Canton rally stuns Tigers on homecoming night, 28-27

Kendall Brown was crowned 2015 Wills Point High School Homecoming Queen at halftime of Friday night's game between the Tigers and visiting Canton Eagles.

Wills Point and Canton engaged in one of the strangest and most exciting games of the 2015 season on Sept. 25. The Tigers were dominant early against the Eagles, seizing early control by taking a 19-0 lead into the half. The second half looked to be more of the same, but a series of big plays by the Eagles turned the tide quickly, resulting in a 28-27 Canton win.

Special teams were a huge factor in the contest, with Canton blocking an extra point, snuffing out a two-point conversion attempt, blocking a punt and returning it for a touchdown and returning a kick for a touchdown.

Tiger quarterback/defensive back Caden Bennett played well on both sides of the ball. The junior scored twice in the ground game, and intercepted two Canton passes.

The Eagles got a strong performance from Brazos Hesskew, who stepped into the quarterback position in the first half and led the Canton comeback.


Costly mistakes hurt Tigers in loss to Yellowjackets

The Wills Point Tigers faced a tall task on Friday night, traveling to Mineola to take on the number one ranked 3A team in the state. Tiger miscues and breakdowns would go a long way to help determine the outcome, with three interceptions and a backbreaking kickoff return for a touchdown leading Mineola to a 35-17 win.

Senior running back Marques Crouch delivered another 100+ yard rushing effort, carrying 30 times for 138. Quarterback Caden Bennett contributed 56 yards and two scores on 10 carries for the Tigers.

Wills Point, now 2-2 on the season, will look to get back on track this week when they host the rival Canton Eagles on homecoming night. The Eagles enter the game with a 1-3 record overall after posting a 35-13 win against Spring Hill.


Tigers grind down Eagles in 37-13 win

The Wills Point Tigers picked up their second consecutive win of the season on Sept. 11 against Wilmer-Hutchins, grinding down the Eagles with a heavy dose of the running game to run away with a 37-13 win.

Although dominant on the stat sheet, Wills Point held just a 15-13 lead after three quarters of play. Powered by a strong ground game and hard hitting defense, the Tigers scored 22 unanswered down the stretch to pull away with the 37-13 win.

Marques Crouch once again shouldered a heavy workload for the Tigers, carrying the ball 38 times for 238 yards and two touchdowns. Chuck Smith finished with a 100 yard day and two touchdowns on just four carries for the 2-1 Tigers.

Defensively, the Wills Point defense held Wilmer-Hutchins to just 187 total yards while forcing four turnovers.

Wills Point will be on the road again on Sept. 18, traveling to take on Mineola. The Tigers will play host to Canton on Sept. 25 for homecoming. 


Cross country team begins season

The WPCC team competed in their first meet of the year on September 5 in Ferris. The varsity girls team placed 4th overall and was led by junior Gaby Gonzalez with a 9th place finish.

Following Gaby was Brisa Carrillo 20th, Abbie Phillips 23rd, Natalee Darst 33rd, and Elizabeth Cockerham 34th.

The varsity boys placed 5th and was led by senior Carlos Hernandez with a 4th place finish. He was closely followed by David Umana in 9th, Aiden Phillips 27th, Jackson Ramsey 33rd, Edwin Figuoria 34th, and Matt Mayfield 36th.

The JV girls team placed 3rd overall, led by Victorya Ortega. Following Ortega was Angeles Ponce, Jazlynne Hernandez, Kimberlie Lumsden, Summerlyn Clark, Sabrina Reyes, Elaine Jeffrey, Christina Aubert, and Jasmin Hererra.

The JV boys finished 12th, led by Trevor Harrell, Adam Shorter, Chase Phillips, Daniel Amaro, and Richardo Gomez.

Placing 2nd overall in the junior high boys division was Cole Williams with a time of 12:51.


Tigers even record with win out Yellowjackets, 33-30

Photo by Seleste Buentello

Linebackers Chuck Smith (22) and Kelvin Love (11) corral Ferris wide receiver Deuntrae Booker.

It wasn’t always pretty, but the Wills Point Tigers accomplished their ultimate goal on Friday night with a 33-30 home win over the Ferris Yellowjackets to improve to 1-1 on the season.

