Fugitive captured in Bowie

Brian King of Alvord was arrested Thursday in Bowie, more than a week after he escaped officers in Wise County.

The 32-year-old was apprehended about 6 p.m. on Hudspeth Street, according to Bowie Assistant Police Chief Kent Stagg.

Montague County Jail officials said King had not been booked into the jail as of 4 p.m. Friday. He had a warrant out of Montague County for possession of a controlled substance, but it was unknown at press time what new charges he would face.

King, who has been arrested multiple times in Wise County, ran from local officers when they attempted to arrest him in Chico Oct. 21.

Stagg said they had received information that King was staying at a residence on Wilbarger Street.

“As we rolled up to the residence to attempt the warrant service, he was walking away from the residence,” he said. “We gave chase, and they caught him the next block over.”

Stagg said Bowie Police Chief Guy Green deserves credit for the capture.

“The chief headed him off and made the stop,” Stagg said. “(King) ran across the street and through a couple of backyards and was making his way over to another street when the chief headed him off.

“There were some guys hot on his trail, so he didn’t have anywhere to go at that point.”

Stagg said in addition to Bowie PD, Montague County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Public Safety, Texas Rangers and Homeland Security officers were involved in the arrest.

King was “conducting business as usual for him,” Stagg said.

“He had items and articles on him that indicated he was on the move – a police scanner, jacket. He was prepared to be moving,” he said.

On Wednesday night, officers conducted a manhunt when King was spotted in the area of Fruitland and Wilson roads. Stagg did not have details of that search, and Montague County Sheriff Paul Cunningham did not return a call by press time.

“We had known him to be associated with some folks here in Bowie, but as far as the details of how they located him, I don’t have that information,” Stagg said. He said the Texas Rangers spearheaded that effort.

When Wise County S.O. investigators attempted to stop him last week, King jumped from his vehicle without putting it into park, and it struck the officer’s vehicle. His escape led to a citywide manhunt in Chico.

More information on his charges and bond will be reported as soon as it is available.

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Alvord School Board to meet Tuesday

The polls close on Tuesday at 7 p.m. – and that’s when the Alvord school trustees will hold what promises to be a quick meeting.

On the agenda for the special called meeting are two items: consider the state compensatory education report and consider the FIRST report.

According to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website, compensatory education consists of programs or services designed to supplement the regular education program for students identified as being at risk of dropping out of school. The purpose is to increase academic achievement and reduce the dropout rate of these students.

The FIRST program is the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas, which analyzes a district’s financial strength and issues a grade on the soundness of its fiscal management.

The board also has an executive session on the agenda, but no specific items under that heading.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the administration building at 100 Mosley Lane. It is open to the public.

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Football: Good move – Bulldog finds success in new spot

Football: Good move – Bulldog finds success in new spot

Last spring after a 7-on-7 workout, Alvord coach Pete Hart approached Brett Martin with an idea.

“He asked if I’ve ever played defensive end and said he was thinking about trying me there,” Martin recalled.

Positive Move

POSITIVE MOVE – In making the transition from strong safety to defensive end, Brett Martin has piled up 10 tackles for losses, including six in the past three games. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

After playing safety all through high school, Martin was puzzled by the request to move to the line of scrimmage at first. But eight games later, after a team-leading 10 tackles for losses – including a safety last week against Valley View – the senior agrees with Hart that it was the right move.

“I guess it’s worked out,” Martin said.

PLAYING BIG – Despite being undersized at the line, Brett Martin has a pair of sacks for the Alvord defense. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

From his defensive end spot, Martin has recorded 25 solo tackles, two sacks and five hurries. He’s also recovered a fumble for the Alvord unit that will try to hold Chico’s potent offense in check at 7:30 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium in a District 5-2A Division I showdown.

Hart explains the move of Martin from strong safety to the end of the defensive line was part of the Bulldogs’ effort to get more speed on edges for their defense. Though only 5-8, 150 pounds, Martin’s 4.5 speed fit the bill of what was needed.

“He’d always been a strong safety and did a good job at safety,” Hart said. “But to run the defense we want to run, we’ve got to have fast ends. The natural progression is to move safeties to linebacker. But we play our defensive ends like linebackers with their hand on the ground.”

The experiment immediately started paying dividends. Martin made an impact in the season opener against Nocona with a pair of tackles for losses and a sack.

“He’s hard to block because he’s so fast,” Hart said. “He’s also hard to hook, and it allows us to run a lot of stunts and blitz combinations.”

He has made the change look seamless, but Martin admits it’s been an adjustment.

“I’m trying to do my best and figure it out,” he said. “Last year, I was standing up and now I’m in a three-point stance. It’s a whole new perspective. At safety, you’re in the back of everyone. At defensive end you have someone in your face hitting you.”

Instead of trying to wrestle down receivers his size in the secondary, Martin is now fighting to get around big offensive tackles and tight ends.

“Weight-wise, all the tackles are bigger than me, and I don’t think I’ve gone against any my height,” Martin said. “I just try to compete.”

Though worried about sounding cocky, Martin said he turns to his speed to win the battles at the line of scrimmage.

“It’s speed and quickness,” Martin explains. “I see the ball out of my periphery and try to get there.”

With each game, Martin admits he gets more comfortable. In the last three games, he has six tackles for losses for a total of 34 yards.

“Each game there’s a new thing I figure out,” Martin said.

Last week, his tackle of Valley View quarterback Riley Willis in the end zone for a safety was one of the highlights of the year.

“I saw the quarterback in the end zone and he wasn’t looking. When he fell and still had the ball it was great,” Martin said. “It was the first [safety].”

Hart points out that Martin’s progression has helped the overall defense, which has held its own against the potent offenses of Blue Ridge and Valley View in district play.

“It’s helped our linebackers that he can turn things back inside,” Hart explains. “Anytime a quarterback rolls to his side, he’s disrupting the passing game because he’s coming off the edge so fast.

