Mineola's defense played an excellent game to vault the Yellowjackets to a 14-7 win against Pottsboro and into Friday's Class 3A Division I state semifinal showdown with Shallowater.
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John Tyler senior quarterback Geovari McCollister is apparently saving his best for last. A career performance in last week's state quarterfinal-playoff win has the Lions one win from playing for a state championship.
Tanner Holmes did in one game what any East Texas linebacker would call a pretty successful season.
Tackles for loss are hard to get, especially from a few yards in front of the line of scrimmage. Newton's junior defensive standout recorded six tackles behind the line in one game and had 17 total tackles to boot in a decisive 49-21 win against Franklin in the Class 3A Division II playoffs Friday.
After a one-year hiatus from the playoffs, the Henderson Lions have come back in a big way. Henderson captured its first district title since 2000, and is playing for a regional title this weekend.
The beauty of having a handful of capable running backs sharing the load is that on any given night, one of them can shine. That player was Junebug Johnson last Friday night.
Waskom linebacker Chan Amie helped lead the way in the Wildcats' 52-32 win against Leonard in the Class 3A Division II playoffs.
The junior recorded 19 tackles, four tackles for loss and ran back a 72-yard interception from his middle linebacker spot. He stopped multiple Leonard drives in their tracks and individually accounted for a touchdown swing in the 20-point victory.
Jordan Owens' senior season will continue thanks in large part to his performance in John Tyler's 58-23 win against Texas High in Friday's Class 5A Division I bi-district playoff game.
The Lions' safety recorded two interceptions, including a 41-yard touchdown return, as well as a fumble recovery in the game for the ETSN.fm/Dairy Queen Defensive Player of the Week honor.
Mineola had an easy time of it last Friday night, securing the program's first postseason win since 2010. And sophomore quarterback Jeremiah Crawford was a big reason why.
Travon Fuller made the decision easy.
The junior athlete recorded three interceptions, recovered a fumble for a 55-yard touchdown and blocked a field goal attempt in Athens' 52-28 victory against Wills Point. He is ETSN.fm/Dairy Queen Defensive Player of the Week.
There aren't too many pure running backs in all of East Texas -- regardless of classification -- better than Arp senior standout Marcalas Johnson. His performance Friday night showed exactly why.