San Saba looks to remain undefeated; Zephyr, Richland Springs out to continue win streaks

With three victories to their credit, and coming off their first shutout of the season, the Blanket Tigers look to remain undefeated as they host the Three Way Braves, a first-year program that has been outscored 121-15 in its first two games.

Blanket enters its third home game in four weeks ranked No. 10 in Class A Division II by, while Three Way is ranked 65th out of 67 Division II teams.

After knocking off Cherokee (54-12) and Lometa (45-20), Blanket blanked Lingleville (46-0) last week in its only game away from home.

The Tigers gave up just 34 yards of total offense and forced a pair of turnovers, while offensively Blanket generated 187 yards, with 155 coming on the ground.

Logan Wheeler rushed for 139 yards and four touchdowns — on carries of 34, 23, 42, and 34 yards — while John John Alexander threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Simpson. Hector Castenada added a 4-yard touchdown run and also returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown.

On defense, Alexander and Tanner Isom finished with seven tackles each followed by Simpson and Adan Lopez with five apiece and Brady Furry with four.

Three Way, located on U.S. Highway 67 between Stephenville and Glen Rose, opened its initial season with losses to Gustine (60-15) and Morgan (61-0), and had a Sept. 7 game with Lingleville cancelled due to weather.

According to, Blanket is a 45-point favorite.

Fort Worth THESA (2-1) at May (3-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The May Tigers labored last week en route to a 3-0 start to the season, but withstood winless Lometa for a 34-14 victory — their 24th in a row during the season. The Tigers are back home for the first time since Week 1 as they host Fort Worth THESA, which is ranked No. 3 in the Texas Association of Independent Athletic Organizations rankings.

May opened the season with wins of 40-26 over Class A Division II No. 6 Richland Springs, 49-0 over Cherokee and Lometa last week, which dropped the Tigers out of the Class A Division I Top 10.

In the win over Lometa, May managed just 240 yards of total offense, with 195 coming on the ground. Daniel Salinas rushed for 100 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Gage Keckler chipped in 95 yards and a trip to the end zone. Through the air, Rory Bustamante was 4 of 7 for 36 yards and two touchdowns, while Seth Johnston completed 1 of 2 passes for 9 yards. Tyler Wheeler caught two passes for 31 yards and a touchdown, Isidro Salinas hauled in a 3-yard scoring reception, and Daniel Salinas (9 yards) and Keckler (2 yards) also made catches.

Defensively for May, Daniel Salinas recorded 15 tackles with two for loss; Isidro Salinas tallied eight tackles, 1.5 for loss, with a blocked kick; Jaden Baker amassed seven tackles with 1.5 for loss; Keckler was in on six tackles, including 1.5 for loss, with a fumble recovery; and Chris Flenniken had four tackles, including 1.5 for loss, with a fumble caused and a fumble recovery.

THESA’s season has featured wins over Waco Parkview Christian (38-32) and Arlington St. Paul’s Prep Academy (55-8) with a loss to Calvert (47-20).

Cameron Gonzales has rushed for 446 yards and eight touchdowns, Robert Bright has completed 12 of 29 passes for 150 yards with one touchdown and one interception, and Cade Clement (3-52, TD) and Brandon Bravomalo (3-33) are the leading receivers.

According to, May is a 37-point favorite.

Zephyr (2-1) at Gorman (1-2)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Zephyr Bulldogs are shooting for a three-game win streak as they hit the road for the third time in four weeks, visiting the Gorman Panthers who are coming off their first victory.

Since falling to Coolidge (59-0) at Gorman in the season opener, Zephyr has bounced back with victories over Granbury NCTA (99-54) and Water Valley (46-30).

In last week’s win over Water Valley, the Bulldogs manufactured 240 yards of total offense — 227 rushing and 13 passing — and also scored twice on special teams.

Devin Williams rushed for 134 yards on 15 carries and scored on runs of 62, 17 and 4 yards. Williams also returned kicks 80 and 78 yards for touchdowns.

