Three of Shelby County’s five varsity football teams won district games this week. Two county teams lost.

The Center Roughriders fell by a 72-27 score at home to the Carthage Bulldogs. The Roughriders are at 5-3 this season and at 2-2 in District 8 4-A2. They will travel to Bullard on Friday, October 27, 2023 for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff at Panthers Stadium. Bullard is at 5-3 this season and 1-3 in District 8. They lost by a 28-21 score at Rusk last week.

Joaquin suffered a lopsided 69-0 road loss to the Timpson Bears last week. They are 1-7 this season and 1-4 in District 11 2A1. Timpson is 8-0 overall and 4-0 in District 11. The Rams will host the West Sabine Tigers on Friday, October 27 at 7.p.m. at Rams Stadium. West Sabine is 3-5, 1-3, they were on a bye week last Friday. The Bears will travel cross-county to Shelbyville on Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Dragons Stadium. The Shelbyville Dragons are 5-2, 3-1 in District 11 2A1. They won last week at San Augustine by a 40-34 score.

The Tenaha Tigers won their 2023 Homecoming over the Cushing Bearkats by a 28-7 score. Their overall record stands at 5-2 and they are at 2-0 in District 10 2A2. They travel to Mount Enterprise on Friday, October 20 for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Wildcats Stadium. The Wildcats are 6-2 overall and 3-0 in the conference. They won at Alto last week 55-20.

October 23, 2023 - Tickets for Center versus Bullard football games this week, October 26 and 27, will be sold online. Use the following link to purchase tickets:

Tenaha High School on Saturday, October 21, 2023 –

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The Tenaha Tigers varsity football team took a 28-7 point win at their 2023 Tenaha Homecoming against the visiting Cushing Bearkats. The win gives THS a 6-2 overall record and a District 10 2A-2 record of 3-0. Cushing is at 3-5, 0-3.

Scoring started late. The game was tied at 0-0 when the first quarter ended after each team had turned the ball over on downs. The second quarter saw Cushing defensive back, senior linebacker Deshaun Tilly, intercept a Tenaha pass and return it to the Tiger’s 15-yardline at the 10:24 mark of the period. Cushing failed to score and turned the football back over on downs at the THS 11-yard line with a little over 11 minutes left in the first half.

A Tenaha 14-play drive saw them take a 7-0 point lead when junior quarterback Brikelian Kenney scored on a 7-yard keeper run and then Tenaha kicked a successful extra point with 1:35 left before halftime.

The Tigers extended their lead to 14-0 when Kenney hit senior receiver La’Tyrion Moore for a 56-yard touchdown with just 1:11 left in the third quarter.

Cushing fought back when junior quarterback Eli Dawson capped a 65-yard scoring drive with a 1-yard scoring run. Jakob Lekas added the extra point kick and cut the Tenaha lead to 14-7 with 6:16 left in the fourth quarter.

Kenney hit Moore for a 14-yard touchdown with 2:51 remaining in the game but the Tiger’s extra point attempt failed. Tenaha led 20-7. Tenaha was later able to extend their lead to 28-7 when sophomore linebacker Cade Sims recovered a Bearkats fumble at the two-minute mark. Tenaha went on a scoring drive that saw runningback DJ Cooks score on a 44-yard touchdown run and Kenney added a 2 point conversion run to make the score 28-7 with 1:19 remaining. This proved to be the final score of the contest.

Tenaha will go to Mount Enterprise next Friday, October 27, 2023 for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Wildcats Stadium. The Wildcats are 2-1 in District 10 and 4-3 overall. They won at Carlisle on Friday by a 76-60 score.

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Timpson High School on Friday, October 20, 2023 –

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The Timpson Bears have improved their District 11 2A-1 varsity football record to 4-0 with a convincing 69-0 point win over the visiting Joaquin Rams. The Bears are 8-0 overall this season and Joaquin stands at 1-7 for the season, and 1-4 in conference action.

The Rams received the opening kickoff but on the fifth play of their initial drive Timpson senior linebacker Tyler Lane was able to help force a fumble which he recovered to set the Bears up at the Joaquin 41-yardline. On Timpson’s first play senior quarterback Terry Bussey hit senior receiver Vosky Howard for a 45-yard reception to the Rams redzone. A Rams horse-collar penalty on the play moved the ball to the Rams 7-yard line. On first-and-goal Bussey did the rest by scoring on a keeper run with 9:51 left in the opening frame. The Bears extra point kick was blocked by the Rams and THS led 7-0.

