Monitor Staff Reports
GRANDVIEW–The Kemp Yellowjackets perfect season came to a halt Friday at the hands of the Grandview Zebras, 39-32.
Kemp scored first on a Dylan McDonald 31-yard field goal before Grandview took a 6-3 lead.
Elijah Gardiner recovered a Kemp offensive fumble on the 1-yard line for the go-ahead touchdown score. Kemp led 10-6 after the PAT.
Grandview scored the next two touchdowns on running plays to take a 18-10 lead. Two-point conversion attempts on both touchdowns were not successful.
The Yellowjackets brought the game within one point with another touchdown when Camerson Clamon threw a 14-yard pass to Gardiner to make the game 18-17 after the extra point.
Grandview responded with another rushing touchdown to extend their lead to 25-17 (PAT good), then Kemp struck right back when Caleb Bolin caught a 14-yard pass from Clamon to make the score 25-24 Granview (PAT good).
The Zebras answered back with another touchdown to push the score to 32-24 (PAT good).
The Yellowjackets tied the game in dramatic fashion when Kane Johnson picked up a fumble and ran 75 yards all the way into the endzone to push the game to a 32-32 deadlock (after a two-point conversion) late in the fourth quarter.
Sadly, for Kemp, Grandview has one more touchdown left in them and scored on a 31-yard pass play to win the game 39-32.
The Yellowjackets were able to stick with the Zebras all game despite Grandview offense performing exceptional. Kemp rushed for 205 yards and passed for just 65 and was without Dreyson Watters for most of the game. Grandview had a total of 501 yards of total offense, rushing for 340.
Watters played for two quarters and rushed for 74 yards on 10 carries. Bolin led the team with 97 rushing yards and Clamon was 5-of-14 passing for 65 yards. He rushed for 33 more. Gardiner caught three passes for 36 yards while Bolin and Johnson caught one each.
Grandview has 29 first downs to Kemp’s 14, and 501 yards of total offense to Kemp’s 270. Despite this, the Yellowjackets nearly pulled out the victory despite being down their starting quarterback for most the game.
A key stat that kept Kemp in the game and gave them a chance to win was the four fumbles (resulting in four turnovers for Grandview). Kemp hurt themselves a bit with penalties, losing 165 yards to Grandviews 40.
Other statistical leaders in the rushing category for Kemp were: Clamon eight runs for 33 yards, Johnson one for two yards.
Next up for Kemp in the district schedule is Madison. The Yellowjackets host the 6-1Trojans, who came off their first loss of the season last week, a 55-28 defeat by the hands of Sunnyvale.
Posted by : October 12, 2016| On :
Monitor Staff Reports
Posted by : October 7, 2016| On :
By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–Just about everyone would agree that the results on the football field from this year’s Mabank Panthers varsity squad have been disappointing. The players and coaches have put in the long hours of blood, sweat and tears to better themselves and build the type of strong character that leads to successful athletes and future leaders – but the wins just haven’t come.
The Panthers sit at 0-6 and host division favorite Van at Panther Stadium Oct. 7. While the results on the field have fallen well below the expectation of the community, players and coaching staff, Head Coach Mikey Thompson insists that his group of athletes have much to be proud of and the program has a bright future.
“These guys work their butts off every day,” Thompson said at the recent “Meet the Panthers community event. “They put in hours each morning starting at 7 a.m. watching film to improve, then after the school day they come to practice, all the while maintaining their grades and holding a job.”
In short, Thompson said that the Mabank Panthers football players have a lot to be proud of.
While the varsity squad is struggling with wins, the sub varsity Green Team is currently undefeated this year with a perfect 6-0 record after defeating Brownsboro 40-14 last week.
Thompson said that the positive results show the football program is taking root and show a bright future for the Panthers.
“I think it shows that the coaching staff are doing a good job with the boys,” he said. “Our program is really starting to take root, and the kids are buying into what we do. The most important component to a successful football program is that everyone involved in the program is in it for each other. Our kids believe in the coaches and the coaches believe in the kids. We saw the same situation with our sub-varsity last season, they finished 8-2. This season we started out 6-0. The kids are learning how to win! Our participation numbers in the program have grown tremendously over the last 2 seasons. We are heading in the right direction!”
Posted by : October 7, 2016| On :
By Russell Slaton
TRINIDAD–A Trinidad Trojan second-half comeback came up short in a 51-50 Homecoming loss to the Fannindel Falcons, played Saturday, Oct. 1 at Trojan Field.
Trinidad fell behind 31-18, early in the third quarter, when the Trojan comeback commenced. With 6:30 left in the third quarter, Trinidad’s Colby Snider found Jerry Bannister for a 40-yard touchdown pass, but the extra-point conversion failed when the run was stopped short of the goal line. That got Trinidad closer, 31-24.
The first play for Fannindel after the Trinidad touchdown, a long pass to near the goal line, was intercepted by Trojan Jaden Garcia, who brought the ball all the way back to the Fannindel 20-yard line. From there, on the first play on offense, Trinidad’s Jerry Bannister scampered 20 yards for a Trojan touchdown. Ronald Marcus rumbled in for the one-point, point-after conversion, which gave Trinidad a 32-31 lead with 6:04 left in the third quarter.
Fannindel retook the lead at 38-32 with 4:29 left in the third quarter, but Trinidad responded with a score of its own, tying the game at 38 points apiece when Trojan fullback Nathan Williams plunged across the goal line from two yards out for six points with 31 seconds left in the third quarter (the extra-point play that followed failed).
Ronald Marcus of Trinidad recovered a Fannindel fumble on the first play of the fourth quarter, but the ensuing drive ended with a Falcon score on an interception returned for a touchdown, moving Fannindel ahead, 44-38, with the point-after conversion run failing with 8:19 left in the game.
Fannindel went up further, 51-38, following a 10-yard touchdown run and successful PAT with 6:11 left in the game. Trinidad chipped away at the Falcon lead when Ronald Marcus ran 25 yards for a touchdown with 5:24 left in the game, which came after Trinidad receiver Romal Womack was interfered with on a long touchdown pass attempt.
Fannindel faced a fourth-down-and-five-yard play at the Trinidad 25-yard line, but the Falcons fumbled and Trojan Colby Snider scooped up the football and scooted down the sideline for a Trinidad touchdown, bringing Trinidad to within one point with 3:52 left in the game. However, Fannindel stopped the Trojan point-after conversion run, which if successful would have tied the game at 51.
Alas, Fannindel held the football and ran out the clock inside the Trinidad 10-yard line, clinching a 51-50 victory over Trinidad. Fannindel is now 3-2 on the 2016 season, while Trinidad’s record evens at 3-3. The Trinidad Trojans return to the gridiron on Oct. 21 with a football contest at Milford.