again for a nine-yard score.
Russell would add an interception in the fourth quarter.
Miller was 14-23 passing for 323 yards and three scores. He also threw two interceptions. Russell had five catches for 173 yards and a touchdown. Hart caught five passes for 88 yards and two scores. Barker finished the night with four catches and 63 yards. Williams ran for 93 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries.
The defense forced three turnovers- two interceptions and one fumble recovery- to aid in the win.
The Tigers move to 11-0 on the season and are looking for their second area championship in their game with Kirbyville.
The first win for the Tigers in the area round came in 2013 when the Tigers beat Van Alstyne 38-25.
The winner of tonight’s game will advance to the regional round of the playoffs.
Posted by : November 17, 2016| On :
By Rollin Hadsell
Posted by : November 9, 2016| On :
By Rollin Hadsell
The News Sports Writer
TRINIDAD–The Trinidad Trojans came into their regular season finale with only Oakwood in the way of them and the playoffs. Unfortunately, Oakwood’s quarterback was just too much for the Trojans to handle, as the Panthers came into Trinidad and defeated the Trojans 61-12.
The loss keeps Trinidad out of the playoffs, as Oakwood claims the final playoff spot from the district.
Oakwood started the scoring early, as quarterback Ethan Edgemon threw a 44-yard touchdown pass just two minutes into the game. The extra point was missed, and Oakwood led 6-0 early in the first quarter.
After both teams had to turn the ball over on downs, the Trojans took possession of the ball looking to tie the score. The drive would not last long however, as the Trojans fumbled the snap, giving the ball back to Oakwood in Trojan territory at the 38-yard line.
Oakwood took two plays to score, as running back Jerimiah Sargent had a 10-yard run, and Edgemon finished off the drive with a 28-yard run to extend the Panther lead to 14-0.
After another drive ended with a turnover on downs for the Trojans spanning the first and second quarters, Edgemon threw another touchdown pass, this time from 22 yards, to widen the margin to 20-0.
Trinidad got on the board on the next drive. Starting from their own 18-yard line, the Trojans drove 62 yards in eight plays, ending with a Nathan Williams four-yard touchdown pass to Raymond Dawson, cutting the deficit to 20-6. Oakwood wasted no time answering, going 43 yards in two plays, highlighted by another touchdown pass from Edgemon, this time from 36 yards out to make the score 26-6 with 5:04 left in the half.
The Trojans again answered that touchdown with one of their own. Ronald Marcus rumbled 15 yards for a touchdown, cutting the lead to 26-12. The Panthers would widen the margin to three scores just 30 seconds later, scoring on an Edgemon 36-yard run, putting Oakwood up 34-12, which would be the score going into the locker room at halftime.
After a kickoff from Trinidad, Oakwood took the kickoff back 65 yards for a score, extending the lead to 41-12. On the next possession, Trojan running back Jerry Bannister had a 16-yard run to put the Trojans in good shape for a score, but the drive stalled, turning the ball back over to Oakwood.
On the ensuing possession, Edgemon struck again, throwing a 23-yard touchdown pass to put Oakwood up 47-12. After a turnover on downs by the Trojans, the Trinidad defense stepped up, causing a fumble and recovering the ball to give the offense the ball on the 30-yard line.
A holding penalty would stall the Trojan drive, giving the ball back to the Panthers at their own 15. After a 13-yard pass moved them out to the 28 yard line, Edgemon broke free for a 52-yard touchdown run, making it 55-12. Another punt would give the ball back to the Panthers, who would score again, ending the game at 61-12 early in the fourth quarter.
The Trojans fell to 5-5 on the season, and 1-2 in district play.
Posted by : November 9, 2016| On :
The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–The Athens Hornets sent their eight senior football players out with something special on senior night- a victory. The Hornets overwhelmed Brownsboro 32-13 on Nov. 4 at Bruce Field.
With the victory, Athens improved to 2-8 overall, 2-4 in district, but lost out on making the playoffs based on the points system used by the district.
Crandall’s win over Mabank gave the Pirates the final playoff spot in District 8-4A.
