By JUSTIN RAINS
Westwood’s do-it-all star Keke Hicks finished off his Panther career with a bang Friday.
In his final game for the Panthers, Hicks ran for 176 yards and two touchdowns, both coming in the fourth quarter to help Westwood put its win over Crockett on ice.
With his team up only 14-10, Hicks ran for a four-yard score to put the Panthers up 21-10, then really put the game away later with a 52-yard scamper to the end zone.
PAUL BARKSDALE, WR, PALESTINE
Palestine lost a heartbreaker Friday, falling to Fairfield 60-59 in overtime in a game to decide the District 19-3A title.
But, the game might not have gotten to overtime had it not been for the playoff of senior Paul Barksdale.
Twice in the fourth quarter, quarterback Gee Clark found Barksdale for touchdowns, first from 40 yards out and then from 37.
All-in-all, Barksdale accounted for 152 total yards and two touchdowns for the Wildcats, who despite the loss are still playoff-bound.
CHANDLER RIGDON, QB, CAYUGA
Cayuga sophomore quarterback Chandler Rigdon continued his magical season Friday in his team’s playoff clinching win over Dallas Gateway.
Rigdon was a perfect 6-for-6 passing, throwing for 121 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 126 yards and two scores on 17 carries.
His performance pushed him past two big milestones: He’s now passed for more than 1,500 yards and rushed for more than 1,000 on the year.
CALEB WILLIAMS, RB, FRANKSTON
While he and his team won’t be making the playoffs, Frankston senior Caleb Williams ended his career on a high-note in Friday’s win over West Rusk.
The senior back ran for 219 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown in the win.
It was Williams’ third 200-plus yard performance of the season, and on the year the Indian senior ran for more than 1,500 yards and averaged more than eight yards per carry.
OZZIE BUCKNER, QB, FRANKSTON
It wasn’t quarterback Ozzie Buckner’s final game for Frankston, and Indian fans will be happy about that.
Buckner put a nice bow on the last game of his stellar first season under center, going an efficient 9-for-10 passing for 212 yards and three touchdowns.
On the year, Buckner completed more than 54 percent of his passes, and eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark as well.