Five return to field following bye week

Van Zandt County football action returned full throttle last week after Canton, Edgewood, Fruitvale, Grand Saline and Wills Point all stayed home Oct. 6 for their respective bye weeks. Canton, Wills Point and Van, the only county school yet to have its bye, were all victorious in district play Oct. 13 while Edgewood, Fruitvale and Grand Saline came up short.


The Canton Eagles opened District 6-4A play at Norris Birdwell Stadium in Canton Oct. 13, easily handing the visiting Ferris Yellowjackets 45-22 to improve their overall season record to 3-3.

Big plays were the order of the night for the Eagles with Simon Miller scoring on a 30-yard run, Dylan Cox scoring on two runs of more than 50 yards, Tanner Moore scoring on a 42-yard touchdown reception and McGwire Martin scoring on a 95-yard kickoff return to open the second half. 

The Canton rushing attack proved especially potent against the overmatched Yellowjackets, tallying 13 carries for 224 yards in the first half alone.

Canton was scheduled to make its way to Wills Point Oct. 20 for their annual rivalry game with the Tigers. Wills Point, the defending 6-4A champions, enter play with a 2-4 record overall including a 41-28 win over the Dallas Roosevelt Mustangs Oct. 13.

The rivalry between the Eagles and Tigers has been extremely competitive in three of the previous five meetings between the two teams with Canton scoring wins of 49-44 in 2013 and 28-27 in 2015.


The Edgewood Bulldogs traveled to Harmony Oct. 13, taking on a state-ranked Eagles team that had already posted at least 60 points in three of their first five contests this season, and at least 49 in four of the first five.

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