Comanche remains undefeated in district; Coleman, San Saba come up on short end in league encounters

BROOKESMITH — Midway through their District 12-A Division II schedule, the Brookesmith Mustangs are alone in first place thanks to their second league win in a row — and third straight victory overall — 48-46 over the Mullin Bulldogs Friday night.

Trailing 40-36 at the start of the fourth period, Brookesmith (4-4, 2-0) — which halted a three-game win streak for Mullin (4-4, 1-1) — grabbed a 42-40 lead on a 60-yard touchdown run by Mason Brummett, then added a 23-yard scoring sprint from Jonathan Willoughby to extend the advantage to 48-40.

Mullin scored late on a 45-yard pass, but failed to convert the two-point kick as Brookesmith prevailed.

The Mustangs jumped out to a 22-0 lead on a 27-yard Brummett run and Ryder Nelson touchdown catches of 27 yards from Holden Bolt and 44 yards from Willoughby. At halftime, Brookesmith owned a 36-16 edge, but was outscored 24-0 in the third period as Mullin took the lead on a 55-yard fumble return for a touchdown.

Brookesmith finished with 505 total yards, with 418 coming on the ground, while committing the game’s two turnovers. Mullin produced 398 yards, including 345 rushing.

Brummett generated 224 rushing yards and four touchdowns while Willoughby added 131 yards and a score. Randall Williams chipped in 44 yards and Bolt rushed for 19.

Through the air, Willoughby completed both his pass attempts for 60 yards and a score, while Bolt’s lone completion was a 27-yard score. Nelson finished with two grabs for 71 yards and a pair of scores, while Rusty Roberts caught a 16-yard pass.

Next week, Brookesmith visits Panther Creek (6-1, 1-0) in a game that will likely determine the district champion. Panther Creek won its district opener over Sidney, 62-16, Friday night. Mullin, meanwhile, will attempt to rebound at Gustine (2-5, 0-1), which dropped a 76-34 non-district contest to Rising Star Friday night.


Zephyr 72, Gorman 26


ZEPHYR — The Zephyr Bulldogs overcame an early two-touchdown deficit to keep their perfect record intact as they rolled past the Gorman Panthers, 72-26, in Friday’s pre-district finale for both squads.

Zephyr (7-0) generated 340 yards of total offense, with 314 coming on the ground.

Mason Rogers led the Bulldogs with 223 rushing yards and five touchdowns, while Nicholas Moody chipped in 71 yards on the ground and three scores. Devin Williams rushed for a 9-yard touchdown and also returned a kick 46 yards for a touchdown.

Kason King completed 1 of 5 passes for 15 yards, that completion to J.P Gowin. Hunter Williams added an 11-yard pass to Moody, and Williams also rushed for 11 yards.

Defensively for the Bulldogs, Robert Clark collected 15 tackles with one for loss; Hunter Williams notched 12 tackles with an interception; Devin Williams tallied 10 tackles; and Moody finished with eight tackles with three for loss.

Next week, Zephyr opens District 10-A Division I action at Evant (6-1), which had a bye Friday night.


Comanche 31, Merkel 14


MERKEL – The Comanche Indians remained atop the District 3-3A Division I standings with their second straight league triumph, a 31-14 decision over the Merkel Badgers Friday night.

Comanche (6-1, 2-0) compiled 470 yards of total offense, with 365 coming on the ground.

Merkel (3-4, 0-2), meanwhile, manufactured 213 yards — 173 rushing and 40 passing — but turned the ball over twice.

Colten Roberts rushed for 267 yards and three touchdowns of 6, 60 and 25 yards. Roberts also caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Bronte Hermesmeyer to open the scoring.

Hermesmeyer connected on 5 of 7 attempts for 105 yards with Trevor Higginbotham hauling in four receptions for 70 yards.

Next week, Comanche hosts Clyde (5-2, 2-0), which is coming off a 56-13 thrashing of Early, for sole possession of first place in the 3-3A Division I standings.


Cisco 47, Coleman 0


CISCO - The Coleman Bluecats were unable to duplicate their opening week success in District 4-3A Division II action, as the Cisco Loboes cruised to a 47-0 victory Friday night.

Coleman (2-5, 1-1) was limited to 181 total yards, with 129 coming on the ground, while committing the game’s only turnover.

Cisco (5-2, 2-0) produced 443 yards — 327 rushing and 116 passing.

Devante Roberson rushed for 66 yards for the Bluecats and Denton Allen added 58. Allen also completed 5 of 16 passes for 52 yards, with Kevin Holloway making two grabs for 21 yards.

Stanley Calahan rushed for 124 yards and three touchdowns to spark Cisco.

Next week, Coleman will attempt to rebound as it hosts Eastland (5-2, 2-0), which collected a 42-3 victory over Dublin Friday night.


Crawford 26, San Saba 6


SAN SABA — The San Saba Armadillos were dealt a second straight District 7-2A Division I defeat Friday night, falling at home to the Crawford Pirates, 26-6.

San Saba (3-4, 1-2) trailed Crawford (6-2, 3-1) just 13-6 at halftime, but was unable to keep pace in the second half.

The Armadillos were limited to 115 total yards — 104 through the air and 11 yards on the ground on 17 carries.

Sean O’Keefe completed 9 of 20 passes with one touchdown and one interception. Eli Salinas pulled down four receptions for 69 yards, Klay Prew added two for 12 yards and Cole Tupin (17 yards), Josh Lambert (3 yards) and Joseph Watson (3 yards) also made catches.

K.J. Simon was the top ground gainer for the Armadillos with 9 yards.

Next week, San Saba ventures to Hico (5-2, 2-1), which pummeled Valley Mills, 42-6, Friday night. Meanwhile, Crawford hosts Goldthwaite (4-3, 3-0), which had its district bye Friday.


Other scores (no info reported)

Rising Star 76, Gustine 34

Panther Creek 62, Sidney 16