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September 15
, 2011






Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 315.52
Water Temperature:
84 degrees - top
78 degrees - bottom

Sports in Brief

TFFC fishing tournament
The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center’s (TFFC) annual Bluegill Family Fishing Tournament will take place Saturday, Sept. 24.
Teams must consist of one adult 18 years of age or older and one child under 18 years of age. Each team can weigh in a maximum of four fish.
All species of sunfish or bream (except largemouth bass) are allowed.
Pre-registration is required. Mailed registration must be received by Wednesday, Sept. 21.
To request a registration form by mail, please call (903) 670-2222.
You may register in person on the day of the event by going to the admissions booth at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center after 7 a.m.
A $15 entry fee per team will be charged. The entry fee includes admission to TFFC.
Fishing will take place from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the weigh-in at the Anglers Pavilion at TFFC at 2:30 p.m. For more information or to request an entry form, contact Craig Brooks at (903) 670-2222.

Upcoming Events


Sept. 16
• Quitman @ Eustace (homecoming) – 7:30 p.m.
• Palestine @ Mabank – 7:30 p.m.
• Malakoff @ Kemp (mum night) – 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 23
• Ferris @ Eustace – 7:30 p.m.
• Malakoff @ Kemp – 7:30 p.m.
• Brownsboro @ Mabank (homecoming) – 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 30
• Mabank, Kemp, Eustace – BYE
Oct. 7
• Eustace @ Sunnyvale – 7:30 p.m.
• Kemp @ Ferris – 7:30 p.m.
• Mabank @ Kaufman – 7: 30 p.m.


Sept. 16
• Teague @ Eustace – 4:30 p.m.
• Mabank @ Sunnyvale – 5 p.m.
Sept. 20
• Blooming Grove @ Eustace – 5 p.m.
• Kemp @ Quinlan – 5 p.m.









































































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Sports Highlights

Eustace gets big win over Edgewood
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 drive.
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 to go.
After an odd exchange of fumbles on back-to-back plays, Edgewood’s offense finally got untracked, moving 76 yards in seven plays.
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 Birdwell Stadium.
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 game.
The turning point came on Mabank’s second series in the third quarter.
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 first-and-goal.
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 Canton 3.
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 Eiland.
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 Marler.
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 the 27.
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 penalty.
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 quarterback.

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 pass.
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 gain.
The quarter ended on the following play with Shaw’s additional four yards.
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.



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