A Brown County battle between two teams trying to turn their seasons around pits Brookesmith at Victory Life in the Warriors’ homecoming game.

Also around Brown County, May looks to stretch its win streak to four games at Gustine, Zephyr targets a third straight win at Cherokee and Blanket will attempt to halt a two-game slump at Blackwell.

Outside the county, Richland Springs targets its 35th consecutive victory overall and 60th straight at home as it hosts San Antonio FEAST for homecoming. Also, Santa Anna and Sidney both shoot for 5-0 starts against Eden and Cranfills Gap, respectively.

In the 11-man ranks, Goldthwaite and Mart renew a recent playoff rivalry for the Eagles’ homecoming contest, while San Saba heads to Mason in an attempt to end a two-game losing streak. Also, Comanche seeks its second straight win in its district opener against Merkel, while Coleman tries to knock Anson from the ranks of the unbeaten.


Brookesmith (1-3) at Victory Life (0-4)

7:30 p.m. FRIDAY

The Victory Life Warriors will attempt to halt a season-long four-game losing streak in their homecoming contest against the Brookesmith Mustangs, who are also attempting to end a three-game skid themselves.

Victory Life is averaging 28 points and allowing 66, but the Warriors have scored at least 32 points in each of their last three games. Brookesmith, meanwhile, is producing 23 points and giving up 53 on average, but the Mustangs were shutout in each of their last two contests.

In last week’s 79-32 loss to defending TCAL Division II state champion Stephenville Faith, the Warriors finished with 210 yards of total offense — 117 passing and 93 rushing — but turned the ball over twice. Defensively, VLA allowed 487 yards — 275 rushing and 212 passing — and forced a pair of turnovers.

Garrett Hagood rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown and caught five passes for 25 yards and two touchdowns, while Ethan Essary contributed six catches for 70 yards and Kegan Bessent ran for 37 yards. Also, Sam Haley completed 15 of 37 passes for 118 yards with two touchdowns.

Prior to Brookesmith’s 55-0 loss at Eden last week, the Mustangs were averaging 259 yards of total offense — 173 rushing and 86 passing — while surrendering 222 yards — 125 rushing and 97 passing — per game.

Derek Mackey had rushed for 289 yards and three touchdowns, Gage Fenton had chipped in 93 yards and two scores and Peyton Donahoo recorded 76 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Mackey had also passed for 104 yards with two touchdowns, Donahoo had thrown for 91 yards and three scores and Hall had hurled a scoring toss and amassed 62 yards through the air.

Payton James had caught five passes for 40 yards with a touchdown, Fenton had grabbed three for 47 yards with a score, Zach Boyette had pulled down three receptions for 31 yards with two touchdowns and Colby Breeding, Taylor Stephens and Brandon Leonard caught touchdown passes of 50, 40 and 17 yards, respectively.

Victory Life is a 26-point favorite according to sixmanfootball.com.


Blanket (1-3) at Blackwell (2-2)

7:30 p.m. FRIDAY

The Blanket Tigers will attempt to snap a two-game slide as they hit the road to face a Blackwell Hornets squad that has split its first four games of the season.

Since picking up a 48-34 win over Eden in the second game of the season, Blanket has since lost to Gordon (64-14) and May (66-28). The Tigers cut May’s lead to two points in the second half last week, but surrendered 36 unanswered points to close the contest.

Blanket enters the game averaging 29 points and 295 yards of total offense — 202 rushing and 93 passing — while allowing 47 points and 382 yards — 279 rushing and 103 passing — per outing.

Rafael Marquez has rushed for a team-high 551 yards and six touchdowns and caught five passes for 85 yards with a trip to the end zone. Tyler Martinez has connected on 26 of 64 passes for 339 yards with six touchdowns, rushed for 192 yards and three scores and caught a 34-yard touchdown from Marquez.

Other key contributors in Blanket’s passing attack include Wesley Musick (5-54, TD), Caleb Wigham (5-42, TD), Jason Valdez (3-58, TD) and Jaime Mares (3-57, 2 TDs).

Blackwell is coming off a 50-44 loss to Trent and has also fallen to Jayton by a 57-30 count. The Hornets’ wins have come against Westbrook (54-6) and Brookesmith (50-0).

Blanket is a 35-point favorite according to sixmanfootball.com.


May (3-1) at Gustine (1-3)

7:30 p.m. FRIDAY

The May Tigers will attempt to bring home a fourth consecutive victory as they visit the Gustine Tigers Friday night.

Since dropping a 63-18 decision to Richland Springs in the season opener, May has reeled off wins over Rising Star (68-0), Newcastle (36-14) and Blanket (66-28).

