November 11, 2019 - The Dragons will play Joaquin in Bi-District playoffs on Friday, November 15 at 7:00 pm at Henderson High School, 700 Lion Street, Henderson, TX. The Dragons are Visitors. Admission is $5 at the gate. Passes accepted are District, THSCA, Senior Citizen and Military

Monday, November 11, 2019 -

(Pictures are from an early season game.)

The Center Roughriders lost a tough District 9 4A game on the road, to the Jasper Bulldogs, by a 51-20 score last Friday. Jasper will head to the bi-district playoffs as the conference champs while Center goes in as the number 2 seed. They finished the regular season 6-4 and were 3-1 in conference action.

Center will next face Hampshire-Fannett the number 4 seed from District 11 4A. H-FHS is 6-3, they were 2-2 in conference action. Kickoff between Center and Hampshire-Fannett will be at 7:30 p.m. at Woodville High School on Friday, November 15, 2019.

Shepherd and Huntington High Schools went into the playoffs as District 9’s third and fourth seeded playoff teams.

Friday saw the ‘Riders struggle with the ‘Dawgs but Center sophomore quarterback Jake Hanson completed 9 of 22 passing attempts for 119 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for a score to help the Roughriders cause. He had 121 completions during the regular season for 2280 yards and 24 touchdowns. His quarterback rating is 108.9.

Junior Jake Liker led CHS with 10 tackles for the night and 1 caused fumble. He led the ‘Riders this season with 121 tackles. Teammate senior Zacc Smith added nine tackles and one tackle-for-a-loss to the CHS tally.

Junior Keomadre “Red” Horace led Center rushing Friday with a 19 carry 176-yard, 1 touchdown performance. Horace leads the ‘Riders season carry stats with 164 carries for 2032 yards and 25 touchdowns.

Senior JaKerrion Watson had one touchdown reception on Friday and had 8 catches for 112 yards on the night. He led CHS for the season with 45 catches for 978 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Head Coach Scott Ponder and his staff will do their best to prepare and improve on the team’s 6-5 overall performance from a year ago under Coach Barry Bowman.

November 8, 2019 - Friday Night Football for week 11.

Center 20 - Jasper 51, Final Score
Joaquin 13 - Harleton 22, Final Score
Shelbyville 0 - San Augustine 55, Final Score
Tenaha 39 - Linden-Kildare 6, Final Score
Timspon 46 - Beckville 20, Final Score

Joaquin Rams Stadium, Friday November 1, 2019 –

(Photo Album)

The Joaquin Rams shut out the Tenaha Tigers varsity football team on Friday and took a convincing 38-0 homefield win which moved their District 11 2A record to 5-0. The Rams season record stands at 8-1 and they have claimed at least a share of the District 11 title with one game remaining.

Connor Bragg got Joaquin on the board with a 10-yard touchdown run with 9:15 left in the first quarter. A Jesus Bravo extra point kick gave the Rams a 7-0 advantage.

Tenaha’s first offensive drive resulted in just one first down and they punted the ball back to the Rams with 6 minutes left in the opening frame.

Joaquin scored on a 9-play drive which ended with a Chandler Pritchett keeper run for a touchdown with 4:03 left in the first stanza. Another Bravo extra point kick gave JHS a 14-0 lead.

Gunner Nelson scored a rushing touchdown for the Rams early in the second quarter and gave them a 21-0 advantage. Bragg and Nelson each added their second touchdown runs of the night to extend Joaquin’s lead to 31-0 by the midway break.

With a running clock during the second half Joaquin only managed a single score which was a 45-yard touchdown pass reception and run by Bragg from Pritchett with 7:50 left in the third stanza.

Tenaha now stands at 4-5 overall, their conference mark is at 1-4. They will finish the season by hosting the Linden-Kildare Tigers at Raymond Jackson Stadium Friday, November 8, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Joaquin will head to Harleton next Friday for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff at Wildcats Stadium.

November 1, 2019 - Friday Night Football for week 10.

Center 62 - Huntington 13, Final
Shelbyville 12 - Groveton 32, Final
Tenaha 0 - Joaquin 38, Final

October 31, 2019 - The Center Roughrider tennis team poses with their 3rd place trophy for the State Tournament.

Photo: Alison Scull

From left to right: Coach Leon Dykes, Superintendent James Hockenberry, Coach Beth Nichols; Photo: Alison Scull

But wait, there's more! Stay tuned for updates regarding Jesus Gonzalez and Jacob Garcia as they travel next weekend for the state cross country race.

From left: Jesus Gonzalez and Jacob Garcia

Proud to be a Rider!

Update 12:36pm - Final score: Fredericksburg 10, Center 4. The team concludes the season 3rd in state. It's a good day to be a Rider! 

