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to host Eagles for homecoming
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANKWhen the Panthers run out on the artificial turf Friday night, no one will be
thinking head coach Jimmy Cantrell scheduled a patsy for Mabanks annual homecoming
Cantons Eagles (2-0) have already scored more than 100 points this season 42
against visiting Gladewater in the season opener and 63 last Friday against hosting North
Forney (a future district foe) so the young Panther secondary will be getting a
Right now, were learning every week, Cantrell said Tuesday morning.
Quinlan was a playoff team last year, and they have most everybody back. Wills Point
is a playoff team. Canton is also a senior-laden team.
Im not worried about North Forney or Canton, he added. Im
worried about us, and getting better. Weve got some young folks, and every week is a
Four of the five Panther offensive linemen are playing their first varsity season, as are
all of the defensive secondary, he pointed out.
Weve got a neat group of kids, but theyve got to keep their heads
up, Cantrell said. Weve got a good enough team that when all the pieces
fall into place, we should be a playoff team.
Ive said several times were playing five games to get ready for five
(district) games, he added. We need the preseason to learn what to do.
Mabank fell to 0-2 with last Friday nights 25-14 loss to the Quinlan Ford Panthers,
a game that started with Mabank spotting Quinlan 14 points before gaining a single yard on
We definitely need to give our offense the ball more, Cantrell said. Our
goal is to create five three-and-outs, and we got only one.
But, youve got to give Quinlan credit, he added. They came out and
did some things that they havent done, and we had problems adjusting to that until
we called (our first) time out.
Of course, Quinlan got the opportunity to take a two-touchdown lead when Mabank coughed up
the ball on their first offensive play and on the ensuing kickoff after Quinlans
We cant afford to give anybody turnovers, especially early on, when were
trying to get better, Cantrell said.
Canton is led by a trio of three-year starters, headed by senior quarterback Chance
Wallace, who combines with senior wideouts Trent Termin and Roy Denbow to give the Eagles
a formidable passing offense out of the spread.
The Eagles have a new head coach, but hes not new. Wes Rhoten moved up after three
years as the Eagles offensive coordinator, so hes intimately acquainted with
both the kids and the offense.
Those kids have been together a long time, Cantrell said. Their
quarterback is also a good runner, and theyve got a good tailback. If we can keep
their offense corralled, Ill be a happy camper.
If Canton has a weakness, its their porous defense, which gave up 68 points to
Eustace in a key district matchup last year, knocking the Eagles out of the playoffs.
They have a new (defensive) coordinator and a new system, Cantrell said.
Against North Forney, they forced about five turnovers, which helped them score 63
Canton probably is playing better than any of the teams the Panthers have faced so far,
and it will be crucial for the Mabank offense to stay on the field, run some clock and
score touchdowns, he said.
In the past, the Panther defense has been able to rise to the challenge if the offense
couldnt move, Cantrell said.
Our defense is in the learning stage, so our offense has got to occupy some clock.
Plus, we need (to force) some three-and-outs, he said.
Our goal is to make the playoffs, he added. The team has to be patient
and get better every week.
Kemp to visit
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMPA better effort on both sides of the ball helped Kemp post a strong performance
against a pretty good spread offense last Friday night.
That effort will have to be duplicated this Friday, as 2-0 Kemp travels to face former
district foe Mineola in a battle of Yellowjackets.
Kemp head coach Greg Anderson was pleased with what he saw in last weeks 42-26 road
win over Edgewoods Bulldogs.
I was pleased with the way we moved the football, Anderson said Monday.
Anytime you score 42 points, youre doing something right.
Defensively, we played pretty well for the most part, but I think we let down in the
second half, he said.
At one point, the Jackets led 42-14, and the Kemp players lost focus. I
thought we gave them a couple of easy touchdowns, Anderson said.
The one injury the Jackets suffered didnt happen on the field, but in the
locker room as players were getting dressed to go out for warm-ups.
Junior two-way starter Jon Jennings had his cleats on and slipped on the concrete floor,
sustaining a nasty cut and a mild concussion, Anderson said.
We held him out today because of the concussion, but I believe he will be back by
Friday, Anderson added.
We were definitely a better football team this week (than in the season opener at
Eustace), he said. We cleaned our mistakes up on defense and were more
consistent on offense.
Friday night, the Jackets will face a 1-1 Mineola team coming off their first win, a
31-17 blowout of Bullard.
Mineola took advantage of some early Bullard turnovers to open a 24-0 halftime lead, with
quarterback Erik Galaz throwing for one score and running for another.
