PENELOPE — Only in six-man football. Or maybe the NBA.
The Jonesboro Eagles improved to 9-2 on the season with a high-scoring victory over the Trinidad Trojans (7-4) Friday night. The loss ended the season for the Trojans, who were returning to the postseason after a one-year absence. Trinidad has been in the playoffs 10 of the last 11 seasons.
“They were supposed to smash us,” Trinidad head coach Kevin Ray said, “but we really have them a heck of a time.”
The Eagles led throughout, taking a 30-20 advantage after one quarter, a 62-50 lead at the half and a 92-72 lead after three quarters. The Eagles continued to outpace the Trojans, if ever so slightly, to stay in the lead over the final quarter.
The Trojans were led by Zach Spencer, who ran 26 times for 223 yards and three touchdowns. Jordon Wright added 142 yards on 14 carries and five scores. Dustin Bannister caught four passes for 125 yards and three scores — two of which were thrown by Spencer and one thrown by K.O. Ray.
Spencer, playing his final game and ending a spectacular two-year run for the Trojans after transferring from Athens, finished with 307 total yards.
Jonesboro was led by running back Spencer Lord, who ran 15 times for 263 yards and four touchdowns. Quarterback Tyler Wise added 228 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
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The No. 1-ranked Trinity Valley Community College Lady Cardinals survived a ferocious attack by the No. 11-ranked Tyler Junior College Lady Apaches in a 72-62 win at UT-Tyler’s Herrington Patriot Center.
REGION XIV TOURNAMENT: Burned by Dragons
The No. 8-ranked Trinity Valley Community College Cardinals tried to deliver the knockout blow early on, but the Paris Dragons battled back for the Region XIV title on Saturday.
ATHENS HS SPORTS: Athens wraps Princeton Tournament with big wins
The Athens Hornets wrapped up play in the Princeton Tournament over the weekend with an 11-5-1 overall record.
TVCC basketball teams headed to National Tournaments
The No.8-ranked Trinity Valley Cardinals and No. 1-ranked Lady Cardinals will be heading to the NJCAA national basketball tournaments in Hutchinson, Kansas and Salina, Kansas respectively the week of March 17-22.
REGION XIV TOURNAMENT: Survive and advance
The No. 1-ranked Trinity Valley Community College Lady Cardinals survived a ferocious attack by the Jacksonville Lady Jaguars in the semifinal round of the Region XIV conference tournament with an 84-73 victory at UT-Tyler.
HIGH SCHOOL POWERLIFTING: Record setting lift
Athens lifter Jose Rodriguez and Brownsboro lifter Aaron Chitwood advanced to the Class 3A state meet March 22 in Abilene.
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Athens picks up two wins at Princeton tournament
The Athens Hornets won their first two games in the Princeton tournament on Thursday.
REGION XIV TOURNAMENT: Soaring to the semifinals
The No. 8-ranked Trinity Valley Community College Cardinals advanced to today’s semifinal round with a sweep of the Lee College Runnin’ Rebels at UT-Tyler’s Herrington Patriot Center.
HIGH SCHOOL TRACK: Eustace teams start season strong at Bulldog Relays
The Eustace LadyDogs and Bulldogs finished as the top two teams at the Eustace Bulldog Relays Feb. 27.
3-7 East Texas Fishing Report
Here is the East Texas Fishing Report for this week:
ATHENS — Water level is at normal level and fairly clear. Water temp in the 40s, 50s. No report available from Lake Athens Marina.
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