Posted by : admin | On : November 17, 2012

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff

GLADEWATER — And then there was one.

Malakoff became the last football team standing in Henderson County for the 2012 season when the Tigers beat the Redwater Dragons, 28-22, in a physical bi-district playoff game Friday night.

“The kids fought, that’s all I can tell you,” Head Coach Jamie Driskell said. “The offense fought, the defense fought, they just fought.”

The win marks the first time in school history the Tigers (8-3) have won playoff games in consecutive years, and continues the most successful run of football ever for Malakoff.

“It is a huge step for this program and for these kids,” Driskell said.

Friday night, the Tigers were helped along by getting a huge game out of junior running back Demontes Dowell, and two fourth down stops late in the fourth quarter by the defense.

Dowell exploded for 202 yards and three touchdowns, including a 78-yard run down the left sideline on the Tigers first play from scrimmage. His biggest run, however, may have come with 19 seconds remaining in the third quarter, when he powered into the end zone from four yards out to make the score 26-20.

Cesar Garcia came out to kick the extra point, but a penalty on Redwater moved the ball from the 3 to the 1-and-a-half yard line. That prompted Driskell to send the offense back on the field, and quarterback Tate Taylor ran in the two-point conversion to give Malakoff a 28-20 lead.

The margin loomed large as Redwater took the ensuing kickoff and held the ball for more than 9:30 of game time, driving 56 yards on 17 plays. As the clock ticked under three minutes, the Dragons went for it on fourth-and-eight from the Malakoff 9, but came up short.

That was the first big stop by the Tiger defense.

“They just run a smash-mouth offense and we just bowed up and stopped them when we had to,” said Driskell.

But this is the playoffs and the Dragons weren’t about to go quietly. Malakoff lost four yards on three plays and eventually Redwater was able to catch Damontes Dowell in the end zone for a safety to make the score 28-22. Malakoff was forced to kick the ball back to Redwater, and the Dragons had one more chance with 2:14 left and the ball on their own 49.

A couple of quick runs gave Redwater a first down at the Malakoff 40, but with time running out the Dragons had to go to the air. That didn’t work so well, and the Tiger defense got its second big fourth down stop with just seconds remaining on the clock.

In addition to Demontes Dowell’s outburst, Malakoff saw a big contribution from quarterback Tate Taylor, who scored the tying touchdown midway through the third quarter on a five-yard run. That drive was set up by an Isreal Chavez fumble recovery.

Redwater was led by junior fullback Dalton White, who ran for 134 yards between the tackles, and scored on runs of 5 and 23 yards.

Next up for the Tigers is 10-0 Pottsboro 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, in Royse City.



Posted by : admin | On : October 19, 2012

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff

MALAKOFF — The tone was set early in Malakoff’s 70-8 win over the Kemp Yellowjackets Friday night.

The Tigers kicked off to start the game and Kemp fumbled, with Marcus Dowell recovering for Malakoff. On their first play from scrimmage, the Tigers found the end zone on a 22-yard strike from Tate Taylor to Stephan Wolfe.

Fourteen seconds into the game, and the Tigers were up 7-0.

It was the closest the Yellowjackets would be all night.

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Posted by : admin | 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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Posted by : admin | 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.



Posted by : admin | 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.



Posted by : admin | 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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Posted by : admin | 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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Posted by : admin | On : April 13, 2012

The Malakoff Middle School girls track teams competed at district recently:

Our 8th grade girls were runner up.
The team members are :
Kiana Reed: 2nd Shot put, 3rd High jump, 1st 400meter relay, 2nd 800 meter relay, 5th 200 meter dash
Queen Jackson: 5th shot put, 4th discus
Kaitlyn Harris: 4th high jump, 6th long jump, 1st 400 meter relay, 2nd 800 meter relay. 4th 100 meter hurdles

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Posted by : Staff Reports | On : April 13, 2012

MMS 8th grade boys track team

The Malakoff Middle School 8th grade boys track team recently finished second in its district meet. The team also won the Eustace and Malakoff meets this season. Individual results from district are below:

2400m run
3rd Andy Garcia 9:01
5th Daniel Romero 9:34
6th Matthew Rodriguez 9:37

400m relay 6th
Dylan Grim, Ryan Robinson, Wade Horn, Trey Jackson

110m hurdles
3rd Jake Woolverton 19.26

800m relay 2nd 1:43
Dylan Grim, Ryan Robinson, Wade Horn, Trey Jackson

300m hurdles

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Posted by : Staff Reports | On : April 13, 2012

Malakoff Middle School boys 7th grade track

The Malakoff Middle School 7th grade boys competed recently at the District Track Meet. This meet concluded the season for the middle school track teams. The 7th grade boys had an outstanding season winning 2 meets this year.

The 7th Grade Boys District Track Meet Results
Overall Finish 3rd Place
Blooming Grove-14

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