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  1. 11 hours ago, Nacwagons said:

    Longview's lone run of the series was on this play.

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    Angles, angles, angles. Obviously a close play, but is it obvious the tag has been applied or is it an optical illusion from the angle? Umpire seems to be in a good position to make the call. Luckily, it had no impact on the game or series.

  2. Texas High Boy’s golf team advanced to the state tournament in Georgetown after finishing 2nd at the 5A Region II tournament held in Rockwall. Tigers shot 596 to finish behind Highland Park Blue (580) and ahead of Highland Park Gold (599). Thomas Curry (So) was the low medalist, shooting 71-71=142 (-2). Earlier this season the Tigers defeated Scots at a tournament.

  3. 4 hours ago, Valhalla said:

    They dilute their talent pool too much.

    In my opinion, better for the kids. More can participate in UIL activities and learn teamwork skills. Personally feel 1750 to 2500 is ideal size to allow UIL participation and academic/vocational offerings.

  4. Snap shot day 2021 will be interesting post-Covid. Many districts have seen enrollment declines in the current year. Questions going forward:

    1. Many districts are considering virtual offerings going forward. Will UIL allow those opting to continue virtual to participate?

    2. How will virtual schools created for district residents be considered?

    3. How will private (K-12)and public (Hallsville) statewide virtual schools impact enrollment in the future?

    I suspect Covid will impact redistricting more than we know today.

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  5. Texarkana Gameday appears to be different animal than Longview Gameday. The Texarkana Gameday is not school specific, but covers the four Texarkana schools and surrounding schools. I am not sure how the videography will be performed in Longview. When Texas High is covered, the students are running the cameras as part of the TigerVision program. For high school students, I feel they produce a quality product. The students gain real life experience and the fans were able to follow their school. In my opinion, the Texarkana Gameday product with student input exceed the NFHS product. Morgan Smith will produce a quality program for the Lobo faithful. Happy for you guys!

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  6. After 43 years, Eddie Reese, the UT swim coach retires after his team won their 15 National Championship. He retires at the age of 79. When he arrived at Texas in 1978, Texas was a mediocre team in the NCAA swim world. During his tenure his teams finished in the top 3 in the nation 34 times. He will assume the title “Coach Emeritus” and continue to assist the program. His last duty will be to coach the US men’s team at the Olympics. 

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  7. Smoaky, I know it is a thankless job to put a list out like this. I assume you look at the players nominated by their coaches for 1st team All District. I am not going to question your “Superlatives” or 1st/2nd team selections, as I don’t know the players.  Many of these kids, who were voted on by coaches that saw them play and watched video, didn’t make honorable mention. I will say the one name I was looking for initially was Derrick Brown, a Junior from Texas High. He currently has 21 D1 offers based upon his performance last year. Here is the list of 9-5A players making 1st team in their district (note this does not include the Superlatives which I think made your list):