“He’s had a huge impact on our defensive left side.”

Martin has no reservations about taking on a new role his senior year.

“Coach Hart thought it could help the team and I was totally fine with it if it helped the team,” he said. “It’s our last year. I’ve got to do everything I can for the team. You can’t be selfish when it comes to the team.”

Hart added: “Brett’s a fine example of the seniors we have this year. We’ve asked others to change positions. They’ve done so willingly to help the team.”

This will be a big week for Martin, playing Chico. He attended school there until moving to Alvord in sixth grade.

“This is a big game for me,” he added.

After eight games in his new spot, Martin only wishes Hart would have suggested the move sooner.

“I love it. I wish I’d been playing it previously so I knew more,” Martin said.

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Football: ‘Dogs go for 4th win over Dragons

After picking up a third straight win to open 5-2A Division I play last week, the Alvord Bulldogs accomplished their first goal of securing a playoff spot.

With eyes on trying to bring home the league title, the Bulldogs (5-3, 3-0) now face a team playing for their postseason lives in the Chico Dragons. The Dragons (5-3, 1-2) come to Bulldog Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

“There is nothing more dangerous than someone backed into a corner,” said Alvord coach Pete Hart. “They are in a situation where they need to win. We expect a good game.”

The Dragons ended a two-game skid to open district play last week with a 76-21 win over Trenton. After losses to Blue Ridge and Bells to open 5-2A play, Chico coach Stephen Carter admits his team still has ground to make up to end the program’s playoff drought that dates back to 2001.

“If we win out, we’re in,” Carter said. “We can still get in by Valley View beating Blue Ridge and then beating Valley View. We’ve got to take it one game at time.”

The Dragons returned two key pieces to their offense last week – guard JD Brown and running back Crese Redman. Redman rushed for 98 yards last week on nine carries.

“We’re close to 100 percent,” Carter said.

The Dragons’ potent offense will match up against an Alvord defense that has held Blue Ridge and Valley View in check in back-to-back weeks. Hart admits it’ll be another tough task this week.

“We’re playing well. We still have a lot to fix,” Hart said. “Our kids are doing a good job of getting an understanding of what the other team is trying to do.

“Chico has the ability to score a lot of points. It’ll be a good challenge.”

Carter knows his offense will need to be in top form to make plays against Alvord’s speedy defense with ends Brett Martin and Mason Clower. The Bulldogs also have inserted 6-6, 300-pound Jonah Hancock in the middle of the defensive line.

“They are well-coached and so fast off the edges,” Carter said. “Even last week we started preparing for Alvord. We’ve had two full weeks to prepare.”

The Bulldogs’ offense piled up 518 yards last week against Valley View. It was their second straight game of more than 400 yards.

Joe Randall followed his 300-yard performance against Blue Ridge with 251 yards against the Eagles.

“He’s a great kid and athlete,” Carter said. “He’s their go-to guy. He’s going to get some yards. We have to slow him down a little bit.”

CHICO (5-3, 1-2) AT ALVORD (5-3, 3-0)

7:30 p.m. at Bulldogs Stadium

Chico: Harris Rating 183

Notable: Crese Redman returned full time last week and ran for 98 yards on 9 carries.

Alvord: Harris Rating 190

Notable: The Alvord defense contributed eight points last week.

Harris line: Alvord by 7

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Alvord senior wins State Fair Longhorn competition

Miracle Petree is no stranger to extracurricular activities.

The Alvord High School senior is a member of the volleyball team, an adviser for Alvord’s FFA team, president of the Spanish Club, vice president of her NHS chapter, president of her parliamentary procedures team, a reporter for Texas Longhorn Breeders of Tomorrow and president of her North Texas Longhorn Breeders Association chapter.

Holy Cow

HOLY COW – Miracle Petree leads her Texas State Fair champion Longhorn heifer Memory as she takes a bite of grass. “She’s always eating,” Petree said. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

“I’m a bit busy,” she said.

Now she can add Texas State Fair champion to her list of accolades.

Miracle’s Longhorn heifer, Memory, won overall grand champion, senior grand champion and grand champion at the Texas State Fair last week.

Memory was graded on femininity, body structure, horn size, age and showmanship. Miracle has been showing Memory for the last two years but has been showing cattle for four. That, and all her other various activities are preparing her for her future career.

“Eventually I’d like to get my cosmetologist’s license because I just love doing hair, and then I plan to go into something agriculture- related, something with my Longhorns,” Miracle said. “I’d like to go to shows and be a judge, and actually judge other Longhorns and cattle.”

In addition to Longhorns, Miracle also shows goats – something she might pick up again for the Youth Fair next year. But her passion is cattle.

“We’ve got five, with two more on the way. I just love going to shows and talking to people about what I do and having people taking pictures with her and asking to pet her,” Miracle said.

Miracle’s mother, Kim McDermott, said even though her daughter’s cattle-showing schedule means a lot of travel, it’s worth it for the experience she gains.

“We’re hardly ever home, but it’s a good deal for kids to get into and learn about,” McDermott said.

When Miracle found out she won at the State Fair, with the best female heifer out of almost 300 entries, McDermott said she was so excited she didn’t know what to say.

“She was like, ‘I don’t know whether to cry, laugh or scream or what!'”

Miracle plans to keep showing animals in the future and in the meantime, work on her college courses.

“I’m taking college anatomy and physiology and college government this year,” she said. “Last year I took accounting, English and college math, so I’m knocking out all of my classes in high school.”

Her busy schedule doesn’t seem to deter her.

“I enjoy it. It’s a lot of fun.”

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Football: Bulldogs clip Eagles’ wings

Behind a play-making defense and the hard-nosed running of Joe Randall, the Alvord Bulldogs jumped out to a 22-0 lead in the first 16 minutes of the game and never let up.

