Handing out game balls from TVCC’s 37-24 loss to Tyler

By Michael V. Hannigan/HCN

TVCC dropped a conference home game Saturday night and fell to 1-2 on the season.

The Tyler Apaches (1-2) rolled to a 37-24 win over the Cardinals behind the power of their running game, gaining more than 300 yards on the night and rushing for three touchdowns.

The game left both teams at 1-1 in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference.

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10 Observations from a crazy night in Eustace

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By Michael V. Hannigan/HCN

EUSTACE — I have covered some strange football in my time, but Friday night’s game in Eustace was one for the books. It included two lightning delays before finally ending in the second quarter at 9:49 p.m.

But that was just the start of the curious turns the night took.

For the record, the game was called at 11:27 of the second quarter with Winona leading Eustace, 28-14. Don’t let the score fool you, the Bulldogs had shown the ability to move up and down the field and the game was very much in doubt when interrupted.

Here are my 10 Observations from the sidelines.

— TOP TAKEAWAY: You may outscore the Bulldogs, but you aren’t going to play any harder. Eustace brought it on every play and scratched and clawed for every extra yard it could get. Impressive effort.

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12 Observations from the Hornets 42-29 loss to Brownsboro

By Michael V. Hannigan/HC

Brownsboro beat Athens, 42-29, in Friday night’s season opener that was marred by mistakes, penalties and turnovers from both teams.

The win sends the Highway 31 Champions trophy east to reside in Brownsboro until the next time the two teams face off.

Here are 12 observations from the the game.

— It’s hard to really get the rivalry vibe going for the first game of the season. It seems to take the fans a couple of weeks to really get into the swing of things. But the folks from Brownsboro and Athens did a pretty good job Friday night with a nice crowd showing up to kick off the season.

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