2013 East Texas Football Games of the Year, No. 22: Chapel Hill at Henderson
The history between Highway 64 rivals Chapel Hill and Henderson isn't limited just to the players. The coaches involved in the recently-rejuvenated rivalry have their place as well.
Dickey Meeks coached Chapel Hill to the Class 4A state title in 1989, then led Henderson to a 2011 win over Chapel Hill in the 3A Division I final. Meeks left for Pittsburg in the offseason, but Henderson's newest head coach also used to roam the sidelines at Chapel Hill.
Phil Castles, who coached Chapel Hill from 2005-08 before a four-year stint at Corsicana, is the new boss in Henderson and will get his first taste of the "District of Doom" on Sept. 27 in the 16-3A opener for both teams.
Chapel Hill suffered a 24-6 loss to Henderson last season in the rematch of the 2011 title game, but has a solid nucleus of players back hoping to improve on the Bulldogs' 3-7 finish last season.
Senior running back/defensive back Joseph Clark (5-9, 180) will be a three-year starter for head coach Thomas Sitton, who welcomes back seven starters on each side of the ball. Clark led the Bulldogs in rushing last year, and posted 104 tackles, three interceptions and three forced fumbles on defense. Chapel Hill also returns senior quarterback Andrew Black (6-1, 180), linebacker Wesley Thompson (6-0, 185) and defensive back D.D. Mumphrey (5-11, 185).
Henderson must replace several pieces from a graduated group that helped the Lions go 33-10 the last three years. But receiver Tre Hollins (5-11, 180), H-back Jordan Dickeson (5-11, 185), quarterback Zane Boles and running back/defensive back Randy Davis (6-0, 175) all played big roles for last year's state quarterfinalists.