Jerrick Woodcock chipped in 42 yards on the ground followed by Kannon Eoff with 36, J.P. Gowin with 13 and Elliot Gowin with 2 yards.

Michael Seider completed both his passes for 13 yards — one to J.P. Gowin for 8 yards and a 5-yard scoring toss to Austin Deavers.

Defensively, Woodcock led the way with 12 tackles followed by Williams with 11 and an interception, Tanner Jones with nine, Seider with six and two picks, and J.P Gowin with six tackles and three caused fumbles.

Gorman opened its season with losses of 64-14 to Milford and 53-6 to Strawn, but rebounded with a 78-51 triumph over Cherokee last week.

Cody Lynch leads the Panthers with 258 yards rushing and seven touchdowns, Justice Fischer has added 250 yards and three scores and J.R. Madera has chipped in 179 yards and a trip to the end zone. Gorman has passed for just 45 yards, completing 4 of 10 attempts.

According to, Zephyr is a 45-point favorite.

Veribest (0-3) at Brookesmith (1-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Brookesmith Mustangs will attempt to bounce back from their first defeat of the season as they host a Veribest Falcons squad in search of its initial victory.

Brookesmith began the season with a 46-20 triumph over Santa Anna in Rochelle on Aug. 30, then had its Sept. 7 game with Panther Creek cancelled due to weather. Last week, the Mustangs ventured to Evant and came up on the short end of a 34-7 decision.

Brookesmith was limited to 158 total yards as Mason Brummett rushed for 130 yards and a 31-yard touchdown. Defensively, the Mustangs surrendered 358 yards, including 346 on the ground.

Veribest’s season has featured losses to Nueces Canyon (66-20), Water Valley (58-12) and Westbrook (48-13) — all teams ranked in the Top 30 of Class A Division I.

The Falcons enter the contest ranked No. 40 in Class A Division by, while the Mustangs are No. 29 in Division II.

According to, Brookesmith is a 45-point underdog.

De Leon (2-1) at Comanche (1-2)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Comanche Indians picked up their first victory of the season last week, while the De Leon Bearcats were dealt their first loss. The two Comanche County squads will clash in a rare encounter Friday night.

After losses to Eastland (34-15) and Breckenridge (14-7), Comanche posted a 20-0 victory over Clyde last week. Meanwhile, De Leon fell out of the Associated Press Class 2A Top 10 with last week’s 46-23 loss at Dublin, after starting the season with wins over Clyde (26-8) and Tolar (36-23).

In the Indians’ triumph over Clyde last week, Comanche finished with 230 total yards — 186 rushing and 44 passing — with no turnovers, while limiting Clyde (1-2) to 116 yards — 72 on the ground and 44 through the air — with a pair of interceptions.

Zach Foster led Comanche with 75 yards rushing followed by Kade Mercer with 53. Price Odom also caught a 12-yard pass from Trendon Morin, one of two completions on the night for the Indians.

In De Leon’s loss to Dublin, Kevin Yeagar completed 10 of 19 passes for 115 yards. Jorge Gonzales rushed for 124 yards while Hagan Huffman contributed 100 yards. Defensively, the Bearcats yielded 356 passing yards.

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

San Saba (3-0) vs. Snook (3-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

In a battle of unbeatens, the San Saba Armadillos square off with the Snook Blue Jays in a neutral site contest in Georgetown.

San Saba has started his second season under head coach Jerod Fikac with wins over Johnson City (53-6), Harper (53-0) and Junction (40-6). Snook’s victories have come against Granger (28-13), Bryan Brazos Christian (44-8) and Waco Texas Wind (62-0).

In the victory over Junction last week, the Armadillos generated 499 total yards — 294 rushing and 205 passing.

Sean O’Keefe completed 8 of 18 passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 120 yards and another score.

Eli Salinas tacked on 114 rushing yards and a touchdown, while catching three passes for 107 yards with a trip to the end zone.

Erik Argote chipped in 48 yards on the ground and a touchdown, while Joseph Watson and Wyatt Smith caught touchdown passes of 30 and 13 yards, respectively.

