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Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–There’s good, then there’s bad.
The season opener against Rusk was definitely good, and last Friday’s
20-14 road loss to Athens represented (one hopes) the bad for the Mabank
About the only positive thing for Panther head coach Jimmy Cantrell was
the play of the defense in the second half.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank Panther right guard James Walker
(left), center Brandon Carrico (57) and left guard David Cosper set up a
pocket for quarterback Kolton Browning (background) against the Athens
Hornet rush during Friday’s 20-14 loss in Athens. The Panther offensive
line hasn’t given up a quarterback sack in the first two games.
“Offensively, we never got on track. Of
course, you can’t win with four turnovers,” Cantrell said.
“It was a reality check, and we were brought back to earth,” he added.
“I still think we’ve got a good football team.”
Cantrell said any blame for the loss rested with him.
“I don’t think (the players) were ready to play, and that’s my job – to
get them ready to play,” he said. “Not to take anything away from
Athens. They’ve got a good football team, and played a very sound
The flawless offensive execution the Panthers exhibited against Rusk
just wasn’t there, as receivers had a number of drops, and junior
quarterback Kolton Browning had one of his worst games as a starter,
with three picks in the first half.
Cantrell said he also usually isn’t as conservative as he was against
Athens, especially facing fourth-and-short situations.
“We just weren’t mentally prepared for a good football team, and we may
see them again,” Cantrell said. “I would like the opportunity to play
If both Mabank and Athens make the playoffs, they wouldn’t meet in
bidistrict, because Chapel Hill (who knocked the Panthers out of the
playoffs last year) would be the big-school (Division I) representative
out of 14-3A.
The Panthers need to regain their confidence in time to welcome the
Whitehouse Wildcats to Panther Stadium Friday, Sept. 14.
Last year, a revamped Whitehouse offense knocked off the Panthers, and
the ’Cats went on to go three games deep in the 4A playoffs.
Despite the loss, Cantrell said the Panthers’ defense played a pretty
good game against the Wildcats.
“I think they’re better than last year, especially at the skill
positions,” he said. “That said, if we get the offensive production we
had in week one, I think we can play with anybody.”
Injuries may force some Panther players to play both ways, and that may
become a concern if Friday’s game goes as long as it might.
Both teams run the spread offense, so fans might seriously consider
purchasing seat cushions at the Booster Club store.
“The game might go to 11 or 11:30,” Cantrell said. “They throw it a lot,
and we throw it a lot.”
Whitehouse has given up more points than the Panthers, but they’ve
beaten Forney and Sulphur Springs, both quality 4A teams.
“Their front four are really tough, and they play a very solid defense,”
Cantrell said. “They’re going to be structurally sound.”
Will this be a measuring stick game? “Yes,” Cantrell said.
“It would be nice to see if we bring our best game,” he added. “If we
do, I think we can compete with anybody.”
Eustace heads to
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EUSTACE–New Eustace head coach Doug Wendel admits he is feeling pretty
good after Friday’s dominating 33-7 victory over the Grand Saline
Now 2-0 on the season, the Bulldogs will go on the road for the first
time when they visit Edgewood Friday, Sept. 14, for the first of three
straight matchups against other Bulldogs.
“I feel better after watching the video, knowing we improved over last
week,” Wendel said Monday.
“I feel real good about the effort we are getting from everybody on the
team,” he added. “Team unity remains our biggest asset.”
Against Edgewood, the Bulldogs will be going up against a spread offense
for the first time this season.
Edgewood has yet to score this year, losing to Mildred 28-0 in the
season opener before running into a veteran playoff team from Arp and
losing 61-0 Friday night.
“In Edgewood’s defense, Mildred is not a bad team, and Arp is a great
team, with speed all over the field,” Wendel said.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Eustace Bulldog defenders converge on a Grand Saline runner during their
33-7 win over the visiting Indians Friday.
“This is going to be a great challenge
for us,” he added. “I’m anxious to see how we play on the road, and I’m
anxious to see how we play against a spread team.”
Running the Edgewood spread is quarterback Weston Jamison, who is good,
“Their formations will spread us out over the field, and we’ll have to
see how we fare,” he added. “They’ll be the biggest team we’ve played
Edgewood has two running backs, a big guy and a small guy, “and they’re
both pretty good, hard-nosed runners,” Wendel said.
“They’ve got a good offense – they just haven’t put it together yet,” he
The Bulldogs will be facing a spread offense when they visit Mabank in
the second District 13-3A game, and the Eustace defense needs to be able
to run to the ball against a team that doesn’t stay between the hash
One thing the Bulldogs have to do is cut down on penalties, Wendel said.
They were flagged 12 times for 120 yards in losses against the Indians,
although most of the penalties stemmed from “correctable mistakes,”
“Coming into the season, I thought Edgewood looked just like us, as far
as size and team speed goes,” Wendel noted. “It’ll be a great challenge
for us. They have a strong athletic tradition there, and they play hard
holds first rodeo of season
Special to The Monitor
CANTON–Tyson Waisath, president of the Lone Star High School Rodeo
Association, reported a strong turnout for the first rodeo of the LSHSRA
Some 17 juniors entered in 34 events in the first junior rodeo.
Delaney Wolfe took first place in goats with and without a horse, as
well as junior breakaway, while Rebecca Roberts took first place in
poles and barrels.
The LSHSRA offers several junior events, including barrels and poles,
goats with and without a horse, and breakaway roping. Anyone interested
in participating in any of these junior events once a month should
contact Waisath at (903) 279-6571.
Approximately 200 high school members entered events.
First place winners included:
• bareback – Josh McClintock, Rockwall Rodeo Team,
• saddlebronc – Jason Birdwell, Seagoville Rodeo Team,
• breakaway – Alycia Garson, Wild West Rodeo Team,
• calf roping – Tyler Wade, Wild West Rodeo Team,
• goats without horse – Traci Copeland, East Texas Rodeo Team,
• girls ribbon roping – Kla Wolfe, Seagoville Rodeo Team,
• team roping – Brandon Garson/Garrett McQueen, Wild West Rodeo Team,
• goats with horse – Kla Wolfe, Seagoville Rodeo Team,
• boys ribbon roping – Chance Tuggle, Wylie Rodeo Team,
• poles – Kallie Stanley, East Texas Rodeo Team,
• chute dogging – Justin McEnturff, Rafter J Rodeo Team,
• barrels – Shelby Surls, East Texas Rodeo Team,
• bulls – Justin McEnturff, Rafter J Rodeo Team.
The next LSHSRA rodeo will be held at the Wade Arena in Terrell
Saturday, Sept. 15. For more information, see the website
MHS @ Van Invitational
(Sky Ranch, Van)
EHS @ Tiger Invitational
KHS @ Tiger Invitational
(Malakoff High School)
MHS vs Royse City
KHS @ Edgewood
EHS @ Canton
MHS @ Tyler Lee
MHS @ Crandall*
KHS @ Ferris*
EHS @ Kaufman*
*District 13-3A contest
MHS vs Whitehouse
KHS vs Malakoff
EHS @ Edgewood
MHS @ Rockwall Heath
EHS @ Quitman
Games: Midgets 4, Pee-Wee 6, Little League 8
Mabank @ Kaufman
Mabank vs Royse City
Mabank @ Kemp
Mabank @ Wills Point