Posted by : November 16, 2013| On :
By Erik Walsh
The Monitor Staff Writer
ROYSE CITY–The Eustace Lady Bulldogs volleyball team’s magical run ended Nov. 9 in the Area Round of the playoffs, falling to Chism, 13-25, 13-25, 25-23 and 22-25.
The playoff run bookends a 32-8 season by the Lady Bulldogs, including a 15-1 district record and District 13-2A championship.
Caitlyn Culp led Eustace with 5 kills and four blocks. Payton Dibari contributed five kills, Grace Holcombe one and Noa Taylor one.
Eustace was the final team in District 13-2A to exit the playoffs. After each team in a district is finished playing for the year, the coaches get together for the district meeting and come to a consensus on post season awards. This year the Lady Bulldogs were well-represented on the list, including three seniors achieving superlatives.
Dibari took home top honors with the MVP award, Culp won Offensive MVP and Crystal Garza won MVP setter. Head coach Chuck Powers also won Coach of the Year. Seniors Karli Gallops and Meagan Gunter both received second team placement, and Raleigh Smallwood, Grace Holcombe, Taylor Peebles and Mackenzie Abbott received a Honorable Mention nod.
Posted by : November 14, 2013| On :
Miss final district playoff spot despite win
By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP-The Kemp Yellowjackets finished off the 2013 season with a 43-18 win against District 7-2A rival, the Grand Saline Indians Nov. 8 at Yellowjacket Stadium. Kemp improved from their 2012 campaign, finishing 2-4 in district play and nearly qualifying for a playoff bid.
Coming into the last game of the year, the Yellowjackets needed a win against the Indians and for Lone Oak to hand Eustace a loss for a chance to win a coin flip and claim the last remaining playoff position in the district. Kemp did their part of job, but Lone Oak was defeated by Eustace 26-22, thrusting the Bulldogs into the playoff over the Yelowjackets.
Even though Kemp failed to make the playoffs, athletic director and head coach Greg Anderson was pleased with the Yellowjackets performance in the second half of district play and credits an injury-free team as the primary reason for its late success.
“We played our best football at the end of the season,” he said. “We got two big wins against Quitman and Grand Saline and played Winnsboro very close for the first half before losing our quarterback to injury for the rest of that game.”
The Quitman game was the first game that Kemp had nearly every starter back on the field and their presence was reflected on the scoreboard. The last three games showed the importance of having a full, healthy squad, especially on the offensive side as Kemp averaged 33 points in the last 3 games.”
Anderson also said that experience is the best teacher for many of the young Kemp players.
“Our offensive and defensive lines were very young this season,” he said. “They continued to mature and get better as the season went along and were a part of our success at the end of the season after having six or seven games under their belt.”
Kemp got on the scoreboard first halfway through the first quarter against Grand Saline when Kemp quarterback Cory Watkins threw a 65 yard touchdown bomb to receiver Braxton Allison. After the successful PAT, the score was 7-0 Kemp.
The first quarter came to a close with the Yellowjackets threatening to score, and Olice Rogers punched the ball though the end zone as the second quarter began after a Grand Saline penalty brought the ball to the 2-yard line. The PAT was good and Kemp was up 14-0.
The Indians finally got on the scoreboard with 8:27 left in the half, as the Grand Saline quarteback ran in a seven yard draw for a touchdown. The PAT was blocked by Allison and ran back 70 yards for a near touchdown before getting stopped at the 30-yard line. After the touchdown, the score stood 14-6 Kemp.
The Yellowjackets answered right back with a touchdown of their own as Watkins threw a 10 yard pass to Elijah Gardener. After the failed two-point conversion Kemp led 20-6 going into halftime.
In the third quarter, Watkins scored a Kemp touchdown on a quarterback keeper just one play after making a 30 yard mad dash to the 2-yard line. The PAT failed and Kemp boosted its lead 26-6.
On the next possession, Kemp’s John Forrest registered two sacks and forced the Indians to a quick three and out punt and the Yellowjackets took over at their own 41. On the next play, however, Kemp fumbled the ball. The Indians recovered for a first down in Kemp territory
After the recovery, Grand Saline moved downfield in a series of pass plays and Kemp penalties, including a personal foul that resulted in a 15 yard gain for the Indians. When it mattered most Kemp held tough with defensive stops in the red zone, including a huge fourth and seven that was so close the measuring sticks came out to verify the ball position. After the big hold on the 1-yard line, Kemp took over.
The big defensive stop fired up the Yellowjackets. Kemp’s offense responded with big plays. After taking the snap, Watkins ran to the right sideline and carried the ball to the 50 yard line before getting stopped by the Indians. After the long run, Watkins passed to Allison for 26 yards. Rogers followed up with a 11 yard run, then Watkins found his favorite target in Allison yet again for another Kemp touchdown. With the PAT good, the score stood 33-6.
On next possession Kemp was flagged for unsportmanlike conduct against a Grand Saline player. The penalty resulted in a loss of 30 yard and set up an eventual Grand Saline score to bring the score to 33-12. The ensuing two-point conversion was perhaps the most exciting play of the night, as Kemp’s David Dennis intercepted a pass and ran the ball back to the Grand Saline endzone for a safety and two more points for Kemp, making the score 35-12.
The fourth quarter was less eventful, as Grand Saline and Kemp each scored one touchdown, including a late Kemp touchdown pass to Allison to finish the scoring at 43-18.
Posted by : November 9, 2013| On :
Chalking up one more win Oct. 31, the Kemp junior varsity football team beat Winnsboro 12-7. The team’s record is currently 5-3-1. Team members are (front row, from left) Tanner Costlow, Nate Mendoza, Noah Hutson, Logan Hall, Justin Neighbors, Ben Fiddler, Chris Buckner, (back row, from left) Tanner Lewis, Wyatt Bynum, Jose Garcia, Nick Anderson, Kevin Milberger, Josiah Brewington, Dylan Dennis, Matthew Henson, Arturo Hernandez, Kason McDougald, Logan Collins, Josh Henson, Dylan Morris, Tyler Pryor, Jordan Thomas, Buddy Boren, Blake Underwood and Wade Miller.