The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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October 29, 2012

Herald-Press Game Balls: Elkhart's Wilson continues dominant season

Elkhart coach Sam Wells keeps calling his number. Junior running back Jeffrey Wilson keeps carrying the ball.

And, even eight games into 2012, not many people have been able to stop him.

Wilson had another huge game for the Elks Friday, rushing for 295 yards and two touchdowns on 36. Wilson scored from one, four and 71 yards out.

The game brings Wilson’s season total to 1,914 yards, and he should break the 2,000-yard mark this week against Westwood.

The game was actually a slight letdown for the Elkhart star, who had gained more than 300 yards in two-straight games and was coming off of a 400-yard performance against Franklin.


Palestine football fans have seen what Jadarrius Beasley can do with the ball in his hands. The senior has shown it time-and-again at running back for the Wildcats.

On Friday, he showed it’s not just a offensive thing.

Beasley opened the scoring for Palestine during the Wildcats’ 30-23 win over Groesbeck Friday on defense, intercepting a Colt McCoy pass and returning it 20 yards for a touchdown.

Beasley also played a little offense as well, as the Wildcats leading rusher ran for 75 yards on 12 carries. His 44-yard touchdown run proved to be the game-winner for the Wildcats (6-2, 2-0).


The last team Jarrell Owens was completely healthy and contributing for the Palestine football team may have been last season.

That is, until Friday.

Owens burst back onto the scene Friday, rushing for a season-high 105 yards on 15 carries. He scored a touchdown as well, his third of the season.

It was Owens’ second game back after resting for three weeks with a groin injury.


Westwood quarterback Keke Hicks did a little bit of everything Friday. Unfortunately for him and his teammates, it wasn’t quite enough.

Hicks was responsible for 357 total yards for Westwood Friday in the Panthers’ 22-12 loss to Trinity. As a team, Westwood gained 384 yards.

The do-it-all senior threw for 261 yards and two touchdowns — both to Chris Thompson — for Westwood, while rushing for a team-high 96 yards as well.

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