Eustace ends season with
19-10 loss to Melissa
By Sam Epps
DALLAS–It was a good run, an exciting season full of fun and
hard hits, but the Eustace Bulldogs’ football season ended
Friday with a 19-10 loss to the District 7-2A Melissa Cardinals.
Eustace’s gameplan of running the ball hard and controlling the
clock fell just short of Melissa’s passing.
Eustace rushed the ball 68 times for 259 yards, while Melissa
had just 127 yards on the ground.
The Cardinals’ air assault, however, paved the way for Melissa
as they completed 15 of 20 attempts for 205 yards.
The Bulldogs took charge of the game early, scoring in the first
quarter on a on a 33-yard field goal by kicker Kyle Purselley.
The rest of the quarter, and much of the second quarter, was a
The Cardinals scored 10 points in the second quarter to take a
10-3 lead at halftime.
The third quarter, much like the first, saw Eustace battle
defensively, while the Bulldog offense pressed on.
They scored once in the quarter on a three-yard shot by junior
running back Tyler Folsom. Purselley’s kick was good, tying the
game at 10-10.
On the evening, Folsom rushed 15 times from 77 yards.
Much like the second quarter, the fourth quarter featured more
offensive play by Melissa.
The Cards scored nine points in the quarter and held Eustace
scoreless, securing the 19-10 win at the buzzer.
Bulldog running back Blake Ward rushed 31 times for 120 yards,
and Jacob McCarter rushed 15 times for 70 yards.
The trio of Ward, McCarter and Folsom each rushed for more than
1,000 on the season, capping off the most successful season for
the Bulldogs in 14 years.
The Bulldogs closed out the season with an 11-2 record overall.
Kemp grad receives honors
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Shelbie Wright, 2010 graduate of Kemp High School, played
in the NJCAA Division III National Volleyball Championship
playoffs for the Brookhaven Community College Lady Bears.
She is the daughter of Trae and Lue Wright and the granddaughter
of Fay and Jimmy Beavers of Kemp.
The playoffs were held Nov. 11-12, at the UCR Regional Sports
Center, Rochester Community and Technical College in Rochester,
The Lady Bears held the second place National Championship for
the 2nd year.
Shelbie was selected to the National All Tournament Team.
Kemp girls beat Nevada Community
By Sam Epps
KEMP–The Kemp Lady Yellowjackets defeated the visiting Nevada
Community girls, 55-53, Friday.
The game remained close throughout the first period of play,
with both teams taking the lead, then losing the lead
Community eventually outscored Kemp in the first period, 11-8.
Kemp took a lead midway through the second period, and
eventually outscored Nevada 18-14.
Kemp extended its lead after outscoring the Nevada girls, 11-9,
in the third period.
The final stanza of the game was a nail-biter, with Nevada
Community playing strong offense to whittle away at the Kemp
The Kemp offense, however, answered back by maintaining the lead
and winning the game.
“We adjusted our defense and caused quite a few turnovers in the
halfcourt,” Kemp head coach Kent Smith said. “But we kept them
in the game by making mental mistakes through turnovers.”
Brianna Powell led Kemp scorers with 18 points. She also had
five rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Taylor Day had 10 points and lead the team in rebounding with
“Overall we are slowly improving,” Smith said. “Our record is