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’Jackets looking to regroup against Mineola
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–After battling to come from two touchdowns behind to within a
point, the hard-luck Kemp Yellowjackets saw the football sail about
a foot wide to the left of the uprights last Friday night, pretty
much taking their playoff hopes with it.
“I think we all expected going in that it would be a close game, and
that (21-20) is about as close as it gets,” Kemp head coach Greg
Anderson said Monday.
Friday’s one-point loss against hosting Eustace leaves the
Yellowjackets at 0-3 in the District 14-3A race with just two games
Despite the missed point-after kick, Anderson said the game
shouldn’t have come down to that.
“We blew an opportunity there (with a fumble at the Bulldog 10), and
we blew an opportunity early in the game, when we got down to the 9
and didn’t convert,” Anderson pointed out.
“I was proud of our guys. We got down 21-7 at one point,” he said.
“I think we outplayed them in the second half.”
The Bulldogs forged a 14-7 halftime lead on the strength of a
51-yard run by JoJo Bradburn and an 81-yard scamper by Trevan
“Outside of those two long runs, I thought we defensed the triple
option pretty well,” Anderson said.
Speaking of defense, Yellowjacket linebacker John Kilgore turned in
one of the district’s best hustle plays when he ran down Eustace
quarterback Chris Compton, who appeared likely to score on a 77-yard
run before Kilgore dragged him down at the Kemp 9.
Kilgore’s play turned out to be a touchdown-saving tackle, because
the Bulldogs fumbled on the next snap.
“We saw on film that he (Kilgore) was actually knocked down, and got
up and caught (Compton),” Anderson said. “That showed his effort.
“We talked about that during the film (session) Saturday, how you
can’t ever assume your play won’t make a difference,” he added.
“I’ve heard other coaches talk about how he (Kilgore) may be the
best defensive player in the district.”
The ’Jackets ran up 351 yards of offense against the Bulldogs, led
by Cris Murray (20 carries, 159 yards, plus a 52-yard touchdown on a
screen pass) and quarterback Jeremy Quick (17 carries, 58 yards, two
Despite how well the ’Jackets played, 0-3 probably leaves them out
of the playoff picture, barring some very unlikely scenarios.
“As it looks now, it’s going to be Wills Point, Van and Eustace,”
Anderson said. “We’ve lost to Van and Eustace by a total of four
“If we beat Mineola and Canton, it will certainly be frustrating to
see them going (to the playoffs),” he added.
It’ll be Yellowjackets against Yellowjackets this Friday night, as
Mineola comes to Kemp.
“They’re 0-3 as well,” Anderson said. “Like us, they’ve been in
every ballgame, including two shoot-outs (losing 42-40 to Canton
last Friday night).
“They’ve played fairly well – they just haven’t had the breaks there
at the end of the game,” he added. “To score 40 points and still
lose. And, against Van, they had them at 13-7 going into the fourth
Mineola has a lot of kids playing on both sides of the ball,
indicating fatigue may be a factor late in the game.
Senior Tyler Drennan has been the starter at quarterback for Mineola.
He was knocked out of the Eustace contest and replaced by sophomore
Erik Galaz, but has returned to quarterback, with Galaz playing more
on defense, Anderson said.
“Drennan does a good job,” he added. “Their running back, Alex
Kirby, has good speed.”
While Mineola had Galaz run a spread offense against Eustace, in the
last couple of games, they’ve gone back to a more traditional I-back
set, with Colt Bickerstaff (one of the district’s best athletes) at
fullback, leading Kirby, Anderson said.
“Drennan was under center about 95 percent of the time,” he added.
“Defensively, they’re big up front,” Anderson said. “Montana Duncan
(6-2, 275) anchors a humongus defensive line.
“Their secondary has good speed, and the Galaz kid makes a lot of
plays for them,” he added. “It’ll be a good test for us.”
