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MHS scrimmages at Canton tonight
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Despite seeing limited action on defense, the Mabank Panthers looked okay in what was a fairly typical first scrimmage Saturday against hosting Mineola.
The Panthers are scheduled to visit the artificial turf of Birdwell Stadium in Canton Thursday (tonight) for a controlled scrimmage against the playoff-tested Eagles.
Mabank head coach Jimmy Cantrell said the Panther defense looked pretty good, aside from the first play, a 67-yard scamper by the Yellowjacket running back.
“We blew an assignment and they ran past us,” Cantrell said. “The defense made a very simple mistake that can be corrected.
“The last time we saw live running on an option play was against Gilmer (in the regional championship game last November),” Cantrell pointed out.
The Yellowjackets took three plays to score from the Panther 3, and the Panther defense didn’t allow any more first downs.
However, the defense didn’t get much of a workout (16 plays) before the Yellowjacket quarterback was injured, Cantrell said.
“The defense is kinda in limbo,” he said. “I thought we ran to the ball pretty well while we were in there.”
Offensively, the Panthers looked okay, but penalty after penalty kept short-circuiting scoring opportunities, something that happened in the first scrimmage last year, Cantrell said.
The Panther offense scored three times in 30 plays as returning senior quarterback Kolton Browning hit 18 of 25 pass attempts.
“Both teams got after it,” Cantrell said. “We had a couple of turnovers that we can’t afford. We played uninspired football, but still moved it down the field.
“For us to put ourselves in a position to win games, we’ve got to cut out the mistakes,” he added. “Canton will be a better test. We’re planning to run a couple of live quarters to provide game situations.”

’Jackets to visit Edgewood tonight
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Kemp’s Yellowjackets looked much improved defensively in an opening scrimmage against the Malakoff Tigers Saturday.
The ’Jackets are scheduled to visit Edgewood Thursday (tonight) for a second controlled scrimmage against the hosting Bulldogs.
Originally scheduled for Malakoff, Saturday’s scrimmage was moved to the artificial turf of Bruce Field in Athens following heavy rain Friday.
“I was pleased with where we were offensively,” Kemp head coach Greg Anderson said. “We scored twice with the first group.
“The defense was much more physical, and ran to the ball better than at any time last year,” he added.
Defensive improvement has been the focus of early practices, and that seems to be working, Anderson said.
“For a first scrimmage, we were pleased with what we saw,” he added. “We still have plenty to work on.”

Monitor Photo/Michael V. Hannigan
Kemp Yellowjacket running back Wesley Kerr (3) looks to escape several
oncoming Malakoff Tiger defenders during the first controlled scrimmage
of the season Saturday at Bruce Field in Athens.

EHS to host Elkhart tonight
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–Saturday’s controlled scrimmage against the Venus Bulldogs showed the Eustace Bulldog offense was ready to pick up where they left off last year.
A second controlled scrimmage will be held in Eustace Thursday (tonight) against the visiting Elkhart Elks.
Originally scheduled to be held in Elkhart, the scrimmage was switched to the artificial turf of Bulldog Stadium after heavy rain this week.
Eustace head coach Doug Wendel said his players executed the option offense fairly well against Venus.
“I was very pleased with (running back) Trevan Johnson (two touchdowns, 25 and 19 yards), and I thought Shawn Baldwin did well at the fullback position,” Wendel said.
Last year’s district Newcomer of the Year, junior quarterback Chris Compton, also did well.
“I was very pleased with the way Chris executed the offense, and the offensive line did some good things,” Wendel said.
“Defensively, our defensive tackles, Tony Alfaro and Zach Stokes, did a good job,” he added.
Overall, the outing was a typical first scrimmage, with “too many mistakes,” Wendel said. “We’ve got to improve on special teams quickly.”

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Eustace High School running back Trevan Johnson dashes for a 25-yard touchdown
after receiving a pitchout during a controlled scrimmage against the visiting
Venus Bulldogs Saturday.


Upcoming games


Aug. 21
MHS @ Canton (scr)
EHS @ Elkhart (scr)
KHS @ Edgewood (scr)

Aug. 28
EHS @ Grace Community

Aug. 29
MHS vs Kaufman
KHS vs Brownsboro

Aug. 21-23
EHS hosts tournament
KHS @ Eustace tourney

Aug. 26
MHS @ Greenville
KHS @ Brownsboro
EHS @ Ennis

Aug. 28-30
MHS @ Tyler tournament
KHS @ Wills Point tourney
EHS @ Tyler tournament

Aug. 23
Saturday Race Day
Don’s Port 10 a.m.
(end of season)

*District contest



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