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Tough year projected for area
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–True football fanatics start salivating when Dave
Campbell’s Texas Football magazine hits the newsstands each June.
It’s a Pavlovian response generated by 49 years of detailed preseason
prognostications, insightful reporting and thorough coverage of all
levels of football in Texas – pro, college and high school – backed up
by a well-deserved reputation for on-the-money picks.
That said, this year’s Texas Football writers don’t see a whole lot of
success for Cedar Creek Lake teams in brand-new surroundings.
Mabank’s Panthers, who notched the school’s first playoff win in 19
years and took eventual state runner-up Gilmer down to the final seconds
in the Division I regional finals last November, are picked to finish
last in their new district, 15-4A.
Of course, that’s based on Mabank’s boost from Class 3A up to Class 4A.
With 984 students, Mabank will face schools with nearly 1,000 more
students. Lancaster has the district’s largest enrollment at 1,824.
In fact, all but one of the District 15-4A schools (Terrell at 1,204)
have more than 1,600 students – Forney at 1,726, Red Oak at 1,702, West
Mesquite at 1,648 and Mesquite Poteet at 1,621.
Texas Football picks Lancaster’s Tigers as the district favorite, with
the other three playoff spots going to West Mesquite’s Wranglers, Red
Oak’s Hawks and Poteet’s Pirates.
Lancaster gets the nod because the Tigers have all 11 defensive starters
returning from a 6-4 team that missed the playoffs last year.
The Panthers have a strong core of players returning from last year’s
playoff squad, but there will be several holes to fill, most notably in
the offensive and defensive lines.
Mabank also has lefty quarterback Kolton Browning returning for his
senior season, after passing for almost 3,000 yards and 26 touchdowns
and running for almost 1,000 yards and 15 TDs last year.
Texas Football notes: “Not many players in any classification posted
4,000 yards in total offense last season, but Browning is one of them,
and he’s a legitimate top prospect for the 2008 season.”
If fifth-year head coach Jimmy Cantrell can fill the holes left by
graduation in the offensive line and the Panther receiving corps, the
Panthers will again be an offensive powerhouse.
Six starters return on defense, although there will be some holes to
fill in the front seven, particularly on the line.
Eustace’s Bulldogs and Kemp’s Yellowjackets remained together in
February’s biennial UIL realignment, moving into District 14-3A along
with Wills Point, Canton, Van and Mineola.
Eustace, Kemp, Wills Point and Canton have been district foes before,
and the compact district means fans won’t have to drive too far to see a
The Bulldogs, like the Panthers, have the district’s smallest enrollment
at 432 students, but both Mineola (439) and Kemp (490) have comparable
Wills Point, at 824 students, has the district’s largest enrollment,
followed by Van (695) and Canton (555).
Texas Football sees Canton’s Eagles (a Division II area finalist last
year), Wills Point’s Tigers (who fell in bidistrict) and Van’s Vandals
(who missed the playoffs despite a 7-3 record) as the district’s playoff
Kemp’s Yellowjackets hope to escape the astounding rash of injuries that
led to a 1-9 record under first-year head coach Greg Anderson last year.
On the bright side, those injuries pushed a number of young players into
The ’Jackets have eight offensive and seven defensive starters projected
to return, led by two-way standout Josh Carr, who became Kemp’s first
1,000-yard rusher since 2002 last fall.
Kemp still remains very young, however, as they started a freshman and
two sophomores on the offensive line last year.
Eustace’s football program took huge strides last year under first-year
head coach Doug Wendel, posting a 4-6 record, with a shot at making the
playoffs going into the season finale.
At times, the Bulldogs started an all-sophomore backfield, so there is
talent at the skill positions – the key for Wendel will be filling the
holes left by graduation in the offensive and defensive lines.
A full off-season of conditioning and a full season of operating
Wendel’s run-oriented offense should help.
On the south side of Cedar Creek Lake, Malakoff’s Tigers and Trinidad’s
Trojans both face rebuilding years in strong districts.
After seeing a playoff squad decimated by graduation, a very young
Malakoff team slumped to a 1-9 record last year.
The silver lining to that cloud is eight offensive and seven defensive
starters are projected to return for the Tigers, led by dangerous
running back/defensive back Cornelius Richardson.
Coach Ronny Reed’s squad will still be very young, but the Tigers have
speed at the skill positions.
It won’t help that the Tigers are still in an exceedingly tough District
14-2A, headed by the Kerens Bobcats, who are Texas Football’s pick to
win the district.
Mildred’s Eagles and Blooming Grove’s Lions, both playoff teams last
year, are picked as the district’s other playoff contenders.
After an eight-year playoff run, capped by an 11-2 record and a state
semifinals six-man playoff berth last year, the Trinidad Trojans will be
rebuilding after most of the team graduated.
Only one projected starter returns on each side of the ball for Trojan
coach Kevin Ray, but Texas Football still picks the Trojans to finish
second in Division I District 14 behind the Avalon Eagles, who return
five starters each way.
Mabank hosts 13th basketball
Monitor Photos/Kerry Yancey
ABOVE: Top campers at the 13th annual Mabank High School boys basketball
camp were (from left) Minor Division MVP Josh Odom and Panther Pride
Alton Marshall, and Major Division MVP Jordan Allen and Panther Pride
Peyton Lee. BELOW: A group of campers launch balls against a gym wall
a shooting drill at the annual camp, headed by veteran Mabank High School
basketball coach Mark Allen. Around 50 campers attended the camp, which
53rd Mabank Rodeo
Saturday Race Day
Don’s Port 10 a.m.
Saturday Fun Sail 11-2
Saturday Race Day
Don’s Port 10 a.m.