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Mon
19
Oct

Blackcats’ shut-out second big district win in a row

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Friday night the Mexia Blackcats produced two fumble recoveries and the secondary snagged three interceptions against the Waco Connally Cadets in Friday’s 25-0 shutout win.
And of course, the Blackcats defense kept Waco Connally’s quarterback, Ronnie Briscoe Jr., contained.
Linebacker Tyrik Ray set the tone early, when he blasted in and flattened Briscoe on a fourth down play, ending a Connally drive and forcing the Cadets to turn the ball over on downs early in the first quarter. Jossie Palacios (LB) also made some big tackles early in the game for Mexia.
The Blackcat d-line made their presence felt the next time the Cadets had the ball, when Demitri Freeman came up with a fumble recovery, setting up Mexia’s first touchdown of the game four seconds into the second quarter of play.

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Wed
14
Oct

Blackcats ready to face Waco-Connally after trouncing Rusk

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Holy cow high school football fans! It’s Week 8 already!?
This fall season is really going by fast and for District 7-4A DII, we’ve only just begun.
Last week saw the Mexia Blackcats (1-0, 4-2), Fairfield Eagles and Lorena Leopards pick up district opening wins.
Friday night, the Blackcats will visit Mac Peoples Stadium to do business with the Waco Connally Cadets. Mexia traveled to Rusk last week and cruised to a 47-21 win over the Eagles.
Matron Gerald had a big game for the offense, scoring two touchdowns on pass plays and one touchdown rushing.
Quarterback Jaylen Gipson looked fresh against the Eagles after being hampered with an ankle injury since the Robinson game. Gipson threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns in the game last week and ran for another touchdown. He’s back and ready to rock and roll this week against the Cadets.

Wed
14
Oct

Bulldogs show growth, improvement in Chilton game

Mexia News Staff Report

The Wortham Bulldogs went into Featherston Field with the intention of upsetting the Chilton Pirates last Friday night.
Coach Chris Tobola’s team found themselves down late in the second quarter, 14-0, but were able to get on the scoreboard just before halftime to cut Chilton’s (2-1, 2-4) lead down to seven.
The Bulldogs – playing without starting running backs Rudy Miller and Stephon Ester – entered the third quarter on fire and putting together a monster of a drive, until just like the Pat Travers song “Boom Boom, Out go the Lights!”
Talk about a momentum killer. The 20-minute delay gave the Pirates – who were clearly back on their heels up to that point – plenty of time to regroup and outscore the Bulldogs down the stretch, 14-7, to hang on for the 28-14 win.

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Wed
14
Oct

Homecoming blow-out for Coolidge

Mexia News Staff Report

Last Friday night was a special one for the community of Coolidge and Coolidge High School. After playing many decades at Yellow Jacket Field just off Hwy. 171, the football team cut the ribbon on their new digs – Coolidge Yellow Jackets Athletic Complex – shortly before kickoff against the Penelope Wolverines.
On top of that and the fact it was homecoming night, the Yellowjackets came out on top in the football game, beating the Wolverines 61-0, putting them at 1-0 in district play and 6-0 on the season.
Wanya’ Jones threw for 106-yards and four touchdowns in the win, connecting with Delvin Smith on two of the TDs, while Tony Herrera and Darion McClendon caught Jones’ other touchdown passes.

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Mon
12
Oct

Mexia dominated Rusk in 26-point district win Friday

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
After getting off to another sluggish first quarter start last Friday night in Rusk, the Mexia Blackcats settled in and took care of business over the course of the next two quarters.
By the end of the game the result was a 26 point district win over the Rusk Eagles and the next step in securing back-to-back District 7-4A DII crowns.
Mexia pounded out a 7-0 lead by the close of the opening quarter, in what was more of a defensive attack from both sides, which kind of made the flow of the game a little flat.

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Mon
12
Oct

Fairfield claws past Ladycats

After sweeping Madisonville at home last Tuesday, the Mexia Ladycats knew they’d have a battle on their hands against the Fairfield Lady Eagles on the road Friday night.
Fairfield ended up on top, but the Ladycats didn’t make it easy for them and took the Lady Eagles to the limit in five, 16-25, 25-17, 14-25, 27-25, 7-15.
Verlean Henderson and Aniyah Jelks combined for a block-kill in the first set, while Alanni Connors picked up a kill and a blocked shot for the Ladycats. Jelks and Priscilla Garcia both picked up aces serving the ball.

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Mon
12
Oct

Tennis season comes to end after loss to Groesbeck

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The fall tennis season came to a close for the Mexia Blackcat team after falling to the Groesbeck Goats last Thursday in district play.
Jimmy Tran, Rafael Paz, Jose De La Cruz, Nate Hall, David Velazquez and Rene Marquez-Ramirez all play tough matches before falling to their opponents, showing lots of hustle and determination on the court.
Tran and Paz, Hall and De La Cruz, along with Darion Jones and Velazquez competed in doubles play for the boy’s team.

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Wed
07
Oct

Bulldogs squeak past Dawson

Mexia News Staff Report

Friday night’s game against the Dawson Bulldogs was a little close for comfort for Wortham, but they ended up hanging on for a 33-32 victory to pick up their first district win of the season.
Dawson took an 8-7 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Wortham scored the only points of the second to take a 13-8 advantage at halftime.
The third quarter was a battle for both teams, but Wortham still outscored their Bulldog counterpart, 20-16, to lead heading into the fourth, 33-24.
Dawson added a touchdown and two-point conversion in the final quarter, although it wasn’t enough in the end to pull off the upset.

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Wed
07
Oct

Ladycats play their strengths

Mexia News Staff Report

Fans finally got a chance to see some volleyball action at home for a change Tuesday night, as the Mexia Ladycats played at the junior high school gym, after a few alterations were made to the ceiling recently. The main gym is still out of commission.
The home court advantage must have been a welcome site for the Ladycats as well, playing virtually error free and picking up their first district win of the season against Class 4A’s No. 30 ranked team, the Madisonville Lady Mustangs, 25-20, 27-25, 25-23.
Coach Kamol Nohe couldn’t have asked for much more as his team really stepped up and played the match the way he’s always knew they could play.

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Wed
07
Oct

Injured returning to Blackcat lineup Friday

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Starting out with a clean slate, the Mexia Blackcats (3-2) will open up District 7-4A DII play this Friday night on the road against the Rusk Eagles (1-4).
Mexia should be healthy once again as several players have returned, or will be returning this week.
The Blackcats are coming off a heartbreaker of a loss against the Caldwell Hornets last Friday night, 49-45, closing out their non-district schedule.
The loss also ended Mexia’s home field win streak, which was at seven – dating back to last regular season – going into last Friday’s game.
At the midway point, the Blackcats have accumulated 840-yards on the ground while passing for 1,395 yards in five games. They’ve given up 1,031 yards rushing to opponents and less than a thousand yards passing. The defense has picked off opposing quarterbacks seven times and recovered four fumbles.

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