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Indians drill Oilers for 65-29 win

Indians # 77 Braxton Terry stopped the West Hardin Oiler defender in his tracks as #11 JJ Cole (Soph) heads to the end zone. JJ boast 8 carries for 78 yards and 2 touchdowns and snagged one catch for 5 yards. Groveton dominated the night with a 65-29 win.  (Photo by Martha Mericle)Indians # 77 Braxton Terry stopped the West Hardin Oiler defender in his tracks as #11 JJ Cole (Soph) heads to the end zone. JJ boast 8 carries for 78 yards and 2 touchdowns and snagged one catch for 5 yards. Groveton dominated the night with a 65-29 win. (Photo by Martha Mericle)

By Jean Rasbeary

Friday, October 20, was threatening rain all day but the faithful few loaded up and traveled all the way to West Hardin.

Luckily, the rain held off until we returned to Groveton so we were thankful for that. West Hardin won the toss but decided to take the kickoff after the half so both teams lined up and West Hardin tried an onside kick but Groveton covered the ball on the 49 yard line.

Jac Cole took the handoff and ran for 7 yards, Haden Terry attempted a pass but it was incomplete so he ran for 13 and Groveton's first down.

From West Hardin's 29 yard line, Haden passed to Saul Chavez for a 29 yard touchdown. The extra point kick was no good so with 10:50 left in the first quarter, Groveton 6 – West Hardin 0. Saul kicked off to West Hardin and they caught it on their 31 yard line. They had to punt the ball away after three attempts to move the ball and Eli Stewart caught the ball on Groveton's 37 yard line. On the first play from scrimmage, Haden Terry completed a pass to Eli Stewart for a beautiful 63 yard touchdown. The extra points were good after a pass from Haden to Dylan Wells.

With 8:54 left in the first quarter, Groveton 14 – West Hardin 0. The Oilers decided to play harder this time as they ran 7 plays and scored on a 22 yard run; the quarterback ran for the two point extra points.

The Oilers kicked off and Luke Taylor caught a fair catch on our 37-yard line. Haden ran for 13 yards, passed to Cade Steubing for 11 and, once again, passed to Saul Chavez for a 39 yard touchdown! Saul also ran in the two-points so with 4:31 left in the first quarter, Groveton 22 – West Hardin 8. Saul Chavez kicked off to the Oilers and they took the ball on the 38 yard line. On the second play, there was a fumble and Groveton's #2, Eli Stewart, came up with the ball on the Oilers' 41-yard line. Terry attempted a pass but it was incomplete, Groveton was then called for a false start pushing the ball back 5 yards. Haden passed to Eli for 13 yards, had an incomplete pass and then passed to Saul for 3 yards and a first down. From the 30 yard line, Haden had another incomplete pass & then connected with Saul for 30 yards and another Indian touchdown.

With 2:14 left in the first quarter, Groveton 28 – West Hardin 8. Groveton tried an onside kick but touched the ball illegally and received another big penalty.

This might be a good place to tell you that the Groveton Indians were penalized 7 times for -70 yards and the West Hardin Oilers were only penalized 2 times for -10 yards. However, they did a horse-collar on Eli Stewart just before he crossed the goal line and Martha Mericle took a picture of a dude holding our guy around the neck but, of course, none of the refs saw that. Regardless, Mr. Torregrossa called their hand on it.

