Tigers tally fourth victory, hand Mustangs fourth loss

BLANKET — The Blanket Tigers rebounded from their only defeat of the season, and prevented the Brookesmith Mustangs from collecting their second consecutive victory in a 54-0 drubbing Thursday night at Tiger Stadium.

Blanket (4-1) finished with 258 yards of total offense, including 202 rushing, while limiting Brookesmith (1-4) to just 48 yards — 32 through the air and 16 on the ground.

“Coming off a loss last week to May, I think the guys responded pretty well and the kids are excited about another win,” said Blanket first-year head coach Brent Williamson, whose team suffered a 54-8 setback a week ago. “We’re still making a few mistakes that we have to get better at, but offensively we came out and played strong and defensively we bent a couple of times but we didn’t break. I don’t know how many different guys got their hands on the ball but most of it was positive.”

Brookesmith, which chalked up a 54-8 win over Trent last week, was dealt its fourth shutout.

“We weren’t ready to play,” said Brookesmith head coach Scott Edmondson. “We did not block well, which has been a problem all year, but we’ll keep working on it and keep getting better.

“Last week was a really nice win for us and we enjoyed that, it boosted our confidence a little bit. We came into this game hoping we could play with Blanket but we were just outmatched tonight. They have a lot of speed and we don’t.”

The Tigers needed just 14 seconds to score all the points they would require as Tyler Simpson took the initial snap 34 yards for a touchdown.

The Mustangs went four-and-out on their first possession and the Tigers took over the Brookesmith 26, needing four plays to cover the distance as Logan Wheeler scored on an 11-yard carry for a 14-0 edge.

Two more four-and-outs by Brookesmith were followed by a pair of one-play scoring drives for Blanket. First, Kameron Spivey raced to the end zone from 28 yards out, then Luke Kinkade added the first of his two touchdown carries to stretch the lead to 26-0 with 2:32 left in the opening stanza.

Brookesmith picked up its initial first down on the last play of the first period as Ryder Nelson hauled in a 32-yard pass from Mason Brummett. Brummett later left the game with a leg injury and did not return.

The Mustang march stalled at the Blanket 32 and two plays later the Tigers were in front 33-0 following a 54-yard gallop by Jonathan Sifuentes.

Two pass interference calls on Blanket allowed Brookesmith to reach the Tiger 37 on its next drive before an interception ended the possession.

Two snaps later, Trenten Varner connected with Wheeler on a 17-yard scoring toss and Blanket owned a 40-0 advantage with 5:33 left in the first half.

Brookesmith fumbled the ball away on its next possession, the last of the Mustangs’ two giveaways, and Blanket responded with a 34-yard scoring sprint from Kinkade that boosted the lead to 46-0 with 4:19 left.

The Tigers added one final score as Varner hooked up with Spivey for a 37-yard touchdown pass, converting a fourth-and-goal in the process, with 58 seconds to go.

Kinkade led Blanket with 55 yards rushing followed by Sifuentes with 54, Simpson with 34, Spivey with 28, Hector Castaneda with 23, Logan Wheeler with 21 and Dylan Wheeler with 11.

Verner completed 2 of 3 passes for 54 yards, both going for touchdowns.

For Brookesmith, Johnathan Willoughby rushed for 13 yards and Brummett added 8. Brummett also passed for 29 yards and Holden Bolt added 3, while Ryder caught four passes totaling 41 yards.

Next week, Blanket welcomes Class A Division II No. 2 Strawn while Brookesmith hosts Paint Rock as both teams return to Friday action.