Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 14, 2014

Monitor Staff Reports
TYLER–The Eustace girls cross country team won the Tyler Lee Classic Sept.6 in Tyler, as the Lady Bulldogs crossed the finish line in first, second and fifth place. The boys team finished the meet in second place.
The girls team dominated the 4A and under division winning the meet with a total of 31 points. The next best team 69 points. Among the competitors were 17 teams and 116 individuals. Leading the pack for the Lady Bulldogs was overall champion Chanda Westbrook, who completed the course in 12:23 minutes. Finishing closely behind her in second place was Skye Burns (12:26), and Shelby White (12:41) in fifth. Chloe Moore (13:02) placed ninth, Molly McAtee 14th (13:25), and Cara Henson 17th (13:37).
The boys team competed in the 5A/6A division and finished with an overall second place with 96 points. Top finisher Longview Pine Tree scored 92 points. A total of 19 teams and 157 individuals competed. The boys were lead by Mark Zimmerer, placing third overall with a time of 17:04. Finishing next for the Bulldogs was Preston Schwartz 17th, Ericsen Gudjohnsen 19th, Zane Arambula 34th, Ayden Reed 35th, Cade Yates 44th, Hunter Rose 47th, Brandon Richardson 49th, Hunter Norris 78th, Andrew Page 86th, Temple Hendrickson 104th, Bucky Womble 108th, and Gabe Purselley 119th.
The JV boys also ran in the 1A-6A combined race and placed 10th out of 20 teams among 210 individuals. They were lead by Elijah Rogers and Thomas Henderson who placed 20th and 21st, freshman Cameron Carpenter who placed 41st, Mathew Melton 122nd, Micah Zimmerer 131st, and Collin Rogers 176th.
The JV girls ran with the combined 1A-6A, taking first place among 17 teams and 153 individuals. Top finishers were Breanna Ragan (second), Harley Kile (third), and Samantha Phillips (fourth), finishing next were Arian McDonald (eighth), Jacey Warner (14th) and Brooke Caldwell (39th).



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 11, 2014

Courtesy Photo/Arthur Locke Eustace running back Lance Rogers sprints for the end zone in the Bulldogs 51-40 loss to Sunnyvale Sept. 5 at the Boneyard.

Courtesy Photo/Arthur Locke
Eustace running back Lance Rogers sprints for the end zone in the Bulldogs 51-40 loss to Sunnyvale Sept. 5 at the Boneyard.

