Nov

07

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : November 7, 2011

WHAT: Malakoff vs. Little River Academy in bi-district playoff action

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11

WHERE: Groesbeck — here is a link to information about the stadium. On the site is a button that will help you map a route.

WHO: The Tigers are playing the Little River Academy Bumblebees, the No. 3 seed from District 12-2A. Here is a link to their Maxpreps page listing their game-by-game results for the year.

HELP: The Malakoff Athletic Boosters are collecting donations to provide a charter bus for the Tigers. According to information released by the Boosters: “Due to budget cuts that school districts across the state have had to implement this year, it is difficult for the school to provide a charter bus for the team, as they have historically done. Please show this team, this staff and this community that we appreciate and support a winning football program in Malakoff by making a donation to the Booster Club’s charter bus drive. Any size donation is appreciated and will help send our Tigers off in style!” Donations can be dropped off at the high school office.

MORE TO COME? Watch The Malakoff News Facebook Page and website for more information — I think playoff shirts and a possible community pep rally are in the works.

Nov

04

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : November 4, 2011

By Michael V. Hannigan

This wasn’t the ending the Malakoff Tigers wanted. With a District 11-2A title on the line, the Tigers stumbled at home against Crockett Friday night, 36-0.

The loss on the final night of the regular season drops the Tigers’ record to 8-2, 4-1 for the year. Crockett improved to 9-1, 5-0.

The Tigers will be traveling to Groesbeck next Friday night to play Little River Academy

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Nov

04

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : November 4, 2011

By Michael V. Hannigan

The Malakoff Tigers made school football history by earning their third straight playoff berth this year. Going back to 1927, this season will mark the Tigers’ 13th playoff appearance, with back-to-back showings in 1939-40, 1998-99 and 2005-06.

Locally, fans debated whether Malakoff locked up a playoff spot with last week’s win over Elkhart or two weeks ago by beating Teague. But of this there is no question: Last week’s 48-18 romp over the Elks gave the Tigers the best three-year record in school history at 25-6 (so far).

That puts the modern Tigers ahead of the 1946-47-48 squad,

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Oct

29

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 29, 2011

Malakoff senior Trevor Chambers (5) gave the Tigers a big boost early in the third quarter. Here he gets to the outside on a long run.

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff

The Malakoff Tigers are headed to the playoffs for a school-record third consecutive time after beating Elkhart Friday night, 48-18.

The win improves Malakoff’s record to 8-1, 4-0 on the year. Over the first three seasons of head coach Jamie Driskell’s tenure, the Tigers are a combined 25-5. The accomplishment is even more amazing considering the two years before Driskell’s arrival Malakoff was a combined 1-19.

Friday night the Tigers got off to a slow start, but outscored Elkhart 27-0 in the second half to break open a close game. Malakoff was up 21-18 at the half.

Malakoff was led by senior quarterback Jacob Teague, who threw

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Oct

28

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 28, 2011

(UPDATE 10/29/11: Added photo.)

By Michael V. Hannigan

The Pride of Malakoff Marching Band received a 1st Division rating at UIL competition in Mesquite last week, earning a spot in this Saturday’s Area competition in Denton.

“The kids got out there and did a good job,” said first-year band director Darrington White.
Malakoff is scheduled to enter the field at Denton at 1:45 p.m.

Winning in Denton would mean a trip to the state competition for the band. Band competition is a little

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Oct

22

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 22, 2011

Malakoff's Cesar Garcia (42), shown kicking an extra point here with Tate Taylor (20) holding, hit on field goals of 33 and 23 yards Friday night against Teague.

By Michael V. Hannigan

The Malakoff Tigers won a physical, District 11-2A battle Friday night over the Teague Lions, 27-13.

The tone for the game was set midway though the first quarter by Malakoff’s Garrett Airheart, whose crushing block of a Teague player brought oohs and aahs from both sides of the stadium.

Even the referees weren’t immune, with one being taken off the field on a stretcher in the first half after two players rolled under his feet and knocked him to the ground. Reports later in the game indicated he would be OK, but was going to the hospital as a precaution.

The win pushed Malakoff’s record to 7-1, 3-0 and dropped Teague to 4-4, 1-2.

Kameron Fletcher led the way

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Oct

20

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 20, 2011

From Staff Reports

The Malakoff Tigers (6-1, 2-0) are set to take on the Teague Lions (4-3, 1-1) Friday night at Tiger Stadium starting at 7:30 p.m. The game has huge implications in the District 11-2A playoff picture, and a win for Malakoff would practically ensure a third-straight postseason appearance for Coach Jamie Driskell’s Tigers.

Another playoff appearance would also give these Tigers a place in Malakoff history, because no other school football team has gone to the playoffs three consecutive seasons. According to Malakoff sports historian Benny Rogers, the Tigers had back-to-back playoff appearances in 1939-40, 1998-99, and 2005-06, but all three times, the Tigers fell short in year three.

To support the team, school officials and the Malakoff Athletic Booster Club are calling for a Whiteout and asking all fans to wear white to the game. The Booster Club will be selling low-cost white t-shirts at the gate, and organizers say the “M” in the middle of the football field is being painted white for this game.

The temperatures Friday night are expected to be in the upper 50s, so fans are being asked to prepare. It won’t help much to wear a white shirt and then cover it up with a jacket … unless the jacket is white, of course.

(Photo courtesy of JD Hancock via Flickr)