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Last week four of Shelby County’s five varsity football teams played. Timpson had a bye week.

The Center Roughriders hosted the Madisonville Mustangs and lost 52-40. The Roughriders are now 1-7 overall and 1-2 in District 10 4A-2 conference competition. They will host the Jasper Bulldogs this Friday, October 29, 2021 at Roughriders Stadium with kickoff at 7:30 p.m. CHS will have Senior Night Festivities this week. Jasper beat Shepherd 28-0 last week. SHS is 3-4 overall and 2-1 in district.

The Joaquin Rams narrowly beat the visiting Shelbyville Dragons in a District 10 2A-1 showdown, last Friday, by a 36-30 score. The win gives JHS a 5-2 overall standing. They are 2-0 in conference action. The Rams will face the Timpson Bears (7-0, 2-0) at Rams Stadium for Senior Night on Friday, October 29. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

Shelbyville will host the San Augustine Wolves at Dragons Stadium for Senior Night on Friday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m. The Dragons are at 5-3 overall and 1-1 in the conference. The Wolves are 1-8, 0-3.

The Tenaha Tigers are 5-0 in District 11 2A-2 play after defeating the Cushing Bearkats 49-6 for a road win last week. THS is 7-2 overall with one game remaining. They will travel to Overton on Thursday, October 28, 2021 for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Mustangs Stadium. OHS is 0-8 overall and 0-4 in district competition.

Center Roughriders Stadium on Friday, October 22, 2021 –

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Early Madisonville Mustang turnovers kept the Center Roughriders competitive during Friday’s District 10 4A-2 varsity football game. A 20-yard touchdown pass from Emonte Cross to Brayden Britt helped give Center an early 6-0 advantage. Carlos Hernandez added an extra point kick and CHS took a 7-0 lead with just 1:33 left in the first quarter.

The second quarter saw CHS take a 13-0 lead when Jamarion Evans scored on a 10-yard touchdown run at the start of the second stanza but the Mustangs got a break when Lorenzo Johnson took a blocked extra point kick attempt the distance for 2 points which cut the ‘Rider’s lead to 13-2.

With 8:35 left in the second period, Blessing Ngene scored on an 11-yard touchdown run which cut the Center lead to 13-10 after a sucessful 2-point conversion.

Madisonville gained their first lead at 17-13 when Ngene scored on another touchdown run from 14 yards out with 3:07 left in the second quarter.

Center took a 20-17 lead, with 19 seconds left in the first half, when Timothy Davis raced into the endzone from 2 yards out, and Hernandez added another extra point kick.

The second half saw Center pin the Mustangs deep in their own territory at the 2-yard line. MHS drove 98 yards for a score and took a 24-20 advantage. They would never trail again in this game as they outpaced Center 28-20 during the remainder of the contest.

The Roughriders now stand at 1-7 overall and they are at 1-2 in District 10 conference action with two games remaining. They will host the Jasper Bulldogs next Friday, October 29, 2021 at Roughriders Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

October 22, 2021 - Week 9 of Shelby County Football Scores

Friday, October 22
Center 40 - Madisonville 52, Final Score
Joaquin 36 - Shelbyville 30, Final Score
Tenaha 49 - Cushing 6, Final Score

October 22, 2021 - Jamarion Evans, Center ISD football player, is a candidate for SBLive’s Texas High School Athlete of the Week for Oct. 11-17!

His nomination states: Jamarion Evans, Center WR - Evans caught five passes for 131 yards and two TDs in Center’s 60-44 win over Shepherd on Friday.

Candidates are nominated by fans, readers and SBLive’s staff. To cast your vote, click here. You can vote more than once by just refreshing the page. Voting will conclude on Sunday, October 24th at 11:59 p.m and the winner will be announced Monday, October 25.

October 20, 2021 - The Dragons cinched their place in the 2A Region III District 20 playoffs for the first time in the schools volleyball history. The Lady Dragons are 6-2 in district and are currently vying to tie Timpson for 2nd place in the league. The teams overall record this season is 23-12.

Shelbyville Volleyball History:
2021 - District 6-2
2020 - District  1-9
2019 - District  0-12
2018 - District  3-9
2017 - District  0-12
2016 - District  0-12
2015 - District 0-10

On Tuesday, October 19th, the Lady Dragons volleyball team played San Augustine in their second match up against the Wolves and won in three sets. The set scores were 25-15, 26-24, and 25-23.

