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Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
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Bulldogs to host GS Indians next
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–About the worst thing the Eustace Bulldogs could get out of a dominating win over Malakoff last Friday night is injuries.
Unfortunately, the Bulldogs lost a couple of players, one possibly for most of the season, during the season-opening 39-0 victory, head coach Doug Wendel said Monday.

Courtesy Photo/Rusty Rhodes
Eustace Bulldog quarterback Chris Compton (5) scores the Bulldogs’ first touchdown on a carry around left end during a season-opening 39-0 victory over the visiting Malakoff Tigers last Friday.

Tight end and linebacker Ben Caswell suffered a hairline fracture in his lower leg, and is out a minimum of eight weeks.
Running back and defensive back Justin Calhoun suffered an ankle sprain, and may be out a couple of weeks, Wendel said.
Aside from the injuries, the Bulldogs probably could have had a few things go better against the visiting Tigers – who, to be fair, gave Eustace a lot of help.
“They had one guy who is faster than anyone we have, but the defense was able to corral him,” Wendel said.
Offensively, the Bulldogs misfired on a couple of possessions inside the Tiger red zone early on, but Eustace was able to move the ball pretty much at will.
“Our offensive line has improved each week, although we still have a long way to go,” Wendel said.
“Defensively, our defensive line did great,” he added. “Coach (Chris) Choate and his staff have set the tone for the type of defense we want to play, and the kids love it.”
Malakoff didn’t have the ball long enough to do much against the Bulldog defense, who recovered five of nine Tiger fumbles on the night.
“When it was 19-0, I was scared to death,” Wendel admitted. “Their back touches it three time, and they could be ahead.”
For their second game of the season, the Bulldogs will welcome the Grand Saline Indians to the cozy confines of Bulldog Stadium Friday, Sept. 7.
In the renewal of their annual grudge match last Friday night, the Indians were handed a season-opening 41-6 shellacking by a very talented Van squad.
Against the Vandals’ standout running back, Jermie Calhoun, the Indians “packed the box,” putting nine of their 11 defensive players within a few yards of the ball, daring the Vandals to run.
“They were giving up the pass, and Van took it,” Wendel said. The Vandals picked up more than 230 yards passing with their new “spread” offense, including a throw or three to Calhoun.
Offensively, the Indians run the wishbone, once a bread-and-butter running offense, now long overshadowed by more pass-oriented schemes.
“They might throw it less than we do,” Wendel said. “We only threw five (against Malakoff).”
That said, the wishbone works with the right personnel, and the Indians try to control the clock, relying on their defense to get the ball back quickly.
“They are a physical football team, and fundamentally sound,” Wendel said. “They are not going to beat themselves with turnovers. Their defensive line is very impressive.”
Defensively, the Indians run a 5-3 attacking scheme, he said.
“I think they are very well-coached, and play hard,” Wendel said. “They’re going to be hungry for a win after last Friday night.”
Looking at the Indians’ schedule, and from what he sees on film, Wendel said he expects the Indians to eventually be a playoff team this season.
“Field position is going to be very important in this game, and holding on to the ball,” he added.

Panthers to visit Athens
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–How do you improve an offense that puts up 58 points and no turnovers?
The short answer is – you don’t. You just hope you can do it again, Mabank head coach Jimmy Cantrell said Monday.
Mabank’s Panthers head east on U.S. Highway 175 Friday, Sept. 7, for a non-district matchup against the Athens Hornets, a former district foe when both teams were in Class 4A.
While the Panthers were surprising everyone with their offensive prowess in last week’s 58-21 season-opening win over Rusk, the Hornets dropped their season opener, losing to the hosting Wills Point Tigers 20-15.
Against Rusk, “the execution was there, just like you draw it up on paper,” Cantrell said.
Junior quarterback Kolton Browning (17-of-29, 450 yards, four TDs, two rushing TDs) distributed the ball to nine different receivers as the Panthers rolled up more than 500 yards of offense, scoring on three of their first four possessions.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank sophomore kicker Michael Blackburn (3) nails one of his three field goals out of the hold of Haydon Blair (8) during the Panthers’ 58-21 victory over the visiting Rusk Eagles Friday.

