The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

October 15, 2012

Herald-Press Game Balls: QB Rigdon helps lead Cayuga to big win over Kerens

Palestine Herald-Press

BETHEL — The arrival of sophomore Chandler Rigdon to Cayuga during the offseason filled a very big hole for the Wildcat football team — at quarterback.

On Friday, the hole-filling Rigdon led his team to what may have been the team’s biggest victory of the season.

Needing to get out in front of what is probably their biggest district competitor, Rigdon and the Wildcats edged the visiting Bobcats, 33-30, with Rigdon leading the way.

The sophomore continued his run of putting up big numbers, rushing for 122 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown.

He also threw for 52 yards on 3-of-5 passing, as the Wildcats came back from down 11 in the third quarter to grab the homecoming victory and jump out to a 1-0 lead in the district.


Most running backs dream of big nights on the field, nights when they run for 200-plus yards and a couple of scores.

Many may dream of a 300-yard performance, while knowing they are few and far between.

That is, apparently, unless you’re Elkhart junior Jeffrey Wilson.

For the second times this season, Wilson topped the 300-yard mark, rushing for 325 yards and scoring three touchdowns in Elkhart’s 34-21 loss in Crockett Friday.

Wilson ran for 345 yards in a win over Grapeland earlier this season.

Wilson also got things done on the defensive side of the ball, intercepting a pass.


There wasn’t much good that came from Westwood’s 82-35, district-opening loss to Franklin Friday.

One possible positive might have been the play of the Westwood offense, which did manage 356 yards against the Eagles.

Keke Hicks led the way — as he is wont to do — for the Panthers. The senior back rank for 244 yards on 27 carries in the loss, rushing for three long touchdowns.

Hicks scored from 34, 66 and 67 yards out in the game.


Frankston senior Caleb Williams is continuing to carve out his own place in Frankston running back history.

The senior back ran for 185 yards and a touchdown in Friday’s loss to Arp, his fifth-straight performance of at least 100 yards.

Williams hasn’t been held under the century-mark since the Indians’ season-opening loss to Brook Hill.


He didn’t quite put up the numbers of Rigdon in Friday’s win over Kerens, but when Cayuga needed it the most, senior running back D’onte Jackson stepped up big.

Jackson ran for a team-high 55 second half yards, and scored three of the Wildcats five touchdowns on the night, including what proved to be the game-winner.

He and Rigdon were part of a 294-yard rushing performance by the Cayuga team in the win.


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