Comanche, San Saba also seeking 2-0 starts; Richland Springs among teams looking to bounce back

The second week of high school football action arrives Friday night. Here is a brief glimpse at the 10 games involving Bulletin coverage area teams:


Blanket at Sidney

7:30 p.m. Friday


Brent Williamson’s head coaching debut for Blanket featured a shutout victory, and the Tigers are looking to improve to 2-0 under their new head coach Friday night. The Sidney Eagles, meanwhile, will attempt to bounce back from last week’s opening defeat.

In Blanket’s 48-0 win over Rising Star, the Tigers (1-0) racked up 358 total yards, with 264 coming on the ground, while surrendering 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.

Sidney (0-1) began its season with a 53-24 loss to Moran, a playoff team a year ago. Stats were not available.

Last year, Blanket collected a forfeit victory over Sidney.

According to, Blanket is a 29-point favorite.


Brookesmith at Blackwell

7:30 p.m. Saturday


The Scott Edmondson coaching era got off to a rocky start for the Brookesmith Mustangs in Week 1 as they suffered a 45-0 loss to Gorman. The Mustangs are hoping for better lucky on the road, as they visit the Blackwell Hornets — 58-0 victors over Paint Rock last week — on Saturday night.

Against Gorman, Brookesmith finished with just 78 yards of total offense — 61 rushing and 18 passing — and turned the ball over three times. Mason Brummett rushed for a team high 70 yards while Holden Bolt threw a 20-yard pass to Ryder Nelson.

Defensively, Brummett led Brookesmith six tackles while Bolt added five.

Blackwell comes in ranked No. 25 in Class A Division II by, while Brookesmith is 53rd.

Last year, Blackwell defeated Brookesmith by a 52-6 count.

According to, Brookesmith is a 45-point underdog.


Eden at May

7:30 p.m. Friday


Despite a 60-point shutout victory over Santa Anna to begin the season, the May Tigers plunged out of the Class A Division I Top 10. The 12th-ranked Tigers are seeking their 13th consecutive regular season victory dating to 2015 as they welcome the Eden Bulldogs Friday night.

Last week, May (1-0) produced 283 yards of total offense, including 197 rushing, against Santa Anna.

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.

Eden (0-1) kicked off its campaign with a 49-0 loss Buena Vista. The Bulldogs are ranked 45th out of 69 Class A Division I schools heading into the weekend.

Last year, May hammered Eden, 64-12.

According to, May is a 45-point favorite.


Granbury NCTA at Zephyr

7:30 p.m. Friday


The Class A Division I No. 6 Zephyr Bulldog survived an opening night scare from Oakwood in a 55-45 victory, and are looking for a 2-0 start as Granbury NCTA visits Friday.

Zephyr (1-0), which dropped two spots in the most recent rankings, compiled 571 yards of total offense — 403 rushing and 168 passing — and reached the end zone eight times against Oakwood.

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.

Granbury NCTA (0-1), which is ranked No. 19 in TAPPS Division II, opened its season with a 48-0 loss to Watauga Harvest.

Last year, Zephyr ran over Granbury NCTA, 72-26.

According to, Zephyr is a 45-point favorite.


Coleman at Comanche

7:30 p.m. Friday


The Comanche Indians posted a season-opening shutout victory in Week 1 over Ballinger, while the Coleman Bluecats are looking to rebound from a shutout loss to Jim Ned to start the season.

In Comanche’s 55-0 triumph over Ballinger, the Indians (1-0) rushed for 522 of their of their 580 total yards. Three Indians eclipsed the century mark on the ground — Colton Roberts with 130 yards, Zach Foster with 125 and Jameson Allen with 109.

Bronte Hermesmeyer also completed 5 of 8 passes for 58 yards with three touchdowns. Trevor Higginbotham led the receiving corps with three grabs for 44 yards.

Coleman (0-1) manufactured just 141 yards of total offense — 89 rushing and 52 passing — in a 32-0 loss to Jim Ned, while yielding 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.

Last year, Coleman picked up a 24-10 victory.

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, Comanche is a 7-point favorite.


Jim Ned at Goldthwaite

7:30 p.m. Friday


The Goldthwaite Eagles were unable to duplicate their 2016 season-opening upset of Mason, and will now attempt to avoid an 0-2 start as the Class 3A Division I Jim Ned Indians come calling Friday night.

Goldthwaite was dealt a 45-7 loss by Mason last week as the Eagles were 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.

The Goldthwaite defense, meanwhile, surrendered 346 yards of total offense with 272 coming on the ground.

Jim Ned kicked off its season with a 32-0 trouncing of Coleman. The Indians gave up just 141 yards of total offense — 89 rushing and 52 passing — while producing 326 yards, including 269 rushing.

