Playoff spots secured for Zephyr, Brookesmith
MAY — The Class A Division I No. 5 May Tigers completed their second consecutive undefeated regular-season, running their regular-season win streak to 21 games in the process with a 56-8 victory over the Gordon Longhorns Friday night, which locked up an outright District 11 championship.
May (10-0, 3-0) generated 335 total yards — 229 rushing and 106 passing — and also scored on a 45-yard punt return by Wyatt Mote.
Mote also completed 4 of 8 passes for 106 yards and two scores, as Preston Johnston hauled in a 51-yard touchdown catch while Jacob Brown scored on a 10-yard reception. Gage Keckler added a 4-yard reception and Weston Chambers made a 5-yard catch.
On the ground, Johnston rushed for 115 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Brown chipped in 58 yards and two scores. Chambers finished with 43 yards and a trip to the end zone, while Dalton Self added 8 yards and Daniel Salinas picked up 5.
Defensively for May, Johnston recorded a team-high 11 tackles trailed by 10 from Salinas, eight from Keckler, six from Brown, five from Mote and four tackles and a fumble recovery from Self.
The Tigers begin their postseason run against District 12 runner-up Forestburg (8-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Gordon.
Richland Springs 64, Cherokee 14
The Class A Division II No. 3 Richland Springs Coyotes wrapped up their 16th consecutive district championship with their 69th straight league win, 64-14 over Cherokee in Friday night’s District 13 finale.
Richland Springs (9-1, 3-0) produced 320 yards of total offense — 189 passing and 131 rushing — while allowing Cherokee (4-6, 2-1) a total of 220 yards while forcing three turnovers.
Jordan Burkhart completed 4 of 5 passes for 110 yards with two touchdowns — 72 yards to Linden Brown and 19 yards to Landon Burkhart — and one interception. Walker Tippie connected on both his pass attempts — touchdown tosses of 46 yards to Cameron Parham and 33 yards to Brandon Tharp.
On the ground, Tippie finished with 49 yards and a 24-yard score, while Hutton Lusty finished with 43 yards and touchdowns of 2, 1 and 28 yards.
Lusty led Richland Springs with 12.5 tackles including 2.5 for loss and 1.5 sacks, while Tippie finished with 6.5 tackles and two interceptions. Jordan Burkhart also picked off a pass and tallied 5.5 tackles.
The Coyotes, seeking a three-peat and ninth state championship overall, begin their postseason run against District 14 runner-up Morgan (6-4) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Hamilton.
Zephyr 60, Blanket 14
BLANKET — The Zephyr Bulldogs secured the second playoff seed from District 10-A Division I with a 60-14 road victory over the Blanket Tigers Friday night.
Zephyr (9-1, 2-1) finished with 460 yards of total offense — 379 rushing and four touchdowns and 81 passing with four more scores.
Nicholas Moody led the charge with 226 rushing yards and three scores while Hunter Williams chipped in 105. William Simpson added 48 yards and a touchdown.
Through the air, Kason King completed 8 of 11 passes for 69 yards and three touchdowns — all caught by Devin Williams who finished with six receptions for 61 yards. J.P Gowin added a 7-yard catch, Elliot Gowin hauled in a 1-yard scoring toss and King caught a 12-yard pass from Moody.
Defensively for the Bulldogs, King finished with seven tackles including two for loss, trailed by Moody and Robert Clark with six each. Devin Williams recorded five tackles and two interceptions while Hunter Williams contributed five tackles and one pick.
Stats for Blanket (5-5, 0-3) were not available.
The Bulldogs open the playoffs against District 9 champion Medina (10-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Eden.
Tolar 26, Coleman 13
COLEMAN — The Coleman Bluecats were forced to settle for the No. 4 playoff seed out of District 4-3A Division II following Friday’s 26-13 loss to the Tolar Rattlers in the regular season finale.
Coleman (3-7, 2-3) was limited to 111 yards of total offense — 62 passing and 49 rushing — by Tolar (6-4, 3-2). The Rattlers, meanwhile, produced 375 yards, with 219 coming through the air.
Terren Holloway scored on a 9-yard run to give Coleman an early 6-0 lead, while Denton Allen hurled a 65-yard touchdown pass that knotted the score at 13 in the third period. The Rattlers scored the go-ahead touchdown late in the third and added an insurance score in the fourth.
The Bluecats will begin their playoff run against District 3 champion Sonora (10-0) at 7 p.m. Thursday at San Angelo Stadium.
De Leon 51, Goldthwaite 7
DE LEON — The Goldthwaite Eagles will go into the playoffs as the fourth seed out of District 7-2A Division I following Friday’s 51-7 loss to league champion and fourth-ranked De Leon.
Goldthwaite (4-6, 3-3) dropped its third game in a row, having scored a total of 17 points in those contests. Against De Leon (10-0, 6-0), the Eagles generated 301 total yards, with 212 coming the through the air, but turned the ball over five times.
Drew Hermesmeyer completed 21 of 36 passes for 212 yards with a touchdown, Leo Garcia rushed for 95 yards and T.J. Watson hauled in five receptions for 90 yards. Goldthwaite’s lone touchdown came on a 9-yard toss from Hermesmeyer to Kyle Schwartz in the second quarter.
Defensively, the Eagles surrendered 527 yards — 280 passing and 247 rushing.
Goldthwaite’s playoff run begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Whitney against No. 1-ranked Mart (9-1).
Hamilton 35, San Saba 28
HAMILTON — The San Saba Armadillos concluded their season with a fifth straight District 7-2A Division I loss, falling to the Hamilton Bulldog, 35-28, Friday night.
San Saba (3-7, 1-5) tallied 383 yards of total offense — 260 passing and 123 rushing.
Sean O’Keefe completed 22 of 35 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns. Cole Tupin led the Armadillos with six catches for 68 yards and a score, Erik Argote added three grabs for 53 yards and a touchdowns and Eli Salinas finished with four catches for 23 yards and a touchdown.
Salinas also rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown, while Josh Lambert caught five passes for 54 yards.
Paint Rock 58, Santa Anna 45
SANTA ANNA — The Santa Anna Mountaineers put forth their best effort of the season, but were unable to avoid an 0-10 campaign as the Paint Rock Indians tallied a 58-45 victory Friday night.
Santa Anna (0-10, 0-3) had scored just 18 points the entire season, but jumped out to an early 12-0 edge over Paint Rock (3-7, 1-2).
Further information on the game was unavailable.
Panther Creek 85, Mullin 38
VALERA — The Panther Creek Panthers secured the District 12-A Division II championship and ended the Mullin Bulldogs’ season with an 85-38 victory Friday night.
The loss knocked Mullin (5-5, 2-2) out of playoff contention and opened the door for Brookesmith (5-5, 3-1), who had a district bye Friday night, to reach the playoffs for the second year in a row. Brookesmith will face District 11 champion Strawn (10-0) at 7 p.m. Thursday in May in bi-district playoff action.
No further information on the game was available.
Woodson 61, Rising Star 13
WOODSON — The Rising Star Wildcats were denied a District 11-A Division II victory for the second year in a row as the Woodson Cowboys rolled to a 61-13 victory Friday night.
Rising Star finished as the fourth place team in the district with a 2-8 overall record and 0-3 league mark.
No further information was available at press time.
Sidney 56, Gustine 8
SIDNEY — The Sidney Eagles avoided a winless campaign with a 56-8 triumph over the Gustine Tigers in the District 12-A Division II and season finale for both teams Friday night.
Sidney finished with a 1-9 overall record, 1-3 in district, while Gustine went 2-8 with a 0-4 league mark.
No further information was available at press time.