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Canton runners dominate
14-3A cross country meet
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–Despite a muddy, difficult course, Canton’s boys and girls dominated the District 14-3A cross-country meet Oct. 28.
Canton runners took the top four places in both the girls and boys varsity runs through the woods and across pastures at the 4 Pines Ranch, just south of Eustace.
The meet was delayed two days to allow the course to dry out, following heavy rain on the originally scheduled date, Oct. 26.
There were still large puddles of standing water throughout the course, and most runners were mud-splashed when they arrived at the finish line.
The top three teams and top 10 individual runners qualified for the Region II cross country meet, set Saturday, Nov. 7, at Vandergriff Park in Arlington.
In the girls run, Canton won the team trophy with 20 points, followed by Wills Point with 42 points and Eustace with 76 points. Van finished fourth with 103 points and Kemp finished fifth with 118 points.
On the boys side, Canton finished with 18 points, with Eustace taking second with 41 points and Wills Point third with 81 points.
Mineola finished fourth with 107 points, followed by Van (125 points) and Kemp (138 points).
Eustace won the boys junior varsity run with 16 points, followed by Wills Point with 45 points.
Canton won the girls JV run with 21 points, with Wills Point second with 35 points and Van third with 35 points.
During the junior high runs, Canton won the boys seventh grade run, with Eustace second and Kemp third, while Wills Point won the boys eighth grade run, followed by Eustace.
Eustace girls won the junior high seventh grade run, with Mineola second, while Canton won the eighth grade run, with Wills Point second.

Kemp visits Canton for finale
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–A battered Kemp Yellowjacket team will be facing an explosive Eagles offense when they travel to Canton for the season finale Friday night.
Unlike last year’s win-and-in situation, the Canton game won’t have any playoff implications for either team, as both the Yellowjackets (2-6, 0-4) and Eagles (5-4, 1-3) are well out of the playoff picture.
The ’Jackets will be going into the season finale without senior quarterback Jeremy Quick, who suffered a broken collarbone in the second half of last Friday’s 42-21 loss to Mineola.
Quick’s injury also will affect the Yellowjacket basketball team, as he was one of Kemp’s leading scorers and a second team all-district pick last year.
“He probably will be out until the Christmas break,” Kemp head coach Greg Anderson said Monday. “We’re hoping to get him back for district basketball.”
Anderson said Quick’s injury was personally disappointing.
“We don’t want to rush him. I know in four weeks, he’ll be back, saying he’s ready to play, but there’s a very good chance that’s going to be a six weeks injury,” Anderson said. “That disappoints me for him, because he’s such a good kid and a good athlete.”
Sophomore Blake Murray probably will take the majority of the snaps at quarterback this week, with Jeff Goldman (last year’s junior varsity quarterback) also available to step in, Anderson said.
Anderson said he also was disappointed in his team’s play against Mineola last Friday night.
“We missed some assignments,” he said. “When they were running the triple option, unfortunately our ends were not always doing what they were supposed to, and that hurt us.
“I knew we were going to have difficulty offensively, just with the size and strength of their defensive line,” he added.
“However, we didn’t play with the same edge we had against Van and Eustace,” Anderson said. “I am disappointed with our intensity.
“I have to give credit to coach Drennon and his team, but I don’t think they’re 20 points better than us,” he added.
Both teams will be playing on artificial turf at Canton’s Norris Birdwell Stadium, but Yellowjacket Stadium’s natural turf has held up remarkably well, considering the amount of rain dumped on it during October.
“(Maintenance supervisor) Dewey Haley and his crew have done an outstanding job with our game field,” Anderson said. “Our field is just as good now as other teams’ fields were at the start of the season.”
Anderson said Drennon told him he had considered Mineola’s turf to be in good shape, but had changed his mind after walking on Kemp’s turf during warm-ups.
A fast field likely will help the Eagles, who have the district’s highest-scoring offense (314 points in nine games, or 34.9 per contest), but also have one of the district’s most porous defenses – having given up 311 points (34.6 per game), surpassed only by Eustace, which has given up 314 points.
When Eustace and Canton met Oct. 16, the result was the district’s highest-scoring game, won by Eustace, 68-53.
Eustace exposed Canton’s lack of speed to the outside, and Anderson acknowledged the Eagles have had their problems on defense.
“However, they’re very explosive offensively – they’ve got a lot of good skill kids, so we’ll have our hands full,” Anderson said. “We have a good game plan in place – we just have to execute it.”
Eagle quarterback Chance Wallace has teamed with Roy Tenbow and Trent Termin to create one of the best spread offenses around.
“Those three guys really stand out for them,” Anderson said. “They’re all three good (multi-sport) athletes.”
The Eagles have made a lot of changes in their defensive scheme through the season, trying to find a lineup that works well, and they have continued to improve week-to-week, Anderson said.
“It will be a test for us to slow them down, offensively,” he said. “They’re going to score some points. We hope to score a few more points than they do.
“We’re going to have to play better defensively than we did Friday night,” he added. “We have 12 seniors, and for most of them, this will be the last time they strap on pads. I’m sure Canton will be feeling the same way.”

