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The Malakoff News, Thursday, Sept. I, 19&~-gA F ,R i J ~:~,~ !~ ,, ..... ~. : .... ;..~ ~ ..... ~ .... , ,, TIGER--The Malakoff Tigers open the 1983 season at home against the Kerens Bobcats Friday night. Kick- ,.m. Team members pictured include: Front Row (l-to-r) Joe Hernandez, Jqmes Powell, Dermic Williams, Scott Ciendening, Daren Scholfleld, Brian McCord, Rick Stralow, Keith Robertson and Bart Ray. Middle .'h Willie Wilson, Roderlck Smith. Jason Riddle, Jeff Splvey, Rodney Branch, Cliff Nichols, John Clary, Phil Dulaney, Mike Riddle and Coach Jim Norton. Back Row (l-to-r) Coach Jim Farrell, Kervln Jackson, Dennis Flowers, Jlmbo Harris, Todd Locke, John Costlow, Randy Lee, Lane Speake, Marry Wilson, Kyle Summerhiil, John Tanner and Coach Dale Norris. Next week the Tigers face another rival, the Brownsboro Bears, in Henderson County's oldest rivalry. (Staff photo by Benny Rogers) @ ROGERS series, which began in 1927, was built in Trinity River cbam- the early years. KHS won 12 of the first be on the line for the 45th 15 meetings, in which there were also Malakoff two ties. Bobcats in the 1983 Since the days of Kerens domination Kick-off at Tiger the Tigers have held the upper band, 15- 13-1. The Tigers are currently on a hot as high as third streak against the 'Cats, having won AA schools in some pre- eight of the last nine meetings since the leads the overall series, game became the traditional opener in Bobcats' huge lead in the 1974. THE On Sports By Benny Rogers It's showtime!!! Camera ! Action ! the Lone Star State will fill, some more than others, Friday season begins. Texas schoolboys have spent hour after on heated practice fields for the past three weeks in preparation for it's here. Friday night of the high school football season is unlike the or even the five during the playoffs. Each team is undefeated game. Each team has aspirations of staying that way. It ; only a handful will. The hope still remains. the Tigers have a tough customer waiting at the counter in Ranked as high as third among Class AA schools in some will bring a fleet-footed bunch into Tiger Stadium. The Bobcats of 14 returning lettermen, including 10 offensive and seven which adds to the severity of the test for the Tigers. just what the Tigers need to start the type game this group of Tigers need every week of the season. are finally beginning to establish a personality, as each team ago I was discussing with MHS coach Dale Norris that I was getting a line on what type team the Tigers of 1983 would be. It easy in the past I told him. Norris said he too wasn't quite sure what type personality -- his troops would have this time Were both puzzled. began to fall in place in the scrimmage with Lindale here this past The Tigers were up -- or in football terms "ready to play" -- much-talked about Lindale squad and performed likewise, holding a 0-0 tie. Let there be no mistake about, however, the Tigers were ge. leads this scribe to wonder if the Tigers are going to be a "big meaning they get up both mentally and physically for the teams !t necessary. After two scrimmages, and I realize scrimmages are that's the way it seems. way, the Tigers played something just shy of horrible in the first Some Tigers were overheard prior to the scrimmage saying with Elkhart. Elkhart outscored the Tigers, 3-1. The as just the opposite. The Tigers respected and maybe even result was a strong showing. See what I mean? continues the Tigers could develop into a big winner before ali's Mter all there's some big games down-the-line in District 17-AAA i i order to the Tigers ... "There are no big games if games." In other words, failing to get up for teams you don't will mean no need to get up at all. Tigers? There's a message in there somewhere. get up ! I I t Bonny s Bet: Tigers 12-Kerens 7 Tiger rtmningback caught the brunt of an at- defenders in scrimmage action at Tiger Stadium last Friday made an impressive showing against the Eagles, expected to Kerens' lone win in the past decade was a 21-0 whitewashing of a youthful Tiger team in 1978. Since then the Tigers have recorded 10-8, 28-12, 21-0 and 19-8 wins over the neighboring Bobcats. In last year's 19-8 victory, the Tigers rolled to 317 total yards behind the 100- yard rushing performances of Todd Locke and Homer Turner. The MHS defense also got in on the act, allowing the Bobcats just 145 steps. The Kerens loss to the Tigers last off last year's 9-3 finisher, return to the fold. Also included in those numbers are seven defensive starters. The Bobcats, who will be one of the quickest teams the Tigers face, will be led into action by quarterback Russell Anderson, a 5-foot-10, 