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Panthers to focus on execution
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANKAt 0-5 heading into a bye week, the Mabank Panthers are looking to focus on
themselves in preparation for their District 13-3A opener at home Oct. 8 against Kaufman.
It (the bye) couldnt have come at a better time, Panther head coach
Jimmy Cantrell said Monday morning.
The Panthers are coming off a 40-6 road loss to the Brownsboro Bears, a contest that saw
Mabank commit too many mistakes against a much speedier Bears squad.
Our goal against Brownsboro was to come out fast, because that (slow starting) has
killed us all year, Cantrell said. The score at the end of the first quarter
was 0-0, but they scored 27 in the second quarter.
Similarly, we won the third quarter, but they scored 13 in the
fourth, he added. Weve got to be able to put four quarters together.
Weve got to have execution on both sides of the ball, with kids doing what
theyre coached to do, Cantrell said. And, weve got to be a patient
The Panthers dont have the breakaway speed to generate big plays, so they have to
methodically march downfield, he explained.
Weve got to make positive yards every time we touch the football, he
Three turnovers cost the Panthers dearly against the Bears.
Ball security has to be our No. 1 issue, Cantrell said. They scored off
We havent been throwing the ball a lot, but we had some dropped passes,
he added. Weve got to block who were supposed to block.
Brownsboro also had fumbles, but they got theirs back, and we didnt,
Cantrell said. We get inside the 20 and try a fake field goal. The receiver was wide
open, but we overthrew him. Weve just been snakebit.
Cantrell said he was confident senior placekicker Nathan Ventura could have made the field
goal, but I wanted a touchdown.
This week, the Panthers will be practicing in full pads to generate some physical play and
work on fundamentals, Cantrell said.
Our off week is not going to be an off week, he said. Weve got to
move some kids around and get better in some positions.
The final seconds of the Brownsboro game was marred by a brief (five or 10 seconds) fight,
but nobody from either bench got on the field.
Both coaching staffs did a great job controlling the situation, and there were no
ejections, Cantrell said. Well address it with our kids.
If we execute, weve got a chance, he said. Right now, everybody is
Jackets to work on
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMPInjuries and missed opportunities hurt the Kemp Yellowjackets last Friday night,
and they are hoping to heal and re-focus this week before hosting the Ferris Yellowjackets
for homecoming Friday, Oct. 8.
Kemp (2-3) was able to hang with a much faster and bigger Fairfield squad for a while, but
lost two quarterbacks to injury and could not generate a sustained offensive threat in the
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Players on both teams react as a low pass slips through Kemp Yellowjacket senior Justin
Lawler's (9) hands in the end zone with just seconds remaining in the first half Friday.
Kemp was just that close to being within a touchdown at halftime, but they were unable to
stay with Fairfield's speed in the second half and fell 58-7.
The Jackets game plan was to control the ball and the clock, keeping the speedy
Eagles offense standing on the sideline, which they did during the first half, Kemp head
coach Greg Anderson said Monday morning.
The kids played well in the first half, he said. We had two chances to
get points late in the first half, but our quarterback (Jeff Goldman) went down and we
could never get a rhythm going in the second half, offensively.
Goldman was injured completing a 14-yard pass to senior Justin Lawler that put the
Jackets at the Fairfield 16 with about 33 seconds left in the first half, and did
Junior Blake Murray, who suffered a knee injury in the second scrimmage against Van Aug.
19, stepped in at quarterback for the final few snaps in the first half, and played most
of the second half.
Blake was about 85-90 percent, but he tweaked his knee again, Anderson said.
We had a freshman, Cory Watkins, in for the last two series at quarterback.
Goldman got what essentially is a sprained shoulder after being driven into the turf by
the Eagles defensive rush, Anderson said.
Were hoping to get him healthy, he added. Well also have
another week (of healing) for Blake and Jon Jennings (concussion).
Without a sustained drive, we put the ball right back into their hands, and that let
it get a little lopsided in the third quarter, he said.
Fairfield scored 30 points in the third quarter, forcing the Jackets into a safety
on their first possession, and it kind of snowballed from there, Anderson
Last Monday, looking ahead to the Fairfield game, Anderson suggested they would make a
deep playoff run, and an up-close look at the 5-0 Eagles convinced Anderson he was right.
