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looking to stay in loop race
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
That mournful tune you hear is Kemp Yellowjacket head coach Greg Anderson singing the old
blues refrain if it wasnt for bad luck, Id have no luck at all.
It wasnt bad luck enough to go into last Friday nights Mabank game with
several injured players the Jackets lost more players to injury, probably for
the rest of the season, including some they really couldnt afford to lose.
For example: returning all-district linebacker/fullback Johnny Kilgore with a knee injury
(MCL), running back/defensive back Jared Lane (concussion), running back/defensive back
Justin Lawler (hamstring) and starting quarterback Jeff Goldman (reinjured shoulder), all
of those added to the three or four players already out.
Backup quarterback Blake Murray, who has been rehabbing a right knee he hurt during the
second scrimmage against Van back in August, came in when Jeff Goldman was lost near the
end of the third quarter, and threw a six-yard strike to Jake Goldman for Kemps only
touchdown in the 34-10 loss to Mabank.
(Murray) is still probably 85 percent to 90 percent on that leg, Anderson said
Anderson is again having to raid the Yellowjacket junior varsity for players, bringing
three (including two freshmen) up to the varsity this week for Friday nights final
home game against the North Forney Falcons.
The Falcons come into Fridays game at 1-7 on the season, but that one win was a
36-35 double-overtime upset of Kaufman Oct. 15, which tightened up the District 13-3A
playoff picture considerably.
Kemp is now 2-6 and 0-3 in district play, having lost six straight (their last win was
against Edgewood Sept. 3), but theyre not eliminated from the playoff race yet.
Wins against North Forney Friday night and at Kaufman in the season finale Nov. 5,
combined with some help, could still get the Jackets into the playoffs.
The Falcons are the first year of their varsity program, and they dont have any
seniors, Anderson said.
They are young, but theyre very athletic, he noted.
The Falcons use a spread offense and have shown both even-front and odd-front looks on
defense, he said.
The first thing for us is to stay healthy, he added. We cant
afford any more injuries.
Weve got to go out and execute our game plan, Anderson said. (With
the Falcons speed) weve got to be good tacklers and dont overpursue the
Offensively, weve got to execute and maintain possession, he said.
The Jackets had three turnovers against the Panthers last Friday night, but two of
those were just plain bad luck a pass hitting the receiver in the shoulder pad,
bouncing off and getting picked, and a pitchout hitting the running back in the hands and
getting dropped, Anderson pointed out.
The Panthers put the ball on the ground, as well, fumbling a punt, but they picked it up
and went 80 yards for a touchdown. Thats the way things went all night,
Despite the difficulties, the Jackets played hard until the very end of the Mabank
game, which is all any coach could ask.
Were not eliminated (from the playoffs), and thats certainly something
the kids can rally behind, Anderson said. Weve got to take care of
Friday night first. If we can do that, then we can look at possibilities going into the
last week of the season.
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANKAfter going 0-5 in pre-district play, some might be surprised to realize the
Mabank Panthers still have a very good shot at making the playoffs, and a district
championship is not impossible.
After beating Kemp, 34-10, last Friday night, the Panthers (2-6, 2-1) can take a major
step in securing a playoff berth this week when they host the Crandall Pirates.
Mabank senior wideout Tyler Thornsberry (20) leaps, but the ball sails just high in the
end zone as Kemp Yellowjacket defender Jordan Freeman trails the play. Thornsberry later
caught a seven-yard touchdown pass to give Mabank a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter
of the Panthers 34-10 win over the visiting Jackets Friday.
Crandall (5-3) also fell to 2-1 in District 13-3A play Friday night when the Pirates were
upset by Kaufman, 34-28. That also kept Kaufmans (3-5, 1-2) slim playoff hopes
In fact, the only 13-3A team who appears to be in the playoffs at this point is Ferris, at
3-0 but they still have Kaufman (this week) and Crandall (Nov. 5) to play.
North Forney (1-7, 1-2) has a win over Kaufman (36-35 in double overtime Oct. 15), but
still has Kemp (this week) and Mabank (Nov. 5) to play.
With three losses, Kemp might be out of the running for a playoff berth, but the
Jackets can certainly play spoiler with wins against North Forney this week and
Kaufman in the season finale, and its possible they could still get in the playoffs
with some help.
All that aside, the Panthers still control their own destiny, head coach Jimmy Cantrell
noted Monday morning.
We dont need help from anybody, as far as making the playoffs, and a district
championship is still out there, Cantrell said. As far as the next two weeks
go, they are both must-win games.
