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By Darrell Johnston
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.”
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St. Jude Catholic Church to host International Food Festival Sept 12-13
By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake members heard about all the many activities that will take place at the St. Jude Catholic Church Rummage Sale and International Food Festival Friday-Saturday, Sept. 12-13.
“The purpose of the event is to raise money for the church’s Blessed Mother Teresa Outreach (BMTO) and The Gabriel Project and to promote fellowship,” Festival Chairperson Vickie Weaver said.
“We are all wearing matching T-shirts and the 40 community businesses that supported the event have their names printed on the back. A merchant bag with business cards, pens and notepads, will be given out to visitors at the gate,” Weaver said.
The rummage sale is both days and the food festival is Saturday, Sept. 13.
“This is going to be a huge event,” Weaver said.
Saturday’s festival will feature bounce houses, Clydesdale horse rides, a variety of vendors, live music, chuckwagon cooking, cakewalk, tractor-pulled train ride and much more.
The grand prize giveaway is four tickets to a Dallas Cowboys game.
BMTO helps needy Cedar Creek Lake citizens pay utility bills or gas for transportation to and from doctor appointments.
“Sometimes the monetary funds drop near zero,” Weaver said. “We appreciate the support and know we live in a great community that helps its fellow man,” she added.
St. Jude parishioner Cynthia Snyder also spoke about The Gabriel Project program which provides help to women and babies in need.
“The Gabriel Project gives food, baby items, transportation and support,” Snyder said.
“The church acts as a safety net and assures mothers they we will provided for,” she added.
Gun Barrel City Manager Gerry Boren attended the meeting in support of St. Jude, the festival and its projects.
“At this year’s parade (in December), we will ask everyone to bring diapers for The Gabriel Project,” Boren said.
In other news, Rotarians heard:
• Make A Difference Day is set for Saturday, Oct. 25. Electronic recycling and paper shredding will be available at the Mabank Pavilion. However, volunteers are needed for loading and unloading.
• the Rotary Club will give away 600 dictionaries to Kemp, Mabank, Malakoff and Eustace students sometime early this week.
• The second annual Cedar Creek Lake Lawnmower Races in Gun Barrel City are set for Saturday, Oct 4. The event will also feature a brisket cook-off and local young talent.
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Keith was born on Nov. 23, 1947, in Proctor, VT. to Hazel (Fortier) and Romaine Brown and died Sept. 6, 2014.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Jack Keith; sister Pamela Smallwood; brother John Brown; and half-brothers Louie and Charlie Barone.
She is survived by her three sons Jackie Keith, Kenny Keith and wife Tabitha and Roger Keith; grandchildren Logan, Oliviana, Jaden, Hunter, Kenali and Kendell; great-grandchildren Mindy, Jackie, Joshua, Rose, Roger, Julie and Katy; sisters Hazel Jones and Charmaine Thomas; brother Romaine Brown,
Pallbearers were Jackie Keith, Kenny Keith, Mark Thomas, Joshua Keith, Jackie Keith III and Roger Keith, Jr.