In sports, here’s a recap of last Friday night’s high school football action: the Center Roughriders improved their season record to 8-1, and clinch a playoff berth with a 51-6 win over Huntington. The Riders are now 2-1 in District 20-3A, as they enter a bye week, before closing out the regular season Nov. 9 against Jasper. Other district results saw Carthage defeat Jasper, 49-31. Carthage is 3-0, Jasper, 1-1, Huntington and Diboll are 0-2.
The Joaquin Rams and Timpson Bears remain undefeated and are headed for a showdown this Friday night in Joaquin for what is likely to be for the outright district championship. Joaquin took a 30-19 win over Beckville, while Timpson shutout Carlisle, 25-0. The Rams and Bears are 8-0, 3-0 in Dist. 9-1A, Div. 1. Last Friday night’s wins also assured Joaquin and Timpson a trip to the playoffs. Harleton defeated Big Sandy, 35-28 in the other district game. Harleton is 2-1, Beckville 1-2, and Carlisle and Big Sandy, 0-3 in the district standings.
The District 10-1A, Div. I race has also come down to a two-team race for the championship, and will be decided Friday night when Alto comes to San Augustine. The Wolves beat previously unbeaten and state-ranked West Sabine, 20-8, and Alto defeated Grapeland, 36-12. Both SA and Alto are 3-0 in district. The Wolves improved to 6-2 overall. Meanwhile, the Shelbyville Dragons get win No. 2 of the season, as they take a 27-6 win over Cushing. The district standings behind San Augustine and Alto have West Sabine, Grapeland and Shelbyville at 1-2; and Cushing 0-3. The Tenaha Tigers did not play Friday, but remain in first-place in the Dist. 11-1A, Div. 2 standings at 2-0. Other local scores: Deweyville beat Hemphill, 56-26; Whitehouse over Nacogdoches, 52-21; Lufkin 40-7 over College Park; and Henderson defeats Bullard, 24-14.
The SFA Lumberjacks lose on the road at McNeese State Saturday, 35-24. SFA is 3-5 on the season, 2-2 in Southland Conference play.