Gustine, meanwhile, suffered a 54-0 loss to Richland Springs last week and has also fallen to Walnut Springs (47-14) and Mullin (79-68) with the lone victory coming against Iredell (60-32) in the season opener.

May heads into the contest averaging 47 points and 355 yards — 235 rushing and 120 passing — per outing, while allowing 26 points on average.

The ground attack is led by Justin Howard’s 449 yards and eight touchdowns followed by Ethan Jaggars with 290 yards and three scores and Dakota Chambers with 188 yards and a touchdown.

Through the air, Jaggars is 16 of 27 for 343 yards with five touchdowns, Jared Howard has connected on 5 of 7 passes for 64 yards and a touchdown and Kendrick Aguerro has completed 3 of 4 passes for 67 yards with a touchdown.

Dylan Starnes leads all receivers with seven catches for 165 yards and four touchdowns followed by Jared Howard with four for 126 and two scores. Chambers (3-54), David Woods (3-23) and Aguerro (2-28, TD) have also been viable receiving options.

Defensively for May, Starnes leads the charge with 23 tackles followed by 21 tackles and two interceptions returned for touchdown by Justin Howard, 19 tackles by Jaggars, 19 tackles and an interception return for a touchdown by Jared Howard, 18 tackles and three interceptions with one pick six by Chambers, 13 tackles by Brant Harris and nine tackles and a fumble recovery by Caleb Brown.

May is a 45-point favorite according to sixmanfootball.com.


Zephyr (2-2) at Cherokee (1-3)

7:30 p.m. FRIDAY

After two losses to Top 10 teams to open the season, the Zephyr Bulldogs have righted the ship as they shoot for a third straight victory Friday night against the Cherokee Indians.

Zephyr opened the year with losses of 54-40 to Six-Man Division II No. 2 Milford and 72-26 to Six-Man Division I No. 5 Oakwood, but has since rebounded with triumphs of 88-0 over Dublin Premier and last week’s 60-36 win over Six-Man Division II No. 9 Jonesboro.

Cherokee, meanwhile, is coming off a 54-28 victory over previously-undefeated Lometa, while the Indians opened the season with losses of 70-6 to Richland Springs, 50-44 to Rochelle and 68-34 to Abilene Christian.

The Bulldogs head into the contest average 54 points per game, while allowing 41.

Derek Jesko has rushed for 344 yards and 10 touchdowns while also completing 5 of 6 passes for 61 yards with two scores. Dillon Williams has chipped in 160 yards and two touchdowns on the ground and Dakota Rogers has rushed for 150 yards and three scores. Through the air, Josh Todd is 12 of 23 for 277 yards with a pair of scoring tosses.

Todd also leads the Zephyr defense with 24 tackles trailed by 22 from Jesko and 19 from Williams, while Dylan Crocker has intercepted a team-high two passes.

Zephyr is a 45-point favorite according to sixmanfootball.com.    


San Antonio FEAST (3-1)

at No. 1 Richland Springs (4-0)

7:30 p.m. FRIDAY

The two-time defending Six-Man Division II state champion Richland Springs Coyotes look to extend the state’s longest win streak to 35 games, while pushing their own home win streak to 60 as they welcome San Antonio FEAST for homecoming.

The Coyotes enter the game averaging 58 points and 273 yards — 215 rushing and 58 passing — per outing, with just two turnovers through four games.

Chance Bush has rushed for 729 yards and 21 touchdowns while completing 8 of 17 passes for 192 yards with five more scores. Brian Salinas has contributed 81 yards to the run game while Gunner Mann has rushed for a 45-yard touchdown and Ty Mann has chipped in a 3-yard scoring run. Thomas Fowler is 2 of 2 through the air for 35 yards with a touchdown.

Receiving threats for the Coyotes include Chris Munoz (2-57, TD), Salinas (2-51, 2 TDs), Patrick Phillips (2-30, TD), Ty Mann (1-50, TD) and Gunner Mann (1-13, TD).

Defensively, the Coyotes are giving up just six points and 120 yards — 64 rushing and 56 passing — per game, with eight turnovers forced.

Bush leads Richland Springs with 26 tackles followed by 20 from Fowler, 18 each from Salinas and Gunner Mann, 15 from Munoz, 11 from Stanley Buttler and 10 from Ty Mann. Phillips, Salinas and Jacob Cohn have intercepted passes.

San Antonio FEAST has defeated Christian Academy of San Antonio (83-50), Fredericksburg (64-14), San Antonio The Winston (81-34), but fell to Boerne Geneva, 39-6.

Richland Springs is a 45-point favorite according to sixmanfootball.com.    


Eden (1-3) at Santa Anna (4-0)

7:30 p.m. FRIDAY

The Santa Anna Mountaineers will try to keep their unblemished record intact as they host the Eden Bulldogs Friday night.

