Comanche remains undefeated in district action; Brookesmith, Goldthwaite experience first league defeats
MAY — Leading by just four points at halftime, the Class A Division I No. 7 May Tigers pulled away in the second half for a 64-16 victory over the Gorman Panthers in Friday night’s District 11-A Division I opener for both teams.
The victory was the 19th straight in regular season competition for May (8-0, 1-0), which amassed 479 yards of total offense — 245 rushing and 234 passing.
Through the air, Wyatt Mote completed 9 of 11 passes for 191 yards with five touchdowns.
Gage Keckler caught three passes for 75 yards and two touchdowns while Preston Johston hauled in three catches for 44 yards with a trip to the end zone. Jacob Brown and Austin McAbee both caught two passes for 45 yards, with McAbee scoring once. Dakotah Wilkinson grabbed a 17-yard touchdown reception and Weston Chambers added a 14-yard catch.
On the ground, Johnston rushed for 95 yards and a score while Brown chipped in 75 yards and two trips to the end zone. Dalton Self finished with 48 yards and a touchdown and Mote rushed for 27 yards.
Defensively, Daniel Salinas led the charge with 13 tackles and a fumble recovery, followed by Johnston with eight takedowns. Mote added seven tackles and an interception, Brown tallied six tackles and McAbee added five.
Next week, May visits Lingleville (3-4, 1-0), which upended Gordon, 60-24, in its district opener Friday night.
Zephyr 80, Evant 32
EVANT — The Class A Division I No. 10 Zephyr Bulldogs began District 10-A Division I action with an eighth straight victory, 80-32 over the Evant Elks Friday night.
Zephyr (8-0, 1-0) produced 559 yards of total offense — 467 rushing and 92 passing — against the Evant (6-2, 0-1) defense.
Mason Rodgers rushed for 276 yards and four touchdowns, while Nicholas Moody added 191 yards and four scores.
Through the air, Kason King completed 3 of 5 passes for 85 yards with two touchdowns, while Hunter Williams threw a 7-yard completion. Devin Williams caught all four passes for 92 yards and reached the end zone twice.
On the defensive end, Robert Clark finished with 11 tackles and a fumble recovery while Devin Williams added 10 takedowns. William Simpson added nine tackles while Hunter Williams finished with eight and an interception. Michael Seider also recovered a fumble.
Next week, Zephyr hosts No. 9 Jonesboro (7-1, 1-0) — a 78-34 winner over Blanket Friday night — in a game that will likely determine the District 10-A Division I champion.
Richland Springs 54, Rochelle 0
ROCHELLE — In pursuit of their 16th consecutive district championship, the Class A Division II No. 3 Richland Springs Coyotes collected their 67th straight league victory, blanking the Rochelle Hornets, 54-0, in Friday’s 13-A Division II opener.
Richland Springs (7-1) ran just five offensive plays and amassed 126 yards — all on the ground — while allowing Rochelle (0-8) a mere 20 total yards with three turnovers.
Walker Tippie rushed for touchdowns of 3 and 35 yards on his two carries, Hutton Lusty finished with a team-high 58 yards including a 46-yard touchdown and Jordan Burkhart added a 30-yard scoring jaunt.
Cameron Parham recorded two safeties for the Coyote defense and Jared Martin scored following a fumble recovery. Also, Landon Burkhart returned a punt 25 yards for a touchdown and Jordan Burkhart added a 66-yard kick return.
Parham finished with 6.5 tackles, including five for loss, while Lusty added five tackles with three for loss.
Next week, Richland Springs is scheduled to host Lohn (2-6, 0-1), which forfeited to Cherokee Friday night.
Comanche 42, Clyde 12
COMANCHE – The Comanche Indians took another significant toward a District 3-3A Division I championship repeat by throttling the Clyde Bulldogs, 42-12, Friday night.
After surrendering a touchdown in the first 91 seconds, Comanche (7-1, 3-0) scored all 42 of its points before Clyde (5-3, 2-1) lit up the scoreboard again.
The Indians finished with 485 total yards — 379 rushing and 106 passing — while yielding 318 yards — 168 through the air and 150 on the ground – with two turnovers forced.
Colton Roberts rushed for 156 yards and a touchdown, Kade Mercer chipped in 82 yards and a score, Jameson Allen finished with 63 yards and a trip to the end zone and Joe Gilligan added a 4-yard touchdown run.
