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Sports in Brief

Halloween at the Hatchery
The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens will host Halloween At The Hatchery from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct 27.
Put on your costume and head to the hatchery as local businesses and organizations hand out free candy! To help you get in the spirit, the center will be decorated throughout with a Halloween theme. Held at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, 5550 FM 2495, Athens, TX 75752. Accessible for the mobility impaired.
For more information, contact the TFFC at (903) 670-2266.

Take Only Pictures, Leave Only Footprints
Learn the basics of “Leave No Trace” and how photography can help grasp your memories from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Purtis Creek State Park.
Bring your digital camera and learn a few techniques for taking nature pictures, afterwards, we will take a hike for a scavenger hunt of things in nature, then review what we found.
For more information, contact the park at (903) 425-2332.

Nature Hike
Purtis Creek State Park will host a nature hike from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5.
Take a hike and learn about the flora and fauna of the park. The hike is about one mile on relatively flat terrain. Wear appropriate shoes. Meet at the overflow camping parking lot.
For more information, contact the park at (903) 425-2332.

Birding Basics
Purtis Creek State Park will hold a birding basics information session from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26.
Take a hike and learn about techniques for finding and identifying birds. Wear comfortable shoes, bring binoculars, if you have them, otherwise the park has a few to loan out. Meet at the overflow camping parking lot.
For more information, contact the park at (903) 425-2332.



Upcoming Events

Football

Oct. 28
• Eustace @ Maypearl – 7:30 p.m.
• Kemp @ North Forney – 7:30 p.m.
• Mabank @ Crandall – 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 4
• Dallas Life Oak Cliff @ Eustace – 7:30 p.m.
• Kaufman @ Kemp – 7:30 p.m.
• North Forney @ Mabank – 7:30 p.m.

Cross Country

Nov. 5
• Regional Meet @ Vandergriff Park, Arlington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sports Highlights

’Jackets lose to Panthers, 43-20
By Curtis Donovan
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–The visiting Mabank Panthers defeated the Kemp Yellowjackets, 43-20, Friday.
The loss leaves the Jackets at 0-6 for the season and 0-2 in District 13-3A play.
The win moves Mabank to a 4-4 overall record, and a 1-2 district mark.
Beginning at their own 31, it took the Panthers only four plays and a little more than one-and a-half minutes to open the scoring with a 37-yard blast by senior co-captain Ryan Walker.
It looked like Kemp would strike back almost immediately as sophomore Braxton Allison worked his way into the open field, only to see quarterback, and fellow sophomore, Corey Watkins’ pass slip through his fingers.
Even with the disappointment, the ’Jackets moved the ball briskly to the 22 before the three consecutive penalties pushed them back to the 46, forcing a punt.
This time it took only two plays, a rush for 11 yards by Tanner Marler followed by a 59-yard run by Walker, to put Mabank on the board again.
Electing to go for the two-point conversion, Craig Austin hit Marler to make it 15-0 with 3:07 left in the quarter.
Following an exchange of punts, Kemp took over at their own 31.
Senior Matt Kinney opened the drive with runs of 12 and 6 yards. Jared Lane then added eight more as the ’Jackets began to display their running game.
On the next play, Cameron Anderson contributed a gain of five, followed by Watkins for four more. Five plays later, on fourth down from the 24, Watkins hit Anderson at the 12. Anderson then lateraled to Lane, who scampered down the sideline for the first Yellowjacket score of the night.
Patrick Renfro’s PAT was good to put them on the board, down 15-7.
The ensuing Mabank drive was just as impressive as the first two. Starting with a nine-yard gain by Trevor Chasteen, the Panthers took six plays, including a run of 28 yards by Corey Givens and 17-yard reception by Jacob Raney, before Chasteen crashed in from the five to give the Panthers the 22-7 lead with 3:12 remaining in the half.
Kemp’s drive to open the second half was thwarted as they gave the ball up at the 38 on a fumble.
From there it took just three plays, including a 15-yard personal foul call against Mabank, before Givens rambled in from the 24 to make the score 29-7.
The PAT by Kory Roberts was good. Roberts hit all five of his PAT attempts on the evening.
Starting at the 24, Kemp once again began to move the ball methodically downfield.
With Anderson, Kinney and Lane sharing the duties, the ’Jackets moved to the 47, when Mabank senior linebacker Ezequiel Gonzales scooped up a fumble at the 41 and ran all the way for the touchdown.
Following the PAT, the score was 36-7 with 6:15 remaining in the third quarter.
Beginning at the 39, Watkins promptly hit Allison for a big gain of 29. The 15-yard penalty against the Panthers pushed the ball up to the 17 as Kemp recovered their own fumble but, setting them back to the 30.
Needing to get to the seven for the first down, Watkins first hit Patterson for 12, then Jordan Freeman for 19 more before calling his own number to crash in from the one for Kemp’s second touchdown of the evening.
With 3:38 left in the quarter, Renfro’s PAT made it 36-14.
As had happened earlier, the Panthers came roaring back.
Starting with an eight-yard gain by Chasteen, they followed with a 56-yard pass from Craig to Walker. Givens added 11 more before Dillon Cathey crashed in from the five to give Mabank their final score. With two minutes remaining, the Panthers were up 43-14.
Following Kemp’s punt, Mabank gave junior Rance Thorn a turn as quarterback. He promptly hit Jacob Raney for gain of 15, then was dropped in the backfield for a loss of four.
Givens’ rush for 19 set the Panthers up with a first and goal at the six. From there the ‘Jackets held.
Taking over on downs from their eight, Kemp began to move smartly down the field.
Lane opened with a 2-yard burst, then caught Watkins’ pass for eight more before another by Lane before adding 21 more of his team high 63 yards.
However, the drive stalled, and Kemp turned the ball over on downs at the 23 only to cause and recover a fumble on the next play, giving themselves a chance for one more score.
From the 25, Kyle Kimberling opened with a gain of eight. Four plays later Brandon Stewart added 10 more to set the table for Lane’s six-yard touchdown and the final score of the game.
During the game, Kemp Yellowjacket Jon Jennings sustained a shoulder injury. He is undergoing treatment, and it is unknown whether he will be available next week.
Kimberling, who played limited time against Mabank, is still recovering and is considered a “day-to-day” decision.
Mabank reported no significant injuries, and the minor injuries some players have sustained are healing. “We’re healthy,” Mabank head coach Jimmy Cantrell said.
“We were a little slow executing defensively in the first half,” Kemp head coach Greg Anderson said. “We got in a deficit and couldn’t close the gap.”
Anderson expressed how pleased he was that his team never gave up, and how, even though getting tired, they played better in the second half of the game.
“We gave up some easy first-half points, the game should have been much closer,” he added.
Cantrell was pleased with the way his Panthers played. “We should play like that every week,” he said. “We played a very good game offensively, but defensively we’ve got to give respect to opponent’s passing game and trick plays.”
The Yellowjackets now turn their attention to the 3-0 hosting North Forney Falcons.
“We have confidence going into the game since we beat them last year,” Anderson said. “They are the same group of kids for the most part.”
“They are very talented and coached well,” Anderson said. “This game will be a matter of being physical up front.
“We will have to execute better in the first half,” Anderson added. The Panthers will travel to Crandall this week to face the Pirates.
“Crandall runs a lot of two-back plays, and are average at passing. They prefer to run,” Cantrell said. “They have a very good offense and a lot of guys back from last year.”
“It should be an interesting game,” Cantrell commented. “We just do not want to play on the road like we did in Kaufman. We do want to play on the road like we did in Kemp.”
In District 13-3A, the playoff scenario simple for both Mabank and Kemp – they both need to win the last two games.
Kemp is still mathematically in the playoff picture, but will need help from other teams to make a playoff spot. Mabank is hoping for Kaufman and North Forney to win.