The Dragons will next travel to Timpson on Friday, October 22nd for a 4:30pm game time. Then their last game before playoffs will be against #1 ranked Beckville on Tuesday, October 26 at home. 

Shelbyville (3) and San Augustine (0) statistics:
Kate Lawson - 25 assists, 8 digs, 1 block
Kiana Bennet - 12 kills, 18 digs
Ma'Kayja Horton - 5 kills, 12 digs, 4 aces
Cadience Thompson - 3 kills, 5 digs, 3 aces, 2 blocks
Kara Jones - 3 kills, 4 digs, 3 blocks
Kelley Garcia - 2 kills, 1 ace, 1 block, 1 dig
Taylor Jones - 7 digs, 2 kills
Lawna Pounders - 1 ace, 1 kill
Abby Shofner - 2 digs

The Lady Dragons are lead by Head Coach Tamika Hubbard; assistant coaches, Ashley Bell and Ryan Mason; and Athletic Director Jerred Wallace.

October 20, 2021 - On Tuesday, October 5, the Lady Riders volleyball team won in three sets against Jasper. Center took all three sets bringing the match up to a quick end: 25-15, 25-19, and 29-20.

Number (Position), Player Name - Stats
#1 (RS) Americus Sparks - 1 Kill
#2 (RS/DS) Kaylee Cox - 1 Kill, 4 Digs
#3 (Libero) Gracie Whisenant - 17 Digs
#4 (RS) Alli Stuever - 1 Kill
#5 (S) Mickihiya Cartwright - 1 Ace, 2 Kills, 16 Assists, 2 Digs
#7 (DS/RS) Gabby Whisenant - 1 Ace, 5 Digs
#9 (OH) May Johnson - 8 Kills, 1 Block, 1 Dig
#12 (S/OH/DS) Kaiya Hubbard - 2 Kills, 5 Digs
#14 (MB) Breanna Windham - 4 Kills, 1 Block, 2 Assists, 1 Dig
#16 (MB) Aniyah Boykins - 4 Kills, 5 Digs

On Tuesday, October 19, the Lady Riders lost their match against the Rusk Lady Eagles in three sets. The set scores were 19-25, 22-25, and 15-25. 

Number (Position), Player Name - Stats
#1 (RS) Americus Sparks - 1 Dig
#2 (RS/DS) Kaylee Cox - 8 Digs
#3 (Libero) Gracie Whisenant - 24 Digs
#4 (RS) Alli Stuever - 1 Kill, 3 Digs
#5 (S) Mickihiya Cartwright - 1 Ace, 12 Assists, 6 Digs
#7 (DS/RS) Gabby Whisenant - 2 Kills, 16 Digs
#9 (OH) May Johnson - 2 Kills, 5 Blocks, 6 Digs
#12 (S/OH/DS) Kaiya Hubbard - 3 Kills, 13 Digs
#16 (MB) Aniyah Boykins - 4 Kills, 5 Digs

The Riders will return to Jasper on Friday, October 22nd with a 4:30pm game time.

Last week saw all four of the Shelby County varsity football teams who played win their games.

The Center Roughriders gained their first win of this season as they beat the Shepherd Pirates for a 60-44 road win. CHS now stands at 1-6 overall and their District 10 4A-2 mark is at 1-1. This week Center will host Madisonville on Friday, October 22, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. in Roughriders Stadium. The Mustangs are 3-4 overall and they too have a 1-1 District 10 mark. Last week they lost at home to Rusk by a 31-28 score.

The Joaquin Rams enjoyed a bye week last Friday. They are 4-2 this season overall and they have a 1-0 District 10 2A-1 record. This week they will host the Shelbyville Dragons who defeated the visiting Garrison Bulldogs by a 32-26 score. The Dragons are 5-2 this season and their District 10 mark stands at 1-0 also. Kickoff at Rams Stadium is at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 22, 2021.

The Tenaha Tigers raised their District 11 2A-2 record to 4-0 with a 31-0 conference win at home over the Mount Enterprise Wildcats last Friday. Tenaha is 6-2 overall. They will travel to Cushing for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Bearkats Stadium on Friday, October 22. Cushing is 4-1 overall and 2-1 in conference play. Last Friday they won at Overton by a 42-6 score.

