Gilmer dominated Liberty-Eylau, 55-16, in its season opener, looking every bit the part of a state-championship contender. The Buckeyes are up two spots to No. 1 in this week's ETSN.fm East Texas Class 4A poll.
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NACOGDOCHES -- Two East Texas heavyweights met on the first Friday night of the season, and put together an early candidate for game of the year.
It's not often that two state championship game participants find themselves placed in the very same district the following year. But as fate would have it, that's exactly what transpired back in February when the UIL made Kilgore and Carthage district mates once again.
Kilgore came within 48 minutes of winning its second state championship. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, fellow East Texas powerhouse Carthage stood in their way.
Turning the page to this season, Kilgore has the chance to right two wrongs: exact revenge on defending state champion Carthage in District 9-4A Division I play, and then get back to AT&T Stadium in Arlington for the state title game and finish the job this time.
It's not often that both combatants in the previous year's state championship game are reunited in the same district the following season.
LINDALE -- The Lindale Lady Eagles continued their strong start to the season with a 25-18, 25-17, 25-10 sweep of Tyler All Saints on Tuesday night.
LONGVIEW -- Lindale contended for the Lady Lobo Tournament championship Saturday and advanced to the title game against Tyler Lee before falling, 25-22, 25-19 against the Lady Raiders.
The Lady Eagles' stint in Longview ended with a second-place finish and Saturday wins against Beckville and Longview.
Texas High and Kilgore have not been strangers up to this point on the countdown of ETSN.fm's top 25 games of 2014.
That has to do with their traditions and what the two squads will be bringing to Texarkana for the No. 13 game of 2014 on Sept. 19. It's a heavyweight fight at Tiger Stadium between two squads that appear to have the tools needed to make a nice postseason runs in their respective classifications.
With the season nearly two weeks away, several East Texas teams will begin with targets on the their backs. Ten area programs are ranked in the top 10 in the preseason Associated Press high school football polls, which were released Wednesday.