Sep

23

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 23, 2016

Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–The 11th-ranked Trinity Valley Community College Cardinals scored three touchdowns in the final 3:54 Saturday night to rally for a 36-28 victory against Blinn College in SWJCFC action Saturday night at Bruce Field.
The win improved the Cardinals to 3-1 on the season and 2-1 in league play. Blinn dropped to 2-2 and 1-2. It was their sixth straight win against the Buccaneers.
The Cardinals are scheduled to return to action Saturday, traveling to Little Rock, Ark., to face Arkansas Baptist College in a 3 p.m. non-conference clash.
“It was a great win in front of a large Family Day crowd,” 10th-year Cardinal head coach Brad Smiley said. “I am very proud of our kids with the way they made plays and battled back.
“It was a blessing the way everyone stayed together and on the same page when things weren’t going like we wanted. The energy on the sideline and from our fans was awesome.”
With 13:13 left in the game, the Buccaneers took control of the game, going up 28-17 on a 19-yard D’Anthony Hopkins touchdown run. Blinn maintained the advantage until the Cardinal defense forced a punt, resulting in the offense getting the ball on the Blinn 36-yard line.
The Cardinals covered the distance in four plays to get back into the game. Cedric Battle took a Shelton Eppler handoff and scooted in from the one. The try for two points failed, leaving the Blinn lead at 28-23.
With 3:06 remaining, the Cardinal defense against came up big when Patrick Peek recovered a Blinn fumble and returned it to the Buccaneer 36. Five plays later, Adam Berryman crashed into the end zone from three yards out to put the Cardinals up 29-28 with 1:31 to go. The two-point conversion attempt failed.
The Cardinals sealed the deal on the ensuing kickoff when Jaquay Pough recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff on the Blinn five-yard line. Berryman scored on the first play following the turnover. With Caden Novikoff’s PAT, the Cardinals were up 36-28.
Blinn lost a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and the win was sealed.
The Cardinals rallied from another 11-point deficit in the first half after Blinn went up 14-3 at the 13:23 mark of the second quarter.
The comeback began with 4:13 to go in the half on a 24-yard Battle scoring run. Michael Curtis hit Anthony Turner with a 29-yard pass with 42 seconds left to give the Cardinals a 17-14 advantage.
Curtis completed 16-of-31 passes for 249 yards before leaving the game with an injury in the second half. He was replaced by Rayjohn Austin-Ramsey, who was replaced by Eppler. Eppler, in his collegiate debut, hit 4-of-10 passes for 60 yards. He also had two runs for eight yards.
Battle led the Cardinals’ 224-yard ground game with 72 yards on 12 carries. Berryman finished with 61 on 11 and Curtis 42 on eight.
Defensively, Sami wad paced the Cardinals with nine tackles. Jalen Scott had eight and Terrence Potts, Devante Thoms and Blake Stephenson seven each.
Peek had two of the Cardinals’ four fumble recoveries. He returned one 61 yards for a touchdown that was wiped out by a penalty.

Sep

23

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 23, 2016

Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–This week a Kemp teacher was charged with engaging in sexual communication with a minor by use of technology, the result of an investigation taken up by authorities in Oklahoma where he was previously employed. Joseph Kolt Palmer was booked into the Kaufman County jail Sept. 20 on the out-of-state charge. Palmer, 27, was hired this year by Kemp ISD to serve as a P.E. teacher at the junior high school.
Kemp ISD Superintendent Phil Edwards said he had no knowledge of the investigation or that he was criminally charged until a television news reporter informed him the day before the arrest. He further said that a background check returned a clean record. Palmer claimed that Kemp ISD would be his first teaching job.
However, that wasn’t true, he had taught at Yale High School in Oklahoma. He was terminated in May 2015, for inappropriate relationship with a student. After law enforcement began investigations into allegations of his cell phone behavior with some of the female students, he moved away.
About a month ago, he moved to Texas and sought employment as a teacher. His resume and application left off his teaching in Oklahoma, and he had not been charged at that time.

Sep

23

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 23, 2016

Monitor Staff Reports
NEW SUMMERFIELD–The Eustace cross country team completed a clean sweep of first place finishes at the New Summerfield Invitational Sept. 17.
Both girls and boys’ varsity and junior varsity teams won their collective contests, showing just how dominant and deep the cross country program is in Eustace.
The varsity girls claimed seven of the top 10 spots in the race, led by Chanda Westbrook (11:52.80) in first place and Sabrina Davis (12:22.30) in second. Westbrook is distancing herself among the elite of all cross country runners in Texas, finishing 20 seconds ahead of the next fastest runner.
Team captain and newly crowned Homecoming and Rodeo Queen Shelby White came in fourth with a time of 12:43.90, and Cara Henson ended the race in fifth place with a time of 12:50. Skye Burns was seventh (13:10.70).
Rounding out the team were Reece Thorne in eighth (13:13), Molly McAtee in 10th (13:19.10).
Also winning their respective race, varsity boys had six runners in the top 10. The boys team was led by frontrunner Ericsen Gudjohnsen, who finished in first place with a time of (14:54.40).
Zane Arambula was third (15:15), Michael Wong fifth (15:37.20), Micah Zimmerer seventh (15:45.60), Andrew Page ninth (15:51) and Nicolas Westbrook 10th (15:51.40).
Both junior varsity teams took first place with perfect scores of 15 points. To get the low score of 15 points, which like golf, gains you a victory, the team must finish with the top five runners in the race. The junior varsity boys were led by Ayden Reed and Ben Warren. The girls got the first eight finishing spots, led Macy Penix and Brooke McAtee.