Oct

23

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : October 23, 2014

Monitor Photo/Summer Simpson Eustace’s Colton Summerall (left) moves in to tackle  Kemp’s Braxton Watters (right, 8) in the Bulldogs 34-6 homecoming victory over Kemp Oct. 17.

Monitor Photo/Summer Simpson
Eustace’s Colton Summerall (left) moves in to tackle Kemp’s Braxton Watters (right, 8) in the Bulldogs 34-6 homecoming victory over Kemp Oct. 17.

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.”

Oct

16

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : October 16, 2014

Courtesy Photo/Trista Browning. Mabank seniors Maddie Park (no. 3)  and Bailey Swain (no. 13) leap to block a Ferris player that reels from the duo’s action.

Courtesy Photo/Trista Browning.
Mabank seniors Maddie Park (no. 3) and Bailey Swain (no. 13) leap to block a Ferris player that reels from the duo’s action.

District record still perfect, 4-0

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor

FERRIS–The Mabank Lady Panthers volleyball team keep racking up the wins after a clean 3-0 match against Ferris Oct. 10 on the road.
Mabank won three convincing sets by scores of 25-6, 25-6 and 25-17 to lift their record to 25-10 on the season and remain a perfect 4-0 in district play. The win gives Mabank a victory over each team in its district.
The game was won so quickly that the Lady Panthers didn’t have the game time to compile as many stats as previous games. Madison Holyfield led Mabank with eight kills and added one dig and two aces; Payton Costlow had the most blocks with three to go with her other score lines of two kills and two digs and Meagan Holyfield had a team-high 16 assists with three kills and one ace. Brii Young had one kill, one dig and two aces; Madd Park three kills and one ace; Gabby Duncan one ace and Baily Swain three kills and three digs.
Head Coach Stacey Shelton says the Lay Panthers are on top of their game at an important time of the year.
“We are in the middle of our district schedule right now and we are taking care of business in a timely manner,” Shelton said. “I’m proud of how hard they are playing.”
The Lady Panthers begin their second pass through their district opponents Oct. 24 when the Athens Lady Hornets come to Mabank.
“Athens has always played us well and we are going to need to be prepared,” Shelton said.

Oct

12

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : October 12, 2014

Monitor Photo/Summer Simpson Marshalla Padgett (right) dives to the ground, scoring a dig for Eustace and keeping the a volley alive Oct. 7 in a home match against Troup. Makenzie Abbott (left) stands ready to assist on Padgett’s play. Eustace lost the match three games to one.

Monitor Photo/Summer Simpson
Marshalla Padgett (right) dives to the ground, scoring a dig for Eustace and keeping the a volley alive Oct. 7 in a home match against Troup. Makenzie Abbott (left) stands ready to assist on Padgett’s play. Eustace lost the match three games to one.


By Erik Walsh
Monitor Spots Editor

EUSTACE–The Eustace Lady Bulldogs couldn’t overcome costly errors in the crucial second set and were defeated by district rival Troup Oct. 7.
Troup (7-1 in district) came out strong in the first set, winning convincingly 25-15. A slew of unforced errors were too much for Eustace (4-4) to overcome in the second set and Troup won that one too, 26-24. The Lady Bulldogs fought back and won the third set 25-19 before losing the fourth set 25-17 to finalize the match loss.
Eustace Head Coach Chuck Powers thought the second set held the defining plays of the match.
“We gave away too many points,” Powers said. “I think if we won that set it could have changed the entire flow of the night. The bottom line is we gave away too many unforced turnovers. It’s been our problem all year. The kids are playing hard and hustling, but are making too many silly mistakes.”
Powers said the Lady Bulldogs’ opponents are averaging 16 points each set from Eustace’s unforced errors.
“We haven’t lost even one set this year by 16 points,” he said. “If we took better care of the ball, the district standing would have a much different landscape.”
The loss moves Eustace to a tie with Frankston for the fourth and final playoff spot in District 18-3A. Eustace volleyball has played in the postseason for 12 consecutive years through several different UIL classifications.
Abra Roberts led Eustace servers with seven aces and tied for the team lead with nine assists along with Ashley Purselley. Purselley added five aces to the cause. Grace Holcombe had two aces, one assist and one dig; Kasey Lopez had three kills and one dig; Makenzie Abbott had three aces, four kills, and two digs; Marshalla Padgett had one ace, four kills and four digs; Michelle Gomez had a team-leading six kills and one dig; Taylor Peebles had two kills and one dig and Whitney Boerner had one dig.
It’s very important to Eustace to not just claim the fourth playoff spot to keep the tradition alive, but climb to the third spot that is currently held by Mildred with a 6-2 record.
“After the first round of district games were over, we decided our goal was to reach third place in the district,” Powers said. “The fourth place team will play against powerhouse White Oak in the playoffs and we want to avoid that.”
Powers said that goal is still within the Lady Bulldog’s reach.
“We let this one slip away, but we can still do it if we defeat Mildred and upset Arp in our coming games,” he said. “We will need to be on our game when we face Frankston again. Just because we beat them once, doesn’t mean it’s an automatic win.”