Mineolas defense held Bullard quarterback Kirk Bryant to just two completions, but
Bryant rushed for 169 yards.
Galaz probably is the best athlete (on their team), Anderson said. To
me, hes one of the more talented kids well see all year. He can throw, and he
Galaz doesnt throw that much about 80 percent of the time, Mineola uses an
I-formation running attack, although they have been known to jump into a spread formation
to shake up a defense.
Defensively, they use a 50 defense, with a true noseguard, Anderson said.
Its pretty similar to what Edgewood ran, and that will be an advantage for us,
seeing the same front two weeks in a row.
With both Kemp and Mineola looking to run the ball, fans can expect a fairly quick contest
probably much closer to two hours than three meaning each possession will be
Turnovers are always costly, but in a game of seven or eight possessions (compared to 14
or 15 for two spread teams), a turnover on one can be a major setback, Anderson noted.
It will come down to whose defense can get the other team off the field, and whose
offense can sustain drives, he said.
EHS seeks rebound against Edgewood
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
EUSTACEFollowing a blowout loss to Grace Community, Eustaces 0-2 Bulldogs will
be looking for their first win of the season when they host the Edgewood Bulldogs Friday
Eustace coach Doug Wendel was surprisingly upbeat following Mondays early-morning
practice, pointing out his team probably wont be seeing that level of talent again.
I think they (Grace Community) have the best offense well see all year
a lot of speed and precision on their routes, Wendel said.
They stayed with their base stuff, he added. They didnt run
anything that we hadnt seen, but we cant simulate that level of speed and
precision in practice.
A lot of our kids hadnt seen that (spread) type of offense before,
Wendel pointed out.
Offensively, the Bulldogs played much better than they did in the season opener against
Kemp, running up 297 yards, even with a number of backups playing much of the second half.
We shot ourselves in the foot with penalties, but our backs blocked much better and
our offensive line played much better, he said. We got a lot closer this week,
Unfortunately those backups got playing time because the two-way starters were hurt.
Linemen Owen Babcock (ankle) and Raymond Shutack (knee) were hobbled, along with junior
fullback/linebacker Blake Ward (ankle) and sophomore fullback/linebacker Tyler Folsom (hip
Folsom practiced Monday, and Wendel said he hoped the others would be back by Friday,
although they werent expected to practice any this week.
Edgewood (0-2) also will be looking for their first win of the season after getting blown
out by Kemp, 42-26, last Friday night.
Edgewood also runs a spread offense, centering around quarterback Ethan Rutter, but
without the level of speed and precision shown by Grace Community.
They do a solid job of flinging the ball around, but theyre not in the same
league as what we saw (last Friday), Wendel said. Their defense is young, but
they have a good defensive tackle (Tre Wright). Hes a difference-maker.
We dont usually game-plan around one player, but were going to take some
precautions on No. 56 (Wright), Wendel added. He can create some problems with
what we want to do.
During the Grace Community game, new Eustace quarterback Jacob McCarter showed a better
ability to audible away from the called play to something else, in order to take advantage
of the defensive alignment, and our option game is coming along, Wendel said.
Edgewoods young defense was victimized by Kemps practice of getting into
unusual formations to run standard plays.
(Kemp) comes up to the line quick, and you have to make decisions quickly,
Wendel said. They were misaligned several times, and Kemp took full advantage of
With both teams looking for their first win, Fridays contest at The Boneyard should
be an interesting matchup of run vs. pass, but Eustace likely will be better prepared
after last weeks loss.
Offensively, we got better, Wendel said. Defensively, a game like that
will make us better, once were on the other side (of that contest).
AMU race 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Fun Sail or Make-up race
MHS vs Canton (HC)
KHS @ Mineola
EHS vs Edgewood
MHS @ Palestine
KHS @ Malakoff
EHS @ Quitman
MHS @ Brownsboro
KHS vs Fairfield
EHS @ Ferris
MHS @ Tyler Lee Classic
KHS @ Malakoff Relays
EHS @ Tyler Lee Classic
EHS @ Sky Ranch
MHS @ Crandall Relays
KHS @ Palestine Relays
MHS @ Canton Relays
KHS @ Canton Relays
EHS @ Lions Den Relays
MHS vs Rains
EHS vs Athens,Ewood
MHS vs Malakoff
EHS vs Mildred*
KHS vs Venus
EHS @ Buffalo*
MHS @ Rains
KHS vs Quinlan Ford
EHS vs Malakoff*
MHS vs NForney*
KHS vs Kaufman*
EHS @ Blooming Grove*