Coming off a 54-12 season-opening win over Cherokee in head coach Tyler Tabor’s return to the sidelines after a one-year hiatus, the Blanket Tigers target a 2-0 start as they host the Lometa Hornets in their second consecutive home contest.

Lometa (0-1), meanwhile, is looking to rebound from a season-opening 48-0 loss to Class A Division II No. 2 Iredell Saturday in Gorman.

In the Tigers’ triumph over Cherokee, Blanket (1-0)produced 409 yards of total offense, with all but 2 coming on the ground, as Logan Wheeler — the 2018 Class A 200 meters state champion and 100 meters state runner-up — galloped for 269 yards and four touchdowns.

Kameron Spivey chipped in 74 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground, while Hector Castenda added a 15-yard scoring carry.

Carlos Morales contributed 21 yards rushing, Jayden Carson ran for 14, Trenten Varner added a 10-yard carry and John John Alexander added 4 yards.

Varner and Alexander also connected on Blanket’s lone completion in four pass attempts, which covered just 2 yards.

Defensively, Blanket limited Cherokee to just three first downs and 90 yards of total offense — 70 on the ground and 20 through the air. The Tigers also picked off a Cherokee pass attempt.

Alexander, Tyler Simpson and Tanner Isom paced the Blanket defense with 12 tackles each.

For Lometa, the Hornets surrendered touchdown runs of 10, 34, 14, 4 and 2 yards, along with a 15-yard pass to Iredell.

Players to watch for the Hornets — who return three starters on each side of the ball from a 7-4 playoff team a year ago — include Hunter Locke, Kenneth Faught, Logan Evans and Colby Henry.

According to sixmanfootball.com, Blanket is a 2-point favorite.

 

PANTHER CREEK (1-0) at BROOKESMITH (1-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

 

The Brookesmith Mustangs reeled off 34 consecutive points and dominated the second half of their 46-20 season-opening victory over Santa Anna last week. Now, the Mustangs target a second straight win as the Panther Creek Panthers, 62-14 winners over Lingleville last week, come calling.

Brookesmith generated 335 yards of total offense against Santa Anna, including 301 on the ground as Mason Brummett rushed for 221 yards and four touchdowns. Johnathan Willoughby added 74 yards and a touchdown and also caught a 34-yard scoring toss from Holden Bolt, Brookesmith’s lone completion in two pass attempts.

Defensively, the Mustangs surrendered 375 yards, with 254 coming on the ground, but forced four turnovers. Bolt recovered two fumbles and picked off a pass, while Avery Williford returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown.

In Panther Creek’s victory over Lingleville, the Panthers finished with 357 total yards, with 320 coming on the ground, while surrendering 171 yards — 87 passing and 84 rushing – while creating the game’s only turnover.

Matthew Morris rushed for 177 yards and four touchdowns while Brayan Avila chipped in 122 yards and two scores. Through the air, Morris hurled a 37-yard touchdown pass to Chris Alonzo.

Defensively, Canyon Jackson tallied a team-best 5.5 tackles and recorded an interception.

According to sixmanfootball.com, Brookesmith is a 45-point underdog.

 

#8 MAY (1-0) at CHEROKEE (0-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday

 

The Class A Division I No. 8 May Tigers are coming off a 40-26 home victory over Class A Division II No. 3 Richland Springs in the season opener, and look to extend their regular season win streak to 23 games in their first road outing at Cherokee Friday night.

Cherokee, meanwhile, is looking to rebound after suffering a season-opening 54-12 defeat at the hands of Blanket.

In May’s win over Richland Springs, the Tigers finished with 365 yards of total offense — 294 rushing and 71 passing.

Daniel Salinas rushed for 120 yards and three scores, Isidro Salinas added 109 yards and a touchdown and Gage Keckler chipped in 65 yards with a trip to the end zone.

Through the air, Seth Johnston completed three passes for 47 yards with a touchdown to Tyler Wheeler, who grabbed three receptions for 45 yards. Ethan Self connected with Lane McGinn on a 15-yard pass play, Keckler threw a 8-yard completion and Daniel Salinas made a 10-yard catch.

Defensively, May yielded 235 yards — 136 rushing and 99 passing. Daniel Salinas recorded 18 tackles followed by Keckler with 12, Chris Flenniken with 11, Isidro Salinas with nine and Austin McAbee with five.

Against Blanket, Cherokee managed just 90 yards on 52 snaps — a mere 1.7 yards per play — with three first downs.

According to sixmanfootball.com, May is a 45-point favorite.

 

ZEPHYR (0-1) at GRANBURY NCTA (0-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday

 

The Brent Williamson era at Zephyr got off to a rocky start as the Bulldogs were dealt a 59-0 loss by Class A Division I No. 4 Coolidge Saturday night. On a short week, Zephyr looks to find the win column at Granbury NCTA, which dropped a 70-62 decision to Blum in Week 1.