Santa Anna has recorded four straight 45-point mercy rule victories, including last week’s 53-8 decision over previously undefeated Mullin.

The Mountaineers are averaging 61 points and 360 yards of total offense — 288 rushing and 72 passing — per game, while giving up just 15 points.

Michael Valencia has rushed for 847 yards and 11 touchdowns, while completing 7 of 11 passes for 206 yards. Lucas Diaz has chipped in 270 yards rushing and seven scores, while Zach Diaz has grabbed six receptions for 111 yards and four touchdowns and Mikey Rhoades has hauled down two catches totaling 98 yards.

Defensively, Nate Salazar leads Santa Anna with 27 tackles followed by 22 from Valencia, 15 and four fumble recoveries from Colby Nelson and 13 tackles from Josh Perez.

Eden defeated Brookesmith, 55-0, for its first win last week, but opened the season with losses to Rochelle (52-6), Blanket (48-34) and Robert Lee (66-14).

Santa Anna is a 45-point favorite according to sixmanfootball.com.    


Sidney (4-0) at Cranfills Gap (1-2)

7:30 p.m. FRIDAY

With four victories under their belts, the Sidney Eagles will attempt to remain undefeated as they visit the Cranfills Gap Lions Friday night.

Sidney produced a season-high 92 points in last week’s 47-point triumph over Oglesby, and for the season the Eagles are averaging 64 points per outing and surrendering 24.

The Eagles have defeated Dublin Premier (72-0), Lingleville (42-20), Granbury Cornerstone (48-32) and Oglesby (92-45).

Meanwhile, Cranfills Gap’s lone win came over Covington (58-8) with losses to Oglesby (53-48) and Evant (84-36).

Sidney is a 45-point favorite according to sixmanfootball.com.


Mullin (3-1) at Lometa (3-1)

7:30 p.m. FRIDAY

The Mullin Bulldogs will attempt to rebound from their first loss of the season, as will the Lometa Hornets when the two teams clash Friday night.

Mullin is coming off a 53-8 loss to undefeated Santa Anna after racking up victories of 84-38 over Victory Life, 79-68 over Gustine and 64-36 over Oglesby.

Lometa dropped a 54-28 decision to previously winless Cherokee last week after opening the season with victories against Comanche Premier (52-6), Lohn (53-0) and San Marcos Hill Country Christian (60-14).

Mullin is a 29-point underdog according to sixmanfootball.com.    


Mart (2-2) at Goldthwaite (1-3)

7:30 p.m. FRIDAY

The 2009 Class A Division I state champion Goldthwaite Eagles and 2010 Class A Division I state champion Mart Panthers renew their recent rivalry Friday night in the Eagles’ homecoming contest.

Neither team is off to their traditional starts as Goldthwaite is coming off a 34-14 loss to Eastland, while Mart suffered an 84-58 defeat at the hands of Rogers last week.

The Eagles have also fallen to Mason (31-14) and Class 2A McGregor (42-28), with their lone victory coming at home against Bangs (47-14).

Entering the contest, Goldthwaite is averaging 26 points and 351 yards — 246 rushing and 105 passing — per game, while giving up 30 points and 322 yards — 179 rushing and 143 passing.

Goldthwaite’s ground game is led by Logan Harper (54-395, 3 TDs), Dakota Perry (59-336, TD) and Joseph Paddock (16-129), while Taylor Stephens and A.J. Guerrero both scored on short runs last week.

T.R. Jones is 28 of 61 for 419 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions, while Taylor Stephens (8-170, TD) and Ryan Wright (4-76) lead the Eagles in receptions.

Prior to giving up 84 points and 778 yards — all rushing — to Rogers last week, Mary defeated Riesel, 43-7, for the 700th win in school history. The Panther also own a 35-34 victory over Teague and a 28-12 loss to Dallas St. Mark’s.

Mart’s offense is led by sophomore quarterback De’Narian Thomas, who was 8 of 10 for 180 yards with three touchdowns, while rushing for 41 yards and a score in the win over Riesel. In the season-opening victory over Teague, Thomas rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns, passed for 24 yards and returned a kick 82 yards for six points.

Other key contributors to the Mart offense include DeMarcus Cosby, Lane Cobbs and Quentin Bryant.


San Saba (2-2) at Mason (4-0)

7:30 p.m. FRIDAY

The San Saba Armadillos will attempt to halt a two-game losing streak against the defending Class A Division I state champion Mason Punchers, who are coming off their most lopsided victory of the season.

