GILMER 48, ATLANTA 6: GILMER – Brandon Tennison threw for five touchdowns – including a couple to Jay Rockwell – and the Gilmer Buckeyes remained unbeaten on the year with a 48-6 win over the Atlanta Rabbits on Friday at Jeff Traylor Stadium.

Gilmer (3-0) sprinted out to a 20-0 lead after one quarter, led 34-0 at halftime and then blanked the Rabbits in the final stanza.

Atlanta drops to 0-3 with the loss.

Tennison completed 15 of 18 passes for 259 yards. Jay Rockwell had four catches for 48 yards and two scores, and Ashton Haynes, Keith Rockwell and Rohan Fluellen all caught TD passes.

Haynes had three catches for 105 yards and also rushed for 45 yards on eight carries.

La’Randion Dowden carried 11 times for 44 yards in the loss for Atlanta. Justin Pierce completed 3 of 12 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown and was picked off twice.

Fluellen got the Buckeyes on the board 13 seconds into the contest when he returned the game’s opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown.

Tennison then went to work through the air, hitting Fluellen for 58 yards and Haynes for 79 yards in the first period as the Buckeyes built a comfortable 20-0 lead.

Early in the second, Tennision hooked up wit hJay Rockwell on a 7-yard TD strike, and then hit Keith Rockwell from 16 yards out for a 34-0 cushion at halftime.

Pierce connected with Ahmani Jackson on a 61-yard scoring strike to get Atlanta on the board with 1:16 left in the third, but Tennison and Rockwell teamed up again through the air – this time from 11 yards out – and Kendall Jackson capped the scoring for the Buckeyes with an 8-yard run.

Gilmer will visit Lindale and Atlanta hosts Liberty-Eylau next week.

HENDERSON 21, JACKSONVILLE 6: HENDERSON — Henderson scored twice in the second quarter, and the Lions picked up their second win of the season with a 21-6 non-district victory over Jacksonville Friday.

The teams played a scoreless first quarter, but Henderson broke the deadlock with 10:30 to go in the half on a 7-yard touchdown run by Ya’Corus Porter.

Henderson’s defense picked off a pass on Jacksonville’s next possession, and the Lions cashed in the turnover on a 4-yard run by Tobaius Jackson with 6:14 remaining for a 14-0 lead at the break

Jackson caught a 31-yard touchdown pass from Jacobe Robinson with 5:29 to go in the game to make it 21-0, and the Indians avoided a shutout with a Ryan McCown to Jermaine Taylor touchdown pass with 1:16 left in the contest.

Cole Seider recovered a fumble, and Kyler Branham picked off a pass for Henderson (2-1). The Lions travel to Spring Hill Friday.

Kalvin Bryant had a fumble recovery for Jacksonville (0-3), which is idle.

TATUM 46, PITTSBURG 21: PITTSBURG — Kendric Malone tossed three touchdown passes and rushed for another score, and the Tatum Eagles improved to 3-0 on the year with a 46-21 win over the Pittsburg Pirates.

Pittsburg drops to 0-3 with the loss.

Malone drove the Eagles 51 yards in seven plays late in the first quarter and capped the drove with a 35-yard TD pass to Kendall Williams.

Less than a minute into the second quarter, Malone hit Quentin Harmon on an 8-yard scoring strike for a 13-0 Eagle lead, but Pittsburg answered with a 50-yard touchdown run by Brayden Bolton to narrow the gap to 13-7.

Tatum scored the next three touchdowns, starting with a 72-yard kickoff return by Jackson Richardson after Bolton’s TD. Jaylon Jones added a 1-yard rn late in the second quarter, and Malone hit Jayden Boyd with a 48-yard touchdown pass with 7:06 left in the third to boost the Tatum lead to 34-7.

After a Ja’Koree Simmons short TD run pulled Pittsbur to within 31-14, Malone scored on a 1-yard run, Jose Ventura booted a 27-yard field goal and the Eagles scored on a safety to make it a 46-14 contest.

Bolton later raced 56 yards for a Pittsburg TD to make the final 46-21.

Tatum will host Hughes Springs for homecoming on Friday. Pittsburg will host Van.

DAINGERFIELD 58, SABINE 30: DAINGERFIELD — Aeryn Hampton took over at quarterback for an injured teammate and scored on a long run and later added a pair of interception returns for touchdowns as the Daingerfield Tigers pulled away from the Sabine Cardianls for a 58-30 win.

Daingerfield moves to 2-1 with the win while Sabine drops to 1-2.

Daingerfield took an 8-0 lead in the opening quarter on a 75-yard touchdown pass form Dee Lewis to C.J. Gilbert and a 2-point run by Lewis, but Jace Burns answered for Sabine with a 64-yard touchdown pass to Brannigan Willige and a 2-pointer of his own to tie things at 8-8.

D’Co Wright’s 72-yard touchdown run with 6:11 left put Daingerfield on top 14-8, but Willige scored on a 1-yard run for the Cardinals with 4:55 left in the second stanza to knot things at 14 apiece.

A 20-yard TD pass from Lewis to Gilbert with 25 seconds left in the half gave the Tigers a 20-14 lead.

Hampton took over under center for an injured Lewis in the second half and scored just 17 second into the third on a 60-yard run. Sabine once again answered when Dylan Stafford booted a 23-ard field goal to make it a 26-17 contest.

Daingerfield’s Jalin Jones scooped up a fumble and took it back 38 yards for a Tiger touchdown and a 32-17 lead, but the Cardinals refused to go away.

Burns hit Willige for a 56-yard scoring strike with 4:20 left in the third, and later tossed a 21-yard TD pass to Caden Hardin with 6:37 left in the game to make it a 32-30 game.

