EDEN — The Blanket Tigers landed in the win column for the first time in 2012 Friday night, notching a 48-34 road victory over the Eden Bulldogs.
Blanket (1-1) amassed 472 yards of total offense, with 322 coming on the ground, while Eden was able to generate 355 yards, led by a 293-yard rushing performance. The Tigers also turned the ball over just once, while the Bulldogs gave the ball away on three occasions.
Rafael Marquez paced the Tigers rushing attack with 203 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 19 carries, while Tyler Martinez chipped in 103 yards and scored twice on eight rushes. Wesley Musick finished with 16 yards and reached the end zone once.
Through the air, Martinez connected on 7 of 14 pass attempts for 150 yards with three touchdowns.
Jason Valdez caught two passes for 56 yards with a touchdown, Caleb Wigham grabbed two receptions covering 23 yards and scored and Marquez hauled in a 57-yard touchdown reception. Musick also caught a 10-yard pass, while Kenan Vanacek had a 4-yard reception.
Blanket will shoot for its second straight win next week when it hosts Gordon (0-2).
May 68, Rising Star 0
RISING STAR — The May Tigers bounced back from a season-opening defeat with a 68-0 victory over the longtime rival Rising Star Wildcats, who remained winless following Thursday night’s action.
The game, and a handful of others in the area, were rescheduled to Thursday night due to a shortage in the number of available officials.
Justin Howard rushed for two touchdowns and returned an interception for another, while Jared Howard scored on a kick return, interception return and reception. Dakota Chambers also recorded a pick six and ran for a touchdown.
Justin Howard finished with a team-high 75 yards rushing and two touchdowns on the ground, Chambers’ touchdown run covered 42 yards and Ethan Jaggars chipped in a 25-yard touchdown on his only carry.
Kendrick Aguerro completed his only pass attempt for a 23-yard touchdown to Jared Howard.
Brant Harris led May with eight tackles while Caleb Brown recorded one of four Tiger interceptions.
Next week, May (1-1) hosts Newcastle (0-2) and Rising Star (0-2) ventures to Trent (2-0).
No. 8 Oakwood 72, Zephyr 26
OAKWOOD — Playing their second Top 10 opponent in as many weeks, the Zephyr Bulldogs slipped to 0-2 on the season with a 72-26 road loss to the Six-Man Division I No. 8 Oakwood Panthers Friday night.
The Bulldogs trailed 14-8 after one quarter, 47-20 at halftime and the game ended in the third period.
Derek Jesko rushed for 122 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Dillon Williams chipped in 81 yards on the ground and scored once.
As a team, Zephyr finished with 290 yards of total offense.
Josh Todd returned a kick for a touchdown and collected five tackles on defense, while Jesko also finished with five tackles.
Bradley Lewis led the Bulldogs with a team-best six tackles.
Zephyr will attempt to regroup and collect its first victory of the season next week when Dublin Premier (0-1) visits for homecoming.
Veribest 79, Brookesmith 30
BROOKESMITH — The Brookesmith Mustangs were denied in their bid for a 2-0 start to the season as the Six-Man Division I Veribest Falcons rolled to their first victory, 79-30, Friday night.
The Mustangs trailed 31-8 after one quarter and were outscored 48-22 in the second period as the game ended at halftime.
Peyton Donahoo rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown and also threw a 23-yard touchdown pass. Derek Mackey added 52 yards through the air and a touchdown.
Leading receivers for the Mustangs were Gage Fenton with two catches for 32 yards, while Brandon Leonard, Zach Boyette and Taylor Stephens caught touchdown passes of 17, 10 and 40 yards, respectively.
Brookesmith (1-1) will attempt to rebound against Blackwell (1-1) next week.
Lometa JV 44, Victory Life 35
The Victory Life Warriors slipped to 0-2 on the season Thursday with a 44-35 home loss at the hands of the Lometa JV.
Missing the three most experienced players on the roster due to injury, VLA finished with 337 yards of total offense, including 278 passing, but turned the ball over six times while giving up 263 yards.
VLA’s Sam Haley passed for 148 yards and three touchdowns, while Ethan Essary threw for 130 yards and two scores. Essary also rushed for a team-high 36 yards and Haley added 21.
Jack Haley (6-63, TD), Jadyn Thedford (4-41), Essary (4-17, 2 TDs), Duncan McNeill (3-34), Sam Haley (3-27), Martin Venegas (2-58) and Roland Aguinaga (2-38, 2 TDs) were top receivers for the Warriors.
Victory Life will visit Mullin (2-0) next week.
No. 1 Richland Springs 46, Comanche Premier 0
RICHLAND SPRINGS — The two-time defending Six-Man Division II state champion and top-ranked Richland Springs Coyotes extended their win streak to 32 games with a 46-0 home victory over Comanche Premier Thursday night.
