Sep

18

Kemp Yellowjackets fall short of Tyler Grace

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 18, 2013

Monitor Photo/Sam Epps Kemp Yellowjacket receiver Braxton Allison runs for extra yards past a Tyler Grace defensive player after a catch.

Monitor Photo/Sam Epps
Kemp Yellowjacket receiver Braxton Allison runs for extra yards past a Tyler Grace defensive player after a catch.

By Sam Epps
Sports Editor

KEMP–The Kemp Yellowjackets showed improved offensive and defensive play Friday as the visiting Tyler Grace Community Cougars beat Kemp, 42-28.
The Yellowjackets, getting strong every week, are responding well to a tough pre-district schedule.
“We’re farther along now this year than any point last year,” Kemp head coach Greg Anderson said. “I’m proud of our guys and how they are responding to adversity,” Anderson added, noting some penalties appeared to be somewhat questionable.
Although the score appeared lopsided, the game was close up to the end.
At the end of the first period, the score was tied, 7-7.
With 7:55 left in the first half, Kemp had a 14-7 lead. “Our kids executed well, it was a good game,” Anderson commented.
Kemp quarterback Corey Watkins completed nine of his 18 pass attempts, gaining 123 yards.
Braxton Allison gained 64 receiving yards, and Antonio Najera had 50 receiving yards.
The Yellowjacket running game is beginning to gel, with Matt House rushing for 120 yards and multiple others getting touches to round out the ground assault.
Defensively, Noah Romero had three tackles and an interception for a touchdown, Olice Rogers had four tackles, Daniel Garcia had three tackles and numerous others getting single tackles and multiple assists.
The Yellowjackets will visit a Mabank Panther team in a similar situation of growth and improvement.
The insane rivalry may haved tamed some, but the athletes still get fired up for the Mabank/Kemp game.
“It’s just another game for us,” Anderson said, but admitted his athletes tend to show more fire in practices leading up to the game.
“The community gets fired up a lot for the game, and we usually have a huge turnout, and that’s a good thing.”
Last year, the Panthers defeated Kemp, 31-7.
“Mabank is looking better,” Anderson said. “They have a good team, and (Panther running back) Clay Gaddis is running the ball well.”
Anderson expects the game to be a solid, physical and defensive game where consistency will be the key to winning.
“We’ll go there and give them all we’ve got,” Anderson said. “Consistency is the key, and our kids have gotten a lot better, Friday (against Tyler Grace) showed that.”
Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. in Mabank’s Panther Stadium.

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