May hosts Knox City; Blanket ventures to Lometa; Goldthwaite, San Saba clash; Comanche opens league play
Eight games highlight the local high school football docket Friday night. The following is a brief preview of this week’s slate of games:
Brookesmith at Gustine
7:30 p.m. Friday
The Brookesmith Mustangs are out to open District 12-A Division II action with their second straight victory, and third win of the season overall, against a Gustine Tigers squad that has won its last two contests.
Brookesmith (2-4, 0-0) is coming off a 34-30 come-from-behind victory over Paint Rock, as the Mustangs rallied from a 24-14 halftime deficit. Gustine (2-4, 0-0) has defeated Bluff Dale (24-12) and McDade (58-13) in its last two outings.
In the Mustangs’ win last week, Brookesmith was sparked by the 196 rushing yards and three touchdowns of Mason Brummett, who scored on carries of 35, 1 and 41 yards.
Jonathan Willoughby chipped in 36 yards on the ground and caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Holden Bolt.
Ryder Nelson added the other Mustang touchdown on a 3-yard carry.
Randall Williams contributed 29 yards on the ground while Brummett and Bolt each passed for 12 yards.
The Mustangs finished with 288 total yards, with 264 coming on the ground, while giving up just 71 yards — all rushing.
Gustine has also faced Paint Rock this season, falling by a 51-6 count in Week 2. The Tigers have also lost to Trinidad (48-0) and Evant (56-0).
Last season, Brookesmith edged Gustine, 51-45.
According to sixmanfootball.com, Brookesmith is a 14-point favorite.
Knox City at May
7:30 p.m. Friday
The undefeated May Tigers’ one-week stint in the sixmanfootball.com Class A Division I Top 10 ended despite their 17th consecutive regular-season victory, and sixth this year — all by the 45-point mercy rule. Still, the Tigers continue their quest for a second consecutive undefeated regular season as they host the Knox City Greyhounds.
May (6-0), ranked No. 11 this week, is coming off a season-high in points scored in its 74-26 victory over Water Valley. The Tigers also allowed more points last week than in the previous five games combined (22).
The Tigers generated 403 yards of total offense — 237 rushing and 166 passing —and also received a 45-yard kick return for a touchdown by Austin McAbee.
Wyatt Mote completed 5 of 8 passes for 166 yards and three touchdowns as Dalton Self hauled in two receptions for 74 yards and a score, while Jacob Brown and Preston Johnston made scoring grabs of 50 and 37 yards, respectively.
On the ground, Johnston led the attack with 100 yards and two touchdowns, Brown rushed for 53 yards and a score, Self chipped in 46 yards and two trips to the end zone and Dakotah Wilkinson scored on a 2-yard carry. Daniel Salinas finished with 20 yards, Weston Chambers added 16 and McAbee carried once for 5 yards.
Defensively for the Tigers, Salinas recorded nine tackles, caused a fumble and recovered a fumble, while Mote and Brown contributed seven tackles apiece. Self added three tackles with a fumble caused and a fumble recovered.
Knox City (5-1) is ranked No. 20 in Class A Division I by sixmanfootball.com as the Greyhounds have defeated Water Valley (76-30), Throckmorton (92-42), Rule (66-6), the Guthrie JV (46-0) and Newcastle (52-6). The lone loss was at the hands of Crowell (73-28).
Last season, May blanked Knox City, 50-0.
According to sixmanfootball.com, May is a 22-point favorite.
Blanket at Lometa
7:30 p.m. Friday
The Blanket Tigers will attempt to bounce back from their second loss of the season as they hit the road in an attempt to dish out the second loss for the Lometa Hornets.
Blanket suffered a 66-14 setback to Class A Division II No. 2 Strawn last week, while Lometa recorded a 58-22 triumph over Sidney.
