San Saba mauls Goldthwaite, 79-0; Comanche victorious in district opener; Richland Springs pushes win streak to five
BLANKET — Clinging to a one-point lead at halftime, the Blanket Tigers shutout the Brookesmith Mustangs in the second half en route to pulling away for a 33-12 victory in Friday night’s District 15-A Division II opener for both teams.
Blanket (7-0, 1-0) jumped out to a 13-0 lead on a 12-yard touchdown pass from John John Alexander to Tyler Simpson and a 34-yard run by Kameron Spivey. Brookesmith (3-3, 0-1) answered with a touchdown carry by Avery Williford and a 20-yard scoring toss from Mason Brummett to Randall Williams to close the gap to 13-12 after the Mustangs missed both extra point attempts.
In the second half, the Tigers scored on runs of 6, 2 and 20 yards by Spivey, who finished with 174 yards rushing.
As a team, Blanket manufactured 291 yards — 234 on the ground and 57 through the air — with one turnover.
Spivey also completed 3 of 5 passes for 23 yards and with a pick, while Alexander was 3 of 3 for 34 yards with a touchdown.
Adan Lopez caught two passes for 33 yards while Simpson finished with two grabs for 14 yards and Alexander hauled in an 8-yard reception as well.
Alexander also chipped in 25 yards on the ground, Hector Castaneda rushed for 21 yards and Mark Yeats added nine.
Brookesmith produced just 74 yards — 52 rushing and 22 passing.
Brummett led the way with 34 yards on the ground and 22 through the air, completing 2 of 4 passes. Williford finished with 18 yards rushing and caught a 2-yard pass. Damion Salinas rushed for 18 yards as well.
Next week, Blanket visits Rising Star (1-5, 0-0), whose district bye fell Friday night, while Brookesmith hosts Mullin (2-4, 0-1), which dropped its league opener to Sidney (6-1, 1-0) by a 60-12 count.
San Saba 79, Goldthwaite 0
GOLDTHWAITE — In the 101st Battle of the River, the San Saba Armadillos earned their first victory over the Goldthwaite Eagles since 2011 with a 79-0 blowout to open District 7-2A Division I action Friday.
San Saba (6-0, 1-0), ranked No. 7 in Class 2A Division I by Harris Ratings Weekly, jumped out to a 32-0 lead after one quarter, owned a 53-0 edge at halftime and was in front 72-0 through three periods.
The Armadillos finished with 30 first downs and 684 total yards — 525 rushing and 159 passing — with no turnovers. San Saba was penalized 14 times for 155 yards.
Goldthwaite (1-5, 0-1), which suffered its fourth loss in a row, committed four turnovers and mustered just 123 yards, including -3 rushing on 18 carries.
Eli Salinas rushed for 225 yards and six touchdowns for San Saba, Carter Turner added 148 yards and two scores and Sean O’Keefe finished with 119 yards on the ground and a trip to the end zone.
O’Keefe also connected on 12 of 17 passes for 159 yards and two scores. Salinas led the way with three grabs for 36 yards, Logan Glover added two for 30 yards and a score and Abel Martinez caught a 34-yard touchdown pass. Joseph Watson and Ruben Parra both finished with two catches for 25 yards and Andrew Arellano pulled down a 10-yard catch.
For Goldthwaite, Drew Hermesmeyer completed 17 of 39 passes for 126 yards with one interception. T.J. Watson caught five passes for 37 yards, Dustin Partin added four grabs for 42 yards, Grayson Moore caught four passes covering 27 yards and Jaxon Wootton finished with four receptions for 20 yards.
Of Goldthwaite’s five players who carried the ball, Angel Morales was the only one to finish with positive yards, 11 on five totes.
Next week, San Saba travels to Hico (1-4, 0-1), which dropped its district opener to De Leon (3-3, 1-0) by a 21-14 count. Meanwhile, Goldthwaite looks to bounce back at Crawford (3-3, 1-0), which opened district with a 25-10 victory over Valley Mills (3-3, 1-4).
