Six-Man Division I, District 13
Panther Creek Panthers (2-6, 1-1)
at Blanket Tigers (2-5, 1-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday — Switzer Field
2006 Result: Blanket 50, Panther Creek 39
One game is all it took for the Blanket Tigers to put a disastrous start behind them as they jumped into the thick of the race for the Six-Man Division I, District 13 championship with a 56-54 win at Santa Anna last week.
Meanwhile, the Panther Creek Panthers are looking to parlay last week’s district win over Rising Star into a run at a playoff berth. Pulling off the district’s second upset in as many weeks would put the Panthers in the middle of the mix.
Blanket, which has recovered from most of the injuries that almost crippled the team during non-district action, racked up 459 yards of total offense against Santa Anna. The Tigers featured a balanced attack that consisted of 236 yards passing and 223 yards rushing.
Neil Dove and Brian Box played a role in four touchdowns apiece to pace the Tiger offense. Dove completed 16-of-23 passes for 234 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while rushing for 144 yards and two more scores on 26 carries. Box ran for 79 yards on 15 carries and crossed the goal line four times.
On the receiving front, Zach Isham grabbed a team-high six catches for 103 yards and a score, while Chris Boykin pulled down five receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown.
Panther Creek has won two of its last three games and racked up 54 points last week in a 14-point win over Rising Star. In their last three games, the Panthers are averaging 51.3 points per game. Panther Creek tallied just 28.2 points per game over its first five contests, all losses.
Six-Man Division I, District 15
Eden Bulldogs (5-3, 1-1)
at Brookesmith Mustangs (2-5, 0-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday — Mustang Field
2006 Result: Brookesmith 86, Eden 41
The Brookesmith Mustangs find themselves in a must-win situation just two games into Six-Man Division I, District 15 action if they look to repeat as playoff participants.
The Eden Bulldogs are also trying to keep their postseason hopes alive. The Bulldogs bounced back from a humbling 46-2 district-opening loss to Rochelle by blanking Veribest, 49-0, last week.
The Mustangs are coming off last week’s 62-0 pounding at the hands of No. 1 Richland Springs, and have dropped to No. 61 out of 61 Division I teams in sixmanfootball.com’s latest rankings. With a loss to Eden, Brookesmith would be virtually eliminated from the postseason with half the district schedule still remaining.
Eden jumped out to a 43-0 halftime lead last week and outgained Veribest, 287-58, in total yardage. Greg Harper rushed for 171 yards and scored on runs of 27 and 44 yards. He also caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from Noah Jackson.
Chris Ogle returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown, threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Seth Rucker and added a 1-yard touchdown run.
Defensively, Eden allowed one first down and held Veribest running back Brian Scott to 37 yards rushing.
Eden enters the contest averaging 33.3 points per game, while giving up 31. Brookesmith is scoring at a 27.9 points per game clip, while surrendering 56.4 points per outing.
Six-Man Division I, District 13
May Tigers (6-1, 1-0)
at Rising Star Wildcats (1-7, 0-2)
7:30 p.m. Friday — Wildcat Stadium
2006 Result: May 54, Rising Star 6
Coming off their bye, the May Tigers will attempt to stay atop the Six-Man Division I, District 13 standings, while the Rising Star Wildcats will be looking to play spoiler.
May opened district action two weeks ago with a 65-20 win over Panther Creek, which then knocked off Rising Star by a 54-40 count last week. The Wildcats’ other district loss was a 54-30 setback against Santa Anna.
Two areas the Tigers must avoid this week will be coming out flat after a bye week, and looking ahead to games against Blanket and Santa Anna the next two weeks. Those two contests should determine the seeding order for the district’s two playoff participants, but if the Tigers don’t take care of business against Rising Star, the entire playoff picture could unravel.
May is averaging 49.7 points per game heading into Friday’s contest, while giving up 25.4. Meanwhile, Rising Star tallies just 22 points per game and allows 47.3.
The Tigers are led by Nathan Howard, who has thrown for 1,734 yards and 29 touchdowns to go along with 585 yards rushing and 11 more scores.