Timpson will enjoy a bye this week after beating the San Augustine Wolves by a 61-5 score last Friday. The Bears are 6-0 this year and they stand at 2-0 in District 10 2A-1 action. They will travel to Joaquin in two weeks.

October 19, 2021 - (Album) - The Center Rider Tennis Team defeated Lake Belton 10-7 in the Regional Quarterfinal tournament October 18, 2021.

In addition, this was officially the first day back for Coach Leon Dykes since his recent extended time in the hospital.

The Riders will now be traveling Thursday, October 21, 2021, to compete in the Regional Semi-finals at Texas A&M Consolidated High School.

October 19, 2021 - The Shelbyville Lady Dragon Volleyball team is currently 5-2 in District play and has an overall record of 22-12 for the season. In October the Lady Dragons have had three wins and two losses.

The Dragons traveled to San Augustine and defeated the wolves in three strong sets on October 1. In the first set Dragons won 25 to 18, second set 25 to 20, and ended the match up in the third set 25-10.

Shelbyville (3) and San Augustine (0) statistics:
Kate Lawson - 20 assists, 1 kill, 8 digs, 1 ace
Kiana Bennett - 11 kills, 3 blocks, 22 digs
Ma’Kayja Horton - 6 kills, 2 block assists, 9 digs, 2 aces
Kara Jones - 6 kills, 4 blocks
Cadience Thompson - 6 kills, 1 block assist, 6 digs, 1 ace

On Tuesday, October 5th, the Dragons welcomed the Bears to play at home. Timpson defeated Shelbyville in four sets for the Dragons first loss in District play. Timpson won the first set in a close matchup 25-27. The Dragons came back to win the second set 25-23. The Dragons couldn't rally another win in the second and third set losing both 25-21.

Shelbyville (1) and Timpson (3) statistics:
Kate Lawson - 29 assists, 1 kill, 1 ace, 20 digs
Kiana Bennett - 17 kills, 28 digs, 6 blocks
Kara Jones - 10 kills, 6 digs, 6 blocks
Cadience Thompson - 2 kills, 11 digs, 1 block, 1 ace
Taylor Jones - 1 kill, 12 digs, 1 ace, 1 assist
Neera Smith - 8 digs
Abby Shofner - 5 digs
Gracie Leach - 3 digs

On Friday, October 8th, Shelbyville traveled to Beckville and lost in three sets.

On Tuesday, October 12th, Shelbyville traveled to Gary and won in three sets. In the first set the Dragons won 25-17, the second set was 25-15, and the final set also went to the Dragons 25-16.

Shelbyville (3) and Gary (0) statistics:
Kate Lawson - 27 assists, 12 digs, 1 ace, 1 block
Kiana Bennett - 13 kills, 4 blocks, 6 digs, 1 ace
Ma’Kayja Horton - 9 kills, 7 aces, 4 digs
Kara Jones - 3 kills, 3 blocks, 4 digs
Taylor Jones - 2 kills, 2 digs, 1 assist
Cadience Thompson - 2 kills, 5 digs. 1 ace
Kelley Garcia - 1 kill, 1 block, 1 dig
Neera Smith - 9 digs
Neena Smith - 5 digs
Abby Shofner - 5 digs

On Friday, October 15th, Shelbyville played Garrison at home and won in four sets. In the first set, the Lady Dragons won 25-15. The Lady Bulldogs came back in the second set to win 17-25. But the Dragons came back strong shutting down the Bulldogs in the third and forth set, 25-13 and 25-12.

Shelbyville (3) and Garrison (1) statistics:
Kate Lawson - 25 assists, 12 digs, 1 block
Kiana Bennett - 18 kills, 9 digs, 4 blocks, 1 ace
Kara Jones - 6 kills, 5 digs, 1 block
Neena Smith - 3 kills, 15 digs
Cadience Thompson - 2 kills, 8 digs, 1 block
Taylor Jones - 2 kills, 2 digs, 2 assists, 1 ace
Ma’Kayja Horton - 1 kill, 1 dig, 4 aces
Abby Shofner - 3 digs
Neera Smith - 3 digs
Gracie Leach - 1 dig
Kelley Garcia - 1 dig

October 18, 2021 - The Joaquin JV football team will play Timpson JV at Timpson this Thursday, October 21 at 5pm.

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