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 Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 321.88
Water Temperature:
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81 degrees - bottom




  ’Jackets hope to get healthy
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Getting healthy is the top priority for the Kemp Yellowjackets heading into a bye week.
The ’Jackets can savor last Friday’s 35-7 win over the visiting Malakoff Tigers this week before getting ready to visit the Van Vandals Friday, Sept. 28.
That sweet taste of victory contains a couple of sour elements, though, as the already thin ’Jackets lost two more players to injury during the Malakoff win.
Tackle Chaz White, who was nursing a sore knee, turned out to have a torn ACL and will face surgery, head coach Greg Anderson reported.
Also, linebacker/fullback John Kilgore went down with a knee injury, and also will face surgery. Both are probably lost for the rest of the season, Anderson said.
“We are not implementing a game plan for Van yet. We’re working on us and concentrating on getting healthy,” Anderson said.
Players who may be returning soon include T.J. Lindsey and Corey Anderson.
Mikie Scruggs may be back in time for the Hillsboro game Oct. 5, “and we hope to have (defensive tackle) David Jones back by district,” Anderson said.
Despite the injury problems, the ’Jackets can feel good about the win over Malakoff.
“I thought we played much better than we did in the first two games,” Anderson said. “Offensively, when you put 35 points on the board, that’s got to make you feel good.
“Defensively, I was pleased that we held them to seven points,” he added. “(Malakoff) has a couple of pretty good athletes there.”
The ’Jackets got a strong effort from both Matt Carr at quarterback and Josh Carr at fullback and linebacker.
Matt Carr managed the game well, “and when we did throw, he threw the ball well,” Anderson said.
“Josh ran really well in situations where we needed to get four, five and six yards,” he added.
Matt Brown added a couple of big touchdown catches, but all of that was set up by the play of the offensive line, Anderson said.
“They (the Tigers) had a couple of guys with pretty good size, but we controlled the line of scrimmage pretty well,” he said. “I’m pleased with the effort we had up front.”

Eustace hits road to Quitman Friday
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–The Eustace Bulldogs will look to bounce back from their first loss of the season when they go on the road for the second straight week to face a second straight set of Bulldogs at Quitman Friday, Sept. 21.
Last Friday night, Eustace fell to hosting Edgewood, 35-21, and Eustace head coach Doug Wendel said the hosts were ready.
“We moved the ball, but you’ve got to give them a lot of credit – they came to play,” Wendel said. “Their coaches did a fantastic job, and their players did a fantastic job.

Courtesy Photo/Rusty Rhodes
Eustace Bulldog senior Josh Unruh (11) powers up the middle during Eustace’s 35-21 loss to hosting Edgewood last Friday.

“We shot ourselves in the foot with three turnovers,” he added. “Field position in the second half killed us, and turnovers and missed tackles killed us.”
Wendel said his team actually executed the offense better than in the first two games, but didn’t wrap up on defense.
“We gave up 175 yards after the initial contact,” he added. “That’s not good.”
Friday, Eustace will face the hosting District 16-2A Quitman Bulldogs, who defeated the Big Sandy Wildcats 27-6 last Friday night.
While Edgewood ran a spread offense, Quitman features a ground-oriented option game similar to Eustace’s.
“Quitman is a good football team. They are physical and well-coached,” Wendel said.
Quitman isn’t fancy, but they try to make the defense line up out of position, Wendel said. “So far, they’ve thrown 19 different formations at us,” he added.
“They are going to win or lose based on how they run the football, and how their front eight plays on defense,” he added.
Friday’s matchup should be a pretty quick game, as neither team throws the ball unless they have to.
“We probably are going to have to throw it more than we have been,” Wendel said.
Quitman has two strong running backs and a quarterback who executes the option well, he said.
“They have a decent offensive line, but they’re not overly big,” he added.
Quitman has good team speed, but both running backs are dangerous open-field runners, Wendel said.
Eustace came away from the Edgewood game without any major injuries, and should be getting tight end/defensive end Lucas Cope (knee) back this week, Wendel said.
“Obviously, we’ve got to handle the football better (against Quitman). We had three fumbled snaps, and we haven’t had that in three weeks,” he said. “We’re going to have to line up correctly, and we’ve got to play physical football.”

Eustace girls win Tyler Lee CC meet
Monitor Staff Reports
TYLER–Eustace cross country runners finished first and second at the Tyler Lee Classic on the campus of the University of Texas at Tyler Sept. 8.
The Eustace varsity girl’s team dominated, winning the meet with 64 points in competition against 19 teams and 154 individual runners.
Tanita Durnell placed seventh overall with a two-mile time of 13:12, and Laura DiBari placed ninth, clocking 13:15.
Rebekah Walter placed 13th with a time of 13:48, followed by Tori Bynum, who placed 15th (13:54), Caty DiBari 20th (14:09), and Jaqlynn Bless 64th (15:21).
The Eustace varsity boy’s team earned second place overall with 122 points, competing against 22 teams and 161 individual runners.
Johnny Lee finished the three-mile run 11th overall with a time of 18:26, while Zach Bennett placed 13th with a time of 18:33.
Aaron Alverez placed 26th in 19:19, followed by Zach Arambula in 32nd place (19:33), Cameron Coffey 40th (19:44), Colton Thompson 59th (20:28), and Matthew Marder 74th (21:07).
Eustace’s junior varsity girls also dominated their division, winning with 58 points.
Ashley Houston led the Eustace JV runners, finishing eighth in 15:19, with Nancy Murff placing 10th (15:34) and Amanda Herrera 11th (15:45).
Also, Rachel Sandell finished 14th (15:52), Christina Sawicki 15th (15:56), Chelsea Truitt 19th (16:04), Amalie Arambula 22nd (16:11), Ariel Gilbert 26th (16:20) and Deanna York 29th (16:40).
Eustace’s JV boys team finished third overall with 54 points. Eddie Gonzales placed 12th, clocking 21:02, to lead the Bulldogs.
Zach Connerly finished 30th (22:14), Jessie Contreras 31st (22:17), Jordan Smith 38th (22:53) and Trevan Johnson 43rd (23:14).
Eustace’s cross country teams were scheduled to attend the Gerald Richey Invitational in Arlington Saturday.


Upcoming games

Cross Country
Sept. 22
EHS @ PTree Puddle Jump
(Katy’s Ranch, Kilgore)
MHS @ Dogwood Invitational

Sept. 29
MHS @ Lion’s Den Inv.
EHS @ North Mesquite Inv.
(Samuell Farm, Mesquite)

Sept. 21
MHS @ Crandall*
KHS @ Ferris*
EHS @ Kaufman*

Sept. 25
MHS vs Kaufman*

Oct. 2
KHS @ Crandall*

*District 13-3A contest

Sept. 21
MHS @ Rockwall Heath
KHS open
EHS @ Quitman

Sept. 28
MHS vs Wills Point HC
KHS @ Van
EHS vs Palmer HC

*District 13-3A contest

MLLFA games
Games: Midgets 4, Pee-Wee 6, Little League 8 p.m.
Sept. 22
Mabank vs Royse City

Sept. 29
Mabank @ Kemp