By Darrell Johnston
Monitor Correspondent

EUSTACE–In a high scoring affair at the Boneyard in Eustace, Sunnyvale prevailed with a load of offense. As a matter fact, Eustace showed their share as well. Defense was definitely at a minimum. Most of the good defensive plays took place early on in the contest.
Eustace running back Keenan Hargest fumbled the ball for a crucial turnover on the second play of the game. On Sunnyvale’s first offensive play, quarterback Caleb McDill tossed a 19-yard touchdown to Lawson Ayo, then Corey Crenshaw added the extra point to make it 7-0 on an eight second drive.
The turnover bug continued to bite the Bulldogs as quarterback Brandon Morgan tossed an interception to Sunnyvale’s Matthew Pettway, who proceeded to run it back 41 yards for another Raiders touchdown. It was already 14-0 with 9:02 left in the first quarter. Sunnyvale had only had the ball for eight seconds and had two scores. Eustace almost lost the ball again on the ensuing kickoff, but caught a break as Daniel Hester’s fumble went out of bounds at the 17.
Then, the Bulldogs offense got them started with a nice 83-yard drive, finalized by a Lance Rogers 4-yard rushing touchdown. Substitute kicker Gannon Kirkhart added the extra point to cut the lead in half, 14-7.
Sunnyvale had not one, but two very good quarterbacks, and used them both equally. McDill and Patrick Spera rotated drives, with Spera starting off with a bang, throwing a 50-yard pass to Ayo. But, the Bulldogs defense stepped up in a big way. The 290-pound lineman Thomas Hyde smothered running back Abdul Khalaf for a two-yard loss. Then, linebacker Zach Hughes got into the mix, with two stifling tackles. On fourth and goal from the 7-yard line, Eustace forced Khalaf to fumble, a great defensive effort from the entire crew.
What came next was the longest drive of the day. Eustace traveled 96 yards on 17 plays and sucked up over eight minutes of the clock. It ended with a Hargest 1-yard touchdown plunge on a drive highlighted by a 31-yard run by Quentin Parks. Kirkhart’s low kick was blocked and Eustace still trailed, 14-13 with just under five minutes left in the first half.
Not to be outdone, the Raiders use only 39 seconds and scored on a 28- yard scamper by Khalaf. But, Eustace mimiced the Sunnyvale defense, blocking Crenshaw’s kick. So, the score was 20-13 in favor of the Raiders. The lack of defense on both sides really started to show as Eustace only used 1:04 off the clock and Lance Rogers juked and jived for a 69-yard touchdown, the best play of the half. The kick connected and knotted the score up at 20.
Unbelievably enough, the Raiders came marching right back. Spera fired a missile to Colton Troutman for a 44-yard completion and another super quick touchdown for Sunnyvale, a 41-second drive. The half ended at 27-20, in favor of the visiting Raiders.
Sunnyvale began the second half right where they left off. A 51-second drive saw Spera connect with Ayo for yet another score, a 38-yard touchdown. The kick was added for a 34-20 lead. John Settle, head coach for Sunnyvale, saw his defense settle down in the third quarter. Big plays by Conner Mears and Baldwin Nweke forced consecutive Eustace punts, as the Bulldogs continued to chase their tails. Eustace desperately needed to make a stop and slow down the pace of the game.
But, Khalaf had other ideas. He took off for a 58-yard sprint into field goal territory. That’s all the Raiders could get on the drive as Crenshaw nailed a 21-yard field goal to give the visitors a 37-20 lead. The Raiders quickly got the ball right back. If they scored on the next drive it was all but over. That’s exactly what they did.
Spera found Cash Goodhart down the field and they cashed in for 57 yards. That set up a 16-yard breakaway touchdown for Khalaf, a 43 second drive, making it 44-20. Hargest and Khalaf traded off touchdowns to bring the score to 51-26.
Eustace scored twice late, but too late for it to matter. They dropped this one by a final of 51-40.
The teams combined for 1,053 yards. Crazily enough, Sunnyvale scored 51 and only had the ball for a whopping thirteen minutes. The offensive onslaught from the Raiders was led by Khalaf, who ran 12 times for 188 yards and 3 touchdowns. Ayo added two receiving scores, giving him five in just two games. Their defensive specialist was Pettway with two interceptions and a touchdown.
For the second week in a row, Hargest rushed for over 200 yards in a loss. He had 32 carries for 233 yards and 3 touchdowns. Lance Rogers put in two more on 180 yards rushing. Next week, in a battle of winless teams, Eustace goes to Mabank to face the Panthers.
“Sunnyvale was a dangerous offensive team,” Head Coach Heath Ragle said. “They will be one of the most offensively dynamic teams we play all year..”
“If we had avoided the turnovers, the entire game could have been different,” he said. “The boys battled hard and never gave up. I’m proud of our offensive line, they dominated their defense all game long.”



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 7, 2014

Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center’s (TFFC) annual Bluegill Family Fishing Tournament is from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. Weigh-in is at 2:30 p.m. at the Anglers Pavilion.
Pre-registration is required by calling (903) 670-2222. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 24.
Participants may also register in person on the day of the event by going to the admissions booth at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center after 7 a.m.
Entry fee is $15 per team and includes admission to TFFC.
Prizes will be awarded for the heaviest stringers of sunfish, but the event is really about adults and children having fun fishing together.
More than $2,500 prize packages will be awarded including an X-Box or Play Station with game, fishing equipment and gift cards from local businesses.
Teams must consist of one adult 18 years of age or older, and one child under 18 years of age.
Each team can weigh in a maximum of four fish. Multiple teams can fish from the same boat, making it possible for both parents to partner with different children and still fish as a family. Team members do not have to be related.
Teams may choose to fish on Lake Athens adjacent to TFFC or in TFFC’s ponds and streams, some of which have been stocked with bluegills.
All species of sunfish or bream (except largemouth bass) are allowed.
For more information or to request an entry form, call Craig Brooks at (903) 670-2222.