MAY — Coming off an undefeated regular season in 2016, the Class A Division I No. 8 May Tigers started the 2017 campaign by flattening the Santa Anna Mountaineers, 60-0, Friday night.
May (1-0) produced 283 yards of total offense, including 197 rushing.
Weston Chambers rushed twice for 51 yards and a pair of touchdowns; Dalton Self scored twice and rushed for 39 yards on three carries; Daniel Salinas contributed a touchdown and 39 yards on two carries; Preston Johnston added a 27-yard scoring sprint; and Jacob Brown picked up 41 yards on two rushes.
Through the air, Wyatt Mote was 2 of 3 for 63 yards and two touchdowns — 37 yards to Johnston and 26 yards to Brown.
Defensively for May, Salinas recorded 12 tackles, Brown added five with an interception and Austin McAbee also notched five tackles.
Santa Anna (0-1) managed just 67 total yards, with 52 coming on the ground. D.J. Mattes ran for 70 yards for the Mountaineers, while the rest of the squad finished with -3 yards of total offense.
Next week, May hosts Eden (0-1), which suffered a 49-0 loss to Buena Vista Friday, while Santa Anna welcomes Garden City (1-0), which knocked off Austin Veritas, 70-26, Friday night.
Zephyr 55, Oakwood 45
ZEPHYR — The Class A Division I No. 4 Zephyr Bulldogs received a major challenge in the season opener, but emerged with a 55-45 victory over Oakwood Friday.
Zephyr (1-0) compiled 571 yards of total offense — 403 rushing and 168 passing — and reached the end zone eight times.
Mason Rogers led the Bulldogs with 245 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, Nicholas Moody chipped in 113 yards and Hunter Williams added 45 yards and two scores.
Through the air, Devin Williams hauled in five receptions for 114 yards and three touchdowns, J.P. Gowin added three grabs for 24 yards and a score and Kason King caught a 26-yard pass.
King also completed 5 of 9 passes for 62 yards and two touchdowns, while Hunter Williams was 3 of 5 for 40 yards and a score. Devin Williams also completed a 26-yard toss.
Defensively, Robert Clark tallied 13 tackles and an interception, Rogers finished with 12 tackles, including four for loss, and one sack; and Moody notched 12 tackles with five behind the line of scrimmage, including a sack.
Next week, Zephyr hosts Granbury NCTA (0-1), which is coming off a 48-0 loss to Watauga Harvest.
Blanket 48, Rising Star 0
BLANKET — The Blanket Tigers opened the Brent Williamson coaching era with a resounding 48-0 victory over the Rising Star Wildcats Friday night.
The Tigers raced out to a 16-0 lead after one quarter, but were held scoreless in the second period. Blanket stretched its lead to 30-0 after three frames and added 18 points in the fourth period.
Blanket racked up 358 total yards, with 264 coming on the ground, while Rising Star mustered just 68 yards — 35 rushing and 33 passing.
Logan Wheeler ran for 156 yards on six carries, scoring on sprints of 39 and 68 yards. Wheeler also hurled a 27-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Spivey, who contributed a 39-yard touchdown carry as well.
Trenten Varner was 2 of 9 for 68 yards passing with a 40-yard scoring strike to Luke Kinkade, who also booted an 18-yard field goal.
For Rising Star, Corbin Bass rushed for 41 yards, Alex Teplichek completed 5 of 12 passes for 28 yards and David Martinez caught four passes for 30 yards.
Next week, Blanket (1-0) visits Sidney (0-1), which is coming off a 53-24 loss to Moran, while Rising Star (0-1) travels to Mullin (0-1), which dropped a 45-0 decision to Lometa.
Gorman 45, Brookesmith 0
BROOKESMITH — The Brookesmith Mustangs were blanked in their debut under new head coach Scott Edmondson, as the Gorman Panthers chalked up a 45-0 victory Friday night.
Further information on the contest was not available at press time.
The Mustangs, who finished 5-6 last year, are seeking a second straight trip to the playoffs in 2017 after ending a 10-year drought last season.
