Jaquan Tillis scored three touchdowns as the Eastern Hills eighth-grade A-team Panthers roared to a 32-2 halftime lead en route to a 38-9 win Tuesday at Manor, their second straight win to start conference play.
Jameel Hodges scored twice and hooked up with Tillis for a touchdown pass with one second left in the opening half.
After Anthony Albino set the Panthers up with a 60-yard run, Vrashon Walker scored up the middle to finish the scoring for Eastern Hills.
Felix Palacios added a two-point kick for the Panthers.
After Tillis opened the scoring, Manor’s Jermiah Rodriguez (10 tackles) blocked the extra point and returned it for two points and the Rams trailed 6-2. They didn’t score again until Jaden James (90 yards rushing, 80 passing) added a touchdown and Ozias Wright added the extra point for the final margin.
Defensive standouts for Eastern Hills were Rhandy Hughes, Jonathan Figueroa and Davion Miller. Malik Kennedy was an offensive standout
TJ Simmons also had 90 yards rushing for Manor. Other standouts were Josh Morris (10 tackles and two sacks), Kendall Woods and Andreus Williams (five tackles each) and Elijah Moleon and Brian Brock (four tackles each).
The Panthers face Rancier on Tuesday.
Live Oak Ridge 8A 34, Patterson 8A 8: The Lobos got off to a quick start, scoring on their opening drive and again after recovering an onside kick to take a 14-0 lead.
Live Oak Ridge also came up with six turnovers to hand Patterson (2-1) its first loss.
The Cavaliers scored on a 15-yard run by Antares Gillespie, and added a two-point kick by Alexander Perez. The drive was set up with 40 yards of tough running by Kenward Jackson, and a 15-yard reception between Colton Jung and Avantae Bell.
Union Grove 8A 24, Palo Alto 8A 12: Jordan Jimmerson caught a 75-yard touchdown pass from Moses Ross, and scored on the ground for the defeated Patriots.
Defensively, Amara Dukuly played well and had a fumble recovery for Palo Alto.
The Patriots are off next week and face Live Oak Ridge on Oct. 15 at Leo Buckley Stadium.
MANOR 8B 21, Eastern Hills 8B 6: At Eastern Hills, Shimel Christopher ran for 185 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Rams to a victory.
Jhared Collins ran for two extra points, and Tarik Penn had the other.
The Manor defense was led by Brandon Banks (10 tackles and a blocked kick), Alejandro Ingle-Rodriguez (four tackles), Tommy Potter, Micah Owens and Patrick Jones (three tackles each), Sidney Monroe, Joedecy Sharp, Jenniel Bravo, Donte Bailey, Alfred Lafayette and Isayah Williams.
Union Grove 8B 6, Palo Alto 8B 2: Keoni Curry forced a fumble and recovered one for the Patriots, who suffered their first loss.
Mi’ldris Guy also recovered a fumble.
Live Oak Ridge 8B 13, Patterson 8B 7: The Cavaliers were held to a touchdown and extra-point.
Standouts for Patterson (1-2) were quarterback Bo Buckley, Alex Luna and Jy-Quez Polk.
Rancier 7A 19, Nolan 7A 0: Jason Harris stepped in at quarterback and scored three touchdowns, including a 70-yarder, to lead the KaRoos a victory.
Harris also forced a fumble on defense, and Fabian Rodriguez recovered it. Hakim Scott and Jaden Taylor each had a sack. Damarius Stubbs also dominated defensively.
Armando Montelongo had two sacks for the defeated Mustangs. Ricardo Lewis-Rivera and Fabian Gonzales were other defensive standouts.
Union Grove 7A 12, Palo Alto 7A 7: Running back Tavon McCorvey score the lone touchdown for the defeated Patriots.
The Palo Alto defense was led by Nomar Alvarez-Maldonado, Jordan Shelton, Jaquietin Taylor and Carlon Rivera. Other offensive standouts were George Crowder and quarterback Ta’Veon Sevaaetasi.
The seventh-grade Patriots play at Live Oak Ridge on Oct. 15.
