Preview capsules for opening-week games in Classes 5A, 4A, and 3A across East Texas.

[By Adrian Brooks, Special to ETSN.fm]

Tyler Lee Red Raiders

vs.

Sulphur Springs Wildcats

7:30 p.m. Friday

Gerald Prim Stadium, Sulphur Springs

 

Coaches
  • Tyler Lee: Darrell Piske
  • Sulphur Springs: Greg Owens

 

Playmakers

Tyler Lee

  • OT Matthew Weeks, 6-5, 260
  • OT/DE Ameir Wilson, 6-3, 230
  • DT Triston Taylor, 6-1, 243
  • QB Trevor Carr
  • ATH Bryce Wilkerson, 5-8, 150

 

Sulphur Springs

  • ATH Willy Ivery, 5-8, 180
  • QB/S Larry Pryor, 6-1, 185
  • OL Jess Jenkins, 6-3, 290
  • FS Zach Spigner, 6-0, 180
  • WR Alex Burney, 5-8, 165

 

Did you know? Sulphur Springs junior Larry Pryor holds seven Division I FBS offers entering his junior season.

 

Lindale Eagles

vs.

Chapel Hill Bulldogs

7:30 p.m. Friday

Bulldog Stadium, New Chapel Hill

 

Coaches
  • Lindale: Mike Meador
  • Chapel Hill: Thomas Sitton

 

Playmakers

Lindale

  • OT D.J. Williams, 6-3, 280
  • OT Justin Young, 6-3, 290
  • RB Delenis Garrett, 5-10, 210
  • WR Kolton Pierce, 6-0, 175
  • QB David Slice, 6-1, 180
  • DB T.J. Griffin, 5-11, 177

 

Chapel Hill

  • RB Joseph Clark, 5-9, 180 (committed to Texas Tech)
  • QB Andrew Black, 6-1, 180
  • LB Wesley Thompson, 6-1, 185
  • DB D.D. Mumphrey, 6-0, 185
  • ATH Reggie King, 5-10, 175

 

Did you know? Chapel Hill DB D.D. Mumphrey registered 107 tackles last season.

 

Paris Wildcats

vs.

Mount Pleasant Tigers

7:30 p.m. Friday

Sam Parker Field, Mount Pleasant

 

Coaches
  • Paris: Steven Hohenberger
  • Mount Pleasant: Mart Graham

 

Playmakers

Paris

  • LB Jordan Williams
  • WR Kadarius Scott
  • QB Demonquez Allen
  • WR Kenny Mason

 

Mount Pleasant

  • WR K.D. Cannon, 6-0, 165 (committed to Baylor)
  • RB Tarrence Taylor, 5-10, 155
  • WR Andrew Flanagan, 6-1, 195
  • DB Ladarius Craddock, 5-9, 170
  • DE T'Nheous Smith, 6-1, 220
  • QB Cullen Grubbs

 

Did you know? Standout Mount Pleasant WR K.D. Cannon holds about 30 college offers and is widely considered East Texas' No. 1 recruit in the 2014 class.

Van Vandals

vs.

Pine Tree Pirates

7:30 p.m. Friday

Pirate Stadium, Longview

 

Coaches
  • Van: Jared Moffatt
  • Pine Tree: Derek Fitzhenry

 

Playmakers

Van

  • RB Matt Savis, 5-9, 175
  • DB Layton Meyers, 5-10, 165
  • OL Wyatt Santos, 6-2, 299
  • LB Hunter Redmond, 6-2, 170
  • WR Andrew Platter, 6-2, 180

 

Pine Tree

  • OL Andrew Lee, 6-3, 280
  • DE/LB Robert Hines, 6-1, 235
  • WR Mason Hays, 6-0, 175
  • DL Jeremy Walters, 6-0, 230

 

Did you know? Van OL Wyatt Santos is the brother of Texas LB and former Van standout Dalton Santos.

 

Kaufman Lions

vs.

