Eustace wins again,
By Sam Epps
PALMER–The Eustace Bulldogs improved their record to 7-0 on the
season after bulling their way past Palmer, 26-7, Friday.
Eustace scored the first points of the game on an eight-yard run
by running back Jacob McCarter. Kyle Purselley’s PAT was good,
putting Eustace on top, 7-0, after one quarter.
Eustace added 12 points in the second quarter. The first points
came on a three-yard shot by running back Blake Ward. The PAT
missed its mark.
Ward scored again on a one-yard run. The two-point conversion
failed, but Eustace took a 19-0 lead into halftime.
Courtesy Photo/Robin McCarter
Eustace Bulldog running back Tyler Folsom (33) takes advantage
of a lane created by offensive lineman Raymond Shutak (75) as
the Bulldogs ran past Palmer, 26-7, to remain undefeated for the
The Palmer offense sputtered to life in the third quarter,
leading to a touchdown on a 52-yard pass from quarterback Judge
Wolf to receiver Aric Garcia.
The PAT was good, giving Palmer seven points. However, that was
the only score Palmer put on the board.
The Eustace running attack continued in the fourth quarter as
the Bulldogs added another touchdown, this one on a 32-yard run
by Ward. Purselley’s PAT was good, and that was all it took to
seal the victory.
The Bulldogs racked up 320 rushing yards and 55 passing yards.
Eustace completed three-of-five passes.
The Eustace defense held like a brick wall against Palmer’s
offense, allowing Palmer just 113 yards of total offense – 52 of
those yards came on the scoring pass in the third quarter.
“Our defense played amazingly,” Eustace head coach Brian Herman
Penalties marred the game for Eustace, but the powerful Bulldogs
overcame the setbacks. Eustace had 12 penalties for 80 yards.
“We had too many penalties, we could have scored more but shot
ourselves in the foot,” Herman said.
He noted the penalties were the result of communication errors
up front, and noted he will work with his team on cutting out
the mental mistakes.
“It’s getting to the point in the season where games mean so
much – playoff spots, seed spots, rankings – and we need to
remain consistent,” he said.
Herman reported no injuries to his team. He also noted John
Bradburn will be returning to the field soon. Bradburn has
missed games after showing symptoms of a concussion he got in
the Ferris game.
The Bulldogs now turn their attention to the visiting District
6-2A DI favorite Grandview Zebras Friday night.
“They (Grandview) have a lot of weapons and are fast on both
sides of the ball,” Herman said. “They are scoring about 41
points per game and giving up about 18 points on average.”
“Whoever wins this game will likely be district champions,”
Herman noted. “I believe the pressure is on them, we aren’t
‘supposed’ to win,” which is the way Herman likes his odds.
Area readies for fall classic
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Lake Area residents are gearing up to cheer on
the Texas Rangers in the 2011 World Series.
The Rangers will face off against the St. Louis Cardinals in
this year’s Fall Classic. It is the second year in a row the
Rangers will play for baseballs biggest prize.
No other American League team has made consecutive World Series
appearances since the New York Yankees went to four straight
The Rangers fell to the Giants in last year’s World Series.
The Rangers and Cardinals have played only three games against
each other in history – one series in 2004.
On June 12, 2004, Hank Blalock hit a grand slam off Game 1
starter Chris Carpenter. That is the only win Texas has ever had
over St. Louis.
The only other teams to have met as seldom are the New York and
the Chicago White Sox.
Texans everywhere are rounding up tickets to see the games at
The Ballpark in Arlington.
If you can’t get your hands on one there are many local venues
hosting World Series showings, including Cedar Isle Restaurant
and Beach Club in Seven Points and Garlow’s in Gun Barrel City.
The Cedar Creek Lake Chamber of Commerce will also be holding a
World Series Watch Party during “A Night In Rock ‘n Roll Alley”
Saturday, Oct. 22, in the bar area of Lakeplex Lanes in Seven
You must purchase a ticket to attend the event. Tickets are
available at the chamber office, Southside Bank-GBC, Prosperity
Bank-Seven Points, First State Bank-GBC and First State
For more information, call(903) 887-3152, or e-mail info@cedarcreek
The first two games of the World Series will be held in St.
Louis. The Series began yesterday, and game two is set for
Games three, four and five (if needed) will be in Arlington
Saturday through Monday, Oct. 22-24.
Games six and seven (if needed) will be back in St. Louis
Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 26-27.
Every game is scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m. local time.
Mabank Panther basketball team picked in 3A
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–The Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) and
Tex Preps Basketball Magazine has ranked Coach Mark Allen’s
Mabank Panthers number 25 out of all 3A schools in Texas in the
Pre-season rankings for 2011-12.
Allen is expecting his Panthers to live up to the ranking and go
The Panthers have several returning players from last season,
which includes his son Jordan Allen , who was selected
Another standout is David Marler, who was All-District last
season. Brandon Hatfield will also contribute heavily to the
The other returning starter is Ryan Walker, and Chans Hall is a
Allen has some players who are making a showing in the Fall
League such as Landon Marshall, Reese Frosch, Garrett Graham,
Taylor Willeford, and Parker Johanessen. Below are the rankings
from TABC/Tex Preps Basketball Magazine.
Fall league games are held Monday nights at 5 p.m. at the Mabank
Junior High School P.E. gym.
Mabank is 4-0 so far. Next week will be last chance to see them.