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Week 12 (Bi-District) East and Central Texas "Players of the Week"
Sunday, 19th November 2023 - 3:58PM
East Texas:


Terry Bussey, Sr., QB, Timpson, 14-17 passing for 304-yards, 6-TD’s, 5-carries for 88-yards, 1-Interception for TD on defense, W/Corrigan-Camden 68-7.


Ripken Birdwell, Soph., QB, Hooks, 11-16 passing for 342-yards, 5-TD’s, 9-carries for 140-yards, 2-TD’s, W/Edgewood 92-57.


Harris Bethea, Jr., DE, Caddo Mills, 18-Tackles (10-Solo), 3-TFL, 2-Sacks, 3-QBP, W/Farmersville 38-10.

Special Teams:

Willie Nelson, DB, Longview, 3-Tackles, 2-TFL, 1-PBU, 1-Interception (1-TD), 1-PR for TD, W/New Caney Porter.


Central Texas:


Trace Meadows, Sr., OLB/WR/QB/Returner, A&M Consolidated, 15-Tackles, 3-TFL, 1-Rushing TD, 1-FR for TD, 1-PR for TD, 1-Catch for 33-yards, W/San Antonio Wagner 45-17.


Buck Powell, Jr., RB/LB, Hico, 15-carries for 278-yards, 5-TD’s, 9-Tackles, 1-TFL, 1-Sack, 1-CF, 1-Interception, W/Maud 47-14.


Amos Phillips, Soph., LB/WR, Gatesvlle, 27-Tackles (14-Solo), 2-TFL, 2-catches for 19-yards, 2-TD’s, W/Gonzales 34-31. First playoff victory for Gatesville in 8-years.

Special Teams:

Stephen Payan, Sr., K, Madisonville, 7-8 XP’s, 4-Touchbacks, W/La Grange 55-7.

Click here for the rest of this week's nominations.
Texas H.S. Football Statewide Bi-District Schedule
Sunday, 19th November 2023 - 3:58PM
2023 H.S. Football Bi-District Round

Class 6-A, Division I:

Region I:

El Paso Pebble Hills (8-2) vs. Odessa Permian (6-4), 5:00 Friday at Socorro ISD Student Activity Center

North Crowley vs. Keller, 7:00 Friday at Crowley ISD Multi-Purpose Stadium

Prosper vs. Plano East, 7:00 Friday at Children’s Health Stadium at Prosper ISD

Lake Highlands vs. South Grand Prairie, 7:00 Friday at Wildcat-Ram Stadium

Midland Legacy 64 El Paso Montwood 19

Keller Timber Creek vs. Euless Trinity, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bedford’s Pennington Field

Allen 18 Lewisville 17

Arlington Martin 42 Richardson Berkner 16

Region II

Sachse vs. Rockwall-Heath, 7:00 Friday at Homer B. Johnson Stadium

Duncanville vs. Hutto, 7:00 Friday at Duncanville

The Woodlands 35 Spring 0

Klein Collins (9-1) vs. Cypress Ranch (6-4), 7:00 Friday at Klein’s
Memorial Stadium

Rockwall (9-1) vs. (8-2) Wylie, 7:00 Friday at Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium

Waco Midway vs. Waxahachie, 7:30 Friday at Waco Midway

Spring Westfield (8-2) vs. Conroe (5-5), 7:00 Friday at Spring’s Planet Ford Stadium

Cypress Bridgeland (9-1) vs. Klein Cain (7-3), 7:00 Friday at Cypress’ Cy-Fair FCU Stadium

Click here for the entire statewide Bi-District schedule...
Week 11 East and Central Texas "Players of the Week"
Saturday, 11th November 2023 - 7:07PM
Week 11 "Players of the Week":

East Texas:


Jaiydyn Johnson, Jr., WR/DB, New Diana, 4-catches for 100-yards, 3-TD’s, 4-carries for 58-yards, 2-TD’s, 6-Tackles, 1-TFL, 1-Sack, 1-CF, 1-Interception, 1-PR for 13-yards, W/Queen City 42-14.