Riley Perry rushed for 73 yards, Coalby Rives added 72 yards and a touchdown, Dylan Martin chipped in 43 yards and Cooper Castro rushed for a 16-yard score. Rives also completed 8 of 11 passes for 57 yards with touchdowns of 21 yards to Brady Montgomery and 15 yards to Cade Ford.

Last year, Goldthwaite downed Jim Ned, 24-20.

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, Goldthwaite is a 3-point favorite.


Harper at San Saba

7:30 p.m. Friday


The San Saba Armadillos dismantled the Winters Blizzard, 42-7, in their debut under new head coach Jerod Fikac, and seek a 2-0 start Friday when the Harper Longhorns visit.

The Armadillos (1-0) produced 363 yards of total offense — 232 passing and 131 rushing — against Winters. 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.

Defensively, San Saba forced four turnovers — two fumbles and a pair of interceptions — and yielded 286 yards, with 227 coming on the ground.

Harper (1-0) kicked off its season with a 55-6 victory over San Angelo TLCA, a game in which the Longhorns opened a 42-6 halftime advantage.

The Longhorns compiled 420 yards, with 259 coming through the air, and gave up 138 yards. Chance Lange completed all eight of his pass attempts for 259 yards and two scores. Dylan Silverlis added three catches for 157 yards and a score, along with 100 yards rushing and three touchdown.

Last year, Harper tallied a 21-6 victory.

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, San Saba is a 7-point underdog.


Garden City at Santa Anna

7:30 p.m. Friday


Following a 60-0 season-opening loss to the May Tigers, the Santa Anna Mountaineers open the home portion of their schedule against the Class A Division I No. 2 Garden City Bearkats Friday night.

Santa Anna (0-1) managed just 67 total yards, with 52 coming on the ground, against May. D.J. Mattes ran for 70 yards for the Mountaineers, while the rest of the squad finished with -3 yards of total offense.

Defensively, Santa Anna yielded 283 yards of total offense, including 197 rushing.

Garden City (1-0) opened its campaign with a 70-26 triumph over Austin Veritas. The Bearkats finished with 443 yards — 279 rushing with three touchdowns and 164 passing with six scores. Garden City turned the ball over twice, but created three turnovers as well. Veritas scored on three passes of 41, 18 and 25 yards, along with a 2-yard run.

Last year, Garden City cruised past Santa Anna, 52-6.

According to, Santa Anna is a 45-point underdog.


Rising Star at Mullin

7:30 p.m. Friday


The Mullin Bulldogs and Rising Star Wildcats are seeking their first victories of the season after both were shutout in their season openers.

Mullin (0-1) was dealt a 45-0 loss by Lometa, while Rising Star(0-1) is coming off a 48-0 defeat at the hands of Blanket.

Rising Star surrendered 358 total yards, including 264 on the ground, while mustering just 68 yards — 35 rushing and 33 passing. Corbin Bass rushed for 41 yards for the Wildcats, Alex Teplichek completed 5 of 12 passes for 28 yards and David Martinez caught four passes for 30 yards.

Stats on Mullin’s loss last week were not available. Players to watch include Ricky Dela Rosa, Jyles Wootton, Jaxon Wootton and Dontrel Dale.

Last year, Mullin blanked Rising Star, 46-0.

According to, Mullin is a 41-point favorite.


Waco Methodist at Richland Springs

7:30 p.m. Friday


The Class A Division II No. 2 Richland Springs Coyotes will attempt to rebound from a season-opening loss, as their 29-game win streak was snapped by the Class A Division I No. 1 Happy Cowboys, 96-74.

The loss was just the third during the regular season in the last 15 years for the Coyotes (0-1), and first since the 2013 season opener.

Playing without reigning state player of the year Walker Tippie, the Coyotes surrendered touchdowns on all but one Happy offensive possession.

Not committing a turnover until the playoffs last season, Richland Springs coughed up the ball in the first period as Happy jumped out to a 16-0 lead and the Coyotes never recovered. Happy led 24-14 after one quarter, 46-30 at the half and 74-52 heading to the fourth.

Despite the loss, the Coyotes generated 505 yards of total offense. Jordan Burkhart competed 12 of 27 passes for 238 yards with five touchdowns, and rushed for 156 yards. Cameron Parham chipped in 89 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, while Hutton Lusty rushed for 22 yards and a score. Through the air, Parham caught four passes for 75 yards with two trips to the end zone, Lusty grabbed two catches for 75 yards and scored once, Linden Brown chipped in four receptions for 59 yards and Landon Burkhart added a 19-yard scoring grab.

Richland Springs also scored on special teams as Lane Shannon returned a kick 77 yards for six points.

Waco Methodist Children’s Home (0-1), ranked No. 3 in the TCAF rankings, is coming off a 55-6 loss to TAPPS Division I No. 2 Waco Vanguard in its season opener.

According to, Richland Springs is a 45-point favorite.