Brownsboro started the scoring when Jamal Bell threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Clayton Orr, giving the Bears a 7-0 lead. Athens answered right back, as Athens junior quarterback Xavius Fulton scampered for a 65-yard touchdown midway through the first quarter. The ensuing extra point was missed.
Brownsboro would strike again just over a minute and a half later as Saul Williams ran six yards for a Bear touchdown, extending the lead to 13-6. That would be all the scoring the Bears would do on the night however.
Late in the first half, senior running back Noah Bush would score from one yard out to tie the game at 13 going into the locker room at halftime.
It didn’t take long for the Hornets to take the lead in the third quarter, as Bush scored again, this time from three yards out, giving the Hornets their first lead of the game at 19-13. The drive took two minutes and 40 seconds.
Quarterback Javiry Bowman gave the Hornets a 12-point lead with a 20-yard run midway through the third quarter.
Bush would add his third score of the game with a touchdown run with just less than four minutes remaining in the game, this time from 14 yards.
Bush ran for 168 yards on 23 carries in his final high school game. Fulton had five carries for 77 yards, Jerquindon Tayler rushed for 72 yards on his eight attempts, and senior Maalik Hall ran carried the ball six times for 42 yards. The Hornets had 415 yards of total offense on the night.
Posted by : November 3, 2016| On :
By Russell Slaton
The News Correspondent
MALAKOFF–Malakoff scored a touchdown with 17 seconds left in Oct. 28’s game to topple Teague, 40-36, and clinch at least a share of the District 9-3A championship.
Tonight (Friday, Nov. 4), the Tigers travel to Elkhart for the regular-season finale, looking to finish the school’s first undefeated season since before World War II. The Elks are 5-4 on the season, 3-3 in district play and are coming off a 37-6 loss at Groesbeck. The Elkhart-Malakoff game kicks off at 7:30 p.m.
A capacity crowd saw a scoreless first quarter, which ended with Malakoff on the Teague Lion one-yard line. Bre’shawn Williams of Malakoff plunged across the goal line on the first play of the second quarter to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead. Teague’s next drive, which included a fourth-down conversion, ended with a three-yard touchdown run at the 7:49 mark of the second quarter to knot things up again, 7-7.
Malakoff moved to midfield on its next possession, following a third-and-five first-down conversion from quarterback Judd Miller to Parker Busch. From there, Miller, who earlier this season was named the “Built Ford Tough” Class 3A state player of the week for his six-touchdown performance against Palestine Westwood on Oct. 14, hooked up with state high-jump champion and Tiger wide receiver Tyler Russell for a 50-yard touchdown pass that put Malakoff back ahead, 14-7 with 5:40 before halftime.
Teague responded with a 31-yard touchdown pass with 3:20 left before halftime, tying the score at 14 points apiece. A Malakoff drive deep into Teague territory ended with an interception returned to Malakoff’s three-yard line, with the Lions scoring a touchdown on the next play. The successful two-point conversion with 1:33 left before halftime gave Teague a 22-14 edge. Malakoff struck back with a Russell touchdown catch on a third-and-goal play from the 11-yard line with 26 seconds left in the first half, with the failed two-point conversion attempt leaving the score at 22-20, Teague, at intermission.
A Malakoff fumble at its own 33-yard line on the first play of the second half was cashed in by Teague with 26-yard touchdown pass on a fourth-down play. The Lions led 29-20 at the 9:29 mark of the third quarter. Two Teague penalties, a pass interference call and an unsportsmanlike conduct flag, aided Malakoff on its next drive, which ended with a Williams three-yard touchdown run with 6:54 left in the third quarter. Malakoff now trailed Teague, 29-27.
Malakoff placekicker Everardo Garcia kicked two field goals, a 31-yard field goal with a minute left in the third quarter to put Malakoff ahead, 30-29, then a 35-yard kick with 8:31 left in the game, which gave Malakoff a 33-29 lead. That score didn’t last long, as Teague scored a 58-yard touchdown run on the first play of its ensuing possession, retaking the lead at 36-33 with 8:21 left in the game.
