Panthers get homecoming
By Sam Epps
MABANK–The Mabank Panthers gained a heartfelt win Friday,
defeating the Brownsboro Bears, 17-14, with no time left on the
The win came on the heals of a heartbreaking loss the previous
week, falling to Palestine, 35-31, after leading the game until
Palestine surged late to win.
Against Brownsboro, Mabank took an early lead after scoring on a
25-yard run by Trevor Chasteen.
Neither team scored in the second quarter.
Brownsboro tied the game in the third quarter, then took a 14-7
lead in the fourth quarter.
Mabank then scored as Adam Penix fielded a punt and returned in
90 yards to score, tying the game 14-14.
Monitor Photo/Sam Epps
Mabank Panther quarterback Austin Craig (8) runs for yards as a
couple Brownsboro defenders attempt to stop him. Mabank defeated
the Bears, 17-14, with no time left on the clock, thrilling a
standing-room-only homecoming crowd.
The Panthers held the Brownsboro offense, refusing to allow a
With time running out, it appeared overtime was coming until
Korey Roberts nailed a 23- field goal with no time left in the
game, sealing a homecoming win for the Panthers.
Turnovers were a key factor in the game, with Mabank losing
three fumbles and quarterback Austin Craig throwing two
Despite the five turnovers, the Panther offense played well
enough to compensate.
The Mabank defense also recovered several Bear turnovers.
“For us to win with that many turnovers is a good statement,”
Mabank head coach Jimmy Cantrell said.
“Fundamentally, we need to be more cautious with how we carry
the ball,” Cantrell added. But noted “everything that happened
is very correctable.”
Mabank accumulated more than 275 yard of offense, with 220 of
those coming on rushes.
Korey Givens led the Panther ground game with 130 yards on 21
Craig gained 62 yards rushing on 14 carries, and Chasteen added
31 yards on six carries.
Craig passed for 56 yards, completing six of 13 attempts.
Tanner Marler caught two passes for 26 yards, Ryan Walker gained
21 yards on three catches, and Robert Erskine added nine yards
on one catch.
“As a team, we performed well,” Cantrell said. “They guys stayed
focused, and homecoming wasn’t too much of a distraction.”
Mabank has a bye week this week, and will return to action Oct.
7 when they travel to Kaufman to face the Lions in the district
This week, Mabank will concentrate on healing up some bumps and
bruises, according to Cantrell.
“The kids have been playing hard, they deserve a little break,”
Yellowjackets fall to
By Curtis Donovan
Monitor Sports Writer
FAIRFIELD–Entering the game predicted to be a lopsided 27-0
loss, the Yellowjackets started slowly.
After winning the opening coin toss, the Yellowjackets deferred,
allowing the Fairfield Eagles to start the first drive of the
evening from their own 40.
It took just nine plays, including five-for-five passing by
Eagles quarterback Aaron Cain, before Fairfield scored on a
7-yard completion to Chris Lide.
Omar Garcia’s successful PAT gave the Eagles the 7-0 lead.
The Yellowjackets began their first drive a little less
auspiciously, at their own 21.
Following three plays, they punted to the hosting Eagles.
It took six plays, which included a 29-yard pass from Cain to
receiver Andre Welch, and a 24-yard run by Larry Rose, for the
Eagles to score again. Garcia’s PAT lifted the Eagles to a 14-0
The Yellowjackets began their next drive with better field
position, at their own 33.
Beginning the drive with a big, 15-yard run by Brandon Stewart,
things looked a little better.
’Jackets quarterback Corey Watkins contributed three rushes for
11 yards, along with Stewart’s additional rush for one to end
the quarter with a little momentum.
The second quarter opened with a strong run from team captain
Jared Lane to the Fairfield 40.
A big-gain pass from Watkins to Lane was called back for a
holding penalty, setting them back another 15 yards.
Watkins’ next pass, to Kyle Kimberling was in and out of his
hands, and resulted in an interception, giving the ball back to
the Eagles at their own 41.
Fairfield scored again on an 18-yard rumble by Anthony Price.
Following a bad snap, Garcia missed the PAT and the Eagles held
the 20-0 lead with 8:17 remaining in the half.
Following the kickoff and starting from their own 31, Kemp began
to move the ball methodically down the field. Starting with a
gain of seven by Lane, the ’Jackets then lost three on the next
Watkins then hit Stewart with a 17-yarder, which set them up at
On the following first down play, Cameron Anderson was dropped
in the backfield for a six-yard loss. Under heavy pressure,
Watkins’ pass fell incomplete as he was hit hard in the
backfield. Watkins’ long pass on third and 16 fell incomplete,
setting up Patrick Renfro’s 44-yard punt and roll that sent the
ball back to the Eagles at their own 15.
And here the ‘Jackets held. Following no gain by Price on first
down, Cain threw two incomplete passes.