Offensively, the story for the Tigers was running back Marques Crouch. The senior followed up a season opening three touchdown performance in a loss to Forney with an even better one against the Yellowjackets. All told, Crouch logged 39 carries for 140 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, and added three catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns in the receiving game.

Play between the two teams opened with the Yellowjackets on offense. Ferrris picked up a first down before Wills Point caused and recovered a fumble by freshman quarterback Dylan Wright.


Tigers fall to 5A Jackrabbits in opener

Marques Crouch breaks free of the Forney defense for one of his three touchdowns during Friday night's opener against the Jackrabbits.

For the second consecutive season, the Wills Point Tigers faced a tough test in their opener with a contest against the 5A Forney Jackrabbits. Powered by quarterback Luke Skipper’s sensational day, Forney put together an explosive offensive display to hand the Tigers a 56-21 loss.
Skipper, who totaled nearly nearly 200 yards (50 passing, 140 rushing) and two touchdowns in last year's contest, misfired on just two of his 17 pass attempts while totaling over 300 yards passing and six total touchdowns. 
Wills Point running back Marques Crouch bruised his way to 268 yards and three touchdowns on a game-high 36 carries.
Wills Point will look to even their season record when they host Ferris at Ken Autry Davis Field.

Lady Tigers host annual volleyball tournament

Photo by David Kapitan

The Wills Point Lady Tiger varsity volleyball team will be at home over the weekend, hosting 15 other East Texas programs for the annual Coca Cola Attack ‘Em Volleyball Tournament on Aug. 21-22.

The Wills Point Lady Tigers will get to enjoy the comforts of home this weekend, welcoming a slew of teams from all over East Texas for the annual Coca Cola Attack ‘Em Volleyball Tournament on Aug. 21-22.

Teams from Caddo Mills, Kaufman, Quinlan, Van, Chapel Hill, Sulphur Springs, Terrell, Crandall, Commerce, Tx. High, West Rusk, Paris, Scurry and Mineola are scheduled to be in attendance.

Pool play is scheduled to run the entire first day of the tournament, with teams divided into four separate brackets: blue, red, white and gold. Pool play matchups scheduled to be played in the main gym include:

-Wills Point vs. Chapel Hill, 8 a.m.

-Sulphur Springs vs. Terrell, 9 a.m.

-Chapel Hill vs. Sulphur Springs, 10 a.m.

-Wills Point vs. Terrell, 11 a.m.

-Chapel Hill vs. Terrell, 12 p.m.

-Wills Point vs. Sulphur Springs, 1 p.m.

-Crandall vs. Commerce, 2 p.m.

-Harmony vs. Tx. High, 3 p.m.


Opening scrimmage set for Saturday

After a week of going through drills and running plays against each other, the Wills Point Tigers will finally get their chance to take out their frustrations on an opponent not dressed in blue and white on Saturday.

Wills Point, coming off a 5-6 season that saw them reach the bi-district round of the playoffs, will scrimmage the District 5-4A Division II Bullard Panthers on Saturday. Freshman are scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by the JV and varsity scrimmaging at 9:30 a.m.


WPISD Tennis coaches go to camps

Courtesy photos

Left: Cassidy Wilcoxson, Coach Len Turner, Coach Ann Daniell and Claire Hiler.
Right: Coaches Len Turner and Ann Daniell.

Wills Point tennis coaches Ann Daniell and Len Turner were invited to work at the University of Texas tennis camp last week.  The coaches were involved in working with about 40 athletes from across the state, including Cassidy Wilcoxson and Claire Hiler from the Tiger tennis team.  This was an exciting end to a tremendous tennis season.


Carlye Lide

Carlye Lide, a 2013 graduate of Wills Point High School, ended her sophomore year at Austin College earning several honors. As well as being named to the Dean’s List again for the 2014 Fall semester she was nominated and awarded to become a Student Ambassador for the college in the Students Today Alumni Tomorrow organization. Most recently, the Southern Collegiate Tennis league announced that she was one of the few players that earned All-Tournament Honors for her strong performances in singles play at the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships this Spring. Carlye is active as a cheerleader and a member of the Women’s Roo Tennis team.  She is also a member of Alpha Delta Chi sorority and a representative for the Student Athletic Advisory Committee for the college. Carlye is working towards her Math major with a minor in Physics.


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