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coach Powers hits milestone
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACEAn otherwise unremarkable victory in a playoff warm-up match Saturday marked
yet another milestone for veteran Eustace High School coach Chuck Powers.
Powers Lady Bulldogs improved to 33-8 on the season by taking a 3-0 win from
visiting Cross Roads, which marked the coachs 700th career win.
As the District 14-2A runner-up behind fourth-ranked Leon, the Lady Bulldogs were
scheduled to face the Palmer Lady Bulldogs in a first-round playoff match Tuesday night at
Kaufman High School (see Sundays issue for details).
As usual, Powers pointed to the parents and players (several former players were on hand)
as the reasons why the Lady Bulldogs have done so well during his 38 seasons at the helm.
Im just an old man who got lucky, he told a small audience at E.L. Kirk
Eustace ISD superintendent Dr. Coy Holcombe presented Powers with a plaque commemorating
The match itself was remarkably free of any drama or tension, as the Lady Bulldogs pulled
away in each game to take solid wins over the visiting Lady Bobcats, 25-22, 25-17 and
What was refreshing was the return of junior Catania Grant (last years district
Newcomer of the Year) to offensive form after missing most of the district schedule with a
Grant finished with 10 kills and one dig, while senior Allison Cass (as usual) led the
Lady Bulldog offense with 13 kills and one dig.
Four other players also notched kills during the match, as Powers substituted liberally,
including some junior varsity players moved up last week junior Meagan Renteria,
sophomores Chelsea Oldham and Sheyenne Merrell and freshman Peyton DiBari.
Senior Harmony Allen and sophomore Kacie Richards both had four kills each, with Allen
adding four blocks, three digs and one assist, while Richards had two blocks and three
Senior Vanessa Lopez added three kills and three blocks, along with a serving ace, while
sophomore Bethany Strickland had one kill and three digs.
Senior setter Shelley Temple notched 27 assists and added one block, while sophomore
Mallory Keeling had two blocks and four digs on defense.
have slim shot at playoffs
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMPThe Kemp Yellowjackets had to beat the North Forney Falcons last Friday night to
have a shot at the playoffs.
They did that, breaking a six-game losing streak with a 35-32 District 13-3A victory.
We needed that, Kemp head coach Greg Anderson said Monday morning.
If they can defeat the hosting Kaufman Lions in the season finale this Friday, they have a
shot at the playoffs but only if the Falcons can rebound and knock off Mabank (see
Theres still that (playoff) opportunity out there, and something to play
for, Anderson said.
The Jackets (3-6, 1-3) exposed the Falcons weakness up the middle, as senior
Brandon Smith pounded out 250 yards in 41 carries to enable Kemp to control the pace of
We put some things together that we hadnt been doing, and we cleaned up some
mistakes, Anderson said.
(Smith) was tired Saturday morning. Anytime you can have a night like that,
its outstanding, he added. Anytime you have those kind of stats, the
offensive line has to be doing an outstanding job.
Tackles Cody Parker and James Forrest, guards Ryan Emfinger and Colton Gaddis and
sophomore center Blake Watkins were joined at times by extra tackle Ben Dillon (who played
the first six games of the year on the junior varsity) in an unbalanced-line look that put
the Falcons split defense into a bind.
We put numbers to one side, and overloaded. That kept (the Falcons)
off-balance, Anderson said.
To be precise, thats a cobbled-together offensive line. Gaddis spent most of the
year at tight end and Emfinger at split end, Anderson pointed out.
When we had some kids get hurt, we had to move them inside, and theyve
responded real well, he said.
While the Yellowjacket coaching staff probably wouldnt mind some folks cheering for
North Forney Friday night, Anderson said the Jackets will have their hands full with
the Lions, who were the pre-season favorite to win the district.
We have to approach it (as a playoff game), Anderson said. I know coach
(Todd) York will approach it that way. Theyll be prepared and ready to go.
Anderson said the Lions (also 3-6 and 1-3) probably feel theyve let a couple of
winnable games Mabank and North Forney come to mind get away from them.
The Lions run a Wing-I attack, with a couple of different tailbacks (Joe Posigian and
Jimikal Jobe) handling the ball-toting chores.
Well have to prepare for both (runners), Anderson said. Weve
got to be sound at what we do up front, and do a good job tackling. With their speed,
well have to do a good job containing things at the line of scrimmage.
Defensively, the Lions use a 4-3, which is a good matchup for the Jackets, who have
had some success against even-front defenses.
What they do reminds me of the old Dallas Cowboys flex defense, where
they play a little farther off the line, read headgear and attack, Anderson noted.
Theyre very good defensively.
One positive note is the Jackets may get a couple of key players back from injury,
senior linebacker Johnny Kilgore and junior linebacker Jared Lane.
If were lucky enough to have that happen, it would be a big help,
We cant afford mistakes against these guys, Anderson added. If we
go over there and turn it over three or four times, and give up two or three big plays,
our chances of success will go way down.
MHS faces first playoff test at Forney
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANKTurnovers played a crucial role in last Friday nights loss to Crandall,
and the Mabank Panthers cant afford any turnovers in the regular season finale
against North Forney this Friday night.
Crandall probably played their best game all year, Mabank head coach Jimmy
Cantrell said Monday. We would have been right there with them without those
Defensively, we played a pretty good game, with the exception of a couple of pass
plays, he said. They capitalized on the turnovers they got, and we
By beating the Panthers, the Pirates (6-3, 3-1) set themselves up to claim at least a
share of the District 13-3A championship when they host front-runner Ferris (6-3, 4-0) in
the season finale.
