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Groveton Lady Indian # 21 Peyton Ordaz slides in under the glove to score against Bridge City during the Woodville Softball Tournament! Head Coach Bryan Finch is one proud coach! His motto is "Carpe Diem!", which means "Seize The Day." (Martha Mericle Photo)

Hats off to Glenn Thornton: Indians QB recognized by magazine

Glenn Thornton in action during Friday night’s homecoming game against Joaquin. ( Photos by Martha Mericle)Glenn Thornton in action during Friday night’s homecoming game against Joaquin. ( Photos by Martha Mericle)

Congratulations to Groveton QB Glenn Thornton, the Week 4 winner of the Mr. Texas Football Player of the Week award, presented by Wells Fargo. The 6-2, 160-pound quarterback threw for 528 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another two scores in the Indians' 58-51 loss to San Augustine.

Glenn is the son of Glenn Ray and Sandi Payne Thornton and the grandson of Henry and Ginger Thornton of Chita and of Sammy and Amie Payne and Madra and Bill Horne. Glenn's game against San Augustine was a record breaker in more ways than one. Glenn's stats were off the charts and he broke GHS school records of 528 yards passing. We all know he didn't do this alone. Groveton's Junior # 6 Dawson Chumley broke two school records: 18 catches and receiving 189 yards This Friday night, Dawson broke this record by catching Glenn's passes for 211 yards. Senior # 21 Nick Martinez and Sophomore # 7 Saul Chavez and Senior # 4 Cameron Rasbeary all caught passes. The offensive line protected him and our defense made sure he got the opportunity to handle the ball. All of this did not go unnoticed!

Indians fans can also be praised for their part in this honor, as they voted often enough to make sure that Glenn received the most votes in the poll on TexasFootball.com.

Dave Campbell's Texas Football is proud to give a weekly Player of the Week award to the most deserving high schooler in the state of Texas. Every Monday at noon, TexasFootball.com will announce ten candidates for that week's award, based on the previous week's on-field performance. Fans can vote online at TexasFootball.com's online poll, where you can see the current vote standings. Voting will close at noon each Friday, with the winner being announced shortly afterward. The award will be given every week through Week 14. Check this page every week to view the full list of ten candidates and the details of their most recent performance.

Groveton Indians take loss to Trinity Tigers, 49-14

By Jean Rasbeary

Last Friday night, Groveton Indians met their old rivals, the Trinity Tigers, at Groveton Indian Stadium for the first game of the 2015 season. New this season is the Groveton Indian tepee "run through" that was purchased by faithful fans of the Indians. The only difference in the meeting was Coach Don Hill arriving in a wheelchair instead of standing on the sidelines due to an injury he sustained before the season began. We wish him well and hope he will soon be recovered. Groveton won the coin toss but deferred until the second half.

Nick Martinez kicked a 50 yard kickoff and Trinity carried it back to the 25 yard line. On the first play from scrimmage, Trinity's big running back, #1, scampered 75 yards for their first touchdown. The extra point kick was good so with 10:41 left in the first quarter, the score was Trinity 7 – Groveton 0. Trinity kicked off to Groveton and Colton Burton returned it six yards to the 29 yard line. Nick Martinez ran for three yards, quarterback, Glenn Thornton, passed to Saul Chavez for fifteen yards for a Groveton first down. The Trinity Tiger's defense was stingy as Thornton ran for a minus one yard, an incomplete pass, a five yard pass to Chavez and Martinez ran for seven.

The offense continued to move down the field until a five yard penalty set them back and two incomplete passes turned the ball back to the Tigers on their own 27 yard line. With 7:15 left in the 1st quarter, Trinity drove down the field. With 4:47 left, they threw a 14 yard pass for their second score of the game. The extra point was good and Trinity led 14 – 0. It seemed like the fates were against the Indians as Trinity kicked off and Hayden Terry ran for 9 yards before fumbling the ball and Trinity recovered it.

On the first play from scrimmage, they passed for a 34 yard touchdown, the extra point kick was good and Trinity upped the lead to 21 – 0. Trinity was having such fun with scoring that they tried an onside kick which went 13 yards before it was recovered by Cameron Rasbeary on the 47 yard line. Groveton's offense looked good for four straight plays with runs by Martinez for 7, 1, and 8 yards; Donavan Whiddon ran for 27 yards but the very next play, Whiddon fumbled on the10 yard line and Trinity picked it up. 90 yards later, Trinity scored again; Trinity 28 – Groveton 0.

Things were looking bleak for the Indians at this point. But, eight plays later, Glenn Thornton carried the ball in from the two yard line for the Indians first score. Cameron Rasbeary held the ball for kicker Nick Martinez who scored the extra point. Trinity 28 – Groveton 7. Five plays later Trinity scored on a one yard run by the running back and the extra point kick was good. Trinity 35 – Groveton 7.

Groveton couldn't move the ball on the next series so Glenn Thornton punted a 31 yarder to Trinity. With 8:42 left until the half, Trinity ran for 6 yards, committed a five yard penalty, ran for a 7 yard loss and scored a TD on the next play but they were called for illegal use of hands and with 4th & 16, Trinity punted the ball for 38 yards to Groveton's 20 yard line. The Indians found the going hard as two pass plays were incomplete, Thornton was thrown for an 11 yard loss and he punted the ball away. However, Trinity fumbled the punt and Groveton recovered the ball on their 42 yard line.

