Posted by : October 9, 2014| On :
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE-The Eustace Lady Bulldogs took home a victory Oct. 3 against Rice in a perfect 3-0 sweep at home. They won the sets 25-14, 25-7, 25-11.
The victory lifts Eustace’s district record to 4-3 and gives them a small lead for the final playoff spot over fifth place Frankson (3-4).
Abra Roberts and Ashley Purselley led The Lady Bulldogs with six aces each, while adding 12 and 10 assists, respectively. Marshalla Padgett had five aces, two kills and one dig; Grace Holcombe four aces and one kill; Kasey Lopez two aces and eight kills; Michelle Gomez five kills, one block and one assist; Malenzie Abbott three kills; Taylor Peebles five kills and Whitney Boerner one dig.
The Lady Bulldogs are back in action Oct. 10 when they travel to Mildred.
Posted by : October 5, 2014| On :
By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor
LINDALE—The Eustace boys and girls cross country teams dominated the Lindale Invitational Oct. 2, gaining first place finishes in both races.
The 2014 State Champion girl’s team narrowly beat out rival Kaufman by four points. Eustace finished with 38 points to Kaufman’s 42.
The Lady Bulldogs success started with individual finishes in first and second place. Skye Burns and Shelby White paced the field of 130 runners to take the top two spots. Burns finished in first place with a time of 12:46.70 and White second with a time of 12:50.90. Rounding out the rest of the Eustace girl’s squad were runners Chandra Westbrook in eighth place (13:11.01), Molly McAtee in 13th place (13:24.71) and Chloe Moore in 15th place (13:25.83).
Kemp standout Kelsey Gage finished ninth with a time of 13:13.03. Her Kemp Lady’ Jackets team finished eighth place (of 24 schools) with 229 points.
The Eustace boys didn’t have the top individual runner, but the team achieved victory by a large margin. Eustace led the meet with 54 points, followed by Edgewood 73, Palestine 93 and Kaufman 116. Mabank finished eighth place with 244 points and Kemp 10th with 281 out of 27 schools participating.
Mark Zimmerer led the way for the Bulldogs with a fourth place finish (17:17.47), followed by Preston Schwartz in ninth place (17:41.96), Ayden Reed 10th (18:03.65), Zane Arambula 12th (18:13.88) and Brandon Richardson 22nd (18:53.21). Cade Yates also ran for Eustace, finishing 60th (20:40.34).
Other top area runners include Mabank’s Ryan Lee with a 15th place finish (18:36.78), Mabank’s Harman Beyer 25th (19:10.66) and Kemp’s Justin Glass 27th (19:14.95).
Eustace’s next race is The Scramble in Eustace Oct. 11. Kemp will host the Kemp Invitational the same day. Mabank will run in the Kemp meet.
Posted by : October 2, 2014| On :
By Darrell Johnston
Mabank had a tough challenge Friday night as they took on the Teague Lions. Coming into the contest, Teague was (4-0) and ranked #7 in Class 3A. Mabank, on the other side, was celebrating its homecoming on a beautiful night with a great crowd in attendance. They were coming off of a 44 point shutout win over Kemp and looking to continue that success. But, they knew it’d be an uphill battle.
Teague took over early and scored often. On the opening drive of the game, Teague quarterback Austin Skinner completed all three of his pass attempts, the biggest, a 23-yard pass to tight end Will Van Winkle. That play set up an 8-yard touchdown from running back John Love. After the extra point by Mario Medina, the Lions were up 7-0.
The Panthers struggled on their first drive, a pass for negative yardage and a false start penalty saw them at third and a long 16 yards to go.
Quarterback Cody Thompson saw his next pass go into the arms of the opposite team as free safety Aaron Mitchell intercepted the ball, taking it 52 yards on the pick six, a nice defensive score for Teague.
After a miss on the point after, it was 13-0. The Panthers took a moment to regroup, and the offense was ready on the next drive. They started from their own 44-yard line after a late hit penalty from Teague.
Clay Carson started them off with a nice gain of 14. Later in the drive, Thompson completed a great pass to wide receiver Peyton Lee for 16 yards. After a pass interference call against the defense, Mabank found themselves at first and goal, from the 9.
