Richland Springs, Comanche also moving on to second round
EDEN — The Zephyr Bulldogs knocked off one undefeated team in the first round of the playoffs, and will attempt duplicate that feat in the second round following Friday night’s 58-32 Class A Division I Region I bi-district playoff victory over the Medina Bobcats.
Zephyr’s (10-1) victory sets up a postseason rematch with the unbeaten May Tigers (11-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Dublin. The Bulldogs upended an undefeated May squad, 68-44, last year in the second round.
In Friday’s win over District 9 champion Medina (10-1), Zephyr racked up 508 yards of total offense — 425 rushing and 83 passing.
Nicholas Moody amassed 222 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries, while Mason Rogers finished with 188 yards and three scores on 28 rushes. Hunter Williams also chipped in 15 yards on the ground.
Through the air, Kason King connected on 8 of 15 pass attempts for 83 yards and two touchdowns. Devin Williams caught five passes for 55 yards and a touchdown, while Moody hauled in two receptions for 26 yards and J.P Gowin grabbed a 2-yard touchdown catch.
On the defensive end, Hunter Williams notched 20 tackles and an interception while William Simpson tallied 18 tackles and picked off a pass. Moody finished with eight tackles and a fumble recovery while Michael Seider recorded seven tackles with a sack. Robert Clark and Devin Williams also contributed five tackles.
May 70, Forestburg 25
GORDON — The Class A Division I No. 5 May Tigers ran their win streak to 11 games, ousting the Forestburg Longhorns from the Region III bi-district round of the playoffs with a 70-25 victory Friday night.
With the win, District 11 champion May (11-0) will again tangle with District 10 runner-up Zephyr (10-1) in the second round of the playoffs at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Dublin. The Tigers will attempt to avenge last year’s season-ending 68-44 loss to the Bulldogs.
In the win over District 12-runner-up Forestburg (8-3), May produced 346 yards of total offense — 258 rushing and 88 passing.
Dalton Self led the ground game with 106 yards and three touchdowns, while Jacob Brown chipped in 73 yards and a score and Preston Johnston rushed for 62 yards with a trip to the end zone. Johnson also returned a kick 45 yards for a May touchdown.
Through the air, Mote completed 4 of 5 passes with three touchdowns — 45 yards to Johnston, 12 yards to Gage Keckler and 2 yards to Tyler Wheeler.
Jaden Baker also caught a 29-yard pass, while Weston Chambers added 11 yards on the ground and Daniel Salinas rushed for 6 yards.
Defensively, Salinas recorded a team-high 16 tackles trailed by Mote with 10, Keckler with nine, Johnston and Self with six apiece, Brown with five and Chambers with four tackles.
Richland Springs 70, Morgan 6
HAMILTON — Playing without reigning state player of the year Walker Tippie, the two-time defending Class A Division II state champion Richland Springs Coyotes had no problem rolling past the Morgan Eagles, 70-6, in Region IV bi-district action Friday night.
With the win, the No. 4 Coyotes (10-1) — pursuing the school’s ninth state championship — will square off against No. 2 Milford (11-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Hamilton in the regional semifinal round.
In Friday’s victory over District 14 runner-up Morgan (6-5), which was making its first playoff appearance since 2001, the District 13 champion Coyotes generated 268 yards, with 265 coming on the ground, despite missing Tippie, who was out with a knee injury.
Hutton Lusty carried the load on the ground with 115 yards on three carries — all touchdowns covering 31, 16 and 68 yards. Brandon Tharp added 48 yards and an 8-yard score, Cameron Parham chipped in 39 yards and a 5-yard touchdown, Jordan Burkhart rushed for a 27-yard touchdown and Kelton Tippie contributed a 21-yard score on his lone rush.
Through the air, Lane Shannon tossed a 3-yard touchdown to Wade Appleton.
Defensively, Richland Springs yielded just 49 yards as the Eagles finished with negative-1 yards rushing on 21 carries and three turnovers. The Coyotes also scored a defensive touchdown on a pick six by Lusty, while recording a safety as well.
Lusty tallied a team-high 8.5 tackles, including four for loss and with two sacks. Parham finished with 4.5 tackles and Tharp contributed 3.5 tackles.
Comanche 40, Boyd 21
GRANBURY — The District 3-3A Division I champion Comanche Indians avoided a second straight first-round playoff upset as they dominated the Boyd Yellowjackets, 40-21, Friday night for a Region I bi-district victory.
With the win, Comanche (10-1) will face either Kermit (6-4) or Slaton (5-5) — who were scheduled to meet Saturday night — in second round playoff action.
In the Indians’ triumph over Boyd (3-8) Friday night, Comanche raced out to a 20-0 advantage and never looked back.
Comanche manufactured 357 yards of total offense, with 261 coming on the ground, while allowing 231 yards, with 184 coming through the air.
Colton Roberts opened the scoring just 2:16 into the contest, while Kade Mercer followed with a 31-yard scoring sprint with 1:20 left in the first period. Roberts added a 1-yard scoring dive early in the second period to establish the Indians’ 20-point advantage.
Boyd closed the gap to 20-7 on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Kody Risenhoover to Koby Miller, but Comanche responded with a 31-yard touchdown toss from Bronte Hermesmeyer to Trevor Higginbotham for a 27-7 halftime lead.
Jeremy Bostick added touchdown runs of 35 and 81 yards in the second half for Comanche to put the game out of reach. Boyd tallied two more touchdowns on Risenhoover passes of 20 yards to Casey Reynolds in the third period and 10 yards to Logan Jones in the fourth.
Mart 62, Goldthwaite 3
WHITNEY — With their fourth consecutive loss, the season ended for the Goldthwaite Eagles Friday night as they were hammered by the top-ranked Mart Panthers, 62-3, in Class A Division I Region II bi-district playoff action.
Goldthwaite (4-7), which mustered just 20 points over its final four games, produced just 104 yards — 79 passing and 25 rushing — with a pair of turnovers.
Mart (10-1), meanwhile, generated 448 yards, with 322 coming on the ground.
Drew Hermesmeyer completed 13 of 27 passes for 79 yards, Leo Garcia rushed for 23 yards and Isaac Chavez hauled in six receptions for 51 yards to lead the Goldthwaite effort.
The Panthers led 14-0 after one quarter, 35-3 at halftime and 55-3 through three periods.