Groveton made one first down and had another one made when Nick Martinez fumbled and Trinity recovered on their 44 yard line. Four plays later, Trinity scored on a 45 yard pass play. The extra point kick was good; Trinity 42, Groveton 7. Starting the third quarter, the Indians were called for holding but Thornton passed to Terry, Thornton ran for five and Martinez ran for 15. Groveton was then called for a 15 yard penalty. From Trinity's 28 yard line, Thornton passed to Saul Chavez for twenty-five yards, Thornton ran for three, Martinez ran for one and then caught a 2 yard pass for Groveton's final score. The extra point kick was good; Trinity 42, Groveton 14.

Ten plays later, at the beginning of the fourth quarter, Trinity scored their final TD on a five yard pass and the extra point was good. The Indians had the ball for six plays after that before punting it back to the Tigers. Trinity couldn't move it either and soon the time ran out. Final Stats: Groveton had 16 first downs; 9 rushing, 6 passing and 1 by penalty. Trinity had 17 first downs; 7 rushing, 10 passing. Groveton rushed 28 times for 130 yards, minus 24 yards, net 106 yards. Trinity rushed 21 times for 231 yards, minus 20 yards, net 211 yards. Groveton passed 31 times completing 16 for 116 yards. Trinity passed 17 times completing 11 for 185 yards. Groveton fumbled 4 times losing 3; Trinity fumbled 2 times losing 1. Groveton was penalized 5 times for -45 yards; Trinity was penalized 11 times for -62 yards. Hopefully, this was a learning experience for the Groveton Indians as they prepare to meet the Corrigan-Camden Bulldogs next Friday night at Indian Stadium.

Apple Springs Eagles Soar over Kings Academy Knights in opening game

Apple Springs’ Adrien Lee carrying the ball. (Photo by Meri Dickens)Apple Springs’ Adrien Lee carrying the ball. (Photo by Meri Dickens)

By Greg Rasbeary

The Apple Springs Eagles opened their 2015 season up on Friday night in style by giving their fans a thrilling victory over the Tyler Kings Academy Knights. Hours before the game started you could see smoke coming off the grills and smell the aroma of sizzling meat floating through the air as fans began their tailgating festivities at 5:30. While enjoying their pregame meals, they didn't have a clue of the excitement that would begin in the next few hours.

The Eagles started the scoring off late in the first quarter with Daulton Coleman completing a 24 yard pass down the sideline to make the score 6-0. For those of you unfamiliar with 6-man football rules, a field goal after a touchdown is worth 2 points and crossing the goal line is worth 1 point; with that in mind, the PAT by Allan Lankford was good pushing the score to 8-0.

After a 9 play, 60 yard drive by the Knights to make the score 8-6 and back to back defensive stops, the Eagles moved the score to 14-6 with a 33 yard run by Adrien Lee. The Knighs answered to move the score to 14-12 with just over 6 minutes to play when the fireworks began with the Eagles scoring 2 touchdowns in the next 3 plays to bring the score to 30-12. The Knights punched in a touchdown with 17 seconds left and a last second effort to end the half with a touchdown came up short as Daulton Coleman was tackled on the 3 yard line.

In the third quarter the Knights outscored the Eagles 22-6 to make the score 38-36 entering the 4th quarter. After going down 44-36 to the Knights, the Daulton Coleman through another strike to Matthew Suggs over the middle and with an Allan Lankford PAT, the score evened at 44. Four plays later, Adrien Lee intercepted a Knight pass and ran it back 28 yards to take the lead 52-44. Within minutes, two more touchdowns were scored as the Knights made it 52-50 and Matthew Suggs answered with a 30-yard touchdown. The Knights added one more touchdown with 17 seconds left, but with a bad snap on the PAT, failed to convert. Jax Kendrick recovered the ensuing onside kick and Eagles were able to run out the clock with two kneel downs and a 58-56 victory.

Daulton Coleman ended the night with 8-15 passing for 117 yards, 3 touchdowns, and an interception. Adrien Lee led the way on the ground with 146 yards on 11 rushes with two touchdowns and Suggs added to the rushing total with 81 yards and 2 touchdowns. Coleman and Lane Spring combined for 74 more rushing yards. In addition to the rushing yards, Suggs added 93 yards receiving on 4 catches with 3 touchdowns and Spring, Kendrick and Jesse Dickens combined for 24 more yards. The Eagles were led defensively by Darvin Rogers with 17 tackles and a sack, Daulton Coleman with 11 tackles, Jayvan Aycock with 9, Spring with 7 and Lee, Lankford, Suggs and Dillen Conner combined for 11 more.

The Eagles will take on Conroe Lifestyle Christian Academy Friday night at 7:30 in Apple Springs. Get there early, leave late and lose your voice.

Groveton Indians scrimmage

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Groveton Indians defensive line easily pushed two Timpson Bears backward during Friday nights scrimmage in Timpson. (Martha Mericle Photo)

4-H Shooting Sports Senior teams compete

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Trinity Co. 4-H Shooting Sports Senior teams competed in the 2015 4-H Roundup Indoor Rifle Match held on June 6 in Victoria, TX. Team 1 is made up of Sean Luce, Kaylee McClintock, Dustin Pickle, and Hannah Dial. Team 2 members are Hunter Thompson, Tanner Ebarb, Jacob Hoelewyn and Parker Hay. Team 1 placed 11th and Team 2 placed 18th out of 31 teams. The teams were coached by Mark Luce, Rusty Hogg, Ricky Hortman, David Bullard and Tricia Hortman. Also shown are Shooting Sports members Megan Luce and Cole Hortman. The 4-H club would like to thank all the parents; the Trinity Co Fair Board; TU-Mile Chapter Quail Coalition and the Friends of NRA for helping to make our program a success.