Through the air, Bronte Hermesmeyer completed 6 of 10 passes for 106 yards with touchdown tosses of 27 and 9 yards to Trevor Higginbotham, who finished with four receptions for 81 yards.
Next week, Comanche hosts winless Brady (0-8, 0-3), which lost to Merkel, 43-7, Friday.
Jonesboro 78, Blanket 34
JONESBORO — The Blanket Tigers dropped their District 10-A Division I opener to the No. 9 Jonesboro Eagles by a 78-34 count Friday night.
Blanket (5-3, 0-1) finished with 379 total yards — 224 rushing and 155 passing — against the Jonesboro (7-1, 1-0) defense.
Logan Wheeler caught four passes for 146 yards with a touchdown and also rushed for 100 yards.
Trenten Verner was 6 of 19 for 155 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions, and also rushed for 17 yards and a touchdown.
Luke Kinkade caught a 7-yard touchdown pass and rushed for 75 yards, while Kameron Spivey added 28 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
Defensively, Spivey recorded 14 tackles followed by Kinkade with 12 and Varner with 11.
Next week, Blanket will attempt to keep its playoff hopes alive at Evant (6-2, 0-1), which is coming off an 80-32 loss to Zephyr.
Panther Creek 64,
VALERA - The Brookesmith Mustangs’ three-game win streak came to an end as Panther Creek moved into sole possession of first place in District 12-A Division II with a 64-16 victory Friday night.
Brookesmith fell to 4-5 overall and 2-1 in district while Jonesboro is now 7-1 overall and 2-0 in league play.
No further information was available at press time.
Next week, Brookesmith (4-5, 2-1) can secure its second straight playoff berth with a victory over winless Sidney (0-7, 0-2), which had a bye Friday night.
Crawford 20, Goldthwaite 7
CRAWFORD — The Goldthwaite Eagles owned the lead at halftime, but suffered their first District 7-2A Division I loss in the long run as the Crawford Pirates rallied for a 20-7 victory Friday night.
Goldthwaite (4-4, 3-1), which witnessed its four-game win streak end, committed four costly turnovers while Crawford (7-2, 4-1) was turnover-free.
The Eagles finished with 250 total yards — 130 passing and 120 rushing — compared to 284 for the Pirates — 184 through the air and 100 on the ground.
Quaid Seward rushed for 104 yards and a 6-yard touchdown for Goldthwaite, while Drew Hermesmeyer completed 15 of 25 passes for 121 yards. Isaac Chavez led all receivers with eight catches for 58 yards, while Kyle Schwartz grabbed four passes for 30 yards and McKennon Jones caught two passes for 35 yards.
Next week, Goldthwaite will attempt to rebound at home against Hico (6-2, 3-1), which is coming off a 34-7 victory over San Saba Friday.
Veribest 70, Santa Anna 12
VERIBEST— The reigning District 8-A Division I champion Santa Anna Mountaineers remained winless on the season, dropping their league opener to the Veribest Falcons, 70-12, Friday night.
The 12 points were the most scored by Santa Anna (0-8, 0-1) in a game thus far, as the Mountaineers had generated just 18 points over their first seven outings.
Veribest (5-3, 1-0) received 97 rushing yards and four touchdowns from Isaac Oviedo, who also scooped up a fumble and returned it 20 yards for a score.
Hayden Barnes completed 4 of 8 passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns, while Jayton Warren hauled in a pair of touchdown reception totaling 66 yards.
Angel Marquez added 36 rushing yards and a touchdown for the Falcons.
Next week, Santa Anna visits Water Valley (3-5, 1-0) — a 58-8 winner over Paint Rock Friday night.
Strawn 52, Rising Star 0
STRAWN — The Class A Division II No. 2 Strawn Greyhounds limited the Rising Star Wildcats to negative-76 yards of total offense in a 52-0 thrashing in the District 11-A Division I opener for both teams Friday night.
Rising Star (2-6, 0-1) rushed the ball 13 times for negative-83 yards and completed 3 of 6 pass attempts for 7 yards. Alex Teplichek did all the passing for the Wildcats, while Micah Carnley was the top receiver with a 9-yard reception.
Strawn (8-0, 1-0) finished with 292 total yards, including 266 on the ground.
Next week, Rising Star hosts Moran (5-3, 1-0), which picked up a 52-6 district victory over Woodson Friday night.
Other scores (No info reported)
Mullin 72, Gustine 8
Eastland 45, Coleman 0
Hico 34, San Saba 7