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Eustace QB Chris Compton (5) tries to shake free from a Farmersville defender during Friday night’s 17-14 loss to the Farmers.

Charles Stiff photo
Athens Review, Athens, Texas

MESQUITE — The Farmersville Farmers seized control of a tight game in the third quarter Friday night at Hanby Stadium, then held on in the fourth for a 17-14 bi-district victory over Eustace.

The Bulldogs carried a 6-0 halftime lead to the dressing room, but the Eustace defense got pushed around methodically most of the third quarter, then again after the Bulldogs moved to within three points in the final three minutes of the game.

The loss ends the Coach Doug Wendel’s team’s season at 4-7. Farmersville took away the Bulldogs’ outside game and left it up to quarterback Chris Compton and fullback Justin Calhoun.

Compton led Eustace on two long touchdown drives to score late in the second and fourth quarters. Trevan Johnson returned to play but lacked his usual explosiveness after injuring his knee three weeks ago against Kemp.

Without the breakaway threat, the Bulldogs had to fight for every yard they got. A team that’s averaged more than 350 yards a game this season could manage just 177 on the ground and another 29 in the air for 206 total yards against the Farmers.

Last year Kemp hurt Farmersville in a bi-district game by repeatedly getting outside for long runs. But Coach Ross Dodson made sure that didn’t happen again this time around.

compton and Calhoun together managed 147 yards rushing, with Calhoun getting 76 on 17 carries and Compton 71 on 16 carries.

But outside threats JoJo Bradburn and Johnson could manage just 50 yards between them on seven carries.

The Farmers took the second-half kickoff and drove from their own 13 to the Eustace 11 before Marcos Delafuente kicked a 29-yard field goal to make it a 17-6 game.

Eustace came right back with a nine-play, 54-yard drive to pull within three. Compton hit Bradburn with a 23-yard pass in the drive with the latter just managing to keep his feet in while stretching to make the catch.

Calhoun scored five plays later from a yard out. Jacob McCarter’s kick made it 17-14.

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