Mason McMinn, Sr., QB, Mount Pleasant, 21-30 passing for 337-yards, 4-TD’s, 6-carries for 53-yards, 1-TD, 1-catch for 35-yards, 1-TD, W/Hallsville 52-34.


B.J. Rochelle, Jr., DT, Pleasant Grove, 7-Tackles, 3-TFL, 1-QBP, 2-Sacks, 1-CF, 1-FR, 1-Caused Interception, W/Spring Hill.

Special Teams:

Bryce Wallum, Jr., K, Troup, 5-5 XP’s, 1-FG (22), game-winner in OT, W/Grand Saline 38-35 (OT).

Central Texas:


Edwin Alvarado, Soph., QB, Frost, 22-carries for 137-yards, 1-TD, 8-15 passing for 40-yards, 6-Tackles, 2-Interceptions, W/Meridian 22-14.


Jett Walker, Soph., RB, Lampasas, 19-carries for 263-yards, 4-TD’s, W/Canyon Lake 53-34.


Kabriel Anderson-Dale, Sr., LB, Harker Heights, 13-Tackles, 1-TFL, 1-Sack, 1-Interception for TD (75), W/Bryan 59-37.

Special Teams:

Micah Hudson, Sr., KR, Lake Belton, 1-KR for TD (95), W/Ellison 57-7.

Click here for the entire list of nominations.
Week 10 East and Central Texas "Players of the Week"
Saturday, 4th November 2023 - 8:39PM
East Texas:


Cole Watson, Sr., QB/LB, Tatum, 23-carries for 210-yards, 3-TD’s, 6-9 passing for 54-yards, 10-Tackles, 3-TFL, W/Jefferson 38-21 for district championship.


Colt Sparks, Jr., QB, Sabine, 12-18 passing for 225-yards, 4-TD’s, 11-carries for 190-yards, 3-TD’s, W/White Oak 70-12.


Eathen Oates, Fr., DL, Overton, 9-Tackles (8-Solo), 4-TFL, 1-Sack, 2-QBP, 1CF, 1-FR, W/Carlisle 38-14.

Special Teams:

Brayden Pate, K, Gilmer, 8-8 XP’s, 1-FG (24), W/Spring Hill 59-13.


Central Texas:


Buddy Jackson, Jr., QB/S, Itasca, 13-20 passing for 277-yards, 5-TD’s, 8-carries for 75-yards, 6-Tackles, 2-Interceptions, W/Rio Vista 47-20.

Special Tandem Award

Will Hammond, Sr., QB, Hutto, 24-37 passing for 480-yards, 4-TD’s, 25-carries for 191-yards, 4-TD’s, W/Bryan 66-63.

Alex Green, Sr., WR, Hutto, 10-catches for 365-yards, 4-TD’s, W/Bryan 66-63.


Kyle Barton, Sr., RB, China Spring, 17-carries for 203-yards, 5-TD’s, broke school record for all-time points scored (450), career rushing TD’s (64), W/Waxahachie Life 68-51.


Donovan Jones, Jr., LB, Midway, 74-yard Interception for TD, 5-Tackles, 1-TFL, 2-PBU, W/Pflugerville Weiss 41-17.

Special Teams:

Isaiah Redd, WR, Chilton, 75-yard KR for TD, 1-FG (23), W/Iola 38-22.

Click here for the entire list of nominations.
Week 11 Texas H.S. Football Schedule (East & Central Texas)
Saturday, 4th November 2023 - 8:39PM
Week 11 (November 2nd-November 4th):

Class 6-A:

Dist. 10
3-Nov Mesquite …… Open
3-Nov Mesquite Horn at *Royse City 7:00 PM
3-Nov North Forney vs *Rockwall-Heath 7:00 PM
2-Nov Rockwall vs *Tyler Legacy 7:00 PM

Dist. 12
2-Nov Bryan vs *Killeen Harker Heights 7:00 PM
3-Nov Copperas Cove vs *Temple 7:30 PM
3-Nov Hewitt Midway …… Open
2-Nov Hutto at *Pflugerville Weiss 7:00 PM

Click here for the rest of the Week 11 schedule...
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Joke of the week!

