Fairfield Eagles (3-3, 0-0) at Rusk Eagles (4-2, 0-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Eagle Stadium in Rusk
Head Coaches — John Bachtel, Fairfield; Ted Patton, Rusk
Last Week — Glen Rose defeated Fairfield, 45-6; Carthage defeated Rusk, 54-14
Next Week — Groesbeck at Fairfield; Rusk at Palestine
Game Notes: In this 19-3A opener, Rusk, the top scoring (204) team in the league will face off against the conference team (Fairfield) that has allowed the second-most points (170)...Fairfield won its first-three games of 2012, but has dropped its last-three tilts...With a road game in Palestine next week, Rusk needs a win in this one to avoid digging themselves into a hole early...Bachtel is in his first year as head coach in Fairfield...If Chaston Bennett is unavailable (ankle injury), look for Ray Foreman and DJ Glenn to attempt to spell Bennett.
Bullard Panthers (4-1, 0-1) at Gladewater Bears (3-3, 0-2)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Bear Stadium in Gladewater
Head Coaches — Shannon Wilson, Bullard; Jerrod Baugh, Gladewater
Last Week — Kilgore defeated Bullard, 24-14; Spring Hill defeated Gladewater, 10-6
Next Week — Chapel Hill at Bullard; Gladewater at Kilgore
Game Notes: Bullard will be playing its first conference road game this week and will be looking to bounce back after losing for the first time this season last week...Gladewater opened the year red hot, winning its first-three games, but has since cooled off considerably...A Bear loss would almost assure Gladewater of missing the playoffs.
Jefferson (5-0, 0-0) at Troup (5-0, 0-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Tiger Stadium in Troup
Head Coaches — Jerry Bennett, Jefferson; Dennis Alexander, Troup
Last Week — Both teams were idle last week.
Next Week — Sabine at Jefferson; Troup at Tatum
Game Notes: Coaches Bennett and Alexander go back a long way and are among some of the more highly regarded mentors in the state...Between them they have three state championship rings (Alexander has two)...This game will feature two offensive powerhouses going head-to-head (Troup has scored 190 points this season, while the Bulldogs have scored 180 points)...Jefferson's Deion Williams carried 20 times for just over 200 yards and scored 4 TD in his team's 49-20 butchering of Class 3A Pleasant Grove on Sept. 28...Defensively, Troup has proven it can stop the run...Appears as though the Tigers, with the likes of Blake Lynch, Marcus Davis and Seth Gibson may have too many weapons for the Bulldogs to account for.
Brook Hill Guard (4-1, 2-0) at Cedar Hill Trinity Christian Tigers (2-3, 0-2)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Charles Baldwin Stadium in Cedar Hill
Head Coaches — Terry Pirtle, Brook Hill; Mike Helmer, Trinity Christian
Last Week — Brook Hill defeated Dallas Shelton, 54-22; Grace Community defeated Trinity Christian, 48-7.
Next Week — Dallas Christian at Brook Hill; Trinity Christian at Parish Episcopal
Game Notes: The Tigers have won three state championships since 1991 and the Guard are the TAPPS Division III defending state champions...Trinity Christian will be celebrating homecoming this week...The Tigers' wins have been over Dallas HSAA North (42-32) and over Life Oak (27-12)...Brook Hill's only loss came to UIL Class 3A Spring Hill (29-17)...The Tigers are tied with T.K. Gorman for last in the district standings...Guard quarterback Will Weathers passed for five touchdowns and ran for two more in his team's victory a week ago.
Cushing Bearkats (1-4, 0-0) at Alto Yellowjackets (4-1, 0-0)
7:30 p.m. at Yellowjacket Stadium in Alto
Head Coaches — Danny Robey, Cushing; Keith Gardner, Alto
Last Week — Both teams were idle last week.
Next Week — Cushing at Grapeland; Alto at Pineland West Sabine
Game Notes: Alto is accustomed to winning big over Cushing and it doesn't appear that that will change in 2012 as the teams appear headed in opposite directions.
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