The Bulldogs went on to thrash the Valley View Eagles 46-16 at John Kassen Field Friday night to move to 3-0 in District 5-2A Division I.

The win sealed a playoff berth for Alvord (5-3) and kept it atop the league with Bells, who beat Blue Ridge Friday.

The Bulldog defense opened the scoring with Jaylon White picking up a fumble and rumbling 40 yards for the score.

The Alvord defense later added a safety with Brett Martin sacking the quarterback in the end zone.

Along with contributing eight points, the Alvord defense forced three turnovers.

The Bulldogs’ two first-half defensive scores came around Randall’s 56-yard dash to the end zone. Randall, who was coming off last week’s 320-yard performance against Blue Ridge, finished with 251 yards on 14 carries. Along with his 56-yard romp, he scored on runs of 91 and 57 yards in the second half.

Alvord tallied 518 yards of offense. Quarterback Cassidy Patterson threw for 181 yards, completing seven of his 11 passes. He hit Heath Walker for an 18-yard touchdown with 8:09 left in the third quarter to put Alvord up 29-9.

Alvord’s lead grew to 46-9 with Randall’s 57-yard run with 8:47 left.

Valley View’s Tyler Roane caught a 6-yard pass from Riley Willis with 5:47 left to close the scoring. Willis threw for 197 yards, completing 14 of his 27 attempts.

ALVORD 46, VALLEY VIEW 16

Alvord … 13 … 9 … 17 … 7 … – … 46
Valley View … 0 … 9 … 0 … 7 … – … 16

FIRST QUARTER

Alvord – 10:16, Jaylon White 40 fumble return, kick failed

Alvord – 7:09, Joe Randall 56 run, Jose Luna kick

SECOND QUARTER

Alvord – 9:13, Safety, Brett Martin sacks quarterback

Alvord – 8:28, Jaylon White 13 run, Luna kick

Valley View – 3:36, Safety, RB tackled in end zone

Valley View – 1:51, J.D. Johnson 20 pass from Riley Willis, Rusty Shell kick

THIRD QUARTER

Alvord – 8:09, Heath Walker 18 pass from Cassidy Patterson, Luna kick

Alvord – 3:38, Luna 38 field goal

Alvord – 0:30, Randall 91 run, Luna kick

FOURTH QUARTER

Alvord – 8:47, Randall 57 run, Luna kick

Valley View – 5:47, Tyler Roane 6 pass from Riley Willis, Shell kick

ALVORD … VALLEY VIEW

First Downs … 19 … 17
Rushes-Yards … 31-337 … 33-132
Passing Yards … 181 … 197
Total Yards … 518 … 329
Comp-Att-Int … 7-11-0 … 14-27-1
Punts-Average … 1-35 … 4-28.7
Fumbles-Lost … 0-0 … 2-2
Penalties-Yards … 5-37 … 4-25

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing: Alvord, Joe Randall 14-251, Cassidy Patterson 6-19, Damon Ledet 5-30, Mason Clower 3-14, Brett Martin 1-9, Jaylon White 1-13. Valley View, J.D. Johnson 18-88, Austin French 9-29. Passing: Alvord, Patterson 7-11-181. Valley View, Riley Willis 14-27-1-197.

Receiving: Alvord, Heath Walker 3-81, Randall 3-94, Ledet 1-6. Valley View, J.D. Johnson 5-66, Rusty Shell 2-35, Grant Kersey 1-6, Austin French 5-74, Tyler Roane 1-6.

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Brealynn Nicole Hass

Kevin Hass and Amanda Throckmorton of Alvord announce the birth of a daughter, Brealynn Nicole Hass, on Oct. 17, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 10 pounds, 2 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long.

She has one brother: Sylas Hass, and two sisters: Lilly Throckmorton, 3; and Autumn Hass, 2.

Grandparents are Loyd and Tannah Ogle of Boyd and Kathryn Snider of Little Elm.

Great-grandparents are Carolyn Martin of Boyd and Wayman and Frances Hass of Prosper.

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Football: Bulldogs take act on the road

Behind a stellar night from senior running back Joe Randall, the Alvord Bulldogs moved to 2-0 in District 5-2A Division I last week.

But Alvord coach Pete Hart is quick to point out there was a lot more to the Bulldogs’ 42-20 win over Blue Ridge than Randall’s 300-yard night.

Running Away

RUNNING AWAY – Alvord’s Jaylon White returns a punt during the Bulldogs’ victory last week. Messenger Photo by Mack Thweatt

“I was pleased with the kids,” Hart said. “We came up with a few wrinkles on defense and the kids executed. Offensively, we did a lot of the little things well. The offensive line and receivers did a good job blocking. Everything started clicking.”

The Bulldogs will try to keep things clicking Friday when they hit the road for the first time in league play, heading to Valley View to take on the Eagles at 7:30 p.m. at John Kassen Field.

At 2-0, Hart agrees his team is in a good spot in their quest to bring home a league title and make the playoffs. But he is not looking ahead.

“We’ve been focusing one game at a time,” Hart said. “It’d be easy to look past an opponent. But what this group is good at is doing the task at hand.”

This week that task is stopping a Valley View team that is coming off a 45-23 win over Trenton. The Eagles piled up 431 yards against Trenton with JD Johnson running for 236 yards and four touchdowns.

Hart said the Eagles are better than their 2-5 record.

“They are a good team and played a lot of good teams,” Hart said. “They have a good running attack. It’ll be a good challenge for us.”

ALVORD (4-3, 2-0) AT VALLEY VIEW (2-5, 1-1)

7:30 p.m. at Valley View High School

Alvord: Harris Rating 189

Notable: Joe Randall ran for 320 yards and 5 TDs last week in the win over Blue Ridge.

Valley View: Harris Rating 167

Notable: The Eagles picked up their second win of the year last week over Trenton, 45-23.

