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Farmers hold off Bulldog
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
MESQUITE–Farmersville’s Farmers controlled the ball in the second half
just long enough to escape with a 17-14 win over the Eustace Bulldogs in
a bidistrict championship contest at Mesquite’s Hanby Stadium Friday
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Eustace Bulldog defensive lineman Cody Folsom (54, left) trips up
Farmersville running back Chase Wiggins (14) as Bulldog defenders Blake
Ward (45) and JoJo Bradburn (11) come in to cut Wiggins off during
Eustace's 17-14 bidistrict championship loss Friday at Hanby Stadium in
With both teams primarily running the ball, each possession became
critical. Each team had just seven possessions during the relatively
brief contest, although Eustace’s fourth possession of the first half
began with just seven seconds on the clock.
The Bulldogs scored two touchdowns, punted three times and stalled on
downs once with their six other possessions, while the Farmers scored
two touchdowns and kicked a field goal with three of their four
second-half possessions after punting, fumbling and stalling on downs in
the first half.
Eustace ended their injury-plagued season at 5-6, while the Farmers
improved to 8-3 and will advance to face Pleasant Grove’s Hawks in the
area round at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mount Pleasant. Pleasant Grove had a
bye in the opening round of the playoffs.
The Bulldogs opened the contest with a nine-play march, moving from
their 27 to the Farmersville 44 on the strength of fullback Justin
Calhoun (four carries, including a fourth-and-one conversion), before
stalling when a third-and-seven pass fell incomplete.
Bulldog senior quarterback Chris Compton pinned the Farmers inside the
15 with a punt fair-caught at the 13.
Similarly, the Farmers put together a serious march on their first
possession of the game, moving from their 13 to the Eustace 25 in eight
plays, keyed by the running of quarterback Austin Brooks and halfback
Brooks opened the march with a 13-yard run, and Wiggins had runs of 11
and 22 yards to get to the Bulldog 26.
However, the Farmers stalled on two straight incompletions, and the
Bulldogs took over at their 28 with 1:34 left in the first quarter.
Eustace put a second drive together, moving to the Farmers 30 in six
plays, including an 11-yard run by Joseph “JoJo” Bradburn and a 10-yard
scamper by Trevan Johnson.
Johnson, who suffered a knee injury in the Kemp game and missed the
final two regular-season contests, played the whole game, but was
clearly not at 100 percent.
Disaster nearly struck on the fifth play of the march, when Calhoun
fumbled, but offensive lineman Raymond Shutak recovered for a gain of
After runs by Johnson and Compton got nothing, the Bulldogs tried a
little razzle-dazzle, as Johnson took a toss right, stopped and threw
deep for a wide-open Justin Hall at the goal line, only to see the pass
go about an inch or two too long.
On fourth-and-15 at the 35, Compton pooched an absolutely perfect punt,
rolling the ball out of bounds inside the Farmersville 1, although the
Farmers were given a very generous spot at the 2.
Despite the poor field position, the Farmers came back with another
strong march, getting out of the hole on runs by Morgan Harbison and
The march was helped tremendously by a very questionable
pass-interference call against the Bulldogs, on a pass that was at least
10 feet over everybody’s head.
Eustace head coach Doug Wendel said later the pass-interference call was
one of the four plays that cost the Bulldogs the game.
“We had them stopped at third-and-15,” he said. “That cost us a
possession, and likely a short field. It was huge.”
Given new life at their 26, the Farmers ground out three first downs on
runs by Harbison and Brooks, overcoming an illegal block penalty with a
seven-yard scamper by Brooks.
On first down at the Eustace 34, however, Harbison fumbled, with Jacob
McCarter recovering the bobble at the Bulldog 25.
With their third possession, the Bulldogs put together their first
scoring march, moving 75 yards in six plays.
Key plays in the march included a 16-yard run by Johnson and two big
runs by Compton, one of 10 yards and a second of 45 yards to the
A facemask penalty on the stop put the Bulldogs at the Farmersville 7,
and Compton got that on a relatively easy run to the left one play
McCarter’s point-after kick was blocked by huge (6-4, 305) Michael
Thompson, but the Bulldogs were ahead 6-0 with just 59 seconds left
During that final minute, the Farmers threatened, as Brooks hit Wiggins
with two straight passes for gains of 13 and 11, but the Bulldog defense
stiffened at the Farmers 40.