Teague’s fortune continued on the following kickoff, as Malakoff fumbled at its own 36-yard line. But on a fourth-and-goal play from the one-yard line, Malakoff’s defense stopped Teague cold, giving the Tigers the ball back with 3:08 left in the game.
The Tigers faced a fourth-down-and-eight play from the Teague 42-yard line with 1:02 left in the game, but Malakoff quarterback Miller pulled the game out of the fire by finding Russell for a first down at the 31-yard line with 50 seconds remaining in regulation. Malakoff converted a third-down play for first-down yardage with 34 ticks left on the clock, then facing another third down from the 15-yard line, Miller connected with QT Barker, who lunged for the pylon, scored the touchdown to give Malakoff a 40-36 lead with 17 seconds left in the game and moved Malakoff’s 2016 football team one step closer to the history books.
Posted by : October 20, 2016| On :
By Russell Slaton
The News Correspondent
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Tigers football team rocked and rolled on Homecoming, beating Palestine Westwood, 46-14, to remain unbeaten at 7-0. The Tigers are ranked No. 3 in the state by The Associated Press.
Three more regular-season games remain for the Tigers: tonight’s game (Oct. 21) at West, which as of Friday’s slate of games is 3-1 in district; Oct. 28’s game hosting Teague (4-0 in district); then the regular-season finale, at Elkhart (2-2 in district) on Nov. 4. Those three games stand in the way of Malakoff’s first district championship since 2013 and the second undefeated, untied regular season in school history, the first coming in 1940.
The Malakoff Homecoming matchup with Palestine Westwood was the twelfth meeting between the schools since 1972, with Malakoff now holding a 7-5 victory margin over Westwood with Oct. 14’s win. The Tigers have won four consecutive games in the series since 2013.
Malakoff started the beating of Westwood with a Judd Miller-to-Tyler Russell 48-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage for the Tiger offense, which set up shop in Westwood territory after Russell ran back the opening kickoff to midfield. Only 16 seconds elapsed from the clock, and Malakoff led 6-0 after the failed two-point conversion.
Malakoff struck quickly after a Westwood fumble on the kickoff return was recovered by Tiger defender Xavier McCullar at the Westwood 44-yard line, with 11:41 left in the first quarter. That drive was capped when QT Barker took a swing pass 10 yards for a touchdown at the 10:22 mark of the opening stanza. The extra-point kick gave Malakoff a 13-0 advantage.
Touchdown No. 3 for Malakoff came with 7:08 left in the first quarter, when ShaZarrion Bailey plunged into the end zone from one yard out. The extra-attempt clanged off the upright, leaving the score at Malakoff 19, Westwood 0. Bailey again scored a Tiger touchdown, this time on a 38-yard throw-and-run that put Malakoff ahead 26-0 with 4:35 left in the first quarter, including the successful point-after kick.
Westwood got its first stop on defense late in the first quarter, then early in the second quarter, the Westwood offense picked up its initial first down of the game. A chop-block penalty killed that Westwood drive, with Malakoff essentially finishing off their visitors with a 61-yard Miller-to-Russell touchdown pass on Malakoff’s first play after Westwood punted the ball back. Malakoff now led 33-9 with 8:10 before halftime.
Malakoff’s defense forced another punt, which went out of bounds at the Westwood 48-yard line. Two plays later, with five minutes before halftime, QT Barker caught a 43-yard touchdown pass, upping Malakoff’s lead to 40-0 (extra point kick good), which stood as the halftime score
Six more Malakoff points were rung up with 7:43 left in the third quarter (the extra-point kick was blocked), when Miller connected with Russell for a 22-yard touchdown pass on a fourth-down-and-eight play. After going up 46-0, Malakoff’s lineup was littered with backups, with Westwood scoring two late touchdowns to account for the 46-14 final.
Posted by : October 13, 2016| On :
The News Staff Reports
MALAKOFF–The Eustace Bulldogs lost 49-6 to the third-ranked Malakoff Tigers in Malakoff Sept. 7 at Tiger Stadium.
