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hoping to stay focused
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMPOne thing is certain focus will be the key for the Kemp Yellowjackets
this Friday night, when they head over to nearby Malakoff for a non-district contest with
the hosting Tigers.
It was clear the Jackets had their minds on other things last Friday night when they
were shellacked by hosting Mineola 61-7.
Players, coaches and school officials alike were stunned at the arrest of athletic trainer
Eric Cabral the night before the game (see related story, page 1A).
I will not use that as an excuse, Kemp head coach Greg Anderson said Monday
morning, but Im sure it was (a distraction) in many ways.
We were not the same team we were the first two weeks, he added.
Going into the Mineola game, Anderson said he had expected a fairly close contest between
two evenly matched teams. As it turned out, Mineola scored on the first play of the game
and things went downhill from there.
The kids got off the bus, but they were never there, Anderson said.
Weve had some things go wrong before, and weve been able to put things
together. (Friday), we never righted the ship.
It will take a focused Yellowjacket team to face the Malakoff Tigers, who improved to 3-0
by shocking the visiting Kerens Bobcats with two late touchdowns to win 29-27 Friday
Kerens, ranked No. 9 in Class 1A, dominated the game for the first three quarters, forcing
the Tigers into four turnovers and racking up more than 400 yards of offense.
In the fourth quarter, however, Tiger junior quarterback Jordan Teague, who had thrown
three picks earlier and saw his receivers drop numerous on-target throws, caught fire,
completing 5-of-7 passes for two touchdowns and helping keep drives alive with his
Malakoff wasnt known for pulling off that sort of comeback before Jamie Driskill
arrived last year. In his first year at the helm, the Tigers improved from 0-10 to an 8-3
Coach Driskill has done a very good job over there, Anderson said.
Hes really turned it around.
It certainly will be a tough game, but Im more worried about us than
Malakoff, he added. Weve got to focus on us this week.
The Tigers use a spread offense and throw the ball most of the time, Anderson said.
They run just enough to keep you honest, he said. Their biggest threat
is their quarterback (Teague) running out of the pocket. Hes got a really good arm,
and hes throwing the ball well.
The Tigers have excellent athletes with speed at all four receiver positions, Anderson
We played (Malakoff) my first year here, he said. They have the same
type of kids, but theyre playing a lot harder and a lot smarter.
Defensively, the Tigers use a 4-2-5 alignment, but may modify that against the
I figure theyll crowd nine or 10 people on the line of scrimmage and try to
force us to throw the ball, Anderson said.
With everyone crowded into the box, I think the opportunity is there for big plays,
if we can block folks at the point of attack, he said.
Weve got to play smart football, he added. (Against Mineola) we
werent there, mentally. We kept making mistake after mistake, and they took
advantage of them.
first road trip
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANKAfter two spread teams, the Mabank Panthers will be facing another running
team when they go on the road for the first time this Friday night to visit the Palestine
Both the Panthers and the Wildcats will be coming into this weeks contest at 0-3,
following Mabanks 35-28 loss to Canton and Palestines 28-7 loss to Van.
Mabank head coach Jimmy Cantrell was upbeat Monday morning after looking at film of the
Canton game over the weekend.
I think we did what we had to do to put ourselves in position to win the game,
Mabank Panther defensive back Chans Hall (11) helps break up a Canton pass in the end zone
intended for Eric Walters (12) during the second quarter of the Eagles' 35-28 win over the
hosting Panthers Friday.
The Panthers drove deep into Canton territory late in the contest, only to stall on downs
at the Eagle 10, and then gave up first downs to the Eagles when the Panther defense had
forced Canton into fourth-down situations.
That (fourth-down conversions) are part of our growing pains, Cantrell said.
Were learning to get better, and we got better.
The offense played well, he said. Our time of possession was much
better, and the offense scored 28 points.
We held them to fewer points than anybody else has, Cantrell pointed out.
Were doing some things right and were getting better week to week.
While Quinlan Ford was a running team and both Wills Point and Canton are spread teams,
the Panthers have seen three very different offenses in as many games, which is pretty
tough on a group as young as the Panthers, he noted.
Were finding out what works and what doesnt, he said.
The Eagles win last week didnt come on the arm of Canton quarterback Chance
Wallace, but through his feet. (By the way, the day before the game, Wallace was named as
the 3A Built Ford Tough Player of the Week for his performance in Cantons 63-0 win
over North Forney.)
When Wallaces receivers were covered, he scrambled out of the pocket and proved to
be both elusive and strong.
Hes just a great player, Cantrell said. I dont think
theres anybody in our district with a quarterback like that.
While Wallace isnt as tall as the typical spread quarterback, hes not a small
guy, Cantrell pointed out.
Hes a load to bring down, Cantrell said. He could start at running
back and be their best runner.
