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’Jackets 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 wasn’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all.”
It wasn’t bad luck enough to go into last Friday night’s Mabank game with several injured players – the ’Jackets lost more players to injury, probably for the rest of the season, including some they really couldn’t 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 Kemp’s only touchdown in the 34-10 loss to Mabank.
“(Murray) is still probably 85 percent to 90 percent on that leg,” Anderson said Tuesday morning.
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 night’s final home game against the North Forney Falcons.
The Falcons come into Friday’s 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 they’re 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 don’t have any seniors, Anderson said.
“They are young, but they’re 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 can’t afford any more injuries.
“We’ve got to go out and execute our game plan,” Anderson said. “(With the Falcons’ speed) we’ve got to be good tacklers and don’t overpursue the play.
“Offensively, we’ve 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. “That’s the way things went all night,” Anderson said.
Despite the difficulties, the ’Jackets played hard until the very end of the Mabank game, which is all any coach could ask.
“We’re not eliminated (from the playoffs), and that’s certainly something the kids can rally behind,” Anderson said. “We’ve 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.”

Panthers to host Pirates
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–After 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. MHSvsKHSfootball.jpg (244968 bytes)
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.

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Kerry Yancey
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 Kaufman’s (3-5, 1-2) slim playoff hopes alive.
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 it’s 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 don’t 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 we’re going to have to in the last two weeks.”
Crandall’s Pirates are a “well-coached and hard-playing” football team, Cantrell said.
“They’re a spread team and run the football,” he said. “In a lot of ways, they’re 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) isn’t a bad runner himself,” Cantrell said.
While the Panthers will have to contain Miles and Bryant’s speed, they’re 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 it’s 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.
“I’ve been saying this all year, but if we execute and don’t turn the ball over, we’ll be okay,” he added.
The Panthers didn’t 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 Ventura’s 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. “That’s what we want to do.
“We’ve got two tough ballgames left,” he added. “We’ve just got to execute and stay healthy. We can’t afford to lose anybody.”

Zebras run past Bulldogs, 69-7
Monitor Staff Reports
GRANDVIEW–The 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 Eustace’s 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 didn’t affect the outcome of the game,” Eustace head coach Doug Wendel said later.
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.
Eustace’s 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 didn’t help themselves with seven fumbles, losing two, but Bradburn’s 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’ only completion.


Upcoming Events


Oct. 29
MHS vs Crandall*
KHS vs North Forney*
EHS vs Maypearl*

Nov. 5
MHS @ North Forney*
KHS @ Kaufman*
EHS @ Dallas Life Oak Cliff*
(end regular season)
(*district contest)


Oct. 28-30
District playoffs (if nec.)

Nov. 1-2
Bidistrict round playoffs


Nov. 6
Fun Sail or Make-up race

Girls basketball

Nov. 4
MHS vs Athens/Neches (scr)

Nov. 5
EHS @ Alba-Golden

Nov. 6
KHS @ Grand Saline (scr)

Nov. 9
MHS @ Forney
KHS @ Italy
EHS vs Trinidad

Nov. 11-13
MHS hosts tournament

Cross country

Nov. 6
Regional meet
(Vandergriff Park, Arlington)

Nov. 13
State meet
(Round Rock)

Boys basketball

Nov. 9
MHS vs 3 teams (scr)

Nov. 13
MHS @ TK Gorman (scr)
EHS vs TBA (scr)

Nov. 16
MHS @ TK Gorman

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