The Tiger’s offense was on a roll Friday night, dishing out 300 yards of total offense in the first half alone, while the Bulldogs were held to just 173 all game. The Tiger’s record raises to 6-0 and 3-0 in district 9-3A alone.
Malakoff quarterback Judd Miller was accurate all night, completing 15 of his 18 passes for 191 yards and four touchdowns. He added 57 yards rushing and one touchdown on the ground.
Tigers running back Breashawn Williams led the game in rushing with 130 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries, including a 95-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Scoring got underway quickly, as Malakoff reached the endzone on the first drive of the game when Miller found QT Barker for an 8-yard pass. After the failed two-point conversion, Malakoff led 6-0.
The Bulldogs started to get an offensive drive going to fight back, but a pass was picked off by the Tigers to force the interception and turnover. The Tigers used that turnover to score again, this time on a 26-yard run by Miller. The two-point conversion was good and the Tigers led 14-0.
Eustace scored its lone touchdown of the night next, capped off by a 32-yard pass from Alejandro Sanchez to Clifton Johnson on a fourth down play to make the game 14-6 at the 10:50 mark in the second quarter.
The Tigers were not phased. Miller answered back with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Barker to take the 20-6 lead. The PAT was no good.
From this point on it was all Malakoff. Tiger touchdowns in the first half include a 20-yard Miller pass to Russell and a 6-yard Williams run.
Barker finished the game with six catches for 57 yards and two touchdowns, and Russell had five catches for 94 yards and two touchdowns. The Bulldogs used three quarterbacks in Shanchez’s first game back returning from an injury.
Cameron Rogers was the leading runner for the Bulldogs with 23 carries for 89 yards.
Posted by : October 6, 2016| On :
The News Staff Reports
WASHINGTON–U.S Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., announced in a press release that Tool Elementary School has been named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School.
The teachers and staff have been working diligently since the school’s nomination in January to earn the Blue Ribbon designation. This makes back-to-back years that schools in Malakoff ISD have been named to the honor.
Tool Elementary School is one among 279 public schools and 50 private schools receiving this honor. The school was one of 26 schools in texas to be nominated for the recognition.
Schools are nominated for the award by the state department of education, and then complete a comprehensive application about school practices.
Tool Elementary School Principal Christal Calhoun, along with teachers Kristi Dalrymple, Tasha French and Kristina Page will be attending a two-day ceremony in Washington D. C. Nov. 7-8 to celebrate their achievements.
Founded in 1982, Blue Ribbon Schools is a U.S. Department of Education program that recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students perform at very high levels.
Malakoff ISD Superintendent Randy Perry said he was very proud of the leadership of Principal Christal Calhoun (in photo) and the hard working teachers, staff and students of Tool Elementary.
“Great things are happening in Malakoff ISD!” he said.
Posted by : October 6, 2016| On :
By Russell Slaton
The News Correspondent
TRINIDAD–A Trinidad Trojan second-half comeback came up short in a 51-50 Homecoming loss to the Fannindel Falcons, played Saturday, Oct. 1 at Trojan Field.
Trinidad fell behind 31-18, early in the third quarter, when the Trojan comeback commenced. With 6:30 left in the third quarter, Trinidad’s Colby Snider found Jerry Bannister for a 40-yard touchdown pass, but the extra-point conversion failed when the run was stopped short of the goal line. That got Trinidad closer, 31-24.
The first play for Fannindel after the Trinidad touchdown, a long pass to near the goal line, was intercepted by Trojan Jaden Garcia, who brought the ball all the way back to the Fannindel 20-yard line. From there, on the first play on offense, Trinidad’s Jerry Bannister scampered 20 yards for a Trojan touchdown. Ronald Marcus rumbled in for the one-point, point-after conversion, which gave Trinidad a 32-31 lead with 6:04 left in the third quarter.
Fannindel retook the lead at 38-32 with 4:29 left in the third quarter, but Trinidad responded with a score of its own, tying the game at 38 points apiece when Trojan fullback Nathan Williams plunged across the goal line from two yards out for six points with 31 seconds left in the third quarter (the extra-point play that followed failed).
