The Race Is On: 11-4A teams have had ups, downs this season

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Oct. 12, 2007 - No team is perfect this year in District 11-4A, but each has had some highs and lows heading into tonight's opening schedule.

Lindale (3-2) - The Eagles are averaging 45 points per game in their last three games, but they have played an entire schedule against Class 3A opponents. The first two games, they scored just 23 total points.

Mount Pleasant (3-2) - The Tigers' biggest win was a 28-27 victory over Hallsville in which they were down 27-0 at halftime. They also defeated Atlanta, 49-0. The low point was a 21-17 loss to Class 3A Carthage last week.

North Lamar (2-3) - The Panthers had a nice opening-game victory over Liberty-Eylau and won their last game by three touchdowns over Commerce. But, in between they lost 20-6 to Broken Bow, Okla., a team they beat by 40 points the previous year, and suffered an embarrassing 14-10 defeat to Class 2A New Boston.

Paris (3-2) - The Wildcats have as much athleticism as any team in the district -and that includes Texas High. They showed it in their 63-39 win over Fort Worth Eastern Hills. But, Paris also got whipped by Class 3A Pittsburg, 49-13, a loss that exposed their problem with turnovers.

Sulphur Springs (4-1) - The Wildcats have reversed their fortunes, and their record, from last year. Their offense has been explosive, averaging 40 points per game, but they have been outscored in the second half of games.

Texas High (2-2-1) - The Tigers have the lowest winning percentage in non-district games since 2000, though they played a rugged schedule. They whipped John Tyler 38-7 in the opening week, but went 0-2-1 in their next three games, capped by a 49-35 loss to Waxahachie.

Tonight's Schedule

Mount Pleasant at Sulphur Springs

Paris at Lindale

North Lamar at Texas High

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