Groveton Lady Indians won first place in the Bronze Bracket at the Woodville Basketball Tournament. Pictured, bottom row: Peyton Ordaz, Alysse Cavness, LaShondra Smith, Deondra Smith, Tiffany Newman. Standing: Kaitlyn Allen, Hanna Antley, Kacey Moore, Laura Fajardo and Chesney Stewart. Coach Ashley Stephens. (Photo by Martha Mericle)
Left to right: Savannah Westbrook, Sydney Perkins, Taylor May, Randi Layton, Anastasya Ford, Bonnie Pigg, Marta Pillows, Hayley Selman, and Haley Mott. (Martha Harrison Mericle Photo)
Centerville Lady Bulldogs travelled to Colmesneil Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, December 11-13, to play in the R. B. Moffett Basketball Tournament.
Thursday the Lady Bulldogs won their game, 66-54, against Pinewoods Academy advancing them in the tournament. High scorers were Randi Layton, 20 points and Haley Mott, 12 points. Others who scored were Savannah Westbrook; 6 points, Bonnie Pigg; 5 points, and Hayley Selman and Taylor May with 2 points each. The Lady Bulldogs traveled back to Colmesneil on Friday to face Deweyville. Again, they won their game 44-26. High scorers of the game were Randi Layton; 15 points and Taylor May; 11 points. Other scorers for the game were Bonnie Pigg; 8 points, Haley Mott; 6 points, and Anastasya Ford; 4 points. Saturday the Lady Bulldogs played against Colmesneil for the championship and won the game 41-31. Randi Layton was the high scorer with 18 points. Haley Mott scored 10 points, Taylor May scored 6 points, Bonnie Pigg scored 5 points, and Marta Pillows scored 2 points. Randi Layton and Haley Mott were named the tournament's MVPs.
The Boys team also played in the tournament and won one game against Colmesneil, 48-28. High scorers for the game were Coy Westbrook, 14 points and Matthew Hollis with 10 points. Other scorers were Marcus Welker; 9 points, Michael Rutledge; 8 points, Logan Bentley; 4 points, Andrew Brister; 2 points, and Mikel Moore with 1 point.
Centerville boys and girls begin their district basketball games on Tuesday, December 16.
The Groveton Indians placed a strong second in the Colmesneil Christmas Basketball Tournament. Shown is # 11 Cameron Rasbeary going up and up!
The varsity girls played in the Elkhart Tournament December 4th, 5th and 6th. On the 4th they faced Neches, bringing home a win of 46 to 11. Leading scorers were Alysse Cavness and Peyton Ordaz with 8 points each and Laura Fajardo with 6 points. Freshman Tiffany Newman had a great game as well. On the 5th the girls fell short to a hard shooting Alto team. Leading the scoring and player of the game was Tiffany Newman. Chesney Stewart added great defensive stops with 4 blocks. The team faced Colmesneil on the 6th, but again came up short. Alysse Caveness was the leading scorer with 5 points.
The varsity boys played in the Elkhart Tournament on December 5 and 6. On the 5th they faced Trinidad Trojans and brought home their first victory of the season, 39 to 27. Saul Chavez was the high point scorer. On the 6th, they faced the Latexo Tigers in the consolation championship but after a hard fought, back and forth game, fell short by a score of 42 to 46. Jonathan Eleby was the leading scorer. December 9 had the Indians facing Apple Springs where they brought home their second win of the season, outscoring the opponents by a score of 38 to 26.
Indian basketball is off to a strong start. If you need something to do – come out and support your Groveton Indians basketball teams.
Freshman Indian player Saul Chavez gains the ball in Friday’s game. (Photo by Martha Harrison Mericle)
By Jean Rasbeary
Friday night marked the last football game for the Groveton Indians for the 2014 season as they traveled to Bullard in the midst of the coldest weather of the season. The Groveton Indians met the Price-Carlisle team and lost the Bi-District game 13 – 30. The Indians ended their season with 4 wins and 6 losses; District play: 3 wins and 2 losses.
This has been a learning experience for the Groveton Indians as they learned a new defense, a new offense and a new coaching system. Groveton lost some key players early in the season. Brandon Kemper and Kelvin James suffered season ending injuries so team members had to step up. As with all team efforts, determination and love of the game endures. Dekedrick Odom became a strong running back and an effective pass receiver. Colton Alsbrooks overcame injuries to become a reliable pass receiver, freshman Saul Chavez stepped up his game and caught some outstanding passes, Glenn Thornton became a strong passer and was the punter, Dawson Chumley became a pass receiver and Nick Martinez booted some 60-yard kickoffs.