With Mineola in an I-back set, that’s going to limit the number of
possessions each team has available during the game.
“It’ll be like last Friday – every possession will be important,”
Anderson said. “We’ve got to focus on eliminating penalties and
“You don’t want to give away any possessions, because you won’t have
that many,” he added.
Loop crown on
the line for Bulldogs against Van
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
EUSTACE–Don’t let anybody kid you – last Friday’s 21-20 win by the
Eustace Bulldogs over the visiting Kemp Yellowjackets was a lot
closer than even the score indicated.
“We were fortunate to win,” Eustace head coach Doug Wendel said
“Three turnovers in the second half is just unacceptable,” he added.
“I was very impressed with how hard they (Kemp) played. The
difference between winning and losing was very, very small.”
How small? How ’bout a foot? That’s how close Kemp kicker Michael
Scott came to making his third PAT kick, which would have tied the
score at 21 with 3:17 to play in regulation.
In turn, Eustace’s Jacob McCarter hit all his point-after kicks.
“Making three PATs was huge, obviously,” Wendel said.
Both teams have had their difficulties making point-after kicks this
year, and the Bulldogs often go for a two-point conversion. They
only tried one PAT kick during their 68-53 shoot-out win over
Canton, for example.
“We didn’t feel we could count on making those (conversions) against
a quality defense,” Wendel said.
Kemp’s defense gave up two long runs to the Bulldogs in the first
half – a 51-yard scamper by JoJo Bradburn and an 81-yard gallop by
Trevan Johnson, sandwiched around a one-yard sneak by Kemp
quarterback Jeremy Quick.
In turn, the Bulldog defense made the Yellowjackets drive the ball,
giving up only one big scoring play, a 52-yard gallop by Cris Murray
on a screen pass.
Thanks to those long runs in the first half, the Bulldogs wound up
averaging almost 11 yards per carry in 38 attempts against the
Yellowjackets, who averaged right at 4.5 yards per carry on 53
“Having Cord Bailey back on defense really made a difference,”
It was an expensive win for the Bulldogs, however. Johnson, a
two-way standout, is doubtful for this week’s contest at Wills Point
with a sprained knee, and may not be able to return before the end
of the regular season.
“He had a lot of pain, but no swelling, Saturday,” Wendel said.
In addition to being an outside running threat, Johnson is also an
outstanding downfield blocker for Bradburn, and contributes 12 to 15
tackles a game on defense.
“We struggled the other night without him,” Wendel said. “But it is
what it is. We have a plan to compensate for him (being out) on
The Bulldogs likely will need all their weapons when they go up
against the hosting Tigers, who finished at 1-9 last year but lead
the league with a 7-1 mark this year.
Both teams come into Friday’s contest at Wills Point at 3-0 in
District 14-3A play, meaning the winner of the game will have an
inside shot at the district championship.
The Tigers beat Van 15-2 last Friday night, “which says something
about Van’s defense,” Wendel said. Van’s offense didn’t score
against the Tigers – their two points came on a blocked extra point
kick returned all the way.
“I feel they have a bigger, stronger defense than Kemp, but I don’t
know if they are as quick,” he added. “They’ve given up 18 points in
three district games (all scored by Canton in the loop opener), so
they’re pretty good.
“That’s six points a game. It’s going to take a lot more than six to
beat them,” he said.
The Tigers’ spread offense is keyed by two players – a returning
first-team all-district selection in junior quarterback Trent Jurica,
along with running back Brandon Morris, who won the district
100-meter dash last spring and clearly will be the fastest guy on
“I think they’re both fantastic,” Wendel said. “They are very
athletic, and they’ve only got one or two kids who go both ways.
That’s an advantage in this district. I think they’re a team who can
do some damage in the playoffs.
“We’re right where we wanted to be – playing for the district
championship,” Wendel added. “We’ll have to control the ball and
control the clock.