After an incomplete pass, Carson got crushed in the backfield for a loss of six. However, the Panthers didn’t let that stop the drive. Thompson hit wide receiver Colt Conway in the back of the endzone for a 15-yard touchdown.
Devin Schultz made the extra point and Mabank was right back in it, trailing 13-7, midway through the first quarter. The following Teague drive all but finished off the quarter. They began in reverse as Mabank linebacker Hayden Burnett stuffed Love for a loss of three. Just a couple of plays later, on 4th and 1 from their own 35, running back Zaccheus Bell sprinted up the middle for 8 big yards to keep the drive alive.
Later on, it was Bell again, this time a 29 yard scamper. Finally, on 4th and goal from the 2, Love stepped into the endzone, barely being touched by the defense. After a successful kick, Teague led 20-7 at the end of the first.
After a turnover on downs by the home team Panthers, the Lions were at it again. Skinner made a great pass to receiver Mikkail Shepherd for a big gain of 40 yards. This set up Love’s third touchdown of the game, from 3 yards out. After the point after, it was now 27-7.
The next Mabank drive was filled with ups and downs, like riding a roller coaster. On a quarterback sneak, Thompson was slammed down to the turf by defensive end Ryan Kuhlman, a loss of four. Then, he found an open Dalton Reeder for a big completion for 39 yards. After runs of 7 and 5 from Carson, Mabank found themselves in a good position, 1st and 10 at the 21. Reeder caught another pass, but took a 5-yard loss on the reception, setting up 2nd and 15. With heavy pressure in his face, Thompson got intercepted again, this time by linebacker Jamal Keener, deflating the Mabank offense.
The Lions ended the half with an impressive 79 yard drive, ending with another score from John Love, his fourth of the day. Love was not showing the Panthers any love whatsoever and at the half, Teague was up 34-7. Love may have been doing all of the scoring, but Skinner was dominant. At halftime, he had completed 11 out of 13 passes for 169 yards.
The Panthers looked great on their opening drive of the second half. After an 11-yard reception by Lee, Carson ran for gains of 3,8, and 2 yards. He hobbled off the field after the 2-yard run, apparently injured. Thompson connects with wide receiver Elliot Jackson on the next play for a nice 31 yard gain. Running back Miguel Hollis followed with a quick burst of 13. Carson had enough of watching from the sideline and was back on the next play. He made the most of his return with a 16-yard rumble to the endzone. They were still down 34-14, but it was nice to see the determination.
Teague, with the ball back, saw more from Love. He followed some great blocking by his offensive line, cutting left to right and gained 45 yards. This set up his own touchdown from 4 yards out, making the score 41-14.
Mabank had a big chance on their next possession, but Thompson tossed a pass just out of reach of tight end Blayne Rowe that could’ve been a nice scoring play. Instead, they turned the ball over on downs.
Next, the Lions came out passing. Skinner completed all four attempts, including a 2-yard touchdown pitch to Shepherd. The Teague offense was relentless, now leading 48-14.
Another interception by the Lions defense set up Love’s sixth touchdown of the game, a 15-yarder. It was his last run of the game, but the damage was done. At the end of the third quarter, the score was 55-14.
The fourth quarter had a lot of running from the Panthers, trying to kill out the clock. In fact, Teague only had the ball for 14 seconds in the final quarter. However, they still scored in that time.
Skinner made a decent pass to Mitchell, but he did the rest of the work. He spun his way out of three tackles en route to a 62 yard sprint down the sideline for the final score of the game. When all was said and done, Teague had won by a final of 62-14.
The overall player of the game was Aaron Mitchell with six receptions for 130 yards and a touchdown. He also had an interception return for a touchdown. Jones had 135 yards on 17 carries, with an amazing six touchdowns. Skinner was 19-of-23 for 317 yards and two scores. On the Mabank side, Carson had 154 yards and a score on 26 attempts. Reeder led all receivers with nine catches, for 88 yards.
Each of these teams will be back in action on Oct. 10. Teague will face the (0-5) Kemp Yellowjackets, while the Panthers travel to Wills Point for their first district game of the year.