The Richland Springs Coyotes and Santa Anna Mountaineers are inching toward state semifinal berths, while the Goldthwaite Eagles could punch a ticket to the state quarterfinal round Friday night as all three teams look to continue their postseason marches.
DIVISION I-A REGION II SEMIFINAL
Goldthwaite (6-5) vs. Lindsay (9-2)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Mineral Wells
Following a first-round bye, the Goldthwaite Eagles crushed the Wolfe City Wolves, 51-7, in area playoff action last week.
The Eagles recorded 502 yards of total offense, all on the ground, while the Goldthwaite defense yielded just 123 total yards and forced three turnovers.
The Lindsay Knights, the District 7-A champion, are coming off a 41-21 area round victory over Cayuga — which eliminated Goldthwaite’s archival San Saba, 28-21, in overtime in the first week of the playoffs.
Lindsay is riding a six-game win streak into the contest with victories over Cayuga, Blue Ridge (63-0), Collinsville (47-0), Valley View (30-28), Chico (40-13) and Trenton (56-0). The Knights’ losses have come at the hands of Pilot Point (33-24) and Jacksboro (27-20).
For the season, the Knights average 38 points per game and allow just 13.
Goldthwaite, meanwhile, is producing 32 points and 376 yards — 311 rushing and 65 passing — per outing. The Eagles are led by running backs Dakota Perry (1,154 yards, 9 TDs), Logan Harper (965 yards, 6 TDs) and Joseph Paddock (603 yards, 6 TDs). Taylor Stephens has also rushed for 12 touchdowns in short yardage situations.
Heading into the playoffs, the Eagles defense had been spearheaded by the play of Quinton Thompson (124 tackles), Jaggar Parrish (106 tackles) and Sidney Covey (90 tackles). Goldthwaite forced 16 turnovers — seven on interceptions and nine on fumbles — during the regular season.
Friday’s winner will face either Honey Grove (10-0-1) or Italy (7-4) next week for the Region II championship.
SIX-MAN DIVISION II REGION IV CHAMPIONSHIP
No. 1 Richland Springs (12-0) vs. No. 2 Milford (12-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Hico
The two-time defending Six-Man Division II state champion and top-ranked Richland Springs Coyotes shoot for a 43rd consecutive victory as they clash with the Division II No. 2 Milford Bulldogs in a battle of unbeatens.
Richland Springs, seeking its third straight state championship and state-record sixth on the six-man level, is coming off a 64-48 come-from-behind victory over No. 4 Jonesboro.
Milford, meanwhile, had little trouble getting past Cherokee, 56-24, last week.
For the season, the Bulldogs are averaging 58 points while allowing 22 per contest.
Milford’s list of victims includes Zephyr (56-40), Abbott (44-42), Oakwood (63-54), Avalon (57-8), Aquilla (64-14), Mount Calm (56-6), Bynum (40-16), Trinidad (72-26), Karnack (62-0), Calvert (76-30) and Cranfills Gap (54-6).
The Coyotes enter the game averaging 65 points and 329 yards — 216 rushing and 113 passing — per outing.
Defensively, Richland Springs surrenders 15 points and 167 yards — 86 rushing and 81 passing — per game.
Chance Bush continues to be the spark plug for the Coyotes offense with 2,000 yards and 46 touchdowns on the ground to go along with 1,086 yards and 26 touchdowns through the air.
Top receivers for the Coyotes include Thomas Fowler (11-173, 5 TDs), Chris Munoz (10-191, 5 TDs) and Patrick Phillips (9-168, 5 TDs). Gunner Mann, Ty Mann and Bryan Salinas have also played vital roles offensively.
According to sixmanfootball.com, Richland Springs is an 18-point favorite.
Friday’s winner will face either No. 6 Strawn (11-1) or No. 9 Newcastle (8-4) in the state semifinals.
SIX-MAN DIVISION I REGION III CHAMPIONSHIP
Santa Anna (11-1) vs. Gordon (9-3)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Comanche
The Santa Anna Mountaineers’ story book season has second-year head coach Cameron Norris’ squad one victory away from the state’s final four.
The Mountaineers target an even dozen victories Friday night as they battle the Gordon Longhorns.
Santa Anna is in the midst of a four-game win streak with playoff victories over Lingleville (61-16) and Blum (79-38).
Meanwhile, Gordon has reeled off five straight wins and coasted past Savoy (66-21) and Zephyr (88-42) in its two playoff contests.
For the season, the Longhorns — who have won nine of their last 10 encounters — are averaging 59 points per game and surrendering 32. Gordon’s three losses have come at the hands of Richland Springs (92-44), Ira (28-24) and Stephenville Faith (44-35).
Santa Anna heads into the contest generating 60 points and allowing just 24 per outing.
The Mountaineers are led by spread back Michael Valencia, who has compiled 2,693 yards and 42 touchdowns on the ground while passing for 872 yards and 25 more scores.
Other offensive weapons for Santa Anna include Lucas Diaz (908 yards, 19 TDs rushing; 11-147, TD receiving), Zach Diaz (13-241, 7 TDs receiving), Talon King (9-250, 4 TDs receiving), Mikey Rhoades (5-188, 2 TDs receiving) and Colby Nelson (4-93, TD receiving).
Defensively for Santa Anna, Valencia has collected a team-best 94 tackles trailed by 90 from Nate Salazar, 52 from Nelson and 43 from Josh Perez.
According to sixmanfootball.com, Santa Anna is an 8-point underdog.
Friday’s winner will face either No. 7 Abbott (10-2) or Oakwood (9-2) in the state semifinals.