Zephyr, Richland Springs, Goldthwaite, Mullin eye first win streaks; San Saba seeks 3-0 start; Comanche targets initial victory

The Blanket Tigers look to keep their unblemished record intact as they target a third straight victory against the Lingleville Cardinals Friday night.

The Tigers have opened the season with victories over Lometa (45-20) and Cherokee (54-12), while the Cardinals fell in Week 1 to Panther Creek, and had last week’s game with first-year program Three Way rained out.

Last week against Lometa, Blanket rushed for 305 of its 327 yards of total offense, led by 192 yards and four touchdowns from Logan Wheeler, the defending Class A 200 meters state champion and 100 meters runner-up. Kameron Spivey chipped in 64 yards and a score.

Through the air, Trenten Varner completed 3 of 4 passes for 14 yards and John John Alexander tossed an 8-yard touchdown to Tyler Simpson. Wheeler, Alexander and Spivey also caught passes.

Defensively, the Tigers gave up 305 yards, with 290 coming on the ground, but forced a pair of turnovers.

Alexander led the way with 12 tackles followed by Simpson and Tanner Isom with 10 apiece.

In Lingleville’s loss to Panther Creek, the Cardinals were limited to 171 yards — 87 passing and 84 rushing — with a pair of turnovers. Defensively, Lingleville gave up 357 yards, with 320 coming on the ground, and did not force a turnover.

Brock Gage completed 7 of 14 passes for 76 yards with a touchdown and an interception, while Jesus Lopez connected on 4 of 8 passes for 11 yards and a score. Lopez also rushed for a team-high 74 yards. Luke Miller caught three passes for 61 yards and a touchdown while Felipe Flores grabbed two receptions for 20 yards and a score.

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

 

Brookesmith (1-0) at Evant (2-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

 

The Brookesmith Mustangs look to hand the Evant Elks their first defeat Friday night, while starting their season with a second straight victory.

Brookesmith kicked off the year with a 46-20 triumph over Santa Anna in Rochelle, but last week’s game against Panther Creek was cancelled due to weather. Evant, meanwhile, has knocked off Mullin, 61-0, and Cranfills Gap, 52-8, to open its campaign.

In Week 1 against Santa Anna, Brookesmith generated 335 yards of total offense, 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.

Players to watch for Evant, which posted a 7-3 record a year ago, include quarterback Jeremiah Marwitz, fullback Ethan Hightower, tight end Mason Wall and receiver Colton McCann.

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

 

#8 May (2-0) at Lometa (0-2)

7:30 p.m. Friday

 

The Class A Division I No. 8 May Tigers target a 24th consecutive regular season victory against Lometa as the Hornets are pursing their first triumph this season.

May downed Class A Division II No. 3 Richland Springs, 40-26, in the opener, then cruised past Cherokee, 49-0, last week. Lometa dropped a 45-20 decision at Blanket last week after falling to Class A Division II No. 2 Iredell, 48-0, in the opener.

Last week against Cherokee, May produced 348 yards of total offense — 241 rushing and 107 passing.

Rory Bustamente rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown, Daniel Salinas contributed 88 yards and two scores and Gage Keckler churned out 37 yards with three trips to the end zone. Isidro Salinas also chipped in 27 yards rushing.

Through the air, Bustamente completed 5 of 10 passes for 98 yards and a touchdown pass to Tyler Wheeler, who grabbed two receptions for 54 yards. Seth Johnston added a 9-yard completion to Jaden Baker and also caught an 8-yard pass. Keckler pulled down a 33-yard reception and Ethan Self made a 3-yard catch.

Defensively for May, Daniel Salinas finished with nine tackles including 2.5 for loss with a fumble caused; Gage Keckler tallied eight tackles with 2.5 for loss; Isidro Salinas had five tackles with a fumble caused and a fumble recovery; Baker collected five tackles with 2.5 for loss; Johnston was credited with four tackles and a fumble recovery; and Chris Flenniken’s night featured four tackles, one for loss, and a fumble recovery.

Last week against Blanket, Lometa finished with 305 yards, with 290 coming on the ground, but lost a pair of fumbles. Defensively, the Hornets gave up 327 yards, including 305 rushing.

Logan Evans rushed for 242 yards and three touchdowns and caught both passes from Enrique Prado for 15 yards.

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

 

Water Valley (1-1) at Zephyr (1-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday

 

After flirting with the century mark in their first victory of the season over Granbury NCTA last week, the Zephyr Bulldogs set their sights on their first win steak under first-year head coach Brent Williamson as the Water Valley Wildcats visit.

Zephyr rebounded from a 59-0 loss to Class A Division I No. 6 Coolidge in the season opener by pummeling NCTA, 99-54, last week. Water Valley has opened the season with a 44-30 loss to Robert Lee, followed by last week’s 58-12 victory over Veribest.

Last week against NCTA, the Bulldogs finished with 468 yards of total offense — 455 rushing and 13 passing — returned a kickoff for a touchdown and added a pick six on the defensive end.

