An unlikely battle of unbeatens headlines the docket as the Six-Man Division I Santa Anna Mountaineers and Six-Man Division II Mullin Bulldogs both attempt to extend their season-opening win streaks to four games.
Santa Anna has already eclipsed last season’s win total, while Mullin is halfway to equaling its 2011 victory count.
In Brown County action, rivals May and Blanket square off tonight in a “Battle of the Tigers,” while the Zephyr Bulldogs look to build on last week’s initial victory as they host Division II No. 6 Jonesboro. Also, Brookesmith looks to snap a two-game skid at winless Eden, while Victory Life targets its first victory and an upset of TCAL Division II No. 1 Stephenville Faith.
Outside the county, Richland Springs pursues its 34th straight win, Goldthwaite eyes its first win streak of the season, San Saba tries to rebound from its first loss and Comanche and Rising Star look to land in the win column for the first time.
Mullin (3-0) at Santa Anna (3-0)
7:30 p.m. FRIDAY
The Santa Anna Mountaineers are the surprise team of the area, and perhaps six-man football across the state, after 45-ing their first three opponents of the season on the heels of a 2-8 campaign a year ago.
Meanwhile, the Mullin Bulldogs have had little trouble posting their three consecutive victories, with the most impressive being a come-from-behind 79-68 triumph over Gustine.
The Mountaineers enter the contest averaging 383 yards of total offense — 294 rushing and 89 passing — per outing.
Michael Valencia has rushed for 587 yards and seven touchdowns, while Lucas Diaz has chipped in 258 yards and six scores on the ground. Valencia has also connected on 6 of 8 passes for 186 yards, while Talon King has completed 6 of 10 attempts for 81 yards with two touchdowns.
Zach Diaz has pulled down five receptions for 91 yards, Michael Rhoades has chipped in two receptions for 98 yards and King owns a 50-yard reception.
Defensively, Nate Salazar has posted 16 tackles for Santa Anna followed by 15 from Colby Nelson, 13 from Valencia and 10 from Josh Perez.
Mullin’s attack is led by Mason Weaver and Josh Mickelson, who have been a two-man wrecking crew over the past two weeks. In victories over Gustine and Victory Life, Weaver has rushed for 422 yards and six touchdowns while passing for 338 yards and eight scores. Mickelson has added 191 yards rushing and two scores, 187 yards receiving and a touchdown and thrown for 75 yards and a touchdown.
Santa Anna is a 45-point favorite according to sixmanfootball.com.
May (2-1) at Blanket (1-2)
7:30 p.m. THURSDAY
No longer in the same district, or six-man division, May and Blanket will continue their rivalry nonetheless as the two sets of Tigers square off tonight.
May enters the game with a two-game win streak, having knocked off Newcastle, 36-14, last week and Rising Star, 68-0, the week prior after suffering a season-opening 63-18 loss to No. 1 Richland Springs.
Blanket has flip-flopped results in its three outings thus far, dropping a 36-32 opener to Panther Creek, rebounding with a 48-34 triumph over Eden and falling to Gordon by a 64-14 count a week ago.
May’s offense is producing 287 yards per game with 199 coming on the ground.
Justin Howard has racked up 334 yards on the ground with five touchdowns, while Ethan Jaggars has contributed 144 yards and two scores. Dakota Chambers has also rushed for 120 yards with a touchdown.
Through the air, Jaggars has completed 11 of 16 passes for 206 yards with three touchdowns, while Kendrick Aguerro is 2 of 3 for 52 yards with a touchdown. Jared Howard leads all receivers with four catches for 126 yards with two touchdowns, while Dylan Starnes has caught three passes for 73 yards and a score. Aguerro also has two receptions for 28 yards and a trip to the end zone.
Defensively, May has scored four touchdowns on interception returns — two by Justin Howard and one each by Chambers and Jared Howard. Starnes leads May with 19 tackles followed by 15 from Justin Howard, 14 from Chambers, 13 from Jared Howard and 12 from Jaggars.
Blanket enters the game averaging 331 yards of total offense — 225 rushing and 106 passing — while surrendering 335 yards per outing — 267 rushing and 68 passing.
Rafael Marquez has rushed for 439 yards and three touchdowns, while Tyler Martinez has chipped in 192 yards on the ground and three scores. Martinez has also connected on 20 of 45 passes for 283 yards with five touchdowns, while Marquez’s lone pass was a 34-yard scoring toss.
Marquez also shares the team lead with four receptions for a team-high 77 yards, while Wesley Musick has grabbed four receptions for 42 yards and Caleb Wigham has hauled down four catches totaling 35 yards with a touchdown. Jason Valdez owns three receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown, while Jaime Mares has caught three passes covering 58 yards with two trips to the end zone.
May is a 21-point favorite according to sixmanfootball.com.
No. 6 Jonesboro (2-1) at Zephyr (1-2)
7:30 p.m. FRIDAY
The Zephyr Bulldogs ended two weeks of frustration with an 88-0 homecoming rout of Dublin Premier last week, but returns to the grind of a brutal pre-district schedule with a visit from the Six-Man Division II No. 6 Jonesboro Eagles.
