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Mon
03
Nov

Mendoza qualifies for state meet


Mexia's Guillermo Mendoza sprints to the finish line and on his way to qualifying for the state meet this weekend in Round Rock. Mendoza continues to set school records as he broke another personal best this past weekend at the regional meeet in Humble. Photo by John Cockerell/ Fairfield Recorder

The Blackcats Guillermo Mendoza ran another personal best, setting his third school record in a row with a time of 17:10 at the regional cross country meet held in Humble this past weekend.
Mendoza's time was good enough to earn a spot this weekend at the state meet, which will be held at Old Settler's Park in Round Rock on Saturday, Nov. 8. He is the second Mexia cross country runner on the boy's side to accomplish that feat. The last Blackcats boy's team runner that reached the state meet was back in 1994.
The boy's team finished seventh out of 24 teams Saturday.

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

Mon
03
Nov

Blackcats undisputed district champs


The Blackcats Carlos Carrillo lays into Fairfield runner Cameron Hicks for the stop in Friday nights 34-21 win over the Eagles. Carrillo also had a fumble recovery in the game. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Last Friday night the Mexia Blackcats broke their drought of being outright district champs with an impressive, hard fought win over one of their long time rivals, the Fairfield Eagles, 34-21.
Coach Lamonte Chambers, who has been the head coach of the Blackcats for three seasons now, is excited for his team and the possibilities of bigger and better things to come.
"It feels great," Chambers said. "The goal was set and we reached it. It's been a long time coming and I don't think we're finished quite yet ... we're excited!"
In the game, the Eagles drew first blood when quarterback Haisan Myers hit Chance Carroll on a 14-yard pass and kicker Erick Rodriquez Reyes added the extra point to make it 7-0.

Mon
27
Oct

Hustle name of game for Blackcats


Mexia's Demitiri Freeman (77) and Quay Gamble (22) listen to defensive coordinator Frankie Smith on the sideline during the Blackcats game with the Lorena Leopards. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Friday night's football game between Mexia and Lorena was a big change of pace from the previous one the Blackcats played and went a lot quicker as well, with the game lasting a few minutes past the two hour mark.
Both teams passed seldom and played more towards their run game, with of course Mexia coming out on top, 36-20, after it was all said and done.
That could be due to the fact that the Blackcats top running back, Draeshaun Hanna, had plenty of rest in the third quarter. Hanna, along with Matron Gerald and the Blackcats offensive line wore down the Leopards in the fourth quarter as both backs scored on long runs. A 60 yarder from Gerald and a 76-yard score from Hanna to seal the win.
"Our kids hustled and they played real hard," said coach Lamonte Chambers. "Which made all the difference in the world!"

Wed
22
Oct

Girls fall to Fairfield


Mexia’s Brianna Forge gets ready to bump the ball as her teammates wait in anticipation during the Ladycats match against Fairfield Tuesday night. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Mexia Ladycats fell to 2-5 in district play after falling to the Fairfield Lady Eagles for the second time this season Tuesday night, 25-19, 25-21, 25-12.
The first two sets of the match were relatively close as the Ladycats stayed to within a point or two throughout each game, but Fairfield seemed to find a way to forge ahead at the end.
Aniyah Jelks, McKenzie Bain, Katilyn Gipson, Brianna Forge and Alannie Connor all played well for Mexia Tuesday night. Nicole Williams came up with some big plays in the second set that helped give the Ladycats the lead a couple of times in the game. Gipson and Bain showed strong play near the net as well.

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Wed
22
Oct

Cross country teams headed to regionals


Mexia cross country runner Guillermo Mendoza finished fourth at the district meet held in Fairfield Tuesday morning, topping the school record he set last week with a time of 17:20.76. The varsity boys team finished second at the meet and will move on to the regional meet on Nov. 1 in Humble. Mexia News photos/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Give it up for the Mexia cross country team as they finished the district meet held Tuesday morning in Fairfield with both the varsity boys and girls teams advancing to regionals, which will be held on Nov. 1.
The Mexia boys varsity team came in second place behind Palestine. Fairfield came in third. All three teams will advance to the regional meet.
Guillermo Mendoza led the Blackats by finishing in fourth place behind three Palestine runners. Mendoza finished the 5K race with a time of 17:20.76, setting another school record in the process.
Diego Rivera finished in sixth place for Mexia with a time of 17:35.46, followed by Miguel Pena (17:58.65) in eighth place, Emmanuel Carrillo (18:01.56) ninth and Kataryess Griffin (18:03.28) in 10th. Also finishing in the top 15 were Jose Lara (18:18.35) at No. 12 and Carlos Rivera (18:28.31) at No. 13.