Bulldog Cody Folsom sacked Brooks for a loss of five, and teammate
Justin Bersterman blew up a bit of razzle-dazzle by the Farmers, who
tried a hook-and-lateral, with a pass to Byron Books, who tossed the
ball to Wiggins, only to have Bersterman drop Wiggins for a loss of one.
Another sack forced the Farmers to punt on fourth-and-19, and a run by
Calhoun took care of the final seven seconds of the first half.
Farmersville took the second-half kickoff and put together their first
scoring march, moving 69 yards in nine plays.
Key plays in the drive included an 11-yard run by Harbison, a gain of 15
on two runs by Duncan, a 10-yard run by Wiggins, and two runs by Brooks,
one for 10 that put the Farmers at the Bulldog 1, and the scoring
Marcos DeLaFuente added the PAT kick to put the Farmers in front, 7-6,
with 7:45 left in the third quarter.
The Bulldogs went three-and-out on their first possession of the second
half, as Farmer Dalton Wood sacked Compton for a loss of eight on
third-and-11 to force a punt.
Brooks returned the punt to the Farmersville 49, and the Farmers took
six plays to march 51 yards for their second touchdown.
Key plays in the drive included a 16-yard run by Duncan on a toss left
and the scoring run by Wiggins, a 20-yard scamper on a toss to the
DeLaFuenta’s PAT gave the Farmers a 14-6 lead with 3:00 left in the
The Bulldogs put a strong march together, moving from their 20 to the
Farmersville 14 in nine plays, keyed by a 35-yard Compton scamper to the
On fourth-and-three, Compton gained just one, giving the Farmers
possession at their 13.
For the third straight time, the Farmers put together a scoring march,
moving from their 13 to the Eustace 9 in seven plays, including a
56-yard gallop by Wiggins to the Bulldog 26.
On third-and-nine at the Bulldog 9, Wiggins was dropped for a three-yard
loss by Bradburn, and DeLaFuente came on to toe a 29-yard field goal to
give the Farmers a 17-6 lead with 6:28 to play.
Needing to score, the Bulldogs put together their second scoring march,
moving 72 yards in 14 plays.
Key plays in the march included Calhoun runs of eight and 13 yards and
another halfback pass by Johnson to Bradburn.
Bradburn did a great job of getting both toes down inbounds for a
23-yard gain to the Farmersville 14.
From there, the Bulldogs inched closer on runs by Calhoun and Johnson,
who converted a fourth-and-two with a five-yard run to the Farmersville
It took Compton two tries to punch in from the 1, and Bradburn got the
two-point conversion on a run to the left to make it a one-possession
game at 17-14 with 2:04 left to play.
Everybody in the stadium knew the Bulldogs would be trying an onside
kick, and when officials unpiled the scrum at midfield, the Farmers had
Even though the Bulldogs still had all three of their time outs, with
just two minutes to play, both teams knew that a first down would
probably ice the contest for the Farmers.
Brooks moved to running back, with Curtis Stanley coming in at
quarterback (something the Farmers did a couple of times in the second
half), and Brooks got the game-clinching first down with a 13-yard run
to the Eustace 40.
An offsides call against the Eustace defense enabled the Farmers to get
another first down on a sneak by Stanley, and Brooks knelt once to run
out the final seconds.
Lady Panthers crush WP
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–The Mabank Lady Panthers improved to 2-0 on the young basketball
season Saturday with another dominating home-court win, this time
crushing the Wills Point Lady Tigers 63-40.
Following an open Tuesday night, the Lady Panthers are scheduled to host
Spring Hill Friday, Nov. 20, with a 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity contest
opening a three-game slate.
Next Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 23-24, the Lady Panthers are scheduled to
host Canton Monday and visit Kerens Tuesday, but game times had not been
set as of presstime Tuesday.
Following the Thanksgiving break, Mabank’s girls will host Kaufman
Tuesday, Dec. 1, before playing in the Spring Hill tournament Dec. 3-5.