Theyre a good football team, he said. They really didnt have
any weaknesses. Theyve got the speed, and theyve also got good size up front.
Defensively, theyre as physical as anybody weve seen.
Ferris also has some speed just ask Eustace (see related story, page 3B) and
Anderson said the Jackets will have to work to contain that speed.
Were going to have to do a good job getting people to the ball, wrapping up
and keeping them in front of us, he said.
First, the Jackets are going to concentrate on correcting fundamental errors, which
showed up when they missed three chances to score from the Eagles 4 as time was
running out in the first half.
Monday and Tuesday, were going to focus on us, Anderson said.
Thursday (today), we may start looking at Ferris a little bit.
Were going to spend more time on individual drills, and work the fundamentals
hard, he added.
Bulldogs seek healing
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
EUSTACEA bye week couldnt have come at a better time for the bruised and
battered Eustace Bulldogs.
Eustace head coach Doug Wendel hopes to get some healing and self-correction installed in
the two weeks before the District 6-2A opener, when the Sunnyvale Raiders visit Eustace
for the Bulldogs annual homecoming contest Friday, Oct. 8.
The Bulldogs (1-4) go into this bye week off a 47-29 road loss at the hands of the Ferris
Yellowjackets, who open District 13-3A play Oct. 8 at Kemp. Kemp also will be celebrating
homecoming that Friday night (see related story, page 1B).
Despite Fridays loss, Wendel remained upbeat Monday morning.
I feel good about our team, he said. Theres no doubt were
better this Monday than we were last Monday. We played Ferris better than we ever have in
the past we led (14-13) at halftime and our offense scored more points than
we ever have against them.
Right now, were hitting on all cylinders on offense, he added.
Were doing more variations with our option game, and the three or four plays
that we have that arent options were executing very well. We averaged 8.2
yards a carry Friday night.
Wendel said the Bulldogs will focus on two or three things offensively this week.
Defensively, were young, and thats not going to change in two
weeks, he said. Were going to continue to work on tackling. I believe we
have the right people in positions weve just got to get better there.
Healing is the first priority. The Bulldogs played Ferris without senior center Owen
Babcock (ankle sprain), and lost senior fullback Jacob Petillo to a pulled hamstring early
in the third quarter.
I think we would have been another touchdown or two better with (Petillo) in the
game, Wendel said.
Theres a few other Bulldogs nursing nagging injuries. We had two or three play
positions they had never played before, just to finish the game, Wendel said.
Ferris also revealed some personnel changes, the most significant being Robert Grady, who
finished with 281 yards and five touchdowns on just eight carries, scoring on runs of 75,
three, 65, 60 and 18 yards.
Thats the first time hes touched the ball all year, Wendel said.
They moved him from safety to running back.
(Ferris) made four or five personnel changes, and I believe they were all
warranted, he added. I think theyll be a playoff team. Theyve got
three or four guys who can go.
We were disappointed that we lost, but we knew we played a physical and fast
football team, and went toe-to-toe with them for three quarters, he said. We
just need to get healthy and get ready to go into district.
Wendel said he figured the Bulldogs have already played three teams who are better than
anybody in 6-2A, with the possible exception of 4-1 Grandview.
I could be wrong, he added, but I think all five teams that weve
played would be in the playoffs in our district.
Sunnyvales 3-1 Raiders, who are playing their first varsity season, are the only
6-2A team playing this week. They will be hosting Dallas Christian for homecoming Thursday
(tonight), and Wendel will be there.
They are a spread team, he said. I dont know if theyve
played a running/option team. Itll be our homecoming, and it will be their first
(varsity) district game.
The game will have an effect on the district seedings, he added. (Losing
is) going to put a lot of pressure on somebody.
Fun Sail or Make-up race
all teams idle
MHS vs Kaufman*
KHS vs Ferris* (HC)
EHS vs Sunnyvale* (HC)
KHS @ Lindale Relays
EHS @ Lindale Relays
MHS @ Crandall*
KHS @ NForney*
EHS vs Leon*