Richland Springs ventures to Sterling City; Mullin, Rising Star shoot for win streaks; Santa Anna, Sidney eye first wins

The lightest night of high school football action takes place this week with six area teams enjoying their bye week. The following is a brief glimpse at Friday’s six games involving local teams outside of Brown County:

Goldthwaite at Valley Mills

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Goldthwaite Eagles collected their second victory of the season, and opened District 7-2A Division I action on the right foot last week with a 49-21 triumph over Hamilton. Friday night, head coach Greg Proffitt’s squad will attempt to remain atop the district standings as it ventures to winless Valley Mills.

In Goldthwaite’s (2-3, 1-0) victory last week, the Eagles manufactured 424 yards of total offense behind a balanced attack that featured 234 rushing yards and 190 passing yards. Defensively, Goldthwaite forced four turnovers while giving up 317 yards — 170 through the air and 147 on the ground.

Drew Hermesmeyer threw five touchdown passes and completed 8 of 10 attempts for 190 yards. Isaac Chavez hauled in five receptions for 125 yards with two trips to the end zone, Kyle Schwartz caught two touchdown passes totaling 28 yards and T.J. Watson grabbed a 37-yard scoring strike.

On the ground, Quaid Seward rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown, Leo Garcia chipped in 60 yards and Darren Massey finished with 25 yards and a touchdown.

The Valley Mills Eagles (0-5, 0-1) are coming off a 48-13 loss to San Saba in their 7-2A Division I opener. Valley Mills surrendered 378 yards of total offense — 279 rushing and 99 passing. The Eagles scored on a 4-yard run in second quarter to trim to deficit to 7-6, and on a 24-yard pass in the fourth period that made the score 42-13.

Valley Mills has also suffered losses to Italy (53-13), Palmer (39-0), Hubbard (35-6) and Blooming Grove (31-17).

Last season, Goldthwaite cruised past Valley Mills, 48-7.

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, Goldthwaite is a 49-point favorite.

Richland Springs at Sterling City

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Class A Division II No. 4 Richland Springs Coyotes shoot for a fifth straight victory as they visit the Class A Division I No. 13 Sterling City Eagles Friday night.

Richland Springs (4-1) is playing its first Class A Division I opponent since a 96-74 season-opening loss to Class A Division I No. 1 Happy. The Coyotes have since defeated Division II Wellman-Union (62-0) along with private schools Waco Methodist (52-6), Austin Hill Country (67-16) and Round Rock Concordia (72-13).

Sterling City (3-2) owns victories over Meadow (62-28), Aspermont (80-30) and Hermleigh (54-40) since opening the season with back-to-back losses to Valley (62-28) and Buena Vista (30-28).

In the Coyotes’ win over Round Rock Concordia last week, Richland Springs generated 301 total yards, with 239 coming on the ground,while allowing 173 yards with three takeaways as Walker Tippie and Lane Shannon returned interceptions for touchdowns.

Tippie finished with 105 yards rushing and two touchdowns, Hutton Lusty chipped in 85 yards and two scores on the ground, Chase Gossett tallied a 22-yard touchdown carry, Josiah Beam added a 6-yard scoring run and Landon Burkhart rushed for 21 yards.

Through the air, Jordan Burkhart completed his only pass attempt for a 62-yard touchdown to Lusty.

Tippie also returned the opening kick 55 yards for a touchdown.

Defensively, Lusty tallied seven tackles followed by six from Cameron Parham, including 2.5 for loss.

Last season, Richland Springs notched a 48-0 shutout victory over Sterling City.

According to sixmanfootball.com, Richland Springs is a 34-point favorite.

Mullin at Rochelle

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Mullin Bulldogs set their sights on their first win streak of the season as they visit the winless Rochelle Hornets Friday night.

Mullin (2-3) is coming off a 54-8 victory over Loop Saturday in Garden City, while Rochelle (0-5) was doubled up by Paint Rock, 48-24, last week.

In the Bulldogs’ win last week, Mullin finished with 211 yards of total offense — 140 rushing and 71 passing — while yielding just 122 yards, with 114 coming on the ground, and forcing three turnovers.

Ricky DelaRosa rushed for 133 yards and three touchdowns and completed 2 of 3 passes for 37 yards and two more scores. Bobby Salinas led all Bulldog receivers with two touchdown grabs totaling 55 yards. Jaxon Wootton also threw a 34-yard touchdown and Jyles Wootton grabbed a 16-yard touchdown reception.

Along with last week’s loss to Paint Rock, Rochelle has also been defeated by Veribest (60-14), Medina (70-0), Blanket (45-0) and Eden (56-8).

Last season, Mullin cruised past Rochelle, 78-31.

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

Evant at Santa Anna

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Santa Anna Mountaineers will attempt to a halt a season-long losing streak as they welcome the Evant Elks to town.

Santa Anna (0-5) has struggled throughout the season as the Mountaineers have been outscored 305-18. Santa Anna has dropped decisions to May (60-0), Garden City (74-0), Robert Lee (52-6), Zephyr (66-6) and Cherokee (53-6).

Evant (4-1) has only lost once thus far, a 62-16 defeat at the hands of Iredell. The Elks have knocked off Lingleville (48-34), Cranfills Gap (70-20), Gustine (48-0) and Morgan (51-6).

The Elks enter the contest ranked No. 30 in Class A Division I by sixmanfootball.com, while the Mountaineers are 62nd out of 69 teams.

Last season, Santa Anna sprinted past Evant, 57-20.

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

Sidney at Lometa

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Sidney Eagles will attempt to locate the win column for the first time in 2017 as they travel to Lometa.

Sidney (0-4) has opened the season with losses to Moran (53-34), Blanket (51-22), Morgan (52-6) and Cranfills Gap (50-34).

Lometa (4-1) has only lost to Gorman (46-0) while knocking off Mullin (45-0), Cherokee (42-20), Morgan (51-43) and Cedar Park Summit (33-6).

Sidney comes in at No. 60 out of 67 teams in the most recent sixmanfootball.com Class A Division II rankings, while Lometa is No. 47 in Division I.

Last season, Sidney was thumped by Lometa, 54-8.

According to sixmanfootball.com, Sidney is a 45-point underdog.

Abilene Christian at Rising Star

7:30 p.m. Saturday

Coming off their first victory of the season, the Rising Star Wildcats are seeking a win streak as TAPPS Division I No. 5 Abilene Christian invades town Saturday night.

After four straight losses, the Wildcats (1-4) blanked Trent, 46-0, last week. Rising Star racked up 302 total yards, with 266 coming on the ground, while allowing just 85.

David Martinez rushed for 93 yards and three touchdowns while Colten Edwards chipped in 97 yards and two scores. Korbin Bass also contributed touchdown runs of 17 and 12 yards. Through the air, Alex Teplichek’s lone completion went to Micah Carnley covering 36 yards.

Prior to the victory, Rising Star had fallen to Blanket (48-0), Mullin (56-50, OT), Panther Creek (73-26) and Lingleville.

Abilene Christian (5-0) has started its campaign with wins over Weatherford Christian (36-8), Whitharral (54-6), Odessa West Texas Home School (65-13), Benjamin (60-0) and Red Oak Ovilla Christian (58-8).

Last season, Rising Star was blanked by Abilene Christian, 46-0.

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