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, San Saba is a 27-point favorite.

Goldthwaite (1-2) at Tolar (1-2)

7:30 p.m. Thursday

Due to the threat of thunderstorms Friday night, the Goldthwaite-Tolar game was moved up to Thursday night. Information on the outcome of the game will appear in the Sunday edition of the Bulletin.

Goldthwaite was coming off a 31-24 homecoming loss to Coleman, while Tolar picked up its first victory, 16-7 at Early last week.

According to Harris Ratings Weekly, Goldthwaite was a 21-point underdog.

Austin Royals (1-2) at No. 6 Richland Springs (2-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Class A Division I No. 6 Richland Springs Coyotes rallied from 24 points down to slip past Aquilla last week, and will attempt to stretch their win streak to three games Friday night against Austin Royals.

Since a 40-26 loss to May in the opener, the Coyotes have followed with victories over San Marcos Hill Country Christian, 68-19 and Aquilla, 47-44, last week.

In Richland Springs’ last week, the Coyotes finished with 311 yards — 177 passing and 134 rushing — with four turnovers, while allowing 241 yards — 125 through the air and 116 on the ground — with three takeaways.

Rigdon completed 15 of 20 passes for 177 yards and four touchdowns for the Coyotes and also rushed for a team-high 126 yards and two more scores.

Josiah Beam caught five passes for 57 yards, Wade Appleton added three grabs for 40 yards and Jared Martin caught two balls covering 51 yards.

Griffin Rigdon chipped in 24 yards on the ground.

Austin Royals started the season with a 52-40 win over Williamson County Home School followed by losses to Bastrop Tribe (66-20) and Marble Falls Faith (26-8).

Braeden Ables has thrown for 389 yards and five touchdowns, Joseph Cook has rushed for 374 yards and seven scores and Noah Cano has caught six passes for 121 yards and two scores.

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

Bronte (2-1) at Santa Anna (1-2)

7:30 p.m. Friday

The Santa Anna Mountaineers look to even their record as they welcome the Bronte Longhorns, who have won two of their first three games since joining the six-man football ranks.

Santa Anna has fallen to Brookesmith (46-20) and Robert Lee (60-0), with a win over Rochelle (53-6). Bronte’s schedule includes victories over Rising Star (44-0) and Loraine (60-27) and last week’s loss to Highland (54-6).

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

Sidney (2-1) at Cranfills Gap (2-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday

Both the Sidney Eagles and Cranfills Gap Lions are seeking their first win streak of the season after alternating wins and losses the first three weeks of the season.

Sidney is coming off its most-lopsided victory, a 60-12 triumph over Moran. Meanwhile, Cranfills Gap rolled past Mullin, 64-20, last week.

The Eagles also own a 48-44 win over Walnut Springs and a 51-36 loss at the hands of Robert Lee.

The Lions defeated Mount Calm, 48-0, in Week 1 and fell to Evant, 52-8, in Week 2.

According to, Sidney is a 45-point favorite.

Lometa (0-3) at Mullin (1-2)

7:30 p.m. Thursday

The Mullin Bulldogs were looking to even their record in a game slated for Thursday night as they hosted the Lometa Hornets.

Mullin has lost to Evant (61-0) and Cranfills Gap (64-20) with a win over Trent (30-6).

Lometa started the seasons with losses to Class A Division II No. 1 Iredell (48-0), Division II No. 10 Blanket (45-20) and Division I No. 11 May (34-14).

According to, Mullin is a 45-point underdog.

Robert Lee (3-0) at Rising Star (0-3)

7:30 p.m. Saturday

Seeking their first victory of the season, the Rising Star Wildcats host the undefeated Robert Lee Steers for homecoming Saturday night.

Rising Star has started the season with losses to Bronte (44-0), Moran (46-0) and Bluff Dale (53-6).

Robert Lee has opened the year with wins over Water Valley (44-30), Sidney (51-36) and Santa Anna (60-0).

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