Blanket, San Saba run records to 5-0; Richland Springs, Sidney chalk up fourth victories of seaso
MAY — For the first time since Oct. 30, 2015, the May Tigers have suffered a loss during the regular season.
The Zephyr Bulldogs brought May’s 25-game regular win streak to an end, and got a measure of revenge for last year’s season-ending playoff loss, with a 55-54 triumph here Friday night.
The victory was the fourth in a row for Zephyr (4-1) under first-year head coach Brent Williamson, as the Bulldogs compiled 371 yards and seven touchdowns on offense, and scored a defensive touchdown as well.
Mason Rogers, in his first action of the season, rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns and caught a 15-yard touchdown pass. Devin Williams contributed 61 rushing yards and two scores, a 22-yard touchdown reception and he completed 6 of 7 passes for 78 yards and two more touchdowns, while booting three extra-point kicks and running in another conversion.
Michael Seider was 6 of 7 through the air for 82 yards and a touchdown, caught three passes totaling 19 yards and rushed for 34 yards. J.P Gowin hauled in three receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown, while Jerrick Woodcock added three grabs for 40 yards.
Defensively, Rogers recorded 16 tackles with one for loss, Gowin finished with 15 tackles with two for loss, Williams tallied 11 tackles and returned a fumble 57 yards for six points and Elliot Gowin amassed eight tackles.
May (4-1), led by 15th-year head coach Craig Steele, generated 520 yards of total offense — 303 rushing and 217 passing.
Rory Bustamante completed 6 of 9 passes for 117 yards and four touchdowns. Seth Johnston went 6 of 7 for 52 yards and a score, and Blake Harrell completed a 40-yard scoring toss.
Chris Flenniken caught three passes for 78 yards and scored twice, Tyler Wheeler added 58 receiving yards and a touchdown on two receptions, and Daniel Salinas hauled in a team-high five catches for 51 yards and a score. Bustamante added three catches for 30 yards with a trip to the end zone and Lane McGinn caught a 4-yard touchdown pass.
On the ground, Salinas rushed for 142 yards and a touchdown while Bustamante chipped in 107 yards and a score.
Defensively, Daniel Salinas and Isidro Salinas both led May with 12 tackles each trailed by eight from Johnston, six each from Flenniken and Bustamente and five from Jaden Baker.
Next week, May will attempt to bounce back at Newcastle (2-2), a 70-13 winner over Forestburg Friday night, while Zephyr targets a fifth straight win at home against Gordon (2-3), which dropped an 81-53 decision at home to Blanket Friday.
BLANKET 81, GORDON 53
GORDON — The Blanket Tigers remained undefeated, chalking up their fifth win in a row by an 81-53 count over the Gordon Longhorns Friday night.
Blanket (5-0) produced 629 yards of total offense with 431 coming on the ground to go along with 198 through the air.
Logan Wheeler rushed for 250 yards, with a long carry of 65 yards, and five touchdowns while Kameron Spivey contributed 181 yards and four scores on the ground, including a 79-yarder.
Spivey also completed 7 of 11 passes for 169 yards with a pair of touchdown tosses to Tyler Simpson, who finished with six grabs for 129 yards. Adan Lopez added a 26-yard catch while John John Alexander hauled in a pair of receptions for 25 yards.
Defensively, Tanner Isom led the way with 14 tackles trailed by Alexander with a dozen and Spivey with 11.
The Tigers led 12-8 after one quarter, 35-30 at halftime and 55-46 through three periods.
Next week, Blanket ventures to Santa Anna (2-3), which is coming off a 54-48 win at Mullin Friday night.
BROOKESMITH 55, PAINT ROCK 6
PAINT ROCK — The Brookesmith Mustangs halted a two-game skid and evened their season record at 2-2 with a 55-6 road victory over Paint Rock Friday night.
Further information on the game was unavailable at press time.
Next week, Brookesmith welcomes Lometa (1-4), which was dealt a 66-20 loss by Gorman Friday night.
#6 RICHLAND SPRINGS 71, EVANT 22
EVANT — The Class A Division II No. 6 Richland Springs Coyotes secured a fourth consecutive victory Friday night, going on the road to hand the Evant Elks their first defeat, 71-22.
Coming off a 112-point performance last week against Austin Royals, the Coyotes (4-1) opened a 20-8 lead over Evant (4-1) through one quarter, which grew to 44-22 at halftime. Richland Springs then outscored Evant 27-0 in the third period to end the game with 40 seconds to go in the quarter.
The Coyotes generated 461 yards of total offense — 274 rushing and 187 passing —with no turnovers, while giving up just 161 yards — 115 on the ground and 46 through the air — with five takeaways.
Matthew Rigdon completed 6 of 7 passes for 187 yards with three touchdowns — two to Wade Appleton covering 61 and 11 yards, and a 62-yarder to Cameron Parham.
Parham led the Coyote ground attack with 116 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Griffin Rigdon chipped in 113 yards and two scores, and Matthew Rigdon contributed 47 yards and two trips to the end zone.
Defensively, Kelton Tippie led the way with seven tackles including five for loss, while Josiah Beam and K.J. Simon intercepted passes.
Next week, Richland Springs has its bye. The Coyotes return to action Oct. 12 at home against Fort Worth THESA (3-2), a 46-0 winner over the Johnson County Sports Association Friday night.
SAN SABA 44, INGRAM TOM MOORE 6
SAN SABA — The San Saba Armadillos kept their unblemished record intact, concluding pre-district action with a 44-6 victory over Ingram Tom Moore Friday night.
The Armadillos (5-0) compiled 469 total yards — 276 on the ground and 193 through the air against previously-unbeaten Tom Moore (4-1).
Sean O’Keefe completed 12 of 19 passes for 166 yards and five scores. Logan Glover caught four passes for 65 yards and two scores, Joseph Watson grabbed two scoring tosses totaling 25 yards and Eli Salinas finished with two receptions for 29 yards and a trip to the end zone.
On the ground, Salinas rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown, Carter Turner added 50 yards and a score and Risien Shahan chipped in 11 yards and a rushing touchdown.
San Saba has its bye next week, then begins District 7-2A Division I action against Goldthwaite (1-4), which is coming off a 53-14 loss to Hamilton, on Oct. 12.
HAMILTON 53, GOLDTHWAITE 14
HAMILTON — The Goldthwaite Eagles were handed their third consecutive loss Friday night, as the Hamilton Bulldogs bounced back from their lone defeat this season with a 53-14 victory.
Goldthwaite (1-4) finished with 356 yards, with 319 coming through the air, but turned the ball over twice. Hamilton (4-1) generated 492 yards, including 480 rushing.
The Eagles scored on a 5-yard Grayson Moore run and a 53-yard pass from Drew Hermesmeyer to T.J. Watson.
Hermesmeyer completed 28 of 46 passes with Watson grabbing 10 for 145 yards. Moore also caught 10 passes for 68 yards and Jaxon Wootton hauled in six passes for 99 yards
Angel Morales was the leading rusher for Goldthwaite with 26 yards on 13 carries.
The Eagles have a bye next week, then begin District 7-2A Division I competition on Oct. 12 at home against San Saba (5-0), which defeated Ingram Tom Moore, 44-6, Friday night.
Other scores (no info reported)
SIDNEY 52, THREE WAY 31
SANTA ANNA 54, MULLIN 48
MASON 42, COMANCHE 7
GRAPE CREEK 21, COLEMAN 3
ROCHELLE 68, RISING STAR 18