Zephyr opened the season with losses of 54-40 to Division II No. 2 Milford and 72-26 to Division I No. 6 Oakwood. Meanwhile, Jonesboro has knocked off Aquilla (72-22) and Buckholts (64-37) with the Eagles’ loss coming at the hands of Division II No. 2 Valley (37-28).
The Bulldogs enter the game averaging 294 yards of total offense — 231 rushing and 63 yards passing. Derek Jesko has rushed for 276 yards and seven touchdowns, while Dakota Rogers has chipped in 111 yards and two scores on the ground. Kaiden King leads Zephyr with four receptions for 85 yards and two scores.
In last week’s win over Dublin Premier, rushing touchdowns were scored by Jesko, Rogers, Dillon Williams, Bolton Day, Caden Tyler, Kaiden King and Dalton Fowler. King also caught a touchdown pass from Bradley Lewis.
Defensively, the Bulldogs racked up three touchdowns on interception returns by Lewis, Dylan Crocker and Josh Todd.
Zephyr is a 5-point underdog according to sixmanfootball.com.
Brookesmith (1-2) at Eden (0-3)
7:30 p.m. FRIDAY
After kicking off the season with a convincing victory over Moran, the Brookesmith Mustangs have been dealt back-to-back losses. Head coach Jeremy Black’s squad will attempt to get back in the win column Friday night with a trip to winless Eden.
The Mustangs are coming off a 50-0 loss to Blackwell, which comes a week after a 79-30 setback at the hands of Veribest.
In last week’s loss, the Mustangs were limited to 70 yards of total offense, including 10 yards rushing on 17 carries, and turned the ball over twice — a fumble and an interception that both were returned for touchdowns.
Morgan Hall led Brookesmith with 24 yards on the ground and completed 3 of 5 passes for 39 yards. Peyton Donahoo and Derek Mackey also had completions. Donahoo led Brookesmith with three catches for 34 yards while Zach Boyette added a 19-yard reception and Payton James caught a 7-yard pass.
Eden has opened the season with losses to Rochelle (52-6), Blanket (48-34) and Division II No. 7 Robert Lee (66-14).
Brookesmith is a 45-point underdog according to sixmanfootball.com.
Victory Life (0-3)
at No. 1 Stephenville Faith (3-0)
7:30 p.m. FRIDAY
The Victory Life Warriors’ quest for their first win of the season takes them to Stephenville Friday night, where the defending TCAL Division II state champion and top-ranked Stephenville Faith Knights await.
Stephenville Faith owns victories over Watauga Harvest (90-73), Gordon (44-35) and Willow Park Trinity (56-0), while Victory Life has fallen to Dallas Tyler Street (56-6), the Lometa JV (44-35) and Mullin (84-38).
In last week’s loss to Mullin, the Warriors finished with 364 total yards, including 242 passing, but turned the ball over six times. Defensively, VLA forced three turnovers but gave up 473 yards.
Roland Aguinaga caught a team-high five passes for 71 yards, while Garrett Hagood added three receptions for 65 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Jadyn Thedford and Sem Oscar Joseph caught three passes each for a total of 20 yards, while Ethan Essary hauled in two receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown. Sam Haley also caught a 13-yard pass.
Kegan Bessent led the Warriors’ ground game with 119 yards and a touchdown.
Victory Life is a 45-point underdog according to sixmanfootball.com.
at No. 1 Richland Springs (3-0)
7:30 p.m. FRIDAY
The two-time defending Six-Man Division II state champion Richland Springs Coyotes will look to extend their overall win streak to 34 games, and their home win streak to 59 as they host the Gustine Tigers Friday night.
Richland Springs’ last loss came during the 2009 playoffs, and its last defeat at Coyote Field came 11 years ago — Oct. 26, 2001 — by a 42-36 count to Panther Creek.
The Coyotes have defeated May (63-18), Comanche Premier (46-0) and Cherokee (70-6), while Gustine owns a 60-32 victory over Iredell with losses to Mullin (79-68) and Walnut Springs (47-14).
Richland Springs enters the contest averaging 60 points and 269 yards — 209 rushing and 60 passing — per game, while giving up eight points and 140 yards, with 82 coming on the ground.
Chance Bush has rushed for 546 yards and 17 touchdowns, while passing for 146 yards with four scores. Gunner Mann has chipped in a 45-yard touchdown run and a 13-yard scoring reception, while Thomas Fowler has completed both of his pass attempts for 35 yards with a touchdown.
Chris Munoz has added two receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown, Patrick Phillips has caught two passes for 30 yards with a score, Ty Mann has a 50-yard scoring reception and Brian Salinas has hauled in a 31-yard touchdown pass.
Defensively, Bush leads the charge with 20 tackles trailed by 15 from Fowler, 14 from Salinas and 12 from Munoz.
Richland Springs is a 45-point favorite according to sixmanfootball.com.
Goldthwaite (1-2) at Eastland (1-2)
7:30 p.m. FRIDAY
The Goldthwaite Eagles’ first 0-2 start in nine years ended with a 47-14 thrashing of Bangs last week, and now head coach Gary Proffitt’s squad is targeting its first win streak of the season.
