ZEPHYR — The Zephyr Bulldogs passed their first road test of the season with flying colors last week, and return home for their fifth game at Blaine Quirl Stadium as they welcome the Cherokee Indians for homecoming at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Despite last week’s 78-20 triumph at Lingleville, the undefeated Bulldogs (5-0) tumbled seven spots to No. 14 in the most recent sixmanfootball.com Class A Division I rankings. Cherokee (2-3), meanwhile, is coming off 53-6 victory over Santa Anna, just its second win of the season. The Indians also upended Prairie Lea (64-6) with losses against Medina (81-54), Lometa (42-20) and Jonesboro (73-26).

Zephyr is averaging 72 points per game thus far, sparked by one of the most explosive offenses in the state. Running back Mason Rogers leads the Bulldogs with 1,016 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns at the half-point of the regular season, while other key contributors in the backfield include Hunter Williams (363 yards, 8 TDs) and Nicholas Moody (314 yards, 3 TDs). Through the air, Kason King has completed 18 of 33 passes for 401 yards and 12 touchdowns. Zephyr’s top receiver is again Devin Williams with 16 grabs for 386 yards and 11 trips to the end zone.

Defensively, Zephyr is surrendering 28 points per game on average, but last week’s 20 points allowed was the second-best effort of the season by the Bulldogs. Zephyr also limited Santa Anna to six points, but yielded 45 to Oakwood, 42 to Austin Royals and 26 to Granbury NCTA.

Friday’s contest is the last before Zephyr’s bye, as the Bulldogs resume action Oct. 20 against Gorman in the pre-district finale.

Last season, Zephyr blasted Cherokee, 62-12.

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