The young linemen did their best against some large, senior lines and they should be ready next season to move some defenders! I'm sure the entire team would love to be playing somewhere Friday night but, except for the seniors, these guys will go into basketball or off season to prepare for next season! Get Stronger, Get Faster and Get Ready...Now. Please know that we all love you, we support you as you strive for excellence and we'll be ready to help you reach your full potential.
Seniors: Jamie Jacobs, Marcus Jones, Dekedrick Odom, Colton Alsbrooks, Kelvin James, Brandon Kemper, Brantley Conner, Jake Pruitt, Cory Perkins, Greg Newman, Christian Jeffries and Sterling Haynes. Juniors: Alex Jones, Donavan Whitton, Jonathan Eleby, Nick Martinez, Cameron Rasbeary, Daniel Gamboa, Trevor Brooks and Colton Ray. Sophmores: Dawson Chumley, Kaylon Horace, Glenn Thornton, Trey Hance, Ethan Reynolds, Chad Cleaver, Cody Fairchild and Tanner Ebarb. Freshmen: Saul Chavez and Ethan Cathey.
Groveton Indian Matthew Howell (#30) scores on Groveton’s second play from the line of scrimmage with a 70-yard run. (Photo by Martha Harrison Mericle)
by Jean Rasbeary
Last Thursday evening, the Groveton Indians traveled to Lovelady for the District game with the Lions. The Indian's 8th grade team was successful defeating the Lions 28 – 8. The JV game started as Haden Terry kicked off to Lovelady with a 40 yard kick. Lovelady's #14 carried for two yards before being stopped by #11 Cameron Rasbeary. Lovelady couldn't move the ball past Groveton's 44 yard line so they were forced to punt. Groveton took over on their own 27 yard line but quarterback Haden Terry fumbled and Lovelady pounced on the ball. Two plays later they scored their first touchdown but the extra point run try was no good. The Lions kicked off to the Indians booting the ball 41 yards so Groveton started play on their 29 yard line.
Terry completed a pass to #2 Colton Burton but it netted a -3 yard loss. Miguel Venegas #34 carried the ball for 13 yards giving the Indians their first first-down. The next three plays netted only 6 yards so Terry punted the ball 34 yards and Lovelady took over on their own 20 yard line. Twelve plays later they scored their second TD on a 13 yard run by their quarterback. The extra point run by #1 was good bringing their score to 14 – 0. The Lions kicked off to Groveton and #2 Colton Burton scampered for 17 yards to Groveton's 42 yard line. A nice pass play from Terry to Venegas was wiped out by a penalty; the next pass play to #11 Cameron Rasbeary sailed too high but the next pass was just right and Cameron caught it and flew down the field for a 47 yard touchdown! The extra point try was no good. Lovelady 14 – Groveton 6 with 6:44 left in the second quarter. After a 45 yard kickoff by Terry, Lovelady's #1 carried the ball 33 yards to Groveton's 48 but a ten yard penalty took them back. Five plays later, they scored on a two yard run and the extra point try was no good so, with 4:40 left in the second quarter, the score was Lovelady 20 – Groveton 6. Neither team could score during the third and fourth quarters so the final score was Lovelady 20 – Groveton 6. STATS: Groveton Rushing: 22 attempts for 97 yards – 38 yards lost = 59 total yards rushing. Lovelady Rushing: 39 attempts 220 yards – 11 = 209 total yards rushing. Groveton Passing: 5 completed out of 14 attempts for 101 yards -3 = 98 total yards passing. Lovelady Passing: 3 completed out of 13 for 69 total yards passing. The Indians fumbled three times and lost all three. The Lions had no turn overs. Groveton had five penalties for -30 yards; the Lions received three penalties for -20 yards. The Indians are scheduled to play at Anderson-Shiro next Thursday evening, October 30th.