West Hardin started play on the Indians' 42 yard line and 7 plays later, they scored on a 1-yard run by their quarterback. He also ran the two extra points in so with 10:13 left in the 2nd quarter, Groveton 28 – West Hardin 16. The Oilers kicked a 10 yard kickoff and the Indians covered it so play began on the 50 yard line. Haden passed to Davuarrio Horace for a beautiful 50 yard touchdown...uh oh, Mr. Referee said there was an illegal block so it all came back and Groveton started play on the 40 yard line..1st & 25. Haden passed to Eli for 10 yards, had an incomplete pass, passed to Saul Chavez for 15 yards and a first down. Haden passed to Horace for 11 yards, Jac Cole ran for 10 & 3 yards before Haden passed to Saul for a 15 yard touchdown. Haden passed to Jac Cole for the 2 point extra point try, so with 7:41 left until the half, Groveton 36 – West Hardin 16. Saul Chavez kicked off to the Oilers & they started play on their own 25 yard line. Six plays later, they attempted a pass play that was intercepted by Eli Stewart who flew down the field for a 70 yard touchdown! Terry completed a pass to Cade Steubing for the 2 extra points & with 4:17 left until halftime, Groveton 44 – West Hardin 16. Saul kicked off to the Oilers and they began play on their own 41 yard line. On the fourth down with 4th & 7, their pass play was incomplete so the Indians took over on their 44 yard line. However, Terry was intercepted on the 10 yard line, a flag was thrown for holding on them but the referees met & after a long discussion they picked up the flag and said there was no penalty! Eight plays later, Eli intercepted another Oiler pass and carried it 22 yards.

Groveton started play on the Oiler's 38 yard line with a pass play from Terry to Saul for 11 yards, a pass to Eli for 20 yards, and incomplete pass and then a 7 yard pass play to Saul for a touchdown but, wait a minute, the refs called Groveton for a 10 yard penalty so that wiped out the touchdown. From the Oiler's 17 yard line, Haden ran for 9 yards and then passed to Saul for a 12 yard touchdown with :04 left until halftime. The extra points were good with a pass from Terry to Eli. Groveton 52 – West Hardin 16. After two great performances by the bands, Groveton kicked off to the Oilers but the ball was recovered by Cade Steubing so Groveton started play on the 38 yard line. Terry completed a pass to Horace for a -1 yard, the Indians received another -5 yard penalty and with a 2nd & 16, Haden completed a 7 yard pass to Saul, Jac Cole ran for 17 yards and 10 yards for another Indian score. The extra point kick by Trenton Torregrossa was good. Groveton 59 – West Hardin 16. Seven plays later, the Oilers had a 4th & 5 to go and the quarterback was thrown for an 8 yard loss. The Indians took over on the 48 yard line...up jumped the penalty bug again! Groveton had 2 men moving the the backfield so -5, the very next play, Groveton was called for an illegal block.

With a 1st & 30, Cade Steubing completed a 20 yard pass and a 47 yard pass to Eli Stewart. As Eli reached the 1 yard line, an Oiler grabbed him in a "horse collar" tackle & brought him down. Luckily, he was not injured and I suppose we took the play instead of the penalty because nothing was done to the Oilers for the illegal play. Jac Cole then took the ball 1 yard for the Indian's final score of the night. The extra point kick was no good so with 11:36 left in the game, Groveton 65 – West Hardin 16.

Torregrossa kicked off to the Oilers and they started play on the 49 yard line. With their most successful series of plays, they scored seven plays later on a 3 yard run by the quarterback. West Hardin scored with 6:25 left and they received their only two penalties of 5 yards each. Groveton 65 – West Hardin 22.

Groveton started play on the 45 yard line with Cole running for 12 & 13 yards. In order to not run the score up any higher, Haden took a knee four times. With :20 seconds left in the game, the Oilers ran for 25 & 35 yards for their final score of the night. The extra point kick was good. Final Score: Groveton 65 – West Hardin 29.

As you can see, the score could have been even higher. The Indians played very hard even though we keep making mistakes that cost us scores. Right now, it won't matter too much but with the next three ball games, it will matter A LOT!!! Remember: You have to THINK FOOTBALL TO PLAY FOOTBALL!!! Next week is HOMECOMING! Let's don't lose focus Indians...we have a battle to win! Let's give it our best shot! BEAT WEST SABINE!!! GO BIG RED!!!