Ronald Marcus of Trinidad recovered a Fannindel fumble on the first play of the fourth quarter, but the ensuing drive ended with a Falcon score on an interception returned for a touchdown, moving Fannindel ahead, 44-38, with the point-after conversion run failing with 8:19 left in the game.
Fannindel went up further, 51-38, following a 10-yard touchdown run and successful PAT with 6:11 left in the game. Trinidad chipped away at the Falcon lead when Ronald Marcus ran 25 yards for a touchdown with 5:24 left in the game, which came after Trinidad receiver Romal Womack was interfered with on a long touchdown pass attempt.
Fannindel faced a fourth-down-and-five-yard play at the Trinidad 25-yard line, but the Falcons fumbled and Trojan Colby Snider scooped up the football and scooted down the sideline for a Trinidad touchdown, bringing Trinidad to within one point with 3:52 left in the game. However, Fannindel stopped the Trojan point-after conversion run, which if successful would have tied the game at 51.
Alas, Fannindel held the football and ran out the clock inside the Trinidad 10-yard line, clinching a 51-50 victory over Trinidad. Fannindel is now 3-2 on the 2016 season, while Trinidad’s record evens at 3-3. The Trinidad Trojans return to the gridiron on Oct. 21 with a football contest at Milford.
Posted by : September 30, 2016| On :
By Erik Walsh
The News Staff Writer
MABANK–The Athens Hornets picked up their first win of the 2016 season after defeating the winless Mabank Panthers 41-14 in the District 8-4A opener Sept. 23 at Panther Stadium.
Mabank (0-5) were bested by the Hornets (1-4) by the tune of 41-14 and hope to get in the win column this week when they travel to Brownsboro to face the Bears.
The Hornets got scoring underway with just 2:21 remaining in the first quarter when Noah Bush ran the ball in the end zone for a two-yard touchdown. After the missed PAT, Athens led 6-0.
A Panthers miscue handed the ball back to the Hornets, when Panthers return man Jacob Collinsworth fumbled the kickoff, with Athens recovering on the Mabank 35-yard line.
Fifteen yards later on fourth down, Junior quarterback Xavius Fulton ran the ball to the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown. Fulton also converted the two-point play to take a 14-0 Athens lead.
The Panthers threatened to cut the lead in half at the 7:14 mark, but Collinsworth fumbled again, giving the ball over to Athens at the 10-yard line.
The Hornets punished the Panthers on the resulting drive, as Bush powered his way into the end zone for the second touchdown of the night to make the score 21-0 after the PAT.
Athens wasn’t done. Before the halftime buzzer sounded, Fulton ran in 1-yard touchdown with just five second remaining, followed by a successful PAT, to give Athens a 28-0 lead at the break.
The Panthers got their only touchdown of the game in the third quarter when quarterback Clay Conway ran the ball into the endzone for a 1-yard touchdown. After the PAT, the score was 28-7.
The Hornets scored two touchdowns in the final quarter, a 7-yard run by Fulton and a 28-yard run by Kamion Tanner to bring the score to 14-7. Mabank’s final points came on a Ty Mathis touchdown run with 40 seconds remaining.
Panthers Head Coach Mikey Thompson was pleased with the boys effort, but says the Panthers have to cut out giving away turnovers if they are going to win.
“Our kids played extremely hard for all four quarters of the game,” Thompson said. “We have got to get over the hump of being a ‘young team’ and quit making mistakes. Turnovers and penalties at key moments of the game have cost us all year.”
According to Thompson the Panthers are averaging a healthy 5.6 yards per rush, and are, on average, giving up less than 300 yards defensively per game.
“I am proud of our kid’s effort,” he said. “We don’t give up! Rebuilding this program is a process.”
Joey Schmidt led Mabank in rushing with 41 yards on four carries. Its defense was led by Hunter Caves with 12.5 tackles, including one for a loss.
Posted by : September 22, 2016| On :
By Toni Garrard Clay
AISD Communications Coordinator
ATHENS–The evening of Sept. 15 was a celebration of achievement, past and present, for Athens ISD as many of the community’s leading citizens attended a gala honoring the inaugural class of the Hornet Hall of Fame.