Leading 35-24 after one quarter, Zephyr owned a 73-54 halftime edge, then shutout Granbury NCTA in the third period.

Devin Williams rushed for 263 yards and six touchdowns from 50, 15, 20, 22, 23 and 69 yards out. Williams also caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Michael Seider and returned a kick 79 yards to the end zone.

Elliott Gowin added 74 rushing yards and four scores from 3, 19, 20 and 25 yards out. Seider tacked on 67 yards on the ground with a 3-yard touchdown. Jerrick Woodcock contributed 44 yards and Kannon Eoff rushed for 7.

Defensively, Tanner Jones returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown and recovered a fumble. J.P. Gowin notched seven tackles with an interception, Woodcock tallied seven tackles and caused a fumble and Seider picked off a pass as well.

In Water Valley’s win over Veribest, the Wildcats rushed for 235 of their 256 yards while allowing 244 yards — 145 on the ground and 99 through the air.

Max Bradley rushed for 195 yards and five touchdowns, Levi Smith completed 4 of 7 passes for 21 yards and Caleb West caught three passes covering 26 yards. Harley Davis also scored on the ground for Water Valley.

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

 

Clyde (1-1) at Comanche (0-2)

7:30 p.m. Friday

 

The Comanche Indians continue to search for their first victory of the season, while the Clyde Bulldogs are targeting back-to-back wins as the two teams square off Friday night.

Following a 34-15 opening loss to Eastland, Comanche was dealt a 14-7 setback by Breckenridge last week. Meanwhile, Clyde rebounded from a 26-8 loss to De Leon with a 47-19 thrashing of Merkel in Week 2.

Through two games, the Indians — who average 11 points per game — are generating 198 yards on the ground and 22 yards through the air.

Kade Mercer has rushed for 232 yards and a touchdown while Trendon Morin chipped in 65 yards and Zach Foster tallied 46. Morin has completed just 6 of 23 passes for 45 yards with a touchdown. Price Odom is the top receiver with 24 yards on two catches, while Mercer has two receptions for 8 yards and a touchdown.

On defense, Max Jimenez leads the way with 18 tackles trailed by Mercer with 16, Dakoda Moreno with 12 and Odom with 10.

In Clyde’s triumph over Merkel last week, the Bulldogs finished with 312 total yards — 204 rushing and 108 passing — with one turnover. Defensively, Clyde gave up 324 yards, including 250 on the ground, but created three turnovers.

Jax Roam completed 5 of 9 passes for 108 yards with two touchdowns and one interception while rushing for 77 yards and two scores. Antonio Guerrero chipped in 44 yards on the ground, Bo Baker rushed for 37 yards and a touchdown and Donovan Gomez racked up 32 yards with a trip to the end zone.

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, Comanche is a 1-point underdog.

 

Coleman (0-2) at Goldthwaite (1-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday

 

The Goldthwaite Eagles held on for their first victory of the season last week, while the Coleman Bluecats are still targeting their initial appearance in the win column in 2018 — and the chance to play spoiler for Goldthwaite’s homecoming.

After falling to Winters, 34-14, to start the season, Goldthwaite knocked off Junction, 13-10 last week. Coleman has opened its season with losses of 69-0 to Jim Ned and 41-18 to Early.

Last week against Junction, Drew Hermesmeyer threw touchdown passes of 6 yards to T.J. Watson and 41 yards to Jackson Patrick, and Jaxon Wootton converted one of two extra points for Goldthwaite.

The Eagles passed for 153 yards and lost 14 on the ground to finish with 139 yards of total offense and two turnovers. Defensively, Goldthwaite gave up 229 yards — 117 through the air and 112 on the ground — but forced four turnovers.

In Coleman’s loss to Early, the Bluecats yielded 475 total yards, including 317 rushing, but recovered a pair of fumbles.

Offensively, the Bluecats finished with 288 yards — 162 passing and 126 rushing — but were held scoreless in the second half. Corbin Rosales passed for 107 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. John Deramus caught three passes for 80 yards while Jared Nall and Brennan Brewster added scoring receptions of 40 and 7 yards, respectively. Massio Sanchez rushed for 59 yards, Brewster contributed 47 yards and Santiago Rodriguez tacked on 35 yards.

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, Goldthwaite is a 17-point favorite.

 

San Saba (2-0) at Junction (0-2)

7:30 p.m. Friday

 

On the heels of two blowout victories, the San Saba Armadillos look to remain undefeated and match 2017’s win total as they venture to winless Junction Friday night.

San Saba rolled by Johnson City, 53-6, in the opener, then blanked Harper, 53-0, last week. Junction is coming off a 13-10 loss at Goldthwaite, which followed a 30-8 defeat against Ingram Tom Moore in Week 1.

In last week’s win over Harper, San Saba chalked up 391 yards — 243 rushing and 138 passing — and scored seven offensive touchdowns.