Athens Hornets

7:30 p.m. Friday

Bruce Field, Athens

 

Coaches
  • Kaufman: Todd York
  • Athens: Paul Essary

 

Playmakers

Kaufman

  • RB Josh Ramirez, 5-8, 160
  • QB Clay Rhodes, 6-0, 180
  • RB/LB LaXavier Battee, 5-9, 170
  • LB Jacob Holley
  • LB Jonathan Dunson

 

Athens

  • LB K.J. Cumby, 6-1, 215
  • QB Anthony Sanders, 6-0, 185
  • TE Nic Fincher, 6-2, 245
  • LB Chris Jefferson, 6-2, 205 (committed to SMU)
  • LB Adam Stallings, 5-9, 220
  • DE Chris Prox

 

Did you know? Athens returns nine starters on each side of the ball for the 2013 season.

 

Crandall Pirates

vs.

Brownsboro Bears

7:30 p.m. Friday

Bear Stadium, Brownsboro

 

Coaches
  • Crandall: Todd John
  • Brownsboro: Jason Hooker

 

Playmakers

Crandall

  • WR Austin Pryor
  • RB Nate Banks
  • QB Hunter Darst
  • LB Jon Rychlik
  • DB Nate Jacobs

 

Brownsboro

  • DL Swaide Houston, 6-3, 220
  • LB Quentin McKenzie, 6-0, 230
  • QB Will Bailey, 6-3, 180
  • DL Lane Harrison, 5-11, 215

 

Did you know? Along with starting six games at QB for Crandall, Hunter Darst was an all-state punter.

 

Bullard Panthers

vs.

Quitman Bulldogs

7:30 p.m. Friday

Bud Moody Stadium, Quitman

 

Coaches
  • Bullard: Shannon Wilson
  • Quitman: Ron Callahan

 

Playmakers

Bullard

  • OL Aaron Johnson, 5-11, 165
  • RB Austin Skelton, 5-10, 180
  • WR Brooks Conlee, 5-11, 160
  • RB/LB Brentavian Henderson, 5-10, 170
  • QB Connor Mebane, 6-0, 170

 

Quitman

  • OL Bobby Wells, 6-2, 285
  • FB Jesus Ramirez, 5-6, 180
  • WR Austin Dobbs, 5-8, 160
  • QB Daniel Davis, 6-0,160
  • LB Eli Click

 

Did you know? Bullard won 15 games in the last two seasons, including an eight-win 2011 campaign that sent the Panthers to the third round of the playoffs, the program's deepest-ever postseason run.

 

Eustace Bulldogs

vs.

Canton Eagles

7:30 p.m. Friday

Norris Birdwell Stadium, Canton

 

Coaches
  • Eustace: Heath Ragle
  • Canton: Robert Ivey

 

Playmakers

Eustace

  • LB Nathan Denson, 6-0, 230
  • DE Zach Hughes, 5-10, 210
  • LB Abed Abuhatab, 5-9, 170
  • OL Thomas Hyde, 6-0, 300
  • FB Jesus Barcenas

 

Canton

  • QB Chandler Eiland, 6-1, 170
  • OL Jacob Busch, 6-4, 270
  • DE Samuel Miller, 6-3, 210
  • WR Garrett Denbow

 

Did you know? QB Chandler Eiland has 13 wins in his career at Canton.

 

Center Roughriders

vs.

Buna Cougars

7:30 p.m. Friday

Cougar Stadium, Buna

 

Coaches
  • Center: Kevin Goodwin
  • Buna: Bradley Morgan

 

Playmakers

Center

  • QB Dalton Horton, 6-3, 188
  • LB Kiounis Williams, 5-9, 198
  • WR DeJalen Preston, 6-1, 170
  • WR Kam'Ron Parks, 6-5, 195
  • OL Trey Yarbrough, 5-10, 270

 

Buna

  • RB Matthew Biddle, 5-11, 195
  • FB Perry Smith
  • RB Mason Lopez, 5-9, 165
  • RB McCrea Lopez
  • DE Tyler Edwards, 6-3, 235

 

Did you know? Center LB Kiounis Williams has recorded more than 100 tackles in each of the last two seasons.

