It is a wonderful time to be living at the farm. The weather is mostly mild, with a little rain to make the plants happy. Some plants apparently think it is spring, because I’m looking at some huge fall hibiscus blossoms, and something that looks like a vine but doesn’t climb that is all the sudden full of bright orange flowers shaped like big clusters of great big honeysuckles. I think it is called something that has fire in its name. The blue morning glories weren’t much to brag about until about a month ago and they finally went crazy. Now I see what they were up to. The vines, ugly now, are full of seed pods. They are getting ready to plant next year’s morning glories. All of these last bursts of color are beautiful and precious, like the butterflies I see on them.
By Michael V. Hannigan/HCN
That sound you heard in Malakoff Friday night was the Tiger offense exploding.
The Tigers finished the regular season at home with a 75-0 beatdown of visiting Elkhart to push their record to 9-1.
Malakoff football historian Benny Rogers said the Tigers set a school record for single-game scoring (previous high of 73) and have won 16 straight home games.
By Michael V. Hannigan/HCN
The Malakoff Tigers stayed perfect by beating the West Trojans (6-2) Friday night, 40-27.
The win improves Malakoff’s record to 8-0 overall, 6-0 in District 9-3A and sets up a huge game next Friday for the Tigers, who are on the road at Teague (6-2, 5-1).
But before we move on to Teague, let’s pass out awards from this week’s win over West.
HAT TRICK AWARD – Judd Miller
Malakoff’s quarterback Judd Miller was a touchdown machine when the Tigers got close to the end zone, scoring on runs of 11, 12 and 6 yards. He scored the last three touchdowns for Malakoff.
I’M OPEN AWARD – Jake Lee
The Tigers opened up the scoring on their first possession when Jake Lee beat one-on-one coverage and threw up his hand to let Miller know he was open. Lee made a nice catch and did a great job keeping his feet in bounds at the back of the end zone.
BEAST MODE AWARD — Zee Bailey
Zee Bailey wins this award so often I may have to come up with an oak leaf cluster system for him. Friday night, he provided a toughness edge as evidenced by one run where he disappeared under a pile of defenders at the 19 yard line, but the pile kept moving. With some help from his friends Bailey wound up at the 8, gaining 11 yards after being swarmed by defenders. He also scored on a 46-yard run.
DEEP IN THE PLAYBOOK AWARD — Coach Jamie Driskell
Coach Driskell has turned the point after attempt this season into a strategic moment, often going for 2. On one memorable conversion Friday, Miller handed off to Bailey, who took a step to his left then ran right before pitching the ball back to Miller in what turned into an option play. Driskell not only scores more points, he makes sure the opposing coaches have one more thing to defend.
BIG LEG AWARD — Everardo Garcia
Punter Everardo Garcia proved himself a valuable weapon for Malakoff in the second half. On his first punt, he drew a roughing penalty after fielding a high snap. After that he had kicks to the West 1 yard line, 9 yard line, and 24 yard line with no return on any of them. The field position Garcia provided was a big part of the win.
WE WANT TO BE HEARD AWARD — The referees
Whether you thought a particular call was correct or not, there is no debating that the referees were a big part of the game. Both teams had touchdowns called back and were hit with penalties at key moments.
TOUGH ENOUGH AWARD — Malakoff Flag Corps and Dance Team
It was cold Friday night … 40-degree cold. But when the band hit the field at halftime, the Malakoff Flag Corps and Dance Team were there to perform like always in their very pretty, but very thin, costumes. If you don’t think that’s a display of toughness, you weren’t on the sidelines last night trying to stay warm.
DO IT ALL AWARD — Adonia Dixon-Thomas and all the others
Through more than 20 years of covering football in Texas, one of my favorite sights is seeing a student in a different uniform in the band at halftime. In Malakoff, WR Adonia Dixon-Thomas took off his pads after the first half to perform his duties as drum major and lead the Pride of Malakoff Band. There were also cheerleaders marching in the band. Kudos to all of you. … We love football, but many of students involved in making Friday night special never play the game. Thank you to them, as well.
Coach Driskell knows his Tigers will face a fierce foe in West on Friday night at Tiger Stadium in Malakoff. Both teams come into district play undefeated. Malakoff is perfect on the year at 7-0. West is 6-1, including a win over district rival, Teague.
Malakoff High School Seniors Chaney Tart, Cheyenne Robertson, and Wyatt Dixon have been selected by Malakoff High School and Trinity Valley Community College as “leaders of tomorrow.” They will be honored on Saturday October 21 with other area high school seniors at TVCC’s Phi Theta Kappa’s Leaders of Tomorrow conference and awards ceremony.
Chaney is the daughter of Tonya and Jay Tart. She has earned a softball scholarship to Texas Woman’s University and will major in Kinesiology. She plans on being a Physical Therapist and owning her own business after college.
Cheyenne is the daughter of Margaret and Keith Robertson. She plans on attending Stephen F. Austin State University and majoring in Actuarial Science with a minor in Finance. She plans on become an Actuary upon graduation from college.
Wyatt is the son of Mohonna and John Dixon. He has narrowed his choices of college to the University of Texas in Arlington, Texas A&M, or the University of North Texas. He plans on majoring in Engineering, and upon graduation, he would like to find a lucrative job where he can make a difference.