Despite the loss, Palestine's Marquis Thompson etched his name into the Palestine record books with a historic receiving night. Thompson enjoyed a six-catch, 186-yard night against the Van Vandals, which was good for the second most receiving yards in a single game in school history. He also paired a touchdown with his memorable performance. Thompson is also the sixth player in school history to cross 1,000 career yards.
Westwood's Tremelle Rhodes was the eptiome of a “workhorse back” against Trinity Friday. In an overtime win, Rhodes carried the ball 39 times for 176 yards and a touchdown. His 39 carries set his season-high on the year, which was previously set at 25 against West Rusk high school.
Grapeland quarterback BJ Lamb continued to show his abilities as a passer and runner against Lovelady Friday. Lamb was of 16-of-19 passing for 261 yards and four passing touchdowns. He also added 86 yards on the ground and a touchdown on 10 attempts. Lamb's performance Friday made him the number five ranked players in passing yards in Class 2A-DII, according to Maxpreps.
Grapeland running back Cadarian Wiley didn't need many opportunities to make an impact in the Sandies win over Lovelady. On just 10 carries, Wiley rackedup 193 yards rushing and two rushing touchdowns. His near 200-yard night was aided by an 87-yard touchdown run. Wiley is averaging 9.9 yards/carry through eight games.
Grapeland linebacker Cooper Sheridan continues to display a tackling clininc for the Sandies defense. He recorded 27 total tackles against Lovelady with three of those coming for a loss. He also added a sack to stat line. His huge night moved him to the number 12 ranked player in total tackles in the nation (all states and classifications) according to Maxpreps. He's number three in the state and number two in class 2A.
Additional Top Performers:
Christian Hutchinson (Palestine): 7-of-20 passing, 258 yards, two passing Tds
Keizion Ashford (Grapeland): five receptions, 104 yards, two receiving Tds
Dameion Smith (Grapeland): 11 tackles, four tackles for loss, two hurries, one forced fumble
Brink Bizzell (Frankston): 17-of-30 passing, 159 yards; 16 carries, 57 yards, one rushing Td