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

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

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

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

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

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



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 : Staff Reports | On : January 13, 2012

From Staff Reports

The Malakoff Tigers are on fire, winning their first four district games to set up a showdown with also-undefeated Teague next Tuesday at home. Malakoff is 9-9 overall and 4-0 in District 14-2A.

The Tigers are off this Friday, Jan. 13.

In the past week, the Tigers have crushed, in order, Blooming Grove, Buffalo and Leon.

First, the Tigers dumped Blooming Grove

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Posted by : admin | On : November 19, 2011

By Michael V. Hannigan

COLLEGE STATION – History closed its book on the Malakoff Tigers’ 2011 season Friday night following a 24-7 area round playoff loss to the East Chambers Buccaneers.

But the Tigers made History stand up and take notice this year. Malakoff finished with a 9-3 record on the year, and is 26-8 in the first three seasons of head coach Jamie Driskell’s tenure, which is his first stint as head coach.

The Tigers three-year run under Driskell is the school district’s best ever, topping the 24-5 record posted by the 1947-48-49 squad. Last season

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Posted by : admin | On : November 12, 2011

By Michael V. Hannigan

GROESBECK – By the fourth quarter Friday night, the playoff monkey on Malakoff’s back looked about the size of King Kong.

Well that’s another empty ape suit gone.

The Malakoff Tigers rallied late to beat Little River Academy 10-3 at Groesbeck Stadium, giving Malakoff its first playoff win since 1998 and Jamie Driskell his first playoff victory ever.

The Tigers (9-2) advance to take on East Chambers next Friday at 7 p.m. at A&M Consolidated in College Station.

The win didn’t come easy. When the third quarter ended

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