Bulletin Staff Report
CHEROKEE — The No. 5 Zephyr Bulldogs survived a wild affair and kept their share of first place with No. 8 Panther Creek in the Six-Man Division II, District 13 standings with Friday’s 84-70 victory at No. 9 Cherokee.
The Bulldogs (6-2, 3-0) have reeled off five consecutive victories and would claim at least a share of their third district title in a row with a win over Panther Creek (6-2, 3-0) next week in Zephyr.
Cherokee (5-3, 2-1) had its five-game win streak snapped, but the Indians’ playoff chances are still alive as they will face Panther Creek in the season finale.
Zephyr trailed Cherokee, 54-52, at halftime, but limited the Indians to just two second-half touchdowns — both coming in the third period.
The Bulldogs amassed 674 yards of total offense — 343 rushing and 331 passing — as Jason Hughes again led the charge.
Hughes was 17-of-27 for 281 yards with six touchdowns through the air, while rushing for 278 yards and five scores on 21 carries. He also caught a 50-yard touchdown pass, returned an interception 17 yards for a score and finished with 14 tackles, which was second-most for the Bulldogs.
Cody Wallin led Zephyr with eight catches for 159 yards and five touchdowns. Cord Biddy grabbed three receptions for 60 yards and a score, and also rushed for 45 yards on eight carries.
Haustin Simmons contributed four receptions for 38 yards, a 20-yard run and the 50-yard touchdown pass to Hughes.
Ethan Fisher and Greg Faubion chipped in receptions of 15 and 9 yards, respectively.
Defensively, Biddy led the Bulldogs with 16 tackles, followed by Hughes, Taylor Hart (13), Lacy Culpepper (10), Fisher (six), Wallin (five), Simmons (four) and Tanner Brown (two).
No. 4 Richland Springs 62, Rochelle 0
RICHLAND SPRINGS — The two-time defending state champion Richland Springs Coyotes earned their 37th straight win overall and 69th consecutive regular-season victory with Friday’s 62-0 thrashing of Rochelle.
The No. 4 Coyotes (8-0, 3-0) eclipsed the 500-point mark for the season Friday, and Richland Springs is chalking up 64.8 points per game.
Richland Springs finished with 267 yards of total offense on just 14 snaps, eight of which resulted in touchdowns.
The Coyote defense also turned in its most dominant effort as Rochelle finished with negative 31 yards of total offense, including negative 34 rushing on 27 carries. Rochelle also lost three fumbles.
Haustin Burkhart completed 4-of-5 passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 58 yards and a pair of scores on three carries.
Andrew Fowler completed his lone pass attempt for an 11-yard touchdown and rushed for 37 yards and a score on two carries.
Denium Reeves added a 2-of-2 passing effort for 36 yards and a touchdown.
Top receivers for the Coyotes were Mitchell Jacobson, with two touchdown catches totaling 58 yards; Khalid Khatib, with two receptions for 18 yards; Randy Couch, with a 60-yard touchdown catch; Stephen Fowler, with an 11-yard touchdown catch; and Ben VanCleave, with a 25-yard reception.
The Coyotes will visit Santa Anna (2-6, 1-2) next week, which is coming off a 64-14 loss to Robert Lee.
May 62, Gustine 0
MAY — The May Tigers snapped a two-game losing streak and earned their first district victory with a 62-0 homecoming rout of Gustine.
Several Tigers got involved in the scoring mix, led by Nathan Howard.
Howard rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown on three carries, completed 2-of-4 passes for 116 yards and two more scores and caught a 45-yard touchdown reception.
Matt Pruitt rushed for 61 yards and a touchdown, completed a 49-yard scoring toss and caught a 62-yard touchdown pass.
Jeremy O’Briant caught a 54-yard scoring toss, Cody Brown grabbed a 49-yard touchdown reception and Tyler Hammond threw a 45-yard touchdown pass.
Cody Lancaster added 14 yards rushing and a touchdown and Thane Wells rushed for a 2-yard score.
Defensively, Howard and Enrique Pineda led May with four tackles each. A dozen Tigers collected at least one tackle.
Next week, May (5-3, 1-2) hosts Blanket (7-1, 2-1), which is coming off a 54-0 loss to Strawn, its first setback of the season.
Brookesmith 76, Lohn 26
LOHN — The Brookesmith Mustangs collected their first district win and halted a two-game losing streak in the process with Friday’s 76-26 victory over winless Lohn.
The Mustangs (4-4, 1-2) led 16-6 after one quarter, and increased their halftime advantage to 54-12. The game ended early in the fourth period.
Cameron Hughes rushed for over 200 yards and five touchdowns to pace Brookesmith, while Derek Ferguson, Ethan Gonzalez and Jacob King also found the end zone.
Brookesmith will visit Paint Rock (2-6, 0-3) next week, which is coming off a 60-32 loss to No. 8 Panther Creek.
Brady 49, Coleman 22
COLEMAN — The Brady Bulldogs earned a playoff berth and kept pace with the Bangs Dragons atop the District 8-2A standings with a 49-22 victory over the Coleman Bluecats, who dropped their second straight district game Friday.
Brady (8-0, 4-0) will finish the regular season against Dublin (1-7, 0-4), then travel to Bangs (7-2, 5-0) on Nov. 7 to decide the 8-2A champion.
Coleman (6-2, 2-2) can lock up the final playoff berth from 8-2A with a win at Early (3-5, 1-3) next week, but a loss to the Longhorns could leave the Bluecats home for the postseason.
Brady finished with 474 yards of total offense — 259 rushing and 213 passing — while Coleman tallied 384 total yards — 280 through the air and 104 on the ground.
The Bulldogs scored the first 14 points on touchdown runs of 30 yards by Prennis Williams and 4 yards by Jake Long, which forced Coleman into catch-up mode.
Long rushed for a team-high 109 yards and two touchdowns on just six carries for Brady, while quarterback McKenzie Hirt chipped in a 60-yard scoring sprint.
Hirt also completed 13-of-14 passes for 214 yards with scoring strikes of 7 yards to Zach Jones, 33 yards to Ruben Resendez and 27 yards to Travis Tuckness, who grabbed a team-high seven receptions for 151 yards.
Coleman’s Colton Buzzard completed 21-of-34 passes for 280 yards with touchdown strikes of 30 yards to Andrew Isom, 45 yards to Trent Hambright and 14 yards to Dalton DeLeon, who finished with a team-high 11 catches for 99 yards.
Glen Edington led Coleman — which turned the ball over twice while taking it away just once — with 54 yards rushing on nine carries.
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Strawn 54, Blanket 0
Goldthwaite 57, Valley Mills 0
Gordon 56, Rising Star 8
Robert Lee 64, Santa Anna 14
Mullin 56, Cranfills Gap 28