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Mon
07
Oct

Lack of mistakes big part of Blackcats’ win Friday


Kendrick Mack plows his way through the line during the Blackcats win over Kaufman Friday night. Mexia defeated the Lions 27-17 for their second win of the season. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

In an almost stealth-like manner, two-way player Kaylon Watson literally had a field day with the Kaufman Lions this past Friday night in Mexia’s 27-17 win.

Not only did Watson score two touchdowns rushing and one receiving, the senior made several crucial defensive plays including stripping the ball away from the Lions Clay Rhodes in a forcible manner that resulted in the Blackcats getting the ball back late in the second quarter and preserving their 13-7 lead going into halftime.

But Watson wasn’t the only one on the defensive side to make an impression. Senior defensive back Hoa Voung cashed in on some huge hits and was instrumental in breaking up to sure Kaufman touchdown passes in the second half.

Tyrik Ray and Danny Huckaby came up with some big plays for the defense and the D-Line’s Jacob Reyes and Arikel Winn helped to keep the middle of the field stacked up for the most part Friday night.

Wed
02
Oct

Lady Bulldogs now 4-1

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The Wortham Lady Bulldogs improved their district record to 4-1 with wins over Coolidge, Hubbard and Trinidad over the past 10 days. Wortham beat Coolidge in three sets, 25-9, 25-13, 25-10 in their match on Sept. 21.

On Sept. 24, the Lady Bulldogs beat Hubbard in a back and forth match, 10-25, 25-22, 25-18, 23-25, 16-14.

Elisha Libhart had 14 kills and a block, Kiera Busby had 10 kills and four blocks, Hannah McCord had eight kills and a block and Camey Shaffer finished with four kills and eight blocks in Worthams defensive effort to finish off the Lady Jaguars. Kendle Rhodes led Wortham with 21 assists and Sara Sessions had 21 digs.

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

Mon
30
Sep

Defense picks up in second half of loss to Robinson


Danny Huckaby h­­olds tight to the ball as he works his way past a couple Robinson defenders during the Homecoming game Friday night. Mexia fell to the Rockets, 63-21. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Friday night’s game with the Robinson Rockets turned into a tailspin real quick for the Mexia Blackcats as they fell, 63-21, on homecoming night at Black Cat Field.

The Rockets scored quickly in the first quarter of play on a 12-yard run by Levonte Owens to go up 6-0 after the extra point kick failed.

Mexia’s second drive of the night stalled quickly and they were forced to punt the ball back to Robinson, where they took over near the Blackcats 40-yard line.

Wed
25
Sep

New-look Ladycats drop Palestine in hard-fought match


Mexia’s Briana Forge goes for the kill in game one against Palestine Tuesday. Mexia News photos/Mike Eddleman

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher

Coach Sherri Cain knew her volleyball team would be rebuilding this year and inexperience would be their biggest challenge, but the Ladycats may have turned a corner at just the right time with a win Tuesday over Palestine.

In the district opener, Mexia started the critical run for a playoff spot by topping Palestine (25-22, 28-26, 24-26, 24-22). Cain was proud of how her players performed in the match, as well as how they responded to some shifts in position and rotation.

“I was very nervous going in because I made some major changes in our lineup and rotation,” Cain said. “Our girls were not very confident at first about the changes, but it went well for us and after the match they liked the knew rotation.”

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

Mon
23
Sep

Turnovers lead to momentum shift in Blackcats’ loss


The Blackcats Shawn Hobbs (No. 12) takes off with the ball early in Friday night’s game against the Connally Cadets, picking up big yardage on the play for Mexia. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

If you live by the sword, sometimes you die by the sword … or something like that.

With a 1-3 start so far this season, that’s kind of how the Mexia Blackcats might be feeling right now after Friday night’s loss to the Waco Connally Cadets, considering the fact that for three solid quarters the defense held solid in giving up only 10 points.

Now don’t get me wrong, this defensive unit of Mexia’s gave the Cadets more than they bargained for with hard hitting, smash mouth football and out of at least four trips inside the Blackcats red zone (that’s inside the 20-yard line for those not familiar with the lingo) held Connally to only a field goal.

Wed
18
Sep

Mexia struggles against La Vega


Mexia’s Jynesha Jackson goes for a kill over the block of a pair of La Vega defenders in Tuesday’s loss. Mexia News photo/Mike Eddleman

With only one match to go before the Ladycats begin district play, coach Sherri Cain is still hoping to see her team put it all together to make a playoff run.

“We have got to put all the pieces together,” Cain said following a loss to La Vega Tuesday. “Right now our inexperience is continuing to hurt us, but these players are still trying to fill very big shoes.”

The strong service game and big hitters on La Vega’s front line overwhelmed Me­xia Tuesday to post a three-game victory (25-20, 25-9, 25-13).

Mon
16
Sep

Blackcats savor win, but turn attention to Connally

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Was it their lucky day of the year, Friday the 13th? Could it have been a change in uniform numbers, such as Kaylon Watson going from 4 to 14 after his jersey mysteriously disappeared after the Alvarado game?

Or is it the fact that this Mexia Blackcat team has finally found all the missing pieces of the puzzle and put together their first win in 13 tries dating back to Nov. 4, 2011, when they beat Groesbeck 34-20? Whatever the combination, this team seems to be gelling and things worked out perfectly Friday night with the defeat of the Waco La Vega Pirates, 37-20, at Pirate Field in Bellmead.

Watson may decide to keep the number 14 and probably do so with the blessing of the coaching staff, after he ran for a season high – and personal best – 329 yards on 37 carries, while scoring a mere four touchdowns.

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

Mon
16
Sep

Ladycats fall to Corsicana Lady Tigers


Kaitlyn Gipson goes for the kill during early match play against the Corsicana Lady Tigers this past Friday afternoon in Corsicana. Mexia fell to the Lady Tigers 3-0. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The Ladycats put up a tough fight against the Corsicana Lady Tigers Friday afternoon, Sept. 13, only to fall to their out-of-town rivals 25-8, 25-9, 25-12.

Mexia’s front line did what they could against the Lady Tigers taller players.

The second set was close early on as the Ladycats tied the score at 7-7 until Corsicana made their run to close it out.

Kaitlyn Gipson and Jynesha Jackson did manage to knock down a few kills spread out over the match, while in the back court, Mackenzie Bain and Tyesha Johnson worked hard to keep the ball in play.

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

Wed
11
Sep

Wortham girls take Centerville

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Wed
11
Sep

Yellowjackets crush Bynam

After a disappointing, 44-32 opening loss to Aquilla, the Coolidge Yellowjackets made their home debut at Yellowjacket Field and completely dominated longtime rival Bynum to the tune of 53-0, giving new Coach Randy Jones his first victory.
Coolidge scored all 53 points in the first half, giving the Yellowjackets the win via the 45-point mercy rule. With only 35 seconds gone in the fame, Delvin Smith romped in from 39 yards out. The point-after failed.
Two minutes later, Carlos Sarraniego pitched a TD pass of 10 yards to Luis Acevedo. Still in the first period, Joe Brown jolted in from 14 yards out and the point made the score 19-0. Again, minutes later, Smith found Ro’Derick Calhoun for 14 yards and the pass for an extra point made it 26-0.

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