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KLTV 7 Sports Spotter Report: Palestine


Can you say Deja Vu?  One week after Hallsville intercepted the Wildcats on the first play from scrimmage and returned it for a touchdown, the Wildcats returned the favor to Kaufman as Ben Beckworth intercepted Kaufman quarterback Michael Cox on the first play from scrimmage and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown.

It looked as though the Wildcats carried their momentum from the second half comeback against Hallsville the previous week.  But hold your horses.  Kaufman struck back with an 76 yard touchdown pass as the Wildcat defender fell down. Palestine regained the lead when Kevin Jackson scored with a 20 yard run which put Palestine in the lead 12-7.

Kaufman soon retook the lead when Lester Camp went for a 54 yard touchdown and made the score 13-12.

In the second quarter Kevin Jackson went for a 29 yard touchdown to put Palestine in the lead 18-13. Kevin Jackson was the spotlight player of the game. He scored three touchdowns in the game. Jackson had 95 yards on 14 carries. Many of the players talked of how Kevin really proved himself in last Friday's game.

The Wildcats again proved to be a second half team, playing a near flawless third quarter.  Three touchdowns for the offense and no first downs allowed by the defense proved too much for the Wing T oriented Kaufman Lions as they went into the fourth quarter trailing 41-13.

Palestine gave some starters a much earned rest in the fourth quarter as they put new faces into the game.  Ben Beckworth also had another huge night returning an interception for a touchdown, throwing for a touchdown, catching several passes including a leaping 22 yarder in the first quarter and making 12 tackles.

The Wildcats have moved up to number seven in the Associated Press Class 3A Poll and face old 4A rival Henderson this week.  Revenge may be on the minds of the Cats as Henderson handed them their first defeat last year 24-14 in an upset.


Report by: Joy Totah

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