Last Friday night amid all the Homecoming celebrations, the Groveton Indians met the Lovelady Lions in District play. Lovelady kicked off to Groveton's Dekedrick Odom who carried for 16 yards. However, the Indians could not move the ball ten yards so Glenn Thornton punted to the Lions pushing them back to their own 29 yard line. On the first play from scrimmage, #12 Taylor Golden carried 81 yards for the Lion's first score. The extra point try by #11 was good and Lovelady led 7 – 0. The Lions kicked off to Dekedrick Odom once again stopping him for no gain but the Lions were penalized 15 yards for a face mask violation and Groveton moved to the 32 yard line. The first play from scrimmage, Odom was thrown for a minus ten yards loss but quarterback Glenn Thornton completed two passes to Dawson Chumley for 10 & 11 yards giving the Indians a first down on the 43 yard line. Odom ran for one, Thornton passed to Chumley for 12 and to Odom for 22 for another first down. Starting on the Lion's 22 yard line, Groveton carried to the ten yard line on a 22 yard pass from Thornton to Colton Alsbrooks.
Everyone was anticipating a touchdown but, alas, it was not to be as the Indians carried the ball to the three yard line and no further! Lovelady moved the ball six yards before receiving two penalties which moved them back to their six yard line before they were forced to punt the ball back to the Indians. Groveton took over on the 49 yard line and managed to gain only five yards. Groveton punted the ball back to the Lions and this time, they were not to be denied as they moved the ball down the field ending with a 47 yard TD run by #11 Lee Holsey with 12 seconds left in the first quarter. The extra point run was good and Lovelady led the Indians 16 – 0. Dekedrick Odom carried the ball 27 yards on the kickoff return before Thornton's pass was intercepted by big #76 and Lovelady took over on their 44 yard line. The Lions had some penalty problems and punted the ball back to the Indians carrying it all the way to the 14 yard line. The Indians could only move the ball 8 yards on an Alsbrooks pass reception before giving the ball back to the Lions. On their third play, #11 Holsey was intercepted by Jamie Jacobs. The Lions were hit with another 15-yard penalty which moved the ball to their own 33 yard line. Groveton attempted six straight passes, completing two for 5 and 7 yards to Alsbrooks and one to Saul Chavez for 13 yards. Then quarterback Glenn Thornton darted in for an 11 yard run and a Groveton TD! However, the pass play was unsuccessful for the extra points. With 5:8 left in the first half, Lovelady led 16 – 6. The Indians kicked off to Lovelady and they moved the ball down the field until they scored again but the TD was wiped out by another holding call. So, they tried another pass play which was intercepted by #3 Marcus Jones who carried for 18 yards. The halftime consisted of a performance by Lovelady's band and the Homecoming activities for the Groveton crowd. Ms. Morgan Conner, the Junior queen candidate was elected Homecoming Queen for 2014. The third quarter started off with Groveton kicking to the Lions and they promptly received back to back holding calls moving the ball back to their six yard line. They punted to the Indians and Jamie Jacobs carried for 4 yards before the Lions were called for a 15 yard personal foul penalty.
This was a very critical point of the game because Groveton moved the ball to Lovelady's one yard line and could not punch it in!! So, Lovelady gets the ball on their own 1 yard line and could only move it six yards before punting it away; luckily for the Indians, the ball only went 29 yards so Groveton took over on Lovelady's 34 yard line. On the first play, Thornton passed to freshman Saul Chavez for a 34 yard touchdown!! The Indians were called for delay of game but they were not to be denied as Thornton passed to Alsbrooks for the two points and the score was Groveton 14 – Lovelady 16. Lovelady couldn't make a first down here so they punted and on the first play, Groveton fumbled the ball back to the Lions. Seven plays later they scored on a 49 yard run and a two-point extra point try so Lovelady led 24 – 14 with 10:53 left in the game. Groveton attempted eight straight pass plays, completing five of them, aided by a 15 yard targeting penalty, but, with 4th & 5, the pass was not completed and Lovelady took over.
The Indians had one more try and needed only one yard to keep their drive going but Lovelady got the ball back and never game it back. Colton Ray, Ethan Reynolds, Nick Martinez, Ethan Cathey and Jonathan Eleby tried hard to shut the Lions down but it was not to be, I guess. It was a hard fought battle. STATS: Groveton Rushing: 19 attempts for 51 yards minus 20 = 31 yards; Groveton Passing: 27 completed out of 40 attempts for 234 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception; First Downs: Groveton earned 2 rushing, 11 passing and 3 by Lovelady's penalties for a total of 16. Groveton was only penalized two times for -10 yards. We had two fumbles losing only one of them. Lovelady Rushing: 45 attempts for 361 yards; Lovelady Passing: completed 1 out of 5 attempts for 10 yards and Groveton intercepted two of their passes. First downs: Ten Rushing and one passing. Lovelady was penalized 14 times for a whopping minus 155 yards.
