Liberty Hill’s Malyke Whitted caught two touchdown passes and returned a fumble for another score to lead the undefeated eighth-grade A-team Lions to a 32-6 win over Nolan on Tuesday in Killeen ISD middle school football action.

Whitted had TD grabs of 28 and 12 yards, and went 75 yards with his scoop-and-score. Leo Rhome III’s hit on a Nolan running back caused the fumble.

Marcus Maple had a 17-yard TD run and PAT in the first half as the Lions (5-0, 3-0 conference) raced to a 26-0 halftime lead.

When the Mustangs found the end zone in the third quarter, they became the first team to score a touchdown against the Liberty Hill defense this season.

Terrance Carter added an 8-yard TD run in the final period to cap the scoring for the Lions.

Other offensive standouts for Liberty Hill were Eric Moore and Alijah Perez.

Nehemiah Costley also recovered a fumble for the Lions. Other defensive standouts were Dominique Choquette and Romeo Tauaa.

Devonte Tezino, Timothy Thompson and Kenterrius Johnson were two-way standouts for the Mustangs.

EASTERN HILLS 8A 7, PALO ALTO 8A 6: Tayvon McManemy scored on a 20-yard run with less than 90 seconds remaining, but the Patriots couldn’t convert on the PAT and suffered a heartbreaking loss.

The game was scoreless until Eastern Hills scored on a long pass in the third quarter.

Akari Morris also ran well for Palo Alto. Quarterback Antwone Gonzalez completed a 25-yard third-down pass down the sideline to Markerio Alexander which put the Patriots in position to score late in the game. Trevon Perry led the defense in tackles and had an interception. Bryar Kohler, Isiah Rios and Jonathan Layton were other leading tacklers.

SMITH 8A 49, MANOR 8A 0: Jamari Thomas scored three touchdowns, and Ahmad Bailey tossed three touchdown passes in the undefeated Leopards’ victory.

Jacobia Thomas caught two touchdown passes, and Alfred Vincent caught one for Smith (5-0).

Rodrick Pope and Larkins recovered fumbles for the Smith defense.

PATTERSON 8A 20, UNION GROVE 8A 7: At Patterson, Jorien Young returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and the Cavaliers also scored with their offense and defense in a victory.

Howard Johnson’s interception on the next drive led to a rushing touchdown by Elijah Harris and a 14-0 lead.

Just when Union Grove seemed to be making a comeback, Marquis Valentine intercepted a pass and scored to cap the scoring.

Gavyn Keyser, Amir Soliman, Avery Stemmons and Jayden Rudd were standouts on the Patterson offensive line. Dai’Von Kow, Armando Molina and Reggie Barlow led the defense.

LIBERTY HILL 8B 19, NOLAN 8B 12: U’Riyah Evans returned a fumble for a score, tossed an 8-yard touchdown pass and sealed the unbeaten Lions’ victory with a late interception.

Juan Emanuel scored on a 65-yard run as Liberty Hill led 13-6 at halftime.

The Lions (5-0, 3-0 conference) went up 19-6 in the fourth quarter when Evans hit Millender in the end zone for a score. The duo also hooked up on an extra point.

A Liberty Hill fumble gave the Mustangs one last chance to tie or win the game, but Evans ended the rally with his interception.

Other offensive standouts for Liberty Hill were Austin Rivera, Lamont Williams and Kyle Winner.

The Lions recovered five other Nolan fumbles, one each by Kalani-Koa Green, Keshawn Collier, Jackloid Carino, Davion Washington and Tyrell Morris Winston. Malachi Seawood-Martinez was another defensive standout.

Bairo Velasco and Adaid Sanchez led the Nolan offense. Warren Bethea, Harriah Garner and Erik Garcia were defensive standouts.

PATTERSON 8B 20, UNION GROVE 8B 0: At Patterson, Michael Kelly scored three times to lead the Cavaliers to a victory on a chilly, windy night.

