EVANT — The No. 1 Richland Springs Coyotes’ bid for a three-repeat and a record sixth state championship rolled on Friday night with a 68-0 first-round victory over the Oglesby Tigers.
The two-time defending Six-Man Division II state champion Coyotes stretched the state’s longest win streak in any classification to 41 games with the victory, and will face No. 3 Jonesboro (9-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Region IV semifinals. The game will be played at Richland Springs, where the Coyotes have tallied 63 consecutive victories.
Richland Springs chalked up 38 first-quarter points and tacked on 30 in the second period en route a 215-yard performance, while allowing 80 yards and creating four turnovers.
The Coyotes scored off three of Oglesby’s giveaways as Trevor Tinney and Brian Salinas returned fumbles 47 and 14 yards, respectively, for touchdowns. Chance Bush also returned an interception for six points.
Offensively, Bush hurled touchdown passes of 25 yards to Patrick Phillips, 17 yards to Tinney, 25 yards to Thomas Fowler and 16 yards to Chris Munoz. Tinney also chipped in a 30-yard touchdown carry, while Ty Mann raced 63 yards to the end zone.
Richland Springs finished with 111 yards passing and 104 rushing, while Oglesby ran for just 16 yards on 25 carries and threw for 64.
Cherokee 75, Blanket 70
LOMETA — The Blanket Tigers were unable to outlast the Cherokee Indians in a 75-70 Six-Man Division II first-round playoff shootout Friday night.
Blanket, which returned to the playoffs after a one-year absence, finished with a 5-6 record, while Cherokee improved to 6-4 with its victory.
The Tigers allowed 474 yards of total offense, including 366 rushing, while generating 405 yards, with 278 coming through air.
Tyler Martinez did all the passing for Blanket as he connected on 11 of 26 attempts with seven touchdown passes. Kaeden Chasteen hauled in seven receptions for 215 yards, with six catches resulting in trips to the end zone. Jamie Mares added two catches for 43 yards and also scored.
On the ground, Rafael Marquez finished with 103 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 16 carries, while Martinez chipped in 24 yards rushing.
Cherokee turned the ball over twice, but made up for the miscues with a kick return for a touchdown.
Santa Anna 61, Lingleville 16
MAY — The Santa Anna Mountaineers, making their first playoff appearance since 2006, reached double digits in the win column with a 61-16 victory over Lingleville in Six-Man Division I bi-district playoff action.
Santa Anna (10-1), a tri-champion of District 9, will face Blum (7-4) in the Region III semifinals next week.
Statistical information on Friday’s victory was not available.
Newcastle 94, Sidney 48
STRAWN — The Sidney Eagles’ season came to an end at the hands of the Newcastle Bobcats, 94-48, Friday in Six-Man Division II bi-district playoff action.
Sidney (9-2) trailed 24-0 after one quarter, 40-14 at halftime and 56-24 heading into the fourth period, where the Bobcats tacked on 38 points.
Newcastle finished with 592 yards rushing as Michael Moreno contributed 282 yards and four touchdowns and Tyler Mays chipped in 183 yards and a score.
Nathan Wilson also returned an interception for a Newcastle touchdown.
Cayuga 28, San Saba 21 (OT)
JOSHUA — The San Saba Armadillos’ fourth consecutive playoff appearance ended in heartbreaking fashion Friday with a 28-21 overtime loss to the Cayuga Wildcats in Division I-A Region II bi-district action.
San Saba, a tri-district champion from 5-A, finished the season with a 5-6 record.
Statistical information on the game was not available.