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Wed
01
Oct

Cats off to Caldwell Friday, while five district teams idle

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
It looks like everyone is off this Friday night except for the Mexia Blackcats and Wortham Bulldogs in area high school football.
At least five of the teams in District 7-4A DII are idle with the exception of the Blackcats, who will face the Caldwell Hornets (2-3) on the road.
Mexia (2-2) has had nearly two weeks to prepare for the game after beating La Vega, 40-21, in Week 4.
The Blackcats offensive front should be rested and ready to hold off the Hornets defense.
Running back Draeshaun Hanna leads the team in rushing with 644 yards and seven touchdowns, followed by quarterback Jaylen Gipson's 400 yards and four touchdowns.

To read more, pick up a copy of Thursday's The Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Wed
24
Sep

Ladycats prove to be bigger ‘cats’ in Palestine match


Kaitlyn Gipson (10), Nicole Williams, (3) and Brianna Forge (5) played outstanding defense at the net against Palestine Tuesday evening as Mexia picked up the win on opening night of district at home. Mexia News file photo

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
What’s the best way to start off the district schedule? With a win, which is exactly what the Mexia Ladycats did to the Palestine Lady Wildcats Tuesday night at home in four sets, 21-25, 25-19, 25-12, 25-19.
Mexia found themselves down early in the first set, trailing 7-3 to the Lady Wildcats. With good defensive play and the serving of Randi Ratliff the Ladycats managed to even up the score on Ratliff’s serve for an ace to make it 7-7.
Both teams battled back and forth. Mexia’s biggest lead was a two point advantage a short time later when they led 10-8.
Palestine, however, came back and tied the match at 10 before moving back ahead and eventually pulling out the four point win.

To read more, pick up a copy of Thursday's Mexia News or subscribe to our e-edition.

Wed
17
Sep

Football Week 4 preview

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Week three is now in the books and the season is starting to take shape for area teams with the beginning of district play looming in the midst.
Last Friday night was wild, wet, and "electrifying" for at least a couple of teams that played in the east Texas region. Fairfield had to wait nearly an hour an a half before the start of their game against the Wildcats in Palestine. Lightning was the culprit, but if you're an Eagles fan the wait was well worth it as the team walked away with a 49-21 win, shortly before the clock struck the midnight hour.
Over in Oakwood (just 23 minutes from Palestine) the Panthers hosted Limestone County's Coolidge Yellowjackets. Coolidge coach Randy Jones said both teams had to seek shelter with a little over a minute left to play in the first half, due to lightning and rain. Then, when the teams came back out to finish the half, they had to deal with high winds.

Mon
15
Sep

Execution a problem, Chambers says


Mexia quarterback Jaylen Gipson (7) tries to slip in behind Case Adair’s (33) block to gain some positive yards for the Blackcats against Robinson’s defense during last Friday night’s game in Robinson. Pictured in back is lineman Landry Harrison (66). Mexia News photos/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Execution, execution, execution.
Those are the words Mexia head coach Lamonte Chambers stated repeatedly about his team's overall performance during last Friday night's 27-20 loss to the Robinson Rockets on the road.
Mexia started out playing well the first half of the game and went into the locker room down by one, 14-13.
Blackcat quarterback Jaylen Gipson scored both of the first half touchdowns on runs of two and 12-yards.
The second half didn't start out the way Mexia wanted it to, thanks in part to the little yellow flag hitting the ground on their first drive more than once and with receivers not being where they should have been when the ball was thrown.

To read more, pick up a copy of Tuesday's The Mexia News.

Tue
09
Sep

Tough holding calls keep Yellowjackets from two TDs


Delvin Smith, kneeling, and Dre Kirven, standing, combined to give the Yellowjackets a power boost offensively during their 62-32 loss to Aquilla last Friday night. Kirven was making his season debut, rushing for over 200 yards and could have gone over the 400 yard mark with a couple of more scores had it not been for penalties. Also pictured, to the right, is Wanya Jones. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Coolidge Yellowjackets fell to 0-2 on the season after Friday night’s tough loss to the Aquilla Cougars, 62-32.
"We played a good team with an exceptional athlete on the offensive side," said Coolidge head coach Randy Jones. "They did a good job and we didn't do what we needed to, to stop him and I give them all congratulations."
Dre Kirven – who missed the season opener – was back on the field for the Yellowjackets, picking up 206 yards rushing on 16 carries and a pair of touchdowns.
Kirven should have had two more scores, but Coolidge was called for holding each time on his 55-yard runs for touchdowns.