Eastern Hills 7A 16, Manor 7A 13: At Manor, Tula Lefotu led the defeated Rams with more than 150 yards rushing and a touchdown.
Isaiah Walton added a PAT conversion run. And for the third straight game, Keyshawn Jasper connected with Karon Herring for a touchdown pass.
On defense, Timothy Twilley and Demarius Campbell-Lewis led the way with three solo tackles and one sack each. Other leading tacklers for Manor (2-2) were De’Marea Brown, Keandre Taylor, and DJ Payton.
Smith 7A 31, Audie Murphy 7A 6: Quarterback Joshua Blake scored on a pair of 56-yard runs to lead the Leopards to a win.
But those weren’t even the longest scoring plays for Smith. Running back Michael Joseph scored on an 85-yard run, and linebacker DeSean Morgan stripped the football from an Audie Murphy player and returned it 75 yards for a score.
Nolan 7B 13, Rancier 7B 12: Kenny Morrison scored the winning touchdown, behind a block by Daniel Metheny, and the Mustangs rallied for their second victory.
Jaylin Eddie also scored on a 38-yard touchdown, and Jordan Phillips added the extra point.
Hector Montelongo’s big hit stopped a late Rancier drive and gave the ball back to the Mustangs.
On the opening kickoff, Rancier’s Adrean Lavan delivered a big hit and caused a fumble that was recovered by Raymond Hollis.
Quay Walker danced his way through the defense to score a touchdown for the KaRoos. Quarterback Kalib Smith also scored a touchdown.
Union Grove 7B 8, Palo Alto 7B 0: The Grizzlies scored the only touchdown and shut out the Patriots.
Joshua Tamayo and Levin Bowman led the Palo Alto defense in tackles, and running back Scottlitre Eddings provided consistent running for the offense.
Manor 7B 13, Eastern Hills 7B 9: At Manor, Demariontae Moore rushed for more than 100 yards and scored two touchdowns in the Rams’ win.
Tyler Bolin added a PAT conversion run.
On defense, Manor (3-0-1) was led by Vodrick Carter with four solo tackles and one sack. Other leading tacklers were Jamari Morris, Kornelius Thomas and Jakemein Jackson.
The Rams are tied for first place in their conference.
Smith 7B 12, Audie Murphy 7B 6: Running back James Weaver scored both touchdown for the winning Leopards on runs of 28 and 99 yards.
Cove Junior High teams play in tournaments
The Lady Bullpups played in the Georgetown and Stephenville tournaments this past weekend.
All four teams that went to Georgetown showed a lot of improvement with each game they played.
The eighth-grade B team played against Travis for the consolation and won in two games. Sierra Cochran was named B-team player of the tournament and had two kills.
The 8A team played S.C. Lee for consolation and came out on top. Daysha Barnes had two blocks and a kill, Kayleigh Abbott had three kills, Kaylee Welch and Heaven Forrest put up a strong defense and made a few kills off the back row.
The 7B team played Four Points in the championship match but came up short.
Hannah Donnally was the Lady Bullpups’ top player.
The 7A team finished third overall. It ended the tournament against S.C. Lee and won in two tough games. Aviyon Wilborn was named player of the game.
At Stephenville, Tori Schwausch led the 7B team to the tourney title.
The 8B team started slowly, but gained momentum against Midway in its last two games of the tournament, led by Neri Mancil.
S.C. Lee teams play in tournaments
The S.C. Lee eighth-grade ‘A’ team finished third in their pool at the Forbes/Tippit Tournament in Georgetown, falling to rival Cove Junior High 22-25, 25-20, 15-12 in the consolation match.
Tiona Ellis led the way for S.C. Lee.
The 8B team was fourth in its pool and lost in the consolation bracket to Temple Travis.
Alexis Crabbels led the Lady Cougars.
The Lee 7A squad was fourth in the tourney, led by Oni Boodoo.
The Lady Cougar 7B team was third in the tourney, with Jordan Siebel leading the way.
At the Stephenville Tournament, the 8B team struggled, losing eight game.
Hannah Edwards helped the 7B Lady Cougars go 3-5.
