Sports

Mon
26
Sep

Blackcats shy of upset over Caldwell

By Stephen R. Farris

Sports Reporter

 

The Mexia Blackcats nearly pulled off a road upset over Caldwell as they took a 30-27 lead a little over midway in the third quarter, but the Hornets ended up outscoring them down the stretch to hang on for a 48-36 win.

Caldwell took an 11-point lead with 6:58 left to play in the game, but the Blackcats slashed it down to five after quarterback Jaylen Gipson slipped through the Hornets defenders for a 68-yard touchdown run to make it 41-36.

However, Caldwell’s Dominique Chambers two big fourth quarter runs of 80 and 41 yards turned out to be the difference in the Hornets win.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Sat
24
Sep

Cats get stung by Hornets

Mexia's Jaylen Gipson hands the ball off to Josh Beachum. Gipson had his best rushing game of the season with 224 yards and three touchdowns. He also accounted for 406 of the Blackcats 477 total yards of offense Friday night against Caldwell.

The Mexia Blackcats nearly pulled off a road upset over Caldwell as they took a 30-27 lead a little over midway in the third quarter, but the Hornets ended up outscoring them down the stretch to hang on for a 48-36 win.

Caldwell took an 11-point lead with 6:58 left to play in the game, but the Blackcats slashed it down to five after quarterback Jaylen Gipson slipped through the Hornets defenders for a 68-yard touchdown run to make it 41-36 with 5:08 left on the game clock.

However, Caldwell’s Dominique Chambers two big fourth quarter runs of 80 and 41 yards turned out to be the difference in the Hornets win.

The Blackcats tried all night long to stop Chambers, but the junior running back of Caldwell danced, pranced, juked and jived his way into the end zone five times in the game, while amassing a total of 374 yards rushing on 37 carries.

Wed
21
Sep

Ladycats swoon over Palestine

By Stephen R. Farris

The Mexia News Sports

 

After the first set of Tuesday evening’s district opener between visiting Mexia and home team Palestine, you might have thought that the home Ladycats have really improved.

That was until Mexia began settling in.

The Ladycats of Limestone County took care of business and defeated their maroon rival Ladycats in four sets, 19-25, 25-20, 25-11, 25-14, to start district play at 1-0.

Mexia trailed all the way in the first set, although they managed to pull to within four of Palestine on a couple of occasions before eventually losing it by six.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Mon
19
Sep

Coolidge pens up Panthers 46-24

The Mexia News Staff Report 

 

Coolidge evened up their season record at 2-2 after defeating the Oakwood Panthers at home last Friday night, 46-24.

The Yellowjackets got on the board first when Jordan Brown carried the ball in on a 36-yard touchdown run to take a 6-0 lead.

Oakwood came back a short time later to score on a 54-yard pass play to even it up at 6-6.

Coolidge reeled off two straight touchdowns, one on a Torrey Hoover 29-yard scamper into the end zone and Matthew Krause scored the first of two touchdowns on the night with a two-yard run.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Mon
12
Sep

Mexia vs Groesbeck wrap-up

By Stephen R. Farris

Mexia News Sports

 

Last Friday night didn’t turn out quite the way the Mexia Blackcats wanted it to as their three-game “Battle of the River” win streak was snapped by the Groesbeck Goats, 21-15.

Mexia actually led 8-7 at the half, but two third quarter touchdowns by the Goats and an interception inside the red zone at the end of the game gave the south of the Navasota team the six-point win.

The Blackcats scored a late touchdown with 00:53 remaining in the game and got the ball right back after Jo’rel Lockhart recovered the ensuing onside kick, but quarterback Jaylen Gipson’s pass to his intended receiver across the middle deep in Groesbeck’s end of the field was picked off by the Goats Bradley Wilson that ended Mexia’s threat.

The Blackcats not only battled the “Sea of Red” but also the constant tossing of the yellow hankies by referees.

Tue
06
Sep

Blackcats’ versatility to adjust shows to be effective

By Stephen R. Farris

The Mexia News Sports

 

Last week’s weather hampered the Mexia Blackcats football team as lightning prevented them from getting in normal practice time out on the field. 

The only real chance they had was on Wednesday, two days before their game with the Teague Lions.

The setback showed in the first quarter of play, however, the Blackcats have been sluggish at the beginning of games so far this season.

But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Once they start hitting and getting more into the groove, opponents end up on the losing side of the scoreboard.

Teague thought they found a weakness in the Mexia D early in the game Friday night, but after adjustments were made by the Blackcat coaching staff, the 7-0 deficit soon turned into a 20-7 halftime lead for the crimson and black.

Wed
31
Aug

Ladycats lose in four against Teague

By Stephen R. Farris

The Mexia News Sports

 

The Teague Lady Lions took only four sets to take Tuesday’s match against the visiting Mexia Ladycats.

Teague won the first set 25-16, dropped the second one 25-20 and battled to take the last two, 25-21, 25-19.

Mexia came into the match fresh off a championship win at the Centerville Tournament this past weekend, while Teague - playing in the same tournament - didn’t fare so well, finishing with no wins.

Teague seemed to have something to prove Tuesday night as they took the first set decisively, putting together good sets, playing tough defense and getting some good play from their front court.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Mon
29
Aug

Lady Bulldogs place third in Silver Bracket at Centerville Tourney

The Mexia News Staff Report

 

The Lady Bulldogs of Wortham came away from the Centerville Tournament with a third place finish in the Silver Bracket.

Wortham defeated Grapeland in their first bracket game Saturday, 22-25, 25-23, 15-11, but fell to Diboll in the next match, 22-25, 25-20, 11-15, putting them into the third place game with Crockett.

The Lady Bulldogs took care of business and swept their namesake counterpart in two sets, 25-12, 25-23 to claim the trophy.

Wortham received outstanding play from Kate Vogel, Kayla Lansford and Hallie Fautt in Saturday’s matches.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Mon
29
Aug

Ladycats looking past corners

The Mexia News Staff Report

 

After starting the season a couple of weeks ago, it looks like the Mexia Ladycat’s volleyball team has turned the corner.

Mexia competed in the Centerville Tournament over the weekend, finishing up pool play on Thursday and entering competition in the Gold Bracket of the tourney on Saturday.

The Ladycats took down Cayuga in the morning opener, then shut down Second Baptist out of Houston and blasted host Centerville in the championship game to bring home the first place trophy.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Mon
29
Aug

Mexia cross country team competitive

The Mexia News Staff Report

 

Mexia’s cross country team competed very well at the Kaufman meet this past Saturday.

Diego Rivera placed seventh overall in the boy’s race, while teammate Angel Escamilla finished in the No. 12 spot.

For the varsity girls team, Macie Martinez took seventh place.

The junior varsity Blackcats boys and girls teams ran strong on Saturday.

Isaac Mendez finished 10th, Manny Acevedo crossed the finish line No. 14 in the boys race and teammate Juan Hernandez came in at No. 15 overall.

Reyna Escamilla had the best finish for the JV girls, finishing in the No. 15 place.

Mexia will travel further east this Saturday, competing in the Latexo Cross Country meet.

Pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

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