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’Jackets fall to Pleasant Grove in area
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

MARSHALL–On a night when their offense was bottled up, the Kemp Yellowjackets posted a standout defensive effort, but it wasn’t enough Friday, as the Pleasant Grove Hawks took a 37-13 area championship victory.
The Yellowjackets finished their season at 6-6 with a bidistrict championship trophy, while the 9-2 Hawks (lucky them) go on to face perennial powerhouse and defending Division II state champion Celina.
Celina’s Bobcats (9-3) pounded Kennedale 54-21 Friday night to advance to the regional championship contest against the Hawks, set for 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at Royse City High School.
Going into Friday night’s contest at Marshall’s Mavericks Stadium, Kemp head coach Greg Anderson noted Pleasant Grove’s habit of fumbling.
The Hawks put the ball on the carpet four times, and the ’Jackets returned two of them for both Kemp touchdowns.
The ’Jackets also made a stirring goal line stand in the fourth quarter and then marched nearly the length of the field, only to stall at the Hawks 1 as time was running out.
Playing in his final game, Kemp senior Josh Carr put up an outstanding effort on both sides of the ball, gaining 82 yards on 21 carries and racking up numerous tackles, as well as returning one Hawk fumble 54 yards for a touchdown.
The other fumble return was by sophomore linebacker Brandon Smith, who subbed for Carr at running back late in the game when Carr limped to the sideline.
Kemp senior Korey Henderson, who had teamed with Carr to provide the ’Jackets with a strong one-two running attack this season, was injured on his second carry, suffering a hip pointer.
“That hurt us offensively,” Anderson said. “That allowed them to key on Josh.”
Speed proved to be the difference for the Hawks, as they posted scoring plays of 27, 74 and 70 yards, and were able to contain the ’Jacket offense for almost the entire contest.
Pleasant Grove’s Damien Watts opened the contest by taking a short kickoff back to the Hawk 49.
It took the Hawks six plays to capitalize on the short field, with DeAnte Reid taking the pitch on a double reverse up the Pleasant Grove sideline for a 27-yard touchdown.
Steven Oubre added the PAT kick to give the Hawks an early 7-0 lead.
Back-to-back woes struck the ’Jackets on their ensuing possession, which didn’t open well – Henderson was run down and stopped at the Kemp 13 on the kickoff.
Runs by Carr, Henderson and Wesley Kerr gave the ’Jackets their initial first down at the 24, but on third-and-10, Henderson was corralled for a loss of seven by Hawk Tyler Brolo.
Henderson was injured on the play, and watched from the sideline in street clothes after halftime.
On the punt, Kemp junior Michael Scott had to go to his knee to field a low snap, and the officials alertly blew the play dead where Scott’s knee had touched, the Kemp 3.
It took the Hawks only one play to capitalize on the gift, as quarterback Antonio Graves spun over for the touchdown.
Oubre’s PAT kick gave the Hawks a stunning 14-0 lead with 5:46 left in the first quarter.
Kemp posted another first down on their ensuing possession when junior quarterback Jeremy Quick hit senior James Trim for a 10-yard gain, but the Hawks shut down the ’Jackets at that point.
When Carr was stopped for a loss of two on third-and-five, it forced another Scott punt to the Pleasant Grove 26.
It took just one play for the Hawks to score, as Graves hit Watts coming over the middle. Watts left the Kemp defense behind as he dashed 74 yards for Pleasant Grove’s third straight touchdown.
Oubre’s kick made it 21-0 with 2:42 left in the first quarter.
Kemp’s third possession was a carbon copy of their second – a 15-yard Carr run gave them a first down at the ’Jacket 44, but Carr was stopped for a loss of four on third-and-eight, forcing another punt.
Scott’s kick rolled all the way down to the Hawk 10, and fumbilitis bit the Hawks on their first play.
Smith picked up the loose ball and returned it about five yards for Kemp’s first touchdown.
Bryan Fivecoat added the PAT kick, and the ’Jackets could feel momentum swinging a little bit their way with six seconds left in the first quarter.
Trying to avoid a long return, Fivecoat again kicked short, but Reid gave the Hawks excellent field position with a return to the Hawk 45.
It took the Hawks eight plays to move the 55 yards. Key plays in the march included runs of 15 and 13 by NeRonte Threatt (19 carries, 178 yards, two TDs) and a 14-yard pass from Graves to Reid.
The Kemp defense was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct on a stop of Threatt, and the three-yard penalty gave the Hawks a first-and-goal at the ’Jacket 3.
Threatt got the TD on the next play, and Oubre’s kick gave the Hawks a 28-7 lead with 9:03 left in the first half.
After the teams traded punts, the ’Jackets started putting together their first serious drive, moving from their 32 to the Hawk 30 in eight plays.
Carr opened the drive with a 16-yard gain on a screen pass, and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against the Hawks added 15 more to put the ’Jackets at the Hawk 34.
On fourth-and-five at the Hawk 29, Quick hit Trim for a gain of five, but the ’Jackets were unable to move closer.
Carr was topped for a loss of six on second down, and after an incomplete pass, Fivecoat lined up for a 47-yard field goal attempt.
Fivecoat’s kick was right down the middle, but fell just short of the crossbar, and that was pretty much it for the first half.
Kemp got the ball to open the second half, and posted an initial first down on a six-yard run by Kerr.
However, Carr was again dropped for a loss of six on a pitchout, forcing a Scott punt from the Kemp 41.
It appeared that Kemp hit the Hawk receiver, who had signaled a fair catch, but the officials ruled an illegal block had forced the Yellowjacket defender into the receiver, pushing the Hawks back to their 12.
Four Threatt runs later, he took the handoff up the middle, hopped twice over two defenders and was gone for a 70-yard touchdown.
Oubre added the PAT kick to give the Hawks a 35-7 lead with 6:21 left in the third quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff, Carr was smothered at the Kemp 8.
On third-and-seven, Quick rolled out and was in the process of being dragged down in the end zone when he threw the ball.
The ’Jackets were flagged for intentional grounding in the end zone, moving the ball back to the Kemp 1 and setting up fourth-and-long.
The punt snap sailed over Scott’s head for a safety, which gave the Hawks a 37-7 lead.
Following the free kick, the Hawks began putting a drive together, moving from the Kemp 48 to the 36, overcoming back-to-back procedure penalties with a 15-yard pass to Logan Ashby.
New quarterback Jon Phillips was stopped for a loss, and on second-and-11 at the 37, Phillips was crushed and fumbled.
Carr picked up the loose ball and motored 54 yards untouched to the wild screams of Kemp fans.
Fivecoat’s PAT kick looked good, but was ruled wide left, ending the scoring with 2:34 left in the third quarter.
Pleasant Grove forged another lengthy march, moving from their 47 to the Kemp 1 in six plays, including runs of 16 and 15 by Threatt and a 14-yard end-around by C.J. Broades.
With first-and-goal, Phillips fumbled the snap on first down, but the ’Jacket defense stuffed him for no gain on second down.
On third down, Kemp junior Zach Allison stopped Threatt for no gain, and a fourth-down pass from Phillips was nowhere near anybody as Kemp fans went berserk.
Taking over with 8:21 left to play, the ’Jackets would take almost all of that time to move from their 1 to the Hawk 1 in 18 plays, converting three fourth-down plays along the way.
The first fourth down came at the Kemp 9, when Quick hit Kerr for a gain of five.
A Carr run and a Quick keeper gave the ’Jackets a first down at their 24, and Carr busted a big one on his next carry, dashing 41 yards to the Hawk 35 before Ashby could push him out of bounds.
On fourth-and-two at the Hawk 27, Carr spun through tacklers to gain a first down at the Hawk 24.
Two incompletions led to the ’Jackets facing a fourth-and-nine. Quick scrambled for 12 yards to the Hawk 11.
On fourth-and-three at the Hawk 4, Quick’s keeper was measured and found to be a couple of inches short, giving Pleasant Grove possession at their 1 with just 1:05 to play.
Two Phillips sneaks ran out the final seconds and ended Kemp’s season.