    First Team Offense

    Offensive Line

    Colin Shelley, 6-3, 255, Sr., Texas High

    Hayden Harrell, 6-3, 260, Sr., Texas High

    Demarcus Day, 6-2, 345, Sr., Texas High

    Cole Salazar, 6-3, 230, Sr., Longview Pine Tree

    Christian Webb, 6-3, 245, Sr., Longview Pine Tree

    Garrett Feiden, 6-1, 235, Sr., Whitehouse


    Brioskii Finley-Warren, 6-1, 330, Jr., Texas High

    Reid Pinckard, 5-9, 235, Sr., Mount Pleasant

    Running Back

    Braylon Stewart, 5-11, 207, Jr., Texas High

    Tyler Sheffield, 5-7, 165, Sr., Longview Pine Tree

    Dominique Williams, 5-10, 180, Sr., Marshall


    Jayden Smith, 5-6, 200, Sr., Longview Pine Tree

    Jalen Williams, 5-9, 210, Sr., Mount Pleasant

    Wide Receiver

    Rian Cellers, 6-1, 180, Sr., Texas High


    Trevor Theiring, 5-7, 135, Sr., Whitehouse

    Carter Rogas, 5-10, 175, Jr., Hallsville

    Braden Walker, 5-9, 170, Sr., Hallsville

    Demarcus Williams, 5-6, 155, Sr., Marshall

    Keelan Turner, 5-9, 145, Sr., Longview Pine Tree


    Brayson McHenry, 5-11, 170, Jr., Texas High

    Reid Boyett, 6-2, 180, Sr., Nacogdoches

    Tight End

    Caden Miller, 5-11, 190, Sr., Texas High

    Deaundre Heath, 6-0, 195, Sr., Longview Pine Tree


    Buck Buchanan, 5-11, 165, Jr., Marshall


    First Team Defense

    Nose Guard/Tackle

    Christion Surratt, 6-0, 265, Sr., Texas High

    Jaylen Green, 6-2, 240, Sr., Texas High

    BO Nesbitt, 6-1, 245, Sr., Mount Pleasant

    Defensive End

    Derrick Brown, 6-4, 207, Jr., Texas High

    Sam Williams, 6-4, 185, Sr., Longview Pine Tree

    Kaden Fields, 6-1, 220, So., Nacogdoches

    Inside Linebacker

    Jackson Halter, 5-11, 210, Jr., Texas High

    Michael Washington, 5-11, 210, Sr., Marshall

    Ka’Mazjay Deckard, 6-2, 240, Sr., Nacogdoches

    Outside Linebacker

    Darrin Finley, 6-2, 225, Jr., Texas High

    Tyrese Jones, 5-9, 170, Jr., Longview Pine Tree

    Yhari Hudson, 5-10, 185, Sr., Mount Pleasant

    Glenn Young, 5-11, 197, Sr., Nacogdoches


    Caleb Arnold, 6-1, 191, Sr., Texas High

    Jalen Jones, 6-1, 185, Jr., Texas High

    Lyrik Rawls, 6-2, 205, Sr., Marshall

    Dillon Williams, 6-1, 183, Sr., Nacogdoches


    Lajontae Wrightner, 5-10, 172, Sr., Texas High

    Aderrian Brooks, 5-10, 165, Sr., Marshall

    Tyrell Gardner, 6-0, 175, Sr., Nacogdoches

    Brennan Jones, 5-11, 170, Jr., Nacogdoches


    Buck Buchanan, 5-11, 165, Jr., Marshall

    Jesus Ibarra, 5-11, 190, Sr., Nacogdoches




  8. My question is why the initial incident in soccer was not handled by the UIL last soccer season. I hope the assault of an official would be automatically elevated to the UIL. Did they fail in their duty? The kid should not have been allowed to participate in any UIL sport after the initial incident. Unless their was evidence the athletic programs routinely disrespected officials, I hate it that the kids had to pay for one. The athletic director and head coach that allowed him to play, they are the ones that should be punished. 

  9. 2 hours ago, JBizzle said:


    Y’all making some real broad statements about “the coaches”. There’s a lot of them in Texas and y’all just said it’s their fault refs are bad and players are bad.

    Wrong .... I am giving a rationale why there are “bad” referees. It is basically a numbers game. If referees are not “up to standards”, but they are the “best” available, what are you going to do? Play with what you have available or play without officials. My point is I don’t think coaches understand they are part of the solution to the referee shortage, which results in substandard officials in many cases. They need to be recruiting individuals to enter officiating. I could be wrong, maybe the fans need to be recruiting individuals to be officials. Maybe, it’s the guy next to you in the stands that can identify all the missed calls.

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  10. 1 hour ago, LightningEagle said:

    I highly doubt Thigh defensive line and backfield are better than Manvel. 