Conner Murphree and Mikey Dickerson provide a dangerous 1-2 punch at receiver. Murphree leads May with 30 catches for 502 yards and 11 touchdowns, while Dickerson is right behind him with 29 receptions covering 581 yards with 10 scores.
Defensively, Timothy Turner has emerged as May’s leading tackler with 69, while Matt Pruitt has intercepted three passes.
TAPPS Six-Man: Non-District
Victory Life Warriors (0-8) at
Kerrville Our Lady of the Hills (5-2)
2 p.m. Saturday — at Hawk Field
2006 Result: Victory Life did not have a program last year
The Victory Life Academy Warriors’ string of close calls and high-scoring affairs was halted in a 63-18 homecoming loss to Cherokee last week. Back in TAPPS action on Saturday, the Warriors will again attempt to secure the program’s first-ever victory.
Victory Life had averaged 57.7 points over its last three games until being derailed last week. On the positive side, however, the Warriors improved on the 89.3 points per game they had given up during that same stretch.
Kerrville OLH is coming off a 58-38 win over San Antonio Winston and has picked up wins in three of its last four contests. OLH did, however, lose to Austin NYOS, 57-12, two weeks ago.
Six-Man Division II, District 15
Sidney Eagles (4-4, 1-1)
at Mullin Bulldogs (0-7, 0-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday — Bulldog Field
2006 Result: Mullin 86, Sidney 74
The Mullin Bulldogs continue to hunt for their first victory of the season, while the Sidney Eagles will be trying to roll past another opponent.
Mullin is coming off a 60-12 loss to No. 8 Gustine last week. For the season, the Bulldogs are being outscored an average of 65-18.
After losing a heartbreaker to Iredell, 40-36, in the district opener, Sidney rebounded with a 94-60 thrashing of Cranfills Gap last week. Sidney, which has won two of its last three games, is averaging 42 points and giving up 42.5 points.
No. 5 Gorman Panthers (7-0, 3-0)
at Cross Plains Buffaloes (0-8, 0-4)
7:30 p.m. Friday — Buffalo Stadium
2006 Result: Gorman 56, Cross Plains 24
After giving up 53 points to previously winless Santo last week, the Cross Plains Buffaloes will attempt to snap an 18-game losing streak against No. 5 Gorman, which averages 49 points per game and scored 85 in one game earlier this season.
Gorman is coming off its bye, but defeated Santo, 63-6, in its last game. Santo knocked off Cross Plains, 53-24, last week.
Cross Plains is averaging just 16.5 points per game, but scored a season-high 24 points in two of its last three games.
The Buffalo offense is led by quarterback J.J. Callaway, who had completed 115-of-191 passes for 1,096 yards through Cross Plains’ first six games. Reese Allen had caught a team-high 33 passes for 328 yards in those same first six contests.
Gorman ran for 485 yards against Santo, and for the season the Panthers are led by Matthew Underwood’s 844 yards rushing, along with Tony Perez’s 702 yards on the ground. Zach Fox chalked up 141 yards and two touchdowns on just two carries against Santo.
Evant Elks (4-4, 2-2)
at Goldthwaite Eagles (5-2, 2-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday — Eagle Field
2006 Result: Goldthwaite 76, Evant 0
The Goldthwaite Eagles needed to rally to knock off Bosqueville last week, while the Evant Elks were destroyed by Meridian.
Goldthwaite scored 26 points in the fourth quarter to rally past Bosqueville, 40-24, to move into sole possession of third place in the district. Evant fell victim to surging Meridian, 73-6.
The Eagles allowed 390 yards passing, but returned a fourth-quarter interception for a touchdown to ice the victory. Bosqueville rushed for negative 7 yards on 15 carries.
Offensively, Goldthwaite ran for 232 yards and finished with 304 yards of total offense.
Heading into the Bosqueville game, Goldthwaite’s Walt Clifton had rushed for 506 yards and six touchdowns, while Cory Baker had tallied 486 yards and eight touchdowns.
Evant’s offense is led by quarterback Aaron Doyle, who has completed 122-of-176 passes for 1,661 yards and 12 touchdowns. Doyle has also rushed for 729 yards and nine scores.
The Elks have split their two district contests, defeating cellar dwellers Frost and Covington, while falling to district co-leaders Meridian and Valley Mills.