Mabank edges Spring Hill, 59-58
Monitor Staff Reports
LONGVIEW–Mabank’s Lady Panthers ran up a big halftime lead, and then held off a strong comeback by the hosting Spring Hill Lady Panthers to take a 59-58 win Friday.
Mabank’s girls were scheduled to visit Canton Monday and Van Tuesday before taking a break over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Tuesday, Dec. 2, the Lady Panthers stay on the road for a non-district basketball game against the Kaufman Lady Lions, with 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity contests opening the evening.
The next weekend, Dec. 4-6, the Lady Panthers travel to the Scurry-Rosser Lady Wildcat Invitational tournament.
At Spring Hill Friday, Mabank opened a 15-9 lead in the first quarter and expanded that lead to 13 points, 34-21, by halftime.
In the third quarter, Spring Hill began coming back, outscoring Mabank by two points.
During the fourth quarter, Spring Hill outscored Mabank 22-12 to close within a point at the end of regulation time.
Mabank’s guards led the way, as senior Chelsey Dillon scored 21 points, and sophomore Sara Springer scored 20.
Mabank also got six points from Cheyenne Alldredge, four points each from Ashley Hammack and Lauren Hamilton, and two points from both Chelsea Alldredge and Ashton Norman.
Haney led Spring Hill with 23 points, with Hart adding 20.

Tigers slash Bulldogs, 75-44
Monitor Staff Reports
MALAKOFF–The hosting Malakoff Tigers outscored the Eustace Bulldogs 47-17 across the middle two quarters to take a 75-44 win Friday night.
The Bulldogs were scheduled to visit Blooming Grove for a non-district basketball game Monday before taking a Thanksgiving break.
Tuesday, Dec. 2, the Eustace boys and girls are scheduled to host the Fruitvale Bobcat boys and girls, opening with the girls game at 5 p.m.
That weekend, Dec. 4-6, the Bulldogs will play in the Scurry-Rosser Wildcat Invitational tournament.
At Malakoff Friday, the Bulldogs took a 17-13 lead in the first quarter, but were outscored 24-9 in the second quarter and 23-8 in the third.
The Tigers edged the Bulldogs 15-10 in the fourth quarter to forge the final 31-point margin.
Johnny Lee led the Bulldogs with 16 points, as Zach Keeling added 10 and David Key scored six points.
Zach Sutton and Brandon Beggs each scored four points, while Brett Miner and Marcus Emmons added two points each.
Balanced scoring marked the Tigers, with three players in double figures and three others with eight points or more.

Upcoming games

Girls Basketball

Dec. 2
MHS @ Kaufman
KHS @ Ferris
EHS vs Fruitvale

Dec. 4-6
MHS @ Scurry-Rosser tourn.
KHS @ Scurry-Rosser tourn.
EHS hosts tournament

Boys Basketball

Dec. 2
MHS @ Van
KHS vs Athens
EHS vs Fruitvale

Dec. 4-6
MHS-Cedar Creek Shoot-Out
KHS @ Quinlan-Ford tourn.
EHS @ Scurry-Rosser tourn.




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