To read more, pick up a copy of Tuesday's The Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Tue
09
Sep

Errors plague Blackcats


Mexia linebacker Tyrik Ray takes down Teague quarterback Austin Skinner for the sack. Defensive lineman Lois Mora races in from behind to help out. Mexia News photos/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
What could go wrong, did go wrong for the Mexia Blackcats during Friday night's 61-32 loss to the Teague Lions.
Mexia was plagued again by penalties (11-90) after being flagged in the season opener 12 times for 100 yards.
"It's something we've got to get better at," said coach Lamonte Chambers. "Whether we thought they were penalties or not, they were called on us."
Another area of concern during the loss was the sudden difficulties both centers had in getting the ball snapped smoothly back to Jaylen Gipson all game long.
Gipson spent the majority of his time leaping up in the air to pull down the ball, throwing his rhythm off offensively, which inadvertently threw the backs and receivers off as well due to timing issues on plays.

To read more, see Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News.

Mon
01
Sep

Blackcats hold off McGregor


Settling in after a bit of a sluggish start, the Mexia defensive front was able to put more pressure on McGregor's quarterback and slow down the run game. Pictured in this set, left to right, are Keymon Oliver, Demitri Freeman, Arikel Winn and Quay Gamble. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Draeshaun Hanna's four touchdown runs and key defensive plays by Tyrik Ray, Curk Harris, Karon Tatum, Arikel Winn and Carlos Carrillo helped the Mexia Blackcats hold off the McGregor Bulldogs for a 27-21 win Friday night at Black Cat Field.
With the score tied at 21, Hanna had two big running plays late in the game that gave the Blackcats the final edge. With just under six minutes remaining in the game and the ball at the McGregor 45-yard line, Hanna chewed up 34-yards to get the team inside the 20 and down to the 11-yard line. Two plays later Hanna runs to the McGregor side of the field and slips in for the go ahead score.

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Wed
27
Aug

Girls have tough time vs. Waco High

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
After a hard fought match against Class 2A's Valley Mills Lady Eagles last Friday, the Mexia Ladycats were on the road this past Tuesday to take on a Class 5A team, the Waco High Lady Lions.
The Ladycats struggled after winning the first set and eventually fell to the Waco team 3-1.
Mexia came out strong and aggressive, winning the first set 25-21.
The second set was close, but Waco managed to pull through the game to win it 25-22, which evened up the match at one win a piece at that point.

To read more, pick up a copy of Thursday's The Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Wed
27
Aug

Football seasons kick off starting Thursday

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Tonight, Friday and Saturday night mark the start of the 2014 Texas high school football season with at least three local teams playing each of those nights.
The Teague Lions travel to Waco ISD Stadium Thursday night to play the Lexington Eagles, with kickoff slated at 7:30 p.m.
Teague has several players to watch out for in quarterback Austin Skinner (2,865 yards passing, 33 touchdowns), running back John Love (2,117 rushing yards, 24 TDs; 14 catches, 339 yards, four TDs) and wide receiver Charlie Mitchell (74 catches, 1,312 yards, 19 TDs), which makes the Lions offense backset and wideouts a lethal combination.

To read more, pick up a copy of Thursday's The Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Wed
13
Aug

Wortham bests Mexia in volleyball opener


Trinity Shivers, Wortham junior, going up for the hit against Mexia on Tuesday, Aug.12. Wortham won all three sets against Mexia. Mexia News photo/Jennifer Lansford

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher
An experienced Wortham volleyball squad took advantage of a Mexia squad facing a steep learning curve Tuesday, cruising to a three-game win at home.
The (10-25, 18-25, 6-25) victory for Wortham was the first match of the season for both teams and the first at Mexia for new coach Kamol Nohe.
“We're still working to get our heads where they need to be,” Nohe said of his squad. “We don't have the court sense we need and we made a lot of errors tonight. We gave them a lot of points and it is hard to win when that happens.”
On the other side of the court, the experience showed for the Lady Bulldogs.

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