Against Coolidge, the Bulldogs were plagued by four turnovers — all fumbles.

Devin Williams rushed for a team-high 95 yards on 11 carries, while Michael Seider chipped in 42 yards on five rushes.

On the defensive side of the ball, Williams led Zephyr with seven tackles.

According to sixmanfootball.com, Zephyr is a 20-point favorite.

 

COMANCHE (0-1) at BRECKENRIDGE (1-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

 

Comanche was on the short end of a 34-15 season-opening decision against Eastland last week, and looks to net its first victory at Breckenridge, which knocked off the expected top-challenger to the Indians in District 6-3A Division II — Jacksboro — by a 43-36 count last week.

In the opener, Comanche finished with 267 yards of total offense, with 220 coming on the ground.

Kade Mercer led the ground game with 127 yards and a touchdown, including a long run on 75 yards. Zach Foster chipped in 41 yards, Zach Rodriguez rushed for 21 yards, Trendon Morin chipped in 13 and Braxton Patterson and Ricardo Sanchez both rushed for 9 yards.

Through the air, Morin completed 6 of 14 passes for 45 yards and a touchdown to Mercer, who caught two passes for 8 yards. Price Odom hauled in two receptions for 24 yards, while Eddie Guerrero caught an 8-yard pass and Dakoda Medrano made a 5-yard reception.

Defensively, Max Jimenez recorded nine tackles followed by Mercer with seven and Foster and Odom with six apiece. Mercer also intercepted a pass and Rodriguez pounced on a fumble.

In Breckenridge’s victory last week, the Buckaroos generated 501 total yards — 339 on the ground and 162 through the air.

Quarterback Kevin Franco led the ground game with 113 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. Diego Arellano chipped in 92 yards and a score, Angel Ruiz contributed 97 yards and Jonas Arellano rushed for 37 yards and a score.

Franco also completed 8 of 16 passes for 162 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Eight players caught the ball for Breckenridge, with Owen Woodward hauling in two touchdown passes totaling 65 yards. Gerardo Palacios and Jonas Arellano also caught two passes, while Aaryn Medina made a 40-yard reception and Weston Wilson grabbed a 26-yard pass.

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, Comanche is an 11-point underdog.

 

JUNCTION (0-1) at GOLDTHWAITE (0-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday

 

The Goldthwaite Eagles look to bounce back from a rare season-opening defeat as they welcome the Junction Eagles in Friday’s home opener.

Goldthwaite was dealt a 34-14 defeat by Winters last week as the Eagles mustered just 249 yards of total offense — 216 passing and 33 rushing.

Quarterback Drew Hermesmeyer was 16 of 27 for 139 yards through the air, while Jackson Patrick completed all three of his attempts for 77 yards. Patrick also caught a team-high seven passes for 48 yards, Jaxon Wootton added five grabs for 68 yards and Grayson Moore hauled in three receptions covering 90 yards. Nick Jones was the leading rusher for the Eagles with 55 yards on 12 carries.

Defensively, Goldthwaite gave up 401 yards, including 390 rushing with a pair of 150-plus yard rushers.

Junction is coming off a 30-8 loss to Ingram Tom Moore in its opener. The Eagles gave up 256 yards of total offense, including 198 rushing. Junction finished with 184 yards — 118 passing and 66 rushing — with three turnovers, including a pair of interceptions.

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, Goldthwaite is a 20-point favorite.

 

HARPER (1-0) at SAN SABA (1-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

 

The San Saba Armadillos opened their second season under head coach Jerod Fikac with a 53-6 thrashing at Johnson City, and shoot for a 2-0 start Friday when the Harper Longhorns visit in the home opener.

Against Johnson City, the Armadillos amassed 476 yards of total offense — 336 rushing and 140 passing.

Quarterback Sean O’Keefe rushed for 160 yards and three touchdowns while completing 7 of 14 passes for 140 yards and two scoring tosses. Ruben Parra caught both touchdown passes covering 74 yards, while Eli Salinas contributed 101 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Andrew Arellano added a 35-yard catch, Logan Glover hauled in a 15-yard pass and Salinas grabbed three receptions for 16 yards. On the ground, Risien Shahan ran for 42 yards on one play, Erik Argote chipped in 20 yards, Carter Turner ran for 10 yards and a score and Clayton Pierce added a 2-yard touchdown carry.

Defensively, Joseph Watson recorded 10 tackles and two sacks trailed by Argote with nine, Abel Martinez with eight and a sack and Shahan with six takedowns. Glover and Parra intercepted passes.

Harper is coming off a 34-15 season-opening win over Christoval. Despite three turnovers, the Longhorns generated 406 total yards — 302 rushing and 104 passing — while surrendering 199 yards, with 130 coming through the air, and forcing six turnovers.

Sean Baethge rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns while Carson Sivells contributed 100 yards and two scores. Through the air. Baethge completed 5 of 12 passes for 104 yards with a 60-yard scoring toss to Connor Lange. Slade Dermody added two catches for 30 yards.