Patterson (3-0 conference) was in command all night after scoring on its opening drive. Jamal Williams and Zaylin Blackwood were other offensive standouts.

Defensively, Josh Cooper and Kevin Banchs led the way.

SMITH 7A 7, MANOR 7A 6: At Manor, Jamarius Stewart returned a kickoff 88 yards for a game-tying touchdown in the closing minutes, and Jeante Jeanty’s PAT run was the deciding point in the Leopards’ comeback victory.

The game was a scoreless defensive battle until Manor scored with 1:32 remaining.

Offensive standouts for Smith (3-0 conference) were Pablo Picacio, Christopher Bethea and Wilbert Martin.

Jaylan Johnson had nine tackles, and Jeanty seven. Other defensive standouts were Jadarius Murphy, Michael Villegas Herrera, Kelton Hemphill and Joseph Dickerson.

NOLAN 7A 20, LIBERTY HILL 7A 12: Marquis Collins scored twice and Dwayne Allen returned an interception 44 yards for another touchdown to send the Mustangs to a comeback victory.

Collins had 1- and 8-yard TD runs. Nathaniel Morgan and Alexis Estrada sneaked across the goal line for the extra points. Ben Costin, Josiah Ash, Alexis Estrada, Justin Barnes, Samari Brooks and Jaiyon Williams led the way with their blocking.

Costin, Barnes, Kevin Olivieri and Alexsander Estrada had sacks. Angel Avila and Alexis Hanks shut down the Lions receivers.

When the Lions (2-3, 1-2 conference) threatened to score in the fourth quarter with the Mustangs holding on to a one-point lead, Irving Fuentes snatched an interception and ran it back 40 yards, setting up the Nolan’s final score.

The Lions led most of the way with Isaac Diaz scoring on an 80-yard run, and King White’s 50-yard run.

Lorenzo Kepler had two interceptions, and White recovered a fumble for the Liberty Hill defense. Reginald Fortson was another standout.

PATTERSON 7A 25, UNION GROVE 7A 18: Zavian Tibbs ran for three touchdowns and the unbeaten Cavaliers survived their stiffest challenge of the season.

Tibbs and Zy’Aire King staked Patterson (6-0, 3-0 conference) to a 12-0 lead with touchdown runs

The Grizzlies answered right before the half to make it 12-6.

Tibbs capped the opening drive of the second half with his second TD to put the Cavs up 18-6. Patterson led 25-6 with four minutes remaining, but Union Grove answered with a pair of touchdowns.

Other standouts for Patterson were Julian Samudia (two pancakes, one sack, one fumble recovery), James Rowell (pass deflection), Matthew Moore, Jisaiah Adaiare (pass deflection), Jovan Smith (fumble return) and Rashad Jackson.

Aimeer Washington scored two touchdowns for Union Grove. Other offensive standouts were Dayne Holden (58 yards passing), Re’Shaun Sanford (45-yard kickoff return), Evan Chatman, Marcus McMillan and Deaubry Hood.

Shaver Walker forced two fumbles and recovered one for a touchdown. Thomas Connolly, Washington (fumble recovery) and Sanford each had three tackles. Other defensive standouts  were Ashton Wilson, Garrett Isley, Jaydon Chatman, Brandon Irving, Ryan Shine and Gaige Shoop.

EASTERN HILLS 7A 34, PALO ALTO 7A 0: Offensive standouts for the defeated Patriots were Nickolas Caldwell, Joseph Turner and Junior Ramirez.

Defensively, Demontre Chapman and Keimond Hill recorded numerous tackles and Zachary Manson provided leadership.

LIBERTY HILL 7B 18, NOLAN 7B 6: Reggie Randle caught a pair of touchdown passes from Dylan Thomas and the Lions topped the Mustangs.

Randle’s TDs went for 40 and 30 yards.

Isaiah Fant scored the lone touchdown for the Mustangs on an 8-yard run to cut the deficit to 12-6, but the Lions (4-1, 3-1 conference) sealed the victory on Trent Ward’s 35-yard end-around for a score.