Wills Point was originally scheduled for Friday night, but the game was
moved to Saturday evening to avoid conflict with the Wills Point
football team’s bidistrict playoff game (see related story).
The quicker Lady Panthers again opened an early advantage, outscoring
the Lady Tigers 20-6 in the first quarter, and outscoring them 21-12 in
the second period to take a dominating 41-18 halftime lead.
During the second quarter, the Lady Tigers lost multi-sport athlete
Precious Spencer to a knee injury. She did not return in the second
In the third quarter, Wills Point came out hot, while the Lady Panthers
came out ice-cold. The result was a 9-1 run by the Lady Tigers, which
cut Mabank’s lead to 15 points, 42-27, going into the fourth quarter.
During the final frame, the Lady Panthers found the range again,
outscoring Wills Point 21-13 to forge the final 23-point margin.
Guard Sara Springer led the Lady Panthers with 27 points, as Jeanice
Mojica had 13 and Chelsea Alldredge seven points.
Ashton Norman and Kourtney Holyfield both scored six points each, while
Amanda Cook and Olivia Pannell both scored two points each.
Kemp girls open with win at
Monitor Staff Reports
PALMER–A 24-15 run over the middle two quarters enabled the Kemp Lady
Yellowjackets to defeat the hosting Palmer Lady Bulldogs Friday in
Kemp’s season opener.
The Lady ’Jackets were scheduled to host Scurry-Rosser in their home
Friday, Nov. 20, the Lady ’Jackets are scheduled to visit Venus for a 5
p.m. varsity contest, and Monday, Nov. 23, the Kemp girls will visit
Kaufman for a three-game slate, opening with a 4:30 p.m. freshman game.
Following the Thanksgiving break, the Lady ’Jackets will host the Ferris
Lady Yellowjackets Tuesday, Dec. 1, with a 4:30 p.m. freshman contest
opening a three-game slate.
At Palmer, the Lady ’Jackets started slowly with some typical
early-season mistakes (it was Kemp’s opener and Palmer’s second game),
and the hosting Lady Bulldogs hit some uncontested shots to take an
In the second quarter, the Lady ’Jackets made adjustments and tied the
score at 24 by halftime with 3-point baskets from Brandy Simmons and
Michelle Ritterbach, as well as strong penetration moves by Brittany
Ritterbach again got hot in the third quarter, hitting three baskets,
including a trey, while Brianna Powell added a 3-point basket of her own
to enable Kemp to forge a five-point lead, 38-33, going into the fourth
In the final stanza, the Lady ’Jackets outscored Palmer 10-7 to forge
the final eight-point margin.
Ritterbach finished with a team-high 12 points, while sophomore post
Kandace Rose played aggressively inside, scoring eight points and
dragging down 11 rebounds, including six offensive rebounds.
Brandy Simmons finished with nine points and four rebounds, while
Brittany Simmons had six points, dished out five assists and grabbed
Powell finished with seven points, while Amanda Lawrence had six points
and two steals. Shannon Shipp, Shelbie Wright and Brittany Henderson
combined for nine rebounds, one steal and one block.
EHS @ Quinlan tourn.
MHS vs Spring Hill
KHS @ Venus
MHS vs Canton (TASO)
KHS @ Kaufman
MHS @ Kerens
EHS vs Malakoff
MHS vs Kaufman
KHS vs Ferris
EHS @ Fruitvale
MHS @ Spring Hill tourn.
KHS @ Scurry-Rosser tourn.
EHS hosts tournament
MHS @ Van
KHS vs Malakoff
MHS vs Rowlett
KHS @ Venus tourn.
EHS @ Fruitvale tourn.
MHS @ Lindale
KHS @ Forney North
EHS @ Grand Saline
MHS TASO Classic
KHS vs Crandall
EHS vs Trinidad
MHS TASO Classic
EHS vs Malakoff
MHS vs Van
KHS @ Athens
EHS vs Scurry-Rosser
MHS-Cedar Creek Shoot-out
KHS @ Quinlan Ford tourn.
EHS @ Scurry-Rosser tourn.