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, San Saba is a 20-point favorite.

 

ROCHELLE (0-1) at SANTA ANNA (0-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday

 

Both the Santa Anna Mountaineers and Rochelle Hornets are looking to notch their first victory after suffering losses in Week 1.

Santa Anna came up short in a 46-20 loss to Brookesmith at the Heart of Texas Kickoff Classic hosted by Rochelle. The host Hornets, meanwhile, were downed by Leakey, 57-0.

The Mountaineers produced 375 total yards — 224 rushing and 121 passing — against Brookesmith, but four turnovers aided the Mustangs in scoring 34 consecutive points after Santa Anna grabbed an early 13-12 lead.

Alex Crowder rushed for 142 yards and three scores and completed 8 of 15 passes for 106 yards with two interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown. Jaxson Diggs chipped in 98 yards on the ground, caught a 15-yard pass and threw a 15-yard completion.

Trevor Evans contributed three catches for 27 yards, Silas Lara grabbed two receptions for 21 yards and Zak Keith (23 yards), Cody Robertson (20 yards) and Jayton Perry (15 yards) also caught passes.

Defensively, Santa Anna yielded 335 yards, including 301 rushing, and did not force a turnover.

Players to watch for Rochelle include Denton Tinney, Noah Flores, Justin Morgan, Dakota Tinney and Jory Richardson.

According to sixmanfootball.com, Santa Anna is a 26-point favorite.

 

#3 RICHLAND SPRINGS AT

SAN MARCOS HILL COUNTRY CHRISTIAN

7:30 p.m. Friday

 

For the second year in a row, the Class A Division II No. 3 Richland Springs Coyotes are off to an 0-1 start, but look to rectify that situation as they visit San Marcos Hill Country Christian Friday night.

The Coyotes fell 40-26 at Class A Division I No. 8 May in last week’s opener.

Richland Springs generated 235 yards — 136 rushing and 99 passing. Matthew Rigdon completed 9 of 24 passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 79 yards and another score. Josiah Beam hauled in three receptions for 66 yards and both touchdowns.

Cameron Parham added 53 yards rushing, while Jared Martin caught three passes for 11 yards, Kelton Tippie grabbed two receptions for 3 yards and Wade Appleton made a 19-yard reception.

Defensively, Tippie tallied nine tackles including two for loss with 1.5 sacks. Beam followed with seven takedowns and K.J. Simon and Jayden Bryant added 4.5 apiece.

Richland Springs surrendered 365 yards of total offense — 294 rushing and 71 passing.

The San Marcos Hill Country Christian Rams opened their campaign with a 54-8 loss to Calvert. The Rams managed just 71 yards — 63 rushing and 8 passing — with three turnovers, while giving up 292 yards, including 253 on the ground.

Ben Walton rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries.

According to sixmanfootball.com, Richland Springs is a 45-point favorite.

 

ROBERT LEE (1-0) at SIDNEY (1-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

 

The Sidney Eagles will look to build on last week’s 48-44 upset victory over Walnut Springs as they play host to the Robert Lee Steers.

Statistics from the Eagles’ victory were not available. Players to watch for Sidney include Dennis Morales, Joshua Kinnard and Triston Kelly, among others.

Robert Lee is coming off a 44-30 victory over Water Valley in its opener.

Players to watch for Robert Lee, the District 13-A Division I favorite according to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, include Lane Fowler, Daniel Mendoza, Nathan Scates and Casey Skipworth.

According to sixmanfootball.com, Sidney is a 45-point underdog.

 

MULLIN (0-1) at TRENT (1-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

 

The Mullin Bulldogs will attempt to put a season-opening 61-0 loss to Evant in the past as they venture to Trent to battle the Gorillas.

Players to watch for Mullin include seniors Bobby Salinas and Dontrell Dale, junior Skyler Smith and sophomore Cody Knight. Also, Alex Porter is back with the program after last playing for Mullin in 2016. The Bulldogs have just four other players – all varsity newcomers, including three freshmen.

Trent picked up a forfeit victory over Guthrie in its opener. The Gorillas are led by Daniel Rush, Floyd Yerian, Jordan Luckie, Bryson Buckley and Austin Clark.

According to sixmanfootball.com, Mullin is a 45-point underdog.

 

MORAN (1-0) at RISING STAR (0-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday

 

After suffering a 44-0 home loss to Bronte to start the season, the Rising Star Wildcats are looking for a better outcome as they welcome the Moran Bulldogs.

Statistics from Rising Star’s loss were not available. Wildcats to keep an eye on include Johnny Sanchez, Korbin Bass and Jarrison Taylor, among others.

Moran collected a forfeit victory in Week 1 over Benjamin.

Bulldogs to watch include Curry Pendleton, Kobee Lapp, Jesse Hawley and Jonas Sotelo.

According to sixmanfootball.com, Rising Star is a 45-point underdog.