Up by only three and facing a fourth-and-long inside the five-yard line with around a minute left , Grapeland football coach Jerry Richards made a gutsy decision.

Richards instructed his team to take an intentional safety.

That not only cut Grapeland’s lead to 39-38, but it also gave Timpson the ball back.

It worked out, as the Grapeland free kick after the safety put the Bears farther away than they would’ve been had the Sandies punted from the end zone, and Grapeland came away with a 39-38 win and an 2-0 start in district play.

The Sandies face their toughest test of 2011 coming up, when they welcome in No. 6 Garrison (6-1, 2-0) which beat Alto, 34-14, Friday.

Full stats from this game were not available.

Teague 54, ELKHART 14

Turnovers once again plagued the Elkhart football team, this time to the tune of a 54-14 loss to Teague Friday.

The Elks turned the ball over four times in the loss, a week after losing eight turnovers to Trinity.

“We’re making way too many mistakes,” EHS coach John Adair said. “We’ve got to get all that corrected and do the best we can. We’re a lot better football team than the way we’re playing right now.”

Teague scored all of its points in the first half of the game.

Things started off good for the Elks, when Jeffrey Wilson caught a 61-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Cheatham on the Elks’ first play from scrimmage.

Cheatham finished with 124 yards passing as well as a team-high 39 yards rushing.

Tevin White scored the other Elkhart touchdown, a 24-yard run in the third quarter. He had 31 yards rushing overall.

Elkhart (3-4, 0-2) hosts district-leading Crockett (6-1, 2-0) Friday.

“We’ve got to regroup, we’ve got to hone some small things and we’ve got to keep plugging away,” Adair said. “I thought our kids came out in the second half and played hard, and that’s all we can ask of them is to play hard. I’m proud of what they did as far as putting forth the effort.”

Rice 21, CAYUGA 14

The Cayuga football team dropped its second-straight district game, coming up short against Rice Friday, 21-14.

Despite the loss, CHS coach Greg Jenkins said he was pleased with the performance he got from his team.

“We competed and thought we played the first complete four quarters of football all year,” he said. “When you’ve got two teams that are evenly matched, that happens.”

Chris McDaniel ran for a team-high 48 yards for Cayuga, including an 11-yard touchdown run.

Jake Nash had 37 yards rushing and 48 yards passing, while D’onte Jackson added 34 yards on nine carries.

Chance Caldwell caught two passes for a team-high 23 yards.

Cayuga (2-5, 0-2) travels to face rival Cross Roads (2-5, 0-2) Friday.

OAKWOOD 80, Chester 33

The Oakwood offensive machine kept right on rolling Friday as the Panthers put 80 points on the scoreboard of an 80-33 win over Chester.

The Panthers ran only 12 offensive plays on the night.

Bryson Randle led that charge, carrying the ball seven times for 219 yards and five touchdowns. He also added two punt returns for touchdowns.

Damyine Durham added four touchdowns of his own, three coming on the ground, the fourth, a touchdown pass to Travis Eldridge.

Oakwood (7-0, 2-0) travels to Coolidge (3-4, 1-0) Friday.

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Sports editor Justin Rains can be reached via email at jrains@palestineherald.com

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