Athens High School class of 1940 graduate Vivian Anderson Castleberry, 1977 AHS graduate Drew Douglas, and the late historic Athens educator R.C. Fisher were all inducted and honored before a crowd of about 90.
“This started with the simple idea that, as a school district, we should not only be looking forward toward our goals, but backward as well, to honor the remarkable achievements of so many who have come before,” said AISD Assistant Superintendent Dr. Janie Sims. “This is only the beginning.”
Each of the inductees were introduced through short biographical videos, which have been posted to the district’s website, www.athensisd.net and Facebook page Athens Independent School District.
Following their introductions, Castleberry and Douglas were interviewed on stage by AISD Communications Coordinator Toni Garrard Clay about their time as a Hornet and their accomplishments since. Following Fisher’s biographical piece, Fisher High Alumni Association President Prince Fite joined Clay on stage to discuss his experience as a 1962 graduate of R.C. Fisher High School, which closed in 1966 with desegregation.
Castleberry describes her time as a student in Athens during the pre-World War II years as pivotal in determining the course of her life. During her senior year, 1939-40, she was president of the student council, editor-in-chief of the student newspaper and member of a debate team that won third place in state.
She went on to graduate from Southern Methodist University and in the mid-1950s was hired as the home editor for the Dallas Times Herald, where she remained for 28 years. During her time as women’s editor, Castleberry revolutionized how newspapers covered women’s issues.
“I didn’t want to just write about things,” she said. “I wanted to write about people.”
Upon retirement, a trip to Russia as a citizen diplomat led to Castleberry founding Peacemakers Incorporated and the subsequent hosting of several international conferences. She has authored a number of books, is the namesake of the University of North Texas Castleberry Peace Institute, and in 1984 was inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame. She and her late husband, Curtis Castleberry, were married for “67 years, 7 months, 27 days and 21 hours.” She has five daughters and many grand and great-grandchildren.
Drew Douglas is a graduate of the AHS class of 1977 and is currently serving as the Athens Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year. He was a standout football player for the Hornets and graduated near the top of his class. Douglas enrolled at Baylor University, where he walked onto the Bears’ football team his first two years and was named scout team player of the year both years. His junior and senior years, he received a full scholarship.
In 1983, having had his real estate license since his last year in college Douglas began to buy, sell, trade, invest in and develop real estate. He earned his broker’s license in 1984, partnered with Steve Grant in 1989, and has been a general contractor for the past decade.
In August of 2010, Douglas opened the Athens Thrift Store. The store accepts donated goods, which it offers to the public at reasonable prices. The profits are then given away. Since opening, Athens Thrift Store has contributed approximately $300,000 to 20 different non-profit organizations in Henderson County.
Douglas has two children, Jessica and Joseph, and three grandchildren. He and his wife, Lori, have been married since 1992.
Richard “R.C.” Fisher was born in 1888, the son of a former slave and the youngest of six children. After attending public school in High Bank, Texas, he went on to graduate from Prairie View State Normal School for the training of teachers.
In 1914 under a segregated system, Fisher joined the faculty of a two-room wood schoolhouse on the north side of Athens called, “Athens Colored School.” When he became principal in 1925, he renamed it “Blackshear” to honor Edward L. Blackshear, a former professor of his.
Fisher died in 1932 after a short illness at the age of 44, having been predeceased by his wife and only child, a daughter. Upon his death, the new brick building constructed to serve African-American students was named in his honor.
During his time in Athens, R.C. Fisher was in many ways a liaison between the African-American and white communities. In addition to being a principal at Blackshear High School, he began serving in 1920 as a team trainer, known then as a “rub doctor,” for the football and basketball teams at Athens High School. The respect for Fisher, affectionately known then as “Doc Fisher,” was such that when Grand Saline announced they would not allow him on their sideline, Athens High School refused to play there.
After his death, Jimmie Kitts, a former coach at Athens High School, described Fisher as having had “all the fine qualities in his character that a man could possess.”