Battle of Attoyac

Photo courtesy of Sharrone King

Garrison senior football players and cheerleaders visit the Attoyac River in preparation for this week’s ‘Battle of the Attoyac’ game. Cheerleaders are (front, from left) Emily Sparks, Makayla Hamilton, Savanna Clements, Kylan Lawrence and Jaiyah Hodge. Players are (back, from left) Ja’Kedric Watts, Ja’Kadric Watts, Canyon Holmes, Chace Rodriguez, Sabastion Porter, Chase Collins, Jalon Cotton, Tray Taylor and Kolby Townsend. The late Brandon Tenison’s jersey is featured (#34). Not pictured is JT McCallister.

As each season approaches, the East Texas football rivalry matchup called ‘The Battle of the Attoyac’ earns new significance to the teams involved. This year’s contest between Garrison and Timpson on Friday is no different.

The Bulldogs (2-3, 1-1 dist.) and Bears (2-4, 0-2 dist.) will square off at John Herbert Eakin Stadium at 7:30 p.m. in the 63rd meeting between the two squads as they battle for bragging rights of the river between the two towns. It will also be a key District 11-2A DI game.

The game will be broadcast online by the Bulldog network at mixlr.com/garrisonbulldogs/.

In other area contests, The Cushing Bearkats (1-4) will be opening District 10-2A DI action on the road, facing defending league champion Price Carlisle (3-2) in a 7:30 p.m. matchup at Arrowhead Stadium.

Alto (5-0) will look to keep its season record intact, opening 10-2A DI action at Big Sandy (1-4), Hull-Daisetta (2-2) will visit San Augustine (4-0) in the opening District 12-2A DI contest for both teams. Center (3-3) will host Cleveland Tarkington (3-2) in the opening District 9-4A DII game for both teams, and unbeaten Mount Enterprise (4-0) is coming off a bye week and will begin District 10-2A DII at home against Simms Bowie (1-4). Tenaha (4-2, 1-1 dist.) is coming off its first District 11-2A DI loss and has a bye week.

Garrison at Timpson — The Bulldogs lead the all-time series with Timpson, 42-20-0, winning the last six games dating back to 2007, and 18 of the last 19 meetings. The ’Dogs won the last two meetings by an average of 34 points (51-6 in 2011 and 41-18 in 2018), but during the recent run the Bears have lost by one twice (22-21 in 2010 & 41-40 in 2008). The teams didn’t meet from 2012 to 2017.

Cushing at Carlisle — Non-district games are over and the Cushing Bearkats will try to get its offense rolling this week when they go on the road to begin league play against Carlisle.

The ’Kats are coming off a 21-6 loss to Tyler All Saints and are looking to snap their two-game losing skid as they begin district play.

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