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  Mabank faces Bulldogs next
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–After a disappointing district-opening loss at Kaufman last Friday, the Mabank Panthers still control their own playoff destiny.
Mabank’s road to the playoffs begins at home Friday, Oct. 19, when they host the Eustace Bulldogs.
Last Friday, the hosting Lions made a couple of big plays in the first half to stay even with the Panthers, and then controlled the ball in the second half to win 27-21.
“Giving up big plays has haunted us all year,” Mabank head coach Jimmy Cantrell said Monday. “Our kids played hard, and we were in it late.”

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank senior Bobby Gaddis (54) flushes Kaufman quarterback Justin Kapp (2) out of the pocket on a third-and-six pass attempt, and Kapp was subsequently sacked by Justin Crowsey for a loss of nine, blunting a Lion drive during Mabank’s 27-21 loss to Kaufman Friday.

The Panthers scored their final touchdown with 3:05 left to play, but chose to kick deep instead of trying an onside kick. The Lions managed to forge a first down, which enabled them to run out the remaining time.
Cantrell said the original plan was to try an onside kick, but the Lions had their “hands” team in place. The odds heavily favor the receiving team in any onside kick, and the Lions being ready for the try wouldn’t have helped, he explained.
“We put pressure on our defense to get that three-and-out, and we didn’t get it done,” he said. “If I had it to do all over again, I probably would onside kick it.”
Prognosticators had pointed to the Kaufman-Mabank contest as the probable District 13-3A championship game. Cantrell noted he predicted the team making the fewest mistakes would win, “and Kaufman didn’t make any.”
“Of course, we want to win out,” he added. “(If we do), we’ll be in the playoffs, although we’ll need some help winning a championship.”
The Panthers will welcome a Eustace team that came from behind in the final minute to edge hosting Kemp 41-35 last Friday night.
“I’m impressed with their offense,” Cantrell said. “I think they execute the option well.”
Eustace sophomore quarterback Chris Compton has been poised in pressure situations, and throws the ball well, Cantrell added.
“Because we haven’t seen any option (teams), it will be a challenge,” he said. “Their fullback (Josh Unruh) is steady.
“Those kind of offenses are scary,” Cantrell added. “They throw the ball well enough that you can’t commit your secondary to stopping the option run.”
While the Bulldogs have played some playoff teams (Quitman and Palmer, for example), they haven’t faced the caliber of teams the Panthers have faced.
“We’ve lost to four pretty good teams (Athens, Whitehouse, Rockwall Heath and Kaufman),” Cantrell said. “I hope playing these good folks will pay off in the next four weeks.”
Eustace will try to execute the same game plan as Kaufman – keep the ball and keep the Mabank offense on the sideline, Cantrell said.
“Eustace is going to come in here fired up,” he added. “We’re going to have to shut the door on the option.”

’Jackets to face Crandall
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Following a last-minute 41-35 loss to visiting Eustace in the District 13-3A opener last Friday, the Kemp Yellowjackets will travel to Crandall Friday, Oct. 19, to take on the hosting Pirates.
Last week, Crandall improved to 2-4 on the season with a 20-14 district-opening win over the Ferris Yellowjackets, who dropped to 4-2 on the season.

Courtesy Photo/Rusty Rhodes
Kemp Yellowjacket defenders Jeremy Bush (64) and Cody Kuehn (40) come up to stop Eustace Bulldog running back Trevan Johnson (4) during Eustace’s 41-35 win in the district opener for both teams Friday. Also shown are Eustace’s Lucas Cope (7), Nick Shutak (66) and Frankie Lopez (76) and Kemp’s Wesley Kerr (11).

