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Kilgore's Kennieth Lacy carries the ball through the Tigers' defense September 21, 2018 at Tiger Stadium. The Bulldogs defeated Texas High 42-14.

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The Kilgore Bulldogs rained on the Texas High Senior Night as they drug the Tigers through the mud 42-14 at Tiger Stadium on Friday night.

The Tigers were forced to punt on their first possession. The Bulldogs then scored the first touchdown of the game as wide receiver Damien Parker punched it into the end zone from two yards out.

The Tigers then answered back with a 71-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Coltin Clack to sophomore wide receiver Rian Cellers.

The Bulldogs then drove into Tiger territory as the first quarter ended and then scored when quarterback Gus Witt handed off to running back Tray Epps, making the score 14-7. On their next drive, Parker scored from a yard out.

As rain began to fall and the first half winded down, Bulldogs’ running back Kennieth Lacy scored after another long drive. Both teams then went to the locker rooms with Kilgore up 28-7.

The Tigers started the second half better by stopping the Bulldogs on their initial drive. They then responded with a 70-yard touchdown pass from Clack to senior wide receiver Myles Washington to cut into the lead and make it 28-14.

The next drive seemingly wrapped up the game as the Bulldogs took over eight minutes on their drive that resulted in Witt punching it in from six yards out. This came after the Tigers had three defensive penalties on third downs that extended the drive.

The Tigers mustered one last effort as they drove near the Bulldogs’ red zone before turning the ball over on downs. The Bulldogs then added a punctuation mark to their victory as running back Jerrick Ervin scored another rushing touchdown to seal the deal. The Tigers then ran out the clock and finished the game on the wrong side of a 42-14 scoreline.

“I think we just have to figure out what our character is going to be like and what our effort is going to be like, and I think that’s a lot more than just football,” Stanford said. “[The team] is going to have to search inside themselves, and they’ve got to figure out what they really want out of this deal. [I think the tone of the game] started on Monday. I don’t think it’s something that started tonight.”

For the Bulldogs, this marks their first win of the season after they had previously lost to Nacogdoches, Hallsville and Pine Tree. They hope to build on this win as they enter district play next week.

“[The win tonight] was something we needed,” Bulldogs head coach Mike Wood. “We were 0-3, and we were our own worst enemy. Coming out here and playing a good football team like [the Tigers] and being able to come out with a win was just very fortunate.”

Miscues and penalties on the offensive end doomed the Tigers throughout the night. Besides two long touchdown passes, they were unable to sustain a drive against a stout Bulldog defense.

“We didn’t execute well. We didn’t play to the best of our ability,” Clack said. “We just gotta clean up the little things, touches, drop balls, missed protections, stuff like that.”

The Tiger defense was a point of concern after the Bulldogs racked up 314 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. This will be a focus in practice as the team prepares to enter district play.   

“I think being able to run the football was a big key tonight,” Wood said. “We leaned on our offensive line a lot and being able to get off the field on defense.”

Clack completed 17 of 26 passes with two touchdowns. Senior running back Chris Sutton had four carries and 25 yards. Washington had four catches for 115 yards and a touchdown reception.

Witt completed all four of his passes for 83 yards. Lacy had 14 carries for 164 yards and a score while Epps had 23 carries for 124 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver AJ Smith had two catches for 53 yards.

Things don’t get any easier for the Tigers as the district favorite John Tyler Lions come to town next Friday at 7 p.m.


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Addison Cross, news editor

Addison Cross is an up and coming junior, second-year staffer, and news editor — a position she is extremely pumped for. Addison’s hobbies include spending way too much time in the theater, saying the word “wack” far too often, and devoting all of her time to her many other school clubs and mass amount of AP classes. When Addison does happen to have spare time, she actually doesn’t, because she’s still working on something else. Addison is nervous for junior year, but excited to see what the future holds.

