Tenaha routs Gateway Charter 51-0; faces fellow district champ Iola

Game will be played Friday at Westwood-Palestine

Tenaha (13-0) faces Iola 7 p.m. Friday at Westwood-Palestine High School in one semifinal, while Timpson plays Grapeland 7 p.m. Friday at Rusk High School in the other.

In Iola, Tenaha has a rematch of last year's semifinal, which it won 44-0. Horn says this year's Iola team is much better than last year's squad.

See this week's print edition of The Light and Champion for the complete preview. 

2017 UIL Football State Championships 2017 Football Conference 2A D2

Last Friday, Tenaha had little trouble in its rematch with it Sept. 15 opponent Gateway Charter. Tenaha won the first meeting 54-0. This time araound, Tenaha was able to overcome five fumbles and strong winds that made passing difficult.

Tenaha jumped out to 16-0 first quarter lead as C.J. Horn capped the team's opening drive with a 1-yard run.

The Tigers went up 9-0 after blocking a Gateway punt out of the end zone. Adding insult to injury, Jay Lloyd returned the ensuing free kick 55 yards for a touchdown.

The lead grew to 30-0 by halftime on Onterio Thompson's 17-yard run and Horn's second touchdown off a 2-yard dive.

Tenaha added three scores in the third quarter before pulling most of its starters.

Horn hit Gardner for a 36-yard touchdown pass, LaDarrius Garrett scored on a 17-yard run and Horn connected with Gardner again from 17-yards out.


2017 Tenaha Tigers


Sept. 1 W vs. Joaquin 23-22

Sept. 8 W @ Kerens 28-9

Sept. 15 W Gateway Chtr. 53-0

Sept. 22 W vs. Clarksville 62-6

Sept. 29 BYE

Oct. 6 W @ West Sabine 65-0

Oct. 14 W vs. KIPP NE 66-6

Oct. 20 W vs. Wortham* 69-8

Oct. 27 W @Grapeland* 49-0

Nov. 3 W vs. Overton* 59-6

Nov. 10 W @Timpson* 40-8

Nov. 16 W vs. Colmesneil*** 74-0

Nov. 24: W vs. Charter Gateway*** 51-0

Dec. 1: vs. Iola, 7 p.m. 

*District game 

** Homecoming



This week’s 2A-Div. II Region 3 playoff games

• Tenaha vs. Iola

• Timpson vs. Grapeland

Last week’s 2A-Div. II Region 3 playoff games

• Tenaha 51, Gateway Charter 0

• Timpson 14, Bremond 11

• Grapeland 49, Cumby 34

• Iola 50, Maud 0


First Quarter

T: CJ Horn 1-yard run. PAT good. 7-0 10:16

T: Safety (Punt blocked out of end zone). 9-0 4:01

T: Jay Lloyd 55-yard kickoff return. PAT good. 16-0 3:47

Second Quarter

T: Onterio Thompson 17-yard run. PAT  good. 23-0 11:50

T: C.J. Horn 2-yard run. PAT good. 30-0 6:40


Third Quarter

T: C.J. Horn 36-yard pass to Trai Gardner. PAT good. 37-0. 9:47

T: LaDarrius Garrett 17-yard run. PAT good. 44-0 5:51

T: C.J. Horn 17-yard pass to Trai Gardner. PAT good. 51-0. 1:34