The Eastland Mavericks, meanwhile, are looking to bounce back from a 49-21 loss at Grandview. Eastland won its only other home game, 43-7 over Jacksboro, and dropped its season opener at Class 3A Sweetwater, 23-13.
Goldthwaite is generating 30 points per game on average, while giving up 29. The Eagles have also produced 367 yards, with 246 coming on the ground, per game, while allowing 311 yards — 160 rushing and 151 passing.
Logan Harper has rushed for a team-high 294 yards and three touchdowns trailed by 243 yards and a score from Dakota Perry and 127 yards from Joseph Paddock.
Through the air, T.R. Jones is 26 of 53 for 265 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. Taylor Stephens leads the Eagles with seven catches for 128 yards and a touchdown, while Ryan Wright has contributed four catches for 76 yards.
For the season, Eastland is averaging 26 points and allowing 26 points per contest. The Mavericks are producing 418 yards of total offense, with 256 of those coming through the air, while surrendering 274 yards, including 171 on the ground.
Josh Moylan has completed 62 of 114 passes for 768 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions, while Clint Galyean (18-260, TD), Brandon Allen (13-121), Jeremiah Sloan (9-78) and Mason Thayer (7-99) are the leading receiving threats for Eastland.
On the ground, Allen has rushed for 226 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Moylan has chipped in 196 yards and two scores.
Hamilton (3-0) at San Saba (2-1)
7:30 p.m. FRIDAY
The San Saba Armadillos are attempting to rebound from their first loss of the season, while handing the Hamilton Bulldogs their first defeat in the process.
After knocking off Tolar and Early, San Saba dropped a 39-7 decision at Ballinger last week. Hamilton, meanwhile, has opened the season with victories over Comanche (33-14), Hillsboro (28-14) and Hico (21-14).
San Saba is averaging 17 points and 240 yards — 197 rushing and 43 passing — per contest.
Sean Argote leads the Armadillos ground attack with 173 yards and two touchdowns, followed by 163 yards from Kelan Verette. Russell Lowe leads San Saba with four catches for 63 yards, while Verette and Jarrett Mathis have split time behind center.
Defensively, Kolton Ellis has collected 29 tackles followed by 27 from Lowe, 25 from Juan Ortega, 23 from Issac Zepeda and 21 from Aaron Perez.
Oglesby (1-2) at Sidney (3-0)
7:30 p.m. FRIDAY
The Sidney Eagles will attempt to keep rolling toward an undefeated regular season as their quest for a 4-0 start features a tilt against the Oglesby Tigers Friday night.
Sidney has opened the season with victories of 72-0 over Dublin Premier, 48-32 over Granbury Cornerstone and last week’s 42-20 triumph over previously unbeaten Lingleville.
In last week’s win, Sidney broke a 20-all tie with 22 fourth-quarter points.
Chris Dominguez rushed for 193 yards and threw a pair of touchdown passes — one to Lorenzo Nunez and one to Blake Crawford. Nunez finished with a team-high five receptions for 33 yards.
Oglesby has started its season with a 53-48 victory over Cranfills Gap, along with losses of 57-12 to Calvert and 64-36 to Mullin.
Sidney is a 40-point favorite according to sixmanfootball.com.
Brady (0-3) at Comanche (0-3)
7:30 p.m. FRIDAY
A pair of first-year head coaches will attempt to guide their respective teams to the first win of the season Friday night as Stephen Hermesmeyer and the Comanche Indians welcome former Brownwood assistant Andy Howard and the Brady Bulldogs.
Comanche — which has fallen to Hamilton (33-14), Tolar (33-19) and Cisco (48-13) — heads into the game averaging 15 points per contest, while giving up 38 points per outing.
The Indians have generated 234 yards per game, with 145 coming on the ground, while allowing 394 yards, including 269 yards rushing.
Quarterback Caisson Montieth has completed 16 of 33 passes for 237 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Jaylon Roberts leads the Indians with 10 receptions for 97 yards, while Daniel Davilla has chipped in two catches for 67 yards and Tyson Rodriguez has added two receptions for 24 yards and a touchdown.
On the ground, Jaden Roberts has rushed for 159 yards, Montieth has chipped in 113 yards and Salvador Marquez has contributed 94 yards and a touchdown.
Brady has been outscored 129-7 thus far and has been shutout in each of the last two games. The Bulldogs opened the season with a 43-7 loss at Ballinger followed by a 42-0 defeat at the hands of Sonora and a 44-0 loss to Fredericksburg.
Rising Star (0-3) at Paint Rock (0-3)
7:30 p.m. FRIDAY
The Rising Star Wildcats and Paint Rock Indians will both attempt to nab their first victory of the season as the two square off Friday night.
The Wildcats have opened the season with losses of 51-6 to Lingleville, 68-0 to May and 58-36 to Trent.
Meanwhile, Paint Creek’s first three games have been losses of 46-0 to undefeated Santa Anna, 60-0 to Division II No. 7 Robert Lee and 49-38 to Hermleigh.
Rising Star is a 45-point underdog according to sixmanfootball.com.