Pleasant Grove’s defense and special teams played key roles in the Hawks 24-6 playoff win over Waco Connally last Friday in Royse City. Master of ceremonies was linebacker Caleb Hemphill, who piled up 10 tackles, three behind the line of scrimmage. Hemphill is the Fox Sports Texarkana/Dewey Moore Ford Player of the Week.
The Hawks continue postseason play Friday at Allen ISD against District 6-4A Division II rival Gilmer. Pleasant Grove beat the Buckeyes earlier this season in a rainstorm, 14-0. The winner advances to play Lorena or Pittsburg, another district rival.
L-E’s Isaiah Cross sparked rally
Even in a losing affair Liberty-Eylau senior quarterback Isaiah Cross made his final schoolboy performance a memorable one. That effort earns him the ESPN Texarkana/Dewey Moore Ford Player of the Week award.
Cross sparked a Leopard rally from a 37-13 deficit, only to see an opportunity to tie the score in the final minutes fall short. Cross completed 15 of 29 passes for 239 yards and 2 touchdowns, while running for another 97 yards, including a 14-yard TD run in the final seconds of the third quarter.
L-E overcame several season-ending injuries to reach the second round of the playoffs. The Leopards also saw their 12-year slump against Gilmer end.
There’s no denying Samples is red-hot
Andrew Samples has earned his fourth, and back-to-back KPYN/Dewey Moore Ford Player of the Week honors with a spectacular effort last Friday in Tyler against Kemp.
Samples completed 6 of 8 passes for 196 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught a touchdown pass from wide receiver Kade Wood in the Rabbs’ 42-21 victory.
Atlanta (7-5) advances to the Region II-3A Division I semifinals, where it will play Mount Vernon (8-3) Friday night at Pine Tree’s Pirate Stadium in Longview. The winner advances to play Gladewater (11-1) or Malakoff (9-2).