Harris line: Alvord by 27

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Cross Country: Mitchum, Breashears earn bids to Class 2A Region II race

Alvord’s Brooklyn Mitchum and Clara Breashears earned spots in the Class 2A Region II race Monday.

Mitchum brought home fourth at the District 11-2A meet, finishing the 3,200-meter course in Alvord in 13:26. Breashears was a spot back of her in fifth in 13:28.

Moving On

MOVING ON – Alvord’s Brooklyn Mitchum (6) and Clara Breashears (1) earned regional bids Monday with top-10 finishes at the 11-2A meet. Messenger Photo by Mack Thweatt

Lindsay’s Scout Tatum won the 11-2A title in 13:13.

Era won the team trophy with 55 points, beating Valley View by two points. Lindsay was third with 69. Alvord took fourth with 74. Chico finished sixth with 173.

Alvord’s Hannah Carpenter finished 18th in 14:25. Lulu Murillo took 24th in 14:51. Corey Schlomach was 26th in 15:02 as Alvord’s fifth runner.

Dessie Putnam ran 16:01 for 37th, and Cheyann Palmer 41st.

Whitney Renfro turned in Chico’s top time, running 15:06 for 27th. Stacy Brown finished 34th in 15:47. Alli York took 38th in 16:09, Haley Pollard 39th in 16:24, Daniela Salinas 40th in 16:35, and Courtney Byers 42nd in 16:54.

In the boys race, Valley View won the team title with 21 points. Era took second with 65. Poolville finished third. Alvord was fifth with 108.

Valley View’s Micah Davidson won the 5K race in 17:09.

Alex Vargas ran Alvord’s best time of 20:01 for 13th. Logan Watkins took 16th in 20:49. Tanner Baker ran 23:17 for 24th. Ryan Edwards finished 27th in 24:08, and Cody Putnam 28th in 24:15.

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Football: Off the chain – Randall runs for 320 yards, 5 touchdowns in Alvord victory

Football: Off the chain – Randall runs for 320 yards, 5 touchdowns in Alvord victory

On his opening carry, Joe Randall broke free for 62 yards before being tripped up. It was one of the few times the Blue Ridge Tigers kept the Alvord senior out of the end zone.

Randall rushed for 320 yards and five touchdowns on just 19 carries in Alvord’s 42-20 victory over the Tigers at Bulldog Stadium.

Fighting Them Off

FIGHTING THEM OFF – Alvord’s Joe Randall fends off three Tiger defenders. In 19 carries, Randall scored 30 points, helping the Bulldogs to a 2-0 district record with a 42-20 win. Messenger Photo by Mack Thweatt

“My offensive line did a great job. They worked hard all week and did a fantastic job,” Randall said. “All the glory goes to them and God.”

Randall broke 300 yards with his 63-yard dash to the end zone with 1:45 remaining.

“I had no idea where I was at. I just wanted to run the ball hard and get what I could get,” Randall said.

Behind Randall’s big night, the Bulldogs (4-3) moved to 2-0 in 5-2A Division I and remain tied for first place with Bells.

“We just need to keep getting better and playing hard,” said Alvord coach Pete Hart.

Randall found the end zone three times in the first half, staking the Bulldogs to a 21-0.

He scored on runs of 55, 18 and 37 yards. His two scores in the second half covered 10 and 63 yards.

“Our offensive line and receivers did a good job of blocking tonight,” Hart said.

“One of the things we’re doing is a lot of zone blocking where Joe finds a crease. With a back like Joe, you only have to hold a block long enough for him to find a crease and he runs through it.”

Randall’s 37-yard touchdown run with 59 seconds left in the first half came a play after Heath Walker recovered a Blue Ridge fumble and made a 19-yard return.

Walker’s fumble recovery was one of two turnovers forced by the Bulldogs’ defense in the first half. Riley Davila picked off a pass off a deflection.

Walker’s fumble recovery was also one of two big plays for the senior defensive back in the opening half. Walker stopped Blue Ridge quarterback Ty Agan at the 2-yard line on a fourth-down scramble on the opening possession of the game.

The Alvord defense kept Agan and the Tigers’ potent offense scoreless through the first 41 minutes. Agan threw a pair of scores and ran for a 39-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Agan ran for 142 yards and threw for 325, completing 31 of his 51 attempts. Brevin Wiggins caught eight passes for 140 yards. Colby Quillin added 94 yards on nine grabs.

“I was really pleased with our defense,” Hart said. “The last two touchdowns were after we put in a lot of kids into the game. We worked all week trying to figure out how to stop them. I’m so proud of the kids and our coaching staff.”

After the goal-line stand, Randall immediately got the Bulldogs out of the shadow their own goal-line with his 62-yard romp. But the Bulldogs could not capitalize, turning the ball over thee plays later.

Alvord lost three turnovers – two fumbles and an interception. But there was little to complain about offensively for the Bulldogs, who piled up 463 yards. Alvord rushed for 379. Cassidy Patterson added 51 yards on eight carries.

“Offensively, we moved the ball up and down the field in the first half,” Hart said. “The second half, they did some things well defensively and we made adjustments.”

But any defense for Blue Ridge only temporarily slowed Randall and company.

