Author: Scott Batts

Eagles Fall in Opener to LaVega 47-6

The Fairfield Eagles have given the LaVega Pirates a tough first half in the last two seasons, it’s the third and fourth quarters that begin the downfall. Fairfield finished the 2016 season with a 2-8 record and played through one of the toughest non-district schedules in the state and this season is no different. The young and small lineup played a David and Goliath matchup but the Pirates prevailed here. Fairfield had a three and out to open the game and were forced to punt. LaVega punt returner Malachi Wright muffed the kick and the Eagles took the ball...

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Bulldogs Take to the Gridiron

It’s hard to believe that the first week of the season is upon us.  First impressions are important and both Wortham and Oakwood want to do just that. The week of final scrimmages and workouts, getting ready for the first week, have been put on the back burner with the lingering effects of Hurricane Harvey in Central and South Texas.  It may not affect the games up here but it may cause some soggy conditions. The Wortham Bulldogs played the second scrimmage in less than ideal conditions Thursday night in Alvarado with a matchup against the Rio Vista Eagles.  They faired pretty well against the larger Eagles and worked the offense in some wet conditions. The Bulldogs look to rebound off of a 4-6 campaign in 2016.  Head coach and athletic director Chris Tobola enters his third season on the sideline of the Bulldogs that won one district game in five tries.  “We had a great off season and have had outstanding numbers at the Bulldog Maker Summer Workouts,” said Coach Tobola. Wortham has some strength returning in the offensive line in Logan Salisbury (3 year starter), Dylan Martin and Hunter Turner (3 year starter).  Dalton Sandlin trades the lineman jersey for a fullback one and goes to the backfield.  Wortham should show an improved running game over the season. The defense will have some new faces but the...

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Lion Football Roaring To Go

For many high school football teams, the playoffs are a privilege. For the Teague Lions, it’s expected. The Teague Lions have been a playoff regular for the last several years. The last three have had a playoff loss to the Cameron Yeomen. Teague looks to break through the Yeomen on their way further in the season. The Lions have also had three consecutive tough matchups against district rival Malakoff. The two seemed primed and ready for another cat fight later in the season when the Lions meet the Tigers in another district thriller. Head coach and athletic director Donnie Osborn talked of this year’s team, “Our biggest opponent is us. When we play well, we will be tough to beat.” Teague heads into the season with several skill positions already filled with producers from previous seasons. Tyrese Heard returns as the leading receiver (17 total touchdowns), and his brother Antonio moves from quarterback to slot receiver, adding a huge threat to that side of the ball. Tayvis Coleman returns to the Teague backfield after a nearly 1000-yard season, he was injured for five games in 2016. The offensive linemen have lost some key players over the last couple of seasons but return three that will have an impact. Three-year starter on both sides of the ball, Marcus Williams looks to continue his tough play with skill and quickness. Jacob...

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Eagle Football Ready to Start New Season

The Fairfield Eagles football season began in the hot beginning of August and look to improve on a 2-8 season. Last season, the Fairfield Eagles and the Mexia Blackcats missed the playoffs together for the first time since 1995 and it has never happened in back-to-back seasons. Even with improvement by both teams, it would be difficult to get into the postseason. The Eagles will take to the field on Friday in Madisonville to take on the Mustangs in scrimmage action. Fairfield will see some new faces on the field, meaning they are the same faces just a year older. They will be playing some young players that were forced into action when injuries plagued the 2016 campaign. Fairfield will move to the second scrimmage on Thursday, August 24 in Waco when they face the Gatesville Hornets before the regular season opener at Eagle Field against the LaVega Pirates. Head coach and athletic director John Bachtel talked of the expectations, “I am excited about the upcoming season. Our kids have really been working hard during strength and conditioning camps.” The Eagles had the annual 7-on-7 squad qualify for the state tournament and advanced to the championship bracket for the first time in school history. They won the pool games but lost early in the bracket but definitely made a terrific showing. Mexia also made the tournament. A total of...

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High School Football: A Look at the 2017 Game Schedule

As the heat rises, area football teams take to the brown grass and get ready to build their championship teams for the season. All teams have the same aspirations with not a single game having been played. For some, that dream will become reality, for most, it will be just another season that was. The Fairfield Eagles and Mexia Blackcats did not make the playoffs together last season for the first time since 1995. If they repeat that feat it will be the first time ever in back to back seasons. Coaching staffs are seeing that this does not happen this season. Fairfield played several young players in an injury plagued season and many of them got some valuable playing time should pay dividends for Coach Bachtel’s Eagles. Mexia sends a new coach to the sidelines. Frank Sandoval comes to Limestone County from a solid Cedar Hill program and looks to take the Blackcats to the post season for the first time in a few years. Both the Blackcats and Eagles are projected to not make the playoffs by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine. Lorena is the projected winner followed by Salado, the surprise of the 2016 season. Robinson loses a record setting quarterback but is slated as the third-place team. Waco Conally is projected to round out the playoff qualifiers followed by Fairfield and Mexia. Some highlight games...

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