Nolan 8A def. Rancier 8A 25-12, 25-13: At Nolan, Abbie James served half of Nolan’s 50 points in the win.
Alia Vines, Tamiah Dowdell and Jasmine Martinez were defensive standouts.
Nolan’s eighth-graders host Smith on Monday.
Patterson 8A def. Live Oak Ridge 8A 25-11, 25-6: Kaleiyah Davis served six points, all aces, to help keep the Cavaliers unbeaten.
Other top servers for Patterson were Breonna Flemming (nine points) and Elicia Barcinas (15 points).
Union Grove 8A def. Palo Alto 8A 25-20, 25-11: Selicia Field served 11 points for the winning Grizzlies.
Other top servers for Union Grove (5-2, 1-1) were Rebecca Kennedy and Symone Thomas (five points each), Sheila Borders (four), Jaylyn Capito and Jalena Elzie (three each) and Teyrra Goodrich and Jadienne Reese (one each).
Sheila Borders had two kills.
Charlene Shepherd and Lexee Romine had a great save that led to a Palo Alto point. Other standouts for the Lady Patriots were Kiora Baker and Brittany Johnson.
The eighth-grade Grizzlies travel to Patterson on Monday.
S.C. Lee 8A def. Stephenville 8A 25-15, 25-8: Stephanie Coombes was the player of the game for the winning Lady Cougars.
Union Grove 8B def. Palo Alto 8B 25-15, 25-15: Maritza Jones served 21 points in the Grizzlies’ victory.
Other top servers for Union Grove (3-3, 1-1 conference) were Kayla Hansen (five points), Kristen Cavazos (four), Paxton O’Fallon and Marlina Isley (two each) and Hailey Woodard (one).
Jocelyn Nunez served eight straight points to lead Palo Alto, and Tania Jackson had her first kill.
S.C. Lee 8B def. Stephenville 8B 25-15, 25-18: Jurnee Long led the way in the Lady Cougars’ win.
Nolan 8B def. Rancier 8B 25-13, 24-14: At Nolan, Mariah Johns served 14 points in the win for Nolan.
Other standouts for the Lady Mustangs were Arlene Aguinaga and Iyanna Seals (10 points each), Alexis Ayala (four points), Remani Slater, Sharon Whitlow, Nautika Harrison and Katarina McMillion.
Patterson 8B def. Live Oak Ridge 8B 25-4, 25-14: Geordan Blanchard served 10 points, all aces, and 12 of Marissa Knapp’s 15 service points were aces in the Cavaliers’ victory.
Union Grove 7A def. Palo Alto 7A 25-11, 25-11: Sophie Young served 17 points in the Grizzlies’ victory.
Other top servers for Union Grove were Elizabeth Iosefo (six points), Faith Miller (four), Ashlyn Eastmore (two) and Layla Yerry, Bailey Bodkin and Jada Dye (one each).
Claudia Vera was a defensive standout. Mya Taylor also played well.
S.C. Lee 7A def. Stephenville 7A 25-7, 25-18: Nazoni Wyss was the star in the Lady Cougars’ victory.
Nolan 7A def. Rancier 7A: At Rancier, the Lady Mustangs had their best all-round serving performance of the year in the victory, led by Kaitlyn Jenkins’ 13 points.
Sarana Tuia had three kills, and Tyneshia Thomas had four assists.
Union Grove 7B def. Palo Alto 7B 25-13, 25-15: Emma Dungan served eight points to help the Grizzlies start 2-0 in conference play.
Other top servers for Union Grove were Trinity Moore, Selena Crusoe and Taylor Wells (five points apiece), Olivia Winder and Brittany Bombardier (two each) and Aliyah Tharpe, Sydney Unger and Trinity Thorton (one each).
Nolan 7B def. Rancier 7B: At Rancier, Jaycie Amezcua led all servers in the Lady Mustangs’ victory with five service points.
Makayla Marsh and Vanessa Rodriguez each added three points.
Stephenville 7B def. S.C. Lee 7B 15-25, 25-22, 16-14: Hannah Bruns led the defeated Lady Cougars.