Posted 2023-10-05 17:06:42, Post Count: 52

When NASA was preparing for the Apollo moon landings of the late 60s and early 70s, they did some astronaut training along a Navajo Indian reservation in the SW. One day, a Navajo elder and his grandson were herding animals and came across the space crew. The old man, who only spoke Navajo, asked a question, which the grandson translated: "What are the guys in the big suits doing?" A member of the crew said they were practicing for their trip to the moon." Then, recognizing a promotional opportunity for the spin-doctors, added, "We will be leaving behind a special record with greetings in many languages and such. Would the old man be interested in giving us a greeting to include?"
Upon translation, the old man got really excited and was thrilled at the idea of sending a message to the moon with the astronauts. The NASA folks produced a tape recorder and the old man recorded his message at which the grandson fought back the urge to laugh... but he refused to translate.
After Apollo 11 had successfully landed on the moon and brought its astronauts homes, a new group were training in the desert when one of the NASA officials recognized the Navajo elder and his grandson and went to tell them that the old man's message was indeed on the moon which was met with laughter.
Finally, the NASA rep caught on that not everything was as simple as he had originally thought and asked for a translation. With a chuckle the youngster replied: "Beware of white man; they come to steal your land!"


60s, 70s, and 80s memories

Posted 2022-11-14 18:52:56, Post Count: 970


District 9-4A Division One


Posted 2017-01-08 08:18:50, Post Count: 1881

On a Texas Throwback Thursday ...Old stone Fort Nacodoshes, Texas c.1885
Nacogdoches held a pivotal role in the birth of Texas liberty. Back in 1832, the folks of Nacogdoches ignited one of the early sparks of the Texas Revolution. In a united front of Mexican and Anglo residents, they launched an offensive against the Mexican garrison, commanded by Col. Jose Piedras and securely situated at the heart of the fortified town. The regiment managed to hold its ground until Adolphus Sterne enlightened the newly arrived Redlanders from San Augustine about an ingenious tactic. They outmaneuvered the Mexicans by encircling the natural fortress, utilizing the Washington Square area as their path. This battle marked the expulsion of Mexican forces from East Texas and significantly diminished the threat posed by the independence movement.
In November of 1835, under Adolphus Sterne's leadership, the Nacogdoches citizens rallied to support a volunteer unit, the New Orleans Greys, who were gearing up for the Texas War for Independence. One contingent of the Greys embarked on an overland journey to San Antonio, passing through Nacogdoches in November 1835. Between 50 to 100 men set up camp near Sterne's residence for a few days. A grand "Feast of Liberty" honored their dedication in the orchard before Sterne's house. The banquet featured a delectable array of bear, beef, mutton, turkeys, raccoons, and other culinary delights. With glasses filled with Rhine wine from Sterne's cellar, toasts were raised, and speeches delivered. The Greys entered Nacogdoches on foot but departed on horseback, armed with supplies generously provided by the townsfolk. They arrived in San Antonio just before the siege of Bexar from December 5th to 9th, 1835. Sadly, most of these courageous volunteers later met their fate in subsequent battles of the Texas Revolution, with many perishing at the Alamo.
Nacogdoches witnessed the rise and fall of three independent republics before the emergence of the Lone Star Republic. The city proudly flies nine flags as a testament to its diverse history: Spanish, French, Mexican, The Magee-Gutierrez Republic, The Long Republic, The Fredonia Republic, The Lone Star, The Confederate, and The United States.
The first operational oil well in the state was drilled here in 1861. However, it wasn't the oil industry but the railroad's arrival that truly transformed this once-republican city into a thriving commercial hub. The introduction of the railroad, along with modern highways like 59 and 259, reshaped trade flow from an east-west orientation to a north-south axis. During the 19th century, the local economy revolved around cotton, tobacco, timber, education, and general merchandise. Only the last three continued to thrive into the latter half of the 20th century.  Credit: History Unleashed.



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Norman Rockwell Paintings Thread

Posted 2024-01-03 17:42:54, Post Count: 87

By Norman Rockwell