Luke Fulton and Ryan Allen set up Liberty Hill’s first score by stopping Nolan on fourth down, leading to the first Thomas-to-Randle score. Those two hooked up for another TD on the opening drive of the second half.

Juan Trujillo had a sack and Edward Rodriguez recovered a fumble to lead the Nolan defense.

PATTERSON 7B 33, UNION GROVE 7B 13: Bobby Williams had four touchdown runs and the Cavaliers posted their third straight win.

Emory Watson also scored a touchdown for Patterson (3-1-1, 3-0 conference).

Defensively, Elijah Castillo forced two fumbles and had a sack. Tyriq Jones had an interception and broke up a pass. Mark Rogers recovered a fumble. Tysahon Brown was another standout.

Joe Lane led the Grizzlies with 106 yards rushing. Jett Millsap threw touchdown passes to Kevin Ro (10 yards) and Amaree Head (55).

Defensive standouts for Union Grove were Charles Williams (three tackles and a sack), Corey Evans (three tackles for a loss), Cody Sisson (two tackles) and Rigoverto Medina (sack), Marcos Riter, Christian Taylor, Jaleel Weaver and Nicholas Williams.

Oct. 17

MANOR 7A 13, EASTERN HILLS 7A 7: Ismond Ware scored with 55 seconds remaining and the Rams remained undefeated.

De’Von’te Johnson opened the scoring in the first quarter with a touchdown, but Eastern Hills answered and led 7-6 heading into the final minute.

Jeziah O’Bryant sealed the victory with an interception. Other standouts for the Rams were Aaron Barnwell (PAT) and Lenaria Hankins.


SMITH 8A DEF. MANOR 8A 25-21, 25-23: Adaizah Millet served six points, and Ayana Brown added four the in the Lady Leopards’ victory.

PATTERSON 8A DEF. UNION GROVE 8A 25-12, 25-17: At Union Grove,  Ichani Norman served 11 points and had one kill to help lead the Lady Cavaliers to a victory.

Other contributors for Patterson were Evelyn Lorenzo (seven digs and four points), Livyahna Alvarado and Raina Fergugur (one dig each), Naudia Vasquez (four digs and one kill), Ariana Moore (three kills and four points), Natajha Jenkins (one kill), Kylie Swanson (nine points), Kira Bass (two kills), Natalie Penman (one kill) and Nicole Evans (seven points, three aces).

Scoring for the Grizzlies (0-2 conference) were Mary Allen (five points), Karly Hansen (three), Temiya Johnson (two) and Rozalyn Simmons (one). Evan Fuller also contributed.

EASTERN HILLS 8A DEF. PALO ALTO 8A 25-14, 25-11: At Eastern Hills, Adelia Puni and Briana Fejeran combined for 16 points to lead the Lady Panthers to a win.

Doxa Manulo, Malia Charfauros, Luse Meleisea and Kayla Williams were defensive standouts.

Jamesha Reece recorded a kill for Palo Alto. Top servers were Isabel Nautu (three points), Reece and Jayda Lomas (two each) and Elicia Weaver and Tavvajenna Capers (one each). Other standouts included Summer Aguon Tallada, Sha’taveanna Graham and Alexya Gooden.

NOLAN 8A DEF. LIBERTY HILL 8A 25-23, 25-21: Top servers Kiarelys Landrau-Santiago, Ka’tesha Lewis and De’Anira Washington helped the Lady Mustangs outlast the Lady Lions in a thriller.

Alyssa Gomez, Taleiya Aguon, Kya Brown-Horne and Armani Davis were other standouts for Nolan.

SMITH 8B DEF. MANOR 8B 25-12, 25-12: Taylor Peterson served 14 points to send the Lady Leopards to a victory.

PATTERSON 8B DEF. UNION GROVE 25-20, 26-24: At Union Grove, Landry Searcey served 10 points, including an ace, to help the Lady Cavaliers to a victory.

