Goldthwaite, San Saba open District 7-2A Division I action; Rising Star, Santa Anna look to halt winless starts

Ten games highlight the local docket Friday night as most teams reach the halfway point of the regular season. The following is a brief preview of this week’s local high school football schedule:

Zephyr at Lingleville

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Class A Division I No. 7 Zephyr Bulldogs hit the road for the first time in 2017 as they look to stretch their win streak to five games against the Lingleville Cardinals.

Zephyr (4-0) has opened the season with wins over Oakwood (55-45), Granbury NCTA (72-26), Austin Royals (88-42) and Santa Anna (66-6). Lingleville’s (1-2) season has featured losses to Evant (48-34) and Blum (54-48) along with last week’s victory over Rising Star (55-35).

In Zephyr’s win over Santa Anna last week, the Bulldogs generated 369 yards of total offense — 293 yards on the ground with five touchdowns and 76 yards through the air with three more scores.

Mason Rogers rushed for 102 yards, Nicholas Moody finished with 77, Hunter Williams added 52, William Simpson churned out 50 and Kason King ran for 12 yards — and all five Bulldogs scored one touchdown each.

Through the air, King was 4 of 4 for 51 yards and three touchdowns — two to Devin Williams, who caught three passes for 38 yards, and a 13-yard scoring toss to Moody. Hunter Williams also connected with Robert Clark on a 25-yard completion.

Defensively, Moody led Zephyr with eight tackles and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. J.P Gowin added seven tackles, King finished with six and a sack, Clark tallied four and recovered a fumble and Michael Seider finished with three and also pounced on a loose ball.

In Lingleville’s win over Rising Star last week, the Cardinals finished with 420 yards, including 298 rushing, while allowing 327 yards, including 236 on the ground. Devon Corpus led Lingleville with 268 yards rushing while completing 4 of 9 passes for 106 yards. Felipe Flores hauled in two catches for 66 yards.

Last season, Zephyr defeated Lingleville, 66-12.

According to sixmanfootball.com, Zephyr is a 45-point favorite.

Waco Vanguard at May

7 p.m. Friday

The Class A Division I No. 13 May Tigers allowed their first points of the season last week, but extended their regular season win streak, which could reach 16 games Friday night as Waco Vanguard comes to town.

May (4-0) has opened the season with wins over Santa Anna (60-0), Eden (48-0), Throckmorton (56-0) and Blanket (54-8). Waco Vanguard (4-0) — the top ranked team in TAPPS Six-Man Division I — is also undefeated with victories coming against Waco Methodist (55-6), Giddings State School (62-6), Waco Parkview (65-45) and Trinity Holy Trinity Catholic (75-42).

In last week’s win at Blanket, May finished with 445 yards of total offense — 257 rushing and 188 passing.

Wyatt Mote completed 6 of 10 passes for 135 yards and three touchdowns while Jacob Brown also hurled a 53-yard scoring strike on his lone pass attempt. Preston Johnston hauled in two catches for 78 yards and a touchdown, Brown added two grabs for 48 yards with a trip to the end zone, Tyler Wheeler and Gage Keckler caught touchdown passes for 27 and 25 yards, respectively, and Dalton Self made an 11-yard reception.

On the ground, Weston Chambers led the charge with 81 yards on two carries, Brown rushed for 57 yards and a touchdown on two attempts, Mote added 41 yards and a score on a pair of totes, Daniel Salinas finished with 35 yards and a touchdown on three caries, Self added 28 yards and a touchdown on three attempts and Johnston rushed for 15 yards on two carries.

Defensively for May, Salinas recorded a team-best five tackles with a fumble caused and a fumble recovered. Keckler also tallied five tackles trailed by Johnston, Chambers and Jaden Baker with four apiece and Austin McAbee with one tackle, one fumble caused and one recovered.

For Vanguard — which averages 368 yards, 231 rushing and 137 passing, per game — Kaden Herbert has rushed for 543 yards and 10 touchdowns while Carter Klepper has added 295 yards and seven touchdowns. Kobe Thomas has thrown for 233 yards and seven touchdowns, Klepper has added 179 yards and five scores and Luke Wilson has chipped in 137 yards and two scoring tosses. Carter Boehm (9-239, 6 TDs) and Elijah Wade (7-137, 4 TDs) lead the receiving corps.

These two teams did not play each other last season.

According to sixmanfootball.com, May is an 18-point favorite.

Eastland at Comanche

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Comanche Indians are shooting for their second two-game win streak of the season, while the Eastland Mavericks look to bounce back from their first loss as the two teams clash in the pre-district finale for both squads.