    The significant word in your sentence is “and”.  Obviously, I have not seen Manvel. Their secondary may be better than Texas High’s. However, I doubt Crosby has seen a defensive line like the Tigers. I will welcome your view after the game.  The strength of the Texas High defensive line are their two ends. Clayton Smith #10, a senior, is a 4* signee with OU. He is ranked by Rivals as #33 in the nation, #7 in the state, and #2 outside linebacker. Derrick Brown #41, a junior, is a projected as a mere 3* by Rivals in 2022. Rivals has just discovered Brown. He is currently ranked #59 in the 2022 class in Texas. Both are projected as outside linebackers at the next level. Pick your poison on which one you double team. Most chose Smith and as a result, Brown leads the team in tackles. The two tackles may not be D1 material, but they get pressure up the middle and keep blockers off the linebackers. The secondary for Texas High may be untested compared to their peers. The pressure by the DL has caused opposing QBs to rush their passes and thrown off the timing. To me you neutralize the Tiger DL, you have to have a quick OL. If the tackles are not quick, the QB will feel the pressure. We will see Friday.

  11. In my opinion the solution rests directly on the shoulders of the coaches. How many coaches pull the even tempered seniors aside after their playing careers are over and suggest they can stay involved in the game by officiating? My guess is very few. They probably would not like the feedback they get rejecting their suggestion. “Coach, why would I want to get abused by you and the fans”. My observation is the offensive coordinator is in charge of the offense. The defensive coordinator is in charge of the defense. The Head Coach is in charge of managing the referees. Until coaches start managing the kids and not the referees, the referee pool will continue to decline.

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  12. The teams will clash on Friday 12-18 at SFA. I believe the game will be live-streamed on Texarkana Gameday.  I have no knowledge on Crosby. They come into the game with a 66-0 win over Willowridge. If you have read my posts in the past, I am reserved in forecasting the outcome of games. However, this week I will deviate from my past practice. I believe the Tigers will win by at least 21 points. I have read some that believe it will be a struggle. I hope the players adopt that point of view. While I believe the defense came to play, it felt as though the offense thought it would be easy against Lake Creek.

    The rationale for my prediction is based on a computer ranking system - Calpreps.com.  I put little stock in the program for the first 7 weeks of a season. But deeper into the season, their algorithms seem to reveal truths. They currently rank Texas High #5 in 5A Div 2 and Crosby #20 out of approximately 130 schools. Crosby shellacked a #79 ranked school in Willowridge. As a point of reference, Hallsville is ranked #83. Yes, I understand the computers do not play the games except on EA Sports.

    If the Tigers do not look beyond Crosby to a potential matchup with Huntsville, I believe they will prevail by three touchdowns.



  13. THS’s first possession, the Tigers moved the ball on LC only to have a pass intercepted in the end zone. This seemed to fire up the LC defense. Their front seven was very good. They pressured the timing of the QB, made some timely sacks, and strung out the run. That being said, the Tiger defense shut down LC. Their touchdown came on a run up the middle where the MLB was having his jersey removed as their back went by. While the missed call resulted in 7 points, I thought the game was well officiated. It had to be blatant for the flag to be thrown. They let the players decide the outcome.

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  14. 1 hour ago, SiriusDogon7 said:

    I disagree with your post.  Sanford needs to stay away from last season's playoff game coming off of a quality win against Lufkin.  Against Lufkin, that was a tough game but Sanford and Sons Coaching Company completely missed the boat on the offense in the last playoff game.  They decided to exclusively run the ball instead of passing the ball like they were forced to do against Lufkin. Remember now, Texas High lost their running back against Lufkin but they would have had to throw the ball even if they had had him.  In the next game, with a backup running back, the Tigers rarely threw the ball and when they did their division one wide receiver produced a touchdown.  IMHO, it was not the players that played down to the competition, it was the coaching that coached down to the competition or just misjudged the competition.  Texas High did that all of last season for the most part.  Sanford and company have done a better job this year of being more aggressive throwing the ball around this year and honing a productive offense overall this season.  We have not been really tested this year so this game has an air of mystery for me.  It will come down to the offensive line protecting the qb and opening up running lanes and the secondary playing a solid game on defense.

    You totally missed my point!

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