By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP—The Kemp Yellowjackets won Friday’s contest with local rival, the Mabank Panthers, 26-9. The score was very similar to the ’Jackets’ season opener Aug. 26 against Rio Vista, winning 26-8. The win brings them to 2-0 on the season; and puts the Panthers down 0-2.
“It was a big win for us no doubt. It is always nice to come out with a win, and a win against a cross town rival helps as well,” KHS Athletic Director Brandon Hankins told The Monitor. “The young men prepared hard and expected to win, and fought hard for the win. Mabank played hard and physical like we knew they would. You couldn’t ask for a better game to watch. Both teams represented their communities well.”
With the home field advantage, Kemp scored in the final seconds of the first quarter, having battled back and forth against the Panthers and completing a number of passes between quarterback Dreyson Watters and receiver Elijah Gardiner. The first touchdown was followed up with a kick for the extra point, ending the quarter 7-0. The Panthers remained scoreless until the end of the third quarter.
On a fourth down in the third quarter the Panthers got within 20 yards of the goal and went for a field goal through the uprights for a 3-point score. By then the score was 19-3. The first play of the fourth quarter Panthers quarterback Clay Conway was able to cross the goal line on the third try, for Mabank’s additional six points in the game.
A strong Kemp defense was able to repeatedly push the Panthers ball carriers backwards. Both teams seemed even scoring penalties on numerous plays.
“I thought we played really well defensively and tackled really well,” Hankins said. “Lots has been published on how good our offense can be or is, but not much mention about the defense and I think the defensive line wanted to prove some people wrong. Offensively we didn’t play the cleanest game and still scored and had many more opportunities.”
Early in the second quarter Watters completed a pass to Gardner for a gain of 35 yards and followed this up with a quarterback keeper running the ball up the left side of the field to inside the 10 before being stopped by Panther Hunter Caves. From there it took Watters two more tires to score Kemp’s second touchdown making the score 13-0 with about seven minutes left in the half. However, Jose Rico missed the extra point attempt.
Rico punted downfield to the Panthers on the next play with Panther Jacob Butler catching the ball for a return of 32 yards. It took several tries, but Panther quarterback Conway managed to move the ball within the red zone with the help of Jacob Collinsworth on a handoff. However, a personal foul backed the Panthers attack 15 yards. Next on a quarterback fumble, ’Jacket Josiah Brewington is quick to recover the ball and runs all the way down to the goal post with the crowd on its feet, but a flag on the play disallows the touchdown on the board.
Officials give Kemp the ball on the 28-yard line with two minutes left to the half. ’Jacket Caleb Bolin carries the ball until stopped by Panther Chaseon Parks who is also hurt on the play and eventually limps off the field to the sound of applause for his heroic action. Play resumes and on the fourth down. Watters hands off the ball to Desmond Jones on a sneak pass. Jones runs up the middle for 60 yards until tackled by Panther Colton Stephens for a first down.
With less than a minute left in the half, Conway completes a pass to Ty Mathis for a first down. Conway continues to advance the ball to the 43 yard line with ’Jacket defense losing ground. At 2-and-10, a pass to Panther Carson Edwards goes in and out of his hands; another try to Jacob Collinsworth is incomplete. A third try at a long pass is intercepted by ’Jacket Jace Bowie with no time left on the clock. The ’Jackets get the final play of the half because a quarter cannot end on a defensive play. Watters achieves a pass completion to Gardiner and runs for the goal, however flags are called on both teams to end an epic battle at the half.
At the top of the third quarter, the ’Jackets came out strong scoring their third touchdown of the game with a little less than 10 minutes left in the quarter and the score is 19-0.
The next several Panther initiatives are repulsed by the Kemp defensive line. However, Conway manages to lead his team to a first down, followed by another one, advancing the ball to the 12-yard line with 1:40 on the clock. Within the red-zone the Panthers are the closest to the goal as they’ve been all night at the 4-yard line and go for a punt through the goal post for three points.
On the kick-off, ’Jacket Malik Prox catches the ball for an 18-yard return to start the ’Jackets on their own 30-yard line, but a 15-yard penalty knocks them back. The third quarter ends 19-3.
Kemp and Mabank score their final touchdowns in the fourth quarter. First the Panthers roar back with a TD run on the third try, bringing the score to 19-9.
The two teams struggle for very exciting action throughout the fourth quarter with Kemp scoring its final touchdown with 2:23 left on the clock. A sneak right and hand off to Kane Johnson brings in the final score and the point after is good for a final score of 26-9.
A sharp Kemp defense ricochets Conway off defenders Nate “The Great” Mendoza and Fabian Lujan.
Kemp player Alan Quezada was all over the field during the night holding the line on defense and helping to advance the ball on offense.
