Category: Sports

Covenant Can’t Slow Down Mustangs

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Cole Sellers hauled in a long pass during Covenant’s loss to McKinney Christian in its home opener on Saturday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

In its third year as an 11-man program, Covenant is still enduring some growing pains. Those were evident again on Saturday.

The Knights were overmatched during a 62-7 loss to McKinney Christian in their home opener and their TAPPS district opener at Miller Field.

The Mustangs (3-2, 1-0) racked up 516 yards of total offense and raced to a 48-0 halftime lead behind several big scoring plays. The Knights (1-5, 0-1) committed five turnovers.

The only highlight for Covenant came on the opening drive of the second half, which ended with a 31-yard touchdown pass from Alec Scully to Graham Hill.


New-Look Rangers Surge Past Eagles

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E.J. Smith rushed for five touchdowns to lead Jesuit past Richardson 56-34 on Friday. (Photo: Rob Graham)

Maybe Jesuit should change jerseys at halftime more often. Whatever the reason, the Rangers are finally in the win column on the first weekend of October.

Jesuit pulled away from Richardson for a 56-34 victory at Postell Stadium on Friday, in a game during which the Rangers rushed for 361 yards, committed 135 yards in penalties, and sported a two-toned uniform for the second half.

Aside from that weirdness, E.J. Smith rushed for 166 yards and five touchdowns to propel an offense that was efficient and productive all night. Meanwhile, Jack Barton intercepted two passes to boost a Jesuit defense that limited Richardson to just six points after halftime.


Tight-Knit Organization

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Toussaint Pegues enjoys his new position on the court and his many interests off it. (Photo: Rob Graham)

Toussaint Pegues is a teenage entrepreneur and plays volleyball year-round. But he really wants to go to college and study medicine.

Such wide-ranging ambition is common among teenagers, but the St. Mark’s senior is able to successfully balance it all.

On the court, Pegues was an all-conference selection for the Lions last season after shifting from middle blocker to opposite. In July, he competed at the elite USA Volleyball High Performance Championships in Florida.


Parish Boasts Duplicate Defenders

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Identical twins Josh and John Emmanuel play linebacker and tight end at Parish Episcopal. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

When you play football alongside your identical twin brother, sometimes things get a little bizarre.

Opponents might do double-takes when they look inside your face mask. Maybe announcers will confuse you and your sibling, even though you’re wearing different numbers. Or perhaps an official will mistakenly penalize you for your brother’s infraction.

Each of those circumstances has popped up during the young varsity careers of John and Josh Emmanuel, who play linebacker and tight end at Parish Episcopal. But most games, those same opponents, announcers, and officials will remember the sophomores for a different reason.

“They’re two of the most athletic kids we have on the team,” said Parish head coach Daniel Novakov. “They can do a little bit of everything.”


Longhorns Stumble in District Opener

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Another slow start led to another lopsided loss for W.T. White on Thursday in its District 9-6A opener.

Skyline stormed out to a 26-0 advantage in the first quarter and cruised past the Longhorns 55-20 at Loos Stadium.

WTW has been outscored by a combined 79-3 in the first quarter of its four games this season.


Hornets Ground Falcons, Win Third Straight

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DaRon Hall ran for a touchdown as Greenhill earned its third straight win by rolling past Country Day 31-7 on Friday. (Photo: Rob Graham)

Greenhill didn’t have much offensive firepower, but its defense and special teams certainly picked up the slack during a 31-7 win over Fort Worth Country Day on Friday at Brinkmann Field.

It was the third consecutive victory in SPC 3A play for the Hornets (3-1), who lead the division standings heading into a home showdown against Fort Worth Trinity Valley on Thursday.

Greenhill managed just 117 yards of total offense, but the defense provided favorable field position on multiple occasions by forcing four turnovers and blocking a punt against the Falcons (1-2).