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.

October 28, 2019 - Below are highlights from Junior Varsity and Middle School football games played last week agains Grace Community, Shepherd, and Spring Hill.

Center Freshman Football Team vs Grace Community

  • Offensive standouts: Michael Scarber (68 yards touchdown run)
  • Defensive standouts: Eric Allen (60 yards defensive touchdown) and Juan lopez (blocked field goal)

Center Junior Varsity Football Team vs Shepherd - Center won 40-7.

  • Offensive standouts: Jamarion Evans, Chandler Jones, Timothy Jones, and JaKeyvius Polk 
  • Defensive standouts: The entire Defensive played great!

Center Middle School Football Team vs Spring Hill

7th Grade Purple Team

  • Passing: Carson Crawford
  • Leading Rusher: Isaiah White and Logan Horton
  • Leading Defender: Carson Bush, Logan Horton, and the defensive line
  • Leading Receiver: Timothy Johnson

8th Grade Purple Team

  • Passing: Brady Davis - 3 touchdown
  • Leading Rusher: Jackson Parker and Chase Duckett
  • Leading Defender: Emonte Cross, Jackson Parker, and Brandy West
  • Receiving: Emonte Cross - 1 touchdown, Lance Wilburn - 2 touchdown

7th Grade White Team

  • Leading Rusher: Donte Moore, No’ah Thompson, and Mathew Scarber
  • Leading Defender: Hunter Hooks and Wesley Calhoun
  • Leading Reception: Hunter Hooks and Brent Smith

8th Grade White Team - Center won 3-0 scrimmage style.

  • Leading Rusher: Kaden Dixon and Christopher Morales
  • Leading Defender: Kaden Dixon, Leonardo Lopez and Christopher Morales
  • Leading Receiver: Christopher Benton

October 25, 2019 - Friday Night Football for week 9.

Center 42 - Shepherd 35, Final
Joaquin 27 - Beckville 10, Final
Shelbyville 51 - Hull Daisetta 16, Final Score
Tenaha 7 - Garrison 25, Final
Timpson 35 - Linden-Kildare 0, Final

October 23, 2019 - The Tennis Team advances to the Region Semifinals after defeating Groesbeck last night 10-4 in the Region Quarterfinals.

The Roughriders will be traveling to Bryan Rudder High School with a 15-1 record on the season to compete against Lamar Fulshear on Thursday, October 24th at 8:30am.

This will be a repeat of last season and the Riders are looking for redemption.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 -

All five Shelby County varsity football teams will be facing district competition this week.

The Center Roughriders are 4-3 this season and are now 1-0 in District 9 4A play after beating Tarkington High School, on October 11 at Roughriders Stadium by a 62-42 score. Center now will face Shepherd at Shepherd High School at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 25, 2019. The Shepherd Pirates are 2-5 overall and 1-1 in District 9 action. They won at Tarkington on October 18th by a 42-25 score.

The Joaquin Rams are 6-1 this season. They lead District 11 2A with a 3-0 mark. The Rams beat the Timpson Bears last week 21-14. The Rams travel to Beckville for a 7:30 p.m. game on Friday at Bearcats Stadium.

The Timpson Bears are now 3-5. They are 1-3 in District 11 action. They will host the Linden-Kildare Tigers at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Tigers are 3-2, 1-2 in conference action. They last lost at Joaquin 60-15 on October 11.

The Shelbyville Dragons are 6-1 this season and they have a 2-0 District 12 2A mark, after beating West Sabine on the road last week, by a 43-8 score. The Dragons will host Hull-Daisetta for Homecoming at 7 p.m. on Friday.  The HDHS Bobcats are 2-4 overall and 0-2 in District 12 2A. They lost to Deweyville 56-14 last week.

The Tenaha Tigers lost at Harleton last week by a 28-13 score. They are 4-3 overall and they are 1-2 in District 11 2A play. They will host the Garrison Bulldogs on Friday at Tenaha. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Garrison is 3-4 overall, 2-2 in conference action. They won last week at Beckville 26-7.

October 22, 2019 - The Joaquin Varsity Cross Country team advances to Regionals. On Wednesday, October 16th the Joaquin Cross Country team competed at the District 22AA Cross Country Meet.

The team of Madison Baker, Molleigh Fults, JJ Bass, Lauren Garrett, Cheyenne Pilling, Kensleah Loftin, and Riley Sherrod placed 3rd overall as a team to advance to the Regional level.

This is the first time in 21 years that a cross country team has advanced from Joaquin. Congratulations to these girls for all their hard work. The regional cross country meet will be held on Monday, October 28th at Kate Barr Ross Park in Huntsville.

The Junior Varsity team of Ebbie McCann, Chrislyn Pena, Chloee Mason, Renee Brostowski, Kaylea Neal, Mariel Luna, and Sarah Fisher placed 2nd.

Steven McCann, Joaquin ISD Women's Athletic Director