Joaquin was forced to punt on their next drive and Timpson started at their 37-yard line. Bussey broke free for a 46-yard run on the first play of the drive and junior runningback JJ Garner took the second down handoff 14 yards for the Bears second touchdown. Lanes successful extra point kick gave the Bears a 13-0 advantage at the 7:52 mark of the first quarter.

The Rams offense was soon after again forced to punt the ball back to the Bears on their next drive. Seemingly disaster struck for Timpson when the kick was mishandled and placed on the Bears 1-yardline to start the next drive, but on first down near his own goal line Bussey broke free on a 99-yard sprint to the endzone for another Timpson touchdown with 1:37 remaining in the first stanza. A Joaquin penalty afforded the Bears an opportunity to go for a 2-point conversion try and Howard ran in to the endzone to give the Bears a 21-0 lead.

Bussey intercepted a Rams pass to set up Timpson on their own 41-yard line with 47 seconds still left in the first period. At the buzzer which ended the first quarter Garner scored on a 21-yard touchdown which helped THS take a 28-0 advantage into the second quarter of play.

Senior defensive lineman Nate Scourton recovered a Joaquin fumble with 10:48 left in the second quarter and Bussey then hit senior receiver Amare Bruton for a 41-yard touchdown pass. Another Lane extra point kick gave THS a 35-0 lead with 10:37 remaining in the first half.

On Joaquin’s next drive they were able to take nearly 4 minutes off the clock but soon stalled. Timpson scored again when Bussey hit Howard for an 86-yard scoring strike which helped give THS a 41-0 advantage at the 6:57 mark of the second period. Soon after Garner recovered a Rams fumble at the 6:50 minute mark.

After a stalled drive by each team, Bussey busted loose for a 29-yard quarterback keeper run for a touchdown with 1:20 left in the half. Lane added another extra point kick and THS led 48-0.

Just 17 seconds into the second half Garner scored on a 67-yard touchdown run to give the Bears a 55-0 lead with 11:43 left in the third quarter. With a running clock, Joaquins next drive soon stalled Timpson sophomore runningback Chris Nickleberry Jr. broke free for a 37-yard run which set up a first-and-goal at the 3-yardline. He finished the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run which gave the Bears a 62-0 lead at the 5:37 mark of the third period.

Nickleberry Jr. also scored the game’s final touchdown from 34 yards away with 5:35 remaining in the contest the Bears gained the final 69-0 lead which held up to the end of the contest.

Bears Head Coach Kerry Therwhanger said after the game, “We are proud of our team everybody was available to play and we are lucky everyone came away healthy. We had young reserve players come in, some are sophomores, and they did a good job, the future looks bright. We have Shelbyville next week and we will start preparing to play them next week!”

The Bears will travel cross county to Shelbyville on Friday, October 27 for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Dragons Stadium. Shelbyville is 5-2, 3-1 in the district, they came from behind to beat San Augustine on the road Friday by a 40-34 score.

The Rams will host the West Sabine Tigers on Friday, at Rams Stadium. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. The Tigers are 3-5 this season and 1-3 in District 11 2A-1 play. They had a bye on Friday.

October 20, 2023 - Week 9 of Shelby County Varsity Football Scores.

Saturday, October 21, 2023
Tenaha 28 - Cushing 7, Final Score
Friday, October 20, 2023
Center 27 - Carthage 72, Final Score
Joaquin 0 - Timpson 69, Final Score
Shelbyville 40 - San Augustine 34, Final Score

October 20, 2023 - Shelbyville ISD advises the following stadium rules from San Augustine ISD.

1. Access to the field will be participant only. 

2. No back pack packs will be allowed into the stadium. 

These rules will be enforced at tonight's game, October 20.

From left: Jace , Noah, Levi, Aimee, Aaliyah, Jaxson, Korie, and Ethan.

October 19, 2023 - The Lil' Dragons at Self Defense America in Center passed their belt rank exam. They had to demonstrate all their techniques, self defense techniques, and board breaking. The boards they are holding are what they broke.

Congratulations to all our young students!

From left: (back row) Landon H., Benjamin B., Liam J., Grayson H., Nicole K., (front row) Khloe K., Wyatt F., Axyl G., and Jeremiah B.

Students at Self Defense America in Center did a great job during the belt ranking test. All students passed to their next level!

They had to preform all techniques, endurance, self defense and board breaking. Congratulations to all of you on your hard work!

Self Defense America recently hosted a Women’s Self Defense seminar. Participants learned several techniques as well as tactics to protect theirselves in a real world situation.

Some of the most important thing were to be aware of your surroundings, as well as, laws that govern the state of Texas regarding self defense. Self Defense America hopes to do another seminar very soon.

Last week three of Shelby County’s varsity football teams won district games and two teams lost.