Indians Senior # 2 Alex Jones and Junior # 21 Nick Martinez stop this Owl in mid-flight.(Photo by Martha Harrison Mericlez)
by Jean Rasbeary, Greg Rasbeary
Last Friday evening, the Owls of Anderson-Shiro came to Indian Territory.
This was an important game and the Indians had to win this game by six points to be able to advance into the playoffs. Nick Martinez kicked off to the Owls and the ball ended up on the 22-yard line. Anderson-Shiro's big #27 made three good runs before the ball was fumbled on Anderson's 38-yard line and Groveton recovered the fumble. However, quarterback Glenn Thornton was thrown for a nine yard loss, a pass to Saul Chavez was incomplete and a pass from Thornton to Alsbrooks netted three yards. Glenn Thornton punted the ball 42 yards to Anderson's 20-yard line. #27 took the ball for six and then rumbled 74 yards for the Owl's first score. The two-point extra point try was no good. After a short 31-yard kickoff, Groveton got the ball on their own 38-yard line.
Dekedrick Odom ran for four yards, Thornton ran for 2 yards before he connected with Odom for a 47-yard touchdown. The extra point try was no good. The score was tied 6 – 6. Nick Martinez kicked a 30-yard kickoff and Anderson-Shiro carried it 11 yards. The Owls were making good progress until they reached Groveton's 27 yard line and a fumble was recovered by Groveton's #5 Colton Alsbrooks. The Indians found the going hard as three pass plays were incomplete and Thornton attempted a punt but it netted 0 yards. Anderson took over on Groveton's 25-yard line but two penalties delayed their progress. They finally got on track and scored on a one-yard run & the extra point try was good. Score was Groveton 6 – Anderson-Shiro 14.
Groveton took over the ball at the beginning of the second quarter and a 17-yard pass play from Thornton to Saul Chavez. Odom ran for 13 yards, Chumley caught a five-yard pass and the Owls were called for a 15-yard facemask penalty. Thornton passed to Chumley for an 11 yard TD but the extra point try was no good. Score was Groveton 12 – Anderson 14. The next few plays belonged to the Owls as they moved the ball right down the field scoring on a 31-yard scamper by #27. The extra point try was good. Score was Groveton 12 – Anderson-Shiro 21. At this point, I was getting a little nervous as I sat at home with a newly replaced knee. My granddaughter was playing with her cousin, Jace Rasbeary, so she didn't check her phone as I frantically tried to contact her for periodic updates. Groveton tried six plays in a row and a running play by Odom before turning the ball back over to the Owls. But, Anderson-Shiro couldn't move the ball either, so they punted it back to us and the Indians returned it 44 yards before Thornton passed to Colton Alsbrooks for a 10 yard TD. The extra point try was no good. Score was Groveton 18 – Anderson-Shiro 21. As the game reached the halftime, the Owls scored on a five-yard TD run. The extra point try was good. Score was Groveton 18 – Anderson-Shiro 28. In the third quarter, the Owls were intercepted and the Indians carried the ball all the way into the end zone where we were intercepted. The Indians defense stiffened and the offense fired up. Six plays later, the Indians scored on a two-yard pass from Thornton to Martinez. The two-point try was no good. Score was Groveton 24 – Anderson-Shiro 28. At this point, I was really getting worried as I got a message that the time left was 3:30 left until the end of the ballgame.
Jamie Jacobs stepped up big and intercepted a pass from the Owls and Thornton passed to Colton Alsbrooks for a 47 yard TD. There was a bad snap & the extra point try was no good. Score was Groveton 30 – Anderson-Shiro 28. I'm praying very hard by this time and Anderson tried a pass play on the Indians 37 yard line which was incomplete. That was just what we needed as Groveton took the ball right down the field and Dekedrick Odom, who has had an outstanding season, scored on a 10-yard run.
This time, thankfully, the kick by Martinez was good and Groveton won 37 – Anderson-Shiro 28.
The game was a good effort on both the offensive and defensive sides for the Indians.