The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

October 24, 2013

H.S. Football: ROUNDUPS — Elkhart does battle with top team, other area schools look to keep momentum going

Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — ELKHART — If the Westwood against Teague game is any indication of what will be coming for Elkhart on Friday, the Elks better be ready.

Last week, Teague put up 62 points on Westwood, while the Elks couldn’t muster up enough points against Franklin.

Coach Samuel Wells said his team is ready for a fun-filled matchup against a good team on Friday.

“Teague is a very talented team,” Wells said. “They are very explosive offensively. Also, they are a very balanced team. We are excited about the opportunity to play them.”

Last season, Teague had the best of Elkhart as it won 49-19.

This season, Wells said his team hopes for a different result and looks to do that with the help of a solid defensive effort.

“Defensively, we have a lot of young men who have played well,” Wells said. “Gaje Smock, Cody Defore, Hunter Douglas and Chris Box are the leading tacklers on our defense. Every young man who has stepped on the field for us this year has done a good job. We are very excited about our defense.”

FRANKSTON — The Indians are coming off a solid win against a tough Hawkins ball club.

The second win of the year for Frankston leaves the team with a 2-5 record so far.

“Obviously it was great to have a victory that was more than a touchdown, but there is no relief until the game is over,” Frankston Coach Matt Nally said. “There have been crazier things happen in a football game, so like I said, there is no relief until the game is over.”

Last season, Winona beat Frankston in a 50-31 affair. This season, Nally said he expects Winona to put up a good fight.

“Winona is a good football team that will run the football right at you,” Nally said. “They have good backs that can hurt you if you allow them to get on the edge. Their defense is a good defense that bases out of a split look but can be multiple.”

GRAPELAND — The Sandies also are coming off a great win at home.

They beat Cushing last Friday by a score of 14-6. Coach Shawn Brown said the team has come closer together this season.

“Any win is a great thing,” Brown said. “It being district makes it that much more. This win allows us to stay up with the district and keeps playoff hopes alive. We have grown as a team this season. The effort and discipline has, and continues to improve. We are far from a finished product, but we are making progress.”

This week, Grapeland will face Alto, who beat Grapeland last season, 36-12.

This season, anything can happen in the game this week for the Sandies, especially with it being at Grapeland.

“Alto is a solid team with tremendous tradition,” Brown said. “They will come in heavily favored.”

OAKWOOD — The Panthers will face High Island at home on Friday. Last season, Oakwood beat the team 54-8.

The Panthers picked up their second win of the season last week on the road.