TYLER -- Following a fairly simple four-game win over Texas High, Whitehouse found itself in trouble midway through Thursday's night tri-match finale against hosting Tyler Lee.
The 2013 season was a bittersweet one for the Athens Hornets. On one hand, the town witnessed history -- the program's first-ever 10-0 regular season. But the positive vibes could not carry over to the playoffs.
The positive momentum surrounding Whitehouse's football program had been building for a decade, and last season it culminated into the greatest season in school history.
Every once in a while the UIL throws Tatum out of its comfort zone. Following their 2005 Class 3A Division II state championship, the Eagles were dropped down a classification. Two years later, they were back in 3A.
When the subject of high school football is brought up in deep East Texas, the conversation doesn't last too long without mentioning either Newton or Corrigan-Camden.
Prior to last season, Nacogdoches had reached the playoffs only one time in 20 years. The 2013 Dragons weren't interested in the past. Instead, they were busy setting the foundation in the present for an exciting future.
TYLER -- Last week's season-opening loss to White Oak must feel like such a long time ago for the Tyler Lee Lady Raiders. Because they've been perfect ever since.
Head coach Greg Owens has turned Sulphur Springs into one of East Texas' most consistent winners in recent years. In Owens' eight years in charge, the Wildcats have won a state championship and are currently on a seven-year streak of at least eight wins.
From 2001-04, there weren't too many programs on par with Jasper, which produced s record of 47-11 during those four seasons. Ever since, the Bulldogs have been trying to recapture the magic.
There aren't too many programs in all of East Texas that will enter the 2014 season with more experience than the Gladewater Bears. And it's quality experience.