 

Diboll Lumberjacks

vs.

Fairfield Eagles

7:30 p.m. Friday

Eagle Stadium, Fairfield

 

Coaches
  • Diboll: Shane Adair
  • Fairfield: John Bachtel

 

Playmakers

Diboll

  • WR Sammy Scott, 5-9, 165
  • QB Raive Sheppard, 5-9, 160
  • DB Michael Garcia, 5-9, 160
  • LB Isaac Hernandez, 5-8, 180
  • DE B.J. Vinson, 6-1, 225

 

Fairfield

  • WR/S Bryson Gates, 6-3, 215
  • RB Larry Rose, 6-0, 175
  • QB/DB Chance Carroll, 5-11, 185
  • WR Chris Lide, 6-0, 185
  • OL Dillen Kilpatrick, 5-10, 240

 

Did you know? Fairfield won 10 games in 2011.

 

Henderson Lions

vs.

Plano Prestonwood Christian Lions

7:30 p.m. Friday

Lions Stadium, Plano

 

Coaches
  • Henderson: Phil Castles
  • Plano Prestonwood Christian: Chris Cunningham

 

Playmakers

Henderson

  • WR Tre Hollins, 5-11, 175
  • HB Jordan Dickeson, 6-0, 175
  • DE Jake Staneart, 6-3, 200
  • DL Brandon Armstrong, 5-9, 260
  • RB Zedrick Lister, 5-9, 170
  • FS Conner Dotson

 

Plano Prestonwood Christian

  • QB Mickey Mitchell, 6-7, 235
  • WR Michael Irvin Jr., 6-3, 200
  • DB Jake Reed, 6-1, 175
  • DB Austin Tankersley, 6-0, 200
  • OL Patrick Murray, 6-2, 250

 

Did you know? Henderson went 33-10 during the last three seasons.

 

Cleveland Tarkington Longhorns

vs.

Huntington Red Devils

7:30 p.m. Friday

Red Devil Stadium, Huntington

 

Coaches
  • Cleveland Tarkington: Brandon Carpenter
  • Huntington: Ryan Soderquist

 

Playmakers

Cleveland Tarkington

  • QB Hunter Johnson, 6-1, 212
  • RB Larame Nash, 5-6, 155
  • OLB Zach Chapman, 6-2, 218
  • WR Alex Latham, 6-6, 210
  • OL Cline Dalton, 6-5, 278

 

Huntington

  • RB Jemichael Brown, 5-8, 160
  • OL Clay Boston, 5-11, 250
  • QB Brent Loggins
  • RB Tanner Evett
  • OL Shawn Sims, 5-10, 220

 

Did you know? First-year Huntington coach Ryan Soderquist plans to install the double-wing offense.

 

Jasper Bulldogs

vs.

Liberty Panthers

7:30 p.m. Friday

War Memorial Stadium, Liberty

 

Coaches
  • Jasper: Darrell Barbay
  • Liberty: Chad Taylor

 

Playmakers

Jasper

  • OL Terrell Cuney, 6-3, 260
  • RB Terrence Cuney, 5-9, 215
  • LB DeAnthony Cuney, 5-10, 230
  • QB Steve Walker, 5-10, 190
  • FB Shawn Jones, 6-1, 225
  • WR/DB Chris Spikes

 

Liberty

  • RB Dennis Antione, 6-1, 200
  • QB Andrew Fregia, 5-11, 155
  • DB Fred Brown, 5-11, 175
  • DB Aric Foster, 5-11, 185
  • G Luke Mangum

 

Did you know? Terrance and DeAnthony Cuney are brothers and Terrell Cuney is their cousin.

 

Liberty-Eylau Leopards

vs.

