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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’,” Cantrell said.
“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 ever.
“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,” Wendel said.
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 up.”
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 team.
“They’re a good team,” Anderson said. “They line up and come right at you.”
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, he added.
“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 opponent.”
In the second half, after a lightning delay, both the ’Jackets and Bears traded scores.
“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 Cameron
Warren (20, background center) for the Bears’ second touchdown during the
first half of Brownsboro’s 44-14 win over Kemp Friday. Also shown is Kemp's
Dayton Olivarez (75).




Upcoming games


Sept. 5
MHS @ Athens
KHS vs Parish Episcopal
EHS @ Dallas Life Oak

Sept. 12
EHS vs Edgewood

Sept. 19
MHS @ Van
KHS vs Rains
EHS vs Quitman HC

Sept. 4-6
KHS @ Brownsboro tourney

Sept. 5
MHS vs Lindale
EHS @ Westwood

Sept. 9
KHS vs Cross Roads

Sept. 12
MHS vs Lancaster*
KHS vs Quinlan Ford
EHS vs Edgewood
Cross Country

Sept. 6
MHS @ Tyler Lee
KHS @ Kaufman
EHS @ Tyler Lee

*District contest



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