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’Jackets blast Palmer, 63-27
By Richard Sutton
Special to The Monitor
PALMER–On a Friday night when everything worked, the Kemp Yellowjackets
pounded the hosting Palmer Bulldogs 63-27.
With punishing runs from seniors Korey Henderson (11 carries, 184 yards,
three touchdowns) and Josh Carr (15 carries, 145 yards, two TDs), the
’Jackets rushed for 479 yards, with help from Wesley Kerr (three
carries, 63 yards, two TDs) and two rarely-seen backups, Justin Lawler
and Brandon Smith.
Domination was apparent from the beginning for Kemp fans, and by the end
of the night and nine touchdowns later, Palmer knew the same.
It was not known at presstime Tuesday whether the 63 points scored by
the ’Jackets was a school record or not, but it certainly has to be
close, head coach Greg Anderson said.
That’s unquestionably more than the ’Jackets have scored in one game in
a very long time. Kemp fans were already taking pictures of the
scoreboard with cell phones and digital cameras at halftime, when the
’Jackets led 42-7.
“To me, the offense continued its improvement in all phases,” Anderson
said later. “We got some things in place against Rains, and we continued
that from the first drive Friday night.
“Our defense – that was as good as I’ve seen them play for four
quarters,” he added. “We were aggressive, and created some turnovers
“We score and get the ball right back in the end zone again, and it just
snowballed from there,” Anderson said. “It shows we’re getting better,
and that’s the key.”
The game started fairly sloppy, as both teams traded turnovers and
The ’Jackets drew first blood on a Carr run with 8:58 left in the first
quarter, with Bryan Fivecoat adding the PAT kick.
Ten seconds later, a turnover by the Bulldogs set up a Henderson
touchdown, and the ’Jackets were up 14-0.
The second quarter proved to be the key to the contest, as Kemp scored
28 points during the period to pretty much put the game out of reach for
the run-oriented Bulldogs.
Henderson opened the onslaught with his second touchdown of the first
half, a 40-yard gain on a quick pitch. Fivecoat’s PAT kick made it 21-0
just 33 seconds into the quarter.
Palmer tried to control the clock behind the running of Eddie Harden,
who almost broke the ensuing kickoff, bringing it back 47 yards, but the
Bulldogs fumbled the ball away.
Henderson took the ball in from the 11 for his third touchdown of the
first half, and Fivecoat’s kick made it 28-0.
Harden, who led the Bulldogs with 123 yards on 24 carries, scored the
first of his three touchdowns with 3:32 left in the half.
The ’Jackets answered the score by the Bulldog with their own from Carr
to make it 35-7.
With 27.7 seconds left in the half, Carr broke free for a 57-yard
scamper to the end zone for his third touchdown of the first half, and
Fivecoat gave Kemp a 42-7 halftime lead.
The second half started much like the first half did, with both teams
moving back and forth in the middle of the field.
Harden finally broke a big play, rumbling 49 yards for the Bulldogs’
second TD of the night.
With 9:04 left in the third quarter, Kerr busted his own big play,
breaking into the open for a 60-yard touchdown. Fivecoat’s kick made the
score 49-13, and Anderson began emptying his bench.
Smith got on the scoreboard with his first touchdown of the year on a
43-yard run with 4:47 left in the third, and Fivecoat nailed his eighth
PAT kick to make it 56-13.
Lawler added his first TD of the season on a 28-yard touchdown run, and
Fivecoat’s ninth PAT put the ’Jackets up 63-13.
The Bulldogs scored two late touchdowns against the Yellowjacket
reserves, but Kemp fans were already celebrating a huge win.
Ferris stops Bulldogs, 30-14
Monitor Staff Reports
FERRIS–A blocked field goal returned for a touchdown proved to be the
key play as the Ferris Yellowjackets defeated the visiting Eustace
Bulldogs 30-14 Friday.
Now 2-3 on the season, the Bulldogs are scheduled to take this week off,
along with most of the other District 14-3A teams, in preparation for
loop openers Friday, Oct. 10 (see related story, page 2B).
Trailing 16-14, the Bulldogs moved into position to kick a 44-yard field
goal early in the fourth quarter.
Ferris blocked the kick, with quarterback Ryan Kidwell (who had scored
two TDs on offense) returning the ball 56 yards for the touchdown.
Jesus Nava added the point after, and instead of possibly taking a 17-16
lead, the Bulldogs were behind 23-14.
“We had an opportunity to take the lead with eight minutes left,”
Bulldog coach Doug Wendel said later. “That was a very frustrating
The Bulldogs earlier had taken advantage of a special teams goof by
Ferris, who fumbled a punt to set up a Eustace touchdown.
In a matchup of former district foes, Ferris’ defense, and the
experience of nine returning senior starters, made the difference.
“Their defense is much improved, partly due to some personnel moves,”
Wendel said. “Scheme-wise, they did a good job taking away what we do
“We weren’t sharp executing the option, but I think that was more a
result of their team speed,” he added. “Their strong safety was coming
up and meeting us at the line of scrimmage.”