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’Dogs lose first game of season to Grandview, 35-3
By Sam Epps
Sports Editor

EUSTACE–The Eustace Bulldogs were handed their first loss of the season by the visiting Grandview Zebras Friday.
At the end of the game, however, football wasn’t at the top of anybody’s mind. During post-game congratulations, Eustace Bulldog senior Billy Key collapsed on the field.
As players and coaches gathered around him, he complained of being unable to breathe.
Trainers and coaches tended to him, loosening his pads and trying to calm him as an ambulance was on its way.

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Eustace Bulldog tight end Josh Dunn (25) catches a deep pass despite being double covered. The visiting Grandview Zebras handed Eustace its first loss of the season, 35-3, Friday.

He was taken to ETMC-Athens and held overnight for observation.
No obvious reason for his shortness of breath was found, and he was back at school Monday.
There will be more tests performed on Key, and the likelihood of him returning to the field was unknown as of Monday.
There were no other injuries reported in the game, short of common bumps and bruises, Eustace head coach Brian Herman reported.
In the game, the Zebras took control early and maintained the lead throughout the game.
Eustace’s only score came in the second quarter on a 36-yard Kyle Purselley field goal to make the score 7-3.
Eustace gained 308 yards rushing in the game. Grandview gained 298 yards on the ground. Both teams had 12 first downs in the game.
Eustace quarterback Jordan Foote completed two of four pass attempts for 46 yards, but also threw one interception.
Eustace also lost three fumbles in the game.
Tight end Josh Dunn led Eustace receivers with 29 yards, and Tyler McWilliams caught one for 14 yards.
Tyler Folsom led the ground game with 130 yards on 17 carries. Blake Ward followed with 111 yards on 22 carries.
Jacob McCarter ran for 37 yards on 12 carries, and Foote added 21 yards on four carries.
“They (Grandview) have so much speed and size,” Herman commented. “We didn’t take care of our business.”
With the loss, Eustace is in second place in District 6-2A DI behind Grandview.
In order to qualify for a playoff spot, Eustace needs to get a win over Maypearl this week.
The following week they will play Dallas Life Oak, and that game could determine who finishes second place, and who takes third.
Maypearl took second place in the district last year, and defeated Eustace 48-3.
This year, however, they haven’t won a game.
Maypearl has been shut out completely in four games, and in the other four games have a combined 54 points scored.
“They have very low numbers this year,” Herman said, speaking of the number of players on the team. “So they don’t have a lot of consistency.”
Herman noted, however, that the lack of consistency could play to Maypearl’s favor, as the Bulldogs won’t really know what kind of game Maypearl will play.
 

 

 

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