Eustace gets big win over
By Randal Brewer
Monitor Staff Writer
EDGEWOOD–The Eustace rushing attack ground out 395 yards and a
41-13 win at Edgewood on Friday night.
The Eustace dominance up front was enough to overcome 15
penalties for more than 100 yards, as the visiting Bulldogs
built a 27-0 lead in the first half.
Most of the damage was done in the second quarter, as Jacob
McCarter (12 carries, 144 yards) scored two rushing touchdowns
and threw for another in a 20-point burst.
Eustace set the tone on their first possession, driving the ball
90 yards in 9 plays. Blake Ward finished the drive with a
12-yard TD run. McCarter kept the drive alive with a 26-yard run
on a third-and-11 from his own 9, but the big play on the drive
came on quarterback Jordan Foote’s only passing attempt. On a
play action roll out the 41, Foote found Tyler McWilliams behind
the defense for a 46-yard gain to the 11. Ward would finish the
drive three plays later.
Edgewood’s Chandler Travis halted the next Eustace drive by
recovering a fumble at the Eustace 41, but three consecutive
incompletions by Edgewood quarterback Ethan Rutter at 22-yard
line gave the ball back to Eustace, and seventy-eight yards and
10 plays later, McCarter scored his first TD of the night from
one-yard out with 10:36 left in the half.
Monitor Photo/Randall Brewer
Eustace Bulldog Jacob McCarter (8) picks up yardage behind the
block of Billy Harper. McCarter ran for 144 yards and two
touchdowns. The senior added a third touchdown passing with a
halfback pass to Josh Dunn. All three of McCarter's scores came
in the second quarter of the Bulldogs' 41-13 win in Edgewood.
On the play before the touchdown, McCarter took a handoff on an
inside counter play for a 32-yard gain. Kyle Purselley kicked
his second point after for a 14-0 lead.
Edgewood’s Kevin Davis (17 carries, 156 yards) was the brightest
spark for the Edgewood offense, and had gains of 23 and 15 yards
on consecutive carries after the kickoff. The second one
resulted in a fumble call after it appeared he was down, and
Eustace had the ball at their own 42.
This drive would cover the 57 yards in 9 plays, culminating in
back-to-back 17-yard runs by McCarter and a 21-0 lead after the
Purselley kick. Folsom carried three times for 25 yards on the
Edgewood picked up a first down on three Davis carries on the
ensuing possession, but the Eustace’s Caleb Wonhas, along with
two other Eustace defenders, sacked Rutter twice in three plays,
forcing the ball over on downs at midfield. Six plays later, and
following a holding call, McCarter took a pitch from Foote, and
tossed a strike to Josh Dunn for a 41-yard TD. This time the
snap got away on the point after, but Eustace led 27-0 with 2:12
After an odd exchange of fumbles on back-to-back plays,
Edgewood’s offense finally got untracked, moving 76 yards in
Rutter hit Jacob Sharff on a screen pass that gained 43 yards on
first down, and Davis ripped off a 20-yard gain on a
fourth-and-two at the Eustace 35.
Facing a fourth-and-goal from the 5, Rutter (11/272TD’s) found
Jakeb Hunter all alone for a touchdown. Ethan Rumsey’s kick cut
the lead to 27-7 at the half.
Eustace picked up where it left off in the second half, moving
64 yards in seven plays to score. Folsom carried on five of the
plays, gaining 47 yards including the 9-yard TD run. Purselley’s
kick made the score 34-7 with 8:51 left in the third.
Helped by a pair of Eustace penalties, Edgewood moved to
midfield on its initial possession of the second half, but was
forced to punt from there.
Eustace took over at its own 14, and traveled to the Edgewood 17
behind the running of Ward (13 carries, 66 yards) before having
the ball going over on downs.
On the next play, though, Eustace’s Nathan Denson sniffed out an
Edgewood screen pass and took the interception into the end zone
for a TD and a 41-7 lead with 1:03 left in the third.
Edgewood managed a final scoring drive on its last possession of
the game, moving 61 yards in 10 plays.
Davis carried the ball four times for 38 yards, and Rutter hit
Davy Foster with a six-yard slant for the touchdown with 2:22
left to play.
Canton Eagles hand Mabank
first defeat, 40-22
By Terry Britt
Monitor Staff Writer
CANTON–A stronger defensive effort was all that was needed to
get the Canton Eagles their first win of the season.
The Eagles turned in a pressure-loaded performance against
Mabank and came away with a convincing 40-22 win at Norris
Mabank suffered its first loss of the campaign on a night when
penalties and inconsistency on offense plagued the Panthers.
Down by 10 points, 20-10, at halftime, Mabank was never able to
get closer than that in a frustrating second half.
Monitor Photo/Doug Stuart
Mabank Panther Tanner Marler (3) runs
for yards around a fallen Canton Eagle defender Friday night.
Canton’s defense, which had given up 64 points
total in the first two games, kept Mabank quarterback Austin
Craig busy much of the night.
Dustin Ashley, Garrett Barr, Chris Tangaro, Colton Williams and
Reece Sumner were among Canton’s standouts in helping to give
its offense good or excellent field position for much of the
The turning point came on Mabank’s second series in the third
Barr stopped Mabank running back Corey Givens for no gain, then
Ashley sacked Craig for a five-yard loss to the 3.
A penalty pushed the Panthers back another yard, then Craig
narrowly escaped being tackled in the end zone on third down.
After the punt, Canton set up shop at the Mabank 38 and
quarterback Walters wasted little time getting the Eagles down
to the 11.