The Panthers goal of making the playoffs is still out there, however.
If we win Friday night, were in, Cantrell said. So, were
already in the playoffs. If we lose, we go home, and if we win, we get to keep
Now 2-7 on the season and 2-2 in District 13-3A play, the Panthers will be facing a North
Forney Falcons team who fell to Kemp 35-32 last Friday night, dropping to 1-8 in their
first varsity season and 1-3 in district play.
That one district win came against pre-season favorite Kaufman, however.
There aint anybody over here taking them lightly, Cantrell said.
Theyre a new school, and theyre all juniors. Theyre seasoned now,
as far as that goes, but they havent been in these situations, and we have.
North Forney has a lot of speed and an outstanding quarterback running a spread offense.
Defensively, the Falcons go with a split defense five on one side and five on the
other, with a deep free safety.
Theyve got good size big, physical linemen on both sides of the
ball, Cantrell said. Their biggest problems have been inexperience and youth,
but were young, too.
The Falcons do throw the ball a lot, because they havent been able to establish a
consistent running game (something the Panthers know all about), and Kemps win last
week proved they are vulnerable to the run, especially inside.
Their passing game has racked up some yards, and theyre throwing to some
athletes, Cantrell pointed out.
North Forney probably has more students than Mabank now, even though Mabank will
automatically be shunted into the big-school playoff division, and no one expects the
Falcons to stay in 3A in the next realignment (February, 2012).
Its going to be a good game, Cantrell said. Weve got to win
the war in the trenches that will be a huge factor. Our backs need just a little
crease, and Crandalls defensive line played really well against us. We need to be
able to run right at them.
Bulldogs seek playoff berth
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
EUSTACEWin and in.
Its just that simple for the Eustace Bulldogs this Friday night as they travel to
Dallas for the final regular-season game against the Dallas Life Oak Cliff Lions.
As beat up as the Bulldogs are and have been its really pretty amazing
theyre actually in a position to secure a playoff berth.
Eustace coach Doug Wendel admits its a shame the Bulldogs werent anywhere
close to full strength when they faced the top two teams in the district, Grandview (Oct.
22) and Maypearl (last Friday).
Grandview and Maypearl will meet in Maypearl this week to settle first and second place in
District 6-2A, and Wendel is confident Grandview will take the title.
Maypearl is a good team. I would have liked to play them at full strength,
Wendel said Monday morning. Second place is set up pretty well in our area, and it
wouldnt surprise me to see them go three or four rounds deep (in the
Wendel said he made a mistake when he allowed starting quarterback Jacob McCarter to try
and play with a separated shoulder, which lasted until the first serious hit.
I appreciate his toughness, willingness and desire, but it was poor planning on my
part, Wendel said. I should have come up with an alternate plan, knowing
(sophomore backup John) Bradburn was out (concussion).
We still played poorly, he added. We had four turnovers in the first
half, and a bloop kickoff, and they scored 35 points. We didnt put our defense in a
position to be successful.
Our offensive line didnt play well, and that was disappointing to me, he
Dallas Life Oak Cliff (DLOC) is about the only 6-2A team the Bulldogs know fairly well, as
theyve played the Lions to one-point games (one in overtime) each of the last two
Theyve got speed all over the field, Wendel said. Theyve got
several kids who run a legit 4.4.
The Lions are a spread team, and try to split run and pass about 50/50, he said. They also
run a 4-3 defense, which the Bulldogs havent seen a lot this year.
The key to winning against DLOC, who improved to 3-6 on the season and 1-3 in district
play with a 35-7 whipping of Sunnyvale last Friday night, starts with hanging on to the
Obviously, we cant turn the ball over, Wendel said. Weve got
to control the clock and hold onto the ball. On the defensive side, teams with that kind
of speed have big plays, and weve got to limit those.
On offense, weve got to make sure our best athletes touch the ball, so
were going to have to think outside the box a little bit, Wendel said.
For a change, the Bulldogs might be getting some players back in the lineup this week.
Were hoping Bradburn will be back this week, and that will help our offense
some, Wendel said. (Senior fullback Jacob) Petillo is not 100 percent, but he
didnt reaggravate his hamstring (against Maypearl). Also, (Tyler) Folsom will be
The Bulldogs did lose two linemen in the Maypearl game, tackle/placekicker Kyle Purselley
(bruised knee), who is probable for Fridays game, and Caleb Wonhas (shoulder), who
Weve moved five JV kids up, and all five have been playing a lot, Wendel
said. Still, were fortunate to be playing in November and in total control
over our own destiny. A lot of folks would like to be in our shoes.
MHS vs Athens/Neches (scr)
EHS @ Alba-Golden
KHS @ Grand Saline (scr)
MHS @ Forney
KHS @ Italy
EHS vs Trinidad
MHS hosts tournament
KHS vs Palmer
EHS vs Van (10 a.m.)
MHS @ North Forney*
KHS @ Kaufman*
EHS @ Dallas Life Oak Cliff*
(end regular season)
Fun Sail or Make-up race
(Vandergriff Park, Arlington)
MHS vs 3 teams (scr)
MHS @ TK Gorman (scr)
EHS vs TBA (scr)
MHS @ TK Gorman
MHS vs Lindale
EHS vs Mineola