The Center Roughriders fell at Van High School to the Vandals by a 56-36 score. The ‘Riders are now 5-2 overall and 2-1 in District 8 4A-2. Center will host the Carthage Bulldogs 8-0, 0-4 on Friday, October 20, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. Carthage defeated the visiting Rusk Eagles 49-21 last week.

The Joaquin Rams fell at home to the San Augustine Wolves by a narrow 49-48 score last week. The loss puts the Rams at 1-6 overall and they stand at 1-3 in District 11 2A-1. They will have the tall task of facing the Timpson Bears on Friday at 7 p.m. at Timpson Bears John Herbert Eakin Stadium. The Bears are 7-0 overall and 3-0 in District 11. They won at West Sabine last Friday by a 56-8 score.

The Shelbyville Dragons defeated the visiting Grapeland Sandies last Friday by a 64-36 score. They are 4-2 overall and 2-1 in District 11 2A-1. The Dragons travel to San Augustine on Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Wolves Stadium. San Augustine won at Joaquin by a 49-48 score. The Wolves are 3-4, 1-2.

The Tenaha Tigers are atop District 10 2A-2 standings at 2-0. They are 5-2 overall after defeating the Alto Yellowjackets by a 55-20 score. This Saturday they will host the Cushing Bearkats (3-4, 0-2) for the Tiger’s 2023 Homecoming. Cushing lost at home to Carlisle by a 49-48 score last week.

October 17, 2023 - Shelbyville Junior Varsity and Varsity volleyball teams will play against San Augustine at San Augustine at 4:30pm today, October 17, 2023.


Joaquin Rams Stadium on Friday, October 13, 2023 –

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Friday saw the Joaquin Rams varsity football team lose their 2023 Homecoming game to the San Augustine Wolves by a narrow 49-48 score.

The Rams never trailed the Wolves until the final 3:30 of the final period. Joaquin went up 7-0 points when Gauge Jordan busted free for a 68-yard touchdown run with 3:29 left in the first quarter. Jose Bravo added on an extra point kick Bravo eventually converted on six extra point kicks during the contest.

Joaquin extended their lead to 14-0 with another Jordan touchdown with 11:21 left in the second period. San Augustine answered two minutes later when Tymorion Cartwright broke free for a 9-yard touchdown run with 9:06 left in the second period. Joe Barrios added the extra point kick which cut the Ram’s lead to 14-7.

A long Elijah Hardison reception gave JHS a first-and-goal at the 8 yardline and Jordan cashed in with his third touchdown run from the 3-yardline with 6:07 left in the second stanza. The Rams extra point attempt failed but they led 20-7.

Cartwright scored his second touchdown from the 16-yardline with 1:28 left in the first half. The Wolves extra point attempt failed and Joaquin led 20-13.

Justyn Brown scored on a keeper run with 6:30 left in the third frame to help give JHS a 27-13 advantage.

Cartwright scored on a 73-yard touchdown on the Wolves first play from scrimmage and the Wolves trailed 27-20 with 6:10 left in the third quarter.

Jordan scored again on an 8-yard run with 3:45 left third frame to give JHS a 34-20 lead. The Wolves bounced back when Cartwright hit Jayden “Stooka” Clifton for a 68-yard touchdown reception. The Wolves trailed 34-27 with 3:25 left third frame.

Hardison gave Joaquin some breathing room with a 4-yard touchdown with 1:22 left in the third period and Joaquin took a 41-27 lead into the final quarter of play.

In the fourth quarter Cartwright wasted no time he hit Clifton for a touchdown reception just seconds into the fourth stanza then he scored himself on a 23-yard keeper to tie the game at 41-41 with 8:42 left in the contest.

Brown hit Jordan for a touchdown reception to help the Rams regain the lead at 48-41 at the 3:47 mark but the Wolves scored again just 13 seconds latter on a Cartwright to Jerkeldrick Malone 60-yard bomb for a score. The Wolves trailed 48-47 and they elected to go for a 2-point conversion to try for the lead. Clifton was able to pull down a pass in the endzone from Andrew Nash to give the Wolves a narrow 49-48 lead with just 3:34 minutes left in the game. The Wolves defense did the rest when Clifton stripped the ball free from the Rams. After an interference call on the Rams, SAHS was able then to run off the remaining 1:30 minutes for the win.

 The Rams now stand at 1-6 overall and 1-3 in District 11 2A-1. The Rams now face the task of travelling to Timpson to face the undefeated, state ranked Bears next Friday, October 20, 2023 at H.E. Eakin Bears Stadium. The Bears (7-0) defeated the West Sabine Tigers on the road Friday by a 56-8 score.