“Alan had a great game as well as many others. I am huge believer in the TEAM factor of football,” Hankins said. “These young men played together and played as a unit. I couldn’t be prouder.”
Posted by : September 7, 2016| On :
By Pearl Cantrell
Posted by : September 7, 2016| On :
By Russell Slaton
EUSTACE–The Eustace Bulldogs demolished the visiting Quitman Bulldogs, 62-0, in Eustace’s home opener, Sept. 2.
Eustace rolled up more than 600 yards in total offense, with most of that yardage coming on the ground. The win keeps Eustace undefeated at 2-0, with the Bulldogs hosting Palmer tonight at 7:30 p.m. in a non-district game.
Afterwards, Eustace head football coach Heath Ragle said he was proud of his team for finishing with class, fitting in with the team’s motto, “Code Purple.”
Eustace running back Cameron Rogers, who rumbled through the Quitman defense all game long for 234 yards on the ground, got the scoring started with a 19-yard touchdown run with 7:55 left in the first quarter. Deran Marcus’ extra-point attempt sailed through for the 7-0 Eustace lead.
Following a Kelly Ashton fumble recovery for Eustace, the Bulldogs set up shop for scoring drive No. 2. That drive was capped off with a five-yard touchdown run by Clifton Johnson at the 3:53 mark of the first quarter. The left-footed Marcus booted the 14th point.
Eustace’s third possession started at its own 30-yard line and ended with a Cameron Rogers 24-yard touchdown run with 27 seconds left in the first quarter. The third extra-point was missed, leaving the score 20-0, Eustace.
Cole Graham and Jordan Boles sacked the Quitman quarterback to bring up a long third-down attempt, with the ensuing pass intercepted by Cory Strawn at Eustace’s own 20-yard line. On third-and-two, Cameron Rogers picked up his third touchdown of the night, this time from 72 yards away, with 8:41 before halftime. Rogers rushed for the two-point conversion to bring the Eustace lead to 28-0.
Alejandro Sanchez, who ran for 113 yards on the night, scored the next two Eustace touchdowns. The first was on a Sanchez quarterback keeper for a touchdown with 5:36 before halftime, with a failed point-after attempt keeping the score at 34-0. Sanchez scored again, this time from 79 yards away on a second-and-21 play from deep in Eustace’s own territory. That brought the halftime lead to 41-0.
Cory Strawn scored the second half’s first touchdown on a five-yard catch with 7:46 left in the third quarter, with Marcus’ successful PAT put Eustace ahead 48-0. Quitman then drove to the Eustace eight-yard line before turning the ball over on downs, ending Quitman’s deepest drive of the night and helping to cement the shutout.
Tate Pace scored next for Eustace, this time on a 27-yard touchdown run with 8:40 left in the game (55-0, Eustace). On the next Eustace possession, Clifton Johnson got his second touchdown of the night (along with 123 rushing yards) with 7:07 left in the game, with the ensuing extra point accounting for the 62-0 Eustace final.
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By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–The Mabank varsity volleyball team came out of the gate strong Aug. 30 against the visiting Alba Golden in the battle of the Lady Panthers and defeated them in five sets to take the victory.
Game one saw Mabank’s most decisive victory when they jumped out to an early 7-3 lead, extended it to 18-6, and secured a quick 25-15 victory.
Alba Golden tied up the match in game two, taking the win 26-24 in extra points before Mabank stormed back with a game three victory 25-21. Alba Golden tied the series up once again in game four with a 25-22 win, and Mabank fought off a strong attack to take the whole thing in the deciding game five, 15-13.
“The match was a great battle,” Mabank Lady Panther’s Head Coach Stacy Shelton said. “It had some great saves and plays. I was very proud of our teamwork.”
Shelton said that Mabank shuffled up its lineup and was experimenting with roster shuffles during the Alba Golden match.
“We only practiced with that line up once the day before,” Shelton said. “It seemed to be working pretty good.”
The freshman and junior varsity teams also competed Tuesday night. The freshmen defeated Alba Golden, and the JV lost its match.
The Alba Golden match came at the heels of finishing second place in the bronze bracket at the Tyler Invitational Tournament last weekend.
The Lady Panthers competed in Pool D against North Lamar, Central Heights, and Henderson. According to East Texas Final Score, Mabank defeated North Lamar 25-23, 23-25, 25-13; lost to Central Heights 25-18, 25-21; and lost to Henderson 28-26, 26-24 to drop to the bronze bracket.
In the bracket stage, the Lady Panthers advanced to the finals, losing to the Tatum Lady Eages in three games, 25-22, 12-25, 13-15.
In other scores from the Tyler Invitational, Sulphur Springs swept Henderson in two games, 25-9, 25-21 to win the Silver Bracket; and Hallsville defeated White Oak in two games, 25-13, 25-11, to win the Gold Bracket championship.