Hampton put things away with a 43-yard pick six with 4:23 left, and after Wright rambled in for 34 yards, Hampton picked off another pass and went 57 yards to the house to make the final 58-30.

W. RUSK 24, MINEOLA 17: NEW LONDON — Andon Mata rushed for one touchdown and tossed a pair of TD passes, and the West Rusk Raiders overcame a slow start to earn a 24-17 win over Mineola on Friday.

The Raiders trailed 3-0 at the half, but outscored Mineola 21-14 in the third and got a field goal in the fourth to put it away.

Mata passed for 212 yards and rushed for 21 yards. Jamal Ford rushed for 79 yards, and Tate Winings rushed for 51 yards to go along with two catches for 22 yards. Will Jackson had seven catches for 75 yards and a touchdown, and Jeremiah Smith had three grabs for 37 yards and a score.

L-EYLAU 56, JEFFERSON 15: TEXARKANA — The Liberty-Eylau Leopards jumped out to a 21-0 lead after one quarter and never let up, rolling to a 56-15 win over the Jefferson Bulldogs on Friday.

The Leopards move to 2-0 with the win, handing Jefferson its’ first loss and dropping the Bulldogs to 2-1.

Chris Lewis started the scoring for Liberty-Eylau with a 38-yard punt return five minutes into the contest.

The Leopards added a 5-yard run by Imahd Hicks and a 5-yard run by Maquaris Price to end the firs, and then went in front 28-0 midway through the second on a 27-yard interception return by Keenue Shephard.

Jefferson got on the board with a 6-yard run by C.J. Bowman, but Price bolted 18 yards for a touchdown early in the third for a 35-7 Leopard advantage.

After Bowman’s second TD of the night — a 2-yard run — the Leopards got touchdown runs of 2 and 1 yards by Price and Hicks before Cal Jones hit Rodric Galloway on a 35-yard TD pass to end the scoring.

Bowman rushed for 60 yards on 11 carries and had two catches for 59 yards in the loss for Jefferson. Luke McMullen had two catches for 38 yards.

Jones finished with 67 yards on five carries for Liberty-Eylau.

TYLER 40, NACOGDOCHES 12: NACOGDOCHES —A relentless Lions pass rush led by Kadarius Tave and Jacob Villela and the bulldozing running of De’Marion Dewberry helped lift Tyler to a 40-12 victory over the Nacogdoches Dragons on Friday at Dragons Stadium.

It was the 16th straight win by the Lions (1-2) over the Dragons (0-3). Tyler leads the series 34-3-1.

Dewberry burst threw the middle of the Nacogdoches defense, rushing for 115 yards on 13 carries.

The Lions defense was led by Tave (2 fumble recoveries), Ladarius Franklin (29-yard fumble return for a TD) and Villela (fumble recovery). Tyler sacked Nacogdoches QBs Gus Smith and Isaac Jones a total of nine times. Smith was sacked five times in the first half as the Lions took a 30-6 lead. Jones was sacked four times in the second. Also, DB Zachaun Williams was all over the field for Tyler.

Tyler limited the Dragons to 127 yards of total offense.

Lions QB Eli Holt hit on 13 of 22 pass attempts for 110 yards.

VAN 35, LINDALE 31: VAN — Cayden Mitchell caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from Jackson Rainey with 1:17 left in the game to keep the Van Vandals undefeated with a 35-31 win over rival Lindale Friday at Van Memorial Stadium.

Rainey was 4-for-4 for 72 yards on the final drive. Rainey was 10 of 19 through the air for 169 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He also ran for 130 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.

After a scoreless first quarter, Lindale got up 14-0 in the second quarter with touchdown runs of 5 and 2 yards by Judson Long. Garrett Florey came back with a 3-yard touchdown run to cut the score to 14-7.

Evan Alford caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Sam Peterson with 2:29 left in the second quarter.

Rainey ran in a 19-yard touchdown with 42 seconds left on the clock to make the score 21-14 at halftime.

Van tied the score early in the third quarter with a 4-yard run by Florey. Seth Baggett, who made the game-winning field goal last week against Pine Tree, connected on a 26-yard field goal to give the Eagles a 24-21 lead.

Long scored his third touchdown of the night early in the fourth quarter, a 2-yarder, to give the Eagles a 31-21 lead.

With 6:08 remaining, Ryder Shoquist scored on a 32-yard reception from Rainey to cut the score to 31-28.

Shoquist had two grabs for 49 yards, and Luca Kozhev had four catches for 67 yards for the Vandals. Florey ran for 82 yards on seven carries.

Patrick Daniels had 14 carries for 42 yards for the Eagles, and Kasey Villarreal had 37 yards on 16 carries, and Long had the three touchdown runs. Peterson was 15 of 28 for 197 yards and a touchdown. Alford had six grabs for 115 yards, and Cody Swaim had eight catches for 90 yards.

Van (3-0) will play at Pittsburg on Friday. Lindale (1-2) will host Gilmer on Friday.

Junior VarsityKILGORE 38, P. TREE 28: The Pine Tree Pirates dropped a 38-28 decision to Kilgore on Thursday despite a two-touchdown night from Latrell Henderson.

C’Majea Turner caught two touchdown passes for Pine Tree, and Alston Gunter had a pair of receptions. Defensive standouts for the Pirates were Damien Roland, Caleb Duncan and Jose Romero.

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I've covered sports in East Texas since 1987, starting as a 21-year-old sports editor at the Kilgore News Herald before spending seven years at the Lufkin Daily News and the past 23 years at the Longview News-Journal.