Friday night lights - the heat is on


For the earliest time in Texas, high school football gets under way Aug. 24-25.

Friday finds Mineola opening its season at Canton while the Quitman Bulldogs host New Diana, with kickoff at Bud Moody Field moved back to 8 p.m. due to the heat.

Alba-Golden moved its season-opener at Detroit to Thursday night, and the Panthers started the 2023 campaign with a resounding 56-0 win.

Game time temperature in Canton is 102.

Yellowjackets take the kick off but fumble on their own 15 on the third play.

A slant route on the first play yields a Canton touchdown.

The extra point makes it 7-0 Eagles.

Mineola goes three-and-out and Canton moves the ball after some early stumbles, extending the lead to 14-0.

Jackets get a drive going but intercepted just outside the Canton goal line.

First Canton play goes near midfield.

Jackets regain possession on a fumble only to lose it with one of their own two plays later.

Eagles hit a long pass to pull ahed 21-0.

Braydon Alley returns the kick for a Mineola touchdown but the extra point goes awry.

21-6 Canton leads.

Canton answers quickly with a pass in the flat that goes the distance.

Canton 28, Mineola 6.

First quarter comes to an end in Canton.

No score yet in Quitman.

Quitman and New Diana are scoreless after one quarter.

No scoring in the second quarter in Canton and it's 28-6 at halftime, Eagles lead.

Still scoreless in Quitman at 7:30 in the second period.

New Diana gets the first points with 46 seconds to go in the half and leads 7-0.

And that's the halftime score.

Loooooong pass from Singletary to McMahon and Mineola cuts the Canton lead to 28-12 with the try for two no good, late in the third quarter.

Interception ended a long drive by Canton to give the Jackets the ball and set up the score.

Headed to the 4th period in Canton.

Quitman gets a safety to pull with 7-2 in the 3rd period.

With 3:36 left in the third quarter, New Diana extends its lead to 14-2 over Quitman.

With 2:46 to play Canton adds to its lead 34-6.

After three quarters New Diana 14, Quitman 2.

Final Canton 34, Mineola 12

New Diana kicks a 22-yard field goal with 3:33 to play to lead 17-2.

Quitman answers with a kick return touchdown and gets within 17-10 with 3:20 left.

New Diana seals it with a late score, 24-10.