scoots past Kemp, 17-0
By Curtis Donovan
KEMP–The new turf and stands of Yellowjacket Stadium provided an
excellent venue as the Eustace Bulldogs defeated the Kemp
Yellowjackets by a score of 17-0 last night.
In a game that easily could have been an offensive showdow,
penalties and turnovers hurt both teams.
Kemp returned the opening kick to the 12 yard line. The first
play from scrimmage resulted in a 4-yard loss by Kyle
Kimberling. Starting quarterback Corey Watkins then completed a
quick pass to Jared Lane, who scampered for an 8-yard gain;
bringing the ’Jackets to third and 6 from their own 16.
After a 1-yard loss by Cameron Anderson Kemp decided to punt.
The punt was blocked by Bulldog senior Josh Dunn, and Eustace
began their first drive from the Kemp 10.
Eustace began a ground assault, ending on the 9 yard line and a
field goal with 7:22 remaining in the first quarter.
Monitor Photo/Sam Epps
Kemp Yellowjacket quarterback Mason Hughes (8) tries to get
control of the football as Eustace Bulldog linebacker Blake Ward
(45) moves in to attempt the recovery after a bobbled snap gets
Kemp’s Zach Patterson returned the following
kickoff from the goal line to the 15. A penalty tacked on 15
more yards, giving the Yellowjackets good field position to
begin their second possession of the game.
Mason Hughes then entered the game as quarterback for Kemp. The
first snap resulted in a fumble. Kemp recovered, but lost five
yards on the mishap.
Hughes nailed a 67-yard bomb to Patterson, which was called back
on a holding penalty. The penalty set up third and long from
their own 29. Stewart then rambled for 21 yards, setting the
’Jackets up at the 50 with another first down.
Kemp then ran eight consecutive run plays to close out the first
In the second quarter, Kemp turned the ball over to Eustace at
their own 19 with 11:45 remaining in the first half.
Eustace then moved the ball down the field on their second
possession, displaying a strong running game. Folsom‘s 22 yards
on three carries contributed to two Eustace first downs, and
helped move the ball to the Kemp 44, where team captain Blake
Ward punted the ball out of bounds at the Kemp 26.
With 7:20 left in the quarter, a fumble resulted in Eustace
regaining the ball at the Kemp 37.
On second and 9, Folsom scampered into the end zone from 36
yards out. The PAT by Purselley was good, giving the Bulldogs a
10-0 lead with 5:14 remaining in the half.
The third quarter saw Folsom return the kickoff 21-yards to the
33, improved by a five-yard penalty by Kemp. Eustace advanced
the ball to the Kemp 31 where Ward’s fumble was recovered by
With 9:22 left in the third quarter, a seven-yard pass from
Hughes to Lane started things well. Anderson then tacked on
another five yards for a Yellowjacket first down.
The situation appeared to improve as Kimberling rumbled for a
44-yard gain to the Eustace 14 on the following play, only to
fumble and turn the ball over with 7:26 left in the quarter.
Eustace continued to run the ball. Following a 5-yard penalty
Foote gained 10 yards to the Kemp 29. During the next drive,
Folsom ran three times for 26 yards as Ward contributed 4
carries for 10 yards and Foote added another rush for seven
A personal foul set Eustace back 15 yards to the Kemp 43. With
24 yards to go on second down, Bulldog Jacob McCarter broke over
the left side for 43-yard touchdown run. Purselley’s PAT was
good and the Bulldogs were up 17-0 with 1:17 remaining in the
Kemp then fumbled the kick return, surrendering the ball at
their own 17. On the next play, Eustace fumbled and the ‘Jackets
had the ball again.
With 55 seconds remaining in the quarter, Hughes’ pass hit Lane
for a 14-yard gain, followed by 1-yard run by Brandon Stewart to
end the quarter on a positive note, with Eustace leading, 17-0.
After two runs for no gain, Kemp punted, and then recovered the
fumble at the Eustace 47 with 10:04 remaining in the game.
Hughes first-down pass was incomplete, but was followed by
Lane’s strong 11-yard rumble. The drive soon stalled, however,
and Kemp turned the ball over on downs at the Eustace 38.
Folsom then scampered for 25 yards, only to see a 15 yard
personal foul penalty bring the ball back to the 48.
With both teams failing to find the end zone, and time ticking
away, Eustace took a knee to end the game with a final score of
Eustace takes third at Tyler
Mabank volleyball coach reaches milestone
By Sam Epps
TYLER–The Eustace Lady Bulldogs won third place in the gold
bracket at the Tyler Invitation volleyball tournament last
weekend, and Mabank head coach Stacy Shelton reached a milestone
after the Lady Panthers defeated the hosting Robert E. Lee
Eustace defeated Longview 25-20 and 25-23 and lost play to Pine
Tree 19-25 and 11-25 in pool play. They also gained a win over
Troup 20-25, 25-23 and 25-19.
In bracket play Saturday, Eustace defeated Mabank 25-23 and
26-24, then lost to Whitesboro 22-25 and 17-25.
Mabank varsity volleyball coach Stacy
Shelton (front center) won her 300th match last weekend at the
Tyler Invitation volleyball tournament. “It wasn’t really about
300 wins,” Shelton said. “It was more about beating Robert E.
Lee in their own tournament.” Mabank’s win knocked Lee into the
silver bracket, leaving Mabank in the gold bracket.
The Lady ’Dogs then played Arp for third place,
and beat them 25-18 and 25-23.
Eustace’s Catania Grant and Kacie Richards were both selected to
the All-Tournament team.
Grant had 63 kills with six stuff blocks and six ace serves for
the tournament. Richards had 20 kills and seven stuff blocks.
Mabank Lady Panther head volleyball coach Stacy Shelton earned
her 300th varsity victory after her girls knocked Tyler’s Robert
E. Lee into the silver bracket. The Lady Panthers advanced, but
ended up losing in the consolation round. Whitesboro won the
Mabank and Eustace will face off Friday.