Eagles win thrilling homecoming

Apple Springs’ mighty Eagles fought hard and won against the Emery-Weiner Jaguars at their Homecoming game in Apple Springs last Saturday. (Photo courtesy of the Apple Springs ISD Yearbook StaffApple Springs’ mighty Eagles fought hard and won against the Emery-Weiner Jaguars at their Homecoming game in Apple Springs last Saturday. (Photo courtesy of the Apple Springs ISD Yearbook Staff

The Emery-Weiner Jaguars, former state champions, who were 45 point favorites, traveled from Houston to Apple Springs last Saturday fully expecting an easy contest on their way to spoiling the Eagles' homecoming. The only problem was that someone forgot to tell the Eagles they were not supposed to win. In a game that saw multiple lead changes and came down to very last series, the Apple Springs Eagles upset the heavily favored Jaguars 42-40.

The offense for the Eagles was led by junior running back, Lane Spring who had multiple touchdowns and more than 200 yards rushing. Tristen Davis, Jayvan Aycock, Brady Rhoden and Blayne Coleman each contributed touchdowns of their own. Drayden Tullos added several successful PAT's to round out the scoring for Eagles.

The defensive and special teams units for the Eagles also recorded stellar performances. The Apple Springs defense forced the Jaguars to punt twice during the game, something that had not been done all season. The Eagles also took the ball away from Emery at very opportune moments.

Tristen Davis and Ethan Hollis both intercepted passes and the entire defense stepped up to hold their opponent on four downs in the last series to end the game.

The special teams unit blocked two extra points on the night. That would prove to be the difference in the final score.
The Eagles, now 3-1 on the year, will be in action again this Friday night at home as they host Longview Trinity. Kick-off is set for 7:30pm.

Indians battle with San Augustine’s Wolves in exciting contest

By Jean Rasbeary

Despite injury, Sophomore Safety Davuarrio Horace intercepts the pass in the 2nd quarter and returns it 34 yards into Indian territory. (Photo by Martha Mericle)Despite injury, Sophomore Safety Davuarrio Horace intercepts the pass in the 2nd quarter and returns it 34 yards into Indian territory. (Photo by Martha Mericle)Where to begin? It was a special night at Groveton Indian Stadium.

A big crowd gathered in anticipation of Remax skydivers landing on the football field flying Groveton Indian flag, the Texas flag, the flag of the United States of America and bringing the football for the game, fireworks and Free hotdogs for all elementary students!

Groveton's Saul Chavez kicked off to the San Augustine Wolves and the contest began. San Augustine only took 6 plays to put the first of many points on the scoreboard. We watched an All-State running back, K. J. Davis, show his stuff! The extra point try was no good. Groveton took the kickoff on the 15 yard line as Saul carried for 10 yards. 14 plays later, Groveton scored aided by a 15 yard personal foul against the Wolves.

Haden Terry, quarterback, scored on a 1 yard run and the extra point try was good. With 3.25 left in the first quarter, the Indians led 7 – 6. The wolves started the next series on their own 28 yard line but K. J. Davis was stopped twice for no gain as the Indian defense stiffened and three pass attempts were incomplete. Quarterback/punter Gavin Murr punted the ball back to the Indians as they began on their own 28 yard line. As we approached mid field, we received two major penalties and then fumbled the ball. The Wolves recovered the fumble and promptly scored on a 3 yard run by K. J. Davis. The extra point try was no good.

San Augustine 12 – Groveton 7 with :02 left in the first quarter. San Augustine kicked off to Groveton to begin the second quarter as Matt Howell caught the kickoff on our 30 yard line. However, the Wolves' defense shut the Indians down gaining only 3 yards and losing 5 so Saul punted for 39 yards and San Augustine started play on their 27 yard line. With 5:45 left in the second quarter, the Wolves scored on a 14 yard pass play and the extra point play was good for 2 points. San Augustine 20 – Groveton 7.