ALVORD 42, BLUE RIDGE 20

Blue Ridge … 0 … 0 … 0 … 20 … – … 20
Alvord … 14 … 7 … 0 … 21 … – … 42

FIRST QUARTER

Alvord – 2:51, Joe Randall 55 run, run failed

Alvord – 0:27, Randall 18 run, Mason Clower pass from Cassidy Patterson

SECOND QUARTER

Alvord – 0:59, Randall 37 run, Jose Luna kick

FOURTH QUARTER

Alvord – 9:46, Randall 10 run, Luna kick

Blue Ridge – 7:53, Colby Quillin 25 pass from Ty Agan, pass failed

Alvord – 5:56, Jaylon White 45 punt return, Luna kick

Blue Ridge – 2:57, Agan 39 run, Konner Walker run

Alvord – 1:45, Randall 63 run, Luna kick

Blue Ridge – 1:03, Brendan Davis 2 pass from Agan, run failed

BLUE RIDGE … ALVORD

First Downs … 21 … 16
Rushes-Yards … 27-138 … 31-379
Passing Yards … 325 … 84
Total Yards … 463 … 463
Comp-Att-Int … 31-51-1 … 4-11-1
Sacks-Yards lost … 2-2 … 3-14
Punts-Average … 4-38 … 2-41.5
Fumbles-Lost … 2-1 … 3-2
Penalties-Yards … 9-70 … 6-46

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing: Blue Ridge, Ty Agan 21-142, Brevin Wiggins 2-(minus 10), Cameron Armstrong 1-9, Laine Albert 3-(minus 3). Alvord, Joe Randall 19-320, Cassidy Patterson 8-51, Jaylon White 2-(minus 3), Mason Clower 2-11.

Passing: Blue Ridge, Agan 31-51-1-325. Alvord, Patterson 4-11-1-84.

Receiving: Blue Ridge, Colby Quillin 9-94, Wiggins 8-140, Armstrong 2-13, Albert 4-34, Dakota Bell 1-11, Jason Price 4-25, Brendan Davis 2-8, Dalton Eaves 1-1. Alvord, Randall 2-40, Damon Ledet 2-47.

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Kanen Edward Giles

Rhett Giles and Anna Sherman of Alvord announce the birth of a son, Kanen Edward Giles, on Oct. 13, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

He weighed 6 pounds and was 18 inches long.

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Football: Bulldogs to grapple with Tigers

The Alvord Bulldogs needed just one half to put away the Trenton Tigers last Friday in a rain-shortened affair.

The Bulldogs will look to match last week’s efficiency during that one half Friday when they return to action at home against the Blue Ridge Tigers. The teams kickoff at Bulldog Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

Running to Win

RUNNING TO WIN – Alvord’s Jaylon White races ahead of a Trenton defender during the Bulldogs’ win over Trenton Friday. The Bulldogs take on Blue Ridge Friday. Messenger Photo by Mack Thweatt

Alvord put 35 points and chewed up 201 yards in just 24 minutes of action before storms rolled in, bringing an end to the 5-2A Division I opener.

“Our kids played well,” said Alvord coach Pete Hart. “We scored four touchdowns in the first six minutes. Defensively, we played well the first six minutes. We then started subbing some kids and had some mistakes and some miscommunication. But overall we played well.”

Cassidy Patterson had a strong game running and passing for the Bulldogs. The senior signal caller threw four touchdowns, completing five of his six passes for 91 yards. He ran for 41 yards.

This week, Hart expects a much tougher challenge from Blue Ridge, which scored a 34-25 win over Chico in the league opener last week. The Tigers’ quarterback Ty Agen threw for four scores and 166 yards against the Dragons. He’s thrown for 1,100 yards and 11 touchdowns in leading Blue Ridge to a 3-3 record.

“They do some good things offensively,” Hart said. “Their quarterback throws the ball well. They have an outstanding receiver [Brevin Wiggins]. We have to control them.”

Wiggins has caught 20 passes for 381 yards and six touchdowns.

BLUE RIDGE (3-3, 1-0) AT ALVORD (3-3, 1-0)

7:30 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium

Blue Ridge: Harris Rating 183

Notable: Ty Agen tossed 4 TDs and accounted for more than 300 yards of offense against Chico.

Alvord: Harris Rating 189

Notable: Cassidy Patterson threw 4 TDs in just one half last week against Trenton.

Harris line: Alvord by 7

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Football: Blowout – Storm doesn’t rain on Bulldogs’ parade

Lightning struck early and often Friday night as the Alvord Bulldogs (3-3) won a rain-shortened homecoming matchup, 35-6 over Trenton (2-4).

Pack of Dogs

PACK OF ‘DOGS – Alvord defenders Jose Luna (9), Mason Clower (2), Josh Malone (20) and Jaylon White (12) bring down Trenton quarterback Kever Wylie. Messenger Photo by Mack Thweatt

The first strike came 17 seconds in, on Alvord’s first play, when quarterback Cassidy Patterson faked a handoff to Joe Randall, then tucked the ball into his own belly and picked his way up the middle for a 47-yard touchdown run. Jose Luna’s kick made it 7-0.

The Bulldogs scored four more times and led 35-6 at halftime when Mother Nature decided that was enough for one night.

An approaching thunderstorm cleared the stadium shortly after Randall and Kayli Baker were crowned 2014’s homecoming king and queen. As the crowd fled, Paris Martin cranked up Credence Clearwater Revival’s “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” over the loudspeakers.

Moments later, everyone had.

After leaving a decision up to Trenton, Alvord coach Pete Hart called at 10:15 to say the game was in the books.

“We’re not going to finish it,” he said.

On the field, the Bulldogs finished it early with four first-quarter touchdowns. Their second possession began with good field position after a Trenton punt.

Brett Martin netted 16 yards on a first-down sweep before Patterson hit Jaylon White for a short pass in the flat. White ducked and dodged 27 yards for the Bulldogs’ second TD in three plays.

Trenton got the ball back with 9:04 left and picked up a first down before the Alvord defense stiffened and forced a punt. The snap sailed high and Martin plowed the kicker as he scrambled to find the ball.

Martin found it, and put his team back in business at the Trenton 28.

On the first play, Patterson took the snap, looked right, then flipped the ball to Randall along the left sideline. He cruised in for Alvord’s third touchdown in four plays.

