Atlanta dropped down in classification this fall, and it seemed like everyone was picking the Rabbs to waltz through their district into the postseason.
The Rabbs are off to a fast start with lopsided wins over Redwater and New Boston this past week, 55-14. Quarterback Andrew Samples is a big part of that success having moved over to defense, while continuing to be the starting signal caller.
Samples only played a half on offense last week againt the Lions, completing 8 of 11 passes for 152 yards and three touchdowns. He rushed for a fourth touchdown, and is this week’s KPYN/Dewey Moore Ford Player of the Week.
“We’re playing better since moving Andrew over to defense, but we’ve still got to get better,” said Atlanta coach Matt McClure. “He’s never coming off the field if it’s a tight game. It helps him stay more involved in the game, and active. He helps the defense, and we need help. Andrew has provided some stableness over there.”
Atlanta (2-4, 2-0) enters its toughest stretch in district this week with a game at Hughes Springs. The Rabbs then host Mount Vernon before travelling to Jefferson. Hooks visits Cass County for Atlanta’s final regular season game.
Razorback Cameron Collier earns Fox Sports Texarkana/Dewey Moore Ford honor
Arkansas High’s Cameron Collier is another player getting double duty this season.
After missing a game, Collier returned in a big way, rushing for 162 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries, while recording five tackles and returning an interception 97 yards for a touchdown. The Razorbacks routed league rival Hot Springs Lakeside, 48-14.
Collier is now Arkansas High’s leading rusher on the season with more than 500 yards. He didn’t become the starter until senior standout Jordan Hall suffered a broken leg against Liberty-Eylau.
The Razorbacks could be playing for the 5A South championship this Friday when they host Little Rock McClellan. Both teams are unbeaten in league play.
Hooks’ Marquiz Estell named ESPN Texarkana/Dewey Moore Ford winner for defensive effort against Redwater
Defensive back Marquiz Estell was all over the field last week in helping Hooks stop rival Redwater, 44-22.
Estell was in on 16 tackles, and intercepted two passes. The Hornets’ multi-talented Estell has been named the ESPN Texarkana/Dewey Moore Ford Player of the Week for his effort against the Dragons.
Hooks faces a treacherous district schedule after this week’s game at New Boston, needing at least two more wins to reach the postseason.