Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is:
320.79 Water Temperature:
86 degrees - top
84 degrees - bottom
Panthers open at Kaufman
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–The hosting Mabank Panthers “answered some questions” during last
Friday’s controlled scrimmage against the Canton Eagles, and will open
the regular season at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, on the road against the
During a half of “live” play in the scrimmage, the Eagles took a 13-10
“win” over the hosting Panthers, converting a long touchdown pass down
the middle of the field, and scoring on a defensive fumble return to
take a 13-3 lead with 7:27 to play in the second quarter.
The Panthers had earlier posted a middle-range field goal by Michael
Blackburn and followed the Canton defensive score with a long drive and
touchdown on a short (two-yard) slant from quarterback Jordan
Featherston to senior wideout Michael Tanner with 2:51 left to play.
Panther head coach Jimmy Cantrell said the Eagle touchdown throw
resulted from a blown coverage.
“You don’t expect to see that with the experience we have back there,”
Cantrell said. “It was on fourth-and-short, and they bit on the run
(fake). Of course, it’s better to happen now than against Kaufman.”
The Panthers played pure vanilla defense against the Eagles, with no
blitzes. In fact, most of the time, the Panthers used a three-man rush,
dropping eight men back into coverage against the Canton spread,
“We had a lot of people going both ways,” Cantrell said. “I thought the
coaches did a good job with their rotations, keeping players fresh.
“I didn’t see any problems with fatigue,” he added. “Well, maybe in one
kid, but he never got any rest.”
Cantrell said the Panther offensive line did a good job picking up
“That’s pretty good protection when people are bringing that kind of
heat,” Cantrell said.
The Panthers should have everybody back and healthy for Friday’s season
opener, which is a key, because the Lions are the North Texas area’s
third-ranked team, according to the Dallas Morning News.
“It should be a good test for us,” Cantrell said.
Fans probably shouldn’t expect anything like last year’s contest, when
the Panthers scored 28 points in the fourth quarter to take a 42-39
victory in a game that lasted until nearly midnight, thanks to a
The Lions have just four offensive and two defensive starters returning
from last year’s 10-4 Division II semifinalist squad.
All four of those returning offensive starters are skill players,
including quarterback Austin McDaniel and running back Kailian Hughey.
“(Kaufman’s) defense flies to the football, and they’re good tacklers,”
Cantrell said. “Their offensive line comes off the ball low and hard.
“It’s going to be a blood-letting, smash-mouth football game, but it
always is when we play,” he added.
The Panther defense will need to force at least four or five
three-and-outs on the Lions’ part, which will be difficult, Cantrell
“They’ve got a stable of running backs, all of whom are pretty good,” he
“I was pretty impressed with our running game (against Canton). Our
backs were making four and five yards a try,” Cantrell added. “We’ll
need to utilize our short passing game more, and try to control the
Bulldogs to face Grace
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–The Eustace Bulldogs looked much better in their second
controlled scrimmage of the year last Thursday night.
At 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, the Bulldogs will open their season on the
road, traveling to Tyler’s All Saints Christian School to face the Grace
Last year, the Cougars took a 36-28 win over the Bulldogs in an
offensive shoot-out, scoring a clinching touchdown late in the contest
to break open a tight 30-28 game during the inaugural weekend for All
Saints’ new football stadium.
Eustace head coach Doug Wendel said the Bulldogs posted a much stronger
performance last week against the Elkhart Elks than in their first
controlled scrimmage against hosting Venus Aug. 15.
“Our performance was much better on both the offensive and defensive
line,” he said. “I thought, overall, it was a very beneficial
Instead of one “live” quarter, the teams played a timed half, “which
allowed us to do a lot of time management that you don’t usually get to
do in a scrimmage,” Wendel said.
The Bulldogs won the battle physically, as the first-team defense held
the Elks scoreless, while a touchdown given up by the second-team
defense was called back on a holding penalty.
“(Senior quarterback) Chris Compton played well, in that he ran the
offense and made excellent reads,” Wendel said. “I thought he had good
control of the huddle. Jacob Petillo did an excellent job at fullback
During the half of live play, Bulldog Joseph Bradburn scored on a
75-yard run off a toss to the left, which indicated the Bulldogs will be
more balanced, left and right, than in the past.
However, the Cougars will provide a different look than the Bulldogs
have seen so far, as they run a “very good” spread offense, Wendel said.
“They’re very balanced, about 50/50 (run/pass), and they execute well,”
he said. “Their quarterback is very good, and a dual threat, and both
running backs are solid.”
Defensively, the Cougars are probably a little better, technique-wise,
than last year, particularly at the defensive end spot, Wendel said.
“I think they’re still searching for an overall scheme, but their
defensive ends are going to cause some problems for us,” he noted.
Recalling last year’s shoot-out, Wendel said, “I expect they will score
What the Bulldog defense has to do is slow down the Cougars’ running
game, not giving up 25-yard runs.
“We’re going to focus on stopping the run,” Wendel said. “Offensively, I
feel we’re going to have to score.
“The best thing for us would be mounting long offensive drives,” he
“I fully expect it to be like last year,” Wendel said. “The kicking game
will be critical, and protecting the ball will be critical.”
