Posted by : October 30, 2014| On :
By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor
KEMP–The Kemp Yellowjackets homecoming game didn’t end with a Cinderella story, falling to the visiting Elkhart Elks 41-3.
Elkhart scored first, shortly after the six-minute mark of the first quarter with a 51-yard touchdown run (PAT good) to give them the early 7-0 lead.
Elkhart stopped Kemp’s next drive and ran into the Kemp punter, forcing an automatic first down for the Yellowjackets. The home team didn’t take full advantage of the situation and after running the clock down a bit, elected to punt to Elkhart again. The rest of the first was quiet with neither team scoring or moving the ball much on offense.
The Elks pushed themselves into a 14-0 lead in the second quarter after capping a 50-plus yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter (PAT good).
After a nice kickoff return to midfield, Kemp coughed up a fumble on a running play that was cleanly picked up by an Elkhart defender and ran all the way to the endzone for a 46-yard touchdown (PAT no good). The lengthened lead sucked much of the energy out of the homecoming crowd and gave the Elks a 20-0 lead.
Both teams settled down after the pair of touchdowns and exited the field for halftime with the score 20-0 Elkhart.
After halftime performances by both schools’ marching bands, Kemp put together its best offensive drive of the evening midway through the third quarter. The ’Jackets strung together a series of passing plays by Calbert Hukill and running plays from David Dennis and Braxton Watters to fall just a few yards short of a touchdown. Facing fourth down Head Coach Brandon Hankins elected to go for the field goal, putting Kemp on the board for a 20-3 ball game.
Elkhart scored three more touchdown the rest of the night; a 42-yard run with two minutes remaining in the third quarter, a three-yard run midway through the fourth and a 52-yard bomb touchdown pass in the final minutes.
“We haven’t had the outcomes we had hoped, but we are going to continue to play our hardest,” Hankins said.
The loss drops Kemp to 0-8 on the year. Kemp will host the Malakoff Tigers Friday night with kickoff scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. The game is senior night for the Yellowjackets.
Posted by : October 26, 2014| On :
By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor
PALMER-The Kemp High School Cross County teams ran away with victory Oct. 20 at the District Meet in Palmer, finishing with three individual District Champions, as well as securing a spot for each team at the regional meet in Arlington.
It should come as no surprise to Kemp fans that standout Jesus Perez lead the way for the boys team. Perez claimed the title as District Champion when he crossed the finish line with a time of 15:56. Perez also ran away with the District title last year, defeating some of the best runners in the state from Eustace High School.
Cross Country may have individual performers, but it is a team sport. Perez needed some help for his team to qualify for Regionals and they delivered. James Kimbrell finished in sixth place, Justin Glass eighth, Luis Garcia tenth, John Brooks 13th and Ishmael Morales 22nd.
The girls team may have done even better, also claiming a District Champion and advancing as a team to the Regional Tournament. Kelsey Gage earned the honor as top overall runner and District Champion. Her teammates stepped up to the occasion as well. Mikalia Gutierrez finished in sixth place, Emiley Mullens seventh, Madison Thompson eighth, Maria Galvez 16th, Kayla Hale 21st and Jodi Cox 27th place.
Junior Varsity girls runner Ashley Schafer also finished first and became District Champion. Junior Varsity boys runners Alec Cooper finished fourth and Jay Kohlemeir fifth.
Perez and Gage will set their eyes on a Regional Championship and helping their team earn a spot in the State Meet when they travel to Arlington Nov. 1.
Posted by : October 23, 2014| On :
Bulldogs now 4-3, Yellowjackets fall to 0-7
By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor
EUSTACE–The Eustace Bulldogs helped make it a happy homecoming with a 34-6 victory over the visiting Kemp Yellowjackets Oct. 17.
The win lifted Eustace’s overall record back to the winning side (4-3 overall, 1-1 in District 11-3A) and kept Kemp winless (0-7, 0-2).
The win came the same way the majority of good Eustace games go: with a strong running attack and savvy clock management. Two Bulldogs, Keenan Hargest and Quentin Parks, rushed for more than 100 yards in the victory.
Eustace got an early score from a 37-yard run by Hargest to go up 7-0 in the first quarter (PAT good).
The Bulldog’s defense was too much for Kemp, suffocating their run and not giving any openings to the pass.
Eustace kept eating up the clock and after a long offensive drive increased the score to 14-0 with a 1-yard touchdown run by Zach Hughes (PAT good).
The second quarter included two more Eustace touchdowns and a slew of Kemp penalties.
Parks got in on the scoring for Eustace with a 5-yard run (PAT good) midway through the second quarter for a score of 21-0.
Kemp nearly got on the scoreboard twice in the second quarter, but had two touchdowns thwarted by penalties. The first came on an interception by Calbert Hukill. Hukill picked off a Eustace pass on the 50-yard line and returned it for a score. A chop block penalty nullified the touchdown.
Just a few snaps later, the ’Jackets scored a touchdown, but that too was called back for a receiver being past the line of scrimmage when Hukill attempted a pass to a wide open receiver. Despite their near touchdowns, Kemp was unable to score and the game remained 21-0.
The Bulldogs threw a rare touchdown pass in the final moments of the second quarter to bring the homecoming crowd to their feet and roar with delight. The big pass was made possible after a Kemp pass interference call moved the chains to the Kemp 35-yard line with just 12 seconds remaining until halftime. Eustace quarterback James East avoided the Kemp pass rush and launched the ball deep, finding receiver Colton Summerall for the 35-yard touchdown (PAT no good). Eustace led 27-0 after the big pass before halftime.
East was filling in for injured Bulldogs quarterback Brandon Morgan, who was out with a concussion. Morgan is expected back to play Oct. 24 against Westwood.
Scoring slowed down significantly after halftime, as the Bulldogs slowed down the game and chewed up the clock. Eustace scored their final touchdown of the night on their first possession of the second half with a 23-yard run by Parks.
Kemp prevented the shutout when Hukill connected with Elijah Gardner for a 60-yard bomb with 2:15 remaining in the third quarter for the game’s final points.
Eustace finished the game with 506 yards of total offense, including 170 rushing yards from Hargest, 105 from Parks and 73 from Rogers. East was one-for-four passing with 35 yards.
Kemp finished the night with 163 yards of total offense with Braxton Watters leading the way with 43 yards rushing on 10 attempts. Gardner had two catches for 83 yards while Hukill was 4-of-16 passing for 100 yards.
Kemp will host their homecoming celebrations tomorrow when the visiting Elkhart Elks come to town. Eustace travels to Westwood.
Eustace Head Coach Heath Ragle gave credit to the offensive line for the strong running performance.
“Our offensive line was excellent,” he said. “All the backs ran extremely well when they were called on. Hargest had a great first half and Rogers and Parks also ran well. Kemp played hard and competed.”
Kemp Head Coach Bandon Hankins has his sights set on the Homecoming game against Elkhart. “We need to stay focused and prepare for Elkhart,” Hankins said. “We are going to be ready for them.”