Mon
20
Oct

Blackcats crush Waco Connally


Ronald Jackson picks up a dropped pass off the leg of a Cadet receiver for the interception in the first quarter. Jackson returned the ball 28-yards for a touchdown on the play. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Matron Gerald ran for 239-yards and three touchdowns and Draeshaun Hanna carried the ball 25 times for 215-yards and five scores as the Mexia Blackcats blasted the Waco Connally Cadets, 82-53, Friday night.
Mexia outscored the Cadets 34-14 in the fourth quarter and 54-26 in the second half.
Connally's defense did all they could to keep on their feet in the second half as Mexia seemed to score every time they put their hands on the ball, especially after turnover on downs and kickoffs.
The Blackcats led at the half by only two points, 28-26.

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Mon
20
Oct

Boys take first in Fairfield meet; Mendoza breaks record


Mexia cross country runners hustle towards the finish line at the Fairfield Invitational Cross Country Meet held last Wednesday. The Blackcats varsity boys finished in first place at the meet. Photo courtesy The Fairfield Recorder/John Cockerell

The Mexia boy’s cross country team slipped out of Fairfield with a first place finish last Wednesday at the Fairfield Invitational Cross Country Meet. The meet was originally scheduled to be run the Saturday before, but heavy thunderstorms forced the cancelation of the meet, postponing it until Wednesday.
Guillermo Mendoza had another outstanding performance. Mendoza finished in third place overall and set a school record with a time of 17:41 in the 5K run.

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Tue
14
Oct

Rusk’s second-half rally shut down; ‘Cats victorious


The Blackcats defense did a good job Friday night in surrounding the football against the Rusk Eagles in their 61-42 homecoming win.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The best remark made after Friday night's big homecoming win came from head coach Lamonte Chambers after having a chance to review game film Saturday morning.
"Entertaining for the fans, somewhat," he stated. "But a little more close to a heart attack for me!"
What he was referring to was the big outburst of scoring made by Rusk Eagles in the third quarter after Mexia led at halftime 41-7.
Rusk scored 28 points, while Mexia managed just one touchdown. The big swing cut the Blackcats lead from 34, down to 14.

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Wed
08
Oct

District matchups could bear surprising results

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Open dates have been completed and it’s now time for Week 7 of Texas high school football and the start of district play for many area teams, including the Mexia Blackcats, Teague Lions and Coolidge Yellowjackets. The Wortham Bulldogs are now into their third week of district play in their seven-team district.
Beginning with District 7-4A, DII, Mexia (2-3) finished up non-district action last week with their game against the Caldwell Hornets. The Blackcats played hard and put up 32 points on the scoreboard, but the Hornets ended up with 10 more than Mexia to win the game. The good news is no injuries to speak of from the Blackcats bench, so this team should be healthy and ready to take it to the Rusk Eagles this Friday night, which is also homecoming here in Mexia.

Wed
08
Oct

Wortham Bulldogs strong against Dawson Bulldogs


Wortham’s Ryan Mc­Dan­iel (70) takes down the Dawson quarterback, Lane Dotson, with Bulldog Boone Crider (9) coming in to help. Logan Capers (2) and Ethan McCoslin (10) were coming in for the as­sist. After trailing 12-0 at the half, Wortham came back with a dominating second half to take control of the game and come away with the 20-18 district win over Dawson Friday night. Mexia News photo/Jennifer Lansford

Mexia News Staff Report

The Wortham Bulldogs survived against winless Dawson last Friday night, 20-18.
Wortham quarterback Ru­dy Miller completed 70 percent of his passes (7-10) for 110 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran 17 times for 85-yards. Zach Jones and Ethan McCoslin were Mil­ler’s go-to guys. Jones had three catches for 27 yards and two touchdowns, while Mc­Coslin caught two passes for 21 yards and a score.
“I was really proud of my boys,” said coach Michael Widenor. “They showed a lot of heart and determination and simply refused to lose last Friday. We are very young, and that is really something we can build on.”

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