Eli Salinas led the ground game with 120 yards and two touchdowns trailed by Sean O’Keefe with 66 yards; Carter Turner with 35 yards; Erik Argote with 17 yards and two touchdowns; Risien Shahan with 4 yards and a score; and Clayton Pierce with 2 yards and a touchdown.

Through the air, O’Keefe connected on 6 of 13 passes for 124 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Shahan completed both his tosses for 24 yards.

Salinas caught the touchdown, a 57-yard catch and run, while Ruben Parra hauled in two catches for 37 yards and Sakima Herrera made two grabs covering 21 yards. Jake Faught (21 yards) and Andrew Arellano (5 yards) also made receptions.

Defensively, Bryan Reza returned a fumble 28 yards for six points.

In Junction’s loss to Goldthwaite, the Eagles gave up just 139 yards — 153 passing and -14 rushing – while forcing two turnovers. Junction, meanwhile, amassed 229 yards — 117 through the air and 112 on the ground — but turned over the ball four times.

Jaden Hardesty completed 8 of 23 passes for 117 yards with three interceptions, while rushing for 28 yards and a touchdown. Will Rose added 42 yards on the ground and Bubba Bohannon chipped in 36. Kyle Lumpkins caught four passes for 58 yards while Issac Rosas grabbed two receptions for 58 yards.

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, San Saba is a 34-point favorite.

 

Aquilla (1-1) at

#3 Richland Springs (1-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday

 

The Class A Division II No. 3 Richland Springs Coyotes picked up their first victory under new head coach Thomas Tipton last week, and eye their first win streak of the season Friday night in the home opener against Aquilla.

The Coyotes bounced back from a 40-26 opening loss at Class A Division I No. 8 May with a 68-19 victory at San Marcos Hill Country Christian last week. Aquilla owns a 57-20 win over Gordon in Week 1, followed by last week’s 45-0 defeat at the hands of Class A Division II No. 5 Oakwood.

Last week against Hill Country Christian, Richland Springs generated 382 yards of total offense, with 344 coming on the ground, while giving up just 102 yards and forcing a pair of turnovers.

Griffin Rigdon rushed for 129 yards and four touchdowns for the Coyotes, while Matthew Rigdon contributed 120 yards and three scores. K.J. Simon added 85 yards and also reached the end zone twice.

Through the air, Jared Martin completed 2 of 3 passes for 48 yards — a 32-yarder to Kelton Tippie and a 16-yarder to Matthew Rigdon.

Aquilla, picked to place third behind Blum and Abbott in District 10-A Division II by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, returns five starters on each side of the ball from an 8-3 playoff team last season. Players to watch include Zack Winder, Jacob Felan, Connor McCurdy and Mason Collins.

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

 

Santa Anna (1-1) at Robert Lee (2-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

 

The Santa Anna Mountaineers snapped a 12-game losing streak by collecting their first victory of the season last week, and seek an upset in Week 3 against the unbeaten Robert Lee Steers.

After a 46-20 loss to Brookesmith in the opener, Santa Anna rebounded with a 53-6 rout of Rochelle last week. Robert Lee owns victories of 44-30 over Water Valley and 51-36 over Sidney.

Last week against Rochelle, Cody Robertson scored his first two varsity touchdowns and Jaxson Diggs added his first varsity score as a Mountaineer. Trevor Evans played a key role in the rushing attack as well.

Through the air, Jayton Perry hauled in a 25-yard scoring reception from Alex Crowder.

Perry and Rance Railsback led the charge on defense, as Railsback recovered a pair of fumbles.

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

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

 

Cranfills Gap (1-1) at Mullin (1-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday

 

The Mullin Bulldogs bounced back from an opening loss and now shoot for their first win streak of the season as the Cranfills Gap Lions come calling.

Following a 61-0 defeat at the hands of Evant, Mullin rebounded for a 30-6 victory at Trent last week. Cranfills Gap knocked off Mount Calm, 48-0, in its opener, only to suffer a 52-8 loss to Evant last week.

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

 

Sidney (1-1) at Moran (1-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

 

The Sidney Eagles were denied a 2-0 start last week, but are targeting their second victory overall as they hit the road for the first time in 2018.

After a 48-44 victory over Walnut Springs in Week 1, Sidney was unable to hold a 36-15 lead as Robert Lee rallied for a 51-36 win last week. Moran, which didn’t play a game in Week 1, knocked off Rising Star, 46-0, last week.

According to sixmanfootball.com, Sidney is a 14-point underdog.

 

Rising Star (0-2) at Bluff Dale (2-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

 

The Rising Star Wildcats seek their first victory of the season against first-year program Bluff Dale, which has yet to lose.

Rising Star has started the 2018 campaign with losses of 44-0 to Bronte and 46-0 to Moran. Bluff Dale defeated Lohn, 57-12, in its first game and answered with a 44-30 triumph over Kopperl last week.

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