“I think we’ll have to move the ball a little bit, to keep their
offense off the field,” he pointed out.
do-or-die at Lancaster Friday
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–While last Friday’s loss to Forney doesn’t end Mabank’s
playoff hopes, they’ll need to win their last two games and get some
help from other teams.
To do that, though, the Panthers will have to generate a running
game somehow, Mabank head coach Jimmy Cantrell said Monday.
“We’ve got to find a way to get three or four yards a pop
consistently,” he said. “When you don’t run, that makes the pass
easier to defend, because everybody drops off (into coverage). That
makes it tough.”
What has hurt the Panthers (4-3, 1-3 District 15-4A) is the
inability to consistently generate positive yards on first down by
running the ball, Cantrell said.
“We need to look at where we can get into a manageable
second-and-five or second-and-four, not second-and-10,” he said.
“(Quarterback) Jordan (Featherston) is a good leader and a tough
kid, but he’s paying a heavy toll for those four-yard gains.”
Featherston has had adequate protection in the pocket, Cantrell
added, “but it’s hard to throw the ball when people don’t respect
your running game.
“The bottom line is we’ve got to take care of ourselves in the next
two weeks,” he said. “We’re still looking for a playoff spot.”
This Friday night, the Panthers will visit the Lancaster Tigers
(3-5, 1-3) for what figures to be a critical road game. A loss would
definitely end their playoff hopes, while a win would set up the
Nov. 6 season finale against visiting West Mesquite as a win-and-in
West Mesquite is open this Friday night.
Last Friday, West Mesquite hammered the Tigers, 42-29, to improve to
6-3 on the season and 4-1 in district play, one loss behind unbeaten
Red Oak, who was idle.
Red Oak and Forney probably will make the playoffs, Cantrell said.
They play at Red Oak in the season finale, most likely to settle
first and second place.
Red Oak faces 1-8 Mesquite Poteet this Friday night in Poteet’s
final game of the season. Right now, Poteet is the only team
definitely out of the playoffs, Cantrell said.
This week’s other key matchup will be at Forney, as the 3-1
Jackrabbits hope to take the 2-2 Terrell Tigers out of the playoff
picture. Terrell will host Lancaster in the final game.
“Looking back at the film, I think Forney is the best team in the
district,” Cantrell said. “Their quarterback (Blake Branton) is a
very tough competitor (29 carries, 216 yards, three touchdowns
against Mabank), but that’s what he’s been doing to everybody all
Cantrell said the Panthers actually defended Branton fairly well,
until he broke a 61-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
“I was proud of our kids – they never gave up,” Cantrell said.
The Tigers mostly use a spread offense, “but they’ll also get in a
wishbone and run option at you,” Cantrell said.
“They’re very good defensively, with a lot of speed on the field,”
he added. “You can’t outrun them to the edge – you have to go right
The Tigers’ defensive secondary is probably not as talented as they
were last year, having lost players to Oklahoma and Baylor, but they
are still very talented, Cantrell said.
“We’re going to have to get off the line and get open,” he said.
“Their defensive line is big and they run to the ball well.
“We’ve got to be patient with our short passing game,” Cantrell
added. “If we can upset Lancaster, we’ll be sitting pretty.”
Editor’s note: Friday night’s game against Lancaster will be
reported in the Thursday, Nov. 5, issue of The Monitor.
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MHS @ 15-4A meet
(Samuell Farms, Mesquite)
Region II meet (4A, 3A)
(Vandergriff Park, Arlington)
State CC meet
(Old Settlers Park, Round Rock)
MHS @ Lancaster*
KHS vs Mineola*
EHS @ Wills Point*
MHS vs West Mesquite*
KHS @ Canton*
EHS vs Van*
(end regular season)
EHS @ Malakoff (scr)
EHS vs Alba-Golden (scr)
MHS @ Frisco Liberty (scr)
KHS @ Kaufman (scr)
MHS vs Commerce
EHS @ Trinidad