The Lumberjacks quest for their first win of 2013 was put on hold for at least another week as they dropped a 38-7 decision on the road to the Bullard Panthers.
Conner Mebane led Bullard with 165 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries.
Meanwhile, the ‘Jacks fell in a big hole early for the second time in three weeks as Bullard raced out to a 24-0 lead midway through the second quarter.
Diboll got on the board before the half as it recovered a fumble on a punt return and Raive Sheppard capitalized on the mistake, scoring on a one-yard run by Raive Sheppard.
The lead stayed at 17 for the next quarter before Bullard scored two touchdowns late in the third quarter to seal the win and send Diboll to an 0-3 record.
Diboll won’t have an easy task in getting win No. 1 this week as the undefeated Shepherd Pirates visit the Lumberjacks for Homecoming night on Friday. Shepherd is coming off a 41-6 win over The Woodlands Christian Academy.
In that game, Javonte Green ran for 103 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 14 carries while Royse See and Keithon Johnson combined for 105 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.
See also did damage through the air, completing 4-of-8 passes for 50 yards and a touchdown.
Braeden Taylor was the team’s leading receiver with four receptions for 66 yards.
Carthage Bulldogs (3-0)
Last week: Chapel Hill 52, Chapel Hill 22 This week: vs. Nacogdoches (2-0)
Carthage continued to look like a legitimate contender for the state title as it pounded Chapel Hill, 52-22, on Friday night.
Blake Bogenschutz was his usual efficient self as he threw for 364 yards and four touchdowns to lead the onslaught. Meanwhile, Tevin Pipkin and Bryian Bolton spearheaded the team’s ground game with 266 combined rushing yards.
Tee Goree was once again unstoppable as he caught seven passes for 168 yards and three touchdowns in the first half alone. He then made a pair of interceptions after the break.
Carthage could draw another big test this week as it hosts a Nacogdoches team coming off a 28-24 shocker over perennial 5A powerhouse Lufkin. It was the first win for Nacogdoches over the Panthers since 1992 in the annual series.
Brandon Jones provided the biggest play of the night as he returned an interception 90 yards for a score with six minutes remaining.
Hunter McClellan threw for 216 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for 84 yards and a touchdown.
His biggest target was L.J. Barnes, who had several pivotal catches among his seven receptions for 80 yards.
Center Roughriders (0-3)
Last week: Atlanta 23, Center 16
This week: vs. Fairfield (3-0)
The Center Roughriders expected to contend for one of the top spots in District 20-3A but have struggled coming out of the gate, as they dropped a 23-16 decision to the Atlanta Rabbits on Friday night.
Center was led by Dalton Horton, who threw for 110 yards and a touchdown on 12-of-33 passing.
Devin Whitaker led Center on the ground with 61 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. Josh Burns was the team’s top receiving threat with five catches for 64 yards.
Things won’t get any easier for the Roughriders in their quest for their first win of the season as they travel to face an undefeated Fairfield team that hasn’t been tested yet.
Last week was Fairfield’s closest game of the season as it took a 50-14 win over Madisonville. That came after wins over Diboll (70-13) and Canton (57-0) to start the season.
In that game, Fairfield returned a pair of fumbles for touchdowns and had three other turnovers that led directly to scores.
Larry Rose led the offense with 123 yards on 14 carries.
Last season, Center took a win over Fairfield in the regular season before Fairfield returned the favor in the playoffs.
Jasper Bulldogs (1-2)
Last week: Kirbyville 23, Jasper 20
This week: vs. West Orange-Stark
The Bulldogs suffered their second straight defeat as they dropped a 23-20 decision to a tough Kirbyville team. Dwayne Daggles scored on a 14-yard run in the fourth quarter to finish off a late surge and give Kirbyville the win.
Jacksonville held a 20-10 advantage late in the game before the Wildcats’ late surge gave them the win.
Terrence Cuney led Jasper on the ground with 134 yards on 22 carries.
Keanthony Cuney led Jasper on defense with 16 tackles.
Jasper will look to get back in the win column on Friday night as it takes on a West Orange-Stark team that is coming off a 31-7 blowout win over the Beaumont Central Jaguars.
In that game, West Orange-Stark ran for close to 200 yards on the ground and kept the Beaumont Central offense in check.
Huntington Red Devils (1-2)
Last week: Splendora 39, H’ton 18
This week: vs. Bullard (2-1)
The Red Devils’ strong start to the season was slowed down on Friday night as they started fast but came out on the short end of a 39-18 score against Splendora.
Jamicheal Brown got Huntington off to a fast start as he scored on a 61-yard run. Then after Splendora scored the next 14 points, he drew the Red Devils closer by scoring on a 69-yard run to make it 14-12 midway through the second quarter.
But Splendora took over from there as it scored the next 17 points to take control of the game.
Huntington will look to end a two-game losing streak this week as it takes on a Bullard team coming off a 38-7 win over Diboll.
In that game, Connor Mebane ran for 165 yards and two scores on 19 carries.