A number of area high school football teams will take a break from their respective training camps to open scrimmage action across East Texas.
Garrison, Alto, Timpson, Center, Mount Enterprise and Tenaha will be in action at home, while Cushing and San Augustine will begin play on the road.
Here’s a rundown of tonight’s matchups:
Arp at Garrison — District 11-2A DI favorite and No. 8-ranked Garrison will open scrimmage action at home, playing up a classification when the Bulldogs take on Arp, a member of 10-3A DII.
The junior varsity action will begin at 6 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium, with the varsity teams getting underway at about 7 p.m.
Garrison is coming off a 10-3 campaign a year ago, capturing the 11-2A DI league title, outlasting Tenaha and Joaquin by two games. Arp, which is coached by former Bulldog Dale Irwin, is coming off a 3-7 season a year ago and return six offensive and five defensive starters from the Tiger team that posted a 3-4 district record.
Cushing at Cayuga — After reaching the playoffs for the first time in 20 years and placing fourth in the District 10-2A DI race, the Cushing Bearkats (6-4) will be on the road to battle Cayuga, a member of District 9-2A DI.
Varsity action will get started at 5 p.m. at Scarborough Stadium.
The Bearkats were 2-3 in league play last season, while the Wildcats were 5-6 a year ago as a bi-district playoff squad. Cayuga, also 2-3 in district last season, returns six starters on both sides of the ball and is picked to finish second in its district this fall. Cushing has been chosen fourth.
Overton at Alto — No. 17-ranked Alto Yellowjackets are coming off a 8-4 record a year ago, advancing two rounds into the playoffs. The ’Jackets will be at home to battle Overton of District 10-2A DII.
Action will get underway at 6 p.m. at Cam’Ron Matthews Field, with the junior varsity squads playing first, and the varsity teams to follow.
While Alto placed second behind Carlisle in the District 10-2A DI race last season with a 4-1 record, Overton was 2-7 in 2018, including 1-4 in district. The Mustangs return three offensive and four defensive starters.
Groveton at Timpson — The Timpson Bears are coming off a playoffs season a year ago and will be at home to take on the Groveton Indians, members of District 12-2A DI.
The scrimmage at John Herbert Eakin Stadium will get started with junior varsity action at 6 p.m. The varsity squads will battle immediately afterwards.
Timpson placed fourth in District 11-2A DI, arguably one of the toughest Class 2A districts in the state, posting a 3-3 league mark and a fourth-place finish in 2018. Groveton earned a 5-6 record last season, coming in second in league play. The Indians return eight offensive and nine defensive starters.
San Augustine at Beckville — No. 5-ranked San Augustine is reloading after last season’s playoff run to the Class 2A DI semifinals, and will travel to Beckville to take on the Bearcats.
The scrimmage at R.C. Beauchamp Stadium will get underway with the junior varsity squads battling at 6 p.m. The varsity teams will follow.
San Augustine cruised to a 12-3 overall mark, winning the District 12-2A DI race with a spotless 5-0 mark. Beckville, a member of District 11-2A DI, placed sixth with a 5-5 overall record and a 2-4 mark in district. The Bearcats return six offensive and six defensive starters from that team.
Spring Hill at Center — The Center Roughriders, picked second in the District 9-4A DII race this year behind No. 2-ranked Jasper, will be at home to face Spring Hill from District 6-4A DII.
The squads will battle at Roughrider Stadium, with junior varsity action starting at 6 p.m. and the varsity teams to follow at 7 p.m.
Center, under new head coach Scott Ponder this year, advanced to the playoffs with a 6-5 mark a year ago, posting a second-place 3-1 league record. Spring Hill struggled to a 2-8 season mark in 2018, while finishing winless in league play at 0-4. The Panthers return eight offensive and six starters from a year ago.
Carlisle at Mount Enterprise — Mount Enterprise will have its hands full when the Wildcats host reigning District 10-2A DI champion Price Carlisle in scrimmage action.
The scrimmage will begin with varsity action at 7 p.m. at John Webb Stadium. Meet the Wildcats will also take place tonight at the stadium.
Mount Enterprise is coming off a 4-6 mark a year ago, posting a 2-3 league record and advancing to Class 2A DII bi-district action. The Wildcats return nine starters on both sides of the ball. Carlisle begins the 2019 ranked No. 15 in Class 2A DI, posting a 12-1 mark last season, including a perfect 5-0 district record. The Indians return five starters on both sides of the ball.
Shelbyville at Tenaha — Tenaha and Shelbyville battle in a matchup of Shelby County squads that advanced to the playoffs a year ago.
The junior varsity scrimmage will start at 5 p.m., with the varsity teams tangling at 6 p.m. at Tiger Stadium.
Tenaha is ranked No. 9 in the preseason Class 2A DI poll, returning five offensive and seven defensive starters from a 10-4 state quarterfinalist. The Tigers finished in a tie for second in the District 11-2A DI race a year ago. Shelbyville (5-6) advanced to the playoffs after placing second in District 12-2A DI with a 4-1 record. The Dragons return six starters on both sides of the ball.