Prior to last week’s game with Strawn, the Tigers’ ground game had been anchored by Logan Wheeler (396 yards, 7 TDs) and Luke Kinkade (116 yards, 4 TDs), while Trenten Varner had completed 11 of 22 passes for 246 yards and seven scores. Primary receiving threats for Blanket included Wheeler (3-62, 3 TDs), Kinkade (3-62, 2 TDs), Tyler Simpson (3-61) and Kameron Spivey (2-60, 2 TDs).
Defensively for Blanket, standouts included Kinkade (52 tackles, 15 for loss, two fumble recoveries), John John Alexander (41 tackles, two for loss, one fumble recovery), Spivey (38 tackles, 10 for loss, two fumble recoveries), Varner (35 tackles, five for loss, one interception), Simpson (29 tackles, three for loss, one interception, one fumble recovery) and Wheeler (26 tackles, three for loss, one interception, one fumble recovery).
Lometa’s only loss this season came against Gorman (46-0), with additional wins over Mullin (45-0), Cherokee (42-20), Morgan (51-43) and Cedar Park Summit (33-6).
Last season, Blanket slipped past Lometa, 28-22.
According to sixmanfootball.com, Blanket is a 9-point underdog.
Jim Ned at Comanche
7:30 p.m. Friday
The game that may decide the District 3-3A Division I champion is being played right off the bat as the Jim Ned Indians visit the Comanche Indians Friday night.
Both teams have just one blemish on their pre-district record as Jim Ned (4-1, 0-0) fell to Sonora (32-28) — a game in which the Indians led most of the way. Comanche (4-1, 0-0) suffered a similar fate in a loss to Cisco (25-24) as the Indians gave up the winning score in the closing seconds.
Comanche’s most recent outing was a 21-14 home victory over Eastland on Oct. 1.
The Indians overcame a 14-7 first-quarter deficit, knotting the score by halftime and scoring the winning touchdown with nine minutes left.
The Indians produced 307 total yards, including 251 on the ground, while surrendering 215 yards, with 165 coming through the air.
Colton Roberts rushed for 164 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Kade Mercer chipped in 69 and Jeremy Bostick scored on a 2-yard carry. Bronte Hermesmeyer connected on 6 of 10 passes for 56 yards as Trevor Higginbotham grabbed three for 36 yards.
Jim Ned’s last game was a 68-28 trouncing of Bangs, also on Oct. 1.
The Indians finished with 651 yards of total offense — 353 rushing and 298 passing — while allowing 375 — 228 through the air and 147 on the ground.
Coalby Rives passed for 278 yards, Dylan Martin rushed for 88 and Josh Ritchie caught two passes for 78 yards as Jim Ned scored at least two touchdowns in every quarter.
Last season, Comanche dumped Jim Ned, 21-6.
According to Harris Weekly Ratings, Comanche is a 3-point favorite.
San Saba at Goldthwaite
7:30 p.m. Friday
One of the longest-tenured feuds in Texas high school football reaches another milestone Friday night as District 7-2A Division I rivals Goldthwaite and San Saba meet in the 100th Battle of the River.
Both teams carry undefeated district records into the contest as Goldthwaite (3-3, 2-0) has opened league play with wins over Hamilton (49-21) and Valley Mills (32-10). San Saba (3-2, 1-0), which had its district bye last week, knocked off Valley Mills (48-6) two weeks ago in its league opener.
In Goldthwaite’s win over Valley Mills last week, the Eagles finished with 432 yards of total offense — 242 passing and 190 rushing — while allowing just 193 yards, and only 7 on the ground on 23 carries, while forcing a pair of turnovers.
Quaid Seward rushed for 168 yards and two scores, Drew Hermesmeyer completed 16 of 21 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown and Isaac Chavez finished with seven receptions for 152 yards with a trip to the end zone.
Darren Massey and Leo Garcia added 20 and 9 yards on the ground, respectively, and both scored a rushing touchdown. T.J. Watson chipped in four receptions for 47 yards while Garcia hauled in two passes totaling 31 yards.