The next Bulldog drive took two plays. Damon Ledet picked up seven yards on the ground, then Patterson found Randall again for a 21-yard touchdown. Luna’s fourth PAT kick of the night made it 28-0 with 3:45 still left in the first.

But Trenton gathered itself and mounted a 71-yard drive, scoring on a one-yard plunge by quarterback Kever Wiley as time expired in the first. The PAT kick was missed.

The Bulldogs slowed down in the second quarter, turning the ball over twice on downs after failing to convert fourth-down chances.

One drive started at the Trenton 9 after Luna returned a recovered fumble 34 yards, but Alvord could not punch it in.

The final score of the night came on another Patterson-to-Randall pass, this one 16 yards with 2:53 left in the half.

“I really liked what I saw out of my team tonight, especially in the first quarter,” Hart said. “They came out hot and played really well on both sides of the ball.

“In the second quarter, we started subbing some kids in and we sort of lost our focus. But we got it back together and had some good drives, and a good stand right there at the end.”

The half ended with Trenton on the Alvord goal line with a first down – but they ran out of time.

Alvord’s Randall wound up with four catches for 64 yards and three touchdowns. He also carried the ball three times for 32.

Patterson carried five times for 41 yards and completed five of 6 passes for 91 yards and four touchdowns.

Trenton’s Wylie hit five of 14 passes for 63 yards and rushed 11 times for 54 yards.

ALVORD 35, TRENTON 6

Alvord … 28 … 7 … X … X … – … 35
Trenton … 6 … 0 … X … X … – … 6

FIRST QUARTER

Alvord – 11:43, Cassidy Paterson 47 run; Jose Luna kick.

Alvord – 9:15, Patterson 27 pass to Jaylon White; Luna kick/

Alvord – 6:00, Patterson 28 pass to Randall; Luna kick.

Alvord – 3:45, Patterson 21 pass to Randall; Luna kick.

Trenton – 0:00, Kever Wylie 1 run; kick failed.

SECOND QUARTER

Alvord – 2:53, Patterson 16 pass to Randall; Luna kick.

ALVORD … TRENTON

First Downs … 9 … 9
Rushes-Yards … 13-110 … 21-104
Passing Yards … 91 … 63
Total Yards … 201 … 167
Punts-Average … 0-0 … 3-21
Fumbles-Lost … 1-0 … 1-1
Penalties-Yards … 3-25 … 1-5

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing: Alvord, Randall 3-32, Patterson 5-41; Trenton, Anthony Johnson 1-42, Kever Wylie 121-54.

Passing: Alvord, Patterson 5-6-0; Trenton, Kever Wylie 11-54.

Receiving: Alvord, Joe Randall 4-64; Trenton, Zac Cranford 1-18.

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Football: Alvord preps for district

The countdown to Friday night started last February for the Alvord Bulldogs.

After years of being the small school in a district, Alvord was sent to District 5-2A Division I in the latest University Interscholastic League realignment where they would be suddenly be one of the largest.

“Every since the realignment, our kids have been focused on getting ready for district,” said Alvord coach Pete Hart. “They’ve been waiting for this for a long time.”

The wait ends with a homecoming date at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Trenton.

The Bulldogs enter district at 2-3. After a tough stretch against Grapevine Faith, Leonard and Muenster, Alvord ended non-district with a victory over Paradise before its bye week.

Hart said the team rested a bit last week.

“We played well against Paradise,” Hart said. “We played a tough non-district and the kids were beat up from the wear and tear. We rested kids and worked on fundamentals.”

Heading into district, Hart feels the team is where it should be and are ready to take major steps forward.

“We mastered the big things. We now need to fix the little things,” Hart said.

Running back Joe Randall heads into district play with 646 yards. He ran for 195 against Paradise.

The Bulldogs will look to establish its offense early against Trenton, who is 2-3 on the season. Trenton is coming off a 74-36 win over A+ Academy.

“Their last game they scored 74 points,” Hart said. “They have an offense that has the potential to put up a lot of points.”

TRENTON (2-3) AT ALVORD (2-3)

7:30 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium

Trenton: Harris Rating 131

Notable: Trenton closed non-district by posting 74 points in win against A+.

Alvord: Harris Rating 189

Notable: Joe Randall has 646 yards for the Bulldogs in five games.

Harris line: No line.

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Soldiers graduate training

Army Pvts. Heather L. Beauregard and Morgan W. Sprayberry recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

During nine weeks of training, the soldiers studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness. They also received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises.

Beauregard is a 2014 graduate of Boyd High School.

Sprayberry is a 2014 graduate of Krum High School and is the son of Michael Amrein of Alvord and Tammy Sprayberry of Krum.

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Alvord school district targets archery

With a rodeo team and volleyball now among the offerings, Alvord ISD continues to look at programs that may interest its students.

Next up? How about archery?

Superintendent Bill Branum told the school board Tuesday night that there is not only interest in starting an archery program – there’s already been a $1,000 donation toward that goal, and additional grants may be available.

“If we have kids who are genuinely interested in something, and we can do it, I think we should,” he said. No votes were taken and no concrete proposals offered, but board members, in general, agreed.

Branum said Alvord High School teacher Sharon Sacket had tentatively agreed to instruct the program, which would likely start out as an extracurricular activity.

Kits can be purchased for just more than $100 each that would include bows, arrows and targets. The teacher would need to go through a course and be certified, but that training is not expensive either, Branum said.

“It would cost about $2,700 to start it, and I think we can cover that with donations and grants,” he said. “We might start it out as a club and see how it goes.”

He said it would fit in well as an activity in the PE classes – not necessarily just at the high school level – and can include and support various other curriculums including math and science.

Branum said it was surprising to him how many other school districts do offer archery programs.

“If we make it part of the curriculum, then kids will have to keep up their grades in order to compete,” he said. “As you know, studies have shown that when kids have something like this that they’re interested in, they will work harder.”

