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John Tyler's Ward commits to Houston
Monday, 25th June 2012 - 6:04PM
John Tyler quarterback Greg Ward, 5-11, 165, 4.46, has committed to play college football at the University of Houston.

Ward passed for 3,782-yards and 34-TD's as a junior, and ran for 1,249-yards and 19-TD's, but will most likely play wide receiver or defensive back at Houston.

Ward told David Smoak, "It's a great college and they were one of the first to offer me and show confidence in me and I also like their setup for the student-athlete." Ward added, "And, it's very close to Tyler where my family and friends can come watch me play."

Ward completed 74% of his passes (283-383) as a junior and was a first-team all-state selection. He was also a first-team All-Smoaky.com selection.
Dale Dotson, "We're done with athletics at Lon Morris"
Monday, 25th June 2012 - 6:04PM
Everyone knows about the email shutdown of Lon Morris College from a month ago, but I hadn't heard much over the last few weeks about any finality to the future of Lon Morris athletics, well, tonight, long-time Bearcats men's basketball coach, Dale Dotson told me, "Smoaky, I know you heard about the shutdown email last month, well, there won't be any athletics this year at Lon Morris College, we're done."

Dotson, who was also an All-American basketball star at Lon Morris from 1963-1965, continued, "You know, after 23-yrs, I never thought I'd get an email ending my career. It's tough to swallow, sickening situation."

Dotson said he hasn't heard from anyone from the college since the email and added, "This was supposed to be the first year our football program played in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference, so imagine how this could affect all those teams involved."
Longview's Caraway commits to UL-Monroe
Wednesday, 20th June 2012 - 9:47AM
Longview quarterback Bivins Caraway announced his verbal commitment to UL-Monroe. Caraway, 6-0, 200, 4.7, on Twitter on Wednesday.

Caraway completed 125-233 passes for 2,424-yards and 22-TD's on a 10-5 semifinalist team. Caraway also ran for 6-TD's.
Sam Wells from Frankston to Elkhart
Saturday, 16th June 2012 - 7:00PM
Sam Wells is the new AD/Football Coach at Elkhart High School.

Wells has been the head football coach at Frankston for the last four years, compiling a 23-20 record and two consecutive playoff appearance,
Wells was also the defensive coordinator at Elysian Fields under Ted Patton (now at Rusk) before taking over as head coach at Frankston. He's a graduate of Cayuga High School and Sam Houston State University.

He replaces John Adair, who remains on as the head baseball coach.

Click "more" for the rest of the story and quotes from Coach Wells.
New Boston's Haskins commits to Memphis
Saturday, 16th June 2012 - 6:59PM
New Boston running back Damien Haskins, 5-9, 215, 4.6, has committed to the University of Memphis.

Haskins spent a lot of time behind record-breaking running back Shakeem Jefferson during his junior season, but is expected to be their lead back in 2012. Haskins ran for 1,187-yards and 19-TD's as a junior and averaged 13.6 yards per carry. He's also a straight-A student.

And, on the same day Haskins committed to Memphis, so did Commerce defensive lineman Cortez Crosby, 6-1, 260, 4.78.
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China Spring claims second state championship in route of Gilmer - Garrett Ross
Friday, 17th December 2021 - 4:23PM
Behind three touchdowns from Lamar commit Major Bowden, #5 China Spring (16-0) clinched the UIL 4A DII State Championship in a 31-7 route of #2 Gilmer (14-2) at AT&T Stadium on Friday. The Cougars didn’t commit one penalty throughout the game, while their defense held a Gilmer offense averaging 46.5PPG to just one score.
Lorena dominates Brock to earn their second state championship in program history - Garrett Ross
Thursday, 16th December 2021 - 3:55PM
Behind a valiant defensive performance, the #5 Lorena Leopards (14-2) defeated #2 Brock (15-1) 35-18 at AT&T Stadium on Thursday afternoon to claim the 3A DI State Championship. Despite not having star running back Reed Michna available, the Leopards dominated Brock from the opening kick.
Strawn claims 5th state championship in program history in 73-28 victory - Garrett Ross
Wednesday, 15th December 2021 - 2:44PM
Behind an impressive performance from the Rigdon brothers #1 Strawn (15-0) defeated #2 Motley County (14-1) 73-28 to claim the 1A DII State Championship. Freshman Grayson Rigdon put on a show, as he accounts for 426 total yards and 8TDs while earning the Offensive MVP Award.
Cedric Ware scores 8TDs as Westbrook wins their first ever state championship - Garrett Ross
Wednesday, 15th December 2021 - 11:59AM
After dropping four games early in the season, the Westbrook Wildcats became the first program since Cameron in 2014 to win a state championship with four losses.
Mart HC Kevin Hoffman discusses the Panther's motivation this season - Garrett Ross
Tuesday, 7th December 2021 - 9:17AM
For most high school football programs across the state of Texas, playing after Thanksgiving is a great accomplishment, but for some, it’s expected. Mart is one of those programs that is expected to play for a state championship year in and year out.
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