LSU Tigers Snap Losing Streak

Percy Davis

Les Miles gives appreciation on the Victory. Photo Credited to Scott Wolf

Les Miles gives appreciation on the Victory. Photo Credited to Scott Wolf

After losing three straight games, the LSU Tigers finally snapped that losing streak. The Tigers started the season off being undefeated before losing those three games. Saturday, November 28th the Tigers beat the Texas A&M Aggies 19-7.

LSU’s running back Leonard Fournette ran for an astonishing 159 yards and one touchdown. He now has the single-season rushing record at 1,741 yards surpassing Charles Alexander’s 1,686 mark.

Over the last couple of weeks there has been speculation that coach Les Miles would no longer be head coach for the Tigers. Miles has been head coach since 2005 and has a record of 111 victories and only 32 defeats. After losing three straight games his job as head coach was up for discussion but all the speculation went out the window once he defeated the Aggies.

The game started out neck and neck with the Aggies winning the first quarter 7-6. The Tigers put the first points on the board, scoring on two field goals from kicker Trent Domingue. Shortly after that Aggie quarterback, Kyle Allen put together an 80 yard drive to score on a eight yard touchdown to Ricky Seals-Jones.

The second quarter was strictly defense with neither team putting any points on the board.

In the second half the Tigers came out rolling! They scored a touchdown in each quarter and their defense held the Aggies to a scoreless half. The first touchdown was from Derrius Guice on a 50-yard rush. The second touchdown came from Leonard Fournette on a four-yard sprint. The LSU Tigers now have an 8-3 record on the season and are looking to close out the season on a good note by winning their next game, a bowl game.

The Razorbacks stun the Tigers with a 31-14 Upset!

Percy Davis

Razorback Alex Collins rushing through LSU defenders. Photo credited to Gerald Herbert.

Razorback Alex Collins rushing through LSU defenders. Photo credited to Gerald Herbert.

November 14, 2015 the Arkansas Razorbacks shocked the world with an upset victory against the # 9 LSU Tigers. The Razorbacks came out rolling early, scoring on a 52-yard pass from Brandon Allen to Dominique Reed. The first quarter ended with the score at 7-0, Arkansas leading.

In the second quarter the Razorbacks kept the momentum going, scoring on an 80-yard rushing touchdown by Alex Collins. LSU couldn’t get anything going and kept turning the ball over on downs. Shortly after that Alex Collins scored another touchdown on a 5-yard carry. This put the Razorbacks ahead of the Tigers 21-0.

The Tigers scored before the first half of football ended but it wasn’t quite enough to win the game. The Razorbacks won the game 31-14 giving the LSU Tigers their second loss back to back. Heisman candidate Leonard Fournette struggled once again, only rushing for 91 yards on 17 carries and scoring one touchdown. The Razorbacks running back Alex Collins finished the game with 141 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns.

The Tigers quarterback Brandon Harris was sacked five times, finishing the game with 271 yards on 21 completions out of 35 and one touchdown. The Razorbacks quarterback Brandon Allen had 141 passing yards and added two touchdowns to help his team get the victory over the Tigers.

Needless to say it was not a pretty day for the LSU Tigers in their home stadium, now referred to as Death Valley.

Crimson Tide Hands LSU Tigers 1st Season Loss

Percy Davis

Alabama's Derrick Henry runs through LSU defender.

Alabama’s Derrick Henry runs through LSU defender. Photo credited to Dave Ozment.

November 7, 2015 was the day many LSU and Alabama fans were awaiting. This rivalry has been going on since 1865 with LSU getting the first victory over Alabama. Although LSU won the first game, Alabama has won 50 of the 80 games played since, with LSU winning 25 and the other 5 draws.

Saturday with the Alabama Crimson Tide hosting, they beat the LSU Tigers 30 – 16, giving the Tigers their first lost of the season. Coming into the game LSU had the upper hand with the top leading rusher Leonard Fournette. He has rushed for 1,383 yards with 16 touchdowns through only 8 games.

