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Edgewood weathers 17-hour delay, crushes Eustace
By Gerald Wheelus
Special to The Monitor
EDGEWOOD–Football games where the second half is completely different
from the first half are fairly common.
The Eustace Bulldogs, however, ran into a situation were the second half
fell on a different day, and fell to the hosting Edgewood Bulldogs, 37-9
in a Friday night game interrupted by lightning and completed Saturday
afternoon at Edgewood’s I.T. James Jr. Memorial Stadium.
“I thought we were fired up and ready to play Friday night,” Eustace
coach Doug Wendel said later. “Edgewood was more ready to play Saturday
than we were.”
Now 0-3 on the season, Eustace will face a second set of Bulldogs on the
road Friday, Sept. 18, when they travel to Quitman for a non-district
contest. Quitman lost to Frankston, 17-0, Friday night to also fall to
Actually, the teams didn’t get to play anywhere near a full half Friday
night, as play was stopped 3:57 into the contest.
Edgewood opened the contest with a sustained drive behind sophomore
quarterback Ethan Rutter, who hit 6-of-7 in the opening drive, including
a 28-yard touchdown to Clay Haltom. Mario Bustillos added the PAT to
give Edgewood a 7-0 lead at the 10:17 mark.
Eustace looked like they would strike back almost as quickly, opening
with four straight runs of five yards or better and netting two first
downs while moving out to their own 38.
Then the lightening came, followed by a 16½-hour delay to noon Saturday.
After a trip home and back, Eustace would return to a second-and-five
situation. Joseph “Jo Jo” Bradburn picked up 19 yards, but a couple of
plays later, senior fullback Shawn Baldwin would make his only mistake
of the game and fumble the ball at Edgewood’s 44.
Edgewood took advantage of the good field position, as Rutter hit 5-of-6
passes before connecting with Weaver from seven yards out. Bustillos
would add the PAT to make it 14-0 with 2:35 left in the first quarter.
On their ensuing possession, Eustace converted a fourth-and-one
situation when Baldwin got two yards.
Eustace senior quarterback Chris Compton mishandled the snap, but
recovered to hit Bradburn across the middle for 24 yards and set them up
at the Edgewood 32.
The next play would put points on the board, as senior halfback Trevan
Johnson slipped around the right side of the field for 32 yards and the
TD. Zach Bennett added the PAT and it was a one-possession game at 14-7
with 11:26 left in the second quarter.
It looked as though the visiting Bulldogs would close the gap when
Eustace forced an Edgewood punt, but Eustace also stalled.
Compton’s punt pinned Edgewood back at their own 12, but Rutter again
moved the hosts downfield, hitting 4-of-7 pass attempts and adding two
runs for 18 yards.
Rutter’s second run was a three-yard touchdown plunge that put Edgewood
up 21-7 with 1:15 left in the first half.
A key play in the march came on third-and-24, when Edgewood’s senior
wideout Darrius Rogers outdueled Bradburn for a 42-yard reception to set
up the touchdown.
Eustace tried some razzle-dazzle with 39 seconds left, as sophomore
Blake Ward threw a halfback option pass, only to see it intercepted by
Eustace would have a quick three-and-out to open the second half, but
Compton boomed his punt 57 yards to pin Edgewood back at their own 13.
However, Edgewood would promptly turn the field position to their favor
with a quick strike from Rutter to Haltom for 43 yards.
Joseph Read would add 14 yards and Levi Weaver would add 15 before
Eustace halted the drive with a 10-yard sack of Rutter back to the
Eustace 37, and Edgewood stalled on downs.
Eustace got a first down behind a couple of Justin Calhoun runs, but
Calhoun fumbled at the Eustace 47.
This time Edgewood would convert the turnover into points via an
exciting 41-yard run by Rogers. The PAT kick failed, but Edgewood was up
34-7 with 1:17 left in the third quarter.
A long gain by Johnson got the ball to Edgewood’s 5, but Edgewood’s
defense managed to hold Eustace on the 1 to blunt the scoring threat.
Eustace got revenge of a sort when Jacob Petillo and Ward teamed up to
stop Edgewood’s Weaver for a safety on second down, making the score
34-9 with 8:59 to go.