Update 10:27am - Fredericksburg is ahead with a score of 2-4. The two wins are from boys doubles. Currently, Caroline and Keelan are winning within their match. Keep it up, Riders.

October 31, 2019 - Rider Tennis waited all day to begin the Semi-Finals against defending champion Fredericksburg yesterday but never got the chance as rain continued all day.

This morning they are scheduled to play at 8 a.m. although at a different venue: A&M Consolidated High School. If they win, the Riders will play the Final Round this afternoon at another high school in town.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 –

Four of five Shelby County varsity football teams have conference games this week. Everyone’s hopes of making the playoffs are still alive.

The Center Roughriders will host the Huntington Red Devils this Friday, November 1, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Center beat Shepherd High School in overtime last week by a 42-35 score. The ‘Riders are 5-3 and hold a 2-0 District 9 4A mark with two games remaining. The Red Devils are 1-7, 1-1 and they won their first game of the season last Friday over Tarkington 28-6.

The Joaquin Rams beat the Beckville Bearcats 27-10 last week and moved their record to 7-1, 4-0. The Rams will host the Tenaha Tigers at 7:30 p.m. this Friday. Tenaha is on a three-game losing streak after losing to Garrison 25-7 last week. The Tigers season record is at 4-4 and they are 1-3 in District 11 2A action.

The Shelbyville Dragons are 7-1 overall and they are 3-0 in District 22 2A play. They won their homecoming last week over Hull-Daisetta 51-16. The Dragons go to Groveton and will kickoff at 7 p.m. Friday at Indians Stadium. Groveton is 6-2, 2-1. They beat Deweyville 62-0 on the road last week.

The Timpson Bears got their second District 21 2A win last week with a 35-0 win over Linden-Kildare. Timpson is 2-3 in conference action and 4-5 overall and will enjoy a bye week this Friday. The Bears will next face Beckville, at Bearcats Stadium, on Friday, November 8, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. The Bearcats are 2-6 overall and 1-3 in District 21 2A.


Friday, October 25, 2019. Shepherd High School –


Friday’s varsity football game at Shepherd High School appeared to belong to the visiting Center Roughriders after they scored a touchdown on the second play and another with nearly nine minutes left in the first quarter. When Center extended their lead to 21-0 early, after a 5-yard Makel Johnson touchdown reception in the second quarter, Center took a 21-0 lead. It appeared the SHS Pirates were going to be victims of an embarrassing homefield blowout.

Shepherd got on the board late in the second stanza when Kenan Turner rushed into the endzone for a score with 1:42 left in the first half. This cut the CHS lead to 21-7.

The Roughriders bounced back when Jakerrian Watson grabbed a pass from Jake Hanson and raced downfield for a 42-yard touchdown. Alexis Lopez kicked the extra point to give Center a 28-7 lead with just over a minute left in the first half.

Shepherd pulled to within two touchdowns of Center when they scored the only points of the third quarter on a touchdown run with 6:23 left in the period. The fourth quarter started with the Roughriders holding a 28-14 advantage.

Shepherd tied the game at 28-28 after two more scores by the 8:28 mark. Another Kenan Turner score gave Shepherd their first lead at 35-28 with just 3:43 remaining in the contest.

Center didn’t panic and Keamodre Horace tied the game with a 50-yard scoring run with just 50 seconds remaining in the game to tie things up at 35-35. In overtime, Center eventually scored the final touchdown of the game on a 10-yard keeper by Hanson and the Roughriders held off the Pirates on their subsequent possession. This gave the ‘Riders the 42-35 overtime win.

The win puts Center at 5-3 overall this season. They are 2-0 in District 9 4A play. They will face the Huntington Red Devils at home at 7:30 p.m. on Friday November 1, 2019. Huntington won their first game last Friday at home, 28-6 over Tarkington.

Center’s Keamodre Red Horace now has 1590 yards rushing this season and has a team high 20 touchdowns. ‘Rider quarterback Jake Hanson has completed 101 passes this season for 1955 yards. He has passed for 20 touchdowns and has a 107.9 passer rating.

Video by Buster Bounds

October 28, 2019 - The Roughriders Tennis Team defeated China Spring 10-1 in the Regional Semifinals on Friday, October 25th to advance to State Semifinals! Before China Springs, Center defeated Lamar Fulshear 10-6 and the Riders have a 17-1 season record going into State Semifinals.

The Roughriders will play at 8am in the 4A State Semifinal on October 30th against Fredericksburg at the Intramural Courts at Texas A&M University, College Station.

The Center MS Tennis versus Jacksonville tournament has been cancelled for Monday to allow for the CHS team to prepare for State.