The Fox Box: County wide sports updates
Friday night lights are slowly merging into hoops and three pointers as area teams transition from football to basketball season.
One county team however, continues to dominate the football field and brought home the title of Area Champions following Friday night’s game.
Tigers win in overtime
The Troup Tigers went into Friday night’s game as bi-district champs and came out as area champions.
Playing against the Waskom Wildcats in Tatum, the Tigers took the 47-41 win in overtime.
Weslee Ross and Jaden Lewis shared the title of Offensive Player of the Week.
Ross completed 13 of 30 pass attempts and gained 25 rushing yards on four separate plays.
Lewis completed his one attempted pass for 41 yards and received four passes for a total of 98 yards and one touchdown.
Other receivers included Desmon Deason with four catches for 80 yards and two touchdowns, Bryce Attaway with 39 yards, Brandon Pike with two catches for 15 yards and Kris Johnson with a five-yard reception for a touchdown.
Allen Trent led in rushing yardage with 91 yards on 20 carries. Calob Smith added 26 yards on three carries and Max Hale added a yard on a single carry.
Matt Adams was named defensive player of the week. He completed the game with six tackles and two assists as well as two caused fumbles and one pass break up.
Eddie Rojo and Braxton Cassell were both recognized as Special Teams Players of the Week for blocking a punt.
Troup will play the Newton Eagles at Homer Bryce Stadium at Stephen F. Austin Friday, Nov. 30. Kick-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.
Jacksonville Indians and Maidens
Jacksonville Indians enter the season 0-2 in non-conference action after losing 43-78 to Longview at the Jasper Venture Classic in Whitehouse Friday, Nov. 23.
Longview took a commanding 37-20 lead by the half. In the third period, the Indians scored 14 to the 16 points for the Lobos. In the final quarter, Longview outscored Jacksonville 25-9.
The Jacksonville Indians recorded 23 rebounds and seven assists as well as five steals during the game.
While 100 percent from the free throw line, the Indians only managed 32 percent of field goal attempts and 22 percent of three-point shots.
Jacksonville is slated to play in the Athens Tournament Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 29-Dec. 1.
The Jacksonville Maidens fared better than their counterparts with a win Saturday, Nov. 24, over the Henderson Lions.
Though the scoring was close through the first half of the game, the Maidens managed to pull away during the third quarter with a 34-17 lead. By the final buzzer, Jacksonville had outscored their opponents 46-28.
Jacksonville recorded 44 rebounds, seven assists, 18 steals and three blocks. They hit 56 percent of shots from the free throw line and 29 percent of field goal attempts.
The Maidens will play in the Eustace Tournament Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 29-Dec. 1.
The Alto Ladyjackets traveled to Pineywoods Community Academy where they fell 28-52. Off to a slow start, the Ladyjackets failed to score in the first quarter while PCA sank 17 points. Alto held PCA to six points in the second period while scoring eight themselves. The third quarter was a close 12-15 margin, but in favor of PCA who also dominated the final frame, 14-8.
The Ladyjackets were scheduled to host Palestine Westwood, Tuesday, Nov. 27. They are scheduled to participate in the PCA tournament Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 29-Dec. 1.
New Summerfield Hornets
The New Summerfield Hornets have a 7-1 record in non-conference play following a 59-32 win over the Bullard Panthers Friday, Nov. 23.
Collin Wilkerson was high scorer with 26 points. He also pulled down 10 rebounds.
Bryant Leon scored 15 points and recorded five assists.
The Hornets were scheduled to host Overton, Tuesday, Nov. 27 and will participate in the Brook Hill Tommy Young Classic Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 29-Dec. 1.
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