’Dogs to host Van in finale
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

EUSTACE–For the second year in a row, the Eustace Bulldogs go into Friday night’s season finale against the Van Vandals knowing they’re in the playoffs, win or lose.
“The only way I know to prepare for a game is to win,” Bulldog head coach Doug Wendel said Monday.
There will be something riding on Friday’s game at The Boneyard in Eustace – determining who the first-round playoff opponents will be for both teams.
The winner of Friday’s Eustace-Van game will face the winner of Friday’s District 13-3A showdown between Nevada Community and Quinlan Ford in the first round, while the loser will face the Farmersville Farmers.
Last year, in first-round games played about 20 miles apart in north Dallas, Kemp defeated the Farmers, while the Bulldogs narrowly lost to Nevada Community.
Last year’s Van game was for the District 14-3A championship, but the Wills Point Tigers claimed the 14-3A crown by defeating the Bulldogs 54-21 on a sloppy field last Friday night.
“I thought we played real well in the first half,” Wendel said. “We scored 21 points.
“Our kids were confident, and we were excited to be playing for the district championship,” he added. “We’re disappointed that we lost, but we lost to a better football team.”
It was a one-possession game at halftime, with Wills Point leading 27-21, but the Tigers steadily pulled away in the second half, scoring 27 unanswered points.
“Their platooning made a big difference,” Wendel said. “You could see that difference in the third and fourth quarter.”
In addition to having more players in the game, the Tigers had a big edge in speed at the skill positions. Tiger running back Brandon Morris (eight carries, 121 yards) scored two touchdowns in the second half to put the contest out of reach.
“Morris has been doing that to folks all year long,” Wendel pointed out. “They had four kids who could each go the distance.”
Wendel said he was particularly impressed with the play of Tiger junior quarterback Trent Jurica.
“I think our blitz packages got to them early, but (Jurica) is a cool customer,” he said.
Wills Point, which went 1-9 last year – beating Mineola in the final game for their only victory – is now 8-1 heading into the last game, losing only to District 20-3A contender Brownsboro.
“A lot of times, when you see a turnaround like that, it takes two or three years,” Wendel said. “I think they (the Tigers) continue to improve each week.”
Looking forward, Wendel said the Vandals come into Friday’s game without revealing any glaring weaknesses.
“Their team revolves around their defense,” he said. “They are fantastic from a speed perspective, from a skill perspective, from technique, aggressiveness – they’re just fantastic.
“They don’t have any weaknesses, so the thing we have to avoid is beating ourselves,” Wendel added. “Of course, that’s much easier said than done when you’re playing a talented football team.
“They cause turnovers and get big hits,” he said. “They put you in situations you don’t want to be in – such as third-and-10.
“I we can just do our thing, and get three yards a pop, and hold onto the ball, we will be OK,” Wendel said. “Turnovers and long-yardage situations are not a recipe for success against them.”
Known as a Power I team for several generations, the Vandals have shown a lot of spread offense the last couple of years with 3A Player of the Year Jermie Calhoun (now at Oklahoma) and Tyler Sharpe at quarterback.
However, after Sharpe was lost for the season with a knee injury, the spread didn’t work that well, and the Vandals have returned to power football for the last couple of games.
“Offensively, they started clicking against Canton (a 47-22 win last Friday night),” Wendel said. “They have three good running backs.
“Obviously, they put on a scorefest against Canton, but their defense set up a lot of those points,” he added.
Van went three rounds deep in the playoffs last year, and Wendel said he believes both Van and Wills Point have the ability to match that this season.


Upcoming games

Cross country

Nov. 7
Region II meet (4A, 3A)
(Vandergriff Park, Arlington)

Nov. 14
State CC meet
(Old Settlers Park, Round Rock)

Nov. 6
MHS vs West Mesquite*
KHS @ Canton*
EHS vs Van*
(end regular season)
(*district contest)

Girls basketball

Nov. 6
EHS vs Alba-Golden (scr)

Nov. 7
MHS @ Frisco Liberty (scr)
KHS @ Kaufman (scr)

Nov. 10
MHS vs Commerce
KHS idle
EHS @ Trinidad

Nov. 13
MHS @ Wills Point
KHS @ Palmer
EHS idle


Nov. 5
EHS vs Liberty-Eylau
Area playoff
(7 p.m. @ Mt. Pleasant HS)

Nov. 5-7
Area playoffs


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