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Anna Grace Jones is a second-year member of the Tiger Times Staff and a junior at Texas High School. She holds the position of Spotlight editor of the Tiger Times alongside fellow newspaper connoisseurs Craig Crawford and Misty Lopez. Miss Jones is the junior class vice president of student council, Rosebuds bake sale chair, a member of leadership, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and several other “prestigious” organizations at THS. She enjoys all things sleep-related, although she cannot develop a reliable sleep schedule of her own. Onlookers would claim Jones is addicted to sweet tea and Dr Pepper. Despite a rough patch in their relationship, she is still loyal to the greatest establishment known to Texarkana: McAlister’s Deli. She also has a newfound love of yoga after attending a single class. In two years, Jones will be attending a college that has yet to be determined, which is something that continues to scare her. She is excited for the upcoming year and what it has to offer. Let’s get started.

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TJ Wall, also known as “Wheelz,” is an editor of the sports section and is a fun-loving, witty guy who loves sports, music and keeping up with the latest news. He’s a junior who makes good grades and aspires to attend the Baylor University and eventually become a lawyer. He is an active member of Trinity Baptist Church and loves attending his youth group. TJ may seem a little quiet at first, but you will realize that he’s almost never serious. He’s always cracking a joke about his “handicappedness” every chance he gets. People aren’t sure if they should laugh when he makes fun of himself, but rest assured — it won’t hurt his feelings. He is about three and a half feet tall, has six wheels, and he shows his school spirit by rocking orange on his chair. He is usually trying to escape the crazy chaos when the school bell rings, frantically flying down the halls at approximately 6.1 miles per hour. He may seem a little weird or crazy, but go introduce yourself to him, and you two will become friends right off the bat.

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Cameron Murry is a staff photographer and staff writer for the Tiger Times. Her hobbies include writing, baking, listening to country music, and watching the sunset over Broken Bow Lake. Her Southern belle attitude and accent make her a source of amusement amongst the newspaper staff. She can often be found hiding out in room 50A, avoiding the impending reality of graduation and laughing at every joke she hears. She has a habit of stressing out too much over her schoolwork, explaining why she can typically be found sporting an oversized T-shirt and pink Crocs. Cameron has a passion for trying new things and living life to its fullest potential. Her philosophy on life is this: There will be one moment in each day that makes you look forward to tomorrow. Her heart is bigger than it seems, which is why she plans on devoting her future to helping others through nursing. When she isn’t in Texarkana, Murry can be found in the great state of Oklahoma, lifting canoes and living her best life.

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Holland Rainwater (also known as flower child or sunshine hippie) is a senior at Texas High School. She loves fashion, sunrises and burritos. She just so happens to be a second-year staff photographer, first-year staff writer, online photo editor, member of the social media staff, and proud member of Quill and Scroll. Although these responsibilities are cause for 90 percent of the stress in her life, she wouldn’t imagine spending senior year any other way.

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Kaitlyn Rogers, a first year member of Texas High Publications, starts off her junior year as a staff photographer. When she’s not swimming laps or taking pictures, she spends most of her time catching up on sleep. She enjoys clubs like Stuco, Science Club, Rosebuds, Calculus Club, and ATAC. She enjoys long walks on the beach, and dinosaur chicken nuggets of course. Her main goal this year is to simply survive junior year.

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Grace McGuire is a senior and the yearbook photo editor for the 2018-2019 school year. It is her second year on the photography staff. During her free time you can catch her laid up on the couch watching Netflix or out adventuring Texarkana. She also plays soccer for the varsity team her at Texas High. She drives a bright blue lifted jeep that is hard to miss. She is not even a newspooper, but they like her some much that she was asked to write this bio.

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Kaitlyn Gordon is a senior at Texas High School and probably the only senior who is nowhere near ready to graduate. She is the print newspaper photo editor, editor in chief of THS Student Media’s social media staff, a staff writer, and a staff photographer. Kaitlyn plans to attend college after graduating high school and major in something involving computer science, graphics and photography. She believes that nothing she’s achieved or will achieve during her time in THS Publications could’ve been accomplished without her advisers, editors and peers and thanks them for all they’ve done for her.

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Alyssa Higgins is a junior at Texas High and loves to watch Netflix every chance she gets. She is in love with Beyonce and aspires to be her one day (#QueenBee.) “A diva is a female version of a hustler,” Beyonce says, and this is the quote that she lives by. She is also a sassy photographer and in track as a thrower. Now that she is in newspaper, she’s recently realized that she no longer has free time. [email protected]

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