With their backs against the wall, the Italy Gladiators overcome a first-half 17-point deficit to defeat the Gateway Gators 28-24 to stay on pace to win the district championship outright with one game remaining.
The mighty Italy Gladiators, guided by first-year head coach Charles Tindol, upset undefeated Cayuga to cap off a glorious homecoming week for Italy High School with seniors Ryisha Copeland and Bailey Walton crowned Queen and King.
The Italy Gladiators overcome a slick field, four first-half fumbles, several penalties and head coach Charles Tindol suffering from the flu to defeat Crossroads and improve to 2-0 in district with sophomore Hunter Merimon rushing for 275 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Italy’s Junior High teams win both games against Crossroads despite Willis Field seeming more like a slip ’n slide.
The Stafford PTO will be selling spirit ribbons for this weeks game against the Crossroads Bobcats. Ribbons will be sold for $.75. We will be selling ribbons at both the high school campus and at Stafford during Thursday and Friday lunches. For more info please contact Tessa South at 469.285.9854. Go Gladiators!
The Italy Gladiators return to the win column after their dominating district opening victory over the Itasca Wampus Cats.
Both the Italy Junior High and Italy JV teams open their 2013 district schedule with wins over the visiting Itasca Wampus Cats.
The Gladiators finish their preseason with a 1-4 record but hopes to turn things around during their district opener Friday against Itasca.
The Italy Gladiators slip and slide their way to a 7-6 halftime lead over the Hubbard Jaguars before the Jags run away with the game in the final moments, 20-7.
There will be two Italy junior high football games tomorrow in Kerens with the 7th grade starting at 5:00 p.m. followed by an 8th grade game at 6:00 p.m.
Bobby Campbell is enjoying his first year on staff at Italy High School. In addition to teaching technology, health and leadership, he is also an assistant football coach, head power lifting coach and head track coach. Prior to coming to Italy, he was a teacher/coach for five years in Itasca, two years in Fairfield, eight years in McGregor and eight years in Temple.
Italy’s junior high Gladiators get the win on a quarterback dive by Tylan Wallce to end the game while the matchup between Italy’s JV Gladiators and Hubbard’s JV is left undecided due to inclement weather.
Try as they might, the Gladiators drop their second game in a row, a 34-13 loss to Sunnyvale.
Italy — The Gladiator 7th grade squad appeared to be on their way to a shutout victory after two touchdown runs by workhorse Jonathan Salas, and a 2-point conversion catch by Chasston Wilson seemed to all but end Sunnyvale’s chances. Italy lead 14-0 with just 2:59 left in the opening game of a triple-header Thursday night at Italy’s historic Willis Field.
Waxahachie — Italy’s AD/HFC Charles Tindol, his staff, the players, the band and flag corp, the cheerleaders, the water boys, the film crew, the Stat Squad girls and the rest of Gladiator Nation settled in this past Friday night inside Waxahachie’s Stuart B. Lumpkins Stadium to enjoy the sights and sounds of the 2nd Annual Dale Hansen Football Classic.
The Italy JV Gladiators enjoyed playing at home but the visiting Malakoff JV Tigers shredded the Wills Field welcome matt.
Gladiators win their 2013 opening season debut 13-7 over the Mayearl Panthers with the game not decided until the final 2 minutes.
Gate prices for tonight’s football game at Willis Field between the Italy Gladiators and the Maypearl Panthers and ticket and gate information for the upcoming Dale Hansen Football Classic.
Maypearl’s JV dominates the first half to lead 20-0 by intermission, and eventually win the game, but Italy’s JV outscored the Panthers 6-0 in the second half and will build from there.
Palmer — Coming off a strong showing in their first scrimmage against 1A Valley Mills, the 1A Italy Gladiators received a bit more resistance from the 2A Palmer Bulldogs during the final scrimmage for both teams before their 2013 season’s kickoff.
The Italy ISD administration office is currently selling reserved seating season passes for 2013 Gladiator football season. Passes are $25 each. Contact 972/483-1815 for more information.
The Gladiators took care of business against the Valley Mills Eagles during Saturday’s scrimmage and now look ahead to Thursday’s scrimmage in Palmer.
Italy’s next JV and varsity football scrimmages will be played in Palmer on Thursday, August 22, with the JV scrimmage starting at 5:00 p.m. and the varsity scrimmage starting at 6:30 p.m
The Dale Hansen Football Classic academic scholarship was established in 2012 to aid high school students wishing to pursue secondary education at the collegiate level. The classic is pleased to offer academic scholarships, ranging from $500.00 to $1000.00, to one boy and one girl in the senior class from each of the six high schools represented in the 2013 games. Applications are available in the office of the lead counselor at each of the six high schools – Italy Malakoff, Florence, Thrall, Alvarado, and Mexia.
