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CENTER – Saturday night saw the Elysian Fields and Hemphill Hornets combine for 124 points and 1,015 yards of offense when the Yellow Jackets defeated the Hornets 74-50 in the bi-district round of the playoffs. The Jackets advance to the second round with an overall record of 7-4.

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Some weeks, I spend hours putting together this column. I crunch the numbers, do my research, and then throw together all the scientific analysis I can muster to make this space entertaining.

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SULPHUR SPRINGS — It’s been a year of firsts for the Sabine Cardinals on the gridiron.

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Nicole Thorn has high expectations for herself and for the girls she leads as head volleyball coach at Panola College. Success just seems to follow the 1998 Pine Tree graduate at every stop she makes.

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BRYAN — After being about as close to extinction as can be in Friday night’s regional semifinals, the Carthage Lady Bulldogs didn’t have to worry about being overconfident heading into Saturday’s finals.

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JACKSONVILLE — The Carthage Bulldogs gave the Athens Hornets a mixed look at their offense Friday night at the Tomato Bowl.

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COLLEGE STATION – For a brief moment late in the third quarter, Pine Tree looked like it might just be able to pull off the unthinkable and shock third-ranked A&M Consolidated in the Class 5A Division II bi-district playoffs.

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TYLER — Cade Sumbler ran for one touchdown and threw for two more, Heritage scored the final 22 points and the Jaguars rallied to beat Henderson 37-30 in overtime on Friday in a Class 4A Region III bi-district playoff at Rose Stadium.

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KAUFMAN – Ja’Kobie Craver and the Daingerfield Tigers came into Friday’s game ready to take a bite out off the Anderson-Shiro Owls, using some big plays to come with a 18-0 victory Friday at Lion’s Stadium.

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MARSHALL — Marshall’s football team was unable to get the revenge it wanted from last year’s season-ending loss when it fell to the Huntsville Hornets, who ended the Maverick’s season for the second straight year in a 35-12 final Friday night.

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Tristan Holmes had a hand in three touchdowns — two passing and one rushing — and the Gladewater defense pitched a shutout on Friday as the Bears rolled to a 32-0 win over Hughes Springs in a Class 3A Division I bi-district game at Pine Tree’s Pirate Stadium.

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ATHENS — Sammy Omosigho scored both of Crandall’s touchdowns as the Pirates stretched their win streak to seven in a row with a 14-0 Class 4A, Division I, Region III win over Kilgore on Thursday night at Bruce Field.

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SULPHUR SPRINGS — Harmony never trailed here Thursday, but it took a late onside kick recovery by Michael Everett to seal the deal and send the Eagles into the next round of the playoffs with a 52-47 Class 3 A Division II bi-district win over Whitewright.

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NACOGDOCHES – Harleton athletic director and head football coach said his team planned to give the ball to Hunter Wallace and let the senior running back do his thing. That’s exactly what the Wildcats did as Wallace carried the ball 20 times for 125 yards and four touchdowns, leading Harleto…

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TYLER — There was little doubt whether or not Gilmer was going to advance early into Thursday night’s bi-district contest on Earl Campbell Field at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.

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Defending state champion Beckville (2A), No. 4 ranked Carthage (4A) and unranked Tatum (3A) return to action today, hoping to get one step closer to a coveted trip to the UIL State Volleyball Tournament.

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East Texas athletes from Longview, Pine Tree, Spring Hill, Trinity School of Texas, Hallsville and Kilgore took advantage of the early signing period on Wednesday to sign national letters of intent in baseball, softball, volleyball, golf and basketball.