The Panthers played pretty well against Kemp last Friday night, Cantrell said.
We still have a long ways to go, he pointed out. We can still get
better, and were going to have to in the last two weeks.
Crandalls Pirates are a well-coached and hard-playing football team,
Theyre a spread team and run the football, he said. In a lot of
ways, theyre a lot like us. They may throw it a little more than we do.
The Pirates have two quick running backs in Courtney Miles and Jason Bryant, and
their quarterback (Brandon Pryor) isnt a bad runner himself, Cantrell said.
While the Panthers will have to contain Miles and Bryants speed, theyre not
going to be any quicker than Ferris runners or other running backs Mabank has seen
so far this season.
Our pre-season (schedule) was pretty tough, and its paying off now,
Cantrell said. When you play folks like that, your kids get exposed to a lot.
Defensively, technique-wise, their kids are very good, Cantrell said.
They read well, and can give us some problems with our screen game, because they
read so well.
Ive been saying this all year, but if we execute and dont turn the ball
over, well be okay, he added.
The Panthers didnt turn the ball over against the self-destructive Yellowjackets
last week (their only fumble ended up being a huge punt return for a touchdown), and again
played four full quarters, Cantrell noted.
Nathan Venturas kicking continues to be a plus. The senior has missed just one field
goal all year (a 42-yarder against Palestine), and is perfect on PAT kicks.
We may be peaking at the right time, Cantrell said. Thats what we
want to do.
Weve got two tough ballgames left, he added. Weve just got
to execute and stay healthy. We cant afford to lose anybody.
Zebras run past Bulldogs, 69-7
Monitor Staff Reports
GRANDVIEWThe injury-depleted Eustace Bulldogs were no match for the hosting
Grandview Zebras Friday night, falling 69-7.
Now 3-5 on the season and 2-1 in District 6-2A play, the Bulldogs will return to The
Boneyard for their final home game Friday, Oct. 29, hosting the Maypearl Panthers.
Maypearl improved to 7-1 on the season and 3-0 in district play with a 35-0 shutout of
Sunnyvale, while Grandview also improved to 7-1 and 3-0, and will host the Palmer Bulldogs
(3-5, 1-2) Thursday (tonight).
By the end of the third quarter, the Bulldogs were working with Justin Foote at
quarterback, a junior varsity player elevated earlier in the week, after backup
quarterback John Bradburn was knocked out of the contest.
Backup fullback Justin Bersterman was lost on Eustaces first series in the second
quarter, and sophomore Tyler Folsom took over the inside running chores.
However, Folsom was knocked out of the game in the third quarter, and Derek Holmes stepped
in to finish the game.
We were missing some people, and as the game went on, we had more missing, but that
didnt affect the outcome of the game, Eustace head coach Doug Wendel said
The Zebras opened a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, as quarterback Derek Jarrell got free
on a 43-yard touchdown run, Daniel Spencer scored the first of his six touchdowns on a
55-yard pass from Jarrell and Chance Howard returned a Bulldog fumble 48 yards for a
touchdown, with Marty Grimes adding the PAT kick after each score.
Eustaces only score came in the second quarter, when Bradburn dashed in from 22
yards out, and Kyle Purselley added the PAT kick.
From that point on, it was the Daniel Spencer show, as he scored five straight TDs on a
seven-yard run, a 41-yard pass reception, a two-yard run, a 21-yard run and a 20-yard run.
Spencer, a University of Houston commit, finished with 90 yards and four touchdowns on
just eight rushing attempts and caught five passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns.
The last two Zebra touchdowns came on a 13-yard run by Peyton Mahan and a 43-yard run by
Ben Pannell. Grimes hit 8-of-9 PAT attempts.
Eustace didnt help themselves with seven fumbles, losing two, but Bradburns
only interception came on the last play of the first half.
Bradburn hit 1-of-5 pass attempts, with senior Addison Scott catching the Bulldogs
MHS vs Crandall*
KHS vs North Forney*
EHS vs Maypearl*
MHS @ North Forney*
KHS @ Kaufman*
EHS @ Dallas Life Oak Cliff*
(end regular season)
District playoffs (if nec.)
Bidistrict round playoffs
Fun Sail or Make-up race
MHS vs Athens/Neches (scr)
EHS @ Alba-Golden
KHS @ Grand Saline (scr)
MHS @ Forney
KHS @ Italy
EHS vs Trinidad
MHS hosts tournament
(Vandergriff Park, Arlington)
MHS vs 3 teams (scr)
MHS @ TK Gorman (scr)
EHS vs TBA (scr)
MHS @ TK Gorman