A holding penalty by Fairfield on third down was declined,
forcing a punt to the Yellowjackets.
Stewart’s fair catch at the Fairfield 44 gave Kemp good field
position to begin the drive.
Lane began the charge with carries of five and six yards.
Stewart tacked on four more and the team from Kemp looked like
they were on a roll.
Watkins’ incomplete passes on the next two downs were quickly
forgiven as he connected with Lane for eight on fourth down from
From the 21, Lane crashed forward for six more. Then Watkins
called his own number, adding another six.
Anderson tried the line for another yard and Watkins was dropped
for no gain to set up third and goal from the eight, when he hit
Zach Patterson for touchdown. Renfro’s PAT made the score 20-7,
with 32 seconds remaining in the half.
Following a delay of game penalty against Fairfield, Matt Kinney
received the second half kickoff and returned it 19 yards to the
Kemp 44. Then the Yellowjackets did what the Yellowjackets do –
they ran the ball.
Anderson began the drive with back-to-back runs of seven and
five yards. Followed by Lane for nine more.
Watkins tacked on three yards before hitting Kinney for a quick
18. Anderson next went up the middle for six.
Two more carries by Lane gave Kemp fourth and goal from the
four, where he smashed in over the right side. Renfro’s PAT made
the score 20-14 with 7:11 remaining the third quarter.
Starting from their own 29, Fairfield jumped right back on the
’Jackets. And the Kemp was ready for them.
Ward started the campaign with a gain of five, followed promptly
by Price’s forty five-yard ramble.
Only Kinney’s extraordinary effort to catch and tackle from
behind stopped the touchdown.
Taking over on downs from their own 12, Kemp’s Watkins gained
two on the first play. His pass to Kinney on second down was
sniffed out and lost a yard.
On third down, a broken pass play resulted in a scramble by
Watkins, which came short of the first down by inches. With
fourth and inches to go, Watkins crashed forward for two more,
giving the ’Jackets a first down from their own 22.
Following another five- yard penalty, it took the Eagles just
two plays, a 38-yard gain by Price and 32-yard touchdown run by
Welch to bring the score to 27-14.
With 1:14 left in the third quarter, it would have been easy to
submit, but the Yellowjackets would have none of it.
Taking the ball over at their own 16, the ’Jackets’ Kimberling
bulled forward for 6.
On second down Anderson tacked on 13 more. Then he added three
more to end the quarter, with the score 27-14.
Watkins opened the final frame with a pass that was broken up by
the Fairfield defender.
He followed promptly with a nine-yard run to give the ’Jackets
another first down at the Eagles’ 47.
The Yellowjackets then put on a display of a running game that
anyone can be proud of.
Combining runs and passes, Kemp moved the ball up to the 43.
Kemp scored as Watkins bulled his way up to the 1 yard line, and
then with a little help from every member of the team pushed it
in from the one to close the gap once again to six points.
Renfro’s PAT was unsuccessful leaving the score at 27-21 with
5:20 left in the game.
A spectacular shoestring tackle by Braxton Allison saved the
touchdown on the ensuing return, giving possession to Fairfield
at the Kemp 46.
Price’s runs of 11, 6 and 2 yards were capped by a spectacular
30-yard touchdown run to raise the lead to 12 points.
The Yellowjackets stopped the 2-point conversion, and the score
stood at 33-21 with 2:52 remaining.
With less than three minutes, and an offense that grinds the
ball down the field, it seemed that the game was over.
However, starting with Lane’s 9-yard gain, the ’Jackets followed
with an incomplete half back pass from Lane to Watkins.
Anderson added two yards and then Watkins added 11 before he was
hit while out-of-bounds to add 15 more yards and bring up a
first down from the 43.
Watkins then hit Anderson with a pass at the 30, who then
lateralled to Lane for the touchdown. Renfro missed the PAT and
with 1:25 remaining, the score was 33-27.
It did not take long for Fairfield to retaliate. Recovering the
on-side kick attempt, and starting from the Eagle 49, Welch hit
for a quick 35 yards, with Allison, once again making a
touchdown saving tackle, only to see Welch rumble in from the 16
on the next play. Garcia’s PAT was good and the score 40-27.
With 50 seconds remaining in the game, Kemp mishandled the
unexpectedly short kickoff. Fairfield recovered and took a knee
on successive plays to run out the clock, leaving Kemp with the
“We scored late, we had the momentum and just couldn’t stop them
(Fairfield) on that last drive,” Kemp head coach Greg Anderson
“Although Fairfield scored quick and early, we made some
adjustments and slowed them down,” he commented. “It was our
best game by far,” he added.
“Our goal going in (to district play) was to be sure we continue
to get better, and we have,” he exclaimed.
Kemp is off this week, and will return to action Oct. 7, when
they travel to Ferris.