Bulldogs beat Sunnyvale,
improve to 6-0
By Sam Epps
SUNNYVALE–Both the Eustace Bulldogs and the Sunnyvale Raiders
entered last Friday’s game undefeated. The Bulldogs left the
game remaining undefeated after defeating the hosting Sunnyvale
raiders, 24-17, Friday, winning their District 2A DI opener.
The game began in a tight race, with Eustace scoring one
touchdown in the first quarter on a 3-yard run by Blake Ward.
Kyle Purselley’s PAT was good. Sunnyvale added a field goal to
make the score 7-3 after one.
In the second quarter, the Raider defense held Eustace
scoreless, while Sunnyvale’s offense added a touchdown on a
25-yard reception to take a 10-7 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, Eustace’s gameplan came together in strong
fashion as they scored two touchdowns – one on a 29-yard run by
Jacob McCarter and another on a 5-yard run by Ward. Both of
Purselley’s PAT were good. The Bulldogs held Sunnyvale to
nothing, making the score 21-10 after three.
That was all the Bulldog offense needed, but they added three
more points on a 22-yard Purselley field goal, in the fourth
quarter, while Sunnyvale scored a touchdown on a 12-yard
Overall, the Bulldogs amassed 401 yards of offense, all on their
powerful running game.
Ward led the running assault with 151 yards on 25 carries. Tyler
Folsom followed with 120 yards on 18 carries, while McCarter
added 111 yards on nine carries.
Sunnyvale put up 279 total offensive yards, 70 on the ground and
209 passing yards.
“We’ve been playing well with a lot of confidence,” Eustace head
coach Brian Herman said.
The Bulldogs will travel to Palmer this week, to face the
Bulldogs. Palmer is coming off a 40-12 win over the Maypearl
Panthers, and is 5-1 on the season.
Bulldogs take second in Forney
Special to The Monitor
FORNEY–The Eustace cross country teams competed at the Forney
Community Park Oct. 8.
The meet held a 5A and under varsity division, 5A and under JV
division and a middle school division.
The varsity boys placed second out of 12 teams and 74
individuals in the 5A and under division.
The team was lead by Evan Arambula who placed third and ran a
Mark Zimmerer placed eighth, Michael Yates placed 13th, Jason
Ballenger placed 22nd, and Gavin Kirkhart placed 28th.
The Lady Bulldog varsity team placed ninth out of 13 teams and
89 individuals in the 5A and under division.
The team was lead by Meagan Gunter, who placed 20th and ran a
Samantha Crocker placed 51st, Crystal Garza placed 56th, Tarah
Herrera placed 57th, Emily Morton placed 63rd, Kara Zimmerer
placed 67th and Shelby Stegent placed 83rd.
The junior varsity girls had one runner – Madi Allen who placed
31st out of 94 individuals.
The JV boys placed fourth out of nine teams and 82 individuals
in the 5A and under division.
The team was lead by Trey Russell who placed seventh with a time
Brandon Hall who placed 17th, Ryan Brown placed 26th, Thomas
Henderson placed 27th, Hunter Norris placed 35th, Aaron Shugart
placed 68th and Chris Farnsworth placed 73rd.
The Eustace Middle School also competed in Forney.
The girls were the meet champions, taking first place out of
The girls were lead by Michelle Gomez who placed 2nd and ran a
Chanda Westbrook who placed thirrd, Monica Rojas placed fifth,
Lydia Strand placed ninth, Whitney Boerner placed 11th, Brianna
Hall placed 16th, Alyssa Shaddox placed 26th, and Summer Garza
The boys took third out of five teams and were lead by Hunter
Rose who placed 2nd with a time of 13:02.
Gabe Purselley who placed eighth, Zane Arambula placed 14th,
Alec Marple placed 16th, Matthew Clark placed 24th, Ethan Hoops
placed 32nd and Jaden Vance placed 33rd.
Kaufman Lions top Mabank Panthers, 42-21
By Sam Epps
KAUFMAN–The Mabank Panthers were hoping to go into Kaufman and
gain a District 13-3A win. Kaufman wanted the win as well, and
came away with a 42-21 win.
Kaufman scored 14 points in each of the first three quarters,
while Mabank scored seven points in each of the first three.
Both teams were scoreless in the final quarter of the game.
Kaufman scored the first points of the game, and Mabank had
trouble moving the ball. Mabank was forced to punt, but the
Lions receiver bobbled the ball and Mabank recovered.
Panther Tanner Marler scored on the ensuing play and the PAT was
good, leaving the teams in a 7-7 tie.
Kaufman responded by scoring the next three touchdowns of the
game before Mabank made the most of a 15-yard pass from
quarterback Austin Craig to receiver Jacob Raney, cutting
Kaufman’s lead to 28-14.
With 3:07 left in the game, Mabank kick returner Ryan Walker
scampered 75-yards to score. The PAT was good, making the score
Craig completed eight of 17 pass attempts for 69 yards,
including one interception. He also rushed for 43 yards.
Marler led the running game with 67 yards on three carries.
Korey Givens gained 42 yards on the ground.
Overall, Mabank gained 216 yards of offense.
Mabank will host the Ferris Yellowjackets Friday.
Ferris defeated Kemp last week, 28-27, and now have a 1-5 record
overall, and are 1-0 in District 13-3A after week one.
Mabank’s record fell to 3-3 overall, and 0-1 in district.