Against the Eustace Bulldogs, the Yellowjackets’ offense moved the ball well behind a breakout game by Matt Brown, who generated 223 all-purpose yards and scored twice.
“We only lined up in punt formation twice, so that’s pretty good when you can do that,” Kemp head coach Greg Anderson said Tuesday.
Matt Carr (4-of-8 passing for 90 yards) and Josh Carr (15 carries, 80 yards, two TDs) joined Brown, and Anderson said, “I thought all three of them did well, and our offensive line did some good things, as well.”
At one point in the third quarter, the ’Jackets trailed by nine points, but rallied and took the lead, 28-27, at the start of the fourth quarter.
“To be able to respond and regain the lead shows how far we’ve come offensively,” Anderson said.
The ’Jackets will be looking to move the ball against a Pirate defense that has given up 200 points so far this season, while the Pirates’ newly installed spread offense has scored just 49 points, including the 20 against Ferris.
“Coming into district, their record is not what you would expect from a spread offense,” Anderson said.
The Pirates throw a lot of crossing routes underneath the linebackers, and also run counter plays frequently, Anderson said.
“Defensively, they’re pretty big up front,” he said. A fairly standard five-man line includes three down linemen and two stand-up ends, who sometimes rush the passer and sometimes drop off in coverage, he said.
“They do a good job mixing (their defense) up, and bringing pressure off the edge,” Anderson said.
The Pirates’ defensive backs aren’t large, so the ’Jackets may have a significant height advantage with the 6-4 Brown and 6-2 James Trim, he added.
“We have to do a better job of tackling, and in our kicking game,” Anderson said.
Against Eustace, the ’Jacket coverage teams allowed some long returns, giving the Bulldog offense short fields to work with, and that needs to be corrected, he said.
“If we play better defensively, and play like we did offensively, I think we’ll give (Crandall) a test Friday,” he added.

Lady Panthers crush Kaufman
Monitor Staff Reports
KAUFMAN–Mabank’s Lady Panthers continued their march through the District 13-3A volleyball slate Friday, knocking off the hosting Kaufman Lady Lions 3-0.
Now 24-12 on the season and 7-0 in district play, the 13th-ranked Lady Panthers were scheduled to visit Ferris Tuesday.
Friday, Oct. 19, Mabank will host Eustace in a key second-round match, and next Tuesday, Oct. 23, the Lady Panthers will wrap up the second round and the regular season when they host Kemp. Each evening opens with 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity matches.
At Kaufman Friday, the Lady Panthers controlled the match from the start, winning 25-9, 25-16 and 25-18.
“Great total team effort again!” Mabank head coach Stacy Shelton reported afterward. “We played great as a unit. We had a good mixture of kills and played solid defense, as well.
“Kelsie Busby stepped in and played the libero spot well for Katie Cross, who was out for the match,” Shelton added.
Five Lady Panthers notched kills and six had blocks as Mabank controlled the net.
Hali Schultz led the Lady Panther offense with 15 kills, one block and six digs, while Miranda Groom had nine kills, two blocks, eight digs, one save and one serving ace.
Kelsi Reynolds notched 29 assists, as well as three blocks and seven digs, while Busby finished with three digs and Ashley Corter had two kills and three blocks.
Bridgette Tanner had six kills, one block and four digs, while Macey Thomas had one kill, four blocks and three digs.


Upcoming games

Cross Country
Oct. 22
District 13-3A meet
(Cedar Creek CC)

Oct. 19
KHS vs Crandall*

Oct. 23
EHS vs Ferris*
(end regular season)

*District 13-3A contest

Oct. 19
KHS @ Crandall*

Oct. 26
MHS @ Ferris*
KHS vs Kaufman*
EHS vs Crandall*

Nov. 2
MHS vs Crandall*
KHS @ Ferris*
EHS vs Kaufman*

Nov. 9
EHS vs Ferris*
(end regular season)

*District 13-3A contest


MLLFA games
Games: Midgets 4, Pee-Wee 6, Little League 8 p.m.
Oct. 20
Mabank vs Malakoff

Oct. 27
Mabank vs Eustace

Nov. 3
Wild Card @ Forney

Nov. 10
Playoffs @ Kemp

Nov. 17
Superbowl @ Kemp