Last year, the Cougars never attempted a point-after kick, but ran or
passed for two points, and Wendel noted, “it may come down to a PAT.”
“I don’t think one team will dominate, and I don’t think either offense
will be shut down completely,” he said. “We haven’t scrimmaged a spread
team, so that will be different for us.
“We’ll see a lot of spread (during district play), but this will be the
first time this year to see it,” he added.
Directions to All Saints: From Eustace, take U.S. Highway 175 to Loop 7.
Follow Loop 7 around Athens to State Highway 31 east. Follow SH 31
through Brownsboro and Chandler to Tyler, and turn right (south) on Loop
323. All Saints main entrance will be on the right, just past the Sam’s
Kemp battles Bears at Van
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–A slow start changed when the Kemp Yellowjackets got into the
“live” portion of their second controlled scrimmage against the Edgewood
Bulldogs last week.
Moving into their new high school Monday, the ’Jackets will open the
2009 football season at 7:30 p.m. Friday in a brand-new stadium, when
they face the Brownsboro Bears at Van’s sparkling Memorial Stadium
At home against Edgewood, the ’Jackets seemed sluggish early on, as they
did in the opening scrimmage against Malakoff Aug. 15, head coach Greg
“When we started playing the full half, we kind of flipped a switch, and
went up and down the field, almost scoring at will,” Anderson said.
With no scores to show for trips inside the Edgewood 20 with both the
first and second teams, the ’Jackets scored on three of their four
possessions during the “live” half.
“The biggest improvement was in the offensive line,” Anderson said.
“They looked like a different group when we played the half.
“It’s really pleasing, from a coach’s standpoint, that they played that
well early. Our non-district schedule is really brutal,” he added.
“I know that we’re ahead of where we have been the last two season,”
Anderson said. “We’re installing a lot more a lot quicker this year
because they (the players) are experienced.”
Brownsboro is a pre-season pick as a playoff team in rugged District
20-3A behind favorite Athens and Crockett.
The Bears have been known primarily as a running team, but in their two
scrimmages, they’ve tried to throw the ball, Anderson said.
“Certainly, they have the skill kids to get the ball to, run or pass,”
Brownsboro has seven offensive and five defensive starters returning
from last year’s 6-5 playoff team, including two-way threat Cameron
Warren (an 1,100-yard rusher and dangerous receiver) and two
quarterbacks, Zach Bailey and Ryan Owens, who combined for more than
3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns last year.
“Last year (in Kemp), it was nip-and-tuck in the first half, but we made
some mistakes and allowed it to get away in the second half,” Anderson
Brownsboro exploded for 32 points in the second half behind a punishing
running attack, led by Warner (nine carries, 125 yards) and Bailey (six
carries, 77 yards), taking advantage of six Kemp turnovers.
“I think both teams are excited to go over there and be a part of the
grand opening of a nice new stadium,” Anderson said.
“We want to go in and be fundamentally sound – we don’t want to turn the
ball over, and we don’t want to make mistakes in the kicking game,” he
Speaking of the kicking game, senior Michael Scott (a returning starter
in the offensive line and at linebacker) is stepping in to the spot
vacated when steady Bryan Fivecoat graduated, and will handle kickoffs,
field goals/PATs and punts.
“He’s two of three on PATs so far,” Anderson said. “All he needs is
experience with the lights on. Mike’s got a strong leg, and is working
on his confidence.”
A key for the ’Jackets will be sure tackling on defense, Anderson noted.
“We want to be good tacklers, because they have some exceptional skill
kids,” he said.
Although the Brownsboro game is the season opener, it’s not a district
contest, and doesn’t mean anything, really, in accomplishing the
Yellowjackets’ goal of getting back to the playoffs, Anderson said.
“We just want to have a chance to win late in the game against a quality
opponent,” he added.
GBC co-ed softball
Impossibles vs Xtreme-Tanksley
Longhorns vs Replacements
Dictators vs Rebels
Replacements vs Dictators
Impossibles vs Longhorns
Xtreme-Tanksley vs Rebels
MHS @ Tyler tourn.
KHS @ Wills Point tourn.
EHS @ Tyler tourn.
MHS vs John Tyler & Van
KHS @ Brownsboro tourn.
MHS vs Tyler Lee
EHS vs Edgewood
EHS vs MHS
KHS vs Cross Roads
MHS @ Lancaster*
EHS @ Edgewood
KHS @ Grand Saline tourn.
MHS @ Kaufman
KHS vs Brownsboro
EHS vs Grace Community
(@ Tyler All Saints)
MHS vs Athens
KHS @ Parish Episcopal
EHS vs Dallas Life Oak
MHS @ KHS
EHS @ Edgewood
MHS vs Van (HC)
KHS @ Rains
EHS @ Quitman
KHS @ Greenhill Relays
(Norbuck Park, Dallas)
EHS @ Spring Hill Inv.
MHS @ Kaufman Run
KHS @ Kaufman Run
EHS @ Kaufman Run
MHS @ North Mesquite
KHS @ Malakoff Inv.
EHS @ Malakoff Inv.
MHS @ Palestine
KHS @ Lumberjack Inv.
(Stephen F. Austin)
EHS @ Pine Tree PJ