Paul Pewitt Brahmas

7:30 p.m. Friday

Brahmas Stadium, Omaha

 

Coaches
  • Liberty-Eylau: Brian Brown
  • Paul Pewitt: Reggie Kumrow

 

Playmakers

Liberty-Eylau

  • ATH Davion Hall, 6-2, 191 (committed to Baylor)
  • QB Rashaan Donelson, 6-0, 187
  • DL Mack Forte, 5-11, 245
  • LB Kwan Curry, 6-0, 195
  • WR Keith Wynkoop, 5-8, 165

 

Paul Pewitt

  • RB Zane Mackay, 5-6, 155
  • RB Geromy Porter, 5-8, 160
  • OL Josh Perales, 5-10, 250
  • DB Mitchell Ward, 6-0, 170
  • DL Santerris Younger, 6-1, 270

 

Did you know? Liberty-Eylau's Davion Hall was the MVP of District 13-3A last season.

 

Palestine Westwood Panthers

vs.

Mineola Yellow Jackets

7:30 p.m. Friday

Meredith Memorial Yellow Jacket Stadium, Mineola

 

Coaches
  • Palestine Westwood: Roger Mays
  • Mineola: Joe Drennon

 

Playmakers

Palestine Westwood

  • OL Korbin Boles, 6-2, 305
  • FB Trey Jenkins, 5-8, 215
  • LB Hoss Jones, 5-10, 190
  • DB Micah Ellerbe, 6-0, 160
  • DB DaQuinton Anderson

Mineola

  • RB Rhett Self, 5-6, 155
  • TE/DE Casey Gilbreath, 6-2, 195
  • LB Brandon Melo
  • DB Philip Howell
  • QB Blake Whitney

 

Did you know? Palestine Westwood OL Korbin Boles started nine games as a freshman last season.

Wills Point Tigers

vs.

Pittsburg Pirates

7:30 p.m. Friday

Pirate Stadium, Pittsburg

 

Coaches
  • Wills Point: Kevin Garvin
  • Pittsburg: Dickey Meeks

 

Playmakers

Wills Point

  • QB Chase Pemberton, 6-3, 190
  • WR Tre Smith, 6-0, 178
  • RB Dominique Granville, 6-0, 210
  • OL Jacob Rowland
  • DB Anfernee Harris, 6-0, 160
  • LB James Wright, 5-7, 163
  • WR Jah Golden

 

Pittsburg

  • QB Garrett Truitt, 6-4, 197
  • DB SirCharles Perkins, 5-8, 168
  • RB Teriyan Cuba
  • DL Tajawin Smith, 6-1, 265
  • OL Daniel Gilmore, 5-8, 250

 

Did you know? New Pittsburg head coach Dickey Meeks led Henderson to a state title in 2010.

Pleasant Grove Hawks

vs.

Spring Hill Panthers

7:30 p.m. Friday

Panther Stadium, Longview

 

Coaches
  • Pleasant Grove: Kevin Davis
  • Spring Hill: Mark Sartain

 

Playmakers

Pleasant Grove

  • RB Kayin Cooks, 5-10, 175
  • LB Jacob Willige
  • DT Stephen Burris
  • QB Hunter Haitfield
  • DB Connor Lemmerhirt

Spring Hill

  • OL Morgan Knight, 6-1, 250
  • LB James Wallis, 6-0, 175
  • OL Hagen Tucker, 6-0, 205
  • QB Jacob Rooney
  • TE/DE Nick Irwin, 6-4, 200

 

Did you know? New Spring Hill coach Mark Sartain most recently coached at East Texas Baptist University.

Rusk Eagles

vs.

Terrell Tigers

7:30 p.m. Friday

Terrell Memorial Stadium, Terrell

 

Coaches
  • Rusk: Ted Patton
  • Terrell: Kevin Wilson

 

Playmakers

Rusk

  • DL Octavian Arrington, 6-2, 230
  • DL Morgan Johnson, 6-4, 240
  • RB D.J. Glenn, 5-9, 150
  • OL Zach Swearengen, 6-2, 250
  • RB Isaiah Francis, 5-9, 150

 

Terrell

  • LB Quamyus White, 5-10, 205
  • QB Cameron Smith
  • WR Damon Moss, 5-7, 160
  • RB Ray Brown
  • WR Devanshea Ward

 

Did you know? Terrell LB Quamyus White recorded 134 tackles last season.