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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 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
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
“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
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
“(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
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
’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
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
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
Region II meet (4A, 3A)
(Vandergriff Park, Arlington)
State CC meet
(Old Settlers Park, Round Rock)
MHS vs West Mesquite*
KHS @ Canton*
EHS vs Van*
(end regular season)
EHS vs Alba-Golden (scr)
MHS @ Frisco Liberty (scr)
KHS @ Kaufman (scr)
MHS vs Commerce
EHS @ Trinidad
MHS @ Wills Point
KHS @ Palmer
EHS vs Liberty-Eylau
(7 p.m. @ Mt. Pleasant HS)