Palestines Wildcats are a run-oriented team, heading outside on sweeps and
pitch-outs about 80 percent of the time, which will attack the area where the Panthers
have had difficulty so far, Cantrell said.
Theyre bigger and faster than we are, and well see a lot of different
formations, flopping tight ends, that sort of stuff, he said. Well have
to deal with that, all the shifting they do.
Theyre a lot like us, in that the people weve played have been pretty
good football teams, he pointed out. Theyre getting better every week,
The Wildcats have a strong coaching staff, and are disciplined on the field, he said.
So far, the Wildcats have not shown they can pass the ball effectively, but they
dont try to throw very often, Cantrell said.
They did a lot of good things against Van. Even though they only scored seven
points, they outflanked (Van) on several occasions, Cantrell said. Our game
plan will be to defend the perimeter.
Defensively, the Wildcats run the same scheme as Canton, so that will be a plus to face
the same defense two weeks in a row, Cantrell said.
Palestine has more size in the line, and some skill players who probably have more speed
than Mabank, but as far as overall team speed goes, the teams look fairly evenly matched,
Our kids are getting better, but its tough to keep your head up and
youre 0-3, heading into your first road game, he said. Weve just
got to keep getting better.
Bulldogs head to Quitman
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
EUSTACETurnovers helped Edgewoods Bulldogs get a big lead Friday night, as
Eustaces Bulldogs made way too many mistakes to win.
As usual when they play us, Edgewood was hitting on all cylinders, Eustace
head coach Doug Wendel said Monday morning.
We had poor tackling, poor technique at times, and we didnt create any
turnovers, he added.
Eustace junior Blake Ward scoots around left end to score what would be the Bulldogs'
final touchdown against Edgewood from four yards out Friday. Ward finished with nine
carries for 67 yards.
(Our) turnovers (seven fumbles, three lost) didnt give us a chance.
Wendel pointed out the young Eustace offensive line was seeing its third different defense
in as many games.
Edgewood came out in a completely different defense than they played (the week
before), and it took time for us to adjust, he said. Thats one of our
growing pains three-and-outs arent good for us.
While Eustaces offense got on track in the second half, finishing with 315 yards
rushing, the run-oriented option is not geared (so to speak) for mounting a comeback after
That said, at one point after Blake Ward scampered in from four yards out with 9:34
left to play the Bulldogs were within striking distance at 34-21, and looked to
have momentum on their side.
A defensive stop or turnover, and Eustace would have had a chance to pull within a
touchdown, but Edgewood dashed those hopes by putting a march together and scoring a
clinching touchdown in less than two minutes of game time.
Youve got to give Edgewood credit, Wendel said. They protected the
ball well, their quarterback threw the ball well and they were hungry for a win.
Now 0-3 on the season, Eustace will be going on the road for the first time this Friday
night when they visit the Quitman Bulldogs.
Theyre 3-0, and they look like a team whos playing with
confidence, Wendel said.
Quitman knocked off Como-Picktons Eagles Friday night behind the efforts of Devontae
McNeal, who is a do-everything player, Wendel said.
McNeal is a three-sport MVP at Quitman, and the team looks to him to provide the bulk of
Theyre not real tricky or fancy, Wendel said. They just give the
ball to their best player and say win the game for us.
McNeal also keys the Quitman 4-3 defense. They put No. 30 (McNeal) on the weak side,
and he covers a lot of ground, Wendel said.
This will be the first road game for the young Eustace squad. It will be interesting
in how we handle that, Wendel said.
We have to do three things to win the game, he added. First, weve
got to protect the ball. Second, weve got to execute on offense. Third, weve
got to tackle well were going to have to gang-tackle No. 30.
Another key for us is getting started at 7:30 and executing our offense, no matter
what defensive front they come out in, Wendel said.
Wendel said his coaches are going to push the envelope in practice this week,
trying to get players, particularly the offensive line, to play more physically.
Our offensive line has not improved, and part of that is nagging injuries have been
keeping some of them out of practice, he said. Weve got three weeks to
get ready for district, and were not there yet.
Fun Sail or Make-up race
MHS @ Palestine
KHS @ Malakoff
EHS @ Quitman
MHS @ Brownsboro
KHS vs Fairfield
EHS @ Ferris
EHS @ Sky Ranch
MHS @ Crandall Relays
KHS @ Palestine Relays
MHS @ Canton Relays
KHS @ Canton Relays
EHS @ Lions Den Relays
KHS vs Venus
EHS @ Buffalo*
MHS @ Rains
KHS vs Quinlan Ford
EHS vs Malakoff*
MHS vs NForney*
KHS vs Kaufman*
EHS @ Blooming Grove*
MHS vs N.Forney*
KHS @ Crandall*
EHS vs Teague*