Eustace opened the scoring when quarterback Chris Compton got free for a
nine-yard touchdown run, with Zach Arambula adding the PAT kick.
Ferris came back with two second-quarter scores by Kidwell, both set up
by runs from James Hopkins (18 carries, 176 yards, one TD).
Kidwell’s first score came on a 27-yard run (the PAT kick was blocked)
and the second came on a seven-yard run, with Nava adding the kick to
give the Yellowjackets a 13-7 lead.
Eustace struck back through the air, as senior wide receiver Zach
Keeling (back after missing the first three games to injury) hauled in a
nine-yard touchdown reception.
Arambula’s kick gave the Bulldogs a 14-13 lead at halftime.
“I was pleased with the improvement in our passing game with Keeling out
there,” Wendel said. “We had the touchdown pass, and we also converted
on a third-and-nine.”
The Yellowjackets posted the only third-quarter score, a 23-yard field
goal from Nava, which gave them a 16-14 lead.
Following the blocked field goal return, the Yellowjackets added an
insurance touchdown late when Hopkins got free and scampered in from 31
yards out. Nava’s PAT kick closed out the scoring.
“Our defense continues to improve. They had been averaging about 40
points a game, and defensively, we gave up 23,” Wendel said. “They are
big and strong, but I was more impressed with how they flew around and
hit on defense.”
Panthers host Terrell Friday
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–After a week off, the Mabank Panthers are prepping for Friday
night’s District 15-4A opener at home against the Terrell Tigers.
Last Friday night, Terrell hosted the West Mesquite Wranglers in the
district opener for both teams, and the Wranglers spoiled the Tigers’
homecoming with a 50-14 win in a game that wasn’t that close.
Panther head coach Jimmy Cantrell and his coaches took advantage of the
bye to scout both teams, and saw West Mesquite dominate every phase of
“They (Terrell) just couldn’t get anything going through the first
half,” Cantrell said. “It was a pretty one-sided game for the first
Both the Wranglers and the Tigers are now 2-3 on the season, while
Mabank is 2-2 with last week’s bye.
Terrell had been a I-formation team with a tight end through the first
four games, but went to a two-back split formation much of the time
against the Wranglers, and didn’t use a tight end, Cantrell noted.
Terrell’s offensive formation didn’t matter a whole lot, since the
Tigers couldn’t protect quarterback Barrett Calverly, who was sacked
eight times in the first half.
Calverly, who had a sore knee coming into the contest, according to
reports, watched from the sideline on crutches in the second half as
Anthony Bridges stepped in at quarterback and fared no better.
“In the second half, they had one of their defensive linemen, No. 3, at
tight end,” Cantrell said.
The Tigers also had problems holding onto the ball. Wide receiver Noreco
English fumbled after his first reception, and Wrangler Josh Neal
returned it 26 yards for West Mesquite’s first TD less than a minute
into the game.
Two more fumbles set up a Wrangler field goal and touchdown,
respectively, as West Mesquite took a 27-0 halftime lead and led 43-0
before the Tigers scored.
Cantrell said the Panthers won’t be making any major changes as they
prepare a game plan against Terrell.
“We do what we do, and try to get real good at it,” he said. “West
Mesquite runs the same kind of defense we do.
“It’s going to be interesting to see how the kids react to their first
4A district game,” Cantrell added. “We’re playing at home, and we’ve
played pretty well at home.”
Terrell’s biggest advantage over the Panthers is speed, particularly at
the skill positions.
“They ran three or four kickoffs back, and almost broke a couple of
them,” Cantrell said. Joel Wren had a 68-yard kickoff return to the
Wrangler 27 to set up Terrell’s first touchdown.
“(Terrell) also runs a sprint draw pretty well,” Cantrell said. “They
try to establish an inside running game.”
On the other side of the ball, the Tigers have one of the best defensive
lines the Panthers will see, Cantrell said.
“They have three big, quick kids,” he said. “I was impressed with their
defensive line. They shoot the gap a lot and try to get upfield.”
The Tigers’ offensive line is much bigger than the Panthers’ defensive
line, Cantrell said.
“Their backs are the same ones running the kickoffs back, so they’re
pretty dangerous,” he added. “Defensively, we’ll have to try and contain
“Having success early will help our offense, and not putting the ball on
the ground,” Cantrell said. “The common denominator in both our losses
is that we had four or five turnovers. We’re a solid football team, but
we can’t overcome those kind of mistakes.”
MHS vs Terrell*
MHS @ Red Oak*
KHS @ Van*
EHS @ Mineola*
MHS vs Terrell*
KHS vs Canton*
EHS @ Van*
MHS @ Lancaster*
EHS vs KHS*
MHS @ Red Oak*
KHS @ Van*
EHS @ Mineola*
MHS @ Lindale
KHS @ Lindale
EHS @ Round Rock