Comanche (3-1) rebounded from a 25-24 loss to Cisco with a 34-6 thrashing of Little River Academy last week. Eastland (3-1), meanwhile, lost a 31-7 outing to Wall last week after opening the season with wins over Merkel (42-20), Clyde (34-6) and Breckenridge (34-7).

In Comanche’s win over Academy, the Indians compiled 394 yards — 227 rushing and 117 passing — and overcame a pair of turnovers, while giving up 232 yards, including 154 rushing. Kade Mercer rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns, Colton Roberts added 64 yards and a score and Jeremy Bostick finished with 46 yards, while Joseph Gilligan rushed for 10-yard score. Bronte Hermesmeyer completed 3 of 9 passes for 117 yards with a 35-yard touchdown to Trevor Higginbotham.

In Eastland’s loss to Wall, the Mavericks were limited to 139 yards — 106 passing and 33 rushing — while allowing 494 yards, including 468 on the ground.

Zach Brown completed 8 of 12 passes for 79 yards, while Behren Morton connected on 3 of 6 for 27 yards. Leading receivers included David Vasquez (4-23), Bo Browning (2-28) and Blake Sharp (1-37). Brenton Stuck rushed for a team-best 24 yards.

Last season, Eastland knocked off Comanche, 48-15.

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, Comanche is a 1-point favorite.

Coleman at Clyde

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Coleman Bluecats chalked up their first victory of the season last week, and look to establish a win streak heading into District 4-3A Division II action as they visit the Clyde Bulldogs Friday night.

Coleman (1-3) knocked off Brady, 28-19, last week after being shutout by Jim Ned (32-0), Comanche (38-0) and Post (41-0). Clyde (2-2) has defeated Brownfield (49-32) and Ballinger (66-12), while falling to Eastland (35-6) and Cisco (45-24).

In Coleman’s win last week, the Bluecats finished with 284 yards of total offense behind a balanced attack that included 158 yards rushing and 126 passing. Defensively, Coleman yielded 268 yards, including 242 yards on the ground.

Devonte Roberson rushed for 88 yards and two touchdowns for Coleman while Denton Allen added 56 rushing yards and two scores. Allen also connected on 5 of 10 passes for 126 yards. Trotter Harris led Coleman with two grabs for 67 yards while Jett Allen hauled down two receptions totaling 57 yards.

Clyde — which averages 321 yards, 183 passing and 138 rushing, per game — has received 498 passing yards and five touchdowns from Jax Roam and 276 yards and one scoring toss from Payton Burton. Donovan Gomez has rushed for 203 yards and two scores while Burton has chipped in 161 yards and three touchdowns. The leading receiver for Clyde is Payton Laughlin with 32 grabs for 410 yards and four touchdowns, as no other Bulldog has more than six catches.

Last season, Clyde slipped past Coleman, 29-22.

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, Coleman is a 17-point underdog.

Hamilton at Goldthwaite

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Goldthwaite Eagles open the District 7-2A Division I schedule at home seeking back-to-back wins, while attempting to dish out the first loss of the year to the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Goldthwaite (1-3) defeated Junction (32-12) last week after starting the season with losses to Mason (45-7), Jim Ned (33-18) and Little River Academy (21-15). Hamilton has knocked off Millsap (14-7), Moody (35-17) and Thorndale (24-22).

In the Eagles’ road win last week, Goldthwaite finished with 357 yards of total offense, including 300 rushing, while allowing 297 yards, with 263 coming through the air, with two turnovers forced.

Quaid Seward rushed for 228 yards and three touchdowns to pace the Goldthwaite offense, while Leo Garcia added 71 yards on the ground with a trip to the end zone. J.P Gibbard scored on a 2-yard carry as well. Drew Hermesmeyer completed 6 of 9 passes for 57 yards. Isaac Chavez led all Eagle receivers with three catches for 41 yards.

Last season, Goldthwaite collected a 35-15 victory at Hamilton.

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, Goldthwaite is a 13-point favorite.

Valley Mills at San Saba

7:30 p.m. Friday

The San Saba Armadillos look to start District 7-2A Division I action on the right foot Friday as they host the winless Valley Mills Eagles.

San Saba (2-2) is coming off a 33-32 triumph over Cross Plains, in which it trailed 19-0 with 6:11 left in the first half, and also owns a 42-7 win over Winters to go along with losses to Harper (56-7) and Johnson City (27-6). Valley Mills (0-4) has been defeated by Italy (35-6), Palmer (39-0), Hubbard (35-6) and Blooming Grove (31-17).