Fournette was smothered by Alabama’s defense led by coach Nick Saban, rushing for only 31 yards on 19 attempts. Before this game his lowest yard total was 154 yards against Western Kentucky.

Alabama’s Derrick Henry on the other hand rushed for 210 yards with three touchdowns on 38 carries. Alabama’s quarterback Jake Coker played well passing for 184 yards and completing 18 of his 24 passes thrown.

The first quarter of football was a defensive game with neither team scoring. In the second quarter the Crimson Tide got on the board first with a 22-yard field goal by Adam Griffith. The Tigers then turned the ball over on downs and the Crimson Tide went down and scored a 2-yd rushing touchdown by Derrick Henry.

With the score 10-0 at this point the Tigers knew they needed to put some points on the board before the game got out of reach. The Tigers quarterback Brandon Harris went down and threw a 40-yd touchdown to wide receiver Travin Dural making the score 10-7.

Alabama got the ball back and turned it over on downs and the Tigers marched down the field and settled for a 39-yard field goal by Trent Dominque. The score was now tied at 10-10 and the LSU Tigers started to regain their confidence from being down 10-0. Alabama, not wanting to lose the momentum, marched down the field with time running out and kicked a 55-yard field with only 14 seconds left on the clock. Going into halftime the score was 13-10 Alabama’s way and most people would have thought we had a good game on our hands.

In the third quarter the Crimson Tide was rolling! With the Tigers getting the ball at halftime, Brandon Harris came out and threw an interception on the first play of the half. This was Harris’s first interception on the season and it was definitely a game changer. Alabama scored 14 points in the third quarter to LSU’s 0 points making the score 27-10 entering the fourth quarter.

The Tigers scored one touchdown in the fourth quarter and Crimson Tide added a field goal to their score. Ending the game at 30-16 with Alabama Crimson Tide coming out on top giving the LSU Tigers their first loss of the season.

Eagle Open House

Jamie Williamson

High school seniors from around the Ark-La-Tex came, saw, and conquered open house on Saturday October 10, 2015. Texas A&M University-Texarkana held an open house to show upcoming students why Texas A&M University-Texarkana is the best school to further their education. Students got the chance to tour the campus and talk to professors in major breakout sessions. The open house is a great way for upcoming students to see how college life works.

Tour Goup

The open house gave students and parents a chance to ask questions and talk to currently enrolled Texas A&M University-Texarkana Eagles. This was helpful for both parents and students because it set the parents at ease and helped the students feel a part of campus life. Upcoming students also got the chance to look at all the clubs the university has to offer to help make the most of their time at college. There were door prizes and a dance off for both students and parents.

Student dance offParent dance off

Eagle Open House was a great way for Texas A&M University-Texarkana to get its name out there as one of the best small town universities. Texas A&M University-Texarkana has the privilege of being a part of the best-known university system in Texas with the small town bonus where everyone knows your name.

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Don Henley Returns Home

Stephen Jones

After 15 years since his last new album, Don Henley reflects on his small-town roots in his latest release, Cass County. Henley ditches the classic rock sound, mostly attributed towards his time in the Eagles, and brings us an acoustic-driven country album.

Even though he found much of his success in California, Henley has always called Cass County, more particularly Linden, home. This look back at his life in a small southern town might be behind his return to the country genre. If you were to ask anyone from Cass County to describe what life is like in small-town Texas, they would tell you how time moves slowly and the day is simple: an attitude country music matches almost perfectly. With collaborations from Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, and Dolly Parton, Don Henley’s new album looks to represent life in Cass County with great faithfulness.

On October 15, Henley comes back to his home state of Texas, when he stops by Grand Prairie’s Verizon Theatre, on his upcoming tour.


Bittersweet Moments for Cowboys

Dez Bryant and Tony Romo out for a couple weeks due to injuries.

Dez Bryant and Tony Romo out for a couple weeks due to injuries. 

