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Mabank to visit Athens Hornets
Monitor Staff Reports
Mabank Panther players, coaches and fans had to step back and take a
deep breath over the weekend to recover from Friday night’s incredible
42-39 comeback win over the visiting Kaufman Lions.
In a game that lasted until nearly midnight, the Panthers scored 28
points in the fourth quarter behind senior quarterback Kolton Browning
to erase a 33-14 deficit.
Panther head coach Jimmy Cantrell said that comeback may be a personal
record for any of his teams.
While trying to recall the details of a former contest, Cantrell
admitted, “I think we scored 21 in (the fourth quarter of) that game. I
know for a fact it hasn’t happened (since he’s been) here.
“I think we played three pretty good quarters,” he added. “We’ve got to
develop a solid running game. Realistically, we’re not going to be able
to throw for 400 yards a game.”
In the fourth quarter, the Panthers put up strong performances on both
sides of the ball, collecting two turnovers while not allowing the Lions
to dominate the clock.
Browning had one of his best games as a starter in the season opener,
hitting 35-of-51 pass attempts for 456 yards, six touchdowns and no
interceptions, while adding 52 yards on eight carries.
Browning scattered throws to seven different receivers, as Brandon Rasco
had 10 catches for 213 yards and two touchdowns, Jake Birch had seven
catches for 78 yards and two scores, and Cory Janicke had six receptions
for 76 yards and two TDs.
“Kolton did exactly what guys in his position are supposed to do,”
Cantrell said. “Big-time players make big plays in big games.”
Kaufman showed they are a quality team, Cantrell said.
“I think they’ll win their district,” he said. “Kaufman’s got a really
good defense – they just ran out of gas in the fourth quarter.
“Of course, that’s what our offense is designed to do, run you from
sideline to sideline,” Cantrell added.
Cantrell was worried about the Panthers’ offensive breakdowns and
defensive breakdowns that led to some three-and-outs and four Kaufman
scores in the third quarter.
“I think there are two key words, the first being we’ve got to maintain
our focus when we have those distractions, such as the (45-minute)
lightning delay,” he said. “The second word is consistency.”
This Friday, the Panthers hit the road to face a familiar foe, the
Athens Hornets, at Bruce Field.
The Panthers split two contests with Athens last year, dropping the
first game 20-14 at Bruce Field, and then dominating a 29-14 rematch in
the bidistrict round of the playoffs at Corsicana.
“If I was Athens, I’d be thinking ‘we’ve got to make them run’,”
“I think their passing game is better than Kaufman’s – of course,
passing is not Kaufman’s strength – but their run game is not as good as
Kaufman’s,” Cantrell said.
“(Athens) does a better job of mixing it up on offense, which means we
have to be more disciplined on defense,” he added. “I think their
defense is close to what it was last year.”
Athens dominated Wills Point in the season opener last Friday night,
winning 34-0 in a game that wasn’t that close.
“We’ve got to continue to improve, and cut out our mistakes,” Cantrell
said. “We have to be more consistent.”
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank Panther senior quarterback Kolton Browning
(14) tries to escape the Kaufman Lion rush during the
second quarter of the Panthers come-from-behind 42-39
win Friday. Browning threw for more than 450 yards and
six touchdowns without an interception.
Bulldogs look to rebound
against Dallas Life Oak Cliff
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–Last Friday’s 36-28 loss to Grace Community Cougars was a
learning experience for Eustace Bulldogs head coach Doug Wendel.
“I learned a lot about our team,” he said. “We’re awfully young. For 20
of the 28 players we had suited up, that was their first varsity game
“I was very pleased with our kids,” Wendel added. “A lot of folks are
tired after going 60 plays, but our kids were playing 120.”
This Friday, the Bulldogs hit the road again for a matchup against
District 15-2A’s Dallas Life Oak Cliff Lions.
Last week, the Lions defeated Hubbard, 45-24.
A 4-6 team last year, the Life Oak Cliff Lions were a pre-season pick to
finish last in 15-2A, which also includes Grandview, Palmer, Godley, Rio
Vista and Maypearl.
“Life Oak is going to put a lot of speed on the field,” Wendel said.