In San Saba’s win over Valley Mills, the Armadillos compiled 374 yards of total offense — 266 rushing and 108 passing.
Sean O’Keefe rushed for 77 yards and two touchdowns, while completing 7 of 16 passes for 108 yards and three more scores. Elijah Salinas rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown, K.J. Simon added 40 yards and a score and Andrew Arellano also picked up 40 yards on the ground.
Through the air, Joseph Watson hauled in two passes for 22 yards and scored a touchdown while Sakima Herrera and Erik Argote made touchdown receptions of 20 and 15 yards, respectively. Salinas also hauled in a 40-yard catch.
Last season, Goldthwaite blanked San Saba, 29-0.
According to Harris Weekly Ratings, Goldthwaite is a 14-point favorite.
Fort Worth THESA at Richland Springs
7:30 p.m. Friday
The Class A Division II No. 3 Richland Springs Coyotes are coming off their most impressive victory of the season as they look to stretch their win streak to six against Fort Worth THESA.
The Coyotes blasted Class A Division I No. 16 Sterling City by a 56-6 count this past Friday.
Richland Springs scored on offense, defense and special teams as the Coyotes finished with 238 yards of total offense — all on the ground — while allowing 107 yards and forcing three turnovers.
Walker Tippie opened the scoring with a 50-yard kick return for a touchdown and added 100 rushing yards and three more scores — from 52, 15 and 34 yards.
Huston Lusty led the Coyotes with 141 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns on carries of 71 and 48 yards.
Defensively, Jordan Burkhart returned an interception for six points, Landon Burkhart also picked off a pass and Lusty led the charge with 7.5 tackles and a sack.
Fort Worth THESA (4-1) is ranked No. 3 among Texas Association of Independent Athletic Organization progams. THESA has fallen to Strawn (60-0), with victories over Blum (68-22), Arlington St. Paul Prep (58-21), Crosby Victory and Praise (62-38) and Tioga (forfeit).
Last season, Richland Springs knocked off Fort Worth THESA, 69-14.
According to sixmanfootball.com, Richland Springs is a 42-point favorite.
Sidney at Mullin
7:30 p.m. Friday
The Mullin Bulldogs look to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2014, while the Sidney Eagles are out to end a postseason drought that dates to 2012 as the two teams square off in their District 12-A Division II opener Friday night.
Mullin (3-3, 0-0) is in the midst of a two-game win streak having knocked off Loop (56-8) and Rochelle (59-0) in its last two outings. Sidney (0-5, 0-0) is still seeking its first win as the Eagles are coming off a 58-22 defeat against Lometa last week.
In the Bulldogs’ win over Loop two weeks ago, Mullin finished with 211 yards of total offense — 140 rushing and 71 passing — while allowing 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.
Statistical information for Sidney was unavailable as the Eagles have also fallen to Moran (53-24), Blanket (51-22), Moran (52-6) and Cranfills Gap (50-34).
Last season, Mullin defeated Sidney via forfeit.
According to sixmanfootball.com, Mullin is a 6-point favorite.
Blackwell at Santa Anna
7:30 p.m. Friday
The Santa Anna Mountaineers will continue their pursuit of their first victory Friday night as they welcome a Blackwell Hornets squad off to one of its best starts in years.
Santa Anna (0-6), ranked 67th out of 69 Class A Division I teams by sixmanfootball.com, has suffered losses to May (60-0) Garden City (74-0), Robert Lee (52-6), Zephyr (66-6), Cherokee (53-6) and Evant (53-0).
Undefeated Blackwell (6-0), No. 10 in Class A Division II this week, has knocked off Paint Rock (58-0), Brookesmith (54-0), Woodson (66-6), Rotan (50-26), Moran (40-21) and Veribest (77-38).
Last season, Santa Anna rolled past Blackwell, 75-28.
According to sixmanfootball.com, Santa Anna is a 45-point underdog.