Sports

Fri
25
Sep

Ladycats let opponents slip past in Palestine catfight

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Tuesday night was a battle of the cats in Palestine as Mexia took their district rival the full five sets before falling to the Lady Wildcats, 28-26, 25-27, 20-25, 25-14, 13-15.
The Ladycats fought back and forth in the first three sets with Palestine taking a 2-1 lead.
With the score tied at 26, the Ladycats finished out the set for the win when Alanni Connors’ tap couldn’t be handled by Palestine defenders and Jashima Smith got the final point on a vicious kill shot that was unreturnable.
In the second set, Palestine led by as many as eight (18-10) a little over midway in the game until Mexia started chipping away at the Lady Wildcat lead to pull even at 22. Palestine scored the next two points and looked to win the set, but the Ladycats battled back to tie the game again at 24.

Read more in the Saturday edition of The Mexia News.

Wed
23
Sep

Friday Night Previews

The Mexia Blackcats are off this Friday night and were in need of a break.
Mexia (3-1) has taken a beating – as well as dishing out a few the first four games of the season – so with the off week it’s time to get healed up as district play begins in two weeks.
Starting quarterback Jaylen Gipson has been hobbled the past couple of games with an ankle injury, but backup Jesse Torres has filled in well in his absence.
Gipson could get more rest next week since the game with Caldwell is the Blackcats final non-district game of the season.
That, of course, depends on the status of his ankle come game time on Oct. 2, although the team might want him closer to 100 percent by the start of district play Oct. 9.

Mon
21
Sep

Blackcat injuries take toll in tough La Vega game

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Friday night’s game against Waco La Vega left the Mexia Blackcats a little more battered and bruised when they left Bellmead, as if they needed to be any more than they were coming in.
Quarterback Jaylen Gipson – coming off an ankle injury from the Blackcats previous game with Robinson – came up hobbled again near the start of the second quarter and was sidelined for the remainder of the half. He returned to start the third quarter, but came back out of the game after a couple of plays and did not return for the remainder.
Mexia lost offensive lineman Colton Jones in Week 1 for the remainder of the year, and he was joined on crutches by teammate Mike Miller – leg injury, but should return this year – at Friday’s game on the sidelines as the injuries keep piling up.

Mon
14
Sep

Blackcats remain undefeated after defusing Rockets

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
1-0.
That’s the outcome Mexia head football coach Lamonte Chambers wants his team to accomplish by the end of the each week.
So far this season, the Blackcats have produced just that as they sit at 3-0 after dismantling the Robinson Rockets last Friday night at home, 48-28.
Mexia didn’t fool around either. They jumped out to a super quick start, scoring 12 seconds into the first quarter when quarterback Jaylen Gipson did a good job of faking the handoff to Matron Gerald and keeping the ball himself as he sped down the far side of the field for a 64-yard score. Alan Carbajal made the extra-point and the Blackcats were up 7-0 just like that.

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

Mon
14
Sep

Wortham girls fall to Groesbeck, but demolish Axtell

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The No. 2 ranked Wortham Lady Bulldogs were on the road last Tuesday night against the Groesbeck Lady Goats. Wortham won the first set, 25-22, but the Lady Goats came back to win the last three, 25-17, 25-16, 25-17, to take the non-district match 3-1.
Tied at one set each, Groesbeck volleyed out to a quick 11-3 lead with the Lady Goats Haley DeFriend serving six of those points.
Kendle Rhodes picked up four service points to move Wortham back into the game, cutting Groesbeck’s lead down to three, 11-8.
Groesbeck started to pull away late in the match, with DeFriend and Sarah Alston serving, while Alyssa Anglin and Kiki Asberry provided some attacks and defensive play at the net.

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

Mon
14
Sep

Yellowjackets declaw Panthers; have now won three in a row

Mexia News Staff Report

Make it three straight wins for the Coolidge Yellowjackets as they soundly defeated the Oakwood Panthers on the road last Friday night, 75-29.
Wanya’ Jones passed for 211-yards and threw for five touchdowns, while backup quarterback Gustavo Rivera tallied 85-yards through the air for two TDs. Jones also had a receiving touchdown.
Delvin Smith broke the 200 yard mark with 217-yards rushing and two touchdowns on the ground. He also finished the game with 61-yards receiving and three touchdown catches.

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

Wed
09
Sep

Cats, Dawgs, Coolidge all head into Friday undefeated

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
It’s been five years since the last time Mexia started the football season 3-0.
This Friday night, the Blackcats will have a chance to duplicate that feat once more when they host the Robinson Rockets.
Last week, Mexia avenged their loss to Teague in 2014 by defeating the Lions in a close game at Black Cat Field, 27-20.
The Blackcats – much to the way the Lions did in their game with Mexia last year – went to the air as quarterback Jaylen Gipson passed for over 300-yards and four touchdowns, hooking up with wide receiver Avery Williams on all four scores.

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

Wed
09
Sep

Dawgs smack down outlandish Cushing team

Mexia News Staff Report

Make that 2-0 for the Wortham Bulldogs so far this season after picking up another win on Friday night against the Cushing Bearkats, 25-13.
This marks the first time in 14 years that the Bulldogs have started the season at 2-0.
For Cushing (1-1), they must have been watching too many Redskin or 49ers flashbacks against the Dallas Cowboys from the 90s after they came out of Friday’s pre-game warmups and stuck their flag in the middle of the field at Bulldog Stadium, according to coach Chris Tobola.
The Bearkats’ flamboyant act lit the fire under the Bulldogs as they came out to take a 19-0 lead.

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

Mon
07
Sep

Blackcats hold on to the end for 27-20 win over Lions

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Coming into Friday night’s game, fans, coaches and players knew it would be a dog fight – in this case, a battle of ‘cats – with the Mexia Blackcats and Class 2A’s No. 7 ranked Teague Lions facing each other in Texas high school football action at Black Cat Field.
It was indeed a battle to the end, but after losing to the Lions last season by 29, the Blackcats held on for a seven-point win, 27-20, moving to 2-0 on the season and keeping their undefeated home winning streak alive at six.
Teague came in with an 11 game regular season win streak dating back to last year. That also came to an end Friday night.
Opening quarter of the game was a stalemate for both teams with Mexia turning the ball over twice on fumbles and Teague giving it back to the Blackcats on an interception by Mexia’s Nick Chatham as the Lions had marched down to the 15-yard line threatening to score.

Mon
07
Sep

Yellowjackets sting Cougars

Mexia News Staff Report

The last time the Coolidge Yellowjackets beat the Aquilla Cougars was in 2001, but that all changed this past Friday night as Jacket Nation broke the eight game losing streak with a sound 55-8 win on the road.
Wanya’ Jones continues to make improvements at quarterback, throwing this week for 112-yards and four touchdowns, while versatile athlete Delvin Smith got in on the action with a five-yard completion that went for a touchdown.
Smith ran for 115-yards in the game and scored a rushing TD, plus he racked up 45-yards receiving with a score on the night for a total of 165-yards of offense and three total touchdowns in the 45 point rule ending contest.
Matt Krause shared running duties with Smith, collecting 85-yards and a touchdown, while doing a little damage as a receiver, catching a one-yard TD pass as well.

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