Next week, Brookesmith (0-1) journeys to Blackwell (1-0), a 58-0 winner over Paint Rock, for a Saturday night tilt.
Comanche 55, Ballinger 0
BALLINGER — The reigning District 3-3A Division I champion Comanche Indians spoiled head coach Chuck Lipsey’s debut in Ballinger with a 55-0 shellacking Friday night.
Further information on the contest was unavailable at press time.
Next week, Comanche (1-0) opens the home portion of its schedule against Coleman (0-1), which was dealt a 32-0 loss by Jim Ned Friday.
San Saba 42, Winters 7
SAN SABA — In their first game under new head coach Jerod Fikac, the San Saba Armadillos snapped a 16-game losing streak by pummeling the Winters Blizzards, 42-7.
Down 7-6 after one quarter, San Saba (1-0) built a 20-7 lead by halftime and never looked back.
The Armadillos produced 363 yards of total offense — 232 passing and 131 rushing. Defensively, San Saba forced four turnovers — two fumbles and a pair of interceptions — and yielded 286 yards to Winters (0-1), with 227 coming on the ground.
Sean O’Keefe completed 13 of 19 passes for 232 yards and five touchdowns — 37 and 5 yards to Elijah Salinas, 17 yards to Cole Turpin, 74 yards to Klay Prew and 21 yards to Joseph Watson.
O’Keefe also added a 20-yard scoring jaunt as he rushed for a team-best 88 yards.
Turpin finished with a team-high four receptions for 44 yards.
Next week, San Saba shoots for a 2-0 start as it hosts Harper (1-0), which is coming off a 55-6 win over San Angelo TLCA.
Jim Ned 32, Coleman 0
COLEMAN — The 2017 football season for the Coleman Bluecats got off to a rocky start Friday night with a 32-0 road loss to the Jim Ned Indians.
Coleman (0-1) manufactured just 141 yards of total offense — 89 rushing and 52 passing — while Jim Ned produced 326 yards, including 269 rushing.
Devonte Roberson rushed for 74 yards for the Bluecats while Denton Allen added 40. Allen also completed 6 of 12 passes for 52 yards, with Jett Allen hauling in a team-high three receptions for 30 yards.
Next week, Coleman looks to rebound at Comanche (1-0), which pummeled Ballinger, 55-0, Friday night.
Mason 45, Goldthwaite 7
MASON –The Goldthwaite Eagles were unable to duplicate last year’s season-opening upset, as the Mason Punchers rolled to a 45-7 victory Friday night.
Goldthwaite (0-1) was limited to just 61 yards of total offense and didn’t score until the fourth quarter on a 13-yard run by Quaid Seward with 10:56 remaining.
Seward rushed for 69 yards, Drew Hermesmeyer completed 6 of 15 passes for 9 yards and Kyle Schwartz caught three passes for 9 yards and added 5 rushing yards on two carries.
Mason (1-0) generated 346 yards of total offense, with 272 coming on the ground. Klay Klaerner rushed for 93 yards and a touchdown, quarterback Otto Wofford chipped in 74 yards and a score on the ground, while Emanuel Martinez added touchdown carries of 3 and 25 yards.
Next week, Goldthwaite will attempt to rebound against Jim Ned (1-0), which comes to town fresh off a 32-0 triumph over Coleman.
Lometa 45, Mullin 0
MULLIN — The Randy Sims head coaching era in Mullin began with a 45-0 loss to the Lometa Hornets Friday.
Further information was unavailable.
Next week, Mullin (0-1) hosts Rising Star (0-1), which is coming off a 48-0 loss to Blanket.
Moran 53, Sidney 24
SIDNEY — The Sidney Eagles came up short in the season opener to the Moran Bulldogs, 53-24, Friday night.
Further information was unavailable.
Next week, Sidney (0-1) welcomes Blanket (1-0), which is coming off a 48-0 victory over Rising Star.
Happy 96, Richland Springs 72 (late)