Mabank falls to Crandall,
out of playoff hunt
By Sam Epps
CRANDALL–The Mabank Panthers lost by a touchdown to the hosting
Crandall Pirates Friday, ending Mabank’s playoff hopes.
Crandall jumped out to a 14-7 first quarter lead, and kept the
advantage despite big plays by the Panthers.
“Our special teams came up huge and kept us in the game,” Mabank
head coach Jimmy Cantrell said.
Panther Ryan Walker returned a kickoff 84 yards to score, and
also had a big catch in the last drive of the game. Walker led
the team in receiving with 100 yards on five catches.
In the second quarter, both defenses tightened up as each team
managed just one touchdown.
Crandall went into halftime leading 21-14.
In the third quarter, the Crandall offense added 14 points,
allowing Mabank none, but Mabank was not finished yet.
The Panther offense rattled off 14 points in the final quarter,
and the Mabank defense held the Pirates scoreless.
The Panthers, with just a minute-and-a-half remaining, made
They put together key blocking, big plays and moved the ball 97
yards in an attempt to tie the game.
“We just ran out of time,” Cantrell explained, as the Panthers
were stopped just inches away from the end zone as time ran out.
“We fought the whole time,” Cantrell said. “Our kids never gave
With the loss, the Panthers are left with a 1-3 District 13-3A
record, and are 4-5 overall.
“This team could easily be 7-2 right now,” Cantrell said, noting
his Panthers have lost three games this season with less than a
minute remaining in the game.
“It’s a tribute to our guys that they keep fighting like they
do,” he added. “This game showed the character of this team.”
Running back Korey Givens led the Mabank ground game with 47
yards on 10 carries. Quarterback Austin Craig gained 18 yards on
Craig also completed 11 of 22 pass attempts for 182 yards. He
threw two interceptions and two touchdowns.
Mabank will host the district-leading North Forney Falcons
Friday in the final game of the season.
Eustace beats Maypearl, 56-14
By Sam Epps
MAYPEARL–The visiting Eustace Bulldogs continued their run to
the playoffs by beating the Maypearl Panthers, 56-14, Friday.
The Bulldogs racked up almost 500 yards of total offense, 467 of
those yards on rushing plays.
“They (Maypearl) are really hurting this year,” Eustace head
coach Brian Herman said, noting the small number of players on
the Panthers’ varsity team.
In fact, things got so bad for Maypearl, they cancelled the
junior varsity game Thursday and suited up JV players for the
Eustace had 17 JV players suited up, and used 12 of them
throughout the game.
“It was fun to watch the younger players get into the game and
get excited,” Herman said. “It was also great to watch the upper
classmen get excited for the JV guys.”
Maypearl finished second in District 6-2A DI last year, this
year however, they haven’t won a game.
Maypearl scored twice in the game. The first touchdown for the
Panthers came in the second quarter on a 74 yard run.
Their other score came in the fourth quarter on a 5-yard
Eustace scored 21 points in the first quarter, the first on a
20-yard Tyler Folsom run.
They scored again on a 21-yard reception by Jacob McCarter from
quarterback Jordan Foote.
Kyle Purselley split the upright for the extra point both times.
Eustace scored once more on a run by Folsom, this one a 19-yard
shot. Kicker Gavin Kirkhart’s PAT was good.
Eustace scored 14 more points in the second quarter, one on a
32-yard run by McCarter, and one on a 1-yard push by Blake Ward.
Kirkhart’s kicks were good both times.
The Bulldogs scored once in the third quarter on a 5-yard run by
Folsom. Again, Kirkhart’s PAT was good.
In the fourth quarter, Foote scored on a quarterback keeper from
10 yards out, and Jesus Barcenas added a touchdown after
scurrying 10 yards. Kirkhart nailed both PAT attempts.
McCarter led the Bulldog rushing assault with 162 yards on 13
carries, Ward added 149 yards on 11 carries and Folsom rushed 5
times for 100 yards.
Foote completed both of his pass attempts, gaining 28 yards in
the air, including a touchdown.
The Bulldogs will host the Dallas Life Oak Cliff Lions Friday in
the final game of the regular season.