Other contributors for Patterson were Capreil Joseph (eight points, one kill, one block, three aces and one dig), Zykirah Thompson (three points, block), Jalacia Cokley (four points, one ace), Anaisha Byrd (one dig), Mya Debose (four points, two blocks) and Lauren Thomas (one block).

Kenaiya Blackmon served nine points to lead Union Grove (1-1 conference). Other scorers were Keni Moore (eight), Savannah Seldon and Jocelynn Deaton (three each) and Savannah Stites (one). Clarissa Gutierrez, Keiley Tierce, Celeste Fuentes and Anna Caldwell also contributed to the win.

EASTERN HILLS 8B DEF. PALO ALTO 8B 25-10, 25-9: At Eastern Hills, Alexis Westlund served 13 points to lead the Lady Panthers to a victory.

Paris Beckham contributed seven points, and defensive standout Calvionne Baker dominated at the net.

Alicia Rolland had a kill for Palo Alto Top servers for the Lady Patriots were Britsel Arredondo, Kayla Cherry, Keyshany Pizarro and Aiyanna Stepp. Azirria Becoats made several digs.

LIBERTY HILL 8B DEF. NOLAN 8B 25-14, 23-25, 25-13: Jashanti Davis served 10 points to lead the defeated Lady Mustangs.

Latisha Anderson served seen straight, and Zakyrah Hanley added five in a row as Nolan took the second set.

Alanna Lizama and Kaylee De Jesus were other standouts.

UNION GROVE 7A DEF. PATTERSON 7A 25-20, 25-16: Outstanding serving by Brooke Ross and Gloria Iosefo helped the undefeated Grizzlies rally in the second set and complete the sweep.

Iosefo led Union Grove (10-0, 2-0 conference) with 12 points. Ross added six. Other scorers were Kaely Lelauti (seven), Alicia Mora (three), Faryn Morris and Jaliah Evans (two each) and Keonna Otis (one).

Elizabeth Eakin served 13 points for Patterson. Other contributors for the Lady Cavs were Deshonay Merchant (five points, six assists, three kills), Lanyjah Ballard-Stoute (two points), Mia Caldwell (one point, two assists), Tiana St. Cyr (six points, three assists, two blocks), Taleyah Talley (four points, one ace, four assists), Emily Lee (two assists) and Taylor Brodine and Ja’Liz Simmons (three assists each).

MANOR 7A DEF. SMITH 7A 23-25, 25-9, 25-12: Assiah Howard served 13 points and the Lady Rams rallied to beat undefeated Smith.

Other standouts for Manor were Amaiyah Dawson, Janiya Douglas, Leilani Maneafaiga (two kills), Joselys Melecio, Myaunni Mayfield, Brelys Diaz and Olivia Stevenson.

PALO ALTO 7A DEF. EASTERN HILLS 7A 25-15, 25-13: Aniyah Harrison served 17 straight points in the opening set, and 12 more in the second, including the game-winner for the Lady Patriots.

Lauren Wolf and Hailey Swanson were defensive standouts.

UNION GROVE 7B DEF. PATTERSON 7B 25-17, 25-23: Faith Leveck served 10 points and the unbeaten Grizzlies held on for a victory.

Nevaeh Halbach, Saniyah Johnson and Aryam Quiroz contributed five points apiece for Union Grove (9-0, 2-0 conference). Laura Pearce scored three. Ayianna Williams was a defensive standout.

Natalya Senat led Patterson with 11 points and two aces. Other contributors were Lanija Harrell (six points, one ace), Morgan Campuzano (four points, one assist, one block), Miracly Gwynn (ace), Alondra Chelby (four digs), Ale’Ani Ruffin (seven points) and Nakera Hulett (one assist, one block)

SMITH 7B DEF. MANOR 7B: Taniyah Cunningham and Amanda Costa led the defeated Lady Rams.

PALO ALTO 7B DEF. EASTERN HILLS 7B: Yani Amaya-Romero served six straight points in the decisive third set to send the Lady Patriots to a victory.