The Coyotes (2-0) led 30-0 after one quarter and tacked on the final 16 points in the second period as the game ended at halftime.
Richland Springs amassed 210 yards of total offense — 142 passing and 68 rushing — and did not commit a turnover.
Comanche Premier (0-2) finished with negative 12 yards of total offense, minus 11 rushing and minus 1 passing.
Chance Bush completed 3 of 4 passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 68 yards and two more scores.
Thomas Fowler connected on both his pass attempts for 35 yards with a 13-yard scoring strike to Gunner Mann.
Chris Munoz led Richland Springs with two catches for 57 yards and a touchdown, Ty Mann hauled in a 50-yard scoring toss and Patrick Phillips caught one pass covering 22 yards.
Richland Springs visits Cherokee (0-2) next week.
Santa Anna 71, No. 10 Panther Creek 24
VALERA — The Santa Anna Mountaineers ran their record to 2-0 with a lopsided upset of the Six-Man Division II 10th-ranked Panther Creek Panthers, 71-24, here Thursday night.
The Mountaineers led 26-18 after one quarter, but allowed just one touchdown the remainder of the contest. Santa Anna stretched the lead to 58-24 at halftime and tacked on 13 points in the third period to enforce the 45-point rule.
Michael Valencia rushed for 262 yards, passed for 88 yards, caught a 3-yard pass and scored five touchdowns to pace the Santa Anna offense. Lucas Diaz chipped in 85 yards and a touchdown on the ground as the Mountaineers rushed for 327 yards on just 15 carries.
Zach Diaz was the top receiver for Santa Anna with four receptions for 78 yards and three touchdowns. The Mountaineers passed for 91 yards and finished with 418 yards of total offense.
Defensively, Valencia and Nate Salazar recorded 14 tackles each, followed by 12 apiece from Colby Nelson and Josh Perez. Valencia also intercepted a pass, while Nelson and Lucas Diaz recovered fumbles.
Santa Anna will target a 3-0 start when Paint Rock (0-2) visits next week.
Mullin 79, Gustine 68
MULLIN — The Mullin Bulldogs remained undefeated as they rallied to knock off the Gustine Tigers, 79-68, here Thursday night.
Mullin (2-0) trailed 38-20 after one quarter, closed to within 46-44 by halftime and took a 56-54 advantage into the fourth period.
Mason Weaver accounted for 592 total yards — 277 passing, 215 rushing and 100 yards on kick returns — while Josh Mickelson tacked on 208 yards, including 126 yards on seven receptions.
Weaver threw five touchdown passes to Mickelson covering 25, 35, 35, 8 and 9 yards. Weaver also connected with Boyd Humphries on scoring strikes of 60 and 45 yards.
On the ground, Weaver rushed for touchdowns of 10 and 30 yards as he accounted for nine of Mullin’s 11 scores.
Mickelson, who picked up 86 yards on the ground, also chipped in rushing touchdowns of 2 and 20 yards.
The Bulldogs will attempt to go 3-0 next week as they host Victory Life (0-2) for homecoming.
Sidney 48, Granbury Cornerstone 32
SIDNEY — The Sidney Eagles moved to 2-0 on the season with a second straight home victory, this time downing TCAL Division II No. 5 Granbury Cornerstone, 48-32.
Statistical information from the game was not available.
The Eagles will shoot for a 3-0 record next week at undefeated Lingleville (2-0).
Tolar 33, Comanche 19
COMANCHE — For the second consecutive week, the Comanche Indians surrendered 33 points as head coach Stephen Hermesmeyer’s squad slipped to 0-2 following a 33-19 home defeat at the hands of the Tolar Rattlers.
Comanche trailed 20-0 after one quarter, was down 20-6 at halftime and in a 27-12 hole heading into the fourth period.
The Indians finished with just 160 yards of total offense — 122 rushing and 48 passing — and committed four turnovers, including three lost fumbles.
Jaden Roberts rushed for a team-high 43 yards on nine carries, while Salvador Marquez finished with 41 yards and two touchdowns on 11 rushes.
Through the air, Caisson Montieth was just 3 of 10 for 48 yards, but did complete a 5-yard touchdown pass to Tyson Rodriguez. Jaylon Roberts added a 34-yard reception and Daniel Davila caught a 9-yard pass.
Defensively, Blake Denning recorded 10 tackles, including four for loss, while Efren Lira also collected 10 tackles.
The Indians will venture to No. 6 Cisco (2-0) next week in hopes of an upset and their first victory of the season.
Coahoma 27, Coleman 8
COLEMAN — The Coleman Bluecats are still in search of their first victory of the season following a 27-8 loss to the Coahoma Bulldogs in Friday night’s home opener.
Statistical information on the game was not available.
Coleman (0-2) will visit Early (0-2) next week.
No. 5 Mason 31, Goldthwaite 14
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