The Indians started the next series on their own 43 yard line with nice gains from running back Jac Cole, a 10 yard pass from quarterback Cade Steubing to Saul Chavez and a 30 yard pass from Steubing to Ethan Cathey. The Indians had the ball on San Augustine's 3 yard line but could not push it over the goal line so the Wolves took over but they were stopped by Davuarrio Horace as he intercepted a pass on the 40 yard line and carried for 27 yards! The Indians got a 5 yard penalty, Steubing passed to Saul for 40 yards before the penalty bug jumped on us again. The Indians found it hard to move the ball as three pass plays were incomplete before the halftime. As the 3rd quarter began, the Wolves kicked off and Eli Stewart took the ball on Groveton's 18 yard line and made a thrilling run to the end zone, however, it was called back as the Indians were caught holding. Mistakes are deadly in this game! The Indians couldn't move the ball so Saul punted it back to the Wolves and then made a good play to stop the punt returner. The Wolves were also called for a 10 yard penalty. Seven plays later, the Wolves scored on a 20 yard run & the extra point was no good. With 7:35 left in the 3rd quarter, San Augustine 26 – Groveton 7. As the Wolves kicked off to the Indians, the ball rolled to the 49 yard line and no one from the Indian team covered the ball. So, San Augustine pounced on the ball and took off on the 49 yard line. K. J. Davis made a 24 yard run and a 15 yard run before catching a 24 yard pass for a touchdown.

The extra point try was no good.

The score is now 32 – 7. The Indians lost 2 yards, Eli Stewart ran for 1 yard and a pass from Steubing to Saul Chavez was incomplete so Saul punted a booming kick for 52 yards! 11 plays later, Tijay Thomas scored on a 1 yard run and the extra point try was no good. After taking the Wolves kickoff on his own 15, Eli Stewart carried the ball for 25 yards so the Indians began work on their own 40 yard line. Eli carried for a 53 yard romp to the Wolves 7 yard line. There was a fumble but Groveton recovered it after losing 3 yards. San Augustine was penalized twice and the Indians were on the 1 yard line but they could not score so the Wolves took over on their own 1 yard line. Tijay Thomas and Gavin Murr kept pounding away until they carried the ball 99 yards and the Wolves final score. With 1:37 left in the ball game, the Wolves were 44 and the Indians 7. So, the San Augustine Wolves have defeated the Indians three times since 2016. It was a disappointing loss and the Indians will face the Buffalo Bisons on the road next Friday night.

Lady Indians kick off 2017 Volleyball season

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Senior Tiffany Newman goes up for the kill as the Lady Indians kicked off their 2017 volleyball season. Our Lady Indians will host a 16-team tournament beginning Thursday the 17th at 8 am. If you would like to help by providing a potluck dish for breakfast or lunch in the hospitality room, please take it to the girl's weight room. (Photo by Martha Mericle)

Groveton Playday #2 was held Sunday, July 16

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Groveton Playday #2 was held Sunday, July 16, at the Crockett Porth Ag Arena. A few storms didn't hold these rodeo contestants back. There were more than 70 contestants participating. Pictured is Gage Burdette from Midway, Texas, riding his horse "Hot Rod." Gage is the son of Doug and Kodi Burdette. Special thanks to Martha Mericle for taking pictures. The next Playday will be August 6, at the Crockett Porth Ag Arena. (Martha Mericle Photo)

Apple Springs cross-country runner advancing to State

Apple Springs competed at the Regional Cross-Country meet in Corpus Christi on Saturday, October 29.

In the varsity girls division, freshman Skylar Grayson came in 38th place out of 138 runners with a time of 15:40.

In the varsity boys' division, senior Gabriel Hollis came in 4th place out of 127 runners with a time of 18:41 and qualified for state, Gary Thomas 33rd place, Cody Baird 61st place, Daulton Coleman 70th place, Adrien Lee 95th place, Mason Suggs 96th place, and Trey Rogers 109th place. The boys team placed 10th out of 17 teams. Congratulations to all!