“They’re possibly the fastest team we’ll see all year.
“I know we’ll have a distinct advantage, even with our injuries, in the
offensive and defensive lines,” he added. “As long as we can hold on to
the ball, we should be able to score some points and control the clock.”
The injury bug has continued to bite the Bulldogs hard, with a couple
more players lost for at least a while.
“We’re banged up. That’s part of it,” Wendel said. “I thought we played
(against Grace) about as well as we possibly could.”
With the youth of the team in mind, Bulldog coaches have made the
offensive and defensive schemes more simple, in order to give the
youngsters an opportunity to be in a position to win, he said.
“We’ve got to continue improving on our technique,” Wendel said. “We
want our kids to play hard, and we expect to win some games.”
He pointed to the play of junior Trevan Johnson, who played every down
on an extremely hot and humid night.
“Trevan had 15 tackles, and he also had 11 carries for 108 yards,”
Injuries may have removed some starters, he added, “but that’s an
opportunity for folks to step up, and we saw a lot of kids who did step
Directions to the game: From Eustace, take U.S. Highway 175 west to
Interstate 20, and follow I-20 towards Fort Worth. Take the I-35E exit
north (right) towards Dallas for approximately one or two miles, and
take the Ann Arbor exit. The stadium should be on your right.
Kemp faces another playoff team
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Following a disappointing 44-14 loss to a probable playoff team,
the Brownsboro Bears, in the season opener last Friday, Kemp welcomes
another likely playoff team to Yellowjacket Stadium this Friday.
Dallas Parish Episcopal’s Panthers come to Kemp at 1-0, having defeated
the Eagles of Episcopal School of Dallas 50-27 last Friday night.
“The team they beat are the defending state champs (SPC Division II),”
Kemp head coach Greg Anderson pointed out.
Parish Episcopal posted a 9-4 record last year, advancing to the TAPPS
Division II regional finals, and have almost everybody back from that
“They’re a good team,” Anderson said. “They line up and come right at
The Panthers use a double tight end/double wing offense that’s not
fancy, but it’s effective.
“They ran 51 plays last Friday night, and only passed two times,”
Anderson said. “They like to get in there behind the tackle and tight
end. They get a lot of bodies in there, and see if you can stop them.”
The Panthers have two running backs who will pose some serious problems,
“Once they get past the line of scrimmage, they’re pretty tough to bring
down,” Anderson said. “It will be a good test for us up front. They’ll
test us physically.”
Against the Bears last week, the ’Jackets played well in the first half,
but didn’t capitalize on their opportunities.
“We got inside the 10 three times in the first half, and we didn’t come
away with points,” Anderson said. “When you turn the ball over in the
red zone, it’s going to get you every time, especially against a quality
In the second half, after a lightning delay, both the ’Jackets and Bears
“We did much better job in the second half with the short passing game,”
Anderson said. “We have to get better in the offensive line.
“Dudley Chambers did okay at center, but the other four spots have to
get better,” he added. “(After Monday’s practice) I feel better about
where we are with the offensive line.”
The keys for the ’Jackets against the Panthers will be stopping the run
and sustaining drives on offense, Anderson said.
“We’ve got to do a better job hanging onto the football, especially in
the red zone,” he said.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Kemp High School senior Josh Carr (32) hits Brownsboro Bears quarterback
Zach Bailey (10), but Bailey was able to complete the pass to teammate
Warren (20, background center) for the Bears’ second touchdown during
first half of Brownsboro’s 44-14 win over Kemp Friday. Also shown is
Dayton Olivarez (75).
MHS @ Athens
KHS vs Parish Episcopal
EHS @ Dallas Life Oak
MHS vs KHS HC
EHS vs Edgewood
MHS @ Van
KHS vs Rains
EHS vs Quitman HC
KHS @ Brownsboro tourney
MHS vs Lindale
EHS @ Westwood
MHS vs EHS
KHS vs Cross Roads
MHS vs Lancaster*
KHS vs Quinlan Ford
EHS vs Edgewood
MHS @ Tyler Lee
KHS @ Kaufman
EHS @ Tyler Lee