Eustace Bulldogs set for
By Sam Epps
EUSTACE–The Eustace Bulldogs are set to begin their District
6-2A DI schedule in Sunnyvale Friday.
The Sunnyvale Raiders boast a 5-0 record, matching Eustace’s
undefeated mark in the pre-district schedule.
The Raiders defeated Riesel, 35-18, and beat Gateway Charter,
63-28, in their first two games of the season.
They slipped past Krum, 18-13, then had a strong game against
Moody, winning 42-20.
“They (Sunnyvale) have been playing well, and with a lot of
confidence,” Eustace head coach Brian Herman said.
Last year, Eustace beat the Raiders, 61-41, but Herman noted
this year’s team appears better than last year’s, and they have
a new coach bringing a new approach.
“Sunnyvale is much improved over last year,” Herman explained.
Herman also noted last year was Sunnyvale’s first year to field
a varsity football team. “They’ve got an up-and-coming program,”
Like Eustace, Sunnyvale will try to control the ball, and the
game clock, with plenty of run plays and short passes.
“They’re pretty balanced, spread out, and like to get their guys
out in the open,” Herman said.
Eustace controls the game clock almost exclusively on the
ground. However, when the time is right, the Bulldogs are not
afraid to throw the ball.
In the past two games, they have only thrown four passes.
However, the Bulldogs completed all four attempts, and scored
touchdowns on two of them.
Eustace has scored 177 points this season, and given up just 88
points in five games.
Eustace XC competes in Lindale
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LINDALE–The Eustace cross country teams competed at the Lindale
Eagle Invitational Sept. 30.
The course was held on the old Garden Valley golf course just
south of Interstate 20. The meet hosted six races, including a
4A/5A division, 3A and under division, and a JV division for
girls and boys.
The varsity girls placed fourth out of 17 teams and 135
individuals in the 3A and under varsity division.
The Lady Bulldogs were led by freshman Samantha Crocker, who
placed 12th with a time of 13:38.
Meagan Gunter was close behind, finishing 14th with a time of
13:48. Kara Zimmerer placed 23rd, Emily Morton placed 37th and
Crystal Garza placed 49th.
The varsity boys placed fifth out of 12 teams and 98 individuals
in the 4A/5A varsity division.
They were led by junior Evan Arambula, who placed sixth with a
time of 17:14.
Mark Zimmerer placed 14th with a time of 17:52, Michael Yates
placed 22nd, Jason Ballenger placed 25th and Gavin Kirkhart
The junior varsity girls had two runners, Grace Holcombe, who
finished 6th with a time of 14:44, and Madi Allen.
The JV boys were looking for a challenge in the 3A and under
varsity division as they placed 16th out of 24 teams and 173
They were led by Trey Russell, who finished 21st with a time of
19:21. Hunter Norris placed 80th, Brandon Hall placed 98th,
Preston Schwartz placed 101st and Thomas Henderson placed 118th.
Eustace is scheduled to compete at the Forney Jackrabbit Run in
Mabank Little League teams beat Wills Point
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MABANK–The Mabank Little League teams all had a winning weekend
as the Panthers hosted the Wills Point Tigers Saturday.
The Midgets (first and second grades) defeated the Tigers, 28-0,
in a great game for the little Panthers. The Midgets are
undefeated this season.
The PeeWee team followed the Midgets with a 14-6 win.
The evening’s grand finale’ featured the Little League (fifth
and sixth grade) game. The Little League Panthers earned their
first win of the season, beating Wills Point 14-0.
The Panther teams will travel to Kemp to face the Yellowjackets
You can attend Mabank Panther little league games on Saturdays.
Game times are as follows:
• Midgets – 4 to 6 p.m.
• PeeWee – 6 to 8 p.m.
• Little League – 8 to 10 p.m.
The Mabank Little League Football Association (MLLFA) is a
non-profit organization committed to providing the youth of
Mabank a quality program based on the fundamentals of football
www.leaguelineup.com/MLLFA for more information.