Completions to Nick Hobbs and Ethan Fields, and two runs by
Walters himself, set up an 11-yard TD scramble by the
quarterback when he could not find an open receiver on
With Canton ahead 26-10 late in the quarter, Mabank’s hopes of a
comeback stirred on a 49-yard gallop by J.T. Delay down to the
Trevor Chasteen scored from there on the next play. Mabank went
for two extra points, but after the first attempt was replayed
due to offsetting penalties, saw Walters intercept Craig’s pass
to the corner of the end zone to keep it at 26-16.
As the fourth quarter began, though, Walters and the Eagles
proved to be unstoppable again.
It took just five plays for Canton to hit the end zone and
stretch its lead to 17. Walters picked up 31 yards on a run
around the right end with the help of a timely block by Chandler
Two plays later, Walters threw over the middle to Reece Sumner,
who outpaced the Panther defenders for a 22-yard touchdown.
Scott Monroe added the extra point.
Mabank tried valiantly to keep itself in the game on the next
possession, but 15 yards in penalties and a stout Canton pass
coverage led to the drive fizzling out at the Eagle 35.
Canton took over and iced the game with a 65-yard drive ending
on Walters’ TD pass to Eiland from the Mabank 8. Stephen Malouf
kicked the extra point to make it 40-16 with less than five
minutes to play.
The Panthers got a late touchdown on a 35-yard run by Tanner
Canton’s play in the first half was noticeably improved from the
previous two outings and the Eagles led at halftime for the
first time as a result.
They scored on the first drive of the game with Walters
completing eight of nine passes along the way.
Dakota Hesskew later plunged in from the 1-yard line to make it
6-0 after a missed extra point.
What would turn out to be Mabank’s only lead of the game came a
few minutes later on its first possession.
A Craig-to-Jacob Raney 17-yard completion set up Craig’s 11-yard
run into the end zone. Korey Roberts kicked the extra point to
make it 7-6.
The Panthers had a golden opportunity to extend that lead after
Cody Kuykendall intercepted a Walters pass near midfield and
took it to the Canton 15-yard line.
A holding penalty on the first play of the drive, though,
spelled disaster and a fake field goal attempt on fourth down
was snuffed out by the Eagle defense.
Instead, Canton marched back downfield, this time on the
strength of its rushing game with Walters, Hesskew and Sumner.
Walters scored from the Mabank 1 to make it 12-7, followed by a
failed two-point conversion.
However, Canton extended its lead to 20-7 with 8:32 to go in the
second quarter. Walters again ran it in, this time from the
9-yard line, and scored the two-point conversion.
Mabank put together a long drive starting at its 10-yard line
late in the quarter and got down to the Canton 5.
Yet again, an ill-timed holding penalty popped up, this time
negating a touchdown run by Colton Thomas on second-and-goal
from the 7.
Instead, the Panthers had to settle for a 25-yard field goal
from Roberts with 17 seconds left in the first half.
Kemp falls to Mineola
By Curtis Donovan
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–Friday night was not so bright for the Kemp Yellowjackets
as the visiting Yellowjackets from Mineola soundly defeated them
by the score of 42-7.
Starting from their own 41, and aided by a 41-yard completion
from quarterback Erik Galaz to receiver Tyler Hudson, Mineola
moved to the Kemp 20.
However, a fumble by Galaz set the Mineola team back 7 yards to
On the following play, the ball was fumbled by Jaquan Williams.
Kemp co-captain James Forrest pulled the ball from the scramble
and Kemp began their first possession from their own 26.
Following Cameron Anderson’s carry for no gain, Kyle Kimberling
slashed up the right side for an 11-yard gain and a first down.
Two more running plays, including a 4 yarder by Jared Lane, set
the stage for Corey Watkins’ unsuccessful screen pass attempt
from the 40.
A short punt and a good return gave the ball to Mineola at the
Kemp 46. On third and 11 from the Kemp 47, Galaz’s third down
touchdown pass to Dac Shaw was called back for a personal foul
Despite the setback, Williams scored on a 47-yard scamper over
the left side of the line from 47 yards out. Matt Shade’s
successful PAT gave the Mineola team the 7-0 lead with 5:54
remaining in the first quarter.
Mineola scored again on an 11–yard touchdown strike from Galaz
to Trey Boyd. Shade’s PAT increased the lead to 14-0 with 7:19
remaining in the half.
Monitor Photo/Sam Epps
Kemp linebacker Jared Lane (25) brings down the Mineola
With 4:05 showing on the clock, Galaz hit Shade
for a 25-yard completion, and Mineola’s third touchdown of the
evening. Shade’s PAT pushed the score 21-0.
In the third quarter, Kemp gained a scored after a strong,
25-yard run by Watkins over the left side, the evening’s
highlight play was Kimberling’s on a broken halfback option
With receivers covered and no where to go, he turned from the
right side of the field to the left, where a smashing block by
Watkins cleared the way for an 18-yard gain to the 1.
Watkins finished with a touchdown on the next play. Patrick
Renfro’s PAT made it 28-7 with 1:27 left in the third quarter.
The attempted onside kick was recovered by Mineola at their 49.
Shaw advanced the ball 14 yards on the first play from scrimmage
and appeared well on his way to a touchdown before he was caught
from behind at the 7 by Kemp’s Jordan Freeman, for a 25-yard
The quarter ended on the following play with Shaw’s additional
The first play of the final quarter resulted in a touchdown run
by Shaw from the three yard line. With 11:53 remaining, Mineola
was ahead, 35-7.
Kemp fumbled the kickoff return at their 18, setting the stage
for Mineola to score four plays later on Shaw’s 4-yard run.
Shade’s final PAT of the evening ended the scoring with Mineola
leading, 42-7, with 9:24 remaining.
The teams then exchanged possessions, with Mineola taking a knee
on the final two plays to end the game.