Eastern Hills won the first set 25-15, and Palo Alto bounced back to win the second set 25-14.

Amiyah Alexander and Angelina Martinez also contributed to the victory.


PATTERSON WINS 8TH-GRADE TITLE: Jalacia Cokley served 18 points, including three aces, to lead the Patterson eighth-graders to a win over Smith in the championship game of the Killeen ISD B-team tourney on Oct. 21.

Other contributors for the Lady Cavaliers were Capriel Joseph (10 points, two kills), Zykirah Thompson (three kills and two blocks), Tiana Platt Sawyer White (one block), Jazmyn Byron (16 points, two aces and two kills), Jodee Apellido (one dig), Bianca Garcia (three points, one ace), Mikaylah Perez (three points, one kill), Aubryana Watson (seven points, ace), Landry Searcy (12 points, assist), Jesenika Saiz (one dig), Mya Debose (16 points, five kills), Lauren Thomas (six points), Ciera McNeil, Angilise Blair and Anaisha Byrd.

Patterson also beat Palo Alto (25-6, 25-12) and Liberty Hill (25-13, 25-17) on Saturday to reach the title game.

On Thursday, the Lady Cavs topped Eastern Hills 25-23, 26-16 in the first round.

Thompson served nine points to lead Patterson. Byron added eight points and a kill. Cokley served two aces. Searcy also tallied an ace. Blair, McNeil and Perez each had a dig. Watson recorded one kill, one assist and two digs. Debose recorded two kills and served four points, including one ace.

SMITH 8B DEF. UNION GROVE 8B 16-25, 25-22, 15-12: Keni Moore had 14 points and a kill to lead the defeated Grizzlies.

Other scorers were Micayla Reeves (seven points), Savannah Seldon (four), Emma Salazar, Savannah Stites and Jocelynn Deaton (three each), Cassandra Vazquez (two) and Shakira Shackleford (one).

Kanaiya Blackmon, Keiley Tierce and Shackleford also had kills.

UNION GROVE 8B DEF. RANCIER 8B 25-8, 25-12: Moore led the Grizzlies to a win with 12 points. Other scorers were Salazar (seven), Deaton (six), Shackleford (three), Blackmon, Lauren Grover and Seldon (two each) and Vazquez (one). Zoe Lynn and Blackmon each had a kill. Clarissa Gutierrez, Celeste Fuentes and Anna Caldwell also contributed to the victory.

GRIZZLIES WIN 7TH-GRADE CROWN: The Union Grove 7B team never dropped a set on the way to winning the tourney title.

The Grizzlies (8-0) beat Smith 25-7, 25-23 on Thursday, then topped Audie Murphy 25-19, 25-19 on Saturday to advance to the final, where they took out Patterson 27-25, 25-13.

Saniyah Johnson led Union Grove by serving 37 points in the tourney. Other scorers were Aryam Quiroz (23), Aiyanna Williams (12), Nevaeh Halbach and Judy Irizarry (six each), Faith Leveck and Laura Pearce (five each), and Emma Burns and Jordyn James. Cadence Johnson was a standout hitter.

Patterson reached the final with Oct. 21 wins against Palo Alto (25-13, 25-15) and Manor (22-25, 25-17, 15-8). Natalya Senat tallied 35 points, five aces and four assists on the day. Morgan Campuzano served 40 points, with eight aces and four blocks. Ale’ani Ruffin had 12 points, five aces and two assists. Amyah Collins had nine points, two aces and a block. Iyanna Cato contributed 10 points and two aces. Lanijah Harrell had seven points and two aces.

PATTERSON 7B DEF. EASTERN HILLS 25-14, 25-19: Amani Winchester served 10 points, including an ace, and had five assists in the Lady Cavaliers’ first-round victory on Oct. 18.

Other contributors for Patterson were Senat (six points, five assists), Tori McIntryre and Cano (one point each) and Harrell (eight points, two aces, two assists).

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