The Armadillos are averaging 302 yards per game — 154 passing and 148 rushing. Sean O’Keefe has thrown for 609 yards and 10 touchdowns, while rushing for a team-high 290 yards and two scores. Elijah Salinas has chipped in 158 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Leading receivers include Ruben Parra (15-215, 2 TDs) and Cole Tupin (12-170, 2 TDs).

Defensive leaders for San Saba include Josh Lambert (52 tackles, three for loss), Erik Argote (38 tackles, four for moss) and Sakima Herrera (33 tackles).

Last season, Valley Mills downed San Saba, 34-7.

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, San Saba is a 25-point favorite.

Round Rock Concordia

at Richland Springs

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Class A Division II No. 5 Richland Springs Coyotes target a third fourth straight win as they welcome Round Rock Concordia Friday night.

Since falling to Class A Division I No. 1 Happy, 96-74, in the season opener, the Coyotes (3-1) have rebounded with wins over Waco Methodist (52-6), Wellman-Union (62-0) and Austin Hill Country (67-16). TAPPS Six-Man Division I Round Rock Concordia (1-3) has knocked off Fayette County Home School (32-25), while falling to Fredericksburg Heritage (67-19), Cedar Park Summit Christian (75-38) and Kerrville Our Lady of the Hills (64-53).

In last week’s win over Austin Hill Country, Richland Springs finished with 309 yards of total offense — 263 rushing and 46 passing — while allowing 182 yards, with 103 coming through the air.

Walker Tippie rushed for 108 yards and two scores of 43 and 58 yards, while Hutton Lusty chipped in 107 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground from 55 and 36 yards out.

Tippie, on his lone pass attempt, threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Burkhart, who also scored on a 17-yard run and kick returns of 51 and 54 yards. Cameron Parham added a 29-yard touchdown run and Landon Burkhart scored on a 2-yard carry.

Defensively, Parham led the Coyotes with 8.5 tackles including 2.5 for loss with a sack, Lusty finished with 7.5 tackles, three for loss and two sacks, and Lane Shannon added five tackles with a sack.

These two teams did not play each other last season.

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

Mullin vs. Loop

11 a.m. Saturday at Garden City

The Mullin Bulldogs will attempt to capture their first victory of the season as they venture to Garden City Saturday morning to tangle with the Loop Longhorns.

Mullin’s (1-3) lone win this season is a 56-50 overtime decision over Rising Star coupled with losses to Lometa (45-0), Cranfills Gap (82-76) and Veribest (56-0). Loop (1-3) defeated Patton Springs (52-6) in Week 2 while falling to Lazbuddie (61-12), Westbrook (51-6) and Silverton (46-0).

In Mullin’s loss to Veribest last week, the Bulldogs mustered just 83 yards of total offense — 52 passing and 30 rushing. Bobby Salinas rushed for a team-best 25 yards, Jaxon Wootton completed 8 of 17 passes for 53 yards and Jyles Wootton hauled in five receptions for 36 yards.

These two teams did not play each other last season.

According to sixmanfootball.com, Mullin is a 33-point favorite.

Rising Star at Trent

7:30 p.m. Friday

In a battle of winless squads, the Rising Star Wildcats and Trent Gorillas aim to land in the win column for the first time Friday night.

Rising Star (4-0) has fallen to Blanket (48-0), Mullin (56-50 in overtime), Panther Creek (73-26) and Lingleville (55-35) thus far. Trent (0-4) has been defeated by Woodson (53-14), Panther Creek (58-0), Eden (52-0) and Brookesmith (54-8).

In Rising Star’s loss to Lingleville last week, the Wildcats finished with 327 yards, including 236 rushing, while surrendering 420 yards, with 298 coming on the ground.

Korbin Bass led the Wildcats with 103 rushing yards while David Martinez chipped in 95. Alex Teplichek completed 2 of 3 passes for 34 yards, while Micah Carnley hauled in three receptions for 91 yards.

These two teams did not play each other last season.

According to sixmanfootball.com, Rising Star is a 45-point favorite.

Santa Anna at Cherokee

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Santa Anna Mountaineers shoot for their first victory of the season against the Cherokee Indians Friday night.

Santa Anna’s (0-4) season has featured losses to May (60-0), Garden City (74-0), Robert Lee (52-6) and Zephyr (66-6). Cherokee owns a 62-6 win over Prairie Lea to go along with losses to Medina (81-54), Lometa (42-20) and Jonesboro (73-26).

Last season, Santa Anna eclipsed the century mark in a 110-84 victory over Cherokee.

According to sixmanfootball.com, Santa Anna is a 3-point underdog.