150-pound senior. The KHS signal caller completed 87 of 157 passes for 20 touchdowns and 1,647 yards during the Bobcats' title flight last season. Kerens' offensive firepower doesn't stop with Anderson. Also returning to aggressors during the controlled scrimmage. Most of the questions concerning Tiger personnel two weeks ago when two-a-days began have either been answered or are close to being an- swered. The big question was at quarterback where senior Danny Wilson has been given the nod by MHS mentor Dale Norris. Wilson, a 5-foot-10, 175-pounder, has been described by Norris as a "com- petitor," Norris also said that Wilson is "a good runner who can take a hit." year marked the llth straight KI-IS take turns in the KHS backfield are defeat. The 'Cats lost number 12 in players, all of whom gainedAll-District Wllson's passing is also improving, succession a week later against honors in some capacity last year. according to Norris. Mildred. Helping Wilson in the backfield will The loss to Mildred was the last time Scotty Bryant, a 5-foot-10, 175- be Scott Clendening, Todd Locke and Coach Jerry Don Anderson's charges pounder, leads the quintet. Bryant was Marry Wilson. Clendening is the Tigers' would lose until the second round of the clocked at 10.9 in the 100-yard dash at a big-play threat with his Jitter-bug track meet this past spring. Also ex- playoffs. The Bobcats commenced a victory march that included a non- district bout with Hubbard, a perfect 7-0 District 15-AAA record and a playoff win over Itasca (28-6). Pilot Point eliminated the Bobcats from the playoffs, 48-7. Kerens is expected to be equally as tough this time around as evident by the pre-season polls. Texas Football magazine places the Bobcats third in the state behind Panlmndie"~'~ and Rivercrest, while polls by the wire services have KHS ranked either fifth or sixth. Any way you look at it, the 'Cats figure to be tough. Doubters of the Bobcats need look no further than the KHS form chart. Fourteen lettermen, including all but one offensive starter pected to see a lot of playing time in the backfield are Michael Betts (6-1, 165 lbs.), Anthony Haynes (5-10, 150 lbs.), Kenneth Bryant (5-11, 150 lbs.) and Lester Smith (5-10, 180 lbs.). All are considered speedsters. Playing big roles upfront out of Kerens' T-formaUon offense are Brad Tarkington and Jim Keele. Tarkington, a 6-foot, 170-pounder) and Keele, a 6- foot, 195-pounder, will be responsible for opening holes for the fleet-footed backs and getting them to the outside. The Tigers enter the game fresh off an impressive showing against Lindale, which had also been ranked high among Class AAA schools in some pre-season polls. The Tigers battled the Eagles to a 0-0 deadlock, but were the obvious running style. Locke returns after missing six games last season with a knee injury. Wilson is a transfer student from Bryant Arkansas, where TIGER BRAINTRUST--MHS varsity coaches Willie Wilson and Jim Norton. Standing (l-to-r) Jim Farreil. (Staff photo by Benny Rogers) for 1983 are: Kneeling (l-to-r) Dale Norris (head coach) and ,, ~ii~:ii!:i: / win District 15-AAA. The two teams battled to a 0-0 tie, but the Tigers were easily the aggressor. The Tigers host state-ranked Kerons Friday night in the I~I season opener. Kick-off is set for 8 p.m. (Staff photo by Benny Rogers) he was a starter for a Class AAAA school. If the Tigers get help upfront from the likes of John Tanner, Bart Ray, Keith Robertson, Randy Lee, Lane Speake, Roderick Smith, Cliff Nichols, Joe Hernandez, Dermic Williams, and Jimbo Harris, Jackson the backfield could produce a lot of excitement. Defensively, the Tigers look to be equally as sting as in the past three years. Locke, Lee, Marty Wilson, Tanner, Danny Wilson and Speake figure to be the defensive anchors. Brent StenovRch, Mike Riddle, Rick Stralow, and Ciendening will help out from the secondary. TIGER TRACKS -- Area fans might want to arrive at Tiger Stadium a little earlier than usual for the 8 p.m. kick- off. A capacity crowd is expected to be on band as a result of Kerens' success last year and the Malakoff City Homecoming scheduled for Saturday. The race for the two District 17-AAA playoff spots should be interesting and wide open with as many as four of the loop's six teams involved, according to the results of The Malakoff News' Third Annual 17-AAA Media Poll. Although writers and broadcasters of the 17-AAA beat believe the race will be more interesting than the past two seasons, Crockett and Rusk were the overwhelming picks to repeat as the district's playoff representatives. The Bulldogs pulled six first place votes and 88 points in the poll, which had 10 participants. Rusk, the defending