05 27 2015

County teams make strides in district race

By David Kapitan
Sports Editor

Canton, Edgewood, Fruitvale, and Wills Point all picked up key wins last week, moving into the thick of their respective district races.
Entering the ninth week of play, the Grand Saline Indians, who hit their bye week on Oct. 18, had all recorded at least one victory.
The Canton Eagles picked up a much-needed district win on Oct. 18, defeating Mabank 35-28 on a late touchdown.
Chandler Eiland finished the night with 422 yards of total offense and 5 total touchdowns. Brad Wiggins led the receiving game for Canton, recording 16 receptions for 136 yards and two touchdowns.
The win helped the Eagles into a four-way tie, along with Mabank, Mineola, and Van, for second place in the District 15-3A race.
Canton, 2-4 on the season, including 1-1 in district play, was scheduled to host Mineola on Oct. 25, and then hit the road to take on Brownsboro on November 1.
The Edgewood Bulldogs continued their dominant play this season, overpowering the Como Pickton Eagles 55-0 on Oct. 18.
The Bulldogs raced out to a 48-0 lead at the half, then coasted through an uneventful second half with the clock running continuously to close out the win.
Edgewood quarterback Jackson Tyner finished the game completing 4/6 passes for 94 yards and 3 touchdowns. Tyner also added a rushing touchdown, giving him four total scores for the game.
The Bulldogs were scheduled to take on district frontrunner Cooper on Oct. 25 in a match up will likely determine the district championship. Edgewood will return home on Nov. 1, hosting Alba Golden for senior night.
The Fruitvale Bobcats logged one of their longest road trips of the season on Oct. 18, picking up a key 26-22 district win over rival Leverett’s Chapel.
The Bobcats, now 1-0 in district play, were scheduled to return home against Fannindel on Oct. 25, and then hit the road for another long trip to Campbell on Nov. 1.
The Van Vandals (1-6, 1-1) hung tough against undefeated Athens on Oct. 18, coming up just short in their upset bid, 28-23.
Vandal running back Matt Savis continued his dominant season in the game, registering 30 carries for 142 yards in the loss.
Van was scheduled to take on Brownsboro (0-2 in district play) on Oct. 25, before returning home for senior night festivities against Mabank on Nov. 1
Wills Point
The Wills Point Tigers (2-6, 1-1) recorded their first win in more than a month on Oct. 18, defeating Crandall in a 50-49 thriller.
Wills Point trailed by a seven points late, but a touchdown, and successful 2-point conversion with just 47 seconds left helped the Tigers take home the win.
Chase Pemberton finished the night going 13/22, with 257 passing yards and 2 touchdown passes. He also added 14 carries for 90 yards and 2 touchdowns. Dominique Granville was a workhorse for the Tigers, gaining 158 yards on 30 carries and 3 touchdowns, and Tre Smith contributed five catches for 147 yards and a touchdown in the win.
Wills Point enjoyed their bye week on Oct. 25, before taking on district frontrunner Kaufman in a pivotal showdown on Nov. 1.
Results for most local games will be posted on our Facebook pages the moment they become available:
Complete game recaps and pictures will be posted on the e-Edition of the Van Zandt News on Saturday morning.


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