“All our receivers didn’t have any drops,” Cantrell said. “Kolton made some good decisions. Defensively, if we eliminated a big play or two, we shut them out.”
While the passing part of the Panther spread got the lion’s share of big plays, the running part did just fine, as well.
Austin Daugherty, making his first varsity start, had 58 yards rushing and 56 yards receiving, while Nick Simione (who saw a lot of playing time last year as Chris Recio’s backup) had 66 yards rushing.
Also, Browning never got sacked. In fact, he only got touched a couple of times while in the pocket. That’s what you’d like to see from an offensive line that lost four of its five starters to graduation.
Special teams also played, well, special – sophomore kicker Michael Blackburn accounted for 16 points, hitting three field goals and all seven PAT tries.
Cantrell noted the Eagles nearly broke the Panther kickoff coverage twice, however, getting out to midfield, so that’s something to work on.
“I’m not taking anything away from Rusk, but we just got ’em tired,” Cantrell said. “They had a lot of people going both ways.”
That really showed up in the second half, when the Panthers shut down the Eagles’ offense, but Athens has the numbers to platoon offense and defense, he pointed out.
“(Athens) has a very talented secondary,” he added. “They’re very disciplined and very well-coached.”
Offensively, the Hornets tend to run out of the I formation.
“They’re pretty much about the run,” Cantrell said. “We’ve got to stop their running game and make them throw.”
It’s likely special teams will play a big part in Friday’s contest, as special teams play proved to be Athens’ undoing against Wills Point.
A punt snap safety on the first Athens possession gave Wills Point a short field, and they capitalized with a touchdown, but the Hornets then blocked the PAT kick and scored on a return.
Later, the Tigers’ Kevin Hickmon returned an Athens punt 87 yards for a touchdown, and a failed Hornet onside kick try allowed Wills Point to run out the clock and seal the victory.
“We’ve got to win that (special teams) war,” Cantrell said.
“The biggest thing for us is that we’ve got to maintain our focus, and not dwell on what we did last week,” he added.

Eustace wins bracket at Tyler
Monitor Staff Reports
TYLER–Eustace’s Lady Bulldogs won the Bronze bracket at the Tyler Invitational volleyball tournament last weekend.
Now 11-7 on the season, the Lady Bulldogs were scheduled to host Como-Pickton’s Lady Eagles Tuesday.
Friday, Sept. 7, Eustace will travel to Wills Point for a dual match against the hosting Lady Tigers and the Grand Saline Lady Indians, opening with 5 p.m. sub-varsity matches.
Following an open date Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Lady Bulldogs will visit Canton Friday, Sept. 14, opening with 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity matches.
At Tyler, the Lady Bulldogs easily beat the Tyler Robert E. Lee junior varsity, 25-15 and 25-16.
Eustace went to three games against Texarkana Texas High, 21-25, 25-23 and 25-21, before beating Mount Vernon 25-13 and 25-15.
“We had better team play against some really good athletes,” veteran Eustace coach Chuck Powers reported.
Cassie Freeman was one of 14 players selected to the All-Tournament team.
During the tournament’s three matches, Freeman scored 51 points, notching 18 kills, 19 digs, two blocks and one assist.
Caty DiBari led the Lady Bulldogs in scoring with 52 points on 42 assists, five digs and eight kills, while Nicole McNeel scored 45 points on 27 assists and one dig.
Chelsea Truitt had 38 points on four kills, 16 digs and five assists, while Jenny McConathy had 32 points on seven kills, four blocks and one dig.
Ashley Houston recorded three digs, while Jessica McConathy had seven digs and 32 points, and Brisha Ward had 20 points and three digs.
Camille Rogers had five kills and two blocks, while Bekah Walter had nine kills and three blocks.


Upcoming games

Cross Country
Sept. 8
EHS @ R.E. Lee Invitational
(UT at Tyler campus, Tyler)
Sept. 6-8
KHS @ Brownsboro tourn.

Sept. 7
KHS @ Quinlan
EHS @ Wills Point

Sept. 11
MHS vs P.Westwood
KHS @ Cross Roads

Sept. 14
MHS vs Royse City
KHS @ Edgewood
EHS @ Canton
Sept. 7
MHS @ Athens
KHS @ Quinlan
EHS vs Grand Saline

Sept. 14
MHS vs Whitehouse
KHS vs Malakoff
EHS @ Edgewood
MLLFA games
Games: Midgets 4, Pee-Wee 6, Little League 8 p.m.
Sept. 8
Mabank vs Forney

Sept. 15
Mabank @ Kaufman

Sept. 22
Mabank vs Royse City

Sept. 29
Mabank @ Kemp