Eustace couldn’t convert the opportunity offered by the ensuing free
kick, going three-and-out.
Compton’s punt went 35 yards to Haltom. During the return, Haltom moved
through the middle and pitched the ball out to Rogers at the 30.
Rogers managed to turn the corner and ran down to the Eustace 32.
With Haltom at quarterback, Edgewood moved down to the Eustace 16.
Haltom faked an inside handoff and ran around the right side for an
apparent touchdown, but a holding penalty wiped out the score, and the
drive stalled at the 16.
Bustillos converted the field goal from 26 yards out, ending the
Kemp hits the road to Emory
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–With Mother Nature wiping out their home opener last Friday, the
Kemp Yellowjackets go on the road again this Friday night, when they
travel to Emory to face the Rains Wildcats.
Kemp head coach Greg Anderson said both he and Mabank coaches were
frustrated time and again by weather conditions.
“We’d set a time to go out (and check), and another bolt would hit. Then
it would be another 30 minutes,” Anderson said Monday.
Lightning struck right as officials went out to check the weather at
9:30 p.m., meaning the game had to be delayed at least 30 more minutes,
to 10 p.m..
“At that point, both of us were ready to say Mother Nature is not going
to let us play,” Anderson said. “Had the weather allowed, we would have
been out there in the mud.”
The cancellation of the annual Kemp-Mabank game, one of very few misses
in a series dating back 83 years (so we’ve been told), means the
’Jackets won’t have their home opener until the fourth game of the
season, when they host the Palmer Bulldogs Friday, Sept. 25.
Anderson said both he and Mabank head coach Jimmy Cantrell were
concerned about injuries.
“That (injuries) is a primary factor anytime you’re playing in that kind
of weather,” Anderson said. “We’re both in the same boat. We feel good
about our front-line players, but one or two injuries would really be
The ’Jackets are 0-2 and the Wildcats are 0-3 coming into Friday’s
Last year’s matchup produced the one play that arguably was the
turnaround point for both the season and the Kemp program.
The ’Jackets faced fourth-and-18 with time running down. Then-junior
quarterback Jeremy Quick threw deep for now-departed senior James Trim,
who weathered a double hit from two defenders for a 32-yard gain.
Kemp went on to score the go-ahead touchdown, marking the team’s first
win of the season. They went on to win six of their next eight games,
including a bidistrict championship.
“That (throw to Trim) was a new route we added at that time. It’s still
in our playbook,” Anderson recalled with a grin. “We went to Palmer the
next week and scored 63 points, and kind of got on a roll.”
Rains didn’t make the playoffs last year, finishing at 2-8 and 1-4 in
District 13-3A play.
Last Friday night, the Wildcats lost to White Oak, 55-22.
“They lost to (top-ranked) Gilmer the week before, and lost to a
much-improved Mt. Vernon team Zero Week,” Anderson said. “They’ve given
up a lot of points, but they’ve faced some pretty good teams.”
The Wildcats use a spread offense, one back with the quarterback in the
shotgun most of the time, “very similar to what we do offensively,”
Rains has used two quarterbacks, Trevor Vandeventer and Shay Sellers.
“They both played the other night against White Oak,” Anderson said.
“They run the ball a lot out of the spread, using quarterback runs, very
similar to Mabank, both in formations and plays.
“Defensively, they’re actually pretty good,” Anderson added. “They’ve
got size up front and they’re physical.
“They’ve hurt themselves a lot with turnovers,” he said. “I’m sure
they’re working to eliminate that.”
The same goes for the ’Jackets, who have been bitten hard by the
turnover bug, particularly at Parish Episcopal Sept. 4.
“Holding onto the ball and playing a full four quarters are our keys,”
Anderson said. “We haven’t done that yet. We’ve had our moments, but we
haven’t been consistent.”
Although the forecast for Friday night is nice, it was still raining
Monday and Tuesday.
“That may be the key this week, who will be able to get outside and get
some quality work in,” Anderson said.
Panthers to host Van for
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–After a rain-out of the annual grudge match against Kemp last
Friday, the Mabank Panthers will host the 2-1 Van Vandals for their
annual homecoming contest at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18.
