FINAL: Henderson 27, Center 14

Friday night's 27-14 loss to the Henderson Lions put the Center Roughriders in a three-way tie with the Palestine Wildcats and the Bullard Panthers in the 4A Division 1 Region 3 District 9 table, complicating all three team’s chances to qualify to playoffs. 

A fumble late in the fourth quarter from quarterback Jayden Hicks became the game’s turning point; Henderson scored their fourth touchdown of the game with 1:22 remaining in the last period of play and increased their 21-14 lead to a 27-14 lead. The two point conversion was no good. 

Not much action happened in the first period of play. However, the Lions opened the game’s scoring with a one yard touchdown run with 5:45 in the second quarter. 

Henderson’s following two touchdowns were scored by the Lions quarterback, Trae Hall — a 17 yard touchdown run with8:08 in the third quarter and a 33 yard touchdown run with 7:59 in the fourth quarter. 

The Riders two touchdowns were scored by outside wide receiver Jaterious Evans and running back Marquez Hall — a 17 yard touchdown pass from Hicks to the former with 58 seconds left in the second period of the game and a 43 yard touchdown run at 11:59 in the third quarter from the latter.

The Riders will host the Kilgore Bulldogs next Friday at 7:30 p.m. The Riders will need a win against the Bulldogs next week to guarantee their ticket to playoffs. If they are unable to come out with the result, their chances will be at the hands of Palestine and Bullard in their upcoming games. 

Scoring summary

First Quarter

No score

Second Quarter:

H: 1-run run. PAT good. 7-0

C: JaTerious Evans 18-yard pass from Jayden Hicks. PAT good. 7-7


Third Quarter:

H: 17-yard run. PAT good. 14-7

Fourth Quarter:

C: Marquez Hall 43-yard run. PAT good. 14-14

H: 33-yard run. PAT good. 21-14

H: 3-yard run. PAT no good. 27-14


4A District 9 Standings


Carthage 4-0, 8-0

Kilgore 3-1, 6-2

Henderson 2-2, 6-2

Palestine 2-2, 3-5

Bullard 2-2, 3-5

Center, 2-3, 2-7

Chapel Hill 0-5, 3-6

2017 Center Roughriders 

(2-2, 2-6)

Sept. 1 L @ Rusk 48-21

Sept. 8 L vs. Gilmer 56-17

Sept. 15 L Gladewater 17-3**

Sept. 22 L @ Diboll 45-42

Sept. 29 W @ Bullard* 39-35

Oct. 6 L vs. Palestine* 42-21

Oct. 13 W @ Chapel Hill* 40-28

Oct. 20 L vs. Carthage* 42-12

Oct. 27 L @ Henderson* 27-14

Nov. 3 vs. Kilgore*

Nov. 10 BYE

*District game 

** Homecoming

This week’s games

• Henderson 27, Center 14

• Carthage 41, Bullard 6

• Palestine 62, Chapel Hill 47

• Kilgore: Bye week

Next week;s games

• Center vs. Kilgore

• Carthage @ Palestine

• Henderson @ Bullard

* Chapel Hill has a bye


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