Percy K. Davis

“And the cowboys win the game!” The Cowboys started the year off 2-0 and won their first two division games. These wins came with a devastating cost.

In the first regular season game the Cowboys hosted the Giants in Arlington, Texas. The first quarter was a defensive stand seeing how both teams only put up 3 points. The second quarter the Giants started rolling, scoring 10 points to the Cowboys 3 points.

In the second half the Cowboys came out rolling, scoring 21 points to the Giants 13. The Cowboys won in a nail biter 27-26. Although the Cowboys won the game they lost their star receiver Dez Bryant to a broken foot injury in the 4th quarter. Bryant is said to be out for 4-6 weeks.

The following week the Cowboys were set to play another division game against their rivals the Eagles. Not only are the Eagles the Cowboys’ rivals but during the off-season the Eagles picked up the Cowboys’ starting running back Demarco Murray. Murray led the NFL in rushing yards in the 2014-2015 NFL season.

The Eagles hosted the Cowboys Sunday, September 20, 2015. The first half was a defensive game with the Cowboys only scoring 3 points in each quarter and the Eagles not scoring at all. In the beginning of the 3rd quarter the Cowboys returned a blocked punt for a touchdown, making the score 13-0.

Not too long after that, Tony Romo goes down on a pass play with broken left collarbone. The Cowboys go on to win the game 20-10 without Dez Bryant or Tony Romo.

Although the Cowboys are 2-0, it’s hard to imagine them winning any more games without their star quarterback or their star receiver, and they no longer have the NFL’s 2014-2015 leading rusher, Demarco Murray.

The Year of the Dragon

Garrett Griffin

The muggy air was somewhat suffocating as bugs flew aimlessly around the towering stadium lights, falling to their demise into a tray of cold nachos. The Linden-Kildare band had just completed their performance, and the Redwater Dragon band was making its way onto the field. They proceeded to play music for the Redwater Dazzler drill team to perform their choreographed dance. The award-winning Redwater band was ready to usher in a new year of musical enjoyment.

A Redwater color guard member smiles while she performs during the Redwater High School Homecoming Game on September 18th, 2015.

A Redwater color guard member smiles while she performs during the Redwater High School Homecoming Game on September 18th, 2015.

The band moved to their first position of the show by way of a theatrical act in reference to the subject of their show: The Rise and Fall of Rome. The Friday night lights glistened off the scintillating bells of the sousaphones. The press box announcer asked the drum major, “Is your band ready?” She responded with a salute and the band awaits her signal of initiation. The half-time show at Redwater High School homecoming football game was about to begin its second section.

The band stepped off at the count into a movement across the field while playing an energetic introduction to the first of three movements. Tonight they were showcasing the new uniforms, a combination of modern styling and traditional marching attire.

A saxophonist plays her solo during the Redwater High School Homecoming Game on September 18th, 2015.

A saxophonist plays her solo during the Redwater High School Homecoming Game on September 18th, 2015.

This year’s show is in many ways similar to the show the band played in 2011, the year during which the students’ determination allowed them to advance all the way to state to claim the 2nd place prize for best marching band in the 2A category. I was part of that team and can say that it was a life-changing event for me.

During the second movement, a slower, softer chorale, a saxophonist played a solo. A solo is a great way to impress the judges at any competition because a single player has no way to cover up mistakes; they are vulnerable, prepared for sacrifice.

The Redwater Drumlines performs during the Redwater High School Homecoming Game on September 18th, 2015.

The Redwater Drumlines performs during the Redwater High School Homecoming Game on September 18th, 2015.

The show continued on, but the third movement was not played, because the band was still learning their movements. It will have to be as flawless as possible for the first contest that the band traditionally attends: The Four States Marching Competition at Grim Stadium in Texarkana.

This experience from the first event will help students prepare for the subsequent contests leading up to their ultimate goal of playing at the State Finals Competition at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. This year will likely be a year of the dragon for Redwater High School’s Marching Band.