MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Tigers sealed the 2021 District championship with a victory over the Fairfield Eagles in their regular season finale Nov. 5 at home.
The Tigers’ offense went to work while the defense grounded the Eagles as Malakoff defeated Fairfield 41-7.
The Malakoff offense was slow to start with just seven points in the first quarter and three points in the second quarter as they held a 10-0 lead heading into halftime.
The Tigers then exploded for 24 points in the third quarter as they scored three touchdowns and added a 38-yard field goal to increase their lead to 34-0.
The Eagles scored their lone touchdown in the fourth quarter with the Tigers responded with one of their own in the final 12 minutes.
Malakoff wraps up the season at 7-3 overall and undefeated in district play at 5-0 to finish as District champions.
Malakoff (7-3) will take on the Maypearl Panthers (5-4) in their Bi-district playoff game at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 12 at Midway Panther Stadium in Hewitt.
Hornets sting Panthers in finale
ATHENS–The Athens Hornets picked up a victory in their final regular season game over the Mabank Panthers to dash any hope of playoffs for Mabank Nov. 5.
The Hornets won a shootout with the Panthers as both teams brought all the offense as Athens outlasted Mabank, 42-35.
Athens took a 14-0 lead after the first quarter. After holding Mabank off the board, the Panthers scored 14 points of their own in the second quarter. The Hornets notched a single touchdown in the second quarter as they held a 21-14 lead heading into halftime.
Each team traded touchdowns in the third quarter as the Hornets held a slim 28-21 lead going into the fourth quarter.
The Panthers and Hornets added two touchdowns each in the fourth quarter as the Hornets eliminated the Panthers from playoff contention as Athens picked up their lone district win of the season.
Mabank wraps up the season at 6-4 and the Hornets finish at 5-5.
Lions cage Bulldogs’ playoff hopes
EUSTACE–The Eustace Bulldogs saw any chance of playoff hope dashed Nov. 5 at home in their final regular season game against the Teague Lions.
The Bulldogs needed a little help along with a win but couldn’t help themselves as they fell narrowly to the Lions 29-19.
The Bulldogs started strong in their final regular season game with an 18-yard touchdown in the first quarter and a long 50-yard touchdown catch from Christian Case in the second quarter to take a 13-0 lead.
A late touchdown by Teague in the second quarter started the comeback for the Lions.
Teague would allow just one more Eustace score while finishing the game on a 23-6 run for the victory.
Eustace finishes the season at 5-5 overall and 1-4 in district play.
Kemp battles hard in loss to Groesbeck
KEMP–The Kemp Yellowjackets played one of their better games in the 2021 season against one of their tougher opponents in the district runner-up Groesbeck Goats Nov. 5.
The ’Jackets strung together some offense in their final regular season game but fell to the Goats 26-20.
The Goats finished the regular season at 8-2 overall and 4-1 in district play, finishing just behind Malakoff (5-0).
Kemp finishes the season winless at 0-9 overall and 0-5 in district play under first-year Head Coach Justin Stephens.
Trinidad falls to Fannindel in final game
FANNINDEL–The Trinidad Trojans dropped their final game of the 2021 regular season Nov. 5 on the road against the Fannindel Falcons.
The Falcons struck with offensive flurry as they topped the Trojans 53-6 at home.
The Trojans finish winless in 2021 with an 0-10 overall record and 0-3 in district play under first-year Head Coach Michael Warren.
Cross Roads’ finale cancelled against Palmer
CROSS ROADS–The Cross Roads’ 2021 season didn’t end the way the Bobcats wanted as their final regular season game against the Palmer Bulldogs was cancelled.
The Bobcats finish the season at 5-4 overall in the final year of their outlaw schedule where they play outside the UIL alignment.