district champion, picked up two first place votes and 82 points for second place. Fairfield had a strong showing at the ballot box, claiming 1~ first place votes and 61 points. Maiakoff, which split a first place vote with Fairfield, nailed down the fourth place slot with 49 points. Westwood and Teague finished well behind with 35 and 11 points respectively. The exit of the now-graduated Troy BoRon at Crockett as well as Rusk's heavy losses via the diploma receiving route were the primary reasons the 17- AAA media feel the loop will be more competitive. If it's any consolation to the four teams not predicted to make the playoffs the 17-AAA media has yet to correctly pick the district champion. Two years ago Fairfield was established as the heavy favorite, but Rusk stunned everyone and claimed a co-cbampionship and the playoff spot. Last year Crockett was the unanimous choice, but it was once again Rusk who won the district. Despite the key losses to graduation the 17-AAA media backed up their selection of Crockett and Rusk pointing to the reserves CHS coach Monte Driskell and RHS mentor Louis Caveness bad in camp last year. It was also pointed out both schools had very strong jayvee outfits a year ago. It was also a concensus that Coach Joe Johnston's Fairfield Eagles, who have 14 lettermen back, deserve a watchful eye by the loop's other five teams. The pollers also said they were impressed with Dale Norris' Malakoff crew last year and pointed out a MILS playoff entry is not entirely impossible. So will it be Crockett and Rusk as predicted? Or will Fairfield and Malakoff come out of the pack? Only 10 weeks will tell. Here's the 17-AAA media's choices and why. THE RESULTS (Points awarded on a 10-8-8-4-2.1 basis) I. Crockett Bulldogs (6) .............................................. 88 2. Rusk Eagles (2) .................................................. 82 3. Fairfield Eagles (1) ............................................. 61 4. Malakoff Tigers () .............................................. 49 5. Westwood Panthers ............................................... 35 6. Teague Lions ..................................................... 11 (First place votes in parenthesis) THE POLL JIM BRANNAN (Houston County Courier) 1. Rusk, 2. Crockett, 3. Maiakoff, 4. Westwood, 5. Fairfield and 6. Teague. MERV DAWSON (KWRW-FM Rusk) 1. Fairfield, 2. Crockett, 3. Rusk, 4. Malakoff, 5. Westwood and 6. Teague. "Fairfield was 5-5 last year and have 14 lettermen back -- plus their starting backfield, almost intact. Don't count out the Rusk Eagles, but the coaches have their work cut out for them to develop an offense." MIKE PHILLIPS (Palestine Herald-Press) L Crockett, 2. Fairfield, 3. Rusk, 4. Maiakoff, 5. Wostwood and 6. Teague. "Even without Troy BoRon the Bulldogs of Crockett are heads above everyone else in this loop. This could be the year they have been waiting for at Fairfield." AL RAINEY (Athens Dally Review) 1. Crockett, 2. Rusk, 3. Malakoff, 4. Fairfield, 5. Teague and 6. Westwood. "Crocker and Rusk are a head above the rest, as usual. Malakoff should improve this year with its returning let- termen and if a quarterback develops could battle for a playoff spot." 3 DOUG SMITH (KLIS Radio-Palestine) I. Fai~ield (tie), Maiakoff (tie), . Crockett, 4. Rusk, 5. Westwood and 6. Teague. ' Look for a three or four-way dogfight for the top spot. Fairfield and Maiakoff were impressive last year and look for them to end uv on toy." LONNIE R. HUNT (KIVY AM-FM-Crockett) 1. Crockett, 2. Rusk, 3. Fairfield, 4. Malakoff, 5. Westwood and 6. Teague. "Will be tougher than ever for the winner to go through district undefeated. The key for Crockett will be at quarterback. Aside from that position they should be stronger than last year. Rusk has homefield advantage over Crockett, but the Bulldogs have revenge factor this year. Fairfield may be a lot stronger than anyone thinks -- a definite contender." BENNY ROGERS (The Malakoff News) 1. Crockett, 2. Rusk, 3. Malakoff, 4. Fairfield, 5. Westwood and 6. Teague. "After two superior years Crockett and Rusk will come back to the rest of the pack. Just how far remains to be seen, but the fight for the two playoff spots could get interesting if Malakoff and Fairfield are able to cover the distance." MIKE MONFORT -- (Corsicans Dally Sun) 1. Crockett, 2. Rusk, 3. Fair- field~ 4. Malakoff, 5. Westwood and 6. Teague. PAT TURNER (Tyler Morning Telegraph) 1. CrockeR, 2. Rusk, 3. West- wood, 4. Fairfield, 5. Maiakoff and 6. Teague. DICK GIBBS (Corsicana Dally Sun) 1. Rusk, 2. Fairfield, 3. Crockett, 4. Maiakoff, 5. Westwood and 6. Teague. "It could be wide open in this district with several in the playoff chase." I I I I