Bobcats secure first win of season

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Van Zandt County teams combined to put together their best overall of the season Oct. 27, going a combined 4-1 overall courtesy of wins by Canton, Edgewood, Fruitvale and Wills Point. Van, which currently has the best record of any county team at 8-0 overall, enjoyed its bye week in anticipation of their biggest game of the season Nov. 3 against Kaufman.

Through nine weeks of play, county teams are a combined 23-25 overall heading into the homestretch of the regular season.  

Canton

The Canton Eagles played host to the Dallas Roosevelt Mustangs Oct. 27, clashing with a team they dismantled 43-2 back in 2016. Any hope that Roosevelt had of avenging that loss were dashed in spectacular fashion courtesy of an all-around dominant effort by the Eagles on Friday night as Canton controlled every facet of play in a 56-0 win over the Mustangs.

The 56-0 rout of Dallas Roosevelt is the largest margin of victory for the Eagle football program since a 70-7 win over North Forney back on Sept. 17, 2010.

Senior running back Dylan Cox delivered a stellar effort for the Eagles on offense, picking up more than 250 yards rushing and receiving combined while also adding three touchdowns.

Through three weeks of District 6-4A play, Wills Point is first overall at 3-0, followed by Dallas Lincoln, Canton and Ferris at 2-1, and Roosevelt and Emory Rains at 0-3.

With a win over Emory Rains Nov. 3 on Senior Night, the Canton Eagles would wrap up a top four finish in district play and a spot in the 4A State Football Playoffs.

Edgewood

The Edgewood Bulldogs continued to impress offensively last week, generating more than 540 yards of total offense during a 55-35 win over Como-Pickton last week.

The win, which moved Edgewood to 6-2 overall and 2-1 in District 8-3A play, marked the fourth time this season that the Bulldogs have scored more than 50 points in a game.

Carter Bates, who has enjoyed a breakout season at running back for Edgewood in 2017, continued to shine against the Eagles by totaling 19 carries for 232 yards and four touchdowns. Bates’ effort follows a 25 carry, 257 rushing yard effort against Lone Oak the week before.

Trey Erwin picked up 170 yards and two touchdowns passing, while also adding a 33-yard touchdown run while Jordan Davison finished as Edgewood’s top receiver catching seven passes for 98 yards and a touchdown.

Edgewood was scheduled to hit the road Nov. 3 to take on 0-3 Alba-Golden. A Bulldog victory over the Panthers would wrap up a playoff berth for Edgewood. 

Current District 8-3A standings show Harmony in first at 3-0, Edgewood, Lone Oak and Winona tied for second at 2-1 each and Alba-Golden and Como-Pickton tied for fifth at 0-3.

Fruitvale

The Fruitvale Bobcats enjoyed arguably the best night of any county team Oct. 27, breaking a season-long winless streak with a 44-41 win over Campbell. 

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