The Garrison Bulldogs and Cushing Bearkats will lead area football teams into Week 2 of the 2019 season. No. 8-ranked Garrison will be on the road, traveling to Crockett to square off with another group of Bulldogs, while Cushing will be at home for the second straight week to battle rival Mount Enterprise.
Garrison (0-0), which had a bye week to begin the season, will tackle Crockett (1-0) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Monte Driskell Stadium.
Cushing (0-1) will host Mount Enterprise (1-0) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at J.F. Whitaker Stadium.
Other non-district games involving area teams Friday includes No. 9-ranked Tenaha (1-0) hosting Lovelady (7:30 p.m.), Alto (1-0) visiting Timpson (0-1) (7:30 p.m.), and Center (1-0) hosting Jefferson (7:30 p.m.). No. 5-ranked San Augustine (1-0) will enjoy a bye this week.
Garrison at Crockett
Garrison will try to overcome a fact that they haven’t played a game this season when the ’Dogs battle a Crockett team that is coming off a one-sided 44-21 victory over Buffalo last week. Crockett used a 23-point second quarter to open up a 30-14 lead at the break, then added 14 more points in the third period to win it going away.
Crockett is picked to finish third in the District 11-3A DI race this season behind Franklin and Diboll, and is coming of a 7-4 playoff season a year ago.
Garrison, a third-round playoff team a year ago in Class 2A DI, is coming off a 10-3 mark in 2018, capturing the District 11-2A DI championship. But having an early season bye will leave question marks heading into the opener.
“With the bye in the first week of the season it’s only going to give us two non-district games before district play starts,” said GHS head coach Larry Prince. “The Crockett game and San Augustine game will allow us to find out where we are quickly.
“And a benefit of losing the game in the first week is we now have that Week 11 spot in our schedule filled so if we get in rhythm heading into the playoffs it will allow us to keep going.”
Mt. Enterprise at Cushing
Two teams which started off the season headed in opposite directions will square off Friday in this annual grudge match. While Cushing began the season with a 24-14 setback to Chilton at home, Mount Enterprise blew past Colmesneil last Friday, 56-20.
This will be the 55th meeting between the Wildcats and Bearkats, with CHS leading the series 30-24. Last season was the first meeting since the 2013 season, ending the four-year drought. But the game was halted in the first quarter with Mount Enterprise leading 14-0.
In the last official meeting in 2013, the Wildcats recorded a 28-20 win. Mount Enterprise has won the last seven meetings by a combined 252-103. Cushing’s last win came in 2006 by a 26-12 count.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Week 1 Results
Mount Enterprise 56, Colmesneil 20
Chilton 24, Cushing 14
Tenaha 15, Troup 7
Alto 28, Palestine Westwood 20
San Augustine 70, Big Sandy 7
Hemphill 56, Timpson 39
Center 35, Tatum 30
Friday, Sept. 6 Games
Garrison at Crockett (V), 7:30 p.m.
Mount Enterprise at Cushing (V), 7 p.m.
Lovelady at Tenaha (V), 7:30 p.m.
Alto at Timpson (V), 7:30 p.m.
Jefferson at Center (V), 7:30 p.m.
San Augustine has a bye