The Armadillos have dropped back-to-back contests to Ballinger (39-7) and Hamilton (14-6), both undefeated 2A teams, while the Punchers mauled Christoval, 64-7, last week. Mason finished with 422 total yards, including 349 rushing, and gave up just 146 yards.

San Saba is averaging 246 yards of total offense — 198 rushing and 48 passing — and have relied on several players for contributions.

On the ground, Sean Argote (78-323, 2 TDs), Kelan Verette (27-163), Russell Lowe (14-72, TD), Garrett Hartranft (13-64), T.J. Hibler (3-62, TD), Jarrett Mathis (14-49, TD) and Kolton Ellis (9-46, TD) have led the charge.

Through the air, Mathis is 11 of 32 for 127 yards with three interceptions, while top receivers include Cosme Diaz (6-76), Lowe (4-63) and Argote (2-34).

Defensively, Ellis leads the Armadillos with 35 tackles trailed by Juan Ortega with 31, Aaron Perez and Lowe with 27 apiece, Issac Zepeda with 26 and Nathan Amstead with 24.

In Mason’s victory last week, Rio Schmidt rushed for 132 yards and five touchdowns on eight carries, Raul Silguero chipped in 82 yards and a touchdown and quarterback Elliott Bibb was 5 of 7 for 65 yards and rushed for a 50-yard score.


Merkel (2-2) at Comanche (1-3)

7:30 p.m. FRIDAY

The Comanche Indians will attempt to ride the wave of their first win into a District 4-2A Division I opening victory as they host the Merkel Badgers Friday night.

Following losses of 33-14 to Hamilton, 33-19 to Tolar and 48-13 to Cisco, the Indians rebounded with a 20-6 win over Brady last week.

Merkel, meanwhile, has defeated Wall (40-29) and Hawley (36-0), but come up short against Seminole (27-14) and Stamford (36-0).

Comanche enters the game averaging 17 points and 253 yards — 187 rushing and 66 passing — while giving up 30 points and 339 yards — 216 rushing and 123 passing.

Caisson Montieth has completed 17 of 39 passes for 264 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, while rushing for 225 yards and a pair of scores.

Salvador Marquez has chipped in 154 yards and four touchdowns, while Jaden Roberts has run for 254 yards and a score.

Jaylon Roberts leads all receivers with 11 catches for 131 yards followed by Daniel Davila (2-67, TD), Jaden Roberts (2-38) and Tyson Rodriguez (2-24, TD).

Defensively, Comanche is led by Blake Denning (56 tackles), Travis Hickman (33), Jaden Roberts (29), Saul Lopez (26), Davila (24 and four interceptions) and Sam Duran (22).

For Merkel — which averages 23 points and 307 yards per game — Baylor Mullins has passed for 339 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 219 yards and four scores. Also, Riley Whisenhunt has thrown for 186 yards and rushed for 156 yards and three touchdowns.

Pat Bohannan (14-275, 4 TDs) and Kelby Jordan (13-250) are the top receivers for the Badgers.


Coleman (1-3) at Anson (4-0)

7:30 p.m. FRIDAY

The Coleman Bluecats will attempt to knock Class A Anson, led by former Brownwood assistant Keith Woolf, from the ranks of the unbeaten Friday night.

Coleman is coming off a 28-21 loss to Bangs and has also fallen to Wall (35-0) and Coahoma (27-8). The Bluecats’ lone win was a 34-0 victory over Early.

Anson has collected victories against Hamlin (25-20), Olney (26-0), Jim Ned (40-19) and Miles (46-13).

Coleman heads into the game averaging 16 points and 233 yards — 186 rushing and 47 passing — per game, while giving up 23 points and 266 yards — 209 rushing and 47 passing.

Anson is producing 34 points and 403 yards, while yielding 13 points and 227 yards.

Anthony Thomas has thrown for 188 yards and one touchdown and rushed for 187 yards and three scores for Coleman, while D.J. Terrell has chipped in 345 yards on the ground and five touchdowns.

Anson’s Jalen Garza has passed for 205 yards and four scores and rushed for 233 yards and two touchdowns, while Mitchell Hudson has chipped in 429 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground. Also, Hayden Stoval has caught 13 passes for 166 yards with three scores.    


Panther Creek (2-2) at Rising Star (0-4)

7:30 p.m. FRIDAY

The Rising Star Wildcats will attempt to earn their first victory of the season as the Panther Creek Panthers visit Friday night.

Rising Star has opened the season with losses of 27-14 to Paint Rock, 76-38 to Trent, 68-0 to May and 51-6 to Lingleville.

Panther Creek has defeated Blanket (36-32) and Veribest (44-42), and lost to Santa Anna (71-24) and Rochelle (58-12).

Rising Star is a 45-point underdog according to sixmanfootball.com.