Last year, the hosting Vandals and Panthers posted a fan’s delight, a
contest of two evenly matched teams that literally went down to the
final play – a long field goal – giving Van a 17-16 victory.
“That was a fun game to be involved with,” Mabank head coach Jimmy
Cantrell recalled Monday.
The Panthers come into the game at 2-0 following a weekend of rain,
including a series of thunderstorms that wiped out Friday’s scheduled
“We wanted to play the game, but I did not want to put our kids in
harm’s way,” Cantrell said. “I had already told them, pre-game, that I
wasn’t going to go back over there Saturday, because I had seen the
weather forecast and I knew it was going to rain all night.
“If the roles were reversed, I’d have to think about (coming to Panther
Stadium), too,” Cantrell said. “They have to be thinking about field
conditions, and you’ve got to be concerned with injuries.”
After a night of heavy rain, the natural turf at Yellowjacket Stadium
would be very soggy at best. A football game would literally tear up the
turf, possibly to the point where it couldn’t recover before cool
weather sets in and shuts down grass growth.
Neither the Panthers nor the Yellowjackets have a lot of depth at any
position, Cantrell pointed out.
“If you lose one or two people, you’ll be in jeopardy,” he said. “I know
a lot of people are mad at me, but I’ve got to look out for our kids.”
Friday night’s homecoming matchup with Van pits two very physical teams
against each other in what looks to be an instant replay of last year’s
“They sure are good-looking kids on film,” Cantrell said. “They look
like the same team.”
Guided by eighth-year coach Brady Pennington, the Vandals return seven
starters each way from a team that went 11-2 last year, bowing out in
the quarterfinals with a loss to eventual state champion Prosper.
“They can get in a Power I and power you, or they can get in a spread,”
Cantrell said. “They’re very hard to defense.”
Senior Tyler Sharpe returns at quarterback. “I’m very impressed by
Sharpe,” Cantrell said.
The Vandals feature a trio of good-sized (200 pounds or better), fast
running backs – starter Chase Rabe, John Dike and Matt Broadbent.
They also have Amadou Diallo. “They used him a lot in the second half
against Palestine (who handed the Vandals their only loss last week,
40-28),” Cantrell said.
“What makes them go is their offensive line,” he added. “They’re not a
big unit – their biggest guy is about 240 – and they’ve got several subs
who they rotate in there. They’re all looking for someone to hit.
“Defensively, they fly to the ball,” Cantrell said. “They do a lot of
zone drops, where they send a linebacker (on a blitz) and drop their
defensive lineman off (in pass coverage).
“They try to take out the crossing routes, and that’s our bread and
butter,” he noted. “They’re a well-coached football team, and they don’t
Homecoming festivities are always a distraction, but everybody has to
deal with it, Cantrell said.
Friday’s contest looks to be a very physical one, but Cantrell said he
thinks his team is ready.
“This is the first team that we’ve had here that we haven’t had to worry
about the physical aspects of the game. Our kids are physical,” he said.
“This is going to be a fun game,” he added. “I’m looking forward to
MHS @ Lion’s Den Invit.
KHS @ Lion’s Den Invit.
EHS @ Rowlett
MHS @ Lindale
KHS @ Lindale
EHS @ Lindale
(Garden Valley golf course)
MHS @ Jacksonville
KHS @ Jesuit Classic
(Norbuck Park, Dallas)
EHS @ Union Grove
MHS vs West Mesquite*
EHS @ Quitman
KHS @ Grand Saline
MHS vs Mesquite Poteet*
KHS @ Quinlan Ford
EHS @ North Mesquite
KHS vs Mineola*
EHS @ Wills Point*
MHS @ Forney*
KHS @ Wills Point*
EHS vs Canton*
MHS @ Terrell*
KHS @ Canton*
EHS vs Van*
MHS vs Lancaster*
KHS vs EHS*
MHS vs Red Oak*
KHS vs Van*
EHS vs Mineola*
KHS vs Palmer
EHS vs Ferris (HC)
MHS @ Terrell*
MHS vs Red Oak*
KHS vs Van*
EHS vs Mineola*
MHS @ Mesquite Poteet*
KHS vs Wills Point*
EHS @ Canton*