More action from the 2013 Lady Gladiator Volleyball and Gladiator Football 2-a-day camps with high-tempo workouts and detailed training exercises setting the tone for Italy Athletics.
Midnight Madness sets the tone for the the Lady Gladiator volleyball program, the new look Gladiator football program and for Italy Athletics as a whole.
After he accepted the role as Italy ISD’s athletic director and head football coach late this summer, we finally have a chance to know better, Charles Tindol, who brings a fresh new energy to the Italy Athletic Department.
Italy ISD AD/HFC Charles Tindol requests all student-athletes interested in playing volleyball or football, but have yet to get physicals, to please continue to attend the Midnight Madness practices on Monday, August 5 @ 12:01 a.m.!!!!!
The Italy Athletic Department invites fans to attend the Midnight Madness Volleyball and Football practices on Monday, August 5th, with both practices starting precisely at 12:01 a.m.
Watch Italy Football’s Marvin Cox on Direct TV 677 (Fox Southwest) tonight at 7:00 p.m. as he competes in the "2013 Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA) All-Star Football Game presented by Fuddruckers in Fort Worth.
Stadium Chairs with Italy in gold and white printed on the back are available now thru the Gladiator Athletic Booster Club. Contact Kelly Lewis at: 214/878-4623, Robbie Jones at 972/921-4067 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and get yours before the big game on Friday night!
The 2013 varsity, JV and junior high Gladiator Football Schedules are posted here with new HFC/AD Charles Tindol in place and a new era of Gladiator Football just moments from kickoff.
Charles Tindol, newly-hired offensive coordinator at Italy High School, was upgraded to athletic director and head football coach at a special meeting of the school board of trustees Tuesday evening.
In a surprising move this morning, Hank Hollywood resigned as Athletic Director/Head Football Coach at Italy High School when he submitted his resignation to school superintendent, Barry Bassett.
Local athletes make the most of their 2013 FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) Super Centex Victory Bowl V experience with Italy’s Ryheem Walker, Avalon’s Reece Marshall and Milford’s Jairus Russell and cheerleader Brittany Goss making lasting memories.
Italy High School 2013 graduate, Ryheem Walker, signed his letter of intent to play football for Tyler Junior College as he prepares to finalize his high school career by participating in the 5th Annual FCA Victory Bowl on June 15 in Waco.
Coach Hank Hollywood presents Italy Gladiator Football team members and managers with a surprise during the 2013 Italy Athletic Banquet.
The Italy Gladiators are recognized by North Texas Chevrolet as the best in Class 1A football for 2012 after turning around their season and driving straight into the State semifinals.
The 2013 Italy Gladiator varsity, junior varsity and junior high football schedules are posted here.
I would like to thank the town folk who generously donated money for Ryheem Walker’s FCA All-Star Football Game program page. Your immediate response was quick and overwhelming. I honestly believe it takes a village to raise a child and your generous donations were a testament to that statement.
Italy ISD AD/HFC Hank Hollywood requests Urgent Help from Gladiator fans with donations needed by Sunday, April 14 for one of the players to get the most out of participating in the upcoming Christian Athletes (FCA) All-Star football game.
Three Gladiators selected as all-state performers and Italy’s HFC/AD Hank Hollywood named Coach of the Year for the 2012 football season.
Italy Gladiator Ryheem Walker received AP 1st-Team All-State Linebacker and teammate Marvin Cox earned AP 2nd Team All-State Defensive Back.
The Italy Gladiators turn season around but 8 game win streak ends in a 41-8 semifinal round loss to the eventual state champions, the Stamford Bulldogs.
Additional images from the Italy Gladiator state semifinal matchup against the Stamford Bulldogs played at Ram Stadium in Mineral Wells.
The 2012 Italy Gladiators receive 21 All-District accolades with Marvin Cox named Most Valuable Player and HFC/AD Hank Hollywood and his staff receiving Head Coach and Coaches of the Year!
Good luck, Gladiators!!!!!! BEAT STAMFORD!!!!!!!!!
With all eyes on the Gladiators during their playoff run, many area photographers have covered the games and have their pictures available for purchase.
What a moment! The Italy Gladiators (9-4) upset the Goldthwaite Eagles (7-6) by a score of 14-3 to claim the regional quarterfinal championship in Glen Rose, advancing Italy to the semifinal round against Stamford (12-1).
Enjoy additional images from Italy’s regional quarterfinal championship win over Goldthwaite.