The board gave Branum the go-ahead to continue looking into it and bring back a proposal.

OTHER BUSINESS

In a fairly quick meeting, the board also:

  • approved guides, parent agreements and permission forms for parents to sign for the new Chromebook notebook computers, which are due to be issued Monday to high school and middle school students;
  • named trustees Larry Nivens, Charlie Matthews and Lance Thweatt as authorized signers on the John H. Walker Scholarship Fund account, which had to be moved recently to Legend Bank after the Citibank branch closed;
  • heard an update on the greenhouse that is due to be built this fall – including a discussion over whether to let the contractor install the watering system or to handle that with district personnel;
  • heard reports from principals at all three campuses on enrollment, attendance and upcoming activities;
  • hired Miranda Jeter for a half-day to teach pre-kindergarten after high enrollment at that level made it necessary to split the class; and
  • discussed needs like air conditioning the volleyball practice gym at the old elementary school and a new scoreboard at the AHS football field.

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Mock trial sets Peterson free

Mock trial sets Peterson free

The students at Alvord High School now were first graders, kindergarteners and younger when Laci Peterson, eight months pregnant, went missing on Christmas Eve 2002.

But today, many of them know a lot about the high-profile murder case that captivated the country and put Laci’s husband, Scott Peterson, on California’s death row.

Tuesday, they tried the case again – and this time, Peterson went free.

Courtroom Drama

COURTROOM DRAMA – Cody Peterson (right) questions Lauren Yzaguirre during Tuesday’s re-enactment of the Scott Peterson murder trial as Judge Jennifer Peek and court reporter Joe Randall look on. Peterson played the role of defense attorney Mark Geragos, and Yzaguirre played forensic investigator Lauren Benson. Most of the students who participated are in Peek’s forensic science class. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

“I can tell you, it was very divided,” said jury foreman Dustin Haire after the verdict was announced. “We were completely split down the middle. The main argument for the not-guilty decision was that we didn’t feel like there was enough evidence presented. That was basically what it came down to.”

Haire said the 12 jury members were not in Jennifer Peek’s forensic science class, which staged the trial as a class project.

But the effort was “truly cross-curricular” according to AHS Principal Dr. Rhett King, involving Peek’s students as well as Mary Byrd’s theatre arts class, Deann Stark’s journalism students, DeAnn Nivens’ photography class and others from the student body.

Defendant

DEFENDANT – AHS student Austin Hudnell (center) studied Scott Peterson’s mannerisms and attitude to prepare himself for the role. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Tuesday’s trial, which started at 1 p.m., was held in the gym because the library wouldn’t hold everyone. A brief intermission at the halfway point allowed classes in the gallery to change – but throughout the trial, students sat deathly quiet in the bleachers while testimony echoed in the rafters.

“We’ve been working on this about two weeks,” Peek said. “What started this is that a couple of kids got to debating on this Peterson case, because he was convicted on very little actual evidence. It was mostly circumstantial.

“They wanted to have a debate, and I thought instead of that, we would do it in the guise of a mock trial.”

Byrd worked with the actors on staying in character – starting with avoiding the urge to giggle at inappropriate times.

“Austin [Hudnell, who played Peterson] has studied videos of Peterson himself, trying to mimic his mannerisms, his attitude,” she said. “He did a spot-on job with that.”

Prosecuting attorney was Coleton Rangel, assisted by Kayli Baker. Both dressed for court and took turns questioning witnesses.

Cody Peterson – no relation – defended Scott Peterson, with assistance from Kegan Branum, who didn’t question any witnesses but did talk a little smack to the prosecution after the verdict was announced.

A robed Mrs. Peek presided as judge while School Resource Officer Eliyah Payne of the Wise County Sheriff’s Office acted as bailiff, escorting a handcuffed Hudnell into the courtroom and swearing in witnesses.

Up in the stands, Wise County Attorney James Stainton watched the trial unfold. Stainton came to Alvord last week and worked with the class.

“I spent about an hour just going over procedures,” he said. “Everybody’s put a lot of work into it. For a first run, it’s terrific.”

Stainton said the back-and-forth between lawyers and witnesses was not scripted, but questions were based on depositions. Peek said having a legal adviser was a big help.

“Court procedure isn’t a strong point, necessarily, of our class – but we’re learning as we go,” she noted.

The state’s witnesses included Kenny Dunaway as the police chief, Brianna Ponder as Laci Peterson’s OB/GYN, Matilyn Buckaloo as the chief forensic investigator and Blake Haire and Lauren Yzaguirre as assistant forensic investigators.

Makayla Perry played the medical examiner, while Caleb Rodriguez portrayed a pawn dealer. Kory Maag played Laci’s brother and Kylee McPherson was Laci’s half-sister. Sarina McKinnon portrayed Scott Peterson’s sister and Katie Claiborn played Amber Frey – the woman with whom Peterson cheated on his wife, who taped a conversation as investigators sought to capture a confession.

Clara Breashears and Josh Andresen were witnesses for the defense. They jury was given 15 minutes to come up with a verdict.

Stark said her journalism students looked at the trial from two different angles.

“One is Alvord High School putting this together,” she said. “Then another, as a news story. It’s quite different than just reading it in the textbook.”

Peek said her forensics class always studies the Peterson case anyway. Conducting the trial themselves gave them an opportunity to actually live it.

Rangel, in his closing statement, said Peterson was “tired of married life.” He described the method of the murder, Peterson’s disposal of his wife’s body and cleaning up the crime scene.

“Ladies and gentlemen, this is a common-sense case,” he said. “All I ask is that you see Mr. Peterson as he truly is and find him guilty of the brutal murder of a soon-to-be mother, sister, friend and wife, Laci Peterson.”

Peterson’s closing statement focused on the lack of physical evidence.

“Every piece of evidence presented in this case has been circumstantial,” he said. “He loved his wife and had no reason to kill her.

“But whether you believe he did it or not, you can’t deny the fact that there is no evidence in this case. They never found a crime scene, they never found a murder weapon, they never found any DNA tying Scott Peterson to this case. All of this is just accusations and circumstantial evidence.”

When the jury delivered its verdict, cheers echoed through the gym where crowds usually gather for volleyball and basketball games. Officer Payne took off the cuffs, and Hudnell raised his hands in triumph.

The real Scott Peterson still sits in prison, his case having been appealed to the California Supreme Court. He awaits wheels of justice that turn a great deal more slowly than those of the classroom.

It’s entirely possible these AHS students may have kids of their own in school by the time there’s a final verdict.

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Football: Bulldogs bite Panthers

It took Alvord one offensive drive to get set, but after they punted the ball away and allowed Paradise to score within the first two minutes of the game, the Bulldogs came back to life and held the Panthers to 14 points in the first half. Alvord went on to win the game 38-21.

Randall with the Carry

RANDALL WITH THE CARRY – Alvord running back Joe Randall outruns a Paradise defender during the Bulldogs’ 38-21 victory over the Panthers at home Friday night. Randall rushed for 195 yards and three touchdowns. Messenger Photo by Mack Thweatt

“I told my guys, when you play against tough teams, you learn to play hard,” Alvord head coach Pete Hart said. “Our goal was to come out here and beat Paradise, and we think Paradise is a pretty good team. They had that first long play for the touchdown, and I wanted to see the character of our team, and our kids fought back.”

That “first long play” from Paradise was a monster 80-yard run from Austin Hogan, followed by a two point conversion by quarterback Cash Preather. However, Paradise wouldn’t see another offensive drive until late in the second quarter.

The Bulldogs scored four times in the first half, spurred on largely by an onside kick recovery after a 27 yard touchdown pass from Cassidy Patterson to Jaylon White, that brought the score to 8-7.

Seven plays after Alvord’s onside kick recovery, Joe Randall ran it in on a one-yard scoring play to turn the control of the game in Alvord’s favor, 14-8 at the end of the first quarter.

Randall would go on to have one more touchdown and 195 yards rushing on 29 carries.

The Bulldogs scored on a Jose Luna field goal and a 10-yard Patterson run before Paradise scored on a 3-yard Chris Hill run with 1:23 left in the half.

Hill, who put up 219 yards against Krum last week, was contained to one touchdown and 71 yards this week.

Paradise’s third and final score came less than two minutes into the fourth quarter, another Austin Hogan run, this time from a yard out.

Alvord answered that scoring play with a 28-yard run from Joe Randall to clinch the victory.

Paradise head coach Scott Broussard called the Panthers’ performance “the worst football game [we’ve played] this year.”

“I’m not real happy at all. We shot ourselves in the foot and made too many mistakes.”

ALVORD 38, PARADISE 21

Alvord … 14 … 10 … 7 … 7 … – … 38
Paradise … 8 … 6 … 0 … 7 … – … 21

FIRST QUARTER

Paradise – 10:49, Austin Hogan 80 run, Cash Preather 2 run

Alvord – 3:48, Jaylon White 27 pass from Cassidy Patterson, Jose Luna kick

Alvord – 0:38, Joe Randall 1 run, Luna kick

Second Quarter

Alvord – 8:19, Luna 32 field goal

Alvord – 4:51, Patterson 10 run, Luna kick

Paradise, 1:23, Chris Hill 3 run, conversion attempt no good

THIRD QUARTER

Alvord – 2:01, Randall 15 run, Luna kick

FOURTH QUARTER

Paradise – 10:10, Hogan 1 run, Carlos Powers kick

Alvord – 5:22, Randall 28 run, Luna kick

ALVORD … PARADISE

First Downs … 16 … 11
Rushes-Yards … 42-208 … 36-246
Passing Yards … 110 … 56
Total Yards … 318 … 302
Comp-Att-Int … 10-15-0 … 5-10-0
Punts-Average … 2-37.5 …
Fumbles-Lost … 0-0 … 3-1
Penalties-Yards … 8-50 … 8-90

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing – Alvord, Joe Randall 29-195, Jaylon White 1-16. Paradise, Austin Hogan 18-156, Chris Hill 12-71.

Passing – Alvord, Cassidy Patterson 10-15-0-110. Paradise, Cash Preather 4-9-0-56.

Receiving – Alvord, Jaylon White 3-43, Heath Walker 3-30. Paradise, Chris Hill 3-37, Colton Brown 1-17.

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Caitlyn Marie Hodges and Gabriel Doyle Jones

Caitlyn Marie Hodges, daughter of Danny and Gina Hodges of Alvord, will marry Gabriel Doyle Jones, son of Kenny and Delores Jones of Chico. Oct. 12, 2014, at Oak Knoll Ranch in Springtown.

Hodges Jones

Caitlyn Marie Hodges and Gabriel Doyle Jones

Ken Hering of First Baptist Church of Alvord will officiate.

The bride-elect graduated from Alvord High School with honors and earned a degree in respiratory care in 2012.

She works for Wise Regional Health System and Cook Children’s Medical Center.

The prospective groom graduated from “Team Jones” home school and plans to attend a business or theology school. He works for AT&T.

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Ethan Dean Pinkerton

Joshua and Jennifer Pinkerton of Alvord announce the birth of a son, Ethan Dean, on Sept. 19, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

He weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces and was 19 inches long.

He has one sister: Emma Grace, 5.

Grandparents are Mark and Denise Pinkerton of North Richland Hills, Chris and Alva Zulauf of Cherokee and Terry and Linda McCarver of Gatesville.

Great-grandparents are Glenn and Terry McCarver, Mary Ann Hodges, Royce and Donna Hodges, Preston and Yong Gotcher, Geneva Bounds and Bob and Linda Young.

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