Comanche 24, Jacksboro 14
COMANCHE — Trailing 14-7 heading into the fourth period of its District 6-3A Division II opener, preseason favorite Comanche rallied with 17 points over the final 12 minutes for a 24-14 victory over Jacksboro.
Comanche (3-3, 1-0) drew even, then pulled ahead on a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs by Kade Mercer, while Ricardo Sanchez booted a 19-yard field goal late to put the game out of reach.
The Indians scored first on a 35-yard fumble return by Matthew Gonzales, but Jacksboro (2-4, 0-1) answered with a 13-yard run by Gio Salazar and a 1-yard plunge by Caleb Helm to grab the lead.
Comanche racked up 243 yards, with 213 coming on the ground, with one turnover.
Jacksboro finished with 268 yards, including 206 on the ground, but gave the ball away four times.
Next week, Comanche visits Millsap (2-4, 1-0), which upended Rio Vista, 21-15, in its league opener Friday night.
Richland Springs 55,
Fort Worth THESA 6
RICHLAND SPRINGS — Coming off their bye week, the Richland Springs Coyotes put forth one of their most complete outings of the season in Friday night’s 55-6 victory over Fort Worth THESA.
The Coyotes (5-1), who earned their fifth straight victory, led 15-0 after one quarter and added 40 points in the second period to end the game at halftime.
Richland Springs generated 304 total yards — 183 passing and 121 rushing — with one turnover, while yielding just 74 yards — 78 passing and a -4 rushing — with a pair of takeaways.
Matthew Rigdon completed 8 of 9 passes for 183 yards with five scoring tosses — 63 yards to Wade Appleton, 27 yards to Kelton Tippie, 25 yards to Griffin Rigdon, 13 yards to Josiah Beam and 9 yards to Jared Martin. Cameron Parham caught a team-high two passes for 23 yards, while Jayden Bryant hauled in a 23-yard catch.
Griffin Rigdon also rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown while Matthew Rigdon chipped in 56 yards on the ground.
Parham led the defense with 6.5 tackles, including 3.5 for loss with one sack and one interception.
Next week, Richland Springs begins District 16-A Division II action at Panther Creek (3-3, 1-0), which won its league opener over winless Lohn, 58-0, Friday night.
Cisco 48, Coleman 0
CISCO — The Class 3A Division II seventh-ranked Cisco Loboes, according to Harris Ratings Weekly, remained undefeated by handing the Coleman Bluecats their second loss in three District 4-3A Division II outings, 48-0, Friday night.
Coleman (2-4, 1-2), coming off a 50-26 district victory over San Angelo TLCA, committed three turnovers and was limited to 65 yards of total offense — including -7 passing yards — by Cisco (5-0, 3-0).
Meanwhile, the Loboes finished with 417 total yards — 309 on the ground and 108 via air.
Massio Sanchez rushed for 48 yards for Coleman, Brennan Brewster added 26 yards and Santiago Rodriguez picked up 11.
Rodriguez also caught the only pass completion from Jared Nall for a 7-yard loss.
For Cisco, Stanley Callahan rushed for 106 yards and three touchdowns while Bobby Sanderson added 68 yards and a score.
Through the air, Cooper Witt connected on 7 of 8 passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns. Israel Adame caught four passes for 41 yards and a touchdown and Stephen Bird finished with three receptions for 67 yards with a trip to the end zone.
Next week, Coleman hosts Anson (2-4, 2-1), which is coming off a 49-41 win over Merkel (1-5, 1-2), while Cisco travels to San Angelo TLCA (1-5, 0-3), which fell to Grape Creek, 34